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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Axial deep one elder:
Deific: An elder deep one can grant divine spells to its worshipers. Granting spells does not require any specific action on the elder deep one’s behalf. Elder deep ones grant access to the domains of Chaos, Evil, Madness, and Water. Their symbols vary, but their favored weapon is the claw.


Heine Stick wrote:
So would it be possible for one of you fine people to spoil the list of interior artists?

No one? *sad babau face*


The Deep One

spoiler:

CE Medium MH CR1
They look like green scaled fishmen with only the whites of there eyes. They do not age and like to corrupt and mate with surface dwellers. They are religious and mostly worship the great old ones and elder gods.

The Deep One Elder

spoiler:

CE Gargantuan MH CR14
A few deep ones never stop growing over there very long lives and become these creatures.

Ichthyocentuar

spoiler:

N Large MH CR5
Has an upper body of aquatic human with two horse legs and the lower body of a sail/sword fish. They worship deities of nature, beauty, and passion, as well elder fey.


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Heine Stick wrote:
Heine Stick wrote:
So would it be possible for one of you fine people to spoil the list of interior artists?
No one? *sad babau face*

interior artists:

Dave Allsop, Ertaç Altınöz, Helge C. Balzer, Aleksey Bayura, Rogier van de Beek, Eric Belisle, Subroto Bhaumik, Filip Burburan, Dmitry Burmak, Tomasz Chistowski, Steve Ellis, Wayne England, Mattias Fahlberg, Jorge Fares, Fabio Gorla, Kent Hamilton, Miguel Regodón Harkness, Tim Kings-Lynne, James Krause, Daniel López, Damien Mammoliti, Diana Martinez, Joshua Meehan, Brynn Metheney, Dieter Miller, Raven Mimura, Jon Neimeister, Jim Nelson, Nikolai Ostertag, Jose Parodi, Lucio Parrillo, Roberto Pitturru, Ryan Portillo, Scott Purdy, Maichol Quinto, Jason Rainville, Kiki Moch Rizky, Alexandru Sabo, Chris Seaman, Bryan Sola, Nemanja Stankovic, Florian Stitz, Xia Taptara, Tyler Walpole, Ben Wootten, and Christina Yen


Azouth wrote:
Acolyte of Mushu wrote:
Any of you kinda folks care to give a brief description of our aquatic humanoids, monstrous humanoids, or otherwise "civilized" aquatic critters? (Namely the ichthyocentaur and the deep one elder, but NOT the deep merfolk, I don't want to spoil the competition)
** spoiler omitted **

Much appreciated! I too would like to know the nature of deep one elder spells.

EDIT: Which I see you granted above. Thanks, even though you were doing it for Axial!


Dragon78 wrote:

The Deep One

** spoiler omitted **

The Deep One Elder
** spoiler omitted **

Ichthyocentuar
** spoiler omitted **

Thanks for the info! No ties to Dagon?


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Acolyte of Mushu wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

The Deep One

** spoiler omitted **

The Deep One Elder
** spoiler omitted **

Ichthyocentuar
** spoiler omitted **

Thanks for the info! No ties to Dagon?

Not just dagon:
Deep ones usually worship the alien entities known as the Outer Gods or the Great Old Ones, with Cthulhu the foremost among them.

I haven't read the whole book yet but I do like the most of the dragons except the "occult dragon".

There are some interesting fey and I have my more powerful type of satyr, well actually two types of more powerful satyr.

There are a lot of interesting magical beast and we even got the "muckdweller".

As for giants, love that we finally got the "firbolg" though I wish it was stronger then CR4.

As for plants I really like the "leshy" and the "lotus tree".

Got some interesting aberrations but the "tough eater" is the winner for me.

There are a lot of interesting oozes in this one like "living hair".

Not a lot of interesting undead except for a couple that stand out like the ship made of bones.

A lot interesting outsiders especially this birdheaded one from the positive energy plane.

I like the "aether" elemental though I am disappointed that there are no wood, void, or time elementals.

My biggest disliked monsters are the "fallen psychopomps" and the "veela". There might be a few more but haven't finished the book yet.


Taxidermy template, anyone?


Azouth wrote:
Heine Stick wrote:
Heine Stick wrote:
So would it be possible for one of you fine people to spoil the list of interior artists?
No one? *sad babau face*
** spoiler omitted **

Thank you, sir!


Azouth wrote:
Acolyte of Mushu wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

The Deep One

** spoiler omitted **

The Deep One Elder
** spoiler omitted **

Ichthyocentuar
** spoiler omitted **

Thanks for the info! No ties to Dagon?
** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
But they do worship Dagon, not just Cthulhu and the Outer Gods?

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J-Spee Lovecraft wrote:
Taxidermy template, anyone?

