Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 2 (OGL)

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Go beyond goblins with an army of fantasy's most fearsome foes! Bestiary 2 presents hundreds of different creatures for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Within this collection of creatures you'll find undead dragons and mischievous gremlins, shrieking banshees and unstoppable titans, the infamous jabberwock, and so much more! Yet not all these monsters need to be foes, as new breeds of otherworldly guardians, living shadows, and vampires all might take up adventure's call. In addition, new rules for customizing and advancing monsters and an expanded glossary of creature abilities ensure that you'll be prepared to challenge your heroes wherever adventure takes them!

The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2 is the second indispensable volume of monsters for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and serves as a companion to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook and Pathfinder RPG Bestiary. 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 320-page Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2 includes:

  • More than 300 different monsters
  • Creatures both new and familiar, drawing upon the best-known beasts of legend, literature, and Pathfinder RPG adventures
  • Challenges for any adventure and every level of play
  • Hosts of new templates and variants, including simple templates for on-the-fly creature customization
  • Numerous lists of monsters to aid in navigation, including lists by Challenge Rating, monster type, and habitat
  • New rules for creating and running high-level menaces
  • Expanded universal monster rules to simplify special attacks, defenses, and qualities
  • New familiars, animal companions, and other allies
  • ... and much, much more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-268-5

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My favorite book from Paizo.

5/5

This book so far has been my favorite purchase of ALL of my RPG books.
I don't know if I can explain the fervor I have for this book but I will try.

So first of all there is the cover, the ever feared Jabberwock(y) of Lewis Carroll legend. Having a tough SOB (CR23) on the cover is the best way to start things off I think. Lets me know im in for a ride with this book.

While the first Bestiary was the standard array of Monsters we have all come to know and love through years of them being reprinted for games the Bestiary 2 is where Paizo took off on its own with a whole slew of new monster and just general new ideas for monsters. A handful of new extraplanar monsters of various alignments were added such as The Aeons, Qlippoths and Daemons all have decently written history and offer a lot of inspiration for using them in games.

The two things I love best about this book are as follows.
One: New dragons, and not just more "coloured or metal" dragons, but a new type of dragon altogether: Primal Dragons. These bad boys have probably the best art in the whole book (magma, im looking at you) and they make for a nice change from the everyday.

Two: The art, while the art in Bestiary 1 is GOOD, its not near as sharp, crisp, and detailed as this book. The colours, the textures, the everything, all done very well. You will not be disappointed when looking through this book.


Great buy!

5/5

I really enjoyed the artwork and the monsters presented in this book, especially the Qlippoth! Must have for your pathfinder library!


Back to the Golden Age

5/5

Looking through the PDF of Bestiary 2, I find myself remembering the days in the 1980s when I'd sit in the back of the mall bookstore and leaf through the various gaming tomes I couldn't possibly buy all of.

Crystal Dragons, Aeons, and several others in this book remind of that golden era, when DMs had such a wide variety of unusual (and often new-age-y) creatures at their disposals, they couldn't possibly ever use them all.

Sure, some of the creatures are a little odd, but on the other hand, the vast variety will lead to some adventurer groups with a far different list of encountered monsters than the norm.

I personally can't wait to spring the Dullahan (aka Headless Horseman) and Animate Dream on my party!


Something does not add up...

3/5

Not as extensive as the first, yet the same price...

I do not mind the creatures in this book, but it does get less use than my other bestiary. However it still has the same problem as the first also. The use of generic rules for a creature type. For an actual hardcover book to be useful in a game (for creatures) you MUST be able to have all rules for the creature on the one page. The use of rules based on a type of creature that you need to leave the creatures page to reference is irritating and a waste of in game time.

Please fix this problem. I understand that constructs all have similarities but I need the rules on each constructs page to reference. Not have to skip to the end of the book to see if they have something relevant when they need it.


Cautiously recommended

4/5

I find some of the artwork choices dubious and some of the stat-blocks clearly don't hold up under close examination.
Also only about a third of the creature content is of current use/interest to me.

BUT, all that said, in a book this size at this price that third of content is the right side of value for money for me, and there's enough variety here in the creatures that I don't personally have much time for that I'm certain most of them will appeal to a fair portion of the audience amongst other readers. This is a follow-up bestiary - and like most such works it faces the challenge that most of the decent staples of fantasy have already been covered in an earlier work, inviting the editors to try and diversify to give everyone a bit of what they might want...

Warts and all this is a pretty spiffing book, and I would cautiously recommend it.
I give it a rating of four stars.


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Am I right that there will be no Div and asuras in the bestiary 2?
:(

Shadow Lodge

And as I have pointed out seemingly a million times, just because PAIZO can't make PFRPG versions of WotC's non-OGL creatures, that doesn't mean you can't convert them for use in your own personal games.

