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!

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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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Vic Wertz wrote:
Joseph Wilson wrote:
However, Lost Cities of Golarion still seems to be MIA in any of our warehouses.
Apparently B&N rarely orders our softcovers, except when they're specifically ordered by a customer. We're trying to convince them to change that.

Huh, that's curious. Most of the backlist of your softcovers are available through BN as far as I can tell, they just take longer to become available. I know Godsmouth Heresy and Vaults of Madness are just starting to show up in warehouses. However, I've been shortlisting into our store APs and Mods as they become available. I've also special ordered some backlist stuff myself (such as Seekers of Secrets, Guide to Absalom, and City of Strangers) and all were in stock. Older stuff though, once it clears out of the warehouse, tends to disappear forever (for example, Book of the Damned vol 1 is no longer available).

Believe me, I do keep track of this stuff, as I work hard to keep our RPG section as nicely stocked as I can with the space I have. Pathfinder is as fully featured in my store as D&D. :-)


Joseph Wilson wrote:

Believe me, I do keep track of this stuff, as I work hard to keep our RPG section as nicely stocked as I can with the space I have. Pathfinder is as fully featured in my store as D&D. :-)

Man I wish we had someone like you working at our local Barnes & Noble. Or`the local Borders, for that matter.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Joseph Wilson wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
Joseph Wilson wrote:
However, Lost Cities of Golarion still seems to be MIA in any of our warehouses.
Apparently B&N rarely orders our softcovers, except when they're specifically ordered by a customer. We're trying to convince them to change that.
Huh, that's curious. Most of the backlist of your softcovers are available through BN as far as I can tell, they just take longer to become available.

Here's the situation: Diamond Book Distributors is our exclusive distributor for the book trade (meaning stores like B&N). When we release a new product, DBD solicits it to B&N, and they can order it, or not.

For reasons that are unclear to me, B&N apparently only uses DBD for preordering new products; if they want to buy anything that isn't a preorder, they go to either Baker & Taylor or Ingram—two book trade distributors that also buy from DBD.

For most of our softcovers, B&N isn't placing any preorders with DBD. When they have demand—special orders, sales on bn.com, or proactive people like you—they're buying after the release date from Baker & Taylor or Ingram to cover those orders. That's why they're taking longer to become available.

Joseph Wilson wrote:
Older stuff though, once it clears out of the warehouse, tends to disappear forever (for example, Book of the Damned vol 1 is no longer available).

All I can tell you there is that DBD still has it, and we still have it.

Joseph Wilson wrote:
Believe me, I do keep track of this stuff, as I work hard to keep our RPG section as nicely stocked as I can with the space I have. Pathfinder is as fully featured in my store as D&D. :-)

You personally may have a lot to do with the fact that they're stocking even as much as they are. Thanks!


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Vic Wertz wrote:


You personally may have a lot to do with the fact that they're stocking even as much as they are. Thanks!

Thanks for the info, Vic. That all makes a lot of sense when paired up with what I see when I check our inventory and the warehouses that are stocking the items.

I suppose I will just keep on keepin' on with what I've been doing. :-)


I finally got my order!

Looking through the book so far I like it, with the exception of the monkey illustration :P

(it's not actually that the drawing itself is bad, it's that it looks too damned cartoony)

I'm a great fan of the Hound of Tindalos. Has it ever been statted in dnd before? I can't remember seeing it in 3.5.


Ganryu wrote:

I finally got my order!

Looking through the book so far I like it, with the exception of the monkey illustration :P

(it's not actually that the drawing itself is bad, it's that it looks too damned cartoony)

I'm a great fan of the Hound of Tindalos. Has it ever been statted in dnd before? I can't remember seeing it in 3.5.

Paizo statted the hounds in

Spoiler:
AP #4 and an advanced one in #6.
I just finished running them against my players not too long ago, and they were a neat creature.

So, out of curiosity, has there been any cases of errata being made necessary for this book? I'm waiting to buy it and APG until I'm sure all of the important errata points are met.

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Ganryu wrote:
I'm a great fan of the Hound of Tindalos. Has it ever been statted in dnd before? I can't remember seeing it in 3.5.

Available on d20pfsrd.com here

Likely Errata for Bestiary 2

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Ashram wrote:
So, out of curiosity, has there been any cases of errata being made necessary for this book? I'm waiting to buy it and APG until I'm sure all of the important errata points are met.

