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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Ahhh, there we go.

Thanks Luthorne


I hope that information will in Bestiary 4.

The Exchange

The information is also in Wrath of the Righteous 1: The Wordlwound Incursion.


I wonder if this will include Mythic monsters?

Paizo Employee Developer

Voyd211 wrote:
I wonder if this will include Mythic monsters?

Yes, there will certainly be mythic monsters in this Bestiary.


Just a couple more weeks for subscriptions to go out, can't wait.


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I really hope the artwork for the void dragon Raskineya,
the Dark Comet isn't the artwork-style for the new Outer Dragons in the bestiary 4.

I'm really not that impressed by the Void Dragon's looks its so generic for such an awesome name (void)


Sean K Reynolds wrote:
Mÿcerranin wrote:
And so on. These beings are unique in their realms and I think qualify to be mythic. While the Tarrasque is indeed a powerful foe, as are all spawn of Rovagug, I don't think it needs to be mythic. Where as a Demon Lord, such as Noticula, would be by her very nature. This could quantify her powers and where they could have originated, including how she still maintains a grip on her realm. This would certainly be true of any of the fiends.
Let me put it this way: not every creature that's CR 25+ necessarily has mythic tiers.

Do they still count as mythic? http://paizo.com/threads/rzs2q5yk?Demon-Lords-and-Mythic

James says they do


Gancanagh wrote:

I really hope the artwork for the void dragon Raskineya,

the Dark Comet isn't the artwork-style for the new Outer Dragons in the bestiary 4.

I'm really not that impressed by the Void Dragon's looks its so generic for such an awesome name (void)

What does it look like?

Ah I just saw my local store finally has Mythic Realms in stock. Guess I'll find out on the way home today.

Shadow Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Lost Omens, Rulebook Subscriber

Also annoyed at the re release of the 0 HD creatures from the ARG but again can have that totally assuaged by some killer new art.

Now my question is are the Elohim supposed to be the idea of good taken to the point of alien consciousness or something to that effect? If so I am so freakin' glad I got my preorder last week.

please please please be like cthulhian forces for good that drive people mad looking at them because the mortal mind just can't comprehend their goodly awesome.


I was also mad about no new player races but what makes me really mad is them calling these guys "new".

The Elohim as mythic alien celestials the fight lovecraftian horrors and the dark tapestry like what Aeons should have been.

Shadow Lodge

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Dragon78 wrote:

I was also mad about no new player races but what makes me really mad is them calling these guys "new".

The Elohim as mythic alien celestials the fight lovecraftian horrors and the dark tapestry like what Aeons should have been.

Where do they reference this?


Sorry, I meant to say I like the idea of the Elohim being alien celestials that fight such creatures.

Shadow Lodge

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Dragon78 wrote:
Sorry, I meant to say I like the idea of the Elohim being alien celestials that fight such creatures.

Yes, and something totally different from the August Derleth dichotomy and remain still wholly alien and horrifying to people in the same capacity as Cthulhu and other creatures.

Holy crap, what if Desna was a former Elohim? That would be a great way to lay this out.


That would be interesting, if they are what we think they might be.


I actually like the way the Aeons currently are. My issue with Aeons is the one of slavery/freedom. Makes little sense to me and I repurposed it to fate/free will and go after large breaches of prophecy or freedom. Also, I have Aeons in my campaign as fighting off aberrations and qlippoth, which with qlippoth I have them stemming from a dark world behind ours bent on bring it to oblivion.

Even with all that, though, it's difficult to make aeons evocative since by their very nature, they are true neutral. True neutral is very hard to evoke a response (positive or negative) without making them come off as a&#~~!!s to players.

I am disappointed we'll never see any more again though. At least we have the ones in Bestiary 2. Their artwork, especially the Pleroma, was really cool.


If Elohim were like that, they'd be a good-aligned version of the Qliphoth.


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Axial wrote:
If Elohim were like that, they'd be a good-aligned version of the Qliphoth.

