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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Fantastic!

5/5

Read this book from cover to cover. It really brings the monsters to life, going well beyond just stat listings. Great monster choices. Fantastic art. Useful and interesting background material for adventures. Well indexed reference. It's got it all.


Monsters are my favorite

5/5

I love monsters, especially from mythology, in fact it was the secend edition monster manual that got me into D@D to begin with. So when I got this Beastiary, I was not disapointed, it was in many ways superior to the 3.5 monster manual wich is not an easy feat to do. While I do have some things to nit pick, like some monster choices or artwork, I am still very satisified with this product.


Beyond essential...

4/5

I received the pdF version for Christmas and I have been astounded by this book! The art's superb for the most part, the fact that it includes loads of tips for customizing the monsters, overall, it's great. As much as I like hardcover books (I'm a committed book collector), I love how the pdF is hyperlinked throughout. It makes navigating the book so easy. Great job, Paizo, on this pdF!


Exactly what you expect and need

5/5

It began with the "Monster Manual." You expect there to be a book full of monster stat blocks. PFRPG has that, and this is it. What you get in addition are superbly drawn pictures of each monster, well designed (but not distracting) layout, plenty of use of the creature advancement and templating system, and some excellent use of pre-existing d20 OGL resources outside of the basic SRD monsters.

The only thing that I think is missing is a simple trade-off. I want more fluff, but this book is so full of creatures that there isn't enough room for it. Instead, Paizo is producing a line of fluff-heavy creature books such as Classic Horrors, Misfit Monsters, etc. which I'm eagerly gobbling up in order to add spice to my campaign world.


Ease of Use, and Creative Prompts are the Order of the Day.

4/5

The Bestiary is the Monster Manual on steroids. Not only are the monsters deliniated in stats, but the flavor text sparks creative and fiendish ways to use them to abuse, erm, amuse your players. Check out my full review Pathfinder Bestiary


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Things of power are widely feared. And truly, this is a thing of power.
Didn't Salma Hayek recently save an African nation with one of hers? Who knows what a marilith's might do?

Dark Archive

Callous Jack wrote:
Woo! Nice cover!

Wayne's an amazing artist! Sean, thank him on my behalf, too! (BTW, is he *really* your brother?!?)

Sovereign Court

James Jacobs wrote:


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!

but always manages to conceal the naughty bits with conveniently placed weapons/arms/dead adventurers.


Chances of malfunction are just too great.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Kata. the ..... wrote:
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".

This will be the second book in the subscription, after the core rulebook.

Liberty's Edge

Vic Wertz wrote:
Kata. the ..... wrote:
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".
This will be the second book in the subscription, after the core rulebook.

I hope we'll get an email advertising the PRPG Subscription.


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

Bah. That only happens to feeble mortal backs.

James Jacobs wrote:


I'm not sure where we said each critter gets two pages.

In the version of the text up there in the product description that I misread.

To my defense, the innovative design threw me off track, making me overread the full-page thing.

James Jacobs wrote:


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!

You know, for computer games, there are often several versions (at least two) - the normal one, and one for a market where there is an excess of people overly sensitive to something that is then taken out of the game (often for really ludicrous versions).

Any chance Paizo will do that, too? One version for the prudes from the US, and one for grownups from everywhere else? ;-D


Hurumph. September in the America means in the shops October in Blighty! I'll have to dig out that quantum manipulator from wherever I buried it in t'garage...


Eh by gum.

Silver Crusade

Mairkurion {tm} wrote:

Things of power are widely feared. And truly, this is a thing of power.

Didn't Salma Hayek recently save an African nation with one of hers? Who knows what a marilith's might do?

mmm. Salma Hayek. Drool.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Andrew Turner wrote:
I hope we'll get an email advertising the PRPG Subscription.

I hope you will too.

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
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!

You could publish the book with the bared Marilith but put a sticker in form of a bra on the possibly offending bits.

Now the "naugthy" DMs can enjoy the nippled Marilith (btw. does she also have six of them? I mean she has six arms after all...). And the more fashion minded can see her in a bra.
Maybe even publish collectible bra's for her.
Might be a hit on the RPG market.


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

Sounds like a Bestiary entry waiting to happen ...

Liberty's Edge

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

I'm drooling over this cover. :)


Hey!

I usually pontificate and don't actually have a question....

This time, let's call it a question.

One thing that has concerned me is that I'm running some 3.5 Paizo AP's. Right now, I convert monsters as best as I am able to PFRPG. When the finished rules come out, I'll convert fully to the Pathfinder rules.

When the Bestiary comes out, I'll be able to plug in most of the common monsters.

However, what about the monsters that are not in the Bestiary?

Like ol' Muck Graul from Pathfinder #3? He's a tendriculous. He might not make the cut in the book.

