Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary (OGL)

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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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Pathfinder the Bestiary

4/5

great one, some draws are so ugly, without creativity at all (sphinx)

but it is a bestiary, 3rd printing which i have!!

i always love the monsters and bestiaries and call them how you preffer, i want more bestiaries!!

one gothic bestiary would be nice (with carrion crown monsters and alike)


Best Bestiary Ever

5/5

This is the Bestiary that shou;dv'e been releases so long ago. 1 page. 1 monster.

I read this to my daughter when I lay her down at night its so good.


Good introduction to what monsters populate Pathfinder

5/5

I liked the monsters introduced in this book as well how to create your own monsters. I was thankful to see how to improve a monster or reduce it. Overall a great book.


2nd best Bestiary from Paizo

5/5

Finally backtracked to the Bestiary, so All the Core and Major books are now covered on my blog (still need to conclude the UC/UM reviews as I was mostly covering the feats.)

Bestiary Review

I love it, can't do without it, but I hope more like B3 keep coming out.


Bestiary

5/5

Short and sweet, I love this book and this system.


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Will buy it.

Liberty's Edge

I hope they add a PF Dungeon Masters Guide Equivalent also. I really do not want to buy the 3.5 DMG yet again.


memorax wrote:
I hope they add a PF Dungeon Masters Guide Equivalent also. I really do not want to buy the 3.5 DMG yet again.

It's my understanding that the PFRPG book released in August 2009 will combo the PHB and the DMG.

Liberty's Edge

I hope you are right about that Lilith. I like what I see with PF and while I enjoyed 3.5 I really don't want to invest in it again. Not unless I have too. Which kind of makes sense imo and explains why the book will be so large in size.


memorax wrote:
I hope you are right about that Lilith. I like what I see with PF and while I enjoyed 3.5 I really don't want to invest in it again. Not unless I have too. Which kind of makes sense imo and explains why the book will be so large in size.

Lilith is correct here; various Paizo people have said (somewhere) that the core book will replace both the PH and DMG, with a separate MM (this). The free Beta download already contains some DMG information, although I hope that there will be more in the final version.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

ehb1022 wrote:
Does this need to be ordered separately or is it part of one of the subscription series?

It is not currently part of any subscription... but we reserve the right to change that before the product is released!

The Exchange

Kill for a beta copy? Right Paizo? Fans playtest monsters? Just a thought.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Necessary Evil wrote:
Kill for a beta copy? Right Paizo? Fans playtest monsters? Just a thought.

The Bestiary won't have a public playtest. Once we have the Pathfinder RPG rules nailed down, making monsters compatible with those rules will be easy for our guys. Also, since this book is due out *before* the finished RPG, there's really no time for such a thing in the development cycle.


Very interesting, but I was wondering if, at some point in the future, we could see a sample stat block of a monster? I'm curious to know what exactly Paizo has improved on the stats, descriptions, and layout from the WotC manuals.

I would basically just like to know if this book is worth purchasing when I already have 4 monster manuals of 3rd edition sitting on my shelf.

Dark Archive

Ok I'll bite the bullet and ask the question that needs asking.

I already own MM1. Are the critters in here gonna be that different? Probably too early to tell I suppose.

Haha see the post above mine! I'm with ya on that one brotha. I got no problem buying fine paizo products but I'd feel sorta lame if it's too much the same...

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Aarontendo wrote:

Ok I'll bite the bullet and ask the question that needs asking.

I already own MM1. Are the critters in here gonna be that different? Probably too early to tell I suppose.

Haha see the post above mine! I'm with ya on that one brotha. I got no problem buying fine paizo products but I'd feel sorta lame if it's too much the same...

It's still a bit early to be definitive about such things, but you may want to skim this thread—especially posts from James Jacobs and Erik Mona—to learn a bit more about what we have in mind.

Scarab Sages

Pete Whalley wrote:

You know, only one thing could make this cooler. If every single gribblie were to be illustrated by WAR.

