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!


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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"


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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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That's mighty kind of you. Thanks!


Well that's good to know.


Looking forward to it; The other 3 ( or 4, if you count Inner Sea Bestiary ) get a lot of usage. . . .


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Well the product catalog 2013-2014 came out today and it some interesting art of four creatures from this book.
1)Tooth Fairy
2)Body Snatcher(plant)
3)Magic/energy using construct(clockwork?)
4)???? You need to see this one for yourself.

Paizo Employee Developer

Jason showed off some more art at the PaizoCon banquet: almiraj, kitsune, kaiju reptile, tooth fairy, and cthulhu.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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HEY! King Mogaru has a name, ya know! :-P

Silver Crusade

So the full title that needs to be announced when he appears is Kaiju Reptile King Mogaru? :)

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Mikaze wrote:
So the full title that needs to be announced when he appears is Kaiju Reptile King Mogaru? :)

Nope.

Just King Mogaru.


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Is that Kingu Mogaru in Tien? Or did Mogaru also change when translated into Common?

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The Purity of Violence wrote:
Is that Kingu Mogaru in Tien? Or did Mogaru also change when translated into Common?

It's Kingu Mogaru in Japanese, I suppose. Not sure about Minkan or Tien off the top of my head... ;-)

(Also... remember that the rulebooks are world-neutral...)


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Mikaze if that creature from the new catalog I mentioned is good aligned or at least LN then you might like it.

Silver Crusade

Dragon78 wrote:
Mikaze if that creature from the new catalog I mentioned is good aligned or at least LN then you might like it.

!

downloadan that catalog!

edit-OH @#$% YES :D

I want to get to know this creature!


Where do you download the catalog?

Silver Crusade

Odraude wrote:
Where do you download the catalog?

Here ya go!


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I approve of the tooth fairy

Also...I have not even the slightest clue what the right two are...new types of outsiders?


Thanks Mikaze.

The one eyed one looks like it has fungal caps for wings. Wicked.


Adam Daigle wrote:
Jason showed off some more art at the PaizoCon banquet: almiraj, kitsune, kaiju reptile, tooth fairy, and cthulhu.

Kitsune... that humanoid thing or the cool 9 tailed fox creature?

I really wish there was a 9 tailed fox creature unable to take that werefox form... that humanoid form kinda spoils the awesomeness of the fox creature.

If its the humanoid thing, I really hope to see Kumiho in the future which is too proud to use its humanoid form as it desires its 9 tailed silver fox form.

Anyway, I adore the Tooth Fairy and the body snatcher!!! Wickedly awesome! Can't wait for those!!

The other two are OK'ish but i'm not really a fan of those, at least the robot-type creature is wielding magic that makes it cool.

My guess for those creatures: Clockwork Mage and Fungal Template or some new creature that never appeared in a bestiary before, maybe those creatures called after a God.

GOODNESS the other things in that catalog are SOOO awesome! Bestiary 3 Pawns, Those cool artworks for the New demon AP, and the new Mummy AP! I really can't wait and i'm happy to learn that Numeria isn't next on the AP List as well :-p


I hope the Kitsune in this book is not the humanoid player race since it has been printed in 2-3 different books already and I want the races in this book to be new.


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The Kitsune will probaby be the same as the others, and it will be in this book because it doesn't have a Bestiary entry yet.


Well, poor wallet, I expect to buy this as soon as it's available.

I would also expect to buy a matching set of pawns if they are released around the same time.


Zaister wrote:
The Kitsune will probaby be the same as the others, and it will be in this book because it doesn't have a Bestiary entry yet.

Sounds right.

Most of the other 0 HD featured/uncommon races from Advanced Race Guide also appear in one Bestiary or another. Dhampir is in Bestiary 2, along with ifrit, oread, sylph, and undine. Catfolk and ratfolk are in Bestiary 3 (I think). Gillmen are in Inner Sea World Guide.

I don't think some of the others are in bestiaries yet though. Nagaji aren't in one yet, nor do I recall vanara being in one. Suli are only in the ARG and the player companion Qadira, Gateway to the East, I think.

There's a feat in either ARG or Dragon Empires Gazetteer, forget which, that allows a kitsune to gain multiple tails. The Kitsune gains a new tail and new spell-like ability each time the feat is taken, up to 8 tails.


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It's not unlikely that all 0-HD races that are currently out there and that do not yet have a bestiary entry will be in this book.


Suli and Vanara are in the Bestiary 3.

The following races are not in a hardcover bestiary...Yet
Lashunta
Ghoran
Syrinx
Monkey Goblin
Android
Kitsune
Nagaji
Wayang
Triaxian
Eoxian
Samsaran
Gillmen
Changeling


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The ones from Campaign Setting books or Adventure path volumen probably won't make it unless they were in the ARG.


I hope the Kitsune artwork will be the fox form for a change then, not the humanoid form, there are multiple pictures of those already.

I'm curious to see how the fox form of the Paizo kitsune looks like.

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Sincubus wrote:

I hope the Kitsune artwork will be the fox form for a change then, not the humanoid form, there are multiple pictures of those already.

I'm curious to see how the fox form of the Paizo kitsune looks like.

The fox form of a kitsune looks like... a fox. Just like the wolf form of a werewolf looks like a wolf.

Which is why we publish pictures of shapechanger races in their natural, non-animal form, because "it looks like a fox" is obvious, but "it looks like an anthropomorphic fox" is not.