Bestiary 2 just shipped at the end of the year, and the second printing of the APG was released shortly before that. Which is to say that it'll be a while before we have to send either one back to press again.

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

Is there an issue with the alignments of the primal dragons? I noticed the following for the base dragon statistics:

Brine: LN
Cloud: CN
Crystal: LN
Magma: CN
Umbral: CE

Yet, the cloud dragon examples are all Neutral and the crystal dragon examples are all Chaotic Good. Should the base alignment for cloud be Neutral and the base alignment for crystal be Chaotic Good?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

gbonehead wrote:

Is there an issue with the alignments of the primal dragons? I noticed the following for the base dragon statistics:

Brine: LN
Cloud: CN
Crystal: LN
Magma: CN
Umbral: CE

Yet, the cloud dragon examples are all Neutral and the crystal dragon examples are all Chaotic Good. Should the base alignment for cloud be Neutral and the base alignment for crystal be Chaotic Good?

The cloud dragons should all be CN, and the crystal dragons should all be LN.


I am eager to add this to my collection, but with all the errors coming up, I doubt I will pick it up until the second printing.

I have a couple other books waiting as well. I know you guys are busy, but I would surely wait to make sure I had a properly edited book. I think everyone else agrees.

Quality is something I connect with Paizo, please don't fall victim as many other have.

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Globetrotter wrote:

I am eager to add this to my collection, but with all the errors coming up, I doubt I will pick it up until the second printing.

I have a couple other books waiting as well. I know you guys are busy, but I would surely wait to make sure I had a properly edited book. I think everyone else agrees.

Quality is something I connect with Paizo, please don't fall victim as many other have.

By all means, wait if you like, but please don't imply there's any sort of "quality problem" at Paizo.

Books are like computer programs. When you're publishing a book that's hundreds of pages long and has thousands and thousands of words, there will be errors, whether you're Paizo or the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The fact that there's public errata and that the design and development team are so accessible is a good thing, not indicative of any sort of quality issue.

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Globetrotter wrote:

I am eager to add this to my collection, but with all the errors coming up, I doubt I will pick it up until the second printing.

I have a couple other books waiting as well. I know you guys are busy, but I would surely wait to make sure I had a properly edited book. I think everyone else agrees.

Quality is something I connect with Paizo, please don't fall victim as many other have.

as one who has found and posted several errors for Bestiary 2, which I own a hard copy of, the errors are minor and the monsters are playable.

These shouldn't detract you from buying it.


I note that someone has posted a 1 star review of this product. Were they reading the same book I was?

I note also that said reviewer has a total of two posts on the boards dated some 7 months ago..nuff said.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I like how he "enjoyed every Paizo book", but the ONLY review he posted is a 1-star.

Well, I guess we gotta a few more positive reviews, eh fellow Paizonians? Haters gonna hate anyway.


minor issues...?

hmmm... I was under the impression there were a bunch of errors... that's what I get from reading forum posts, lol.

I didn't mean to say Paizo creates poor product. From what I had read, there were so many errors in this product that maybe more editing should have been done.

However, errors do creep up in any and all works.

Thanks for the comments.


Gorbacz wrote:

I like how he "enjoyed every Paizo book", but the ONLY review he posted is a 1-star.

Well, I guess we gotta a few more positive reviews, eh fellow Paizonians? Haters gonna hate anyway.

As long as the review is well thought out and constructive, then let "haters hate". It's not really hating if they do it right. Besides, you can't make the book better by simply saying "This is the most amazing book ever and nothing is wrong with it".

I agree with some of the more negative reviews, especially the one that calls out the similarities between certain monsters and certain pop culture/folklore references.


Gorbacz wrote:

I like how he "enjoyed every Paizo book", but the ONLY review he posted is a 1-star.

Well, I guess we gotta a few more positive reviews, eh fellow Paizonians? Haters gonna hate anyway.

He actually said every other book.

Quote:
I have thoroughly enjoyed every other Pathfinder book...

I do wonder why he only took the time to write a review for the one book he did not like.

Maybe haters do have to hate. <--Not an attack on the reviewer, just me noticing that people are quick to complain and slow to praise.


{peaks head in-frame}
Um... Mr. Jacobs Sir...

The Ifrit, Oread, Sylph, and Undine list that the Sorcerer and Cleric gain a benefit from having bloodline/domain in their given element. What about the Druid, Inquisitor and Wizard(Elemental)?
Was the "Domain" to imply Inquisitor and Druid? Is this just errata or were they not included in this race benefit?

