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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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-60125-183-1

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Last Updated - 9/12/2011

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love it!

5/5

This was the first book to arrive, the artwork is stunning in detail, the selection of monsters didn't dissapoint either. I reallly like the one page per monster format, the charts are handy as well. Overall I'd say I'm glad I went with the PF series from paizo over anything else out there.


Monsters galore!

4/5

This book is excellent. It has a wide variety of creatures to suit all level campaigns and excellent artwork. The only criticism I have of this book is one that is common across all RPG's these days and that is the use of the generic ruling for types of creatures. For example, a creature listed as having Undead Traits FORCES you to look at a separate page for further rules on how to run the creature. To be a perfect creature catalogue you really need all the rules on the one page to save the time. I know this means repetitive printing and information and cost, but I would prefer it that way.

Otherwise, brilliant book :)


5/5


Makes a great doorstop...

2/5

Much like my copy of the Core Rulebook, probably more so, I’m very glad that my 1st printing copy of the Bestiary was a gift, for I would’ve not purchased it. To sum up my thoughts as accurately as possible suffice it to say that I knew the book was not worth bothering with when my old roommate’s Yorkshire terrier decided it was a chew-toy while I was at work and I wasn’t upset when I found out about it.

My copy had the same poor physical quality and binding issues that my Core Rulebook had, meaning that it is already in multiple pieces after fairly light use. There is a long errata that seems to change just about every monster within which makes me honestly wonder if there was a proof-reading stage at all before this book was printed. It’s artwork was outstanding, but with the annoyingly bad physical and content quality that didn’t mean much.

Luckily the PRD houses the post-errata monsters sorted conveniently, so as long as I’m near a computer I never need to both with the book version of the Bestiary. And I suppose there are a few decent things to come out of this mess. The simple templates are useful and the chart of average monster statistics is handy since I generally like to build my own creatures anyways. These two things are the only reason this book warrants a second star.

Avoid it. It simply isn't a neccessary addition to the game and Paizo prints far better material to spend your hard earned cash on.


Good stuff

5/5

It's a big book of Monsters what more do you want (well more books of monsters of course)!


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Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Society Subscriber
c425 wrote:

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?

There is no hardcopy left. Maybe you are lucky and can find one in some online shop, but Paizo has no one left.

The core rulebook will be the evolution of the beta playtest.


Just a thought, but shouldn't there be another "A" in that Beastiary?

Or did I just fail a language skill check?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Erm, no ? The correct word is BESTIARY. :)


Should I cancel my pre orders since I am going to GenCon Indy 2009? I'm sure I can get it there faster than I'll get it in the mail.

Liberty's Edge

So how about a listing of what we can expect or would that violate any Non-Disclosure Agreements or some such?


I notice the release date has been changed to September. An additional two months to wait. Alas. :(


Good catch, Navior. I was still thinking it was July. Wonder what's the story here...

The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Good catch, Navior. I was still thinking it was July. Wonder what's the story here...

Unfortunate, but at least we're getting a preview in June...


Mairkurion, if I had to make a swag (Scientific Wild A** Guess) I would say that they are concentrating on getting the Pathfinder RPG out in time for GenCon and that is where all of their combined effort is focused. There just aren't enough hours in the day to do it all.

Just my 2 cp.


Well that's just great! What am I going to get for my birthday now?

EDIT in non-childish mode: That sounds like a likely guess, Silverhair. And of course I want them to do anything short of signing a contract with Asmodeus to make the lanuch of PfRPG a success. Re the link Delabarre, interesting connection that I didn't make since I hadn't noticed the date shift. Last year, I settled for the pdf...looks like this year I'll have to hie myself off to ye olde game shoppe.

The Exchange

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Well that's just great! What am I going to get for my birthday now?

A nice pair of warm socks.


In July?
May I suggest gift givers start a fund and get me the WAR gift set...? ; )

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Kevida wrote:
So how about a listing of what we can expect or would that violate any Non-Disclosure Agreements or some such?

