Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 3 (OGL)

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 3 (OGL)

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Test your courage against the most infamous foes of myth and legend! Bestiary 3 presents hundreds of monsters for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Within this book you’ll find demiliches and demodands, grave knights and goblin snakes, norns and nephilim, imperial dragons and unfettered eidolons, and so much more! Yet not every creature needs to be an enemy, as winged garudas, crafty tanukis, and leonine lammasus all wait to join your party and answer the call of glory.

The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 3 is the third 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 bestselling set of fantasy rules into the new millennium.

The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 3 includes:

  • More than 300 different monsters
  • Classic terrors from myth and literature, from the frumious bandersnatch and the righteous valkyrie to the cunning dybbuk and elusive kappa
  • Hordes of new creatures you can construct, grow, or summon to aid your party in its adventures
  • New player-friendly races to let you adventure as canny ratfolk, genie-blooded sulis, and more
  • New familiars, animal companions, and other allies
  • Challenges for any adventure and every level of play
  • Some of the strangest and most beloved creatures from fantasy roleplaying history and the Pathfinder campaign setting
  • Hosts of new templates and variants
  • Appendices to aid in monster navigation, including lists by Challenge Rating, monster type, and habitat
  • Expanded universal monster rules to simplify special attacks, defenses, and qualities
  • ... and much, much more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-378-1

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A Major Contribution to the Game

5/5

The third bestiary of monsters for Pathfinder is chock-full of cool stuff. A few major themes for the book can be extracted: creatures from myth and literature (like sasquatches and valkyries), creatures with an Asian theme perfect for adventuring in Tian-Xia (such as kami and jiang-shi vampires), and the just plain really weird (like yithians and zoogs). As always with reviews of books like this, there's no way I can go through the hundreds of monsters individually, but I can say the writing and artwork is top-notch. Some particular things to note:

* The book has five new playable races: catfolk, ratfolk, suli, vanara, and vishkanya. There's always a demand for anthromorphic races like catfolk, and ratfolk later become prominent (under the name ysoki) in Starfinder. Suli don't do much for me and vishkanya are a race I've never seen played. But I do have to shout out to the monkey-like vanara, since a vanaran PC features prominently in my Curse of the Crimson Throne campaign!

* Several of the attempts from Misfit Monsters Redeemed to make goofy old monsters cool again are reprinted here, such as adherers and wolves-in-sheep's-clothing.

* Man, vulnudaemons are creepy.

* Love the artwork for animal lords--very Black Panther.

*The book introduces several new categories (sub-types) of monster: asuras (very cool concept I've never seen used), behemoths (creatures of divine vengeance on entire nations or worlds; a neat story idea), clockworks (a classic), demodands (titanspawn who hate the gods), divs (corrupted genies who strive for the ruin of all things made by mortals), imperial dragons (wingless, serpent-like dragons of Asian legend), kami (fixed-location nature spirits), kytons (creepy devils from the Plane of Shadows!), leshy (plant-like sentients), linnorms (cruel wingless dragons with a death curse), oni (evil spirits given form--the opposite of kami), rakshasa (drawn from Indian myth), sphinxes (with an interesting write-up), and thriaes (female bee-like seers). There's a real contribution to the richness of the game here, as all of these categories can then serve as the basis for rules-coherent variants introduced in later books.

All in all, Bestiary 3 is an excellent book and a smart purchase for a GM.


Another great addition to the Bestiary products

5/5

Reading through Bestiary 1 and 2, I was hoping that there will be even more eastern themed monsters. This Bestiary delivers just what I wanted! A must buy! Also, Flumph!!!


Best of the Bestiary

5/5

Bestiary 3 review is up on my blog.

This is probably my favorite of the Bestiaries so far, the content covers many iconic monsters from editions past, and stuff from the Adventure Paths. With great Asian flair for the Tian Xia world guide that is coming up, as well as many incredible monsters that have never graced the pages of a monster guide but are very welcome.


A great addition!

5/5

Although I'm generally opposed to the concept of core book "sequels," the content in 'Bestiary 3' is top notch. Whereas it took me some time to realize the usefulness of the monsters presented in 'Bestiary 2' (extraplanar/dimensional encounters rarely play a role in my campaigns), I immediately recognized many of the creatures in 'Bestiary 3' as either "iconic" or interesting variations on an established monster class.

