Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bonus Bestiary (OGL)

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Unleash the Beasts!

Get your first look at the future with more than a dozen menacing monsters that we couldn't make room for in the Pathfinder Bestiary. These creatures won't be making an appearance in the Pathfinder RPG for at least a year and will thus only be available in this book for a long while. Showcasing the new rules and flexibility of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, this collection of creatures draws from more than 30 years of gaming history and includes:

  • Deadly beasts and familiar allies, such as allips, caryatid columns, faerie dragons, huecuvas, shadow mastiffs, and more!
  • New rules for monstrous companions, arcane creations, sinister traps, variant creatures, and other options for use with both 3.5 and the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
  • Explanations of never-before-seen rules being included in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
  • A preview listing of nearly every monster to be included in the upcoming Pathfinder Bestiary
  • Reimaginings of some of the most iconic creatures in gaming, vibrantly illustrated by some of the best artists in fantasy

Add a taste of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game to your campaign today with this official manual of Pathfinder monstrosities!

This 16-page supplement was initially made available for Free RPG Day on June 20, 2009.

Note: Due to the special nature of this product, it is NOT part of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscription.

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In a way, it all starts here!

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Is it sheer coincidence or proof of cosmic synchronicity that my personal rotation of reading has scheduled me to review Paizo's 2009 Free RPG Day offering on the same day as 2019's Free RPG Day? We'll let the metaphysicians chew that one over, but in the meantime, I'll discuss the Bonus Bestiary.

This sixteen-page, full-color, softcover product served as something of a preview of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, as it was released just several weeks before the Core Rulebook debuted. It introduces the overall look of monster stat blocks in the game and (I assume) gave players some monsters to work with prior to the release of the first Bestiary. The twelve monsters it includes weren't included in that book, so it had some value even past the first year of the game's existence (it looks like most of these were included in Bestiary 3 in 2011). You can judge the cool cover art yourself (I didn't realize water nagas were so scary!), but here's a description of the contents.

The inside front cover is a listing of the 300+ monsters that were to appear in the Bestiary so readers could get a sense of what to look forward to. The inside back cover is the classic: "3.5 Survives! 3.5 Thrives!" advertisement for PF1. I should really get a poster of that advertisement for display somewhere.

After a credits/table of contents page, the next two pages discuss a couple of rules developed uniquely for Pathfinder: the concepts of Combat Maneuver Bonus and Combat Maneuver Defense. These were elegant simplifications on how to resolve things like trips, disarms, grapples, etc., without having separate formulas for each type. There's also an explanation of how diseases and poisons are formatted. The rest of this introductory material explains Pathfinder's approach to Universal Monster Rules, and gives some samples. It all shows the designers spent a lot of time thinking about how to do monster stat blocks in an intelligent and user-friendly manner.

Now, on to the monsters. A high-DC Perception check will notice some very minor differences in how the stat blocks in the Bonus Bestiary are formatted compared to the actual Bestiary: the CR/XP entry is slightly different, and there's a fixed gold piece "treasure value" instead of a reference to treasure categories like "Standard", etc.. I might actually prefer the explicit gold piece value, approach, but that's neither here nor there now, not to mention a decade's time travel away. Each of the twelve monster entries is illustrated, though the artwork styles are a bit more inconsistent than later Paizo books.

1. Allip: Super creepy undead resulting from the death of the mad or suicidal. Their special abilities fit well.

2. Ant Lion, Giant: Never actually seen these in a game, but I like their little sand trap ability.

3. Ascomoid: Never heard of this--some kind of giant puffball fungus. Frankly pretty goofy, and really more a supernatural hazard than a monster.

4. Axe Beak: If you have bird phobia, watch out! Good to see training and animal companion rules--a reminder of another thing the Pathfinder team did well.

5. Caryatid Column: Essentially lesser stone golems, but their "shatter weapons" ability could be really nasty. If I were a mean GM, I'd toss these in any time a melee character got on my nerves.

6. Dragon, Faerie: These sorts of creatures aren't really my thing, as they verge more on the cartoonish. Still, I have to admit the artwork is really colourful and they might be fun to have as a familiar.

7. Dragonne: Kind of a bland lion/dragon mix. Rules for mounts (using Leadership) and animal companions.

8. Hag, Annis: The artwork here is great, capturing the size and hunch-backed nature perfectly (though perhaps making them look like undead).

9. Huecuva: Heretical undead clerics; an interesting concept but they need a power boost to really work well.

10. Lammasu: I guess this is a lion/eagle mix. I think maybe some of these entries were omitted from the first Bestiary for a reason.

11. Naga, Water: Cooler on the cover than here.

12. Nixie: Okay, I guess.

13. Shadow Mastiff: Cool artwork and "shadow blend" makes them fearsome foes for their CR.

Overall, there's a good mix in the book of different monster types: undead, constructs, magical beasts, regular animals, etc. I did notice there aren't any high-CR threats, with the CR 8 Lammasu as the highest.

