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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I am overjoyed

4/5

This book is what helped me decide to subscribe. All the pictures are in color and invoke awe. I would recommend getting this.


Great product

4/5

The artwork is top notch for most of the book, with a few exceptions. It seems that in a few of the entries Paizo was cramped for space. I know it would have been pricier but it would've been nice if they devoted some more pages for some of the creatures. I still wish they had more stats for monster PCs as they did in the old 3.5 Monster Manual.

Regardless, the Bestiary is a great addition to the Pathfinder RPG. I was pleased with the final product.


This is your new monster lab!

5/5

What strikes me after flipping through the Beastiary...

1) I was hoping to see a few of the "monster races" portrayed in a playable format, without the extra racial Hit Dice and Paizo delivered! Want to play a ______ without the extra +1 ECL? You can. Paizo definitely balanced things, expanding options and playability in a unique and constructive way.

2) The art is, for the most part, top notch. Only a few monsters (Ankheg, Troll) left me wanting more. The majority of them were brilliantly drawn and colored. The Angels, Devils, and Genies really stood out!

3) The entire format is easy to use, with the pdf linked so that I can reference things quickly, at the table, when I need to. It's clear they aimed to simplify game play.

Good job Paizo!!


WOW!

5/5

Wow, wow! I was speechless when I saw it, I was speechless as I was reading it.

The quality is great, the monsters are great, the writing is great. The appendixes organize monsters in with different types of characterizations. Best Bestiary ever. Wow!


INCREDIBLE!

5/5

Well worth the wait, the Pathfinder Bestiary is an incredible tome which scratches all of my deep-seated creature based needs. The illustrations are superlative. The proofreading rocks! (What can I say, I'm a pedant) And best of all, it's 100% PFRPG compatible.

With this, most of my favorite creatures are brought into this Brave New World of gaming. From the humble, yet deadly Goblin to the championing Solar every creature contained herein is given its due.

Bravo Paizo!


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

Are we going to get stats for Aquatic Elves. Ideally they should have been in Elves of Golarion but that was OGL not PRPG so if that book had provided stats they would have been 3.5. I am pretty sure that Aquatic Elves do not appear in the Bestiary but I still hope we can see game mechanics for them soon.


I'm jonesing for this book so bad...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Kvantum wrote:
Does anybody else think Goblins as PCs are a bit on the broken side now? +4 to Dex and a +4 size bonus to Stealth and a +4 racial bonus to Stealth? A 1st level Goblin Rogue with a 19 Dex (15 base +4) and a net +16 Stealth check (1 rank +3 class +4 Dex +4 racial +4 size)? A +19 if he or she takes Skill Focus (Stealth)? A 3.5 Goblin only had a +2 to Dex and a +4 racial to Move Silently alone - still had the +4 size bonus to Hide, alright, but not a racial bonus on top of that. Halflings don't get to carry over their 3.5 racial bonus to Move Silently as a racial bonus to Stealth, so why should Goblins?

Goblins aren't meant to be one of the core PC races really, so not as much thought went in to making sure they're totally "balanced" as PC races despite the fact that we present the rules for doing so. We do this for MANY of the "close to human" races in the Bestiary, as much as to help GMs who are statting up NPCs as a nod to players who enjoy plaing exotic or unusual PC races.

That said... without the high Dex modifier, the goblin was very obviously less powerful than a human. We decided to up its Dex and perhaps edge it into the slightly overpowered side of things rather than on the obviously underpowered side of things, and felt comfortable doing so because it's not a core race and thus GMs will be able to decide for themselves if they want goblin PCs or not.

Liberty's Edge

Do we have a list of what monsters are in this yet???

I am specifically very interested to know if Sauhagan are in!!!! Are they OGL monsters?

Thanks!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Sahuagin are in the Bestiary. A partial list of all the monsters appears in the Bonus Bestairy... posting the full list might be a good idea for a blog post, though...

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

James Jacobs wrote:
Sahuagin are in the Bestiary. A partial list of all the monsters appears in the Bonus Bestairy... posting the full list might be a good idea for a blog post, though...

With lost of art to accompany it?

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Sahuagin are in the Bestiary. A partial list of all the monsters appears in the Bonus Bestairy... posting the full list might be a good idea for a blog post, though...

Fantastic! I'm going to be updating and revamping the old First Edition Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh trilogy to Pathfinder RPG rules and Sahuagin are pretty important later on.

Can't wait to get the Bestairy!

Silver Crusade

Paizo

Do you guys have a release date yet for this one??