As is to be expected, this book is well laid out and the illustrations are (mostly) top notch - Paizo rarely disappoints here! The Pathfinder Campaign Setting is still missing a few iconic monsters (mostly due to WotC's draconic licensing practices), but this volume (and the two which preceded it) gives GMs a huge variety of creatures to populate their encounters.

If I could make any suggestions for future 'Bestiary' volumes, the first would be to expand upon the lore provided - I realize it would likely halve the number of creatures included per book, but a two page spread (even for "simple" creatures like oozes) might help a GM find a place for a given creature within his campaign setting. Also, better illustrating a creature's size (perhaps even graphically) would be useful - general size classifications only go so far, and being able to see a silhouette of a given entry next to a human-sized creature would give both GMs and players a clear understanding of exactly how big a monster is (this was employed beautifully in an old FASA publication for Shadowrun: 'Paranormal Animals of North America' by Nigel Findley). Again, these are just suggestions on ways to improve an otherwise outstanding collection of Bestiaries. Keep up the good work!


Dodging the law of sequels

5/5

An excellent monster book, strong mythological presence (from various cultures). Probably even better than Bestiary 2. And it has the flumph! (this is a good thing, well its worth a page) If you're looking for a monster book for some critters outside of the real core you would well to pick this up.


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Dragon78 wrote:
Has anyone's order shipped yet? Mine useally ships on a tuesday but I am not subscriber.

Shipping doesn't usually start until after lunch on Monday.


Yeah, mine usually ships on a Tuesday.

Liberty's Edge

Waiting over the weekend for a new Bestiary is always the hardest :-)


Liz Courts wrote:
Those are kappa.

That's a great source of Japanese folklore!

Thank you!

-- C.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Has anyone's order shipped yet? Mine useally ships on a tuesday but I am not subscriber.

We have not yet begun shipping orders yet.

When orders ship, you will be granted access to your free PDF (if you are a Pathfinder RPG subscriber).


Psiphyre wrote:
Liz Courts wrote:
Those are kappa.

That's a great source of Japanese folklore!

Thank you!

-- C.

It is one of my absolute favorite lore sites. :)


I got my shipping notification!

Just finished thumbing through the PDF and I must say, as disappointed as I am at the removal of Kaiju (I wanted to unleash one on a major metropolis in my game for laughs), I can't wait to get home and take an in depth look at the creatures :D


I got my shipping notification as well and wow a day earlier then I expected to boot:)

Liberty's Edge

Dragon78 wrote:
I got my shipping notification as well and wow a day earlier then I expected to boot:)

I'm still waiting. I'm sure the warehouse overlords and their goblin slaves are busy at work getting around to all of us.

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Brutal Ben wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I got my shipping notification as well and wow a day earlier then I expected to boot:)
I'm still waiting. I'm sure the warehouse overlords and their goblin slaves are busy at work getting around to all of us.

They are indeed.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Woot! 2/3rd of my order have shipped :) I wasn't expecting that till Friday! Now I just need to wait for my Dragon Empires Gazetteer...

Sczarni

*wonders what the chances are of seeing a list of monsters for this bestiary this week...*


Been browsing through my pdf and really loving some of the new beasties though I find the thriae a tad bit Beezziar..eh heh.heh.....Please forgive me....

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The art for the animal lord is amazing. And is up in my top 3 pieces of art :)


Forgive me if I missed it, but what is the horned brute on the cover? Thanks!

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HammerFall wrote:

Forgive me if I missed it, but what is the horned brute on the cover? Thanks!

Cyclops, Great. Page 61.

Dark Archive

Awesome loving a lot of the new creatures especially the catfolk and the Ecorche.

Paizo Employee Director of Game Development

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Oh no! The monsters are loose and they're attacking subscribers and preorderers first! The humanity! Er, um...I mean, inhumanity.


Any idea on when this thing hits the FLGS? Just curioux.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
Any idea on when this thing hits the FLGS? Just curioux.

The retail release date is Dec 21.


Thankyou sir!


Can't wait to find out what the roughly 12 Fey are that got into the book.

I hope the art for the Catfolk will live up to my high expectations.

Ecorche you mean another skinless moster well the last to were fey, maybe this will be a haunted construct like those anatomy dummies from japanese myth.

RPG Superstar 2011 Top 16

On the Gorynych, is that a Zelda reference I spot?

Paizo Employee Director of Game Development

Vigil wrote:
On the Gorynych, is that a Zelda reference I spot?

Actually older than that. Old Slavic folklore.


Exceedingly cool pics:

Royal Naga
Penanggalen
Dandasuka Rakshasa
Tataka Rakshasa

(I'm only up to the R's...)

