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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That's exactly what I meant. I tried to convert it may self but it would be' good to have an official conversion.


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I still want a chicken, normal size for familiar, dire for mount. Make it so!


Now that I think about you couldn't even do stats for a farm because we do not have stats for cows and chickens.

Shadow Lodge

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Steven "Troll" O'Neal wrote:
I still want a chicken, normal size for familiar, dire for mount. Make it so!

And ARG stats for a Chicken Boo.


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Dragon78 wrote:

Now that I think about you couldn't even do stats for a farm because we do not have stats for cows and chickens.

I'd imagine cows are just aurochs with the docile special quality.


Are sure one of the iconics isn't really Chicken Boo;)


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Actually, I'd be down with some chickens and fowl for familiar stats. Having worked with wild foul from South America, and dealing with wild turkeys, I think it'd be cool to see them as familiar options. Pheasants would be cool to see.

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richard develyn wrote:

Have all the monsters published by Paizo (in this incarnation) for 3.5 been converted by one of the Bestiaries so far?

If not, will they be after this Bestiary is published?

Richard

To the first question, no. By a quick count, there are almost 80 monsters from the adventure paths, other modules and campaign setting volumes that have not yet been converted in one place or another. If you only count Bestiaries, that number is even higher, though not by much. For instance, most of the monsters in Rise of the Runelords are converted in the anniversary hardcover (though I don't think we've yet seen the argorth, smoke haunt or taiga giant converted anywhere).

To the second question... probably not. A bunch of those are unique divine servants like the Prince in Chains and Thais, and then there are the coeurl and the deep crow whose rights are held by A.E. van Vogt's estate and Penny Arcade, respectively. I also seem to recall a mention of the chained spirit being too much tied to the adventure it appears in to be of much use elsewhere.

Of course, not being a Paizo employee, I have no precise knowledge of either their licensing deals or the contents of Bestiary 4.


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Taiga Giant was in the second bestiary I believe (or the first...can't remember).

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Removed some unnecessary posts. Please to civil to each other.


Ansel Krulwich wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Why does Norgorber sound silly?

Mostly because someone (at my table) inevitably mispronounces his name as "Norburger".

No one takes the murder cult seriously anymore.

At my table it has become Nobgobler. Though it has dried up since one player said it and then made (failed?) a DI roll and became cursed by Norgorber.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

ghettowedge wrote:
Ansel Krulwich wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Why does Norgorber sound silly?

Mostly because someone (at my table) inevitably mispronounces his name as "Norburger".

No one takes the murder cult seriously anymore.

At my table it has become Nobgobler. Though it has dried up since one player said it and then made (failed?) a DI roll and became cursed by Norgorber.

Well done.

Dark Archive

MMCJawa wrote:

Taiga Giant was in the second bestiary I believe (or the first...can't remember).

Second, apparently. Huh. Well, I was kinda wondering about that.


I just want to add my two or three cents about a few things I hope to see in the book, even though I'm sure the list has been finalized a long time.

Of course I'm excited about nosferatu template the most, but also happy to hear about Cthulhu and Grendal.

Other things I'd like to see in the book are:
drekavec -- Not sure if I spelled it correctly put this is a cool little low CR undead with similarities to a vampire (gaseous form, warded against by a common household item [salt, in this case]), and it needs more Pathfinder love.
vrykolakas -- The version from the AP has abilities listed that aren't explained so I'd like to see an official fixed version, either with the abilities explained or omitted, preferably included and explained. As festrogs are to ghouls, so the vrykolakas is to vampires.
dire weasel -- I know Pathfinder tries to use real megafauna for its dire animals most of the time, but dire weasel is up there with dire badger and dire bat for iconic status.

Oh, also the ARG mentions that ratfolk ride giant rats, which it explains are dire rats with the giant simple template applied to make them medium size. It doesn't give any information for purchasing or breeding giant rat mounts though, so I hope that information shows up somewhere.


Double post, but not on the same topic exactly.