Planning on doing a pre-order but I'd like to know the release date first

(probably said already but damn that is alott of pages to go through :))

Also curious on how much the pdf will run for this one?

thanks!!

RM

Contributor

Marc Radle 81 wrote:


Fantastic! I'm going to be updating and revamping the old First Edition Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh trilogy to Pathfinder RPG rules and Sahuagin are pretty important later on.

Can't wait to get the Bestairy!

I love the Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh! Make your revision available somewhere, please. ;)

The Exchange

Really hoping for the Tarrasque to be good, especially the art as I think the big critter got kinda short changed by its artwork in the 3.0/3.5 Monster Manuals (though it did get that awesome full page piece in the DMG2 which did it justice). Always been one of my favourite creatures, even though I've never actually gotten to use it in a game (yet).

Don't suppose you'd be willing to let us know who did the art for it would you?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Brakkart wrote:

Really hoping for the Tarrasque to be good, especially the art as I think the big critter got kinda short changed by its artwork in the 3.0/3.5 Monster Manuals (though it did get that awesome full page piece in the DMG2 which did it justice). Always been one of my favourite creatures, even though I've never actually gotten to use it in a game (yet).

Don't suppose you'd be willing to let us know who did the art for it would you?

I don't remember who did the art, but it's pretty good! It's not THAT different from 3.5, but he's a bit leaner looking and faster looking and IIRC doesn't have as big of a chin...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Haldir wrote:

Paizo

Do you guys have a release date yet for this one??

Planning on doing a pre-order but I'd like to know the release date first

(probably said already but damn that is alott of pages to go through :))

Also curious on how much the pdf will run for this one?

thanks!!

RM

We're hoping for a release date of October, but depending on how fast it goes over the ocean on the boat and how long it takes to get through customs and all that... it could release in September, I suppose. When it gets into the USA we'll know for sure.

I don't think we've announced any PDF pricing for it yet.

The Exchange

James Jacobs wrote:
I don't remember who did the art, but it's pretty good! It's not THAT different from 3.5, but he's a bit leaner looking and faster looking and IIRC doesn't have as big of a chin...

All of which were things I didn't like about the 3.5 art for him, so that all sounds good to me!

Silver Crusade

Brakkart wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
I don't remember who did the art, but it's pretty good! It's not THAT different from 3.5, but he's a bit leaner looking and faster looking and IIRC doesn't have as big of a chin...
All of which were things I didn't like about the 3.5 art for him, so that all sounds good to me!

Thanks James

I guess I'll hold off for now on my pre-order.

thanks again for the info

RM

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

There are mentions on the SRD page about an affordable PDF - affordable in the way the PDF of the core rulebook was affordable at $10 - of the Bestiary. Is there any news about this?


I was hoping that someone could shed some light on a couple of questions I had...

1. Is the titan in the book?

2. I dont suppose some light could be shed on how to advance monsters i.e. more hit dice ala 3.5 (maybe without increasing in size, which was annoying alot of the time..), etc?

Thanks for any response! :)

Liberty's Edge

Starsunder wrote:

I was hoping that someone could shed some light on a couple of questions I had...

1. Is the titan in the book?

2. I dont suppose some light could be shed on how to advance monsters i.e. more hit dice ala 3.5 (maybe without increasing in size, which was annoying alot of the time..), etc?

Thanks for any response! :)

I do not see Titan in the list that is included in the Bonus Bestiary.

As to the second one I am still to new....

Sean

Dark Archive

Not sure if this has been listed elsewhere so sorry if this is redundant.

Goblin's attack with melee is incorrect.
Should be Short sword +2(1d4/19-20) not +1.

Must have missed the size bonus or BAB when calculating.


It's taking so long. Arrrrgh never have you!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Starsunder wrote:
1. Is the titan in the book?

Nope; the titan is not in the Bestiary. It's a great contender for when we do a Bestiary II though!

Starsunder wrote:
2. I dont suppose some light could be shed on how to advance monsters i.e. more hit dice ala 3.5 (maybe without increasing in size, which was annoying alot of the time..), etc?

There's a huge section on multiple methods of advancing monsters in the Bestiary appendix, including rules and advice on doing so by increasing their Hit Dice. We took out the advancement lines on the monster stat blocks precisely because it WAS annoying to lock in size increases to happen at specific HD increases. The Bestiary will let the GM advance monsters however he wants.


James Jacobs wrote:
Starsunder wrote:
1. Is the titan in the book?

Nope; the titan is not in the Bestiary. It's a great contender for when we do a Bestiary II though!

