Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4 (OGL)

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Untold Horrors!

Confront the creatures that go bump in the night! Bestiary 4 presents hundreds of new monsters for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Within this tome of terrors you'll find pitiless psychopomps and blood-drinking nosferatu, insectile formians and faceless nightgaunts, and even unique mythological horrors like Spring- Heeled Jack and Grendel himself. Yet not every creature need be an enemy, as mighty empyreal lords, primeval outer dragons, and valorous swan maidens enlist you in their epic battles!

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4 is the fourth indispensable volume of monsters for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and serves as a companion to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook and Pathfinder Roleplaying Game 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.

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 4 includes:

  • More than 300 different monsters
  • Creatures from classic horror literature and monster films, including the colour out of space, elder things, and kaiju
  • New player-friendly races like changelings, kitsune, and nagaji
  • Entities of mythic might, from despotic demon lords and alien elohim to terrifying Great Old Ones—including Cthulhu!
  • New creatures you can construct, like clockworks and juggernauts
  • New familiars, animal companions, and other allies
  • New templates to help you get more life out of classic monsters
  • Appendices to help you find the right monster, including lists by Challenge Rating, monster type, and habitat
  • Expanded universal monster rules to simplify combat
  • Challenges for every adventure and every level of play
  • ... and much, much more!

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-575-4

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The Horror Takes Center Stage....

5/5

This edition of the Bestiary series brings all the worst nightmares, not found in a traditional fantasy setting alive! Despite the horror feel, they work in any genre you might be playing. By far my favorite of the Bestiary series! The sheer creativity of the Paizo team explodes in this awesome collection of crazy!


An RPG Resource Review

5/5

Herein is a fine and fascinating array of monsters, most with supernatural aspects and worthy of songs and legends... indeed it is suggested that to make the most of them you should be also using the Mythic Adventures rules. Fitting adversaries for those who fancy themselves as such legendary heroes, perhaps...

The Introduction is mainly explanation of how each monster entry is presented, complete with handy icons used to enable you to tell at a glance the creature type and the terrain and climate that it favours. These are supplemented by appendices that list them by CR, terrain and so on thus enabling you to populate a chosen area with ease. Other appendices deal with special abilities and other details, including a fascinating section on monster creation, another on monster advancement and one on monsters as player-characters.

The main bulk of the book is composed of an alphabetical listing of the monsters. Each comes with a colour illustration and stat block, with plenty of detail and description to enable you to work out suitable uses for it and how it will behave when encountered by the party.

Beginning with the abaia, an eel with a strong regard for the environment which acts as guardian to a body of water... and turns quite nasty if you do not respect the lake it inhabits (it doesn't mind people who take only what they need, it is those who abuse nature that upsets them), there follows a fascinating array of creatures.

The almiraj, for example, looks like a cross between a rabbit and a unicorn, but it's no fluffy bunny! If nothing else, anything slain by its horn is turned to stone so if the poor almiraj wants to eat whatever it has attacked (it's apparently a carnivore), it has to eat its prey alive.

One of the weirdest is the colour out of space. This is an eerie radient incorporeal ooze that leaches life out of its surroundings until it reaches maturity, at which time it departs into the interstellar depths from which it came. If that's not enough for you, the Great Old Ones are here, so if you wish to combat Cthulhu or Hastur or the like, now you can... if you dare. Most have cults associated with them, details of which are also given.

If it's monsters out of legend that you want, there are beings such as Grendel, if you prefer more mundane ones there are gremlins or even giraffes! Undead too, and an alchemist's error called a hungry flesh, a giant ooze. To cap it all, how about an immortal ichor, which is an intelligent mass of blood from a dead evil deity...

This is indeed a collection of monsters rich and strange, ones whose very being deserve a song or story, never mind those that will be written when heroes defeat them in battle!


Lots of fun new monsters!

4/5

Read my full review on Of Dice and Pen.

Bestiary 4 contains over 300 new monsters. All the monster types are represented, although some more than others. There are many of the standards found in every Bestiary—new dinosaurs, devils, dragons—but also many unusual and bizarre creatures. It has provided me with lots of new options to throw at my players, and that’s always a good thing.


5/5

The Bestiary 4 for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game has been one of the more favorites of the Bestiary series for me and I'd like to take a moment to tell you why.

To start, the Bestiary 4 has added everything from new types of fey to additional golems as well as the more prominent and popular Kaiju, Great Old Ones, and Empyreal Lords. Paizo's inclusion of these creatures that've gone on to become pop culture legends in their own right is a direct result of the designer's dedication to getting their monsters right. The Bestiary 4 is an awesome sourcebook and stands right up there with the Bestiary 3 in terms of 'fantasy verisimilitude,' hardening gamers resolve against such villainous foes as Cthulhu himself.

Not every book is a perfect image of idolatry however and the Bestiary 4 is no exception. While it's true that this book is littered with new baddies for your players to chase and new races for their characters to face, it is also bogged down with what seems to be an over-saturation of multiple page monsters. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does seem as if several of these creatures could've used a proverbial trimming before being posted.

