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Here there be monsters!

What is a hero without monsters to vanquish? This 328-page book presents hundreds of different creatures for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Within this tome you'll find fire-breathing dragons and blood-drinking vampires, vile demons and shapechanging werewolves, sadistic goblins and lumbering giants, and so much more! Yet not all the creatures in this book are enemies, for some can serve lucky heroes as allies or advisors, be they summoned angels or capricious nymphs. And it doesn't stop there—with full rules for advancing monsters, adapting monsters to different roles, and designing your own unique creations, you'll never be without a band of hideous minions again!

The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary is the must-have companion volume to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. This imaginative tabletop game builds upon more than 10 years of system development and an Open Playtest featuring more than 50,000 gamers to create a cutting-edge RPG experience that brings the all-time best-selling set of fantasy rules into the new millennium.

The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary includes:

  • More than 350 different monsters
  • Dozens of monstrous variants to modify creatures and keep players on their toes
  • Numerous lists of monsters to aid in navigation, including lists by Challenge Rating, monster type, and habitat
  • Extensive rules for creating effective and balanced monsters
  • Rules for advancing monsters by hit dice, template, or class level
  • Universal monster rules to simplify special attacks, defenses, and qualities like breath weapons, damage reduction, and regeneration
  • More than a dozen feats tailored especially for monsters
  • Suggestions for monstrous cohorts
  • Two dozen additional animal companions
  • More than a dozen different wandering monster encounter tables
  • ... and much, much more!

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Without Opponents, Combat Sure Wouldn't Be Much Fun!

5/5

Bestiaries are Pathfinder's version of the D&D Monster Manuals: reference books containing descriptions and stat-blocks for hundreds of new creatures for PCs to battle, bother, or befriend. They're not designed to be read cover to cover, but that's exactly what I did for this review. The Bestiary weighs in at 327 pages and contains (according to the back-cover) over 350 different monsters arranged in alphabetical order.

The book starts with a two-page Introduction, and it's actually worth reading because it explains what the (28!) different categories of information in a creature's stat block mean. It also introduces the the "Monster Icons" scheme, wherein each monster receives three different icons to visually denote its creature type, terrain, and climate. I like the idea of the icons, but I find them too small and similar to be useful, and I'm not interested in flipping back to page 5 too figure out what they mean. I'm happy just reading the corresponding entries in the stat block.

For monsters, we start with Aasimar on page 7 and run through until Zombie on page 289. This is what the book is all about, but it's a challenging thing to review as my notes are full of bits of scattered remarks about dozens of different monsters. As I can't figure out a coherent way to synthesize them, I'm going to take the unusual tack of just including them as a sort of impressionistic picture of what's in the book. Skim to the bottom for more of the review.

"A"

--aboleths are a lot tougher than CR might indicate!

--Not officially Golarion, but flavour in entries generally compatible

--backdoor cosmology with angels stuff

--really good write-up of Solar Angels

--Army Ant Swarms are pretty nasty!

--like archons--I've never really seen them used outside of summoning, when no RP is involved

--azatas: CG celestials

Bs

--cool how barghests become greater!

--bebiliths: wow, awesome art for an awesome creature!

--bugbear artwork is weird, but fascinating bit on "The Nature of Goblinoid Evil"

Cs

--creepy Choker

--good mixture of animals and various types of monsters

--a lot of classic ones, but some new ones (like chuul) as well

--like history of cyclops and flash of insight power

Ds

--dark folk and dark stalkers?!?! humanoid subtype with language--never heard of them...

--demons! Good, engaging, clear explanation

--don't argue with a balor demon!

--great stories for demons--quasit familiars taking master's souls!

--devils! emphasis on hierarchy

--a good variety of tough foes, with lots of HP and resistances

--great writeup of lemure devils

--fantastic artwork all the way through!

--Devourers are pretty nasty for their CR!

--too many dinosaurs!

--dragons! stat blocks are so long, there's very little description

--driders and drow: underused

E

--elementals

F

--familiar (no idea that was here!)

--froghemoth--really?

G

--gelatinous cubes are really dangerous!

