Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 5 (OGL)

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Beyond the veil!

Creatures strange beyond imagining and more terrifying than any nightmare lurk in the dark corners of the world and the weird realms beyond. Within this book, you'll find hundreds of monsters for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Face off against devils and dragons, deep ones and brain moles, robots and gremlins, and myriad other menaces! Yet not every creature needs to be an enemy, as whimsical liminal sprites, helpful moon dogs, and regal seilenoi all stand ready to aid you on your quests—if you prove yourself worthy.

Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 5 is the fifth indispensable volume of monsters for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and serves as a companion to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook and Pathfinder RPG 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 a new era.

Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 5 includes:

  • More than 300 different monsters.
  • New player-friendly races like caligni dark folk, deep one hybrids, plant-bodied ghorans, and simian orang-pendaks.
  • Psychic creatures both benevolent and terrifying, from the enigmatic anunnaki and faceless astomoi to the howling caller in darkness and insidious, alien grays.
  • New familiars, animal companions, and other allies, such as clockwork familiars, red pandas, and many-legged wollipeds.
  • 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: 978-1-60125-792-5

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My Favourite So Far

5/5

Don't have really anymore to add beyond that, love all the eldritch and occult flavor being pumped in ^w^


The weakest of the bunch

2/5

On the one hand, there are a good couple of gems and some very inspired entries throughout this book and, in truth, two stars is somewhat unfair, especially for the PDF. But, personally, I feel they're warranted, as this book seems to signal a shift in Pathfinder's direction, and one that I'm not happy about in the least.

First off, while Occult Adventures is readily available for consultation online in the SRD, I did not like to see a sizable number of monsters using rules from that book. It's one thing to have spells or feats from, say, Advanced Player's Guide or Mythic Adventures, as those are books that complement the game as a whole and present options for all classes, whereas Occult Adventures is a very specific niche that not all players will want to incorporate in their campaigns.

Secondly, I did not like the muddled product identity Paizo is showcasing here, with monsters such as the Android, Gray (Roswell), Reptoid (Reptilian) and Robot. Even the Annunaki seems more at home as the antagonist of, say, a Legion of Super-Heroes comic book. It's one thing to want to provide the tools for varied and diverse fantasy campaigns - in which constructs, space aberrations and even clockwork creatures can easily work without sticking out like sore thumbs - but quite another one to insert borderline hard-SF or contemporary conspiracy theorist creatures on a lark. Expedition to the Barrier Peaks this is not, and let's endeavor to keep it that way, please.

Thirdly, snake-bodied weasels with boar tusks? Serpentine bulls? Shark-headed sea serpents? Wolf-headed sea serpents? A chinchilla with a bat wing on the tip of its tail? An octopus with three shark heads? Really? Unless you have an absolutely amazing hook or a compelling campaign seed, why bother putting out this silly, uninspired dross? You can do much better than this, Paizo.


Monsters Galore

4/5

Read my full review on Of Dice and Pen.

I like Bestiary 5 a great deal. On an initial look-through before reading it more thoroughly, there were numerous monsters that drew my attention, that made me want to know more about them, and screamed to be included in one of my games sometime down the road. There's a wide variety of monsters present, with every type represented and the spread between them being fairly even. Ooze is a monster type that is often under-represented, but there are quite a few new oozes in this book. Along with that there are lots of magical beasts, constructs, undead, vermin, fey, and so on. In addition, there are several mythic monsters, and Bestiary 5 is the first hardcover book to contain monsters using the occult rules from Occult Adventures. The monsters cover a wide variety of challenge ratings as well, from 1/6 to 24. The bulk of the creatures are in the low- to mid-CR range, but there are also a sizeable number of high-CR monsters as well.


Grim Reapers, Deep Ones, and Greys Oh My!

