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 we get a lot of art previews for this book soon.

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I hope those art previews will feature ... *looks around, see Liz and Chris with big sticks* ... Fat Bottomed Girls of every variety, and not just the skinny Death or Greys!


It says new animal companions but I have a sad sad feeling that there will be no new Vermin companions :'(

Liberty's Edge

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Lord-of-Boggards wrote:
It says new animal companions but I have a sad sad feeling that there will be no new Vermin companions :'(

Depends on what a woolped is. My guess is a furry millipede or centipede like creature. Though I would think that a Druid with a giant wasp or ant animal companion would be kind of conspicuous.


Woolipeds is a type of animal from the planet Triaxus.


Only preview I'm interested in is if it's of the new Dark Folk race....


nighttree wrote:
Only preview I'm interested in is if it's of the new Dark Folk race....

Why? Do other creatures really mean that nothing to you?

I'm even interested in Robots for that matter now, i'm dry on information on this book, hurry up reviews, I remember from last book that they suddenly had 10 monsters up on Facebook (with Tikbalang and Jack-o-Lantern being two of them), I hope that is the case this year too.


What happend with early November? Is that only for the pre-orders again...

Damn i'm gonna get spoiled again, it will ruin all the suprises for PDF buyers, so sad.

And no, I don't need hardcover books sorry, i'm a PDF guy.


So close yet so far away.


I'm curious to see what they do with the Aerial Servant. I remember that spell from prior editions, but the servant itself was kind of bland and didn't really do much.


Aerial Servant was never my favorite creature, it was just a mixture of Air Elemental and Invisible Stalker, so I hope Paizo helps this creature a lot by making it better than before.


I remember a 2nd level cleric spell called dust devil that summoned a weak air elemental.

Liberty's Edge

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Anunnaki were a group of gods in Mesopotamian culture, while also being quite far down the totem pole of divinity(being the great grandchildren to lahamu and lahmu(the basis of Lamashtu I think)). That being said, these thing are probably on par with angel and other powerful divine beings in terms of power. In one story, the seven judges of hell were called the Anunnaki and they 'set the land aflame as the storm approached(the great flood)'. So yeah... Not your average smash for cash bad guy, and probably more likely to instigate a Massive beatdown on the heroes than the other way around.

Granted we know how Hell operates in pathfinder so they probably won't be the judges of hell, though they might still be powerful lords of the afterlife and probably the people that determine who is actually allowed into the various afterlives (heaven, hell, the abyss, the boneyard etc) unless the big leader, Pharasma, has a special interest in them. And considering the prospect that the players might need to GO to the boneyard at some point, there is a good chance at least one of these big guys might show up to ask the party to leave... Before they get sentenced to possibly 20,000 lifetimes hard labour in hell or something.


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ErisAcolyte-Chaos jester wrote:

Anunnaki were a group of gods in Mesopotamian culture, while also being quite far down the totem pole of divinity(being the great grandchildren to lahamu and lahmu(the basis of Lamashtu I think)). That being said, these thing are probably on par with angel and other powerful divine beings in terms of power. In one story, the seven judges of hell were called the Anunnaki and they 'set the land aflame as the storm approached(the great flood)'. So yeah... Not your average smash for cash bad guy, and probably more likely to instigate a Massive beatdown on the heroes than the other way around.

Granted we know how Hell operates in pathfinder so they probably won't be the judges of hell, though they might still be powerful lords of the afterlife and probably the people that determine who is actually allowed into the various afterlives (heaven, hell, the abyss, the boneyard etc) unless the big leader, Pharasma, has a special interest in them. And considering the prospect that the players might need to GO to the boneyard at some point, there is a good chance at least one of these big guys might show up to ask the party to leave... Before they get sentenced to possibly 20,000 lifetimes hard labour in hell or something.

I believe, judging by this (source), that Paizo is using this as their basis for the creature, rather than Mesopotamian culture.

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Luthorne wrote:
ErisAcolyte-Chaos jester wrote:

Anunnaki were a group of gods in Mesopotamian culture, while also being quite far down the totem pole of divinity(being the great grandchildren to lahamu and lahmu(the basis of Lamashtu I think)). That being said, these thing are probably on par with angel and other powerful divine beings in terms of power. In one story, the seven judges of hell were called the Anunnaki and they 'set the land aflame as the storm approached(the great flood)'. So yeah... Not your average smash for cash bad guy, and probably more likely to instigate a Massive beatdown on the heroes than the other way around.

Granted we know how Hell operates in pathfinder so they probably won't be the judges of hell, though they might still be powerful lords of the afterlife and probably the people that determine who is actually allowed into the various afterlives (heaven, hell, the abyss, the boneyard etc) unless the big leader, Pharasma, has a special interest in them. And considering the prospect that the players might need to GO to the boneyard at some point, there is a good chance at least one of these big guys might show up to ask the party to leave... Before they get sentenced to possibly 20,000 lifetimes hard labour in hell or something.

