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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Excellent

5/5

The level of quality of the bestiary 2 is excellent. In previous incarnations of he game, the quality of Monster Manual II and MMIII dropped dramatically compared to MMI.

With B2, this is not the case.

The book is full monsters of every type, even fey. Fiends Fans, like myself, will be really pleased.


Welcome to Leng

4/5

The art is almost all high quality (not unusual for Paizo) and this book is already well-used in my game. There are some boring additions, monsters seen before like the aranea, the athach, the grey render, but also plenty of variant elementals, humanoids, aberrations and swarms of monkeys.

What pleases me the most, apart from using the very difficult and challenging viper vine, are the aberrations. The Cthulhu mythos has been drawn in here heavily, something paizo has been doing for a while now (old ones and old cults). This is only a positive, the Leng spider, the Denizen of Leng the Hound of Tindalos and its unusual means of movement are all good resources for a dm. I’ve used them well thus far and it spices up games. The mongrelman makes an appearance, but unfortunately has no special ability to sicken or horrify on the stats. A dm can change this (see the hideous giants the thawns in kingmaker), or put the effect on the players themselves by describing their appearance at length, and hinting at their ancestry, especially if it starts to get… weird.

The Krenshar alas looks terrible, use other available pics for that if thrown into a game.


Ghoulies and Ghosties, and Long Legged Beasties...


...and things that go bump in the night fill this second volume of the new "monster manual". 285 monsters from classics like the peryton and skulk, to classical, like the Siren and Scylla, make a DM's job easier. Check out my full review Bestiary II


Monsters to rule over all

5/5

I have seen many monster books in my day but I have never seen a monster book #2(or more) that was at least as good, if not better, as the first in the seies. This book is awesome with monsters like the Jaberwock, Scylla, Primal dragons, soulbound dolls, cool familiars, interesting playable races, Aeons, Proteons, actually interesting undead,NEW FEY and much, much, more.Paizo rules.


Waste of time and money.

1/5

I have thoroughly enjoyed every other Pathfinder book I've bought, but this was a complete let-down. The majority of the entries in this book seem like parts of other monsters have been randomly thrown together and given a silly name.
The remainder are simply taken straight from somewhere else; fiction, books, movies, etc. and given pathfinder rules - really just something a half-competent dungeon master can do in half an hour anyway.
This kind of unimaginative drivel is far below the standard of every other pathfinder book I've read.
Stick to the first bestiary book; this one is pointless.


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The announcement wrote:

# The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 2 includes: More than 300 different monsters including new golems, giants, dragons, planar denizens, and classic creatures from mythology and gaming tradition

# An innovative format that gives each creature its own page or two-page spread for complete ecological detail and ease of reference
# 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
# Universal monster rules to simplify special attacks, defenses, and qualities like breath weapons, damage reduction, and regeneratio
# Suggestions for monstrous cohorts
# Plenty of new animal companions and familiars
# AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Two questions regarding the announcement above:

- The "innovative format": Is it the same as in Bestiary I or is it a new format?
- "Universal monster rules to simplify special attacks": Could you please shed some light on these?

Thanks in advance!
Günther


Guennarr wrote:


Two questions regarding the announcement above:
- The "innovative format": Is it the same as in Bestiary I or is it a new format?
- "Universal monster rules to simplify special attacks": Could you please shed some light on these?

I guess both are just like Bestiary I: Monsters in that stat block format, always getting its whole page (unless they're special groups of critters that can be grouped together on one page). Common special attacks like rake and the like aren't explained in the monster entry but rather in a glossary.

Liberty's Edge

I'm wondering how many of the AP Bestiary entries will be getting updated from 3.5 and making it in.


Guennarr wrote:

Two questions regarding the announcement above:

- The "innovative format": Is it the same as in Bestiary I or is it a new format?

From the description, it sounds like the same full page view.

Guennarr wrote:
"Universal monster rules to simplify special attacks": Could you please shed some light on these?

