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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Myth Lord wrote:
Wesley Sneijder was searching for information about the Kaster (the pretty male with gems on its body) some time ago, I wonder if that creature made it into the Bestiary 5.

I doubt Wesley Sneijder has any sort of influence regarding which monsters make it into a Paizo book.

Wes Schneider on the other hand...:-P


Heine Stick wrote:
Myth Lord wrote:
Wesley Sneijder was searching for information about the Kaster (the pretty male with gems on its body) some time ago, I wonder if that creature made it into the Bestiary 5.

I doubt Wesley Sneijder has any sort of influence regarding which monsters make it into a Paizo book.

Wes Schneider on the other hand...:-P

Oh my bad! I'm so used to write down that name, being Dutch and all.

At least Orthos got his favorite out of that, so it wasn't for nothing.


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Myth Lord wrote:

Wesley Schneider was searching for information about the Kaster (the pretty male with gems on its body) some time ago, I wonder if that creature made it into the Bestiary 5.

Also a question, are Oil and Lead fantasy materials or are they more for ScienceFiction, futuristic games? Never seen anything Oil or Lead in a fantasy game/world. Well there is the Ikuchi of course, but other than that sea serpent never seen it, mostly they use tar.

Lead is the stuff they create bullets from right? But did people in the middleages/medieval times also used lead?

Not that I mind, just curious.

Yes, even the Romans used lead pipes to carry water. The term plumber comes from the latin word for lead: plumbum

Interestingly, even in Roman times, lead was known as a poison that caused madness and death but it still continued to be widely used.

There are many different kinds of oil, including ones from modern plants and animals. Petroleum, extracted from fossil sources, has been used since ancient times in various forms. Primarily it was used a building material but it was also burned as a source of heat. The early internal combustion engines chose oil-derivatives as a fuel source because at the time it was cheap and plentiful.


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Myth Lord wrote:

Wesley Schneider was searching for information about the Kaster (the pretty male with gems on its body) some time ago, I wonder if that creature made it into the Bestiary 5.

Also a question, are Oil and Lead fantasy materials or are they more for ScienceFiction, futuristic games? Never seen anything Oil or Lead in a fantasy game/world. Well there is the Ikuchi of course, but other than that sea serpent never seen it, mostly they use tar.

Lead is the stuff they create bullets from right? But did people in the middleages/medieval times also used lead?

Not that I mind, just curious.

Yeah, lead's been used for a long time because it's common, easy to extract, easy to work with, etc. The Romans were the ones that used it the most, they made lots of lead pipes, would use molten lead to secure iron pins in large blocks of stone, and they even used it as a sweetener for wine...which yes, is not very good for you. I believe it's been used as cosmetics...which is also not very good for you, even while it makes you appealingly pale and lose your appetite...because yes, it's killing you. Very convenient but very bad for you, lead is.

Oil has been used a long time, according to the Greeks asphalt was used in the walls of Babylon, and ancient Persians apparently made use of it...so did ancient China and Japan. And when Baghdad was first created (762 AD), the streets were paved with tar, and Arab and Persian alchemists distilled it for making kerosene lamps and other flammable products I believe...


Awesome! Thanks! You both made me like the Lead Golem and the Roiling Oil much more now!

Awesome to know that Lead is poisonous! I must say i'm really falling in love with that golems artwork, next to the Alchemical, Cannon, Fossil and Magnetite golem that is my favorite golem artwork!

While i'm always having a big mouth about less golems and blablabla i'm actually a HUGE fans of MANY Paizo and D&D golems, they are all so nice! I'm curious what the other golems will be in this book!

I never really liked the Black Pudding that much, so the Roiling Oil is a nice replacer for a black ooze. (Yes i'm bizarre, I like to have a Ooze for every color lol)


And of course, back in the days of alchemy, the philosopher's stone was thought to transmute mundane lead into gold! That's pretty magic-y.


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You should see what happens when you mix them all together.

S%$! gets f$*$ed up!


So the PDFs should be out next week.


Don't think they release the PDF/BOOK before the competition is over, so I think you will get it in two weeks.

Kinda hope it too, so its easier to ignore this site for two weeks instead of three weeks.


I got my shipping soon email yesterday.


But then the whole competition for stats is kinda useless if half the world already seen the stats?

Damn this is gonna be long torture to wait for the PDF and not spoil myself...


They should start shipping 2nd. I would be so happy if I got my PDF the first day shipping starts.

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Myth Lord wrote:
But then the whole competition for stats is kinda useless if half the world already seen the stats?

Heya, just to lend some insight on the scheduling: we made the decision to schedule the previews around the official book/PDF street date (November 18) since our audience of non-subscribers is fairly large (and we wanted to invite more people to participate and give them chances to win the prizes available in the contest as well) :)


Next week? I count 2 weeks and 5 days, with the competition ending on the same day. PDFs are available Nov. 18, right?


