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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I hope theirs a demodand familiar or at least more demodand stuff in this one


Cool, they also mentioned androids, did they say this at an actual recorded event or was this "water cooler talk"?


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You really don't like evil alignment do you? Every game will be one big happy family picknick! :-p

Question, do you have any experience playing a PC in a group that doesn't allow Lawful Evil, Neutral Evil, or Chaotic Evil PC's?

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Clockwork Familiars... Tell me That we will not be able to create an army of clockwork robots using either magic or alchemy, and i will show you a pack of lies. This is amazing in terms of potential story telling and for people who mind a mix of magic and technology.

For those who are against the idea of more robots in their games, thats fine. you can have your own games away from them.

Me though... I Want to Make a Techno Witch ASAP...

November cannot come fast enough.

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ErisAcolyte-Chaos jester wrote:

Clockwork Familiars... Tell me That we will not be able to create an army of clockwork robots using either magic or alchemy, and i will show you a pack of lies. This is amazing in terms of potential story telling and for people who mind a mix of magic and technology.

For those who are against the idea of more robots in their games, thats fine. you can have your own games away from them.

Me though... I Want to Make a Techno Witch ASAP...

November cannot come fast enough.

Why wait? ^_^


Will there be new dinosaurs in B5? If so, may i ask how many?


I wonder how many 0HD races there will be? So far we have Android, Ghoran, Deep One hybrid, Caligni, Orang-Pendak, and Skinwalker. I hope at least one new race is small size.

I wish they gave an example of a new template.


Threeshades wrote:
Will there be new dinosaurs in B5? If so, may i ask how many?

I think four is the standard.


It would be the first hardcover bestiary without dinosaurs if they didn't. Though I really doubt they wouldn't put any in there.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Cool, they also mentioned androids, did they say this at an actual recorded event or was this "water cooler talk"?

Was what JJ told me when I asked them about it. It also makes sense for both the android and skinwalker to end up in this one. If they've announced the Ghoran which is from the same book as the Android it would be odd for them to not port it over as well. As for the skinwalker considering how much attention it's been getting it makes sense for it to get a port to a book where more people will be able to see it.


It would also make sense that the Lashunta would get reprinted in this book though it doesn't mean it will. As far as the other two races(Monkey Goblin and Syrinx) in Inner Sea Bestiary they could still be in the book but there is no reason as far as the theme of the book goes with aliens, psychic powers, and other occult themes.


yeah if the Ghoran and Android are both in, I sort of assume Monkey Goblins, Syrinx, and Lashunta are in as well.

With Skinwalkers plus the already announced new races, that's 9 right there, so might not be room for many more new races (especially since Shabti and Triaxians are also a possibility...)

Of course some of the above might also just get reprinted in Inner Sea Races, which might negate the need for them to be in Bestiary 5

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MMCJawa wrote:

yeah if the Ghoran and Android are both in, I sort of assume Monkey Goblins, Syrinx, and Lashunta are in as well.

With Skinwalkers plus the already announced new races, that's 9 right there, so might not be room for many more new races (especially since Shabti and Triaxians are also a possibility...)

Of course some of the above might also just get reprinted in Inner Sea Races, which might negate the need for them to be in Bestiary 5

Yeah I'm thinking we get something closer to the latter with Lashunta and the other very golarion specific races getting delayed or put into another product and the ones that have more broad, setting neutral appeal like androids & skinwalkers get reprinted into this. That said I wouldn't be surprised to see Lashunta's in B5. Here's hoping the pic for them is the male and female ones with the male looking far more bestial and hulking than the one we got in the stars book.


Inner Sea Races is about the campaign setting, they will more then likely not have the game stats for races in the book.

It would make more sense to have the Triaxian then the Monkey Goblin or Syrinx. Not that I would mind about getting any of them in the book. If I had to choose to get only one more reprint, it would be the Lashunta.

They only use art for male or female, not both. I would prefer the female one, in fact I like the art for the one in the Inner Sea Bestiary.

Well B1 has 11 races, B2 has 7, B3 has 5, and B4 has 10. So who knows how many B5 will have though I doubt it will be more then 11.

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Dragon78 wrote:

Inner Sea Races is about the campaign setting, they will more then likely not have the game stats for races in the book.

It would make more sense to have the Triaxian then the Monkey Goblin or Syrinx. Not that I would mind about getting any of them in the book. If I had to choose to get only one more reprint, it would be the Lashunta.

They only use art for male or female, not both. I would prefer the female one, in fact I like the art for the one in the Inner Sea Bestiary.

Well B1 has 11 races, B2 has 7, B3 has 5, and B4 has 10. So who knows how many B5 will have though I doubt it will be more then 11.