If you don't mind a bit of length though and you want more vile beasts for your players to square off against then the Bestiary 4 is yet another wonderful book to add to your collection and one that comes Five-Star recommended by your Severed Ronin.

Robert Beasley
"The Severed Ronin"


You probably know if you need this

5/5

This is a good Bestiary. I'd personally put it up with Bestiary 3, with both having a good mix of classic, mythological, and completely new monsters.

There's a bit of a horror them and a bit of a mythic theme, but neither is overwhelming. If you're looking for a whole book of mythic monsters, this isn't it. If you're worried the whole book is mythic monsters, there aren't that many in practice.

For me, the evocative flavor on the high CR creatures pushes it over the top. The demon lords, empyreals, and great old ones really feel like epic creatures.

If you're sure you don't need any more monsters... don't buy this book. That said, I wasn't sure if I needed any more monsters and was definitely impressed by this.

Short Version: These are sweet monsters, but only you know whether you want more monsters.


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Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

dot


dot? what does that stand for?


dot means he's dotting the thread.
When you post for the first time in a thread it gets dotted and is always visible in focus mode.


Does he know he doesn't need to write dot to dot a thread.

PS: The end of the year can't get here quick enough.

The Exchange

Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Dragon78 wrote:

Does he know he doesn't need to write dot to dot a thread.

PS: The end of the year can't get here quick enough.

Maybe he has nothing else to say and just wants to keep the thread focused?


@ Dragon78
I think your thinking of the viewed thread (X new) that pop up after viewing a thread and then other people post posts, the viewed threads disappear after viewing the new posts in when in focus mode.


I know the dot shows up when you post something there.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I just thought it was what all the cool kids said? :p

Contributor

Nah, all of the cool kids send money to their Paizonian Overlords.

Seeing as you're already a three-part subscriber, that means you're automatically cool! Congradulations! Now make sure you go and give some more money to Paizo for your official, "I'm a Pathfinder Subscriber and I'm awesome!" T-Shirt if you haven't already done so.

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I used to sub to pretty much everything (not comics, cardboard or plastic figures) but the international postage increase put a stop to that :(

Silver Crusade

Pulling for a cephalopod-based agathion or other-such celestial. :)

Also, dot.


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A snake-based agathion, let's break that snakes are evil stereotype.

Also a wolf, bug, dinosaur, and rabbit agathions.

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Dragon78 wrote:

A snake-based agathion, let's break that snakes are evil stereotype.

Also a wolf, bug, dinosaur, and rabbit agathions.

How about just agathions? A book filled with nothing but agathions.

They're my personal favorite Good outsider race, if only because they break the "beautiful humanoid" stereotype that Angels, Archons, and Azata often fall into.


I would like a Rabbit Agathion, a Hummingbird Agathion and maybe a Dolphin one.

The Rabbit Agathion would be based on the Alice in Wonderland time-hare and the Dolphin one on the Pink Dolphin or the Encantado.
The Hummingbird Agathion would be based on the Alicanto or golden bird.


Alexander Augunas wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

A snake-based agathion, let's break that snakes are evil stereotype.

Also a wolf, bug, dinosaur, and rabbit agathions.

How about just agathions? A book filled with nothing but agathions.

They're my personal favorite Good outsider race, if only because they break the "beautiful humanoid" stereotype that Angels, Archons, and Azata often fall into.

While I think a book of nothing but agathions would be a bit much (though I'd still buy it, especially if it had some extra info on how agathion half-celestials and aasimar differed from the others), I do agree that a few new agathion breeds would work nicely.


I'd love new agathions, they're my favorite celestials.


Well I like Agathions, Azatas, and Angels, never big on Archons, though I wouldn't mind having more. I hope this book has at least 3 new ones for each type of celestial.

Contributor

Someone needs to call Amber Scott and make her write a Chronicle of Agathions or something. ;-)


Some celestial revisited book(s) would be nice.

I wonder how many templates are in this book, the first bestiary had 10, 2nd and 3rd had like 6 each.


I heard that this book will not have any Oni, I hope some Asian monsters make it in though.


Well there is some chance now that Nekomata and Kamaitachi will be in, also the monsters from Jade's regent.

I would find it strange if they won't put ANY asian monsters just because it was the theme of Bestiary 3... there are giants, lovecraft monsters, dragons and undead in bestiary 1,2 and 3, while asian monsters only appeared in bestiary 3.

In my opinion the best asian monsters are yet to be bestiaryized (Rokurokubi, Bakekujira, Gashadokuro, Nine Tailed (non Kitsune) fox, Raiju and many more that didn't even see light in the AP's.) So i'm sure there will be some asian monsters, the Kaiju are there in any case, but I really hope they aren't the only ones.


It was great to get some design work in on this book. I really think everyone is going to love it. It was a blast and their are some REALLY awesome new baddies in here ;)


I really hope you are talking about some less known, less big creatures here!


I think he is talking about the demon lords, Old Ones, and/or Kaiju.