We aren't quite ready to list what monsters are in here. We will eventually, though... and chances are good that a pretty good hint to this book's contents will be in the Free RPG day Bonus Bestiary we're doing...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Good catch, Navior. I was still thinking it was July. Wonder what's the story here...

THE STORY

There's several reasons we're releasing the Bestiary in September. Here are four big ones.

1) You can play Pathfinder RPG using monsters from 3.5 sources. You can't play Pathfinder RPG without Pathfinder RPG. Therefore, the core rules are more important to get out on time, so we're concentrating on getting that out first. By putting the Bestiary in September, we give ourselves a LOT more time to make the RPG itself awesome and on time.

2) Printing books is expensive, and we have to print the Pathfinder RPG early to make sure it's available for Gen Con. A July release of the Bestiary would overlap our printing cycle with the RPG in a way that a September one does not.

3) There's new art in the RPG... but not NEARLY as much new art as there will be in the Bestiary. Art takes time to create and is expensive to order. By pushing back the Bestiary to September, we get ourselves a few more months to get great art without killing our artists with work.

4) The Bestiary needs the RPG, not vice versa. We can create the RPG in a bubble, but we can't create the Bestiary without finished RPG rules. If we were going to release the Bestiary before the RPG, we'd create an awkward artificial "bubble" in which we couldn't start doing final development until the RPG was done, and then we'd have to scramble to get it done in time to ship it so it would arrive before the RPG. By delaying its release to September, we get ourselves more time to finish the Bestiary using COMPLETE RPG rules, rather than mostly complete RPG rules.

All that said... we're hoping it's an EARLY September release.

And for the August adventure releases, we'll probably be doing some sort of preview or something so that those who run Bastards of Erebus or Crypt of the Everflame will at least have full stats for the monsters in those adventures... stay tuned in the months to come for more info!

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion, Pawns, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Making the monster stats for those adventures free web enchancements would save on page count. Depending on how you guys lay out the bestiary it might just be as simple as extracting just the pages and slapping on a quick mockup cover. :)


Thanks for giving the scoop, Mr. Jacobs. It's not just that it's satisfying to understand...it's that the appetite is whetted.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Kevida wrote:
So how about a listing of what we can expect or would that violate any Non-Disclosure Agreements or some such?
We aren't quite ready to list what monsters are in here. We will eventually, though... and chances are good that a pretty good hint to this book's contents will be in the Free RPG day Bonus Bestiary we're doing...

Fair enough....Thank you for your up-front answer! :-)


James Jacobs wrote:

There's several reasons we're releasing the Bestiary in September. Here are four big ones.

Those are definitely some very good reasons. Thanks for the explanation!

Dark Archive

Navior wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:

There's several reasons we're releasing the Bestiary in September. Here are four big ones.

Those are definitely some very good reasons. Thanks for the explanation!

Ditto. I, too, thought the bestiary was to be released in July as well.

The Exchange RPG Superstar 2009 Top 4

I really like the troll redesign. Please thank Mr. Reynolds for me the next time he's about.

Contributor

On behalf of my brother, you're welcome.

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Woo! Nice cover!


GOBLINS!


I really feel bad for the marilith...
All right, working with a troll is manageable... but with goblins ?
The poor lady must be harassed by multiple little hands running over her scaled serpentine body... :P
And no matter how many he slaughters out of rage, they keep coming...

Paizo Employee Chief Operations Officer

Shisumo wrote:
...July?

We had to push back the release date to September because we needed more to finish up the RPG rules before we could update the monsters.

Dark Archive

*drool*

Dark Archive

I hope that Pathfinder revamps the "complete" series of books too.

Dark Archive

Willis Leavitt wrote:
I hope that Pathfinder revamps the "complete" series of books too.

Paizo posted elsewhere on the forums asking for suggestions on future rulebooks. (Beyond the Corebooks?).


TheTwitching King wrote:
I really like the troll redesign.

That's a Troll!? Holy Cow!


A troll, some goblins and a marilith!?


vagrant-poet wrote:
A troll, some goblins and a marilith!?

Oh my!

Sorry, I couldn't resist :P

Dark Archive

This cover is ... AWESOME.
What a troll!
That's going to be so great...