I know but considering that Lashunta's have totally different stats and vastly different physical characteristics it would be nice to see them both represented in the art. Also having some new are to replace the very "meh" work from people of the stars for male lashunta would be awesome and maybe give us something more associated with their original description.


I am not disagreeing but they have never had art for male and female of any creature in a bestiary at the same time. Though you could ask someone about it.

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In case anyone was curious about the grays, I come from New Hampshire where the first hugely popularized account of an alien abduction happened (Betty and Barney Hill) and grew up terrified of Unsolved Mysteries alien episodes. So, that all worked into my design.

But also this.

I'm still terrified of the concept of grays as an adult. I hope it effectively shows in my writing :)

Dark Archive

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Robert Brookes wrote:

In case anyone was curious about the grays, I come from New Hampshire where the first hugely popularized account of an alien abduction happened (Betty and Barney Hill) and grew up terrified of Unsolved Mysteries alien episodes. So, that all worked into my design.

Ah, so they used parts of that story in American Horror Story. Can't wait to see 'em!


I can't wait to see the Gray's entry as well as a lot of other things I heard was in this book.


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I'm hoping to see the Carnotaurus makes its appearance this time around.


Robert Brookes wrote:

In case anyone was curious about the grays, I come from New Hampshire where the first hugely popularized account of an alien abduction happened (Betty and Barney Hill) and grew up terrified of Unsolved Mysteries alien episodes. So, that all worked into my design.

But also this.

I'm still terrified of the concept of grays as an adult. I hope it effectively shows in my writing :)

Why stop with the Greys? I'd like to go the Ken Hite/John Keel Inhumanoid route and use the Greys, the blond Nordics with their racial purity obsessions, the violent hairy Dwarves (usually South American), the Giants (30+ feet tall in one story!), the cold-hearted Reptoids, and the Qlipotthic-serving Mantids. Of course one could probably do all of them already with existing races and monsters, especially if you use the Occult classes and Tech guide.

And let em say again I enjoy being able to recognize many of the cryptid-inspired critters that show up in Pathfinder bestiaries.


I was hoping that the updated description would reveal at least one of the unknown types of esoteric dragons.


Unfortunately, when I think of grays, I think of the Asgard from Stargate SG-1, so they don't terrify me at all. Frankly, none of the monsters have ever frightened me in the slightest. Although, watching In Search Of way back when gave me nightmares about bigfoot for a bit.


When I think of Grays, I think of small to medium size humanoids with big dark eyes, pale to dark grey skin, telepathic and telekinetic powers.


Valantrix1 wrote:
Unfortunately, when I think of grays, I think of the Asgard from Stargate SG-1, so they don't terrify me at all. Frankly, none of the monsters have ever frightened me in the slightest. Although, watching In Search Of way back when gave me nightmares about bigfoot for a bit.

I watched shows like Unsolved Mysteries and such as a kid, and Grays scared the absolute crap out of me as a kid. I think whether you find Gray

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oni, div, leshi, clockwork


The cover art and Moon Dogs...between those two, you have my full attention! Best cover of all the Bestiaries, IMO.


My favorite bestiary cover would be B2.

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Dragon78 wrote:
I can't wait to see the Gray's entry as well as a lot of other things I heard was in this book.

I can't wait for you guys to get your hands on this one, but November is still a while away. So many creatures that do something fun and different beyond the usual (not to say that we don't have some simpler beatsticks in here too!).


Mmmm I guess you mean sf monsters with that? And the simpler monsters are the myth ones?

I dont have a favorite cover. The creatures shown on covers are never my favorites. I do like kappa, grim reaper, marilith and grendel though.

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Nope, I mean fun and different in terms of their abilities. In fact, not that it tells you anything about the overall spread, but many of my favorite monsters that I consider fun and different are from myth, and very few of my favorite monsters that I consider fun and different are directly from scifi. There's also at least one creature that is both from myth and also pretty scifi.


I can't wait to see this "fun and different" you keep talking about.


Lol thanks Mark! You fell for my trap! Now I know there are many myth monsters out there in bestiary 5 ;-)


Myth Lord wrote:
Lol thanks Mark! You fell for my trap! Now I know there are many myth monsters out there in bestiary 5 ;-)

Well considering every bestiary has had myth monsters + no where near running out of myth monsters, it was rather obvious :P


Agreed, it is obvious that creatures from myth would be in this book.

Dark Archive

Ya know, since everyone is making requests for monsters they want, I should too! I want... A giant raven.

Just so I would know what attacks and abilities tengus have in raven form :D

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CorvusMask wrote:

Ya know, since everyone is making requests for monsters they want, I should too! I want... A giant raven.