Of course, that's unpossible...but it'd be sooo cool.

A WAR cover containing all 250+ monsters...THAT would make it cooler

Liberty's Edge

Rah! Pathfinder forever-the new D&D!

The Exchange

Pathfinder Maps, Pawns Subscriber

Wow, I wonder if this will be the standard for making a gamers monster manual dream. May it please have built in tabs. May we please pay whatever price you want.

Two pages on a single monster? I will buy this book on that part alone.

Cheers,
Zuxius

Liberty's Edge

(this post has been purposely added to this messageboard because I want people to know about Anonycon... and I'm sure everyone is right now reading about the Bestiary...kinda like a public service announcement in the middle of your favorite TV show. Thanks for listening)

Thanks Anonycon! I had a great time in Stamford, CT this past weekend. One bad point at the convention was, sadly, the Pathfinder games I played. The Pathfinder scenarios I palyed at Anonycon just did not encourage roleplay. Judges didn't encourage players to roleplay AND players didn't encourage players to roleplay. Perhaps I just had games with players who did not care about character-to-character emotions, intrigue, conversation, and personality. The players themselves were very friendly though. I must applaude Anonycon for the NON-Pathfinder games: These "Anonycon Original" Scenarios that were written and judged by Anonycon Staff were far FAR superior to the Pathfinder Scenarios despite the excellent writing in the Pathfinder Modules. Anonycon Judges were excellent Roleplayers and Storytellers, intimately familiar with the adventures and world even when it was not there own game world. They filed in the blanks, improvised NPCs, made each combat not just tactical but as exciting as dramatic cinema, and got players to bust out of their shells and roleplay creatively with NPCs and PCs alike. Bravo Anonycon!!

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

keithbrough wrote:
The Pathfinder scenarios I palyed at Anonycon just did not encourage roleplay. Judges didn't encourage players to roleplay AND players didn't encourage players to roleplay.

To continue the off-topicness, since the post can't be moved, is this why you canceled on my game this weekend? In either case, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy PFS. At cons especially the nature of the 4 hour time slot sometimes pressures GMs into running what's written and only that for fear of running out of time. Hope you give it another shot.


Wish i had it already!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I guess the pivotal question to be asked is whether it will be fully compatible with the Pathfinder Rules due out the following month.


I can't imagine that it wouldn't be

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Saurstalk wrote:
I guess the pivotal question to be asked is whether it will be fully compatible with the Pathfinder Rules due out the following month.

But of course!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Figured that it wouldn't hurt to ask. Apparently, no one else did.


how many new monsters are included in this beauty ? as i play ad&d 1st ed. and convert back .... i have alot of the originals already. please tell me there is at least 50 percent new. PLEASE PLEASE

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

fineous99l wrote:
how many new monsters are included in this beauty ? as i play ad&d 1st ed. and convert back .... i have alot of the originals already. please tell me there is at least 50 percent new. PLEASE PLEASE

You may want to read this thread.

The Exchange

As my good school teachers taught me, July comes before August, which means this book will come before the official nonBeta release of Pathfinder mechanics/rule -which seems to imply that the mechanics of the Bestiary will not contain/incorporate said mechanics.

Is that true?

I, for one, hope not. I love the mechanics of Beta/Pathfinder and would love a Bestiary that incorporates all of those rules.


Samuel Peer wrote:

As my good school teachers taught me, July comes before August, which means this book will come before the official nonBeta release of Pathfinder mechanics/rule -which seems to imply that the mechanics of the Bestiary will not contain/incorporate said mechanics.

Is that true?

I, for one, hope not. I love the mechanics of Beta/Pathfinder and would love a Bestiary that incorporates all of those rules.

The Pathfinder Besiary WILL incorperate the rules from the Pathfinder RPG Rules that come out a month afterwards. It is just that making monsters is slightly easier than getting the rules all bundled up and together.