Um... thanks
{sheepishly walks sideways out of frame waving hand stupidly}.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

BronzeSparrow wrote:

{peaks head in-frame}

Um... Mr. Jacobs Sir...

The Ifrit, Oread, Sylph, and Undine list that the Sorcerer and Cleric gain a benefit from having bloodline/domain in their given element. What about the Druid, Inquisitor and Wizard(Elemental)?
Was the "Domain" to imply Inquisitor and Druid? Is this just errata or were they not included in this race benefit?

Um... thanks
{sheepishly walks sideways out of frame waving hand stupidly}.

Nope; these four races are specifically intended to be better at being sorcerers and clerics. You can, of course, add in or adjust that as you wish in your home game, but the intent was indeed to focus on those two classes in particular.


What happened to the greater hound of tindalos?

It's listed as a varient in the back but not under the hound. Has it been posted somewhere else?

Thanks,

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Cainus wrote:

What happened to the greater hound of tindalos?

It's listed as a varient in the back but not under the hound. Has it been posted somewhere else?

Thanks,

The mention of a "greater hound of tindalos" should have been cut from the back, since it was cut from the monster's entry for two reasons:

1) There wasn't room for it.

2) It wasn't a good idea—if you want a "greater" anything, just advance its hit dice. The hound of tindalos isn't any different there, so it's unnecessary to say anything in particular about it.

Alas... no one remembered to cut the mention out of the back of the book.


Since the release of the Bestiary 2, has there been any additons or changes to the summon monster list? I was curious because the new book doesn't actually have a new list anywhere for either summon monster or summon nature's ally. It just kinda mentions the possiblity of summoning a creature.

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smorgas wrote:
Since the release of the Bestiary 2, has there been any additons or changes to the summon monster list? I was curious because the new book doesn't actually have a new list anywhere for either summon monster or summon nature's ally. It just kinda mentions the possiblity of summoning a creature.

For the 4,712th time, no, there have been no new lists, officially. The thinking is that it would increase the flexibility (if not the outright power) of the summoning spells and add even more to the "Pathfinder is Casters Edition" argument/garbage pile. The general idea is you might swap out existing monsters for new ones, but you shouldn't add entirely new options to the spells.

(Even for SM VIII, which could really use more options, IMO.)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

I really like the latest review. Kaiyanwang went into real deep detail on the book, offering a comprehensive insight into Bestiary 2.

And it's good that he did that, because if his review was any shorter one could think that he posted it just to offset his Ultimate Magic review!

Also, quality of 3.5 bestiaries didn't drop dramatically after MM1. Actually, MM3 is commonly considered the best MM ever made. MM4 took a nose dive, but MM5 was of good quality as well.


Gorbacz wrote:

I really like the latest review. Kaiyanwang went into real deep detail on the book, offering a comprehensive insight into Bestiary 2.

And it's good that he did that, because if his review was any shorter one could think that he posted it just to offset his Ultimate Magic review!

Also, quality of 3.5 bestiaries didn't drop dramatically after MM1. Actually, MM3 is commonly considered the best MM ever made. MM4 took a nose dive, but MM5 was of good quality as well.

Well, you have less to "detail" in a monster manual. Moreover, I try to avoid this to avoid "spoiler" monsters.

I said what I felt was needed: Paizo won the challenge to keep the quality of B2 to B1 level. Perhaps is BETTER.

I just decided recently sto review products - I'm just going backward :P

About the quality of MMs in 3.0/3.5.. well.

MMII was madness. MMIII was well made, but the flavour of a lot of monstwers started to fall into weirdness. MMIV is .. meh. MMV the same, with few gems.

For sure Paizo avoided the B1 --> B2 quality drop. Nice!


So, as the last post was over a month ago, are we any closer to a Second Printing of Bestiary 2? :P

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber
Ashram wrote:
So, as the last post was over a month ago, are we any closer to a Second Printing of Bestiary 2? :P

It all depends on how many physical copies of the book are left, which would then trigger a new print order.

1st Bestiary got reprinted after about a year.

I'm guessing that after GenCon more thought will be given to reprints.