Paizo took the same approach with its Free RPG Day 2017 product when getting ready to debut Starfinder. I'd actually rather have more of a grab-bag preview--maybe one class, a few skills, a few feats, and then a couple of monsters to get a feel for the game as a whole. Anyway, the Bonus Bestiary is still available for purchase as a print product from Paizo (for just $ 1!) or as a free PDF download. Today, the product is really nothing more than a curiosity, but it's a mildly interesting one nonetheless.


Thank Goodness for Free PDFs

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5 stars for the free PDF.

1 star for the print version because it is obsolete.

3 stars overall.


Great Product But..

*****

This product is obsolete in Pathfinder Society. Purchase Bestiary 3. Thanks


Small book... big monsters

*****

I have always love monsters and little book has some of my favorites like the Nixie, Annis hag, Faerie dragon, and Dragonne. My only complaint is there not a single monster in this book that should have been in the main Beastiary.


Pretty Schweet Shtuff, Maaaan.

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I personally love the Allip and the Huecuva, but anything undead will always light a fire in my heart. Also, I love the appearance of the Caryatid Column in here. I remember springing one of those on my unsuspecting players in the Undermountain dungeon crawl.

For being a freebie, this is definitely a solid product you should download. The only monster I had a tough time with was the Ascomoid. A rolling spore ball's only weakness is level surfaces! Exploit it!


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can hardly wait for it to arrive.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Who did that stunning cover? Is this a company collaboration, or is Mr. Bulmahn the author, as he is of the RPG itself?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

yoda8myhead wrote:
Who did that stunning cover? Is this a company collaboration, or is Mr. Bulmahn the author, as he is of the RPG itself?

The monsters were designed by Jason Bulmahn and Wes Schneider (based on their 3.5 versions) and developed by me and edited by all of us.


Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Looks good -- very exciting!

Liberty's Edge

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

yoda8myhead wrote:
Who did that stunning cover?

Tyler Walpole.


Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber

Kevida-

Spoiler:
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who was reduced to a cartoon response!

Liberty's Edge

Want.


Me want!

Dark Archive

Vic Wertz wrote:
yoda8myhead wrote:
Who did that stunning cover?
Tyler Walpole.

I hope you'll use his talents in the future, because that cover is simply AWESOME... :)


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Cool! And a great cover!

Sovereign Court

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Cards, Companion, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Oh my gosh...when will the awesomeness end - hopefully never!


So June 20 is Free RPG Day? I'll mark my calendar!

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Coolness.

Just in case, going to have any at Origins?

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

If it works the way Free RPG day has the last two years, the only ways to get it will be (free) Free RPG Day itself at your FLGS or ($5) paizo.com. However, the PDF should be free after that.

I think its the same this year.

Liberty's Edge

smart move!...

Liberty's Edge

It is true that this book will have a two page poster depicting an epic fight between a Succubus and an Erynies?!...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Cicattrix wrote:
It is true that this book will have a two page poster depicting an epic fight between a Succubus and an Erynies?!...

It is not, sadly.

Paizo Employee CEO

Matthew Morris wrote:

Coolness.

Just in case, going to have any at Origins?

Nope, because Paizo isn't going to be exhibiting at Origins. However, I expect we will have enough to last for a while on paizo.com. And we should also have enough to sell at GenCon. But not Origins. Sorry. :/

-Lisa

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Lisa Stevens wrote:
Matthew Morris wrote:

Coolness.

Just in case, going to have any at Origins?

Nope, because Paizo isn't going to be exhibiting at Origins. However, I expect we will have enough to last for a while on paizo.com. And we should also have enough to sell at GenCon. But not Origins. Sorry. :/

-Lisa

*cries*

I'll miss you guys.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Cicattrix wrote:
It is true that this book will have a two page poster depicting an epic fight between a Succubus and an Erynies?!...

It is not, sadly.

Why?!... Jason favors the balors and the skeletons more?! Or is he affraid that the iconics beauty will be eclisped?!

No problem! I am sure that we will have it on the DMG Screen then...

Liberty's Edge

Oh, I am affraid to even ask... But... don`t tell me that the Erinyes will be on the Player Manual instead of Bestiary?!... And the sucubbus/incubbus too?!... You are spoiling us too much...

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Whee! Exciting! I hope i can find this at a nearby store...

Sovereign Court

Vic Wertz wrote:
yoda8myhead wrote:
Who did that stunning cover?
Tyler Walpole.

Well, I hope you guys plan on giving him lots more work, because it is 10 different kinds of AWESOME.

Contributor

This definitely looks nice. I want it for my bestiary collection.


Curse you, Pacific ocean. Curse you to hell, total lack of game stores in Taiwan.

Any chance you can keep a few aside for ordering by individuals who don't want to fly for six hours to find a game store? There is a reason I buy stuff online.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber

Oh I want, I want!

Liberty's Edge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Pawns, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber

That cover is bad ass.

Scarab Sages

AH YEAH!