Acolyte of Mushu wrote:
Next week? I count 2 weeks and 5 days, with the competition ending on the same day. PDFs are available Nov. 18, right?

People who subscribe get it 3 weeks earlier...

So get ready to get spoiled to death... The first week is sometimes easy, but then i'm getting so curious and watch the entire list anyway, its always the same story, i'm just too weak to resist such awesomness, but the power of surprise is gone by then... so reading through the PDF myself is not as much fun as it would otherwise be.

I can't use books and most don't even appear at my adress, so subscribing isn't an option for me. I'm always buying the PDF as I only use PDF's lately.

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Acolyte of Mushu wrote:
Next week? I count 2 weeks and 5 days, with the competition ending on the same day. PDFs are available Nov. 18, right?

Subscribers get pdfs ahead of street date, usually, as our shipments are sent out before the street date so they arrive around the same time. The exact selection process is mysterious, so it varies when exactyl, but slightly early access is a subscriber perk.


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I'm really hoping for a print up of Force Dragons!


I should've known that :P I feel silly now.
I suspect I'll succumb to the temptation as well. I am so very excited for it's release.


The selection process is indeed mysterious though there some lucky souls who seem to get it almost always the first day.


Excited! A perfect birthday present to myself...

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Myth Lord wrote:

Wesley Schneider was searching for information about the Kaster (the pretty male with gems on its body) some time ago, I wonder if that creature made it into the Bestiary 5.

Also a question, are Oil and Lead fantasy materials or are they more for ScienceFiction, futuristic games? Never seen anything Oil or Lead in a fantasy game/world. Well there is the Ikuchi of course, but other than that sea serpent never seen it, mostly they use tar.

Lead is the stuff they create bullets from right? But did people in the middleages/medieval times also used lead?

Not that I mind, just curious.

Others have already elaborated on the real-world history of lead.

I'll add that even in "fantasy-mode" D&D/Pathfinder, lead is a well-known way to block most divination spells (such as detect magic). Probably some other stuff... but that's what comes to mind first, for me.


Alot of awesome stuff then.

I think this lead golem will melt by fire attacks and takes bizarre forms after being attacked by fire, but still being able to move, it transforms when fire attacks are used against it, and it becomes poisonous or has some poisonous breath attack.


If it was a birthday present for me, we would have gotten it in July;)


Oh, I wanted to say that I just read into the Fleshspawns some more and that I now like them more and more! Hope the Orc Fleshspawn (with the centipede body) is in this book WITH NEW ARTWORK.

My least favorite from bestiary 4 is now the undead cyclops, don't undestand that creature or what is special about it.

Vildeis is also very cool, hope to see more celestials like her in bestairy 5!


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I also hope the oronci (orc fleshwarp) is in Bestiary 5. It's gotta be my favorite one. Seeing the other fleshwarps that were listed but not stat-ed would be stupendous.


Yes, but I really dislike the artwork for the Oronci, I think that can be a much better monster looks-wise. So if they use the oronci it really needs better artwork to make it appear more monstrous and dangerous.

I know there's gonna be some creatures from the Inner Sea Bestiary, but please don't be the Charnel COlossus, I mean bestiary 4 had both the Flesh Colossus and the Warsworn, why this bestiary needs another mass-corpse creature? Flesh Colossus and Charnel Colossus are very much alike in appearance anyway.

Whirlmaw is still the one I really like to see taken from the Inner Sea Bestiary, its just so bizarre and unique. Fungus Queen is also very cool.

I really like the Lead Golem, but I hope its Golem brothers in this Bestiary are new and not taken from the Inner Sea Bestiary, those 3 golems are my least favorite Paizo Golems.

Korir-kokembe is another creature I want to see, but with other artwork, one that has insects coming out of its maw.


Never cared for the fleshwarped, except for Driders.


I still don't care for the human fleshwarps, they look chaotic and not my thing, but the others grew on me, especially the Oronci, Troglodyte-one and Irnakurse.


Yeah, I forgot about the troglodyte one, I like that one as well.


Anyone else wish the grays were a player race?


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Supperman wrote:
Anyone else wish the grays were a player race?

Might consider checking this out. Free, too!

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Myth Lord wrote:
I know there's gonna be some creatures from the Inner Sea Bestiary, but please don't be the Charnel COlossus, I mean bestiary 4 had both the Flesh Colossus and the Warsworn, why this bestiary needs another mass-corpse creature? Flesh Colossus and Charnel Colossus are very much alike in appearance anyway.