For those looking on methods to add new monsters to the Summon Monster and Summon Nature's Ally lists, it's quite simple. For SM, it's always Extraplanar creatures. From there, just take note of the CR of the creatures and the ones on the lists. Compare them. Even though a particular creature may have the right CR for Summon Monster III, it may need to be bumped to Summon Monster IV due to it possessing some abilities that a 5th-level caster shouldn't have access to with a monster so easily. There's a Dragon Magazine, issue #302, with advice on adding new monsters.

The same goes for Summon Nature's Ally; animals, fey, elementals, magical beasts tied to nature, and plants is clearly the theme. It's a bit harder than Summon Monster spells, but the methods are the same.

As to why Paizo doesn't want to expand the summon monster list (and the easiest way to balance it is simply "swapping" monsters out), it's one of those things that's strangely low priority when it shouldn't be since there is a huge call for such a service... >.>

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Ashram wrote:
So, as the last post was over a month ago, are we any closer to a Second Printing of Bestiary 2? :P

I'd say we're about a month closer!

We don't talk about timing for reprints until the previous printing has sold out. Imagine if we said that the next printing is on the way in some number of months; that would cause a lot of people to avoid buying the current printing, and since we need to sell through the current printing before we introduce the next one, telling you that it's coming would actually increase the amount of time before it comes.

I will tell you this, though... after this many releases, we're doing a lot better at predicting demand than when the RPG was new, so you are way less likely to see reprints appear within a few months of release these days.


Hey, I'm confused.
The spell duration "Constant" isn't ANYWHERE in any book.

I was trying to use a Blink Dog as a mount, but I'm unsure as to if it can turn it's blink ability on and off, since it's not described as permanent.

Contributor

See Bestiary 2, page 6, Spell-Like Abilities entry.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Demonskunk wrote:

Hey, I'm confused.

The spell duration "Constant" isn't ANYWHERE in any book.

I was trying to use a Blink Dog as a mount, but I'm unsure as to if it can turn it's blink ability on and off, since it's not described as permanent.

"Constant" as regards a spell-like ability is not a duration.

What it means is that that ability is always in effect on the creature. If it ever gets dispelled, the creature can reactivate it as a swift action. Unless otherwise noted, a constant spell-like ability can only affect the creature who uses that ability; it can't cast that spell-like ability on other things.

(These rules are detailed on page 6 of Bestiary 2 under the entry for Spell-Like Abilities.)

EDIT: Ninjaed by Sean, but only because I was being MORE HELPFUL by writing it all out. :-P


Whilst I was initially disappointed with the absence of the alu-fiend, I would like to add a belated 'Hurrah!' for this book, with its Lovecraftian yummies (or 'yummiers?' given that they're often carrying out the action to hapless PCs???) and the bold stabs it makes at updating some classic monsters and introducing them to the game. (Hello scylla, for example, in that latter category... :D )
And if you're at GenCon and have some surplus money burning a hole in your pocket right now, I suggest you go forth and pick up a copy. You may not like all of it (heck, I don't) but there's almost certain to be something useful and of interest in this volume. :)

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For the Errata: the Xtabay's s.t. for the soporific spores says Will at first, Fort later. I wondered whether the fact that this was not a poison effect meant it should be will, but then thought the saving throw would be charisma based if that was the case. Anyway, needs clarifying.

Richard

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

”Dragon78” wrote:
So Mr. Daigle what did you contribute to the other two Bestiaries?

Because the dragon asked:

Critters:
Many of these are just conversions, to be honest, with fresh flavor text.

Amoeba
Azer
Brownie
Giant fly and giant maggot
Grig
Hippogriff
Locathah
Mongrelman
Reefclaw
Triton
Goliath beetle and slicer beetle
Charda
Giant bee and giant queen bee
Grippli
Moonflower
Twigjack
Blink dog
Carnivorous blob
Denizen of Leng
Mothman
Quickling
Manta ray and stingray
Astradaemon
Olethrodaemon
Ceustodaemon
Cacodaemon
Derghodaemon
Hydrodaemon
Leukodaemon
Meladaemon
Piscodaemon
Purrodaemon
Thanadaemon


Wasn't it me who asked to post those lists, but anyway who did Charybdis?


Yeah mostly conversions but your list seems longer on this one.

So you have worked on all the Daemons in both Bestiary 2 and 3.

I don't remember the twigjack from older books.

I am sure the denizen of Leng was not done until now. But Mothman was a coversion becaus I remember seeing him in a first edition monster manual.

Nice selection of critters even if most of them are conversions and there are a lot of creatures left from older editions I would love to see make a comeback.