Gonna have to make sure I get there early this year! Last year, the only place running it in San Diego gave me bad info, over the phone, saying I DIDN'T have to stay the whole time to get the free stuff, when I got there they were being jerks about it...Had my family with me and we were on our way to the Zoo, just dropped by to pick up the Paizo product...which thankfully I did get eventually.

Scarab Sages

Paizo Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Lisa Stevens wrote:


Paizo isn't going to be exhibiting at Origins. Sorry. :/

-Lisa

Noooooooo!!! Origins is the only Con I go to. How can you cheat me of your presence. I and others who can only go to one Con are feeling abandoned. :(

Liberty's Edge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules Subscriber

Damn, on June 20th I am far away on holiday. Any chance to buy this BB from your shop here on Paizo, or will there be a pdf available only afterwards?! I so need to get this print version...

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Folks, it says, in bold, right at the top of the page:

This 16-page supplement will be initially made available for Free RPG Day on June 20, 2009.

A free PDF and a limited number of copies of the print edition of this product will be available for sale exclusively on paizo.com after Free RPG Day 2009 concludes.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Charles Scholz wrote:
Lisa Stevens wrote:


Paizo isn't going to be exhibiting at Origins. Sorry. :/

-Lisa

Noooooooo!!! Origins is the only Con I go to. How can you cheat me of your presence. I and others who can only go to one Con are feeling abandoned. :(

I feel your pain, believe me.

If Catalyst isn't going to be there either, I'll have to reevaluate going to Origins at all :-(

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Campaign Setting, Companion, Modules, Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Tales Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:

Folks, it says, in bold, right at the top of the page:

This 16-page supplement will be initially made available for Free RPG Day on June 20, 2009.

A free PDF and a limited number of copies of the print edition of this product will be available for sale exclusively on paizo.com after Free RPG Day 2009 concludes.

Vic,

Come on, this is teh internets! Do you seriously expect us to check our facts before launching rants and/or questions?


If it goes like last year, I will end up with the PDF. Free stuff goes quick from my FLGS.

Still, I am not complaining. I am really looking forward to the preview, no matter the form.

Liberty's Edge

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules Subscriber
Vic Wertz wrote:

Folks, it says, in bold, right at the top of the page:

This 16-page supplement will be initially made available for Free RPG Day on June 20, 2009.

A free PDF and a limited number of copies of the print edition of this product will be available for sale exclusively on paizo.com after Free RPG Day 2009 concludes.

*ooops* Sorry... :)

Liberty's Edge

I am so itching to find out what goodies are in store for us!


I just hope I can find a place in Philly that's participating in Free RPG Day. I want this book!


SO what your saying is at 11:59pm on the 20th of June I should be sitting on this website ready to order it?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Panguinslayer7 wrote:
SO what your saying is at 11:59pm on the 20th of June I should be sitting on this website ready to order it?

Actually, we won't be selling them until the Monday following... but I don't think you need to camp out on the refresh button. We think we've got plenty.


Vic Wertz wrote:
Panguinslayer7 wrote:
SO what your saying is at 11:59pm on the 20th of June I should be sitting on this website ready to order it?
Actually, we won't be selling them until the Monday following... but I don't think you need to camp out on the refresh button. We think we've got plenty.

Sweet, thanks.

Sovereign Court

A preview of nearly every monster to be included in the upcoming Pathfinder Bestiary

In 16 pages, huh? Is "preview" marketing speak for "list", or will these previews be in 0.5 point font? :D

Nevertheless, yay!

Dark Archive

If you have 2 pages per monster that would be 8 of them. Though if it is 1 page per monster which is more likely on most of them thats 16 of them. So if you split the difference that would be about a dozen monsters. Seems like a preview to me, just enough to get you interested and want more but not enough to slake you desire for more.

Sovereign Court

Dark_Mistress wrote:
Seems like a preview to me,

Of nearly every monster? There's going to be over 200 monsters in the Bestiary. You'd need, conservatively, ten monsters per page to get a "preview" of nearly every monster in the bestiary.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Deluxe Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Legends Subscriber; Pathfinder Tales Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

It's probably a list of some kind.

Sovereign Court

Zaister wrote:
It's probably a list of some kind.

I'm holding out hope for 0.5 point font full entries.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

cappadocius wrote:
Zaister wrote:
It's probably a list of some kind.
I'm holding out hope for 0.5 point font full entries.

I'm hoping it's a giant "Where's Waldo"-style picture with every monster in it. Without a key, of course.

Sovereign Court

yoda8myhead wrote:


I'm hoping it's a giant "Where's Waldo"-style picture with every monster in it. Without a key, of course.

That's way better than my idea! I want to switch to your idea!

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

The book contains more than a dozen full monster write-ups (with color illustrations) as well as a more-or-less complete list of all the monsters that will appear in the full Bestiary.

Liberty's Edge

Erik Mona wrote:
The book contains more than a dozen full monster write-ups (with color illustrations) as well as a more-or-less complete list of all the monsters that will appear in the full Bestiary.

Hooray!!!!

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