The description of the Conclave of Ancients (the creature that was later statted up as the Charnel Colossus) was implied to be more like a collective of ghosts.

I'd have rather gotten something like that than what we did get.


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Tammy can take it down.


I would like to see a collection of ghostly faces and limbs combined together as one incorporeal undead like the legion from the Shin Megami Tensei games.

I doubt the Greys will be a player race but it would be interesting if they were.


I think Caller in Darkness is just fine as the collective of spirits.

This soulnade was always one of my favorite D&D creatures, so can't wait what they have done with it.


I hope someone on this site gets the PDF and can answer questions today. I have a lot work shifts this week...of course.

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So anyone have this yet?


Any news on what animals are in this bestiary, aside from the red panda?


I just want to know what the player races are. I will wait to see the rest.

Also yeah awhile back i said I wanted the greys to be a pc race. I doubt they will however

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Kevin Mack wrote:
So anyone have this yet?

No, and no amount of F5'ing is making that email show up yet.


Please put huge lists of creatures names in spoilers. Some people still like to read little spoilers but posting huge lists is cruel.


yes please use spoilers...I like to maintain some suspense for when I get my pdf.


So, does anyone have there pdf yet?

If so could you list all the 0HD races in the book?


*doesn't have the book but dreamed it came to him along with a copy of Book of the Damned in HC, Inner Seas Races and a HC compilation of Curse of the Crimson Throne with Pathfinder rules/updates*


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I don't have the book yet, but my subscription page has been updated to list the next items after my subscription shipments for this month, so the shipments are definitely being processed.


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If people post creatures than please don't:

Post entire group of creatures, if someone asks for ALL plants, or all Player Races, then put them in spoilers. Because some people don't mind getting spoilered reading through all plants, and I for example don't care for the player races, so I can click that spoiler. (maybe you can even give the person asking for the entire list a Private message?)

If you talk about one creature that is special or your favorite I don't mind it if you call it, that makes reading with you guys fun, but entire lists spoil the book for multiple people (NOT ONLY FOR ME, so if you hate me, do it for others like MMCJawa)

Mikaze is known to post big lists of all creaturs + what she likes about them, I hope he/she does it when the PDF is out and not before, or do it in spoilers tags. Or does just a limited list, not all creatures.

Also 2 years ago, Paizo posted a HUGE list with all names of all creatures in the book BEFORE the PDF was out, I hope this year will be different and we continue with that awesome competition of Liz and when the PDF is out on the 18th then that list will be posted, last year that list spoiled it for me personally as I couldn't resist clicking on it after 5 days of torturing myself not to watch it. Please paizo don't post that list, people will buy that book anyway, they don't need that list!

Thanks :-p (I just wanna enjoy reading bestiary 5 for once and not get spoiled through the entire book, little spoilers and peoples stories about their favorites in the book is fun though! And not reading and ignoring this topic for 3 weeks will be even more torture)


Post whatever you like just use spoiler tags.


Dragon78 wrote:
Post whatever you like just use spoiler tags.

Easy for you to say, you get the book/pdf in like 2 days, we have to wait more than 2 weeks for it.

I'm fine with ANY spoiler they post except for the ENTIRE list of the book, if someone likes to know the ENTIRE list then ask somebody with the book to send it to you through private message, so other people don't get into the torture of looking at it because the freaking wait takes too long. I think 2 weeks earlier is really torture and unfair, but that's just me.

Having said that, I want to ask some questions about the book (for anyone that already gets it in these 3 days) that should be put in SPOILERS as I don't really care for these spoilers but others of course could.

Spoilers, well not really because if you read well you know this already, but still let me give the good example:

[1: How many robots are in this book? How many inevetable? How many Oni? How many Rakshasa. (Yes I like to know how much pages i'm gonna skip lol) I don't want to know their names, only the number of them.

2: The Su, what is the ability where it uses its own young?

3: Can Veela be both male and female Or is it just male?

4: Does the Veela have some wind-based abilities? And what CR is the Veela?

5: How many (only need number) AP monsters made it into this book? And can you name ALL the AP monsters that got new artwork?

6: Name all Inner Sea Bestiary monsters that made it into this book, and which got new artwork?

7: Did the Grim Reaper gain new artwork!?

8: What creature was the Fey that didn't make it in the competition, is it a Clurichaun?

That is all I like to know for now.


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You could always just get the subscription. :P Makes the torture much less intense.


Zangy wrote:
You could always just get the subscription. :P Makes the torture much less intense.

I have two reasons not to take the subscription, I have multiple houses which I switch often and I never use books only PDF.

Last time I bought a book was Monster Manual 3 from D&D 4th edition, that's a long time ago, after that I went over with PDF, but mostly the PDF appeared like 1 week after the book did, but now it takes more than 15 days...

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