--genies

--love Shaitan genie art

--ghosts: emphasis on story-based customization, 2 page spread

--Giants!

--fun gibbering mouthers artwork

--goblins

--golems

Hs

--half- templates

--occasionally the titles aren't the most intuitive: "Herd animal, bison" for example

--need full stats for combat-trained horses

Is

--intellect devourer--WTF!

Ks

--kytons are cool/creepy

Ls

--lamia artwork is regrettable

--lich: gotta have 'em!

--linnorms are nasty, especially curses and poison!

--lycanthrope template

Ms

--medusas, minotaurs, mimics--all the classics!

--mummy rot sure is nasty!

Ns

-- nagas look dumb

--neothelids are intriguing! need more

--nymphs have cool boons

Os

--Oni need better explanation

Ps

--good amount of player detail for pegasi

Rs

--rakhasa: a lot of potential in the right campaign

--retrievers are scary

--rust monsters!

Ss

--sea hag artwork is great! (and evil eye comatose ability!)

--shadows can be quite more lethal than CR

--touch ACs are so low because of artificial natural armor bonuses, making Alchemists and Gunslingers especially powerful

--shoggoths arent very scary for CR19

--skum have surprisingly interesting write-up

--giant slugs too goofy

Ts

--tarrasque: bad pic, underwhelming

--troglodyte pic is great!

Us

Vs

--vampires: elaborate template

--vargouille's kiss is nasty

Ws

Xs

--xills are awesome!

Zs

--zombie pic is hilarious

Hm, that was embarrassing. Sorry!

After the monster entries are a series of appendices, and these definitely add value to the book.

Appendix 1 is Monster Creation, and it offers a very thorough and clear guide to monster creation. There are a *lot* of moving parts to creating balanced monsters in Pathfinder, so this will take some time until you get the hang of it. Appendix 2 is Monster Advancement, and this is another important part of the book because it shows GMs how to adjust creatures in the book to make them more or less powerful by adding simple templates (like "Giant" or "Young") and by adding racial hit dice or class levels. Appendix 3 is the section of the book I use more than any other, and it's indispensable: Universal Monster Rules. In order to save space and avoid repetition in stat blocks, common monster abilities are fleshed out here: everything from Darkvision to Damage Reduction to Incorporeal and more. Only very, very experienced GMs should try to run creatures just from the stat blocks without remembering to double-check what their monster abilities do, precisely, in the Universal Monster Rules. The same appendix also contains creature Types and Subtypes, which are like packages of basic information that all creatures of a particular category, such as demons or animals, share. Again, this is to save space in stat blocks. Appendix 4 is very short, and provides some advice on Monsters as PCs. I've never used it. Appendix 5 is Monster Feats, though some PCs may actually legitimately use some of them like Craft Construct. If you notice that a monster has a feat you can't find in the Core Rulebook, that's probably because it's listed here. Appendices 6 and 7 list Monster Cohorts (for the Leadership feat) and Animal Companions (for druids and rangers), respectively. Appendices 8-12 are indexes that help a GM who is looking for monsters of a particular type, CR, terrain, etc. Really useful information that most people who just use online databases probably never realized was available. Finally, Appendix 14 contains Encounter Tables broken up by terrain. These include average CRs for an each table, but I still think it'd be foolish to actually roll on them: in a Hill/Mountain, region, for example, your PCs could run into CR 3 orcs or CR 12 fire giants. A party that is challenged by the former would be curb-stomped by the latter. Good random encounter table design needs to have a narrow range of CRs before they become feasible.

I'm not a huge monster guy like some people, but I definitely enjoyed reading the Bestiary and I learned a lot about the core monsters of the setting. I know there are five later books that expand the selection far more, but much of what I see in APs and PFS still draws from this book. Along with the Core Rulebook, it's safe to say that the Bestiary was one of the releases that helped to solidify Paizo's reputation as a company that publishes the highest calibre of RPG books in terms of writing quality, artwork, design, and layout. It's not indispensable since there are multiple websites that present the same information, but for ease of use (and the joy of skimming), the Bestiary is one of those books that every GM should have.


It all starts here babee

5/5

One only two books you require to jump in and play Pathfinder, it is the essential meat in the gaming stew. As important and the core rulebook is, it is nothing with out this work.