Taxidermy template:
Without posting the whole template, they are a construct templet that is "an acquired template that can be added to any corporeal creature (other than constructs or undead), referred to hereafter as the base creature. "

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Acolyte of Mushu:
The only time they talk about Dagon is this
" Many elder deep ones claim the names of monsters or gods for their own— Mother Hydra and Father Dagon being two of the more legendary of their kind.


Azouth wrote:
J-Spee Lovecraft wrote:
Taxidermy template, anyone?
** spoiler omitted **

Thank ya! Can spellcasters or alchemists create them?


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J-Spee Lovecraft wrote:
Azouth wrote:
J-Spee Lovecraft wrote:
Taxidermy template, anyone?
** spoiler omitted **
Thank ya! Can spellcasters or alchemists create them?

Taxidermy template:
Maybe? "Taxidermic creatures are the work of obsessed individuals seeking to use their alchemical or occult talents to preserve and reanimate lifeless beings." and this "There is no one method of crafting a taxidermic creature, so each result is different." There is no crafting requirement.

Azouth wrote:
** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Oh cool. I kinda hoped they connected them to the actual Dagon, but this is cool too. (I also secretly hopped they would create a demon lord consort of Dagon, Mother Hydra, but ah well)
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Acolyte of Mushu wrote:
Azouth wrote:
** spoiler omitted **
** spoiler omitted **

Spoiler:
Well remember, since it says they take their names from other gods and powerful beings like Father Dagon and Mother Hydra, that indicates that Mother Hydra is also another god or powerful being ;)

Mark!

Spoiler:
So you're saying somewhere in the Abyss, there's a 9 headed demon lord of snakes and underwater, Mark?


(Probably) Lastly, is the Goliath frog just like the real world version, being a Tiny or possibly Small sized frog? And is the brain mole monarch a larger brain mole?


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J-Spee Lovecraft wrote:
(Probably) Lastly, is the Goliath frog just like the real world version, being a Tiny or possibly Small sized frog? And is the brain mole monarch a larger brain mole?

Goliath frog:
no, it is large size and cr 3

brain mole monarch:
Both of the brain moles are Tiny in size, they are the leaders. They get other abilities.
like Brain Exchange works like mind swap, and Monarch Bite automatically grapples its foe with its bite and auto succeeds to maintain the grapple and lastly Psychic Gestalt


Azouth wrote:
J-Spee Lovecraft wrote:
(Probably) Lastly, is the Goliath frog just like the real world version, being a Tiny or possibly Small sized frog? And is the brain mole monarch a larger brain mole?

** spoiler omitted **

** spoiler omitted **

Cool.

How's the art?


Common people tell me some interesting details!! What is your favorite and least favorite creature and / or artwork in the book?

What are interesting abilities?

Any info besides the deep ones and 0hd races at all would be sweet!


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my sacrifices to the Old Ones finally paid off, and I was able to download the PDF tonight.

Really quick thoughts based on a very quick scanning, in no particular order:

spoiler:

Is...is the Aatheriexa an evil flying spaghetti monster?

Wow...Encantado. That creature looks like it should be spray-painted on a hippie's van. Not a complaint really, just an observation.

I am kind of disappointed that the robots are mostly from the Inner Sea Bestiary. I would have prefer either pulling from Iron Gods, the Numeria Campaign setting, or entirely new robots. Other disappointment was seeing a bit higher than normal page sharage...e.g. we got one picture for all three house spirits.

Holy $@^@, the Shakil are terrifying. Good job on creating a group of evil outsiders that might make some Qlippoth go "ick".

Brain Mole reboot is awesome. Good job folks

Firbolg! More Aeons! Module Monsters!

Kind of curious what monsters might be nods to movies or literature. Have to do a bit more actual reading to figure that out.


I wish PDFs released before the hardcovers. I really wish to see this book.


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What creature is on page 179.


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Also what creature is on page 39

Dark Archive

What an amusingly odd question.

The Muse is on page 179.


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Raelis Azata pg 39


The Reptoids are based on the aliens from the show "V".

I like that there are creatures that have interesting weakness to defeat there regeneration like cursed weapons, air, earth, petrification, etc.

There are multiple creatures with kineticist powers.

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Dragon78 wrote:

The Reptoids are based on the aliens from the show "V".

....

To be clear, the idea of reptilian humanoid creatures (from other planets or time periods) posing as humans is MUCH older than that 80s series.


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Land of the Lost. :-)


ericthecleric wrote:
137ben wrote:
137ben wrote:

How many 26+ CR creatures are there?

Zero. Below that, the highest CR is 24, fir the danava and shen.

Thanks for the rapid response:)

Ah, well, guess I won't be getting this book.


Adam Daigle wrote:
To be clear, the idea of reptilian humanoid creatures (from other planets or time periods) posing as humans is MUCH older than that 80s series.

I was just remarking the same thing the other day when I noticed an attribution on the wikipedia page for Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated suggested that a reference to reptilians from the center of the Earth on the episode Aliens Among Us might be a Doctor Who/Silurian homage.