Grand Lodge

Kajehase wrote:
At the moment I keep the index in a word-document formatted after the way the Bestiary-indexes were made (so one for CR, one for ecology, and one for type - maybe I should add one for source too... *strokes chin*)

I would LOVE a copy of this too!!?? :)

thanks!

my email is jonflamkin at (gmail.com)


RAFIKI!

The Exchange Kobold Press

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And a monster from the pages of Kobold Quarterly makes it into Bestiary 3! Yes! Kobold dance time!

Shadow Lodge

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EIDOLONS!!!

Ahem... sorry got a bit too excited there

Dark Archive

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I like the pic of the cat folk now I want to play one.

Shadow Lodge

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Dark_Mistress wrote:
I like the pic of the cat folk now I want to play one.

Yeah she is something


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Dark_Mistress wrote:
I like the pic of the cat folk now I want to play one.

What pic? Where?

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

The pic of the catfolk in the book.

Sidenote: SHINIGAMI!!!!

Dark Archive

Twin Dragons wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
I like the pic of the cat folk now I want to play one.
What pic? Where?

On page 47 of the new Bestiary 3 book.


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STOP TEASING ME!


Shem wrote:
Well, I would love to get a copy of them. Word works.

Well, since there's two of you who's asked for it now - give me a few days to make it complete (some of the Kingmaker stuff hasn't been added yet because... I was lazy around that time, I guess) - and once I have somewhere to e-mail it, it'll be in your mailbox.


Dark_Mistress wrote:
Twin Dragons wrote:
Dark_Mistress wrote:
I like the pic of the cat folk now I want to play one.
What pic? Where?
On page 47 of the new Bestiary 3 book.

Are the catfolk Small or Medium size?


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Catfolk Inquisitor: "Meow look here, boy. You're gonna tell me where the mystical Bowl of Nine Lives was taken, and I mean right meow!! Meow what is so damn funny, boy? Meow don't make me tie you up to the scratching post, son. We can do this the easy way meow, or the hard way meow. Meow which way do you want to take this?


It was already stated that Catfolk are medium size.

What class is the Catfolk in the book?

Did they change the Nixie's pic from the bonus bestiary version?

Are there any Sprites in the Book?

What are the CRs of the new Linnorms?

What are the new gremlins like?

Dark Archive

*What class is the Catfolk in the book?

Ranger.

*Did they change the Nixie's pic from the bonus bestiary version?

No.

*Are there any Sprites in the Book?

Yes. They're CR 1/3 Fae.

*What are the CRs of the new Linnorms?

Cairn- 18
Fjord- 16
Taiga- 19
Tor- 21

*What are the new gremlins like?

The Fuath is an aquatic goblin that sinks ships.

The Exchange

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Kelsey Arwen MacAilbert wrote:
STOP TEASING ME!

Yes, please don't tease those of us who have to wait until their birthday next month to get this book.


Starfinder Superscriber

Is there going to be errata about say Giant Skunks or Porcupines as animal companions? I was saddened that they were overlooked.

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DJEternalDarkness wrote:
Is there going to be errata about say Giant Skunks or Porcupines as animal companions? I was saddened that they were overlooked.

Giant skunks!?!?! Curse you vagaries of personal income and the U.S. Postal system!!!!!!!!!!!


So what new races were introduced that are available to be used as PCs?


Dr. Heinz Doofenschmertz wrote:
So what new races were introduced that are available to be used as PCs?

Let's see CatFolk, RatFolk, Vishkanya,Vanara,and Suli all have an as characters breakdown.

Dark Archive

*So what new races were introduced that are available to be used as PCs?

The following monsters all have no racial hit dice and a section for making characters of their type:

Catfolk
Ratfolk
Suli (Updated from 3.5)
Vanara
Vishkanya

Edit: Ninja'd


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DJEternalDarkness wrote:
Is there going to be errata about say Giant Skunks or Porcupines as animal companions? I was saddened that they were overlooked.

Maybe it is because I haven't had my coffee yet, but when I initially read the first sentence I thought the "u" in skunks was an "a". The meaning of that sentence was completely different as a result. However, the porcupine part left me confused and that is when I knew I had misinterpreted something. ;)


Sprites are only CR1/3? that is much weaker then I hoped, I was hoping them to be CR1-2 range.

What are they like ability and appearance wise then?

What size category are they?

Can Atomies be used as familiars?

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