I like the Brownie, Grig, Gripli, Moonflower, Mothman, Denizen of Leng, Twigjack, Quickling, Charda, Carnivorous Blob, Piscodaemon, Amoeba, Hypogriff, and Triton.

I noticed you have two monsters so far that are somewhat based on movies, the Blob and the Fog.


From this list I like:
Mongrelman - Reefclaw - Triton - Goliath beetle
Charda - Moonflower - Blink dog - Carnivorous blob
Denizen of Leng - Mothman - Quickling
Astradaemon - Cacodaemon - Derghodaemon - Hydrodaemon
Leukodaemon - Meladaemon - Piscodaemon - Purrodaemon - Thanadaemon

My favorites of this list are Mothman, Quickling and Leukodaemon.

My least favorite creature on that list is the Hippogriff, never liked the worthless clone of the griffon, why need a hippogriff when you have a griffon? Also disliked them in Harry Potter.

It seems Dragon78 is more fan of the more kind and gentle creatures not worth of the titel "monster" (grig and such faeries) :p (i'm just kiddn as you seem to dislike everything truly evil such as undead, demons ,daemons and devils)

Contributor

Sincubus wrote:
My least favorite creature on that list is the Hippogriff, never liked the worthless clone of the griffon, why need a hippogriff when you have a griffon?

Hippogriff is from literary mythology, the kind of thing we like to make monsters from at Paizo. :)


I know that everybody likes Hippogriffs, I never cared for them and never understood why everybody liked them so, I find them rather less attractive, cool and useable griffons.

Of course I can understand why you placed Hippogriff in the manual, but I would never add it to anything of my own, didn't knew they were from mythology tho.

Anyway this is my what-to-like-or-not-to-like-list for the entire book:

FAVORITE 20:
Aranea / Banshee / Kelpie / Aurumvorax / Leukodaemon / Crysmal / Charybdis
Destrachan / Decapus / Dullahan / Leucrotta / Peryton / Quickling / Redcap / Wendigo
Mothman / Brain Collector / Thunderbird / Vampiric Mist / Spriggan

OTHER FAVORITES:
Amphisbaena / Athach / Zebub / Gylou / Devilfish / Crystal Dragon / Hydrodaemon
Meladaemon / Bunyip / Attic Whisperer / Chupacabra / Thanadaemon / Gloomwing
Dust Digger / Fungal Crawler / Gray Render / Draugr / Sandman / Scarecrow / Siren
Black Scorpion / Scylla / Sinspawn / Hangman Tree / Howler / Korred / Pech / Sylph
Phycomid / Lurker in Light / Mandragora / Reefclaw / Revenant / Nightwalker
Viper Vine / Water Orm / Slurk / Soul Eater / Moonflower / Poltergeist / Keketar
Quickwood / Slithering Tracker / Witchfire / Witchwyrd / Tendriculos

NICE: Not favorite but close
Avoral / Cetaceal / Leonal / Silvanshee / Cassisian / Star Archon / Skaveling
Blink Dog / Bodak / Carnivorous Blob / Catoblepas / Chaos Beast / Charda
Crawling Hand / Derghodaemon / Piscodaemon / Purrodaemon / Death Worm
Omox / Denizen of Leng / Bdellavritra / Compsognathus / Tylosaurus / Giant Dragonfly
Taiga Giant / Adamantine Golem / Jinkin Gremlin / Grick / Grindylow / Hellcat
Behemoth / Marut / Jabberwock / Giant Jellyfish / Krenshar / Lamia Matriarch
Leprechaun / Werebear / Wereboar / Weretiger / Magma Ooze / Arsinoitherium
Glyptodon / Megatherium / Megaloceros / Merrow / Mongrel / Mu Spore
Necrophidius / Nereid / Nightcrawler / Nightwave / Nightwing / Ravener / Serpentfolk
Emperor Cobra / Giant Anaconda / Solifugid / Soulbound Doll / Black Widow / Tarantula
Totenmaske / Triton / Urdefhan / Great White Whale / Winterwight / Worm that Walks
Xacabra / Yrthak