5/5

I have always loved Bestiaries and Paizo has yet to disappoint in department. Now with a 5th hardcover bestiary they continue with quality and variety. I will list the good and the bad of this fine product.
The Good
-Dragons, 5 great new true dragons, along with a variety of "lesser" dragons such as jungle drake, rope dragon, vishap, and awesome shen.
-Fey, a variety of ranging from low to high CR such as the house spirits and the glaistag.
-Giants, we finally get the Firbolg, been waiting to see this one for a long time.
-New 0HD races like the Astomi, Caligni, and Reptoid.
-Aliens such as greys and the Anunnaki.
-Elementals such as aether, the wysps and the awesome anemos.
-Interesting oozes such as animate hair, apallie, and living mirage.
-New clestials and aeons.
-Robots!
-Creatures from mythology.
-Old school monster such as moon dogs, muckdwellers, brain moles, and thought eaters.
-Some interesting undead like bone ship and death coach.

The Bad
-Some minor design issues.
-Some art issues.
-The Sahkil, another evil outsider group, could have used this space for Oni, Azura, or Rakshasa.
-Continued use of the mythic rules that to me should be a completely optional rule.


3 STARS?????

5/5

I can't agree with the below rating of 3 stars. (Read Below) This is on-par with any other bestiary piazo has produced. Although i cant speak of quality due to just buying a pdf, this bestiary has the best range of monster selection in my opinion. It adds some technology driven ideas, unique story driven monsters and my favorite: A BoneShip, literally the pcs can fight an undead ship!!!! The complaint of no new monster over CR25 is a lazy lie, using templates the Esoteric Dragons can be over CR25 with other CR20+ monsters utilizing templates provided can increase above CR25. This book contains ideas for familiars, companions, and constructs for many classes and pairs amazingly well with content from the Occult Adventures. I Love this book, and pathfinder in general due to the wealth of information it has for both a PC and a DM. Cant wait for more!!!


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Yes. Poor DMs players take more than an hour to choose their race in the future...

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Myth Lord wrote:
Yes. Poor DMs players take more than an hour to choose their race in the future...

I think it's about time you accept the fact that people have differing tastes, and your target group of "people who want to stare at colour art of their favourite mythological creature" is quite likely somewhat smaller than the groups of "people who want interesting monsters to challenge their players with" and "folks who are looking for cool playable races, cohorts, summons and planar binds".


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I can't wait to see how horribly messed up the Sakhil are and how they'll probably make Pharasma go, "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-"


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Myth Lord wrote:
Yes. Poor DMs players take more than an hour to choose their race in the future...
I think it's about time you accept the fact that people have differing tastes, and your target group of "people who want to stare at colour art of their favourite mythological creature" is quite likely somewhat smaller than the groups of "people who want interesting monsters to challenge their players with" and "folks who are looking for cool playable races, cohorts, summons and planar binds".

Look who's talking, Mr.I-hate-the-Giant-AP.

And for your information, i'm actually playing the game now, not much, but its a start, finally found myself a group.

But last time it took a person more than 15 minutes to choose a playable race and then it was even limited in what the people could choose.

And i'm being more sarcastic than hatefull, that is what you get from Bunny Races.

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Maybe we should have just one 0HD race, that way you won't have to wait an entire 15 minutes next time.


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Nah, just get rid of ALL 0HD races. And player characters, for that matter. That way you don't have to wait for the players to decide anything at all.

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I would love to see Lupinals from 3rd Edition's "Monster Manual II" make it in, and possibly a mild revamping of the Phoenix (which isn't quite as awesome in PF as it was in D&D)


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I may not want certain monsters very much (Like Fey) but that doesn't mean i hope they aren't included in this book. I really hope they are included because I know some people really like that sort of thing and I hope that there is something for everyone in Bestiary 5.

So while you may not want more 0-HD races or aliens and robots or Giant plants or whatever it is you aren't into I think people should be glad of everything that gets in because SOMEBODY probably really wants the monsters you don't and with 300 monsters I think there will be enough monster you like to make up for ones you dont


I dont even mind the 10 recycled 0hd races we probably get in bestiary 5. Just was sarcastic to bunnypeople 0hd race. You know like everyone being sarcastic againt me, sometimes I need my revances.


Well there is a dog race from arcadia but I will not hold my breath on getting stats for that one any time soon.


Did you ever play a Final Fantasy game set in Ivalice? Cause when I heard bunny people I instantly thought of vieras! I actually like Vieras, Bangaas and the other races in Ivalice a lot

OOO point me to where it says about dog races I want to know


I don't know what Dragon78 is referring to, but there is a dog race here.