These are the rules at the back of the Bestiary (thankfully also included in the Bestiary II) that describe things like Regeneration, "Grab", Undead traits, etc. Makes the entries shorter, and provides a single set of rules for those abilities.

Any *differences* from the norm would be spelled out in the monster's entry - so you don't have to hunt through two paragraphs for anything changed from every other monster with that ability.

Wildfire142 wrote:
I'm wondering how many of the AP Bestiary entries will be getting updated from 3.5 and making it in.

Me as well. From what I heard, there won't be any from Legacy of Fire forward yet.

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Kvantum wrote:
Heathansson wrote:
other kytons?
There's already a new CR16 kyton in Pathfinder #30, but others would be nice, too.

We've got plans for kytons, and actually had intended to have more out for them by now, but the timing (and some iffy art) just didn't work out. There's a little about them in PF #30, the Zon-Kuthon article in #11, and in Book of the Damned. All that meant that they didn't quite make the cut for this book either, but we'll have more from them down the line.

vagrant-poet wrote:
Aeons???? Anymore information?

Yeah. In this book. Tune in come October. :P

SirUrza wrote:
I want to start the petition now for Dropbears. :)

Believe it or not the outline of 400 some potential monsters included dropbears. And actually yesterday when asked about something ordered for this book I nearly had a heart attack, opening the wrong file and seeing drop bears still on the list. But, luck is not with our silly Ausie cyptid friends for this book... and no book in the foreseeable future. Don't expect the Cracked Cyptids Redeemed book anytime soon?

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KaeYoss wrote:
Guennarr wrote:


Two questions regarding the announcement above:
- The "innovative format": Is it the same as in Bestiary I or is it a new format?
- "Universal monster rules to simplify special attacks": Could you please shed some light on these?
I guess both are just like Bestiary I: Monsters in that stat block format, always getting its whole page (unless they're special groups of critters that can be grouped together on one page). Common special attacks like rake and the like aren't explained in the monster entry but rather in a glossary.

What he said.

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Majuba wrote:
Wildfire142 wrote:
I'm wondering how many of the AP Bestiary entries will be getting updated from 3.5 and making it in.
Me as well. From what I heard, there won't be any from Legacy of Fire forward yet.

Yeah, that stuff is just too new to make us interested in repackaging it and turning it around again. Maybe in another few years, but not now. As for updated 3.5 stuff, there's a lot of 3.5 holes that the original Bestiary just didn't have room to cover that we'll be filling in. That DOES NOT mean that all the stuff deemed too lame for the Bestiary will be in here: delvers and tojinidas, still gone. There's also a fare share of Tome of Horrors monsters updated in here - who wants daemons!? But the parts we're most excited about are getting our first chances to expand beyond the basic core monsters. Chimeras and wyverns and chromatic dragons are fun and all, but we've seen them a hundred times before. Lets see some new devils and demons, some new dragons, some other stuff that's been mentioned in our books but never stated up, new dinos (for James), lots of new gothic horror stuff (for me). Oh and familiars: new low-level, familiar-ready creatures for every fully detailed planar family (why should imps and quasits be the only helpers, protean familiar here we come!).

So yeah. Lots of familiar stuff, but way more new and cool stuff. And as always, drawing off of both our world, our imaginations, and classics of folklore and fantasy you've always known but probably have never had in your game before. That should be 100% clear from the cover once we have something to show off.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

I would have figured the drop bears for Bestiary VII or so, the same year as World Guide: Sarusan.

Edit: Wes, did you just say Protean Familiar? Awesome.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Actually... I think we cherry picked a few monsters from Legacy of Fire now that I think of it, but mostly from the earlier ones.

Liberty's Edge

That teaser list sounds great, lots to look forward to.

Liberty's Edge

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seekerofshadowlight wrote:
2E put out annuals of critters from every product once a year. I would love to see a complied pathfinder bestiary annual

A collection of all the monsters used in the APs would be really handy. I try to maintain a custom pdf myself but it's a pain I don't have a hardcopy.

