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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Excellent Addition

5/5

As its name implies, Bestiary 2 is the second full-length collection of creatures for Pathfinder. It's a big (320 page) book, and introduces, according to the back cover, over 300 different monsters. The vast majority of creatures get one page each (art, stat block, description), though there are a few pages with two monsters and a few monsters that get double-page spreads. In format, it's very similar to the first bestiary collection. Obviously, I can't review all the monsters individually, but I would like to list some of the creatures or new creature types that jumped out at me:

* Aeons: Embodiments of neutrality striving to maintain universal balance, these cosmic entities are hard to conceptualise but interesting and important for planar travel. Several varieties are included here. I particularly liked "bythos", monitors of disruptions to time or space.

* Agathions: Beastlike outsiders native to the neutral good plane Nirvana. The theme works surprisingly well, with each type having a distinct role. I've never really used these, but should.

* Aranea: Super creepy pic!

* Athach: Dumb, bizarre arm monster with no background.

* Crypt Thing: Special teleport ability is pretty cool.

* Daemons: Outsiders with a special desire to consume mortal souls. Still too similar to "demons" and I don't really see what distinct niche they fill.

* Primal Dragons: Elemental-themed dragons plus a shadow plane-themed umbral dragon.

* Elementals: Four new ones here (mud, lightning, magma, and ice)

* Elemental (playable) races: Ifrits, undines, etc., are introduced here.

* Giants: Four new ones, including rune and taiga.

* Golems: Six new ones, with adamantine and clockwork the best.

* Gremlins: New creature type, a good and suitably annoying addition to the game.

* Inevitables: Lawful Neutral outsiders implacable in their goals. Each has a good nice.

* Lycanthropes: Three new ones, with wereboars and weretigers having good, scary art.

* Megafauna: Four new ones.

* Nightshade: Introduced as a creature type, with a really cool description.

* Proteans: Chaotic neutral outsider type. Not particularly interesting, and not obvious how to use well in a game.

* Qlippoths: Pre-demon residents of the Abyss, they hate demons and mortals whose sins form them. A cool concept.

Generally speaking, there are a lot of high-CR and a lot of gargantuan- and colossal- sized creatures. The book fills in a lot of the classics that weren't included in the first collection, and I also noticed a lot that appeared in Rise of the Runelords (including art reproduction). However, there are also a lot I've never heard of before despite gaming for a couple of decades. A good mix! Overall, an excellent, high-quality expansion to a GM's toolkit.


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.


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Paizo Employee Creative Director

Mikaze wrote:
FenrysStar wrote:

If you are still taking suggestions for dinos I humbly request this one be considered: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/prehistoric/pachycephalosauru s-wyomingensis.html

In some of my fantasy stories I use these guys as a replacement for horses.

I'd wager that James Jacobs butted heads with the others over getting this one in.

I have room for four dinosaurs to put in the Bestairy 2. Two of them are locks because we ordered art. The other two are up in the air. Pacycephalosaurus is certainly a contender. I already statted him up once in Dragon #118, after all...

Liberty's Edge

Will this book reprint monsters from previous Path Adventures that weren't yet added to the Beastiary?

Paizo Employee Director of Game Development

There will be a good amount of monsters updated from previous AP Bestiaries.


vagrant-poet wrote:
Now this would be a cool mount, and a creature that wouldn't be very well known: Pareiasaur

Interesting, somebody at Paizo needs to talk to the folks at Goodman Games about either having them making a Pathfinder book based on all the dinosaurs they did for Broncosaurus Rex or find out how much they might want for the rights to some of the alternative dinos they did.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

lonewolf23k wrote:
Will this book reprint monsters from previous Path Adventures that weren't yet added to the Beastiary?

Some of them. Not all.

We've used hundreds of monsters in previous modules and AP Adventures. There's only room in these first 2 Bestiaries for about 700 monsters in all. We'll get as many of them in as we can, but we probably won't be able to cover ALL of them until Bestiary 3 or maybe even Bestiary 4.

One particular goal, though, is to make sure that every monster illustrated in the Core Rulebook is in either Bestiary 1 or 2. That includes things like emperor cobras (page 110), rune giants (page 138), giant cockroaches (page 164), camels (page 173), devilfish (page 185), akatas (page 221), and bunyips and reefclaws (page 436).

In fact, the only monster that'll NOT be in a Bestiary who appeared in the Core Rulebook is Treerazer (page 404)... but he'll be in the Inner Sea World Guide, which should be out BEFORE Bestiary 2 so that's covered as well.