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I'm not at my desk, but I'm pretty sure the one mention of a dog-headed race we've made in the past was not related to Arcadia.


There are pretty much multiple dog-headed creatures in myths. Cynocephalus and the evil psoglav. I wouldnt mind cynos as race but psoglavs better work as monsters.


They are mentioned in the first AP volume though I could have sworn they were from Arcadia, well regardless they are from a different continent.


Maybe we will get more info this product during Gen Con or at least an update to the cover art.

Liberty's Edge

Hopefully we can get creatures to populate the dreamscapes and other planes of existance, aswell as some elements from other older dimensions of terror. Like freaking wonderland. We really need an adventure path set in wonderland or an dreamscape of that kind. NOT LIKE DUNGEONLAND though. I want to be able to not fight literally everything. And I'm sure it could be done.

That being said I hope we get a mixture of physical enemies and other types.

As for aliens, giant robots and monsterous plants-if they are done right with regards to description and context, nearly anything can work in a game. Though a Gm isn't going to use something he doesn't want to, and he is entitled to do so.


Wonderland would be part of the first world since that were all the wonderland creatures can found.


ErisAcolyte-Chaos jester wrote:
Hopefully we can get creatures to populate the dreamscapes and other planes of existance, aswell as some elements from other older dimensions of terror. Like freaking wonderland. We really need an adventure path set in wonderland or an dreamscape of that kind. NOT LIKE DUNGEONLAND though. I want to be able to not fight literally everything. And I'm sure it could be done.

Well, you can fight basically everything in a dreamscape, plus there is monsters summoned there by people using the impossible actions ability of the dreamscape, the nightmare creature and nightmare lord templates, animate dreams, night hags, and baku.... But personally I would like something like the unfettered eidolon stats. It allows you to make whatever dream outsider you desire.

Also they just announced an AP that'll involve dreamscapes and mindscapes.


Maybe this week is the week they update the cover art.


Uhm.... esoteric dragon... maybe they use psychic magic...

And how about the new templates? What could propose?

* Bestiary: converted templates by Monster Manuale of D&D 3.5

* Bestiary 2: converted templates by Epic Level Handbook of D&D 3.0

* Bestiary 3: original templates (and I love them!)

* Bestiary 4: converted templates by Advanced Bestiary (3.5)

So, new possible templates from Bestiary 5 is...

* Templates by APs (including those written with 3.5 rules, for example the "Black-blooded creature" from Second Darkness)

* Occult templates

* Lovecraftian-like templates (like.... uh, well, i don't know xD)


More Aeons, please.

That is all.

(Oh, and more Gigas since you displayed an Ecology of them in AP #96 but gave no stats to any of them except for two I think)


Looking forward to those aether elementals… should be pretty cool!

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Barachiel Shina wrote:


(Oh, and more Gigas since you displayed an Ecology of them in AP #96 but gave no stats to any of them except for two I think)

Seconded, for the same reason. Specifically, wouldn't mind seeing the Nirvana and Boneyard gigas.


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Also looking forward to the Aether elementals. So are we getting wood and void elementals since were supposedly getting wood and void elements for the Kineticist in the Occult Origins book?


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Dragon78 wrote:
Also looking forward to the Aether elementals. So are we getting wood and void elementals since were supposedly getting wood and void elements for the Kineticist in the Occult Origins book?

I suspect wood and void will be connected to non-elemental planes, though we'll have to wait and see about that. Personally I'm curious if we'll get those time elementals Paizo teased in Occult Adventures in Bestiary 5.


Wood and Void might end up in that Occult Bestiary, considering the golarion nature of the Occult Origins book. But I hope they'll be in a hardcover.

As for planar origins of wood and void, just put them in the positive and negative energy planes respectively.


I could see void coming from the negative energy plane though wood could be from the positive energy, first world, or even be native to the prime material. Also Occult Adventures mentions time elementals wich could might also be found in B5 or OB.


So from what I can tell there are two creatures from the Advanced Race Guide that have not been in any of the Bestiaries 1-4: Gillmen and Strix. Searching 'gillmen' and 'strix' in this thread turns up no results. Any word on whether either of them will make it into Bestiary 5?