Expanded and tweaked off the OGL 3.x material, its cleaner, better organized and tweaked for the Pathfinder rules. Every hero needs a foe, every damsel in distress needs a captor, and every GM needs a source of badies to keep the group on their toes. You will find it all here, between these pages is years of destruction and mayhem.

No matter if you playing Pathfinders own setting, one of your own design and creation, or another publishers material, this is the must have companion to your CRB.


They need more monsters

5/5

not as useful as the advanced raced guide for the monsters you could play as it does have a lot. i own this and well do my best to keep it hidden from my players. they keep trying to make them fight dragons... they are lvl 5


great reference book

5/5

This book has all the monsters you would need on a starting campaine


The standard by which all monster products will be judged by.

5/5

By now, there are several Bestiaries out in print, but when this book first came out you arguably needed to own it to play the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Was it worth the purchase? Decide for yourself!

Crunch
When we talk about a book's crunch, we're looking at its game rules, mechanics, and similar stats. As a monster book, the Bestiary is 99% crunch, and for Paizo's first real Bestiary, it is absolutely fantastic. There isn't a whole lot you can really say about monster stat blocks; they work perfectly and there aren't any monsters that feel ridiculous for their challenge rating (CR). The book also includes several new races that are appropriate for player characters; in this book, we have aasimars, the tieflings, and drow, as well as the applicable but seldom appropriate deurgar, drow noble, and svirfneblin. The book stays true to the rules of its predecessors; when you look at a drow, you recognize it as a drow from previous games. Because of the significant power up that the core races received these classically "OP" races aren't very far out of line with your traditional player characrers, and as a result we don't see the Level Adjustment system in Pathfinder. If you're unfamiliar with the term, in older editions of Dungeons and Dragons, some races were deemed so powerful that you had to actually forgo class levels in order to be a member of the race. For example, if you wanted to play a drow, you had a LA of +1, meaning that your race counted as 1 class level when determining your party's level. This either meant you were more powerful than your friends or (and more commonly) your GM had you start at a lower level to compensate. And believe me, it is not fun to be a sorcerer of an LA race because of how far behind your party is! The racial benefits seldom made up for the loss of character levels and it was a pretty terrible mechanic all around, so good riddance.

Although the book's theme is classic monsters, Paizo manages to add its own spin on fantasy games by including weird and amazing monsters. A perfect example is the froghemoth, which is basically a giant aberrant frog-monster. As a huge Lovecraft fan, I was ecstatic to see monsters like the shoggoth creep up in Pathfinder as well. For a first Bestiary, the spread of monsters is well-chosen and you could definitely run a game with only this book if you really wanted to.

What probably amounts to the best change of all, in my opinion, is the changes to the rules for building your own monsters. These rules are difficult to comprehend and enact in other games, but the Paizo team does an excellent job of laying out step-by-step every detail in crafting your own monsters by including handy charts and tables. For a game that knew it wasn't launching with much material and that it wanted to be backwards-compatible with older products, it was a very wise choice to streamline monster-making as much as they did and its probably the best reason to keep a copy of Bestiary I in your library alongside future monster tomes. 5 /5 Stars.

Flavor
When we talk about a product's flavor, we're talking about its fiction content, its style, and its overall feel. This section is always very opinionated, because even though I whole-heartily enjoy Lovecraft and his works, there are those who don't like their minds thrust into insanity and the mere sight of a shoggoth or whatnot. When you read the Bestiary, the one thing that becomes very clear is that there simply is not much room for flavor. Most monsters get a paragraph and a half of descriptive text and a beautiful picture, but that's about it. Honestly, however, that's all this product needs. The monsters that are detailed are classic monsters, so the information provided about them tends to be enough that classic gamers can recognize the creature for what it is and new players can get a sense of wonder and learn enough about the monster to be on the same page with the veterans. The art is fabulous in this book and supplements the descriptions perfectly, even when the monster concept is weird text-wise a beautiful illustration helps to sell it to you personally.