Silver Crusade

MMCJawa wrote:

I approve of the tooth fairy

Also...I have not even the slightest clue what the right two are...new types of outsiders?

I'm pulling for "alien angel" for the one-eyed fungus-winged person. :)

(then again I thought the Shae would be an azata after the art preview in the blog)


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I am kind of hoping the ARG races don't get reprinted in the Bestiary. I thought I remember hearing somewhere that the model for the recent bestiaries is 5 playable races. If you include the ones in the ARG that are not in a bestiary (or Inner Sea Guide)...that would make it unlikely we would get much in the way of new races.

IIRC, that would be at least Wayang, Kitsune, Nagaji, Samsaran, and Changeling.


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MCJawa,

do not forget that these races are not just "playable races" but also – and primarily so, for example, in my mind – "monsters" to be handled by the GM. As such they belong in a Bestiary book, because the ARG is not where a GM should have to look for "monsters". Usually, when an adventure includes such a creature, they refer to Bestiaries as a source for the race. In fact, I'd actually like to see Bestiary entries for all races thus referenced.


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Sincubus wrote:

I hope the Kitsune artwork will be the fox form for a change then, not the humanoid form, there are multiple pictures of those already.

I'm curious to see how the fox form of the Paizo kitsune looks like.

The fox form of a kitsune looks like... a fox. Just like the wolf form of a werewolf looks like a wolf.

Which is why we publish pictures of shapechanger races in their natural, non-animal form, because "it looks like a fox" is obvious, but "it looks like an anthropomorphic fox" is not.

So the nine-tailed variant is gonna end up with another name? Or is its totally ignored in the future?

Designer, RPG Superstar Judge

A kitsune character can take a feat that adds tails and SLAs. There's no reason to make it a separate creature, it's an advanced form of the standard kitsune.


There's also a feat that allows it to -GAIN- a fox form. The standard Pathfinder kitsune has a humanoid fox-person form and a human form, not a fox form. The fox form is available with a kitsune-only feat.


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MMCJawa wrote:

I am kind of hoping the ARG races don't get reprinted in the Bestiary. I thought I remember hearing somewhere that the model for the recent bestiaries is 5 playable races. If you include the ones in the ARG that are not in a bestiary (or Inner Sea Guide)...that would make it unlikely we would get much in the way of new races.

IIRC, that would be at least Wayang, Kitsune, Nagaji, Samsaran, and Changeling.

I agree with you. As Elf, Dwarf, Gnome and Halfling don't have a Bestiary write up...not all PCs race should either.


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John Kretzer wrote:
I agree with you. As Elf, Dwarf, Gnome and Halfling don't have a Bestiary write up...not all PCs race should either.

I disagree. It's basically OK that the core races don't have Bestiary entries, as any GM can be assumed to have the Core Rulebook. It's not OK to assume they have the ARG though.


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:-(

Well gladly there is at least the Nogitsune. I really dislike the normal Kitsune...

I'm still puttin Kumiho (evil non humanoid 9 tailed fox)on the wishlist, I think its a very different creature than the good humanoid kitsune, even if its able to gain tails.


Also after waiting 2 years for a hardcover bestiary I would be very disappointed if any(or all) of the "new" 0HD races in the book were recycled from other books.


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
A kitsune character can take a feat that adds tails and SLAs. There's no reason to make it a separate creature, it's an advanced form of the standard kitsune.
Wolf Munroe wrote:
There's also a feat that allows it to -GAIN- a fox form. The standard Pathfinder kitsune has a humanoid fox-person form and a human form, not a fox form. The fox form is available with a kitsune-only feat.

I've been wondering about that, does the fox form of a kitsune with both of these feats have the extra tail(s)?


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I feel weirdly like an outsider looking in on some obscure happenings when I'm reading of kitsune and foxes and multiple tails here... It's all greek to me!

Shadow Lodge

Not Greek...Japanese.


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I know. :)


Since a Kitsune is a shapechanger I am sure it can choose how many tails it's fox form can have up to the max number it has currently anyway.

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Will the new playable races featured in the Bestiary 4 get archetypes, variant traits, favored class bonuses, and race-specific feats, spells, and magic items the way each race did in the ARG? Or will we just have a sort of strange handful of playable races with no supplementary support?


The Bestiaries never have stuff like that because that is for other books to have. But we may be waiting a couple of years or so for support for those races though.

Grand Lodge

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Oh God, this thing has kaiju in them? I am too sorely tempted to have my players fight them using a titanic adamantine golem. Tooooooo sorely tempted.


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Well the Juggernauts might be mythic level constructs so maybe use them instead.


Is the release date still in October? P-L-E-A-S-E say YES! :-D


I would say wait until after GenCon to see what the release date is then. If it stays the same then awesome, but if not then it would be just like the last three bestiary releases.


The Drunken Dragon wrote:
Oh God, this thing has kaiju in them? I am too sorely tempted to have my players fight them using a titanic adamantine golem. Tooooooo sorely tempted.

Would it help if i told you i am currently working on homebrew rules for mech suits?


Threeshades wrote:
The Drunken Dragon wrote:
Oh God, this thing has kaiju in them? I am too sorely tempted to have my players fight them using a titanic adamantine golem. Tooooooo sorely tempted.
Would it help if i told you i am currently working on homebrew rules for mech suits?

This might give you some pointers: Green Ronin Blog entry about "Pacific Rim"


I am disappointed that all/most of the 0 HD races in this book will be reprints but at least there will be some in the book. I hope some of the races from the ARG get a little polishing and some new art.

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