If that's true, I won't be mad.. but how will I convert him to PFRPG?

I guess I'm wondering if there will be anything (like and appendix) to help convert 3.5 monsters to PFRPG. Backward compatibility and all.


Didn't they say something about posting some guidelines for conversion? Or including it in the PfRPG? I'm pretty sure I'm kind of remembering something...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

We'll be releasing a conversion guide to aid in converting monsters. And said conversion is going to be pretty easy anyway...


James Jacobs wrote:
We'll be releasing a conversion guide to aid in converting monsters. And said conversion is going to be pretty easy anyway...

Great!

Contributor

Asgetrion wrote:
Wayne's an amazing artist! Sean, thank him on my behalf, too! (BTW, is he *really* your brother?!?)

Depends on what you mean by "really."

Do we have the same mother or father? No.
Do we both like gaming? Yes.
Do I think he is a cool cat, and vice versa? Yes (I hope!)
Do we both like candy? Yes. :)


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Wayne's an amazing artist! Sean, thank him on my behalf, too! (BTW, is he *really* your brother?!?)

Depends on what you mean by "really."

Do we have the same mother or father? No.
Do we both like gaming? Yes.
Do I think he is a cool cat, and vice versa? Yes (I hope!)
Do we both like candy? Yes. :)

The mental imagery of you two doing a "Great Cornholio" at Paizocon '09 has me in stitches of laughter... :P


Huh...and I thought what was at issue was what was meant by "brother"?
Can't believe SKR suckered you guys on April Fools...


Mairkurion {tm} wrote:

Huh...and I thought what was at issue was what was meant by "brother"?

Can't believe SKR suckered you guys on April Fools...

We shall sucker he and Wayne into the Great Cornholio Sugar-enduced Bender @ PaizoCON '09... :shakesfist*:

Silver Crusade

Once this product comes out will you still be using supplements like the Advanced Bestiary in your adventures. Or will this book have all that we will need.


I'd bet my family that there will still be bestiaries with shiny new golarion and otherwise beasties!

Many of the old ones might get updated in bestiary 2!


Turin the Mad wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:

Huh...and I thought what was at issue was what was meant by "brother"?

Can't believe SKR suckered you guys on April Fools...
We shall sucker he and Wayne into the Great Cornholio Sugar-enduced Bender @ PaizoCON '09... :shakesfist*:

You make me so sad I can't come...maybe 2010 will be better...A Paizo Odyssey, if you will.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

brent norton wrote:
Once this product comes out will you still be using supplements like the Advanced Bestiary in your adventures. Or will this book have all that we will need.

We'll be VERY likely to be doing a Bestiary 2, Bestiary 3, and so on. But we'll CERTAINLY continue to use other d20 products like Book of Fiends, Tome of Horrors, Necropolis, Advanced Bestairy, etc. in our adventures. That's part of the reason we wanted to stay compatible with 3.5, after all!

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James Jacobs wrote:
brent norton wrote:
Once this product comes out will you still be using supplements like the Advanced Bestiary in your adventures. Or will this book have all that we will need.
We'll be VERY likely to be doing a Bestiary 2, Bestiary 3, and so on. But we'll CERTAINLY continue to use other d20 products like Book of Fiends, Tome of Horrors, Necropolis, Advanced Bestairy, etc. in our adventures. That's part of the reason we wanted to stay compatible with 3.5, after all!

Which Necropolis, specifically, is this, if I may ask? I'm trying to get in either PEF or, if I'm very lucky, hard copy, the different books ya'll are using :)

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
brent norton wrote:
Once this product comes out will you still be using supplements like the Advanced Bestiary in your adventures. Or will this book have all that we will need.
We'll be VERY likely to be doing a Bestiary 2, Bestiary 3, and so on. But we'll CERTAINLY continue to use other d20 products like Book of Fiends, Tome of Horrors, Necropolis, Advanced Bestairy, etc. in our adventures. That's part of the reason we wanted to stay compatible with 3.5, after all!

Wow, that's great to hear... will you do (3E) PHB 2/Complete X-style of books as well? Maybe ste... I mean, er, *rewrite* some of the feats and spells for PF RPG? I personally wouldn't mind more options (Charging Smite or Bounding Assault being "Pathfinderized", for example), as long as there no added "sub-systems" or hundreds upon hundreds of prestige classes. :)

Dark Archive

Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Wayne's an amazing artist! Sean, thank him on my behalf, too! (BTW, is he *really* your brother?!?)

Depends on what you mean by "really."