The elephant in the room is that Pathfinder wants to have its own identity as much as it wants to follow in the footsteps of its predecessors. This means that every so often the Paizo team completely re-imagines and redefines the traits of a specific monster. Usually this happens to a relatively unknown or under used monster (we'll talk more about this in Bestiary III), but there is one monster in particular that is relatively well-known and got the Paizo makeover in a big way. That monster, which has become Paizo's mascot of sorts, is the goblin. To give a little bit of background, traditionally goblins have admittedly lacked character; they were little more than evil halflings in most settings. Paizo's very first adventure path, Rise of the Runelords, shook this up by drastically changing the image of the goblin; they were now psychotic savages who were obsessed with fire and scared of dogs and horses. They sang Children of the Corn style songs about death and murder and often filled a role as comic relief in many of the adventures they have been featured in while simultaneously managing to inspire fear and terror in many a party. In my experience, you either love or you hate the new look of goblins. Many classic gamers that I've played with deplore the "new" goblin if only for the art design; big heads, small bodies. Honestly, however, it doesn't bother me much; my gaming generation includes Warcraft's techno-suicidal goblins and Warhammer's hordes of insane, suicidal goblins; next to those, Paizo's take on the goblin fits in rather nicely.

For being limited to several paragraphs of text per monster, the Bestiary gives you everything you'd expect and more flavor-wised. Its a book of monsters that feel threatening and believable; there's nothing too dumb or too far out there unless you're a hard-core medieval traditionalist. 5 /5 Stars.

Texture
When we talk about a book's texture, we're talking about its grammar and layout, among other things. As someone who has actually sat down to try and write a bestiary, let's be clear that if there's one thing I get, its that stat blocks are HARD. They're hard to format, they're hard to standardize, they're even hard to spell check because of the sheer amount of text that a book like the Bestiary has. All of its complex jargon, half of it made of surreal naming conventions. With all this mind, if there's one place that the Bestiary is amazing, its the texture. There is almost no errors of any kind in this document. Perfect grammar. Perfect spelling conventions. Perfect formatting. Everything is perfect.

As you can see in the picture I included, the Bestiary breaks from traditional monster books in that it limits one monster page, with only a few exceptions (mostly animals and familiars). There is extreme attention to detail in the text placement, and its very impressive that the book manages to be as descriptive as it is with as little space as it has; almost every monster is illustrated, after all, so not only are you juggling stat blocks, but you're also juggling them with text descriptions and illustrations. This book is a marvel of editing and layout and nothing less. 5 /5 Stars.

Final Score & Thoughts
Crunch: 5 / 5
Flavor: 5 / 5
Texture: 5 / 5
Final Score: 5 / 5

This book does everything right. It is the shining star by which all monster-based products should be judged. For a first attempt, Paizo smashes their monster book out of the park, past all expectations. It makes me excited to start looking at the future Bestiary products.


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I think Lini did that once. She was ...disturbingly attractive.


Demonskunk wrote:
0gre wrote:
Demonskunk wrote:
the answer you keep giving me is "because they're weaker" which feels dismissive to me.

Why are dogs in the Bestiary less powerful than lions?

Why are trolls more powerful than humans?

Your question is of the same nature. Not every creature is the same. Kobolds are designed to be fairly easy low level challenges for PCs so they are weaker than the typical PC.

Yes. their monster stats are low for that reason, but their PC/NPC stats should be equal to other NPC/PC race stats, so that when making a PC/NPC of that particular race you don't have to compensate to get them up to a certain level.

Why? No one is forcing you to play a kobold. If you choose to play one of them, you should accept their limitations. It's what makes them kobolds and not one of the standard, balanced PC races.

Shadow Lodge

Demonskunk wrote:
0gre wrote:
Demonskunk wrote:
the answer you keep giving me is "because they're weaker" which feels dismissive to me.

Why are dogs in the Bestiary less powerful than lions?

Why are trolls more powerful than humans?

Your question is of the same nature. Not every creature is the same. Kobolds are designed to be fairly easy low level challenges for PCs so they are weaker than the typical PC.

Yes. their monster stats are low for that reason, but their PC/NPC stats should be equal to other NPC/PC race stats, so that when making a PC/NPC of that particular race you don't have to compensate to get them up to a certain level.