Dark Archive

why before the 3.75 out did the bestiary will not match 3.75 rpg hard cover release 1 mounth later if yes you start to do like wizard of the coast let go things out before real rules or maybe the bestiary is adapted to those rules 3.75

thnaks to answer my question


Well it has been said elsewhere i cant recall which thread, but The PFRPG is a much bigger book and it will be finished in house before the monster book goes to first...the rules will be solid and done. They will take more time on the layout of the core book as well as shipping times and making sure it has time to clear customs

As for why well cost mostly. They have a few books coming out in one month the AP and the core...thats a alot of upfront outgoing cash for one month. Adding a 3rd large book to the same outgoing cost that month could be bad. I would go as far to say that it could put them in a financial tight spot . So they need to brake up the cost of printing it all at once..How is easy the beastiary needs to be printed in another month, before or after....I think before is a good call.

Am sure some one else can tell you better but thats a gist of it I think.


Pathfinder Card Game, Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
Book description wrote:
The greatest monsters of fantasy gaming come alive in the very first hardcover release for Paizo’s new Pathfinder Roleplaying Game!
dunrosh wrote:

why before the 3.75 out did the bestiary will not match 3.75 rpg hard cover release 1 mounth later if yes you start to do like wizard of the coast let go things out before real rules or maybe the bestiary is adapted to those rules 3.75

thnaks to answer my question

Paizo Employee CEO

seekerofshadowlight wrote:

As for why well cost mostly. They have a few books coming out in one month the AP and the core...thats a alot of upfront outgoing cash for one month. Adding a 3rd large book to the same outgoing cost that month could be bad. I would go as far to say that it could put them in a financial tight spot . So they need to brake up the cost of printing it all at once..How is easy the beastiary needs to be printed in another month, before or after....I think before is a good call.

What he said. :)

-Lisa


So is this going to be all the monsters from Pathfinder mag.?


steve68 wrote:
So is this going to be all the monsters from Pathfinder mag.?

No. This is basically the "Pathfinderization" of most of the monsters in the Monster Manual plus a few more added in.


Just one question: I've been thinking of getting a copy of the Tome of Horrors I. Just how much from ToHI will be showing up in this book?

If it's half or more, I might as well forget about ToH and just get this.


Off your question, but to consider: Eric, hopefully we're going to see a Pathfinder ToH from Necromancer in the future. Feelers have been sent out, pleas have been made, hints have been dropped...

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Pawns, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
Eric Hinkle wrote:

Just one question: I've been thinking of getting a copy of the Tome of Horrors I. Just how much from ToHI will be showing up in this book?

If it's half or more, I might as well forget about ToH and just get this.

I'm pretty sure you can think of this as the SRD monsters (minus some flukes) with an occasional guest appearance from other sources, most notably the ToH.

So my advise is by them both and support the edition you love!


Flukes are being left out of the Pf Bestiary!?!?


Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Flukes are being left out of the Pf Bestiary!?!?

Those poor, poor whales....

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"Bringing Big D**n Justice to the Bad Guys Since 1369 DR"


I really appreciate the artwork from Paizo's Pathfinder series and expect to be equally appreciative of the Bestiary artwork. I'd also be very appreciative of monster/creature counters that use that artwork on heavy cardstock akin to what is used for Flip-Mats.

Just in case you're wondering.


Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Off your question, but to consider: Eric, hopefully we're going to see a Pathfinder ToH from Necromancer in the future. Feelers have been sent out, pleas have been made, hints have been dropped...

...torture devices have been pulled out, threats have been made, begging has continued,...

Liberty's Edge

So with the "Non-SRD" monsters being not included, will there be equivalent critters with different names (Illithids called another name, et cetera)?

Dark Archive

Kevida wrote:
So with the "Non-SRD" monsters being not included, will there be equivalent critters with different names (Illithids called another name, et cetera)?