Liberty's Edge

Vic Wertz wrote:
We hope to begin shipping subscriber copies and preorders next week, with a retail release date about two weeks after that.

Retail preorders are considered in the two weeks after?

I should be looking at early January?

Liberty's Edge

I don't know if anyone posted this yet, but here are the pages for the charybdis and scylla. They tie together.

monster spoiler:
The charybdis is CR 13 and can be summoned by the scylla which is CR 16 using summon monster 8. Scary combo.


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

The internet-store I use says I can order this now (delivery in 11-20 working days) for over 420 Swedish Kronor (between 60-65 $ US). I think I'll wait a bit longer...

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

*inspire competence* Ship ship ship my order!


Matthew Morris wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
Mairkurion {tm} wrote:
Likely story!

I know this isn't the place, but...

Damn you, Mairkurion. Damn you to a leafy hell. :D

And pray tell, what sort of monsters would live in this "leafy hell" of which you speak?

}:{D>

aphids.

::Hands MM the Etch-a-Sketch and bails::

Paizo Employee Creative Director

hellharlequin wrote:

Am I right that there will be no Div and asuras in the bestiary 2?

:(

You are correct.

When we compiled the monsters for reprint from Pathfinder APs into Bestiary 2, we instituted a cut-off volume of #19—we didn't want to reprint stuff that was TOO new, and by doing this we also narrowed the amount of choices we had to make as to what was in and what was not. Since the majority of the divs came along AFTER #19, that means they get to wait (probably for Bestiary 3, if we do that).

And further, there's already a HUGE slant toward outsiders in Bestiary 2; rounding out the other outsider alignment races (daemons, inevitables, aeons, proteans, agathions, qlippoth, and a few more devils, demons, angels, agathions, and azatas) made for a pretty overwhelming amount of them. Adding one more race would have been way too much, and would have left too little room for the other monster types.

The good news is that we'll keep making hardcover Bestiaries as long as they're popular... which at this point, seems like it could be for quite a while!


OMG, Paizo statted out one of my fave bosses from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night- Scylla.

So, so awesome!

Liberty's Edge

Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

I am just glad you added Serpentfolk


Which bestiary will Apsaras be in?

Silver Crusade

Starsunder wrote:

OMG, Paizo statted out one of my fave bosses from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night- Scylla.

So, so awesome!

And from the preview linked upthread, the Symphony of the Night influence definitely shows in her art.

I wholeheartedly approve. :D

And judging from her CR, she's going to be quite a bit more badass than she was there.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Thotkhirithon wrote:
Which bestiary will Apsaras be in?

A future one.


Yes!


Mikaze wrote:
Starsunder wrote:

OMG, Paizo statted out one of my fave bosses from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night- Scylla.

So, so awesome!

And from the preview linked upthread, the Symphony of the Night influence definitely shows in her art.

I wholeheartedly approve. :D

And judging from her CR, she's going to be quite a bit more badass than she was there.

Word, broheim. She was so weak, compared to how unique and awesome a boss she was.

Amazing job with her, Paizo.

Now let's see Galamoth and Granfaloon/Legion! :p


James Jacobs wrote:
hellharlequin wrote:

Am I right that there will be no Div and asuras in the bestiary 2?

:(

You are correct.

When we compiled the monsters for reprint from Pathfinder APs into Bestiary 2, we instituted a cut-off volume of #19—we didn't want to reprint stuff that was TOO new, and by doing this we also narrowed the amount of choices we had to make as to what was in and what was not. Since the majority of the divs came along AFTER #19, that means they get to wait (probably for Bestiary 3, if we do that).

And further, there's already a HUGE slant toward outsiders in Bestiary 2; rounding out the other outsider alignment races (daemons, inevitables, aeons, proteans, agathions, qlippoth, and a few more devils, demons, angels, agathions, and azatas) made for a pretty overwhelming amount of them. Adding one more race would have been way too much, and would have left too little room for the other monster types.

The good news is that we'll keep making hardcover Bestiaries as long as they're popular... which at this point, seems like it could be for quite a while!

good to know.

thanks for the info


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I'm tempted to ask when this book and PF 40 arrive for UK subscribers because I'm going on holiday (vacation) at a point in January. If they turn up beforehand, great, and if not then I'll have a nice surprise to get back for! Besides, I'm planning to take book 13 of the Wheel of Time with me, and that'll take a while to get through! :D


Any chance of finding out who wrote the fetchling, jyoti, and sceaduinar?

They have been dear to me since the RPG Superstar contest last year, and I'm just curious (in a non-snarky way) about who got the honors.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
When we compiled the monsters for reprint from Pathfinder APs into Bestiary 2, we instituted a cut-off volume of #19

Does this mean we get official stats for every creature in the AP 1-18?