Dragon78 wrote:
I think he is talking about the demon lords, Old Ones, and/or Kaiju.

Probably... The Unkown, less known and smaller creatures are never really liked that much of course...


Well at least we know we are getting the Almiraj. I hope we will get some more celestials, I don't think we are getting any new Proteans but I hope I am wrong. I know we aren't getting any Oni at all but maybe some Azrua, Rakshasas, and/or Qlippoths made it in. I would love to get at least 7 0HD races and at least 4 improved familiars.

Dark Archive

I love how it looks like it is going to take advantage of the Reaper Bones minis, such as the clockwork Dragon and Cthulhu


This is my first post and I'm using it to say that October cannot come fast enough.


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I agree with my fellow blue alien dog friend above.


More then likely the book will actually come out November or December then October going by our past experiences of these releases.


Dragon78 wrote:
More then likely the book will actually come out November or December then October going by our past experiences of these releases.

Don't say such nasty things! It hurts my eyes and feelings!

Don't you try paizo, don't you try!


Odraude wrote:
I agree with my fellow blue alien dog friend above.

Well met, fellow space dog monster.


I could really use some fresh information about this book :-(

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber
Sincubus wrote:
I could really use some fresh information about this book :-(

This is how this thread will look like until November... :P


Pathfinder Companion, Maps Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Gorbacz wrote:
Sincubus wrote:
I could really use some fresh information about this book :-(
This is how this thread will look like until November... :P

Na, we will get something at PaizoCon and GenCon, and then nothing until November. :)


GIVE ME THE FU**NG OLIPHAUNT OF JANDERLAY!!!! Should have been in the Inner Sea Bestiary already. :(

Paizo Employee Developer

Patrick Kropp wrote:
GIVE ME THE FU**NG OLIPHAUNT OF JANDERLAY!!!! Should have been in the Inner Sea Bestiary already. :(

Since the Oliphaunt is tied closely with our setting it won't be appearing in Bestiary 4. However, stay tuned to our other product lines. :)

The Exchange

Pathfinder Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber
Adam Daigle wrote:
Patrick Kropp wrote:
GIVE ME THE FU**NG OLIPHAUNT OF JANDERLAY!!!! Should have been in the Inner Sea Bestiary already. :(
Since the Oliphaunt is tied closely with our setting it won't be appearing in Bestiary 4. However, stay tuned to our other product lines. :)

This has NOTHING at all to do with Mythic Realms coming out in September. At. All.

<-- Is excited.


What is the Oliphaunt of Janderlay?

Paizo Employee Developer

Dragon78 wrote:
What is the Oliphaunt of Janderlay?

Here ya go.

Oliphaunt of Janderlay on the PathfinderWiki


Are the kaiju in this book because of the Pacific Rim film coming out in july or is this all a great coindidance?

Webstore Gninja Minion

goldomark wrote:
Are the kaiju in this book because of the Pacific Rim film coming out in july or is this all a great coindidance?

Coincidence, as our Creative Director James Jacobs has long been a fan of kaiju.


I do not know if I should be happy because JJ ain't a sell out or if I should be sad because it makes the kaiju of B4 less in sink with a flick.

Some days it is hard to be a gamer.


We also don't know how many kaiju will be in this book. I myself am hoping for at least 3 of them to be in this bestiary.

Thanks for the info Mr. Daigle, so basically it is an elephant kaiju-like monster.


I always thought the Oliphaunt was from Lord of the Rings... Guess i'm wrong and its just a godzilla-like creature.

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Card Game, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Sincubus wrote:
I always thought the Oliphaunt was from Lord of the Rings... Guess i'm wrong and its just a godzilla-like creature.

Oliphaunt is the name given to Sam to the Mumakil, the big elephant like creatures from Lord of the Rings. However, it's an Old English name for elephants/ivory. In the Pathfinder setting, the Oliphaunt of Jandelay is a elephantine Cthonic creature. I don't believe that it will be technically clasified as a Kaiju when it get stated though.


Chris Lambertz wrote:
Announced! Illustration is final, but the cover layout may change prior to production.

I will be incredibly sad if the cover changes. Nosferatu and Cthulhu on the same cover inspires too many ideas.


Naive Wolf Joshua wrote:
Chris Lambertz wrote:
Announced! Illustration is final, but the cover layout may change prior to production.
I will be incredibly sad if the cover changes. Nosferatu and Cthulhu on the same cover inspires too many ideas.

The illustration is, as Chris said, final so we can be sure it will be on the book. The layout may change. That means the elements of the cover (the picture, pathfinder RPG logo and "Bestiary 4" line) may yet be moved around a bit, which in my humble opinion can't mean much, since it is pretty much as all other core-line books and i can't imagine them changing their style mid-edition.


Can you run the mythic monsters right out of the book or do I need the Mythic Adventures book?

Designer, RPG Superstar Judge

You can use the mythic monsters right out of the book; any mythic abilities they have are explained in the UMR appendix (and tagged as mythic abilities, as an FYI).

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