If you think your players won't handle 'Norgerber' as a serious name, focus on the other contextual names he goes by, like Father Skinsaw, The Reaper of Reputation, and I can't remember the third on off the top of my head. Each of the different names is tied to a different aspect of his portfolio, so the can't really be used interchangeably, but the appropriate one for the situation could be used routinely in place of 'Norgerber' to lessen its potential for immersion-breaking parody.


Yeah, I've actually replaced his name with his titles in my home game. Father Skinsaw just sounds so cool!

Also, I'd like to see Leng Ghouls. The one in S* was awesome!

Designer, RPG Superstar Judge

The book is almost through development, so it's too late to suggest any more monsters for it. ;)


Those belong in the Bestiary 5 wishlist thread. ^^


I see no problem in people listing things they hope will be in the bestiary 4. At least it has to do with the product unlike how funny, lame, or cool the name of pathfinder deity is.

Come on mudmen, ravid, eye of the deep, arrow hawk, dire weasel, and anything I am missing from the 3.5 monster manual that can be used in pathfinder.


Wolf Munroe wrote:

I just want to add my two or three cents about a few things I hope to see in the book, even though I'm sure the list has been finalized a long time.

Of course I'm excited about nosferatu template the most, but also happy to hear about Cthulhu and Grendal.

Other things I'd like to see in the book are:
drekavec -- Not sure if I spelled it correctly put this is a cool little low CR undead with similarities to a vampire (gaseous form, warded against by a common household item [salt, in this case]), and it needs more Pathfinder love.
vrykolakas -- The version from the AP has abilities listed that aren't explained so I'd like to see an official fixed version, either with the abilities explained or omitted, preferably included and explained. As festrogs are to ghouls, so the vrykolakas is to vampires.
dire weasel -- I know Pathfinder tries to use real megafauna for its dire animals most of the time, but dire weasel is up there with dire badger and dire bat for iconic status.

Oh, also the ARG mentions that ratfolk ride giant rats, which it explains are dire rats with the giant simple template applied to make them medium size. It doesn't give any information for purchasing or breeding giant rat mounts though, so I hope that information shows up somewhere.

Both Vrykolakas, Giant Weasel and Drekavac are in AP bestiaries already, so there is a big chance they are in this Bestiary as well, I think Vrykolakas has the biggest chance as Nosferatu is also in.

How much I like to see Eye of The Deep, I think they won't include them as they have bonds with the Beholder.


Hello, this may not be the correct thread to pose this question in, but with the inclusion of stats for Cthulhu in Pathfinder terms, would there be any possibility of some of Robert E. Howard's creatures or characters as well? The Conan stories are part of the Cthulhu mythos, and the Zuvembie in Bestiary 3 from the REH story "Pigeons from Hell" was spot-on! :) Would you be interested in, and able to include some more creatures and characters from his literary estate? Again, I apologize if this may be the wrong thread to ask in, but reading about Lovecraft on the board got me to wondering about Howard's creations, and the feasibility of seeing them in Golarion.

Thanks in advance, and very happy that this book will be this subscriber's Halloween treat! :D

The Pale :)

Scarab Sages

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
The book is almost through development, so it's too late to suggest any more monsters for it. ;)

Can we still make wild speculations about what we hope to find within the pages? Because I for one would not be adverse to Giant Fiendish Lizard Demons. Also Kaijuu... I'm hoping tehre's a size category above collosal because while a house sized monster is cool, a house sized Kaijuu is sort of depressing.

Designer, RPG Superstar Judge

Fair enough. :)


Stratagemini wrote:
Sean K Reynolds wrote:
The book is almost through development, so it's too late to suggest any more monsters for it. ;)
Can we still make wild speculations about what we hope to find within the pages? Because I for one would not be adverse to Giant Fiendish Lizard Demons. Also Kaijuu... I'm hoping tehre's a size category above collosal because while a house sized monster is cool, a house sized Kaijuu is sort of depressing.

There is not a larger size than Colossal. It was mentioned earlier in the thread, or the announcement thread. Sorry.