That can't be a troll. No keyboard, and no dragon poop.

I assume Wayne Reynolds and Sean Reynolds are not brothers, and that that aside was an April fools joke.


I love the new cover


sweet gods now that's a troll

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32

The troll looks great, and is honestly more trollish than the ones in the MM. I am vaguely worried over the fact that it doesn't really look like a Monsters Revisited troll, though (Which were like the MM trolls with leaves.)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Call Wayne Reynolds, ask him to draw a troll, add marzipan, (????), collect profit.

That's the Paizo Model Of Business (tm).

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Ross Byers wrote:
The troll looks great, and is honestly more trollish than the ones in the MM. I am vaguely worried over the fact that it doesn't really look like a Monsters Revisited troll, though (Which were like the MM trolls with leaves.)

(Hint Mode: There's more than one type of troll in the Bestiary...)

Also... I'm not particularly fond of the leafy troll from Classic Monsters. I much prefer the troll from Pathfinder #3 for the "classic" troll look.


My two cp:
I think the leafy troll was a great idea. Unfortunately, it was probably the worst illustration in the CMR, making it seem like a bad idea. (I hope it's one of those types hinted about, revamped.)

Edit: Bracing for the obvious and unavoidable crack.


Crack.


anyone have any idea how many pages?


amazon puts it at 320


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Society Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Ross Byers wrote:
The troll looks great, and is honestly more trollish than the ones in the MM. I am vaguely worried over the fact that it doesn't really look like a Monsters Revisited troll, though (Which were like the MM trolls with leaves.)

(Hint Mode: There's more than one type of troll in the Bestiary...)

Also... I'm not particularly fond of the leafy troll from Classic Monsters. I much prefer the troll from Pathfinder #3 for the "classic" troll look.

A long long time ago ... (oh OK, it was only November), Vic Wertz (whose "new" avatar is not nearly as good as the old one) said that plans on including this in the subs had not been decided. Is there any news on this, or being that release is still 5 months away, is his comment still "official".

And I, but probably not my players are SO waiting for this product.


seekerofshadowlight wrote:
amazon puts it at 320

I guess it's more. They already said that each critter will get his two pages. And there are more than 160 critters in there. Even with the inevitable exceptions (like elementals being counted as different critters but sharing pages) I think this ting will be closer to 400, maybe even beyond.


Why does the Marilith have clothes on? Why?

It's a D&D tradition that the Marilith runs around topless but always manages to conceal the naughty bits with conveniently placed weapons/arms/dead adventurers. This mockery of tradition cannot be accepted!


well as someone pointed out she could use the support to stay off back problems

Sovereign Court

Disciple of Sakura wrote:


It's a D&D tradition that the Marilith runs around topless but always manages to conceal the naughty bits with conveniently placed weapons/arms/dead adventurers. This mockery of tradition cannot be accepted!

I will sign your petition.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

KaeYoss wrote:
seekerofshadowlight wrote:
amazon puts it at 320
I guess it's more. They already said that each critter will get his two pages. And there are more than 160 critters in there. Even with the inevitable exceptions (like elementals being counted as different critters but sharing pages) I think this ting will be closer to 400, maybe even beyond.

I'm not sure where we said each critter gets two pages. The ones in Pathfinder Adventure Path certainly do, but we've got more room there. The vast majority of hte monsters in the Bestiary will be one page monsters. Some will be on two pages. Some will be two to a page. The book itself is currently aimed at being 320 pages, though, and there are a LOT of monsters in there. Close to 300.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Disciple of Sakura wrote:

Why does the Marilith have clothes on? Why?

It's a D&D tradition that the Marilith runs around topless but always manages to conceal the naughty bits with conveniently placed weapons/arms/dead adventurers. This mockery of tradition cannot be accepted!

We wanted to be able to sell the book in USA bookstores, and in the USA, a lot of people have a deep, overwhelming fear of the nipple. Stories of nipple sightings are front page news, after all!

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
Stories of nipple sightings are front page news, after all!

Gawdz help us when the Octomom breastfeeds for the first time in public :(

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