Just so I would know what attacks and abilities tengus have in raven form :D

We have a giant raven in Pathfinder Adventure Path #97. Hope it fits your needs. :)

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Adam Daigle wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

Ya know, since everyone is making requests for monsters they want, I should too! I want... A giant raven.

Just so I would know what attacks and abilities tengus have in raven form :D

We have a giant raven in Pathfinder Adventure Path #97. Hope it fits your needs. :)

Aww man, I didn't want to even accidentally spoil Hell's Rebels for myself, but you just made first part must buy(well, okay, it was already must buy, but I figured out I could buy it after eventually playing it) :'D


I take it that the "caller in darkness" is a mythos based creature, correct?

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Dragon78 wrote:
I take it that the "caller in darkness" is a mythos based creature, correct?

I don't believe so. I think it's unique to D&D.

To the best of my knowledge, it originates in 3.5's Expanded Psionics Handbook (or 3.0's Psionics Handbook... can't remember which).

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Kalindlara wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I take it that the "caller in darkness" is a mythos based creature, correct?

I don't believe so. I think it's unique to D&D.

To the best of my knowledge, it originates in 3.5's Expanded Psionics Handbook (or 3.0's Psionics Handbook... can't remember which).

Further back than that. 2e Dark Sun's box set, City by the Silt Sea. Made up of thousands of minds trapped in a psychic storm on the Ethereal Plane, souls that died in terror as the other Sorcerer-Kings assaulted their city to stop the ascension of Dregoth into a full 30th level dragon.

Dark Sun fans will know what all of that meant.

Silver Crusade Contributor

Kvantum wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I take it that the "caller in darkness" is a mythos based creature, correct?

I don't believe so. I think it's unique to D&D.

To the best of my knowledge, it originates in 3.5's Expanded Psionics Handbook (or 3.0's Psionics Handbook... can't remember which).

Further back than that. 2e Dark Sun's box set, City by the Silt Sea. Made up of thousands of minds trapped in a psychic storm on the Ethereal Plane, in the aftermath of the other Sorcerer-Kings' assault upon the city when its Sorcerer-King, Dregoth, was growing far too powerful in his transformations into a dragon.

** spoiler omitted **

I see. I started in late 2e, and only with the Core line. Not surprising that it's a nostalgic callback, though.

Thank you! ^_^


The name definitely sounds like something from Lovecraft but maybe that was what the person who named it wanted us to think;)


More kaiju hopefully *crosses fingers* XD it would be awesome though if Lord Varklops and other kaiju were included in this.


It would be really awesome if Marabbecca or Il-belliegha or any other Well (where you get your water) monster would be in here!

Of all recent discovered mythology monsters the Marabbecca is by far my favorite one.

If Paizo doesn't do it, I hope Kobold Press finds a way to add this awesome critter to one of their Bestiary books!


I am also crossing my fingers for some more Kaiju.


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Funnily enough, in one of the Wayfinder fan magazines, I stated out the Marabbecca. Would still be a okay with an official one.


Anyone else hope we will get some more Alice in Wonderland type creatures?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Threeshades wrote:
Will there be new dinosaurs in B5? If so, may i ask how many?

There are four new dinosaurs

No kaiju (at this point, if/when we do more kaiju stuff... I really REALLY want to do it in a non-hardcover format so that we can actually use Golarion content; building the 3 kaiju in Bestiary 4 without being able to reference any world content was really difficult and disappointing and frustrating).

And only one deep one hybrid.

As for the difference between deep ones and things like gillmen and skum... that was something I tried hard to ensure was in there. Not all of my choices, alas, made it to print, but the deep ones remain a pretty interesting version that doesn't step on the toes of the skum or gillmen and, in fact, augments them pretty well.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
Robert Brookes wrote:

In case anyone was curious about the grays, I come from New Hampshire where the first hugely popularized account of an alien abduction happened (Betty and Barney Hill) and grew up terrified of Unsolved Mysteries alien episodes. So, that all worked into my design.

But also this.

I'm still terrified of the concept of grays as an adult. I hope it effectively shows in my writing :)

Why stop with the Greys? I'd like to go the Ken Hite/John Keel Inhumanoid route and use the Greys, the blond Nordics with their racial purity obsessions, the violent hairy Dwarves (usually South American), the Giants (30+ feet tall in one story!), the cold-hearted Reptoids, and the Qlipotthic-serving Mantids. Of course one could probably do all of them already with existing races and monsters, especially if you use the Occult classes and Tech guide.

And let em say again I enjoy being able to recognize many of the cryptid-inspired critters that show up in Pathfinder bestiaries.

We didn't stop with the grays.

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