Dark Archive

any chance of seeing dinos like Liopleurodon and Postosuchus in the new bestiary James?

Dark Archive

James Jacobs wrote:
Actually... I think we cherry picked a few monsters from Legacy of Fire now that I think of it, but mostly from the earlier ones.

You mean one of my all time favorite monsters -- Peryton -- might be in it? :)

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Pugwampis!


Protean familiar? A little bit of chaos all for me? Sounds great!

Will there be some new proteans we haven't seen beyond the familiar one?

Vigil wrote:
Pugwampis!

Those are a total must!


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KaeYoss wrote:
Vigil wrote:
Pugwampis!
Those are a total must!

YES!

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James Jacobs wrote:
Actually... I think we cherry picked a few monsters from Legacy of Fire now that I think of it, but mostly from the earlier ones.

Now that I think of it you're right. Pretty much just the first one though... hint hintity hint hint. (Oh and it does collect in any stray proteans.)

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

It better be Pugwampis !

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ulgulanoth wrote:
any chance of seeing dinos like Liopleurodon and Postosuchus in the new bestiary James?

Sort of. As in, there'll be a tylosaurus. he's pretty close to liopleurodon.

As of right now... I'm thinking there'll be 4 more "dinosaurs": compsognathus, tylosaurus, allosaurus, and some sort of hadrosaur.

Anyone have any other nominations?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Pugwampis will be all over the book. Perhaps literally.

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F. Wesley Schneider wrote:
new low-level, familiar-ready creatures for every fully detailed planar family (why should imps and quasits be the only helpers, protean familiar here we come!)

*DROOL*

Liberty's Edge

heath mosasaurs
are way cooler.


James Jacobs wrote:
Pugwampis will be all over the book. Perhaps literally.

I take this a cover spoiler! Can't wait.


James Jacobs wrote:

As of right now... I'm thinking there'll be 4 more "dinosaurs": compsognathus, tylosaurus, allosaurus, and some sort of hadrosaur.

Anyone have any other nominations?

Vastatasaurus?


James Jacobs wrote:
As of right now... I'm thinking there'll be 4 more "dinosaurs": compsognathus, tylosaurus, allosaurus, and some sort of hadrosaur.

Compys are my fourth fave, right after the pleisosaur!

Dark Archive

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Will there be rules for hippogriff PCs? I ain't buying this book unless I can have a hippogriff character!

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Looks like the dhampir will have pleanty of company.

Scarab Sages

Ju Ju Zombie?


Nice...helps spice up things for GMs and players alike - this is great news.


F. Wesley Schneider wrote:

(Oh and it does collect in any stray proteans.)

And add how many new ones? A dozen? Or only a handful?

RPG Superstar 2013 Top 8

James Jacobs wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
any chance of seeing dinos like Liopleurodon and Postosuchus in the new bestiary James?

Sort of. As in, there'll be a tylosaurus. he's pretty close to liopleurodon.

As of right now... I'm thinking there'll be 4 more "dinosaurs": compsognathus, tylosaurus, allosaurus, and some sort of hadrosaur.

Anyone have any other nominations?

Compsognathus in both regular and swarm-versions would be neat. I'd be all over a therizinosaur.


October, damn. Need NAO plox! ;) Sounds great.


I want rules for the Hippogriff bonded mount personally. Considering that they were a large part of where the very concept came from (the legends of Charlemagne) not having the chance for one is almost a disservice.

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Justin Sluder wrote:
I'm excited to see what the regeneratio universal monster ability does. ;)

I also wish to know what regeneratio is all about! ;D

Scarab Sages

How about more fey? That's always cool.

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Lord Fyre wrote:
Justin Sluder wrote:
I'm excited to see what the regeneratio universal monster ability does. ;)
I also wish to know what regeneratio is all about! ;D

It's clearly regen that changes based on the ratio between current hp and max hp... at full hp the creature has the standard regen, at half hp it has double, and at 0 hp it has [ERROR: DIVISION BY ZERO] regen.