We really need to get the word out to these filthy humans about reptoids.

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Adam Daigle wrote:
the idea of reptilian humanoid creatures (from other planets or time periods) posing as humans is MUCH older than that 80s series.

I see Wikipedia attributes the concept to Robert E Howard in 1929...is that what you meant by MUCH older, or is there something preceding that?


Let me guess, the Domovoi (old artwork) got the picture? Is the Kikimora also on the page of the Housespirits?

Really disappointed if this is the case, i'm happy I already have a cool Kikimora artwork from a Winter AP... but Ovinnik will be missed, We will never know what it looks like in pathfinder, as the Domovoi again steals the artspot

I wished Mikaze was back in here, so he/she could share those awesome thoughts again, always enjoyed to read that... And it made me long even more for the book, he/she made me crave for the Bestiary 3 back in the days, remember reading about the Kytons and it made me jump skyhigh.

Now all I read is 0HD stuff :-p

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Samy wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
the idea of reptilian humanoid creatures (from other planets or time periods) posing as humans is MUCH older than that 80s series.
I see Wikipedia attributes the concept to Robert E Howard in 1929...is that what you meant by MUCH older, or is there something preceding that?

I believe this may aid you in your quest. ^_^

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You do realize I just referenced that page in my post? ;)

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Myth Lord wrote:

Let me guess, the Domovoi (old artwork) got the picture? Is the Kikimora also on the page of the Housespirits?

Really disappointed if this is the case, i'm happy I already have a cool Kikimora artwork from a Winter AP... but Ovinnik will be missed, We will never know what it looks like in pathfinder, as the Domovoi again steals the artspot (i'm very sure of that)

The kikimora gets its own entry.

The house-spirit art is new - it is, in fact, the ovinnik. ^_^

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Samy wrote:
You do realize I just referenced that page in my post? ;)

I did not, sorry. Awkward...

Off-Topic:
I'm still trying to get over a panic attack, provoked by threatening statements elsewhere on the boards.


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Kalindlara wrote:
Myth Lord wrote:

Let me guess, the Domovoi (old artwork) got the picture? Is the Kikimora also on the page of the Housespirits?

Really disappointed if this is the case, i'm happy I already have a cool Kikimora artwork from a Winter AP... but Ovinnik will be missed, We will never know what it looks like in pathfinder, as the Domovoi again steals the artspot (i'm very sure of that)

The kikimora gets its own entry.

The house-spirit art is new - it is, in fact, the ovinnik. ^_^

Favorite +2

Thanks for quick response! And happy to hear that i'm wrong, it never felt zo good to be wrong in fact lol!

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Kalindlara wrote:
Myth Lord wrote:

Let me guess, the Domovoi (old artwork) got the picture? Is the Kikimora also on the page of the Housespirits?

Really disappointed if this is the case, i'm happy I already have a cool Kikimora artwork from a Winter AP... but Ovinnik will be missed, We will never know what it looks like in pathfinder, as the Domovoi again steals the artspot (i'm very sure of that)

The kikimora gets its own entry.

The house-spirit art is new - it is, in fact, the ovinnik. ^_^

Yay! Creepy cat-spirit, ahoy!

Funny, as I'm running that AP currently...


Is the Kikimora art new or the Zorca artwork from the Reign of Winter AP (the second one if I remember well)?

I'm happy with both, the Zorca Artwork is really awesome and fitting for a Kikimora.

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Myth Lord wrote:

Is the Kikimora art new or the Zorca artwork from the Reign of Winter AP (the second one if I remember well)?

I'm happy with both, the Zorca Artwork is really awesome and fitting for a Kikimora.

I believe it is Zorka's art, but someone else will have to confirm that for you - I'm currently playing in Reign of Winter, so I haven't read any of the books.


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Kalindlara wrote:

I did not, sorry. Awkward...

** spoiler omitted **

Well that's disappointing, and surprising considering how helpful you generally are on these boards. *Hands reptoid shaped cookie*


Oh, but thanks anyway, if it isn't a spoiler for you, this is the Zorka artwork I'm talking about

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Myth Lord wrote:
Oh, but thanks anyway, if it isn't a spoiler for you, this is the Zorka artwork I'm talking about

It's the same art. ^_^


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Cool! I was hoping it was!


Quote:
Wow...Encantado. That creature looks like it should be spray-painted on a hippie's van. Not a complaint really, just an observation.

This makes me curious?

Is the Encantado a single creature or an landscape picture? Is it a pink dolphin or a pretty man/female?

What does it look like in the picture? Does it have some pink hair or something like that? What is their CR? What is their Alignment?


It's a pink dolphin headed mermaid.

It's CN medium fey CR8.


can someone spoil the list of dinosaurs in this book for me? It's relevant for something i'm working on.

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