First, the Bestiary is not a player resource. It is a listing of monsters for the GM to pit against the players. Nothing in the bestiary is geared towards PCs beyond the fact that you might reference it for spells you cast.

Second, if you change their stats they aren't kobolds anymore, they are something else with the kobold name stapled on. It's like using a lion stat block for a dog because you want dogs to be just as good as lions. Kobolds are the wimpy little underdogs, that's *what they are*. To change that is to make something that isn't a kobold.


Demonskunk wrote:


Yes. their monster stats are low for that reason, but their PC/NPC stats should be equal to other NPC/PC race stats, so that when making a PC/NPC of that particular race you don't have to compensate to get them up to a certain level.

Why should their "monster stats" differ from their "NPC/PC" stats? They are what they are. Compensate away if you want them to be a tougher NPC. Only a Kobold with levels is going to be "tougher" as an NPC. As for PC Kobolds, welcome to the world of the weak. It's like saying you want a NPC/PC giant, but they can't be bigger and stronger. At which point they are not a giant.

In short, what Ogre and company said above :) Ninja'd hours ago. Which is what I get for not reading to the bottom of the thread...


Joana wrote:
So you want two sets of stats, like drow and drow noble?

That's.. sort of a good way to put it. one for making characters with, and one for making fodder.

and to everyone else: Clearly you aren't willing to understand what I mean, so I'm done trying to explain it.

I'm just gonna write my monster race book for pathfinder and be done with it :V


Demonskunk wrote:


and to everyone else: Clearly you aren't willing to understand what I mean, so I'm done trying to explain it.

I'm just gonna write my monster race book for pathfinder and be done with it :V

It's not that I (and maybe they) don't understand. Just that I (and maybe they) don't agree.

No big deal really. Find a thread around here where everybody agrees and I'll probably faint.

Write it up, have fun with it and maybe post it in homebrew. Ideas are always good, even if you don't fully agree with them. Some of the things I've really disagreed with have pushed me to look at things and come up with my own ideas.


I recently received the newer third printing, I quickly went through it and noticed a lot of the Dragon tables are slightly off/misprinted, my second printing didn't have that problem, pity.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mick McKee wrote:


I recently received the newer third printing, I quickly went through it and noticed a lot of the Dragon tables are slightly off/misprinted, my second printing didn't have that problem, pity.

Can you be more specific? I'm not sure what you mean.

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

”Dragon78” wrote:
So Mr. Daigle what did you contribute to the other two Bestiaries?

Because the dragon asked:

Critters:
Most of this is just conversions, honestly, with some fresh flavor text.

Elephant and mammoth
Gray ooze
Harpy
Invisible stalker
Giant leech and leech swarm
Merfolk
Eagle and hawk
Shadow
Giant slug
Ochre jelly
Vegepygmy
Wolf
Giant stag beetle
Fire beetle
Boggard
Giant centipede and centipede swarm
Giant crab and crab swarm
Dragon turtle
Gelatinous cube


I like the Grey ooze, Harpy, Giant Leech, Merfolk, Giant Slug, Ochre Jelly, Fire Beetle, Boggard, Giant Crab, Dragon Turtle, and Gelatinous ooze.

Ether you like Oozes or they like assigning them to you.

I also see that you have worked on the Crabs.


Dragon78 wrote:

I like the Grey ooze, Harpy, Giant Leech, Merfolk, Giant Slug, Ochre Jelly, Fire Beetle, Boggard, Giant Crab, Dragon Turtle, and Gelatinous ooze.

Ether you like Oozes or they like assigning them to you.

I also see that you have worked on the Crabs.

Don't you like invisible stalkers?!?!? :O


The monsters of Bestiary 1 collected into my favorite/least favorite order.