Dark Archive

I hope that's the final cover art. Awesome!

Dark Archive

srd5090 wrote:
I hope that's the final cover art. Awesome!

No, that's a place-holder. Wayne will do the final cover! :)

Dark Archive

There goes my budget...

Dark Archive

Asgetrion wrote:
srd5090 wrote:
I hope that's the final cover art. Awesome!
No, that's a place-holder. Wayne will do the final cover! :)

Awww, I really like the place-holder art.. Is it already from a previous book?

Either way I hope the new (real) art is as cool.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Yes, it's artwork from PF 12, Crown of Fangs.


Any chance that we might see a few other Lovecraft-inspired critters in Bestiary II? Maybe Nightgaunts? ;)


Sketchpad wrote:
Any chance that we might see a few other Lovecraft-inspired critters in Bestiary II? Maybe Nightgaunts? ;)

Bwahaha... "Tickle(Su): ..."

Dark Archive

Mikhaila Burnett wrote:
There goes my budget...

Heh, my budget went downhill a long time ago... ever since I ordered my first Paizo product. And this year looks to be even worse -- I'll be dirt-poor by December, but at least I'll be happy with all my Pathfinder books! :)


James Jacobs wrote:
ulgulanoth wrote:
any chance of seeing dinos like Liopleurodon and Postosuchus in the new bestiary James?

Sort of. As in, there'll be a tylosaurus. he's pretty close to liopleurodon.

As of right now... I'm thinking there'll be 4 more "dinosaurs": compsognathus (dinosaur familiar!), tylosaurus, allosaurus, and some sort of hadrosaur.

Anyone have any other nominations?

Rhamphorhynchus, shonisaurus, (and even though the name duckbilled dinosaur is a bit of a misnomer, I'm still amused James suggested a hadrosaur for Bestiary 2 without being prodded into it)

For the hadrosaur I'd say edmontosaurus or kritosaurus would do but include variants for lambeosaurids like parasaurolophus, corythosaurus and /or lambeosaurus; could possibly tweak it into iguanadontids as well: more bang for your entry buck.

One question: I noticed that the avoral got printed in Andoran: Spirit of Liberty-I am guessing this means it won't be in the Bestiary 2? Will there be agathions (leonal, possibly others) in the book and will they have a combined segment (and common traits) like the archons, angels and azatas did in Bestiary 1?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Steven Purcell wrote:
One question: I noticed that the avoral got printed in Andoran: Spirit of Liberty-I am guessing this means it won't be in the Bestiary 2? Will there be agathions (leonal, possibly others) in the book and will they have a combined segment (and common traits) like the archons, angels and azatas did in Bestiary 1?

Actually, there WILL be an avoral in Bestairy 2; there'll be several agathions, in fact.

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I initially had no interest in buying new rulebooks for the game because I want to limit the number of books I bring to the table.

Now I find that the Game Mastery Guide has random treasure tables, the Advanced Player's Guide's new classes are awesome, and the Bestiary 2 has the Jabberwock in it.

The freakin' Jabberwock.

You guys are really good at luring me in despite my best wishes to stay away. I'm just thankful you also sell these things in PDF so I can print off what I need and put it in my ever-growing gaming binder.

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Will the monsters from Bestiary II be added to the PRD ? I know that jreyst will add them to the pfsrd anyway, but it would be cool to have them all on the main PRD page :).

Thanks for keeping the OGL torch burning bright, folks !

Dark Archive

I'm hoping Divs made the cut because they go well with the other planer families. s for the fourth dinosaur, I wuld like to humbly request the spinasaurus, my personal favorite dinosaur.

Scarab Sages

Serpent folk had an entry in the Darklands book. Will they also get an entry in the Bestiary II?

Also,

- more fey?
- more oozes, slimes, puddings, etc?
- any chance for Neogi?

And, of course, my broken record request....

Spoiler:
...Ju Ju Zombie?

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