Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Inner Sea Bestiary (PFRPG)

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This book contains dozens of new monsters found in the Inner Sea region—all invented specifically for the Pathfinder campaign setting! Some, like the gearsmen of Numeria or the moth-like star monarchs who serve the goddess of dreams, have been mentioned many times in Pathfinder Campaign Setting books, but others, like the alien vespergaunt or Rahadoum’s desert-dwelling whirlmaws, have only been obliquely illustrated or mentioned before. And some—like the mysterious and ancient veiled masters, and the disturbingly alluring fungus queen—make their appearance for the first time in print after debuting in Paizo’s office campaigns.

The Inner Sea Bestiary explores some of Golarion’s most unique monsters. Inside this book you will find:

  • New monsters ranging in challenge rating from 1/3 (such as the mysterious syrinx) to 25 (the powerful infernal duke Lorthact).
  • Three new monstrous templates: the exotic mind-draining vetala vampire, the blighted fey of Fangwood, and the twisted mutants of the Mana Wastes.
  • Five new 0-Hit Die races ready for you to customize as villains—or playable as characters if that suits your particular game!
  • Beings both benevolent and destructive—48 in all—ready to challenge adventurers in any Pathfinder game!

The Inner Sea Bestiary is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can be used in any fantasy game setting.

By Jim Groves, James Jacobs, Rob McCreary, Erik Mona, Jason Nelson, Patrick Renie, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, Russ Taylor, Greg A. Vaughan

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-468-9

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A short but great bestiary

5/5

I enjoyed reading and skimming this one a lot. The ideas were even more interesting than at regular bestiaries. And it is a pure bestiary - monster listing begins at page 3 and ends at the last content page (63). Monsters are diverse and partially go beyond usual Inner Sea inhabitants, from robots over evil and neutral outsiders to aliens. The book includes two familiars (e.g. parrot fey hybrid), five playable races (not covered by Advanced Race Guide, e.g. monkey goblin) as well as three templates (e.g. charisma sucking vampire). In comparison to regular bestiaries (about 280 pages of monsters) it's expensive (especially the PDF), but I felt it was still worth it.


More creatures.

5/5

I bought this hoping for creatures... and you know what I got? Exactly that. Good price considering how many baddies i got. You get three playable races, enemies only mentioned in the inner sea world guide, and even some completley new ones. This is definitly worth the price for the PDF, and it will see some use in the future.


Templates we've been missing

5/5

I bought this specifically to get my hands on the Blighted Fey and Mana Wastes Mutant templates, and I love them. I've been frustrated at the lack of "fey gone evil" options I had, and now I've got them!
I love that the monsters in this bestiary are versatile enough to use them with the Golarion flavour or as monsters in a homebrew setting. You can bet my players are going to be running into some monkey goblins or water wraiths soon ;)


Excellent!

5/5

Read my full review on my blog.

The Inner Sea Bestiary is really an excellent book, one that manages to add yet more monsters to the game but still fill a niche for the Golarion setting. The monsters are full of a flavour that can’t quite be achieved in a generic monster book. I know that I’m certainly more likely to use monsters from this book in my own games than many of the monsters from the hardcover bestiaries (such as the zoog, an obscure monster from Bestiary 3 that I just chose randomly). I highly recommend it to all GMs who use the Golarion setting, and even to those who don’t, but still want some new and interesting monsters!


Monsters of the Inner Sea

5/5

While there isn't any hardcover bestiary this year, the people of Paizo at least gave us something. That something is the Innersea Beastiary and it is good. We get 5 playable races, 2 improved familiars, 5 powerful evil outsiders, 3 robots, 3 golems, 2 spawn of Rovagug, 2 dragons, 3 giant vermion, 1 giant, 2 Psychopomps, and 3 templates. Personely I think this book is worth it just for the 5 playable races, wich are the Lashunta, Andriod, Monkey Goblin, Ghoran, and Syrinx. I wish there was more info on these races, heck they don't even list were in the Inneasea region the Lashunta can be found. I do think the book suffers from the too many evil outsider syndrom and I do think there are creatures in there that weren't that world specific and could have been in a hardcover book. But despite some issues it is a good solid book for what 64 pages can really give you. I hope one day we will see more of these world specific books for things like distant worlds and the other continents. etc. but as long as it doesn't cost us a hardcover bestiary.