FAVORITE 20: In random order
Ettercap / Gargoyle / Marilith / Kyton / Rakshasa / Roper / Manticore
Mimic / Nightmare / Salamander / Barghest / Behir / Black Pudding
Cloaker / Erinyes / Drider / Oni / Dark Naga / Mohrg / Aboleth

OTHER FAVORITES:
Solar / Ankheg / Basilisk / Bebilith / Bulette / Choker / Chuul / Couatl / Cyclops
Babau / Balor / Glabrezu / Hezrou / Shadow Demon / Succubus / Vrock / Derro
Hamatula / Osyluth / Gelugon / Imp / Devourer / Doppelganger / Dragon Turtle
Drow / Dryad / Duergar (not this version tho) / Ettin / Froghemoth / Gelatinous Cube
Efreet / Marid / Shaitan / Ghoul / Gibbering Mouther / Girallon / Gorgon / Harpy
Hydra / Intellect Devourer / Invisible Stalker / Lamia / Wererat / Werewolf
Giant Mantis / Medusa / Mephit / Minotaur / Mummy / Night Hag / Otyugh / Owlbear
Phase Spider / Purple Worm / Remorhaz / Rust Monster / Sahuagin / Satyr / Sea Hag
Gynosphinx / Troll / Vampire / Vargouille / Vegepygmy / Will o Wisp / Winter Wolf
Yellow Musk Creeper / Yeth Hound / Yeti

NICE: Not favorite but close
Planetar / Animated Object / Army Ant Swarm / Lillend / Cave Bear / Fire Beetle
Daeodon / Boggard / Bugbear / Cave Fisher / Centaur / Chimera / Cockatrice
Sarcosuchus / Dretch / Barbazu / Cornugon / Lemure / Pit Fiend / Ankylosaurus
Deinonychus / Triceratops / Tyrannosaurus / Black Dragon / Blue Dragon / Red Dragon
White Dragon / Green Dragon / Silver Dragon / Copper Dragon / Gold Dragon
Giant Moray Eel / Air Elemental / Earth Elemental / Fire Elemental / Water Elemental
Mastodon / Djinn / Fire Giant / Frost Giant / Stone Giant / Storm Giant / Gnoll
Goblin / Goblin Dog / Flesh Golem / Iron Golem / Stone Golem / Griffon / Hell Hound
Hyaenodon / Kobold / Kraken / Tarn Linnorm / Spotted Lion / Giant Frilled Lizard
Lizardman / Morlock / Guardian Naga / Neothelid / Ogre / Orc / Phoenix / Pixie
Roc / Shadow / Shambling Mound / Megalodon / Shocker Lizard / Skeleton / Skum
Spectre / Stirge / Tarrasque / Smilodon / Treant / Troglodyte / Unicorn / Wight
Dire Wolverine / Worg / Wraith / Wyvern / Xill / Xorn / Zombie

NOT BAD: But far from being my favorites
Astral Deva / Giant Ant / Gigantopithecus / Hound Archon / Lantern Archon
Trumpet Archon / Assassin Vine / Bralani / Ghaele / Basidirond / Bat Swarm
Grizzly / Leopard / Giant Centipede / Crab Swarm / Giant Crab / Crocodile
Dark Creeper / Dark Stalker / Darkmantle / Nabasu / Nalfeshnee / Brachiosaurus
Elasmosaurus / Pteranodon / Stegosaurus / Orca / Bronze Dragon / Electric Eel
Elephant / Giant Flytrap / Giant Frog / Ghost / Cloud Giant / Hill Giant / Wood Golem
Ice Golem / Gray Ooze / Green Hag / Nessian Hell Hound / Homunculus / Hyena
Giant Leech / Leech Swarm / Crag Linnorm / Ice Linnorm / Lion / Monitor Lizard
Mermaid / Mite / Spirit Naga / Cauchemar / Nymph / Ochre Jelly / Giant Octopus
Pegasus / Pseudodragon / Rat Swarm / Dire Rat / Woolly Rhinoceros / Giant Scorpion
Sea Serpent / Greater Shadow / Shark / Shoggoth / Giant Slug / Giant Spider
Svirfneblin / Tengu / Tiger / Violet Fungus / Giant Wasp / Wasp Swarm / Wolf
Wolverine