It's idle curiosity for me, of course. Both have monster entries from ISWG on d20pfsrd, and I have no plans to buy another bestiary right now.


I kind of assume since those races are in ISG, they won't reprint them in Bestiary 5. After all they could have reprinted them in at least 3 or 4.


There is a chance they might reprint them, we know they will be reprinting some monsters from the ISB though they haven't what they are or how many.

The following 0HD races have not made it into a hardcover bestiary: Android, Eoxian(living), Ghoran, Gillmen, Kuru, Lashunta, Monkey Goblin, Shabti, Skinwalker, Strix, Syrinx, and Triaxian. Though of course none of core races have but they do not need to be in a hardcover bestiary.

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Now updated with final product description and cover image!

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Now updated with final product description and cover image!

Don't fear the reaper!

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ALIENS WITH LAZORS!


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Anunnaki ? Color me interested...


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If I Were a Deep One (hybrid)...

Looks like we have our half-yeti?

Looking forward to November!


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Not gonna lie, I am hoping for a playable alien race. Would be hella cool.


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Odraude wrote:
Not gonna lie, I am hoping for a playable alien race. Would be hella cool.

Like elves? ;)

Would be cool if the lashunta got in, though...but not gonna hold my breath.


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I'll admit, reading lots of Eclipse Phase, I really want more alien aliens. Like alternate biochemistries (ammonia based) and non-humanoid. Though I definitely can understand the terror that would be for figuring out magic items for a three legged xenomorph that breathes methane :)


Oh cool, ghoran will become RPG line.


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Odraude wrote:
I'll admit, reading lots of Eclipse Phase, I really want more alien aliens. Like alternate biochemistries (ammonia based) and non-humanoid. Though I definitely can understand the terror that would be for figuring out magic items for a three legged xenomorph that breathes methane :)

YAS hurnan i. have SEVERal ((slot))s. This ((slot)) is "NECKS" this. ((slot)) is "BODIES".

You can ought to see for my "HEAD" ((slot)) which are very hurnan PLEAse. hurnan. Equip all ((slot))s immediate I! want to ((know)) what are you consider is :differing: of "HEAD" and a "NECKS", and WHAT is a "SHOULD" error{?}


The cover is VERY nice....I am so excited to see playable Darkfolk...I may just piddle my pant's before the actual release date :(


More gremlins! Huzzah!


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More gremlins! Huzzah!

WHOOT!!! More minions to grovel at Pugwampi feet...

...and by that I mean: More allies in our just and noble cause of spreading a sense of humour!

>:D


Nice Cover art, looks like Grim Reaper, Deep One(or hybrid), and Grays.

Cool a new sprite and moon dogs.


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New familiars, animal companions, and other allies, such as clockwork familiars, red pandas, and many-legged wollipeds.
Product Description wrote:
red pandas
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RED FREAKING PANDAS


I need this now. Now, I say.

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Oh my yes! I feel spoiled by all the yummy new monsters headed our way!

Hope we get a couple new gremlins, not just the erinat. And while I didn't hate the old artwork for the grim reaper, I really love this rendition.

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and regal seilenoi

Ahh, old guys with horse butts. That'll be interesting! ;)


Yes, the Grim Reaper looks marvelous! Much better than the Gothic Reaper from before, this is what the Grim Reaper is suppose to look like!

Further is the description of what is in this book not doing anything for me, I have to wait to see the whole book I guess, most awesome creatures I like from Bestiary 4 (spare for Tooth Fairy and Almiraj) weren't mentioned in the text either.

Love Grim Reaper, Dream/Nightmare Dragon, Hsigo (winged monkey) and Grey Aliens, the other creatures are everything I don't care for, Templates (i'm all about vanilla), 0HD races (drown in them already), robots (never cared), goodguys (not into picknicks), normal animals (nice in real-life, but not for Bestiaries) and familiars (don't like the many-at-one page stuff).

The cover is cool I guess, hope the Ravens are Valravn, but I guess it is based on the Evil Birds movie?

The Deep One isn't something I would put on a cover especially since there was a Lovecraft monster on the previous cover and the Occult Bestiary as well, making it look like its Lovecraft + Pathfinder, but the other two creatures suit nicely.

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