I believe, judging by this (source), that Paizo is using this as their basis for the creature, rather than Mesopotamian culture.

As one of the designers who worked on the annunaki turnover, I am happy to say that we used both sources at once! That picture is actually based on the pose of an ancient Mesopotamian stone carving on an annunaki, and the creature's stats and nature work in such a way that you can easily use it as a total myth/fantasy god-being, a total sci-fi alien, or the default hybrid blend, just by changing the way you portray it in your game (and possibly using another picture for the pure myth/fantasy version).


Mark Seifter wrote:
As one of the designers who worked on the annunaki turnover, I am happy to say that we used both sources at once! That picture is actually based on the pose of an ancient Mesopotamian stone carving on an annunaki, and the creature's stats and nature work in such a way that you can easily use it as a total myth/fantasy god-being, a total sci-fi alien, or the default hybrid, just by changing the way you portray it in your game (and possibly using another picture for the pure myth/fantasy version).

So, Golarion meets the Ancient Astronauts? Maybe we can do what Ken Hite once suggested and have all the various Space Brothers/Mantids/Reptoids/Hairy Dwarves/Alien Giants show up at once and start tripping over each other.

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I see they name dropped the sahkils in the Mahathalla article. Wonder what their deal will be.


I hope we will get some previews for this soon.

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"Mark Seifer wrote:

As one of the designers who worked on the annunaki turnover, I am happy to say that we used both sources at once! That picture is actually based on the pose of an ancient Mesopotamian stone carving on an annunaki, and the creature's stats and nature work in such a way that you can easily use it as a total myth/fantasy god-being, a total sci-fi alien, or the default hybrid...

Well there is a school of sci-fi that holds anything suitably advanced to be very similar to magic, so a mix of alien hybrid techno magic gods might not seem to out of place. Still it's good to know that there are some entities that recieve some love(without getting caught in the traps created by other stories usage of similar entities and mis-naming them). I am for the idea of alternative interpretation but there are some things that I cannot stand the mis-labelling of(like one of my earlier rants on the subject of the dullahan). It's nice to have some variation as well as interesting creatures, rather than just 25+ Shades of the same creature(like some dragons could have been, instead of turning to its source material and giving us imperial dragons).

Liberty's Edge

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*Looks at the sneak peak*
WAS THAT A GIANT HOUSE COLOSSI!!!
O.O
If that is, then I MUST have this book to create a scenario where the villains fortress forms a giant colossi to try and steep on the heroes after they try to mess with his plans.


I can't wait to get my hands on this!

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Sneak peek? :0


Old Preview/sneak peek from some monsters in the book

Talking about Sneak Peeks, when are we gonna see the next preview? I mean the book is being released upon us less than a month away! We need some previews! A monster a week would be nice like last time and a big collection of pictures on facebook would be nice! :-p


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Darn almost got my hopes up that there was a new sneak peek.


Here's something worth asking: how much of the Bestiary will be reprints from APs, modules and player companions?

Just to get a general idea ;)


I've got a feeling it will be much reprints this time around.

I really pray that it won't be many from Iron Gods and Wrath of the Righteous.

I hope most of them come from Mummy's Mask, Jade and Reign of Winter.

My guess is 1/4th will be reprints, I guess all robots for example will be reprints from that other Bestiary and from AP's, no new robots will be in here, as there are already so many robots to choose from.


We seem to average around 50-60 reprints per bestiary.


I think we're due for a preview soon.

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Axial wrote:
I think we're due for a preview soon.

Indeed we are. :)

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Did someone say Annunaki?

Mark developed my turnover for these guys, and I wanted to echo his affirmation that they draw from both the Mesopotamian mythology and the more esoteric ancient alien trope. When I went to work on them I kept in mind contemporary myths like the Engineers from Prometheus and the concept of "alien angels" that are somewhat outside of understanding.

There were a lot of possible directions they would have gone in, however. Hopefully people are excited about how they appear in Bestiary 5. Mark did a stellar job in development!


I hope the first preview for this will art previews for several creatures, all of wich we haven't seen before. If not that maybe info about what all the esoteric dragons will be or one of the new 0HD races.

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Robert Brookes wrote:

Did someone say Annunaki?

Mark developed my turnover for these guys, and I wanted to echo his affirmation that they draw from both the Mesopotamian mythology and the more esoteric ancient alien trope. When I went to work on them I kept in mind contemporary myths like the Engineers from Prometheus and the concept of "alien angels" that are somewhat outside of understanding.

There were a lot of possible directions they would have gone in, however. Hopefully people are excited about how they appear in Bestiary 5. Mark did a stellar job in development!

I really liked the way Robert combined those in his turnover for the Annunaki. There were a few aspects of it, even, that we didn't go with in the end but were interesting enough that they could certainly fit in a variant version, particularly one that was even further on the myth/fantasy side.