Silver Crusade

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Steven "Troll" O'Neal wrote:
There is not a larger size than Colossal. It was mentioned earlier in the thread, or the announcement thread. Sorry.

Doesn't mean their can't be different sizes within the category of Colossal... :D


I hope not, never liked the colossal+ thing they did in 3.5 besides there is no size limit on colossal size.


And the biggest creature (The island turtle) is already in a AP bestiary, its much bigger than a Kaiju, and its still Colossal.

Contributor

Reading the vehicle rules in Ultimate Combat, I think its safe to say that Colossal is going to stay the max, considering that Colossal vehicles have a minimum number of spaces, but no maximum. I'd imagine creatures will work the same way.

Scarab Sages

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Sincubus wrote:
And the biggest creature (The island turtle) is already in a AP bestiary, its much bigger than a Kaiju, and its still Colossal.

Which AP? and how Big is it?


Pathfinder Adventure Subscriber

Spoiler:
I'm guessing this is the Aspidochelone we're talking about it:

Adventure Path #27 (What Lies in Dust). And large enough to pass for an island when partially submerged into water.


As much as I love this...can we get a spellbook please?!


Spellbook in bestiary???? Do you mean an animated spellbook or what?


I think he means a book like Ultimate Magic, but more spells and less of everything else.


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Radiarch wrote:
Doesn't mean their can't be different sizes within the category of Colossal... :D

It actually does. If you made multiple "categories" of colossal, each with their own scaling size bonuses, that's just another way of making new size categories. The tarrasque is colossal, as is a monster the size of a planet. At least that's the official stance I've read.


I think the dragons in the Epic Level Handbook went up to size "C+".

Scarab Sages

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Epic level handbook's 3.5 though. there is a hope we'll see something for appropriate scaling in Mythic Adventures though.

Shadow Lodge

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Sean K Reynolds wrote:
The book is almost through development, so it's too late to suggest any more monsters for it. ;)

Yeah but like the miniatures it's all about the speculation! We just love to speculate on what we may find in our juicy bestiaries.


I sure hope the finalized bestiary 4 list wasn't ready before Epic Meepo posted this AWESOME post in the bestiary 4 wishlist topic!

Quote:

Abaia: a giant eel that can pursue opponents onto land by calling forth a roving wave of flood waters.

Bakonawa: a dragon that causes eclipses; sort of a living, draconic analog to the tzitzimitl.
Buggane: a burrowing, swimming ogre that works as an enforcer for hags and fey.
Cherufe: a creature made of molten magma that dwells in volcanos and demands human sacrifices in its honor.
Empusa: a woman with flaming hair, bronze hooves for feet, and the ability to cause sleep paralysis; probably a type of lamia, given her origin.
Galatea: a sentient stone idol brought to life by the devotion of its worshipers.
Geryon (the Greek myth version, not the D&D version): a giant with three heads and three bodies. Probably a weaker, mortal cousin of the hekatonchiere, in the same way giants are weaker, mortal cousins of ordinary titans.
Ichneumon: an earth-encrusted, dragon-slaying creature from medieval bestiaries.
Ipotane (or Silenius): an outsider that serves as a drunken reveler in the retinues of wine gods and similar beings.
Kamaitachi: a lightning-fast flying weasel that creates mirror images of itself while ripping foes to shreds in an awesome blur of fury.
Kuchisake: meaning "Slit Mouth," a ghost (or possibly a kyton) with a mutilated mouth and a pair of scissors it uses to attack its victims.
Lampade: an underword nymph from the retinue of a witch-goddess, known for carrying lanterns whose light can drive mortals insane.
Llorona: a.k.a. weeping woman; a skeleton in a white dress that disguises itself as a living woman to lure victims closer, at which point it grapples and drowns them.
Maenad (the Greek myth version, not the D&D version): drunken, raging women (possibly fey) that tear apart their prey with their bare hands.
Makara: a crocodile-fish that disgorges summoned monsters from its mouth when threatened.
Morgen: the namesake of Morgan le Fey, a race of high-CR fey with healing powers and a "fata morgana" ability that creates semi-real illusory terrain.
Namazu: a giant fish that creates earthquakes, tsunamis, and similar effects.
Peuchen: a flying snake with a paralytic gaze; possibly a low-CR dragon.
Raiju: a flying thunder beast with a combination of electricity, fire, and sonic attacks, making it an energy-themed monster that isn't a one-trick pony.
Talos: A mid- to high-CR construct with wings, so higher-level PCs can't just fly around it to reach whatever it's guarding.
Ushabti: A swarm of miniature construct servitors for the dead pharaoh who has everything.
Xana: a fey bound and corrupted by a curse inherent to her kind, giving PCs the chance to either fight her or transform her into a gentler fey by lifting her curse.