That'd be cool. I can imagine them being the crazy description of angels you see in the Bible.


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I just want it to ship.


Soon, fellow Dungeon Master... soon...

Shadow Lodge

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Odraude wrote:

I actually like the way the Aeons currently are. My issue with Aeons is the one of slavery/freedom. Makes little sense to me and I repurposed it to fate/free will and go after large breaches of prophecy or freedom. Also, I have Aeons in my campaign as fighting off aberrations and qlippoth, which with qlippoth I have them stemming from a dark world behind ours bent on bring it to oblivion.

Even with all that, though, it's difficult to make aeons evocative since by their very nature, they are true neutral. True neutral is very hard to evoke a response (positive or negative) without making them come off as a+%%++$s to players.

I am disappointed we'll never see any more again though. At least we have the ones in Bestiary 2. Their artwork, especially the Pleroma, was really cool.

Hey you're not the only one who loves the Aeons. I think the difficulty in using them is that they are the epitome of the slow burn and need a lot of time in game to really pop since to really show them off they need to be inscrutable as well as able to show of the duality of their role and for that you need a lot of space. Honestly I love using them just as this sort of "fact" of reality that isn't meant to be explained and is supposed to leave the party just dumbfounded and unsure what to do.

To me the job of the Aeons is to show that their might be bigger forces then even the gods understand and then not elaborate, leaving the players to try and fill it in for themselves.


We just need someone in Paizo or involved in Paizo to adopt Aeons as their outsider race.

Or at least get someone third party to work on them.


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Odraude wrote:

I actually like the way the Aeons currently are. My issue with Aeons is the one of slavery/freedom. Makes little sense to me and I repurposed it to fate/free will and go after large breaches of prophecy or freedom. Also, I have Aeons in my campaign as fighting off aberrations and qlippoth, which with qlippoth I have them stemming from a dark world behind ours bent on bring it to oblivion.

Even with all that, though, it's difficult to make aeons evocative since by their very nature, they are true neutral. True neutral is very hard to evoke a response (positive or negative) without making them come off as a!+*%*@s to players.

I am disappointed we'll never see any more again though. At least we have the ones in Bestiary 2. Their artwork, especially the Pleroma, was really cool.

Yes, I too am quite content with how the Aeons currently are. Though that may be because they fit so perfectly with my homebrew cosmology, a multiverse that exists in between absolute Order and utter Chaos. If the multiverse were to shift too far one way or the other, it would cease to exist, so the Aeons act as agents of that balance, communicating across multiple planes and acting as small pieces of a whole. Unfortunately, mortals tend to only see what's right in front of them, and so the Aeons' actions may seem random or cruel.

Of course, in a multiverse built differently, like Golarion, or a multiverse built on Good vs Evil, it can be harder to do much with them.


Well technically we have only seen the world neutral version of Aeons, maybe if they did a Golarion world specific Aeon book....


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Is that Pipefox gonna be added to the Improved Familiar list. Looks like ideal Familiar material to me


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*Sigh*
Is it my imagination, or did they push back the official release date by another week?


Yes, they did push it back, it must just got pushed back:(


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Valantrix1 wrote:

*Sigh*

Is it my imagination, or did they push back the official release date by another week?

This happens when they are processing orders, so it's probably nothing to worry about.

Liberty's Edge

I hope this comes soon because I side-carted Tome of Horrors 4 and a bunch of Reaper paints.

Oh Well, I guess good things come to those who wait.

Silver Crusade

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MMCJawa wrote:
Maybe the Elohim are the freaky angel outsiders Mikaze wanted?

<-MY FACE IF THIS IS THE CASE

I'm very curious about these folks. Plz for to being mind-wonking beings of utterly alien and good natures, be they archangels with a thousand eyes and tongues or fractal-winged angels of such impossible geometry that just looking at them is like seeing forever. :)

doc the grey wrote:
Now my question is are the Elohim supposed to be the idea of good taken to the point of alien consciousness or something to that effect? If so I am so freakin' glad I got my preorder last week.