James Jacobs wrote:
I have room for four dinosaurs to put in the Bestairy 2. Two of them are locks because we ordered art. The other two are up in the air. Pacycephalosaurus is certainly a contender. I already statted him up once in Dragon #118, after all...

I vote Snuffaluffagus for the fourth one.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

FenrysStar wrote:
vagrant-poet wrote:
Now this would be a cool mount, and a creature that wouldn't be very well known: Pareiasaur
Interesting, somebody at Paizo needs to talk to the folks at Goodman Games about either having them making a Pathfinder book based on all the dinosaurs they did for Broncosaurus Rex or find out how much they might want for the rights to some of the alternative dinos they did.

I'd say if you want to see PFRPG versions of something Goodman Games created, you should tell Goodman Games!


Well, I wonder if they even could now that I think about it. Plus the fact that they would need to be adapted for pure fantasy play. In some ways it's just a sleight of mind but it can be done. I just wonder if he could or would as he is producing much for 4E right now.


Could we get a list of maybe 20 monsters were going to see out of this? No stats of course but maybe just a bit more tease?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Camel
Hippogriff
Derghodaemon
Kolaryut
Aeon
Jabberwock
Umbral Dragon
Rune Giant
Pugwampi
Gug
Hound of Tindalos
Denizen of Leng

That's just off my head :)

Paizo Employee Creative Director

poisonbladed wrote:
Could we get a list of maybe 20 monsters were going to see out of this? No stats of course but maybe just a bit more tease?

It's way too early to start doing anything like an organized preview of this book's contents. We still haven't really started to preview the contents of the World Guide or the Advanced Player's Guide, after all. I've dropped hints here and there on the boards, and have even confirmed the presence of some creatures, but even that isn't official—we might end up having to cut a monster or many for unseen reasons, after all.

So... please have patience. We'll probably start doing official preview stuff for it MAYBE closer to Gen Con.


Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:


So... please have patience.

What is this patience you speak of?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


So... please have patience.

What is this patience you speak of?

It's a natural resource that used to exist in great quantity in the early and middle 20th century that, unfortunately, was all but used up and depleted once the highly reactive new element "INTERNETIUM" was discovered in the mid to late 80s.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


So... please have patience.

What is this patience you speak of?
It's a natural resource that used to exist in great quantity in the early and middle 20th century that, unfortunately, was all but used up and depleted once the highly reactive new element "INTERNETIUM" was discovered in the mid to late 80s.

A period that came to be know as the Dark Time ...

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber
James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


So... please have patience.

What is this patience you speak of?
It's a natural resource that used to exist in great quantity in the early and middle 20th century that, unfortunately, was all but used up and depleted once the highly reactive new element "INTERNETIUM" was discovered in the mid to late 80s.

Patience still existed in the 80s, though supplies were running low then. It was the advent of the refining of pure Internetium into the World Wide Web in 94/95 that really brought about the death knell of "waiting" for stuff. We want it, and we want it now!


Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Ahh I believe I read about that in a history book one time, must be what I use to not go crazy waiting for Martin's next book.:)

Sovereign Court Owner - Enchanted Grounds, President/Owner - Enchanted Grounds

I think Martin is on the side of the conspiracy to destroy all patience. He regularly makes internet teaser posts to build our patience up, then stamps it flat with some other internet post.

He's an Internetium pusher.

<shakes fist> Damn you, Martin...

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

James Jacobs wrote:
Justin Franklin wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:


So... please have patience.

What is this patience you speak of?
It's a natural resource that used to exist in great quantity in the early and middle 20th century that, unfortunately, was all but used up and depleted once the highly reactive new element "INTERNETIUM" was discovered in the mid to late 80s.

Well, don't forget that INTERNETIUM and VIDEOGAMIUM are both isotopes of the same underlying element, NOBRAINIUM. TEEVIUM was one of the earliest isotopes of NOBRAINIUM discovered.

Rumor has it that an even more insidious isotope, CRACKBARIUM was recently discovered, meaning that even the outdoors is no longer safe.


How much of the content will be from previously released materials such as the Pathfinder campaign books?

Disregard. I see in the posts above the answer to my question. Thanks!