Starsunder wrote:
2. I dont suppose some light could be shed on how to advance monsters i.e. more hit dice ala 3.5 (maybe without increasing in size, which was annoying alot of the time..), etc?
There's a huge section on multiple methods of advancing monsters in the Bestiary appendix, including rules and advice on doing so by increasing their Hit Dice. We took out the advancement lines on the monster stat blocks precisely because it WAS annoying to lock in size increases to happen at specific HD increases. The Bestiary will let the GM advance monsters however he wants.

Awesome news on the advancing rules! Greatly looking forward to that, as advancing monsters (tinkering with them in general) is something that I tend to do a lot of.

Shame about the titan, although being in the Bestiary II is not too shabby ;)

Liberty's Edge

Question on the Skeleton/Zombie (and probably other templates like them).

It says that the base creature loses all class HD and most special abilities (except for any extraordinary special qualities that improve its melee or ranged attacks).

Does this mean that if (for example) a 15th level fighter is made into a Skeleton/Zombie, they would retain the fighter's Weapon Training abilities? Or a ranger's favored enemy/favored terrain?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

mattdroz wrote:

Question on the Skeleton/Zombie (and probably other templates like them).

It says that the base creature loses all class HD and most special abilities (except for any extraordinary special qualities that improve its melee or ranged attacks).

Does this mean that if (for example) a 15th level fighter is made into a Skeleton/Zombie, they would retain the fighter's Weapon Training abilities? Or a ranger's favored enemy/favored terrain?

Yeah; a 15th-level ANYTHING human turned into a skeleton or zombie loses all of his abilities; there's no difference between a skeleton or zombie made from a 1st level human commoner and a 20th-level human wizard. There are (or will be) other templates that allow for 20th level skeletons.

Liberty's Edge

Thanks, James! That's what I thought, but I wasn't quite sure if the extraordinary abilities meant racial or class...


Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Has the PDF price already been announced? If not, any idea when it will be?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dalvyn wrote:
Has the PDF price already been announced? If not, any idea when it will be?

It hasn't been announced yet. I would assume we'll announce it soon... but I can't say for sure when.


I dont know if this can be answered...but Ill ask anyways.

Is the Solar in the book? I know it's on the list but you never know...and if it IS in the book, has it been beefed up some? As you may remember, both the Pit Fiend and the Balor got substantial upgrades going from 3.0 to 3.5, but for some reason the Solar wasnt changed at all. Now the Solar has less STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, and CHA than both of them! What is this, crazy town!? I understand that it gets full clerical spellcasting abilities, but still...something is clearly not right. The Solar has traditionally been one of the "there are some things you mess with, but this isn't one of them", moreso than the Balor or Pit Fiend.

Anyways, sorry for the rant lol. Greatly looking forward to the book! :)

Oh, and for the love of all things D&D, please let the art for it be better than it was in 3.5 MM...that was truly atrocious.

Liberty's Edge

Starsunder wrote:

I dont know if this can be answered...but Ill ask anyways.

Is the Solar in the book?

I didn't see it listed in the Bonus Bestiary.

Unofficial answer!

Sean


thenorthman wrote:
Starsunder wrote:

I dont know if this can be answered...but Ill ask anyways.

Is the Solar in the book?

I didn't see it listed in the Bonus Bestiary.

Unofficial answer!

Sean

Im pretty sure its listed under "Angel"

Liberty's Edge

Starsunder wrote:
thenorthman wrote:
Starsunder wrote:

I dont know if this can be answered...but Ill ask anyways.

Is the Solar in the book?

I didn't see it listed in the Bonus Bestiary.

Unofficial answer!

Sean

Im pretty sure its listed under "Angel"

You are correct. Sorry about that. I am fairly new to DND stuff, so do not know all the "monsters" by heart. Or rather there potential variation in names.

Sean


thenorthman wrote:
Starsunder wrote:
thenorthman wrote:
Starsunder wrote:

I dont know if this can be answered...but Ill ask anyways.

Is the Solar in the book?

I didn't see it listed in the Bonus Bestiary.

Unofficial answer!

Sean

Im pretty sure its listed under "Angel"

You are correct. Sorry about that. I am fairly new to DND stuff, so do not know all the "monsters" by heart. Or rather there potential variation in names.

Sean

Hey man np :)

Scarab Sages

It is coming out in October, but yay.........FANGASM!


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Just preordered mine! The preview convinced me within minutes :)

Woot!!

D


Hey Vic Wertz or Lisa,

If we assume that anything can happen with Customs.. Would you say early October, or Mid to late October?