Also I notice with my shiny new AP#39 that some of the monsters referenced are from the TOH. Does that mean that they are in the Bestiary 2 also?

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

The Bestiary 2 Poster is now available!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Watcher wrote:

Any chance of finding out who wrote the fetchling, jyoti, and sceaduinar?

They have been dear to me since the RPG Superstar contest last year, and I'm just curious (in a non-snarky way) about who got the honors.

I'm not sure who wrote them... but the way we build these books, most of the monsters go through a relatively significant amount of in-house tinkering and rewriting. The final result you see on the page is more a product of multiple authors than most of our projects as a result.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Brutal Ben wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
When we compiled the monsters for reprint from Pathfinder APs into Bestiary 2, we instituted a cut-off volume of #19

Does this mean we get official stats for every creature in the AP 1-18?

Also I notice with my shiny new AP#39 that some of the monsters referenced are from the TOH. Does that mean that they are in the Bestiary 2 also?

Nope. Just updated stats for the ones we wanted to put into Bestiary 2. If a monster got "left behind" it might show up in the "Inner Sea World Guide" or in Bestiary 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, or so on.

AP #39 came out before Bestiary 2, so if one of those monsters is in both the ToH AND the Bestiary 2, we would have cited them as coming from the ToH. Once Bestiary 2 is out (or at least within a month of it coming out) those monsters will instead be referenced to Bestiary 2.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Irranshalee wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
We hope to begin shipping subscriber copies and preorders next week, with a retail release date about two weeks after that.

Retail preorders are considered in the two weeks after?

I should be looking at early January?

We've set the retail release date at December 29.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Rulebook Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Wolf Munroe wrote:
xn0o0cl3 wrote:
Will there be dire weasels? I hope there's dire weasels.

I consider the dire weasel a pretty iconic creature myself. I'd like to have stats for one because I love to say "fiendish dire weasel" and people in my group grin at the mention of one.

One of the players in my 3.5e game plays a druid and likes to transform into a dire weasel too.

I hadn't noticed the absence of it in PRPG until it was pointed out.

Monsters whose absence go unnoticed until someone points that absence out are not strong contenders for reprinting.

Additionally, without a legitimate oversized weasel from the fossil record, we're VERY unlikely to carry the dire weasel forward in any official capacity. We're more likely to at some point do up stats for a giant weasel, I guess. Semantics, to a certain extent, but semantics are pretty important when it comes to language and words and editors and all that...

All right... time to build me a dire weasel animal companion. *Hikes up homebrew trousers*


Vic Wertz wrote:
The Bestiary 2 Poster is now available!

Hmm. It appears to depict 257 different monsters. I thought there were 300+ in Bestiary 2? Did one of every six monsters fail to show up for picture day?


Pathfinder Adventure, Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Maps, Rulebook Subscriber
Damon Griffin wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
The Bestiary 2 Poster is now available!
Hmm. It appears to depict 257 different monsters. I thought there were 300+ in Bestiary 2? Did one of every six monsters fail to show up for picture day?

I would assume there are variants that don't have art.

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

Some pages have two or more monsters on them but only a single picture, similar to the dinosaurs, herd animals, and familiars in the first Bestiary.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Ya know, I'd be willing to bet that the jyoti and sceaduinar are actually aeons. I recall reading somewhere that aeons were dual-natured, and what's more dual-natured than beings of pure positive and negative energy?

Contributor

Watcher wrote:
Any chance of finding out who wrote the fetchling, jyoti, and sceaduinar?

Me, me, and ... hmm... me. :)


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Watcher wrote:
Any chance of finding out who wrote the fetchling, jyoti, and sceaduinar?
Me, me, and ... hmm... me. :)

Well cool, Boss!

I can think of no one better qualified and well suited. I applaud your leadership. I feel good about the decisions made here.

EDIT: And.. I applaud YOU SIR. (had to throw that in there)

And yeah, I'm suckin' up, as all would-be freelancers are wont. :)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Generic Villain wrote:
Ya know, I'd be willing to bet that the jyoti and sceaduinar are actually aeons. I recall reading somewhere that aeons were dual-natured, and what's more dual-natured than beings of pure positive and negative energy?

Don't make that bet.

Jyoti and sceaduinar are not members of any race but their own.


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
James Jacobs wrote:

Don't make that bet.

Jyoti and sceaduinar are not members of any race but their own.

Crap! *Makes frantic call to bookie*

Dark Archive

Vic Wertz wrote:
The Bestiary 2 Poster is now available!

*DROOOOOOLLLLLL* ... damn, even though the pictures are tiny, those monsters look *GORGEOUS*! Yum yum!