"Re-inventing" the mindflayers the way goblins were re-invented for Pathfinder #1 would be potentially very cool, especially if it goes deeper into the Lovecraft references. What do you think?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Benoist Poiré wrote:
Kevida wrote:
So with the "Non-SRD" monsters being not included, will there be equivalent critters with different names (Illithids called another name, et cetera)?
"Re-inventing" the mindflayers the way goblins were re-invented for Pathfinder #1 would be potentially very cool, especially if it goes deeper into the Lovecraft references. What do you think?

There's no need to reinvent mind flayers. The intellect devourer is open content, and it fills pretty much the same niche as a mind flayer (dwells underground, has psionic powers, eats brains, has slaves, has been part of the game from practically the start, has a name that basically = "feeds on thought and brains").

Sovereign Court

Mindflayers were replaced by the neothelid and their seugathi servants (from Into the Darklands).

[edit]I stand corrected.. Intellect devourers are the stand in... [/edit]

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:


There's no need to reinvent mind flayers. The intellect devourer is open content, and it fills pretty much the same niche as a mind flayer (dwells underground, has psionic powers, eats brains, has slaves, has been part of the game from practically the start, has a name that basically = "feeds on thought and brains").

That's a good replacement yes. I sure can live with it in any case, especially after checking Into the Darklands.

They don't have exactly the same feel to me though. I didn't imagine devourers to have an actual society of their own like mind flayers do. I was seeing them more as "lone wolves" hunting preys in the dark (chaotic evil). Probably just me.

Hey, if we're reinventing goblins why not extrapolate with devourers, right? Like I said, I sure think they can fit the bill quite nicely (High Ilvarandin is beyond cool).

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
There's no need to reinvent mind flayers. The intellect devourer is open content, and it fills pretty much the same niche as a mind flayer (dwells underground, has psionic powers, eats brains, has slaves, has been part of the game from practically the start, has a name that basically = "feeds on thought and brains").

I respectfully disagree as Ustalagors (Intellect Devourers) are Chaotic and don't have an organized society the way the Illithids (Mind Flayers) do (or that was how it used to be). However that really wasn't my point. I was wondering if ANY Non-SRD critters will have an eqivalent here.

Now that Mr. Hawkshaw though has informed us that Into the Darklands has made Intellect Devourers as Mind Flayers' replacements I have a question. Are Intellect Devourers still quadraped brains or have they become the "octopus men" that the Mind Flayers were and are they a Lawful Society now? I don't own Into the Darklands.

Sovereign Court

Intellect Devourers

Spoiler:

Are still quadrupedal brains, they are CE and they control a city / area of the Darklands in the Orv layer.

Into the Darklands is a very good book. Well worth picking up when you have a chance.

Scarab Sages

Is this part of the superscriber subscriptions or does it need to be ordered?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

ehb1022 wrote:
Is this part of the superscriber subscriptions or does it need to be ordered?

It's not currently part of any subscription; if and when we offer a Pathfinder RPG subscription, it'll be part of that.


More than excited! Pathfinder has breathed new life into my roleplaying group. Love the beta test version and can't wait for the final product. . .Thank you Paizo.


Question!!

the pdf download for the pathfinder "phb" (beta).... do hardcopies exist? I can't find one to buy but the author hints at their existence when he says "Currently, you can download the Beta Playtest version of the entire rule set for free as a PDF or you can buy a full-color softcover edition of the rules to throw around the game table."
But where is that softcover?

Is the core rule book due in august 09 the actual evolution of the beta playtest phb... into the real phb?


Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Lost Omens Subscriber

The hardcopies of the beta playtest rules are sold out, only the pdf is available. (you might get one from some bookseller, but paizo has none left). The pathfinder rulebook due out in August will be the finalized version of these beta playtest rules. So, you will have to either a) print the pdf or b)try to get a used copy or c) wait until August to get the final rule version.

Stefan

EDIT: Sorry for continuing the threadjack, but I think the question needed to be answered right here.

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