My wish list:


    Brownie (mythological)
    Tazlwurm
    Sleugathi
    Thri-Kreen (or something close)
    Phanaton (or something close)
    Linnorms, various types
    Dragons, Gem
    Changeling (mythological, not Eberron)
    Dhampir (half-vampire template)
    Rakasta/Cat-people
    Zombie Warrior (counterpart to skeletal warrior)
    Draugar (mythological)
    Velociraptor Swarm
    Hippogrif
    Sasquatch
    Sandworm, Giant (AKA Mongolian Deathworm, Shai-Hulud)
    Angels, all 9 types in Christian mythology)
    Banshee
    Phooka (mythological)
    Fox People
    Sidhe (mythological)
    Fetch
    Golem, Bubble
    Vampire Roses
    Jackalope
    Plesiosaur
    Pterodactyl
    More evil fey


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darth_borehd wrote:

My wish list:


    Dhampir (half-vampire template)

Dhampir was confirmed in Classic Horror Revisited (p.49).

Liberty's Edge

Whooo! Will there be new azatas'? (he hopes excitedly)


James Jacobs wrote:
Mikaze wrote:
FenrysStar wrote:

If you are still taking suggestions for dinos I humbly request this one be considered: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/prehistoric/pachycephalosauru s-wyomingensis.html

In some of my fantasy stories I use these guys as a replacement for horses.

I'd wager that James Jacobs butted heads with the others over getting this one in.
I have room for four dinosaurs to put in the Bestairy 2. Two of them are locks because we ordered art. The other two are up in the air. Pacycephalosaurus is certainly a contender. I already statted him up once in Dragon #118, after all...

I vote for

Pterodactyl (big enough to carry a medium-sized rider)
Velociraptor Swarm (the small-sized ones, not the Jurassic Park ones)


Yet another book spun out by the folks at Paizo that I will HAVE to pick up. Time to make some room on the bookshelf. Goodbye, Rifter issue one million and one.

This may seem stupid but is there any chance we may see some bullywugs? Dumb question, I know, and not hardly as exciting a monster as Yellow Musk Kyton doo-hicker-thingies. ;)

Silver Crusade

Throrgir Mardyn wrote:


This may seem stupid but is there any chance we may see some bullywugs? Dumb question, I know, and not hardly as exciting a monster as Yellow Musk Kyton doo-hicker-thingies. ;)

They were never made open content, unfortunately.

However, the boggards in the first Bestiary are more than frog enough to take their place!


Throrgir Mardyn wrote:
Yet another book spun out by the folks at Paizo that I will HAVE to pick up. Time to make some room on the bookshelf. Goodbye, Rifter issue one million and one.

I'd never get rid of my old books. I'd just buy more bookshelves.

Silver Crusade

Twin Agate Dragons wrote:
Throrgir Mardyn wrote:
Yet another book spun out by the folks at Paizo that I will HAVE to pick up. Time to make some room on the bookshelf. Goodbye, Rifter issue one million and one.
I'd never get rid of my old books. I'd just buy more bookshelves.

Up to six right now. Need to buy another soon.


Mikaze wrote:


They were never made open content, unfortunately.

However, the boggards in the first Bestiary are more than frog enough to take their place!

Ah, the limitations of open content. THIS game deserves the old names and such which are sadly locked up in the license Wizards holds. By Mordenkainen's shiny bald head, they will pay!!

Thanks for the information! :)

Twin Agate Dragons wrote:

I'd never get rid of my old books. I'd just buy more bookshelves.

I've no room for more bookshelves, unfortunately. I have a living room surrounded by at least five and a bedroom with four, with little room for anything else. Besides, I only mentioned Rifter because...well, it's Rifter. My gaming books are sacred to me and will be the last thing to go, if anything does. My wife looks at my shelved editions of D&D from 1st to 3rd (3.5 is still being replenished after an mistake with 4th Edition) and sees redundancy. I look at them and find I have a stupid grin on my face (creepy, stupid grin) while admiring the awesomeness of that collection.


My big problem with Boggards are that I'd prefer they were members of the warrior class rather than having racial hit dice.


Hm, I guess this and the APG will force World of Darkness from my primary RPG-BILLY to the secondary one. :D


Since October is a long way off for me, I am patiently waiting for PaizoCon to roll by so the ToC of this book can be posted :D


"Two-page spread for complete ecological detail"...........Thank God. It makes the GM's world so much easier. Another home run for Pathfinder.


Kazavon from Curse as cover art would be cool. fo sho.

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC

Throrgir Mardyn wrote:
My wife looks at my shelved editions of D&D from 1st to 3rd (3.5 is still being replenished after an mistake with 4th Edition) and sees redundancy. I look at them and find I have a stupid grin on my face (creepy, stupid grin) while admiring the awesomeness of that collection.