Do we have the same mother or father? No.
Do we both like gaming? Yes.
Do I think he is a cool cat, and vice versa? Yes (I hope!)
Do we both like candy? Yes. :)

Aah, you bald and nasty man... you actually managed to trick me! ;P

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Gamer Girrl wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
brent norton wrote:
Once this product comes out will you still be using supplements like the Advanced Bestiary in your adventures. Or will this book have all that we will need.
We'll be VERY likely to be doing a Bestiary 2, Bestiary 3, and so on. But we'll CERTAINLY continue to use other d20 products like Book of Fiends, Tome of Horrors, Necropolis, Advanced Bestairy, etc. in our adventures. That's part of the reason we wanted to stay compatible with 3.5, after all!
Which Necropolis, specifically, is this, if I may ask? I'm trying to get in either PEF or, if I'm very lucky, hard copy, the different books ya'll are using :)

Necropolis is a Gary Gygax mega-adventrue that was recently updated to 3.5 by necromancer games.

The best place to look for the books we use is in each product's OGL. The end of the OGL lists all the books.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Asgetrion wrote:
Wow, that's great to hear... will you do (3E) PHB 2/Complete X-style of books as well? Maybe ste... I mean, er, *rewrite* some of the feats and spells for PF RPG? I personally wouldn't mind more options (Charging Smite or Bounding Assault being "Pathfinderized", for example), as long as there no added "sub-systems" or hundreds upon hundreds of prestige classes. :)

We probably will... but not nearly as often or as many times as WotC did.

Silver Crusade

I have to admit, this is the release I am most looking forward to right now.

I'm also happy mariliths got their groove back. 3E presented a cool look for them, but I prefer it as a variant rather than as the standard.

Every monster getting at least a full page makes me even happier though. That's one thing I really missed in the shift from 2E to 3E.

Contributor

Asgetrion wrote:
Aah, you bald and nasty man... you actually managed to trick me! ;P

The funny thing is, I wasn't intending it as an April fool's joke--Wayne and I have been calling each other "brother" for years. :p


What's really funny is that Carnivorous Bean and Sean Bean are brothers.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Mikaze wrote:

I have to admit, this is the release I am most looking forward to right now.

I'm also happy mariliths got their groove back. 3E presented a cool look for them, but I prefer it as a variant rather than as the standard.

Every monster getting at least a full page makes me even happier though. That's one thing I really missed in the shift from 2E to 3E.

Again... not every monster gets a full page. They all get at least HALF a page, with the vast majority getting 1 page and a few getting 2 pages.

Silver Crusade

James Jacobs wrote:
Mikaze wrote:

I have to admit, this is the release I am most looking forward to right now.

I'm also happy mariliths got their groove back. 3E presented a cool look for them, but I prefer it as a variant rather than as the standard.

Every monster getting at least a full page makes me even happier though. That's one thing I really missed in the shift from 2E to 3E.

Again... not every monster gets a full page. They all get at least HALF a page, with the vast majority getting 1 page and a few getting 2 pages.

Ah. That's cool though, some of those monsters are jerks anyway.


James Jacobs wrote:
Mikaze wrote:

I have to admit, this is the release I am most looking forward to right now.

I'm also happy mariliths got their groove back. 3E presented a cool look for them, but I prefer it as a variant rather than as the standard.

Every monster getting at least a full page makes me even happier though. That's one thing I really missed in the shift from 2E to 3E.

Again... not every monster gets a full page. They all get at least HALF a page, with the vast majority getting 1 page and a few getting 2 pages.

Amd how many pages are SILVER Dragons getting, James?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Sharoth wrote:
Amd how many pages are SILVER Dragons getting, James?

1) We don't know yet, since we're still working on the RPG and haven't really focused on the Bestiary y et.

2) Even if we DID know, it's too early to reveal concrete info about the book. It's still months away.


James Jacobs wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
Amd how many pages are SILVER Dragons getting, James?

1) We don't know yet, since we're still working on the RPG and haven't really focused on the Bestiary y et.

2) Even if we DID know, it's too early to reveal concrete info about the book. It's still months away.

~sighs~ Did Heathy, KC, Sebastian and all the rest bribe you to give me, errrrr......., us an half a page?

~GRINS~

P.S. - I was jsut messing with you, James. I figured that you had not quite gotten to the MM yet.

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Sharoth wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Sharoth wrote:
Amd how many pages are SILVER Dragons getting, James?

1) We don't know yet, since we're still working on the RPG and haven't really focused on the Bestiary y et.

2) Even if we DID know, it's too early to reveal concrete info about the book. It's still months away.

~sighs~ Did Heathy, KC, Sebastian and all the rest bribe you to give me, errrrr......., us an half a page?

~GRINS~

P.S. - I was jsut messing with you, James. I figured that you had not quite gotten to the MM yet.