Imma marry this book if this happens.


Noooooooooooo! I thought it was steady, don't make this a endless release-case...

I want it in october, not november/december or even januari... I already sufffer because I only buy PDF's...

Shadow Lodge

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Mikaze wrote:
MMCJawa wrote:
Maybe the Elohim are the freaky angel outsiders Mikaze wanted?

<-MY FACE IF THIS IS THE CASE

I'm very curious about these folks. Plz for to being mind-wonking beings of utterly alien and good natures, be they archangels with a thousand eyes and tongues or fractal-winged angels of such impossible geometry that just looking at them is like seeing forever. :)

doc the grey wrote:
Now my question is are the Elohim supposed to be the idea of good taken to the point of alien consciousness or something to that effect? If so I am so freakin' glad I got my preorder last week.
Imma marry this book if this happens.

You and me both man. I really want to see an elohim spoiler.


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I also would like an elohim spoiler. I would also like some art previews as well such as the outer dragons, a kaiju, or Leanen Sidhe.


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Outer dragons is what i want to see the most right now.


Argus is what I want to see most right now.

Webstore Gninja Minion

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*pets copy on her desk*

Silver Crusade

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Liz Courts wrote:
*pets copy on her desk*

D:

Paizo, y u no offer retroactive shipping?!

Silver Crusade

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Liz Courts wrote:
*pets copy on her desk*

Ohhhhhh you are one evil scary ninja lady.

Liberty's Edge

This book is worth it despite the small delay. Paizo has gotten so good with their Bestiaries that it's kinda scary.

Dark Archive

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Liz Courts wrote:
*pets copy on her desk*

Such delicious cruelty...


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Liz Courts wrote:
*pets copy on her desk*

I thought ninjas killed clean without causing torment for us poor, unwashed masses...


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I can't wait to see what is inside this book and just a couple more weeks. I never get tired of hardcover bestiaries and I hope I don't have to wait 2 or more years for the Bestiary 5.


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Liz Courts wrote:
*pets copy on her desk*

I think somebody needs to remember The Most Important Rule ;)


But if Liz pets the Bestiary 4 already on her desk, why the delay? The book is obviously finished... Shipment problems?

And all products in October are cheaper right? What if bestiary 4 is delayed to November? Can we still have it cheaper then?

Grand Lodge

Gancanagh wrote:

But if Liz pets the Bestiary 4 already on her desk, why the delay? The book is obviously finished... Shipment problems?

And all products in October are cheaper right? What if bestiary 4 is delayed to November? Can we still have it cheaper then?

Oct 30th is the day non-subscribers will get their books. If you are a subscriber the possibility is that you will start getting it this coming week..


Staff get early copies IIRC. I don't think their are boxes of books hanging out in there warehouse, otherwise they wouldn't delay the order.

Why are products cheaper in October? I know there is a sale but I assumed it was not for new products.


MMCJawa wrote:

Staff get early copies IIRC. I don't think their are boxes of books hanging out in there warehouse, otherwise they wouldn't delay the order.

Why are products cheaper in October? I know there is a sale but I assumed it was not for new products.

You're correct. The PDF sale isn't for any of the corebooks (probably because they're heavily discounted to $9.99 as standard), or anything new.


If the release date is the 30th then subscribers would get it 7-8 days earlier so it wouldn't be next week.

Liberty's Edge

Dragon78 wrote:
If the release date is the 30th then subscribers would get it 7-8 days earlier so it wouldn't be next week.

I think Paizo lost control of their shipping goblins again. This usually happens every time a popular Pathfinder hardcover is about to get released.


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Dag-gummit. DAGGUMMIT!

ARG! I was through, you hear me? Done. FINISHED! I had everything I wanted in the Beastiary 3! I needed nothing else forever!

But you... you... you did this!

AAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaagggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

My wallet! My poor wallet! You monsters!

...
...
...
... wait. I may have just figured out the source of your brilliance...

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