That would be why I upgraded. The wife, not the collection :)


darth_borehd wrote:

My wish list:

Zombie Warrior (counterpart to skeletal warrior)

I think they did something along those lines in Classic Horrors Revisited

Quote:
Draugar (mythological)

I would love to see this myself. Even just some more generic info on wights would be nice.

Quote:
Fox People

Agreed 150%. There is never enough Fox People in D&D/Pathfinder.

Quote:

More evil fey

I think they've kinda done a good job of it so far in the Pathfinder AP books. But yes, I'd like to see some more nasty-bad fey myself.

Scarab Sages

Hey Mr. Jacobs! I was looking through the Great beyond book recently, and noticed the denizens of the Plane of Shadow: D'ziriaks and Fetchlings. Will there be anything more about these two races in the 2nd Bestiary?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Aberzombie wrote:
Hey Mr. Jacobs! I was looking through the Great beyond book recently, and noticed the denizens of the Plane of Shadow: D'ziriaks and Fetchlings. Will there be anything more about these two races in the 2nd Bestiary?

Yes.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

HELL YES. Give us more creations of Todd Stewart !

Contributor

James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Hey Mr. Jacobs! I was looking through the Great beyond book recently, and noticed the denizens of the Plane of Shadow: D'ziriaks and Fetchlings. Will there be anything more about these two races in the 2nd Bestiary?
Yes.

Pretty please to be writing more about them at some point? ;)

[Regardless, I cannot wait to see how you guys write them up for the Bestiary]


darth_borehd wrote:
More evil fey
Eric Hinkle wrote:
I think they've kinda done a good job of it so far in the Pathfinder AP books. But yes, I'd like to see some more nasty-bad fey myself.

They did? Not really. They did gremlins and miengu for the AP line (Lurker in Light was in the Great Beyond) and that was it (not sure on the Kingmaker line, are there more fey in that?).

Sovereign Court

James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Hey Mr. Jacobs! I was looking through the Great beyond book recently, and noticed the denizens of the Plane of Shadow: D'ziriaks and Fetchlings. Will there be anything more about these two races in the 2nd Bestiary?
Yes.

Loves me some Fetchlings!

Scarab Sages

James Jacobs wrote:
Aberzombie wrote:
Hey Mr. Jacobs! I was looking through the Great beyond book recently, and noticed the denizens of the Plane of Shadow: D'ziriaks and Fetchlings. Will there be anything more about these two races in the 2nd Bestiary?
Yes.

Sweet!


The team who maintains these forums should work on the time-out for posts. Its really annoying if you write a long post and then forget about the timeout and click send to be redirected to the front page without your half-our of work being saved.

darth_borehd wrote:


Pterodactyl
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If you ask for a velociraptor swarm, these should definately come in swarms because they're even smaller than velociraptors.

Liberty's Edge

Here is hoping that Rangers will get some new possibilities for Animal Companion in this Bestiary.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

The black raven wrote:
Here is hoping that Rangers will get some new possibilities for Animal Companion in this Bestiary.

There'll be LOTS of new animals, and thus new animal companions. Whether or not your GM will let a ranger get any of them is up to the GM, though.

The Advanced Player's Guide has some archetypes and other tricks available to rangers to expand their available list of animal companion options officially, though.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
The black raven wrote:
Here is hoping that Rangers will get some new possibilities for Animal Companion in this Bestiary.

There'll be LOTS of new animals, and thus new animal companions. Whether or not your GM will let a ranger get any of them is up to the GM, though.

The Advanced Player's Guide has some archetypes and other tricks available to rangers to expand their available list of animal companion options officially, though.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you :-)

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Companion Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Charter Superscriber

Since when did this get pushed back to November? I thought it was an October release.

Dark Archive

I'm liking the new official cover. After reading through Sound of a Thousand Screams and the excellent First World material in there, I'm looking forward to that full-on Jabberwocky even more.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Kvantum wrote:
Since when did this get pushed back to November? I thought it was an October release.

Since we re-evaluated how long it would take us to make this book AWESOME rather than merely awesome. Turns out, that required one additional month.

Silver Crusade

James Jacobs wrote:
Kvantum wrote:
Since when did this get pushed back to November? I thought it was an October release.
Since we re-evaluated how long it would take us to make this book AWESOME rather than merely awesome. Turns out, that required one additional month.

The first art order for Mechatarrasque didn't have enough laser beams and missile claws?

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