DISLIKE (names behind them are the names of the creatures I find too much alike with and which I prefer over these disliked monsters)
Gorilla / Dire Bat (mobat) / Giant Stag Beetle / Boar / Cheetah / Centipede Swarm
Quasit (imp) / Brass Dragon (copper & bronze dragon) / Giant Eagle (roc) / Poison Frog / Jann / Clay Golem (mudman) / Bison
Hobgoblin (bugbear) / Iron Cobra (Raktavarna)/ Lich (huecuva) / Octopus / Retriever (bebilith) / Rhinoceros / Skeleton Champion (graveknight)
Small Constrictor / Small Venomous Snake / Spider Swarm / Squid / Giant Squid (kraken)
Dire Wolf (worg) / Aasimar / Dog / Riding Dog / Dolphin / Eagle / All Familiars / Half-Celestial
Half-Dragon / Half-Fiend / Aurochs / Horse / Pony / Tiefling


Vic Wertz wrote:


Can you be more specific? I'm not sure what you mean.

Sorry, haven't looked here in a while!

Take for example page 91, the three tables under Dragon Age Categories/Dragon Ability Scores/Dragon Attacks and Speeds.

It's all slightly off/fuzzy, like a slight printing issue, but it doesn't affect the bottom of the page(ie starting at Frightful Presence...) that's all nice.

Same for page 94, only affects the upper-right table(Age Category, Special Abilities, Caster Level), it's not crisp.

Maybe it's just my copy, I don't know. I can still see the information, no biggie, but was nice and crisp in my second printing(which I sold to another player ;-)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Mick McKee wrote:
Maybe it's just my copy, I don't know.

Yep—it's just your copy. If you'd like to have it replaced, contact customer service.


I bought the PDF version and the printed version. The Single and Multiple Files download version of PDF on page 305 is missing the beginning of the paragraph "Swallow Whole" the printed version is OK.


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I am curious has to why the size change for the deinonychus?

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Question: The Basidirond on page 28 states that it has tremorsense, but does not include a distance in the description. What would you recommend as the distance for that ability?

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Spook54321,

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Would it be possible to update the PDFs for this book so that the bookmarks are organzized the same way as for Bestiary 2 and 3, i.e. with a section for each starting letter under the section "Monsters"? It's a pain to have to scroll through the whole list of individual monster bookmarks every time I need something farther down. That would be great!


Good news. Got an email and the pdf has been updated with the bookmarks the way it's in Bestiary 2 and 3!


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Very nice!

Liberty's Edge

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In the 3rd printing of the Bestiary, the Animated Object is listed as having a flat-footed AC of 12 but its Natural AC bonus is +4. To my understanding the flat-footed AC should be 14. Am I missing something?


I just noticed that in my latest version of the (light) PDF, the Golem bookmark is nested under a second Goblin bookmark.

FYI.

Made it hard to find :P


An error: The cyclops does not have Martial Weapon Proficiency for its greataxe.

Sovereign Court

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Hi guys, just joined the Pathfinder Society and am loving it! :-)

Also, I know that the first bestiary is 'outdated' but I think it is always worth having it to gain a complete collection (besides, it would save me from having to constantly go online just to look for monster statistics). Hard to say which bestiary is my favourite (out of the ones that are released), but then again I have only just now bought the first bestiary and I am saving my moolah to buy the others.

So once again, I would just like to say that it's great to be a member! :-)

Grand Lodge

Error, the Ogre Mage's fly skill isn't the correct number.

Ogre Mages have +5 to their Fly skill. They are Large size, are Dex 17, wear a chain shirt (not masterwork), and a constant caster level 9th version of Fly going (good maneuverability). As the spell reads, you add 1/2 your CL to Fly skill checks.
So, how +5?


Where can I find details such as what year each printing came out? I'd prefer not to get a 2nd printing when I buy a physical copy someplace, when I know there has been at least a 3rd printing & the newer the printing the less likely I'm going to need to find errata for any of the contents.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The third printing has been out since September 2011. It would take a bit of work to figure out exactly when the second printing came out, but I suspect it was early 2010.


GamesManipulator wrote:
Where can I find details such as what year each printing came out? I'd prefer not to get a 2nd printing when I buy a physical copy someplace, when I know there has been at least a 3rd printing & the newer the printing the less likely I'm going to need to find errata for any of the contents.