Is this ALL creatures from from the 3.5 Monster Manual? (with a new take on them of course) or will we see others?


Sedric the Hero wrote:
Is this ALL creatures from from the 3.5 Monster Manual? (with a new take on them of course) or will we see others?

No.

Though most of the creatures are from the 3.5 MM/SRD, a few are from other OGL (open gaming license) sources, such as the Tome of Horrors (not Tomb). A not-quite comprehensive list can be found on the inside cover of the Bonus Bestiary, available for free in pdf Here.

Liberty's Edge

Is this still slated for an October release?

Paizo Employee CEO

Arnim Thayer wrote:
Is this still slated for an October release?

We got our first bound copies today here at the office, so I would say that bodes well for an October release, but anything can happen in-transit from China.

-Lisa

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Another reason why you should print in Europe ! In the event of any trouble, Black Ops Paizo Europe Team will intercept the shipment and dispatch* it to the US immediately.**

* - we will add one (1) KaeYoss as a bonus.

** - after we grab our copies that is.


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

Another reason why you should print in Europe ! In the event of any trouble, Black Ops Paizo Europe Team will intercept the shipment and dispatch* it to the US immediately.**

* - we will add one (1) KaeYoss as a bonus.

** - after we grab our copies that is.

#2


I need this, NOW!

Dark Archive

Huh. This is weird. My FLGS notified me the bestiary may be available as early as next week.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

joela wrote:
Huh. This is weird. My FLGS notified me the bestiary may be available as early as next week.

They were wrong. They must be looking at the original release date, before it got pushed back.

Dark Archive

yoda8myhead wrote:
joela wrote:
Huh. This is weird. My FLGS notified me the bestiary may be available as early as next week.
They were wrong. They must be looking at the original release date, before it got pushed back.

I'll let them know so they can notify the distributor.


I am pretty sure of the answer, but all these questions about PDF price have me unsure, subscribers get the PDF for free like we did for the core book, right?

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Robert Miller 55 wrote:
I am pretty sure of the answer, but all these questions about PDF price have me unsure, subscribers get the PDF for free like we did for the core book, right?

If you are a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber, you get the PDF for free!

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
Dalvyn wrote:
Has the PDF price already been announced? If not, any idea when it will be?
It hasn't been announced yet. I would assume we'll announce it soon... but I can't say for sure when.

Oh yeah it was. I think it was somewhere in this thread, but I couldn't find it. Could you remind us? I'm pretty sure it was $19.99...

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:

Goblins aren't meant to be one of the core PC races really, so not as much thought went in to making sure they're totally "balanced" as PC races despite the fact that we present the rules for doing so. We do this for MANY of the "close to human" races in the Bestiary, as much as to help GMs who are statting up NPCs as a nod to players who enjoy plaing exotic or unusual PC races.

That said... without the high Dex modifier, the goblin was very obviously less powerful than a human. We decided to up its Dex and perhaps edge it into the slightly overpowered side of things rather than on the obviously underpowered side of things, and felt comfortable doing so because it's not a core race and thus GMs will be able to decide for themselves if they want goblin PCs or not.

It would be nice to get a sense of how much Paizo has worked/re-worked monster races for Pathfinder. I'm proposing to my group a PC gnoll. Will we be seeing gnolls as playable characters? (I.e., without the LA +1?)

I had proposed simply removing the 2d8 and all level-based adjustments. Members of the group think that the +4, +2, -2, -2 stat block is unbalanced, as is the +1 Natural Armor. I.e., drop the +4 to a +2 and removed one of the -2s, as well as removed the natural armor. I think that might unjustly nerf the gnoll beyond other races.

So, I'd really like to know whether Paizo has weighed in on the gnoll.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Saurstalk wrote:
It would be nice to get a sense of how much Paizo has worked/re-worked monster races for Pathfinder. I'm proposing to my group a PC gnoll. Will we be seeing gnolls as playable characters? (I.e., without the LA +1?)

Full detailes will be revealed in less than a month when the Bestiary's out...

...but as a preview... gnolls probably don't really make good PCs. They're in the same category as bugbears and lizardfolk... they have racial hit dice and as such are awkward when it comes to pairing up with the core classes. As far as I can remember, the gnoll is relatively unchanged from its SRD incarnation as a result.


Talking about the hardcover book, a friend of mine just traded with me my own book for the one he brought back from GenCon, signed by many good people of Paizo (some of the signatures i cannot identify, i need to boost my Decipher skill), as well as a cool picture...
Thanks a lot to him and you guys ! :)

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