RE: Cockroach (giant)

IMHO this creature should be immortal. Everybody knows you can't kill cockroaches. They always survive!

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Wow, it looks like a big chunk of monsters from the first three APs made it into B2. Rune Giants, Wendigo and Denizens of Leng - just when I am about to run Spires of Xin-Shalast. Awesome.


Asgetrion wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
The Bestiary 2 Poster is now available!
*DROOOOOOLLLLLL* ... damn, even though the pictures are tiny, those monsters look *GORGEOUS*! Yum yum!

I know exactly what you mean! Though I am sad my favorite little geometric freaks won't join the fun, but I can live with it.

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

Is the grindylow what I think it is? An aquatic goblin? He's so cute!

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Demiurge 1138 wrote:
Is the grindylow what I think it is? An aquatic goblin? He's so cute!

Sort of... he's LIKE an aquatic goblin, but he's got racial hit dice and isn't a humanoid.

Also... giant grindylows.

Just sayin'.


Starsunder wrote:

Word, broheim. She was so weak, compared to how unique and awesome a boss she was.

Amazing job with her, Paizo.

Now let's see Galamoth and Granfaloon/Legion! :p

GRANFALOON!

+1! +2! +1,000,000!

OH, PLEASE, PAIZO GODS! PLEASE!

Thank-you. That is all.


Oh, yeah.

And thank-y'all for including so many great superstars from the AP's. Those updated stats are some of the things I'm looking foward to most!

Yay, witchfires, shemhazians, umbral dragons, revenants, lamia matriarchs, hounds of tindalos, gugs and faceless stalkers!!


While there are many exciting entries in this and I'll possibly take the day off work when it arrives, I'm disappointed that none of the Kingmaker monsters are in here. I take it that they were finished too late to be included?

On the plus side I can just start getting excited about the Bestiary 3 now!

Grand Lodge

eschaton wrote:

While there are many exciting entries in this and I'll possibly take the day off work when it arrives, I'm disappointed that none of the Kingmaker monsters are in here. I take it that they were finished too late to be included?

On the plus side I can just start getting excited about the Bestiary 3 now!

Basically as James mentioned they decided that the cut off was going to be the first three Adventure paths. That certainly does not include the Kingmaker set.. sorry sir :)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

eschaton wrote:

While there are many exciting entries in this and I'll possibly take the day off work when it arrives, I'm disappointed that none of the Kingmaker monsters are in here. I take it that they were finished too late to be included?

On the plus side I can just start getting excited about the Bestiary 3 now!

None of the Kingmaker monsters are in there.

Of course... if you have Kingmaker, that doesn't matter all that much, since you've already GOT them for the Pathfinder rules.

Whether Kingmaker will make the cutoff for Bestiary 3... and indeed whether or not we MAKE a Bestiary 3... we're not yet gonna say.


James Jacobs wrote:
... and indeed whether or not we MAKE a Bestiary 3... we're not yet gonna say.

Oh, common.

The updated rules for chained spirits have to go somewhere. :)

Silver Crusade

Chris Gunter wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
... and indeed whether or not we MAKE a Bestiary 3... we're not yet gonna say.

Oh, common.

The updated rules for chained spirits have to go somewhere. :)

Yeesh. Heaven help the poor guy tasked with cutting down the chained spirit to a single page. That's one of those special cases where I'd figure a two-page spread is really needed.

Silver Crusade

Chris Gunter wrote:
Starsunder wrote:

Word, broheim. She was so weak, compared to how unique and awesome a boss she was.

Amazing job with her, Paizo.

Now let's see Galamoth and Granfaloon/Legion! :p

GRANFALOON!

+1! +2! +1,000,000!

OH, PLEASE, PAIZO GODS! PLEASE!

Thank-you. That is all.

@#$% YEAH

Spoiler:
Corpse Orgy comes close to the general theme, but it's nowhere near the unsettling majesty of a gargantuan floating sphere of faceless corpses tangled together around an aberrant core, which sometimes rains the shambling damned upon the earth to the tune of their own wails of despair. Also, laser beams.

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

Mikaze wrote:
Yeesh. Heaven help the poor guy tasked with cutting down the chained spirit to a single page. That's one of those special cases where I'd figure a two-page spread is really needed.

I know trying to condense the belier devil to a page wasn't fun. And then it got *really* condensed for the final.


So has there been a list with all the beasts in the Bestiary?

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

Joey Virtue wrote:
So has there been a list with all the beasts in the Bestiary?

Scroll down from here

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2011 Top 32

Matthew Morris wrote:
Joey Virtue wrote:
So has there been a list with all the beasts in the Bestiary?
Scroll down from here

The list was missing a couple of the monsters from the poster when I looked at it but almost all of them are there.

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