Third printing came out in 2011. Chances are by now, any place that sells Pathfinder books new has the newest printings. If you need to look at what printing the book is, look at the credits page which is usually the third or so page in the book. At the bottom will be the version info.


I saw somewhere there was new errata for the third printing of this book? Can't actually find it when looking in the usual place.

Grand Lodge

Do you mean errata from 3rd to 4th printing because there hasn't been a 4th printing. The errata from 1st - 3rd or 2nd - 3rd is up in the product description.


I found an error in the griffon entry. Its carrying capacity is calculated as if its strength were 18 instead of 16. This is likely because the strength was 18 in 3rd edition dnd.

Scarab Sages

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Found an error with the PDF over the weekend.
On page 304, the bottom 2 lines are missing from both columns.
I check the first printing PDF and they are there. It is only in later printings that they are missing.
I haven't check any other pages, but I needed to check the swallow whole entry and found the beginning was missing.

Community & Digital Content Director

Thanks for the heads up! I'll put correcting that on my to-do list. Once it's updated, you'll get an email notifying you of the change.

Liberty's Edge

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This seems the most 'active' of the various threads tracking Bestiary errata so;

The Xill 'Melee' line currently shows the following in all versions (i.e. print, PDF, & PRD);

short swords +13/+13/+8 (1d6+3/19–20), claw +13 (1d4+3 plus grab), bite +7 (1d3+1 plus paralysis), or 4 claws +13 (1d4+3 plus grab), bite +12 (1d3+3 plus paralysis)

The bolded portion seems inconsistent. I believe, as specified, it should be;

short sword +13/+8 (1d6+3/19–20), short sword +13 (1d6+1/19-20), claw +13 (1d4+3 plus grab), bite +7 (1d3+1 plus paralysis), or 4 claws +13 (1d4+3 plus grab), bite +12 (1d3+3 plus paralysis)

Basically... the Xill is currently getting it's full +3 strength bonus to damage with its off-hand short sword attack. It should actually be getting a 0.5x (+1) strength bonus.

Note that the Xill Matriarch in Occult Bestiary "...adds her full strength modifier on damage rolls with off-hand attacks...', but the base Xill Multiweapon Mastery ability text lacks that provision. Thus, it is also possible that the Xill 'Melee' block is correct, but the text should be updated to specify this feature if it isn't unique to the Matriarch.

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Pocket Edition now available for preorder! This new softcover version is not part of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game subscription, and the dimensions/weights are estimates and may vary as we get closer to actual production.

Dark Archive

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I assume the pocket edition bestiary will be the most actual 3rd printing?

The CRB pocket edizion will be the most actual 6th. Edition.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Yep—the 1st printing of the softcover will have the same contents as the 3rd printing of the hardcover.

Grand Lodge

Hello, tell me please, can i create tengu character in PFS if i have this book?

Sovereign Court

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IngeneerVulgaris wrote:
Hello, tell me please, can i create tengu character in PFS if i have this book?

It would act as a legal source, I should think, though there's a lot of useful material you wouldn't have access to - feats, favored class bonuses, and so on. If you're trying to decide which to pick up, I'd suggest the Advanced Race Guide; if you already have this one, it gives you enough to use the race.

Hopefully that helps. ^_^

Grand Lodge

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Kalindlara wrote:


Hopefully that helps. ^_^

Of course, thank you very much


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

Possible typo detected!
Ogre Mage weapons:
Greatsword should get 19-20 threat range.
Composite longbow should get iterative attack and X3 critical.

(I was entering attacks into a template and realized the crits didn't make sense.)


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More questions trying to reverse-engineer the sea serpent: Is it always assumed to be using Power Attack? That's the only way I can figure the printed stats; but all the base creature stats I've seen so far with Power Attack have them attacking without it, and leave you to add it in, rather than vice-versa.

Dark Archive

Zachary W Anderson wrote:
More questions trying to reverse-engineer the sea serpent: Is it always assumed to be using Power Attack? That's the only way I can figure the printed stats; but all the base creature stats I've seen so far with Power Attack have them attacking without it, and leave you to add it in, rather than vice-versa.

It seems like a mistake.

It should probably be 4d8+18, the same as the swallow whole damage.

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