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Yay! Water wraith on the cover!

::covers mouth in astonishment::


So the multi-legged lizard is a water wraith?

So those are monkey goblins, look more frog like then monkey.

Nice cover art and it looks like we get 48 monsters instead of 46 so that is cool. So five new 0HD races just like I had heard, sweet.

Silver Crusade

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Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Dragon78 wrote:
So the multi-legged lizard is a water wraith?

It certainly resembles a certain creature called a water wraith first described by Elaine Cunningham in the Legacy of Fire serialized novella.

Don't you think?

Silver Crusade

Yay! I love new cover time here at the boards. I was wondering yesterday when the next covers would hit.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

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Just so everybody knows, I was kidding - I didn't write all the CR 20+ monsters, and by way of spoilers what I meant to say about the psychopomps, in all seriousness, was

Spoiler:
ALL HAIL HYPNOTOAD!

sorry, feeling silly as I approach midnight

Dark Archive

Monkey goblins have hands on their feet!

I must own one!


Jim Groves wrote:

Yay! Water wraith on the cover!

::covers mouth in astonishment::

Where do you see an undead creature?

I like the frost salamander/basilisk thing tho!

Dark Archive

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Sincubus wrote:
Jim Groves wrote:

Yay! Water wraith on the cover!

::covers mouth in astonishment::

I like the frost salamander/basilisk thing tho!

I do believe that was the critter Mr Groves was refering to, based on his latest post a few posts above this one.


Well whatever the blue alien looking multi-legged salamander/lizard is called it's still cool looking. I first thought it was one of those multi legged lizards that the Lashunta use as mounts but they said that it wasn't going to be in this book.

So if Monkey Goblins have hands for feet does this mean they can fight with there feet when they are climbing.

Silver Crusade

Dragon78 wrote:


So if Monkey Goblins have hands for feet does this mean they can fight with there feet when they are climbing.

And wield four torches!


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Mikaze wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:


So if Monkey Goblins have hands for feet does this mean they can fight with there feet when they are climbing.
And wield four torches!

Which can only end well for them, I'm sure.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Sincubus wrote:
Jim Groves wrote:

Yay! Water wraith on the cover!

::covers mouth in astonishment::

Where do you see an undead creature?

I like the frost salamander/basilisk thing tho!

The word wraith need not automatically imply the undead, Sinny.

You'll have to take my word on it. ;)


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Sincubus wrote:
Jim Groves wrote:

Yay! Water wraith on the cover!

::covers mouth in astonishment::

Where do you see an undead creature?

I like the frost salamander/basilisk thing tho!

As others have said, the water wraith is the salamander/basilisk thing, and it first showed up in the Dark Tapestry fiction for Legacy of Fire (Adventure Path issue #21, The Jackal's Price, to be exact) (without stats, on account of it being a fiction piece).


So the adventurers read about the water wraith in a book in that adventure?

Liberty's Edge

I try and wait till the cover is added before getting excited, the rubber band effect this has had on my current excitement is almost too great to handle.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

Dragon78 wrote:

So the adventurers read about the w

ater wraith in a o, it appeared in the fiction section. book in that adventure?

No, it appeared in the fiction section. You know, the one that appears in every adventure past chapter. Elaine Cunningham wrote the story, in 6 parts. The water wraith was a creature that appeared in the story.

I was being coy earlier because I didn't want to irritate James, but I designed the creature, based upon the fiction.

We did have a misunderstanding about the size of the creature though, which was fixed in development.

Edit: Sorry I mangled your quote Dragon78. I was replying while on the phone in line to get coffee.


Well regardless of what size it is/was I still think it is cool looking and maybe a good pathfinder version of the Frost Salamnder(in apperance not abilities). I gues I will have to read that fiction section then;)


Given the scales we've seen of it before, I can't imagine the Annihilator being anything less than Colossal.

It'd be fun to have some rules for fighting on it, but I suspect it's a bit late for that :)

Scarab Sages

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Lost Omens, Rulebook, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Jim Groves wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

So the adventurers read about the w

ater wraith in a o, it appeared in the fiction section. book in that adventure?