I wonder how much of the Engineers from Prometheus made it into the flavor of the Annunaki.

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Outsiders A & B look awesome...or at least their silhouettes do.

I haven't read other people's guesses but I'm going to assume Asura and Kyton respectively. ;)

Dark Archive

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Lemartes wrote:

Outsiders A & B look awesome...or at least their silhouettes do.

I haven't read other people's guesses but I'm going to assume Asura and Kyton respectively. ;)

Don't know about ketone or asura, but I'd say it's highly likely one of them is of the new sahkil subtype.

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DeciusNero wrote:
Lemartes wrote:

Outsiders A & B look awesome...or at least their silhouettes do.

I haven't read other people's guesses but I'm going to assume Asura and Kyton respectively. ;)

Don't know about ketone or asura, but I'd say it's highly likely one of them is of the new sahkil subtype.

Forget about ketones, what about an ester or an aldehyde?


Outsider B looks like a sahkil version of a Morrigna.


Mark Seifter wrote:
DeciusNero wrote:
Lemartes wrote:

Outsiders A & B look awesome...or at least their silhouettes do.

I haven't read other people's guesses but I'm going to assume Asura and Kyton respectively. ;)

Don't know about ketone or asura, but I'd say it's highly likely one of them is of the new sahkil subtype.
Forget about ketones, what about an ester or an aldehyde?

I eat too many carbs for Ketones. ;)


I can't wait for next week so can find out what all the monsters will be.


I really hope this books has some Unicorn breeds, I mean we get 100 different snake-ladies, winged ladies, humanoid skeletons, humanoid spectres and humanoid constructs, but only 1 horned horse while mythology is teeming with awesome Unicorns that make paste from the rather dull white D&D Unicorn!


Myth Lord wrote:
I really hope this books has some Unicorn breeds, I mean we get 100 different snake-ladies, winged ladies, humanoid skeletons, humanoid spectres and humanoid constructs, but only 1 horned horse while mythology is teeming with awesome Unicorns that make paste from the rather dull white D&D Unicorn!

Weren't there actual variants in previous D&D editions, or even in old Dragon magazine issues?


I remember 1st edition had the Bicorn, it might have been in 2nd edition as well.


Myth Lord wrote:
I really hope this books has some Unicorn breeds, I mean we get 100 different snake-ladies, winged ladies, humanoid skeletons, humanoid spectres and humanoid constructs, but only 1 horned horse while mythology is teeming with awesome Unicorns that make paste from the rather dull white D&D Unicorn!

I find it hilarious how much you dislike things like tonnes of drakes and tonnes of giants, but want different coloured unicorns.


Could also use some more types of griffins.


Milo v3 wrote:
Myth Lord wrote:
I really hope this books has some Unicorn breeds, I mean we get 100 different snake-ladies, winged ladies, humanoid skeletons, humanoid spectres and humanoid constructs, but only 1 horned horse while mythology is teeming with awesome Unicorns that make paste from the rather dull white D&D Unicorn!
I find it hilarious how much you dislike things like tonnes of drakes and tonnes of giants, but want different coloured unicorns.

Uhm, I love me some drakes and Giants, Jungle Giant, Frost Giant, Fire Giant, Cave Giant ect ect, was mostly against some giants because there are many mythological giants that haven't been done before, en then I saw River and Slag Giants, my least favorite giants in bestiary 4.

I DISLIKE the D&D Unicorn, its such a good-natured bore, while most unicorns in mythology are epic beasts of battle and destruction, magical and fearsome.

And all by all the unicorns aren't different colored like D&D and its Black and White Unicorn, bleh.

Shadhavar isn't a horse, same with Camahueto, they have very strange abilities for unicorns and aren't beautiful.

Karkadann is a neutral fearsome desert unicorn, very different than lets say Magma and Fire Drakes. In most stories they are Rhinoceros, but I don't like that version, rather see the big brown/striped enormous-horned horse version everybody draws on the internet.

Those are my favorite unicorns, but you also have a very small unicorn named Abada, cool as mount for halflings or gnomes.

its a real different world compairing the two, I also don't want unicorns in every bestiary, but a new feral unicorn in this Bestiary 5 is awesome, it doesn't even have to be listed under the U, it can be in S or K for all I care, as Unicorns doesn't have to be a group of creatures, they can all be individuals.


JiCi wrote:
Myth Lord wrote:
I really hope this books has some Unicorn breeds, I mean we get 100 different snake-ladies, winged ladies, humanoid skeletons, humanoid spectres and humanoid constructs, but only 1 horned horse while mythology is teeming with awesome Unicorns that make paste from the rather dull white D&D Unicorn!
Weren't there actual variants in previous D&D editions, or even in old Dragon magazine issues?

There were only the Black Unicorn and the White Unicorn, as far as I can remember. And the Almiraj.


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I hope we finally got some new types of Lamia in this one, it has been a long time.

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