However long the silver dragons are, the t-rex's will have one line more ;}

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Aah, you bald and nasty man... you actually managed to trick me! ;P
The funny thing is, I wasn't intending it as an April fool's joke--Wayne and I have been calling each other "brother" for years. :p

Alright, I'll forgive you... but just because you did such an amazing job on 'Gods and Magic'! ;)

(Seriously, that book is as good and well-written as the three FR "deity books", and I'm going to get a huge amount of use from it!)


I kind of liked the idea that Pathfinder might, in whole or in part, adopt the Iconic Bestiary critters:

http://www.rpgnow.com/product_info.php?products_id=2118&it=1


Link

Paizo Employee Creative Director

I don't really have much of an interest in including replacement monsters for those missing from the SRD. I'd rather spend those pages supporting monsters that ARE in the SRD, or ARE available via sources like the Tome of Horrors in that we can support the monsters themselves, not their doppelgangers.

New monsters (either those based on myth or on literature or entirely brand new) will also be showing up in the Bestiary line. Some of those will fill niches that things like mind flayers and githyanki filled, but I'd rather see those niches filled organically and logically than try to duplicate them on purpose.

The intellect devourer, for example, fills the mind flayer role quite nicely in Golarion. And the denizens of Leng (see Pathfinder #6) make a pretty nifty replacement for the Githyanki. Yet both of those monsters are far more than mere "replacements." They're cool monsters with tradition and weight and history to them... unique tradition and history TO them. They have a reason to exist beyond replacing missing monster niches, and don't NEED to replace a monster niche to be justified. That the can fill said niches is secondary. Cool and neat, but secondary.

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James Jacobs wrote:
I don't really have much of an interest in including replacement monsters for those missing from the SRD. I'd rather spend those pages supporting monsters that ARE in the SRD, or ARE available via sources like the Tome of Horrors in that we can support the monsters themselves, not their doppelgangers.

Does this mean that the Proteans won't be in the Bestiary? What about Daemons?

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
Asgetrion wrote:
Wow, that's great to hear... will you do (3E) PHB 2/Complete X-style of books as well? Maybe ste... I mean, er, *rewrite* some of the feats and spells for PF RPG? I personally wouldn't mind more options (Charging Smite or Bounding Assault being "Pathfinderized", for example), as long as there no added "sub-systems" or hundreds upon hundreds of prestige classes. :)
We probably will... but not nearly as often or as many times as WotC did.

I'd kiss you, James, if you were an attractive female... so I'll just *hug* you instead! ;)

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I'm just sad there won't be a PFRG version of the Hook Horror, one of my favorite monsters.
:(

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Ross Byers wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
I don't really have much of an interest in including replacement monsters for those missing from the SRD. I'd rather spend those pages supporting monsters that ARE in the SRD, or ARE available via sources like the Tome of Horrors in that we can support the monsters themselves, not their doppelgangers.
Does this mean that the Proteans won't be in the Bestiary? What about Daemons?

We aren't ready to list what will and won't be in the Bestiary yet. But the majority of what isn't in Bestiary I will probably end up in Bestiary II.


Hi James,

I don't know of this question has been answered elsewhere in this or another related thread, and I don't have time to sift through hundreds of posts, so please forgive me if the question is redundant...

1) This may be too late for the current Bestiary (hope not!), but in addition to alphabetical and CR listings of monsters, would it be possible for Paizo to include terrain, climate, and creature type listings of monsters? I'm a big fan of Expeditious Retreat Press' Monster Geographica books, and liked the way they used those additional categories (exception of climate) to list the contents of the book... I know that saves me alot of time during adventure design.

Thanks in advance for your time... looking forward to the release of the book!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

TwiceBorn wrote:
1) This may be too late for the current Bestiary (hope not!), but in addition to alphabetical and CR listings of monsters, would it be possible for Paizo to include terrain, climate, and creature type listings of monsters? I'm a big fan of Expeditious Retreat Press' Monster Geographica books, and liked the way they used those additional categories (exception of climate) to list the contents of the book... I know that saves me alot of time during adventure design.

The monsters will be presented in alphabetical order, and that includes animals and vermin. Beyond that, I hope to be able to include an index of monsters, a list of monsters by CR, a list of monsters by creature type, and a list of monsters by terrain/climate. I'd also love to include some wandering monster tables; that actually might be a fun way to list the monsters by terrain/climate, actually. How much ROOM we'll have to do all this... I'm not sure yet. If we have to cut something, we'll probably cut the terrain/climate lists first, then the CR list, and so on.

Regardless of what we do with that whole thing, it'd also be cool to create an interactive list of monsters on paizo.com that combines name, page number, climate/terrain, CR, type, and all that in one big spreadsheet that can be sorted easy. Of course, that's also something that any fan with a spreadsheet program and some free time can create anyway, so chances are good that there'll be SOMETHING out there to satisfy that need even if we can't get those tables into the book... but I'm gonna be trying real hard to get them in the book anyway.

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