No, it appeared in the fiction section. You know, the one that appears in every adventure past chapter. Elaine Cunningham wrote the story, in 6 parts. The water wraith was a creature that appeared in the story.

I was being coy earlier because I didn't want to irritate James, but I designed the creature, based upon the fiction.

We did have a misunderstanding about the size of the creature though, which was fixed in development.

Based on the Illustration it looks Large. Assuming monkey Goblins, like all other goblins, are small.

Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 4

It is large. There was an alternate illustration in the AP that made it look small. I was told to make it Small, so I did, but I also explained that I think it should be Large based on the description in the actual text of the story and sidebar.

The Boss agreed, and they fixed it. These things happen. It's a team effort.

I better shut up now or I'm gonna get in trouble.

Too garrulous sometimes.


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No! Sing us saccharine songs of spoilers!


So monkey goblins are small, water wraith are medium, and the annihilater is large size correct?


I seriously hope that this is slightly larger than Large.


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This sounds disturbingly like my Alpha Omega game last night. >.>


The Annihilitater looks huge size to me in that pic Cheapy but on this cover it's in the background so it could be any were from large to gargantuan size. Ether way it reminds me of Omega Weapon from the old school final fantasy(4 or 5) games.

Dark Archive

Maybe Annhilators are constructed in a range of different sizes depending on their mission.

The 'merely' Large sized ones are for close-in house-to-house fighting and urban cleansing missions...

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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The annihilator is Gargantuan.


The notion that there could be more than one excites me greatly.

Dark Archive

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Cheapy wrote:
The notion that there could be more than one excites me greatly.

Possibly only one on Golarion (well, maybe a few more, in a dormant state, waiting to be discovered...), but wherever they come from, I'm sure they have more.

Including big ones that carry scads of smaller ones (or deploy them from hatches on their backs or underbellies). 'Cause that would be terrifying...

Sovereign Court

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Who did the cover art?


Man, that link needs a NSFPWSP tag.

Spoiler:

Not safe for people with spider phobia.

Explosive Runes.

Gargantuan would work. I guess that's "only" 400 square feat.

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Cheapy wrote:

Man, that link needs a NSFPWSP tag.

** spoiler omitted **

Gargantuan would work. I guess that's "only" 400 square feat.

Loved the spoiler.

Also I'd like an Annihilator miniature as the next case incentive.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

Callous Jack wrote:
Who did the cover art?

Tyler Walpole.


Good the Annihilater is gargantuan size.

I really do like the way monkey goblins look plus I just relized they have tails.

What is the Water Wraith's CR?

Scarab Sages

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

... Can we ride the annihilator Robot? Or perhaps pilot it?


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In wild Numeria, annihilator robot rides you!

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

Depends on how you define "ride". Driving it presents a greater challenge.


Are there any templates that have more then one example monster stats?

Paizo Employee Managing Developer

Dragon78 wrote:
Are there any templates that have more than one example monster stats?

Nope. One example creature per template.


So we get 48 creatures

5 0HD races

3 templates

1 familiar

0 animal companions


Interesting I could have sworn it said the release date was the 28th but now it is the 21st, if that's the case then I am not complaining:)


I heard rumors of gninjas updating the product schedule.


Well those rumors must be true.

Anyone remember were the vetala vampires were mentioned?

Good Ninja Minion

Cheapy wrote:
I heard rumors of gninjas updating the product schedule.

>.>

<.<

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Dragon78 wrote:

Well those rumors must be true.

Anyone remember were the vetala vampires were mentioned?

Those have NOT been previously mentioned. They're one of the legitimately new monsters to the game we wanted to get into the book for various reasons.


Any chance we might find out what the base creatures are that were used for those templates?


They are mentioned in the Blood of the Night book, based on the product description (which I guess is why they had to be placed in this book?)


I hope we get some previews for this one, particularly before subscribers get there orders shipped.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Is the fungus queen going to be a plant creature or some form of fey? Might seem like a silly question but with the povelik's that just dropped with asylum stone I have dark ideas for a fungus dungeon and am curious.

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