Please Wesley Tell me they are all in ;-)

This was by far my favorite post in all the bestiary 4 wishtopic!


Also in one of the bestiary 4 wishtopic Wesley told me that the Namazu Catfish is on the list, so that probably means we see it in bestiary 4!

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Hmm. I worked on one of those creatures. :)


Abaia / Buggane / Cherufe / Empusa / Lamapade / Namazu / Ichneumon / Kamaitachi / Geryon / Maenad / Morgen

I really hope its one of these you are talking bout! But all others would be sweet as well!

Or did you mean Raiju which is already in the bestiary of an Jade Regent AP?


Stratagemini wrote:
Sincubus wrote:
And the biggest creature (The island turtle) is already in a AP bestiary, its much bigger than a Kaiju, and its still Colossal.
Which AP? and how Big is it?

Well it's not described as an island turtle, but a island whale.

It looks something like this

http://www.wallpaper4me.com/images/wallpapers/whaleisland-896008.jpeg


I like the idea of an Empusa being a type of Lamia.


I do hope the Empusa gets a royal threatment and abandons her true mythic origins (her looks anyway) as we have more than enough Succubus-wannabees already.

I hope the Empusa ends up an insectoid nymph or insectoid lamia, but in any form has mantis-features like the one in God of War has, this form also closely resembles the EXTREMLY AWESOME Deadly Dancer from one of the less-known D&D 3.5 edition books, really one of the most original and cool monsters i've ever seen in a book, the Empusa from God of War being even cooler, I just really like creatures which arms and legs end up in sharp pins on which they do acrobatic dance combat with.

I would not really like another Succubus version with a bronze leg, the flaming hair is found in Dawn Pipers and the succubus looks and behavior are spread around multiple other creatures.

I've seen many monster books, games and cartoons/movies do something original with Empusa's, except for Titan Quest which uses the succubus variant which is nice since the game doesn't have succubi, but pathfinder has succubi.

Somebody in the bestiary 4 wish topic wished for an empusa early on, so there is a big chance (given that many of the creatures already mentioned being in bestiary 4 come from the early pages of the wish topic) Empusa will be in bestiary 4.


With this new 250 monsters I'm 98% sure that Pathfinder beats D&D in the amount of monsters, only the 4th edition monsters is no match of course, but 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th edition combined will still not beat the HUGE amount of monsters in pathfinder, as every month we get new monsters while D&D has kinda stoppped making new creatures and re-uses its old ones over and over.

Just a silly fact.


Here is a strange question for you all, if I(or someone else) get this item's PDF early and list the monsters in the book on the site. Would you want them listed by CR, alphabetical order, or by creature type?


Dragon78 wrote:
Here is a strange question for you all, if I(or someone else) get this item's PDF early and list the monsters in the book on the site. Would you want them listed by CR, alphabetical order, or by creature type?

I just want them to put them on spoiler, cuz I don't want to spoil the entire list that early for myself, its more awesome to be suprised with every page you turn, I spoiled Bestiary 3 for myself, while I didn't know much about mythology and folkore creatures then (I didn't knew about Adaro, Baykok and others for example) now I know most creatures so the spoiler niveau would be much higher.

So please if that time comes, put them in the [/spoiler ]

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