NOT BAD: But far from being my favorites
Achaierai / Draconal / Vulpinal / Akata / Giant Amoeba / Amoeba Swarm
Animate Dream / Azer / Dire Badger / Mobat / Giant Bee / Bee Queen / Goliath Beetle
Slicer Beetle / Belker / Blindheim / Brownie / Whiptail Centipede / Titan Centipede
Giant Cockroach / Cockroach Swarm / Crypt Thing / Astradaemon / Cacodaemon
Ceustodaemon / Olethrodaemon / Dark Slayer / Shemhazian / Puragaus / Allosaurus
Parasaurolophus / Magma Dragon / Umbral Dragon / Dragon Horse / D'ziriak
Ice Elemental / Lightning Elemental / Magma Elemental / Mud Elemental
Faceless Stalker / Giant Fly / Giant Maggot / Frost Worm / Giant Gar / Marsh Giant
Rune Giant / Wood Giant / Alchemical Golem / Clockwork Golem / Glass Golem
Mithral Golem / Nuglub Gremlin / Pugwampi Gremlin / Vexgit Gremlin / Grig / Grippli
Gryph / Gug / Hippocampus / Hippopotamus / Hound of Tindalos / Arbiter / Kolyarut
Lhaksharut / Zelekhut / Jellyfish Swarm / Jyoti / Leng Spider / Locathah / Mercane
Giant Mosquito / Mosquito Swarm / Oread / Baboon / Monkey Swarm / Naunet
Rast / Manta / Stingray / Sard / Sceaduinar / Cave Scorpion / Shining Child / Skulk
Slime Mold / Tenebrous Worm / Tentamort / Thoqqua / Giant Tick / Tick Swarm
Elysian Titan / Thanatotic Titan / Giant Toad / Glacier Toad / Ice Troll / Rock Troll
Snapping Turtle / Giant Snapping Turtle / Twigjack / Undine / Vemerak / Whale
Xtabay / Juju Zombie

DISLIKE
Akhana / Bythos / Paracletus / Pleroma / Theletos / Shield Archon / Axiomite
Brijidine / Lyrakien / Badger / Kalavakus / Vrolikai / Brine Dragon / Cloud Dragon
Flame Drake / Forest Drake / Frost Drake / Sea Drake / Fetchling / Forlarren / Gar
Carrion Golem / Ifrit / Imentesh / Voidworm / Seugathi / Shantak / Thrasfyr /
Monadic Deva / Movanic Deva / Dhampir / Camel / Ram / Hippogriff / Mihstu
Ogrekin / Augnagar / Chernobue / Cythnigot / Iathavos / Nyogoth / Shoggti
Thulgant

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In the new errata for the Bestiary 2, just released yesterday, it says some conflicting things on the Compsognathus.

The update says: "Page 312—In Appendix 7: Animal Companions,
delete compsothagnus from the table."

Yet, under Compsognathus, it says: "These dinosaurs can serve
spellcasters as a familiar. A compsognathus familiar
grants its master a +4 bonus on Initiative checks." - which has not been errataed.

Is the idea that the compsognathus can be used as a familiar or not?

...and on a personal note; please, Please, PLEASE let me keep my little lizard friend! I really like the thought of having the little bugger around :)

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Derwalt wrote:

In the new errata for the Bestiary 2, just released yesterday, it says some conflicting things on the Compsognathus.

The update says: "Page 312—In Appendix 7: Animal Companions,
delete compsothagnus from the table."

Yet, under Compsognathus, it says: "These dinosaurs can serve
spellcasters as a familiar. A compsognathus familiar
grants its master a +4 bonus on Initiative checks." - which has not been errataed.

Is the idea that the compsognathus can be used as a familiar or not?

...and on a personal note; please, Please, PLEASE let me keep my little lizard friend! I really like the thought of having the little bugger around :)

Familiars and Animal Companions are two different things. Familiars are available to certain spellcasting classes, while animal companions are a druid class feature (for the most part). So, compsognathus: familiar, yes; animal companion, no.


Ha! My reading skills have been proved to be horrible! Thank you Vic, I totally misread that :)


Most Golems have a height and weight in their description, Mithral and Adamantine don't have this. Just forgotten?


Really late on this one, but I noticed that wereboars gain a bite attack in hybrid form, despite boars not having one. Do lycanthropes automatically get a bite in hybrid form or is that a goof?


Just bought Bestiary 2 in pdf. How come the non-lite version doesn't have any hyperlinks in the ToC like Bestiary and Pathfinder Core do?

Community & Digital Content Director

Heya, products after our initial 2 releases (with the exception of some special hardcovers) do not have inline hyperlinks because they are just too unwieldy to maintain internally (especially if we were to attempt hyperlinking between different books).

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