Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Beast (PFRPG)

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Embrace the Beast Within!

Anthropomorphic animal races have been a staple of fantasy gaming for decades, and Pathfinder Player Companion: Blood of the Beast presents all the tools you need to play members of some the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game's most iconic bestial races. Packed full of character options for members of all classes, as well as some that members of other races can adopt, Blood of the Beast is sure to spice up any campaign!

Inside this book, you'll find:

  • New class archetypes including the tengu jinx witch, the catfolk serendipity shaman, the grippli war painter, and the vanaran fortune-finder.
  • Exciting new feats to accentuate beast-blooded races' inherent abilities, such as ratfolk's swarming ability and kitsune's shapechanging trickery.
  • Dozens of new spells, alternate racial traits, and favored class bonuses to customize characters of all stripes.

This Pathfinder Player Companion is intended for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the Pathfinder campaign setting, but can easily be incorporated into any fantasy world.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60125-901-1

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Aside from the Fan Boy/Girl factor, . . .

1/5

I really don't understand why this book got such good reviews. I was very hesitant to buy this one from the start. Both because past experiences with cramming in far too many things into one book have led to, well predictable results and the very, very thin theme of the focus here.

This is probably the first product I outright want my monies back. But probably worst of all is that this book probably kills any possibility that the few races involved here I actually do want a Player's Guide for are likely to never get a good one now.

It's pretty much as I feared, far, far, far too little on anything I'm interested in, except I'm struggling to actually find a single thing I find interesting, good, or something I'd use. Just too forced, and the actual goal seems to be to make sure a few snowflake things get in the game rather than focusing on each of the races, and it shows which of the race options where favored and which got options because they had to get something.


A lot of fun ideas to build around

5/5

Blood of the Beast does just what a Player Companion should, in my opinion, do: it provides a large number of options that would be interesting to incorporate into a character or build a character around.


Such beauty in being the beast

5/5

A great book that offers nice alternative new options for the animal-like races and even some that can be used by other races too.

While most of the options are restricted to the exclusive races for PFS play, you could probably go wild with a homebrew setting.

The art in the book is beautiful as well, having at least 2 pictures of each race to represent how they look like.


Better than I anticipated

5/5

I was ready for this book to be average. I was wrong. SO MANY OPTIONS! Feats, Traits, Archetypes, Spells. This book really delivers on the mechanical side.

The artwork, layout, and flavor text are all great too, especially the in the Nagaji and Kitsune sections.


Surprised and Impressed

5/5

I'll preface this by saying that I'm not a huge fan of the beast races to start with. I like Catfolk, but overall I'm not particularly keen on the rest of these races.

This is by far the best Blood of the ____ books. Solid crunch from start to finish, with countless options. The Prowler at World's End, Fiend Keeper, Courser, Naga bloodlines, and Ancestor Eidolon really catch my attention, and everything else leaves me pleasantly surprised and intrigued.

There are a few hints to more lore-based information, and not as much as I would personally like, frankly. The feats also didn't particularly impress me, but I could be willing to look past this.

Overall, a very solid book that left me surprised by the quality content.


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More often than not, I have my PDF by now...not this time. I has a sad. :"(
Skeld, any chance of spoiler-ing the Grippli spell Sweat Poison? I have a Grippli Alchemist and would love to see what it does.


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Looks like a missed a strange flame war when I went to bed last night.

Anyway back to the subject at hand.

What are the favored class bonuses for the kineticist?

What does the nagaji get?


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I actually forgot what Grippli's get.

Also, i would like to know if there's any cool maps, that maybe show where these races typically hail from.

Most likely as soon as i walk into our FLGS this holiday season with the kids they'll get it just for the cover. :-)

Assuming the don't spend their whole wad on minis. :-)


Dragon78 wrote:


What are the favored class bonuses for the kineticist?

Oh shoot, did we get some new ones? I'd love to see.


Dragon78 wrote:
Looks like a missed a strange flame war when I went to bed last night.

I haven't seen that kind of stuff in a while either.

Anyway... ah, most of the Catfolk stuff has been answered.


Are the Shapechange feats usable by non-Kitsune who have the chapechanger subtype ? Or just specifically Kitsune ?

Grand Lodge

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Sirrano wrote:
Hey Skeld, any chance you could enlighten me as to some of the options for (best race) ratfolk?

Spoiler:

Favored Class Options - Arcanist, Bard, Hunter, Inquisitor, Investigator, Mesmerist, Occultist, Psychic, Spiritualist, Swashbuckler.
Archetypes - Opportunist (Fighter), Scavenger (Investigator), Swarm Monger (Druid).
Feats - Cooperative Swarmer, Rat Stack, Rending Swarm, Squirming Pile, Underfoot.
Psychic Discipline - Warp.

-Skeld

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Fourshadow wrote:

More often than not, I have my PDF by now...not this time. I has a sad. :"(

Skeld, any chance of spoiler-ing the Grippli spell Sweat Poison? I have a Grippli Alchemist and would love to see what it does.

Spoiler:

You, quite literally, sweat poison and can apply it to a weapon.

-Skeld


Skeld wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:

More often than not, I have my PDF by now...not this time. I has a sad. :"(

Skeld, any chance of spoiler-ing the Grippli spell Sweat Poison? I have a Grippli Alchemist and would love to see what it does.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

That seems redundant with their base/racial trait...they already could produce poison. I guess that is for those who swap out...?

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Dragon78 wrote:
What are the favored class bonuses for the kineticist?

Spoiler:

Vanara - 1/3 points of burn
Tengu - 1/6 Wild Talent

Dragon78 wrote:
What does the nagaji get?

Spoiler:

Favored Class options - Cavalier, Mesmerist, Oracle, Paladin, Ranger, Slayer, Socerer, Warpriest.
Bloodlines - Naga (Bloodrager), Naga (Sorcerer).
Feats - Entwining Stare, Venomous Stare.
Archetype - First Mother's Fang (Cavalier).
Mesmerist Tricks - Break Stupor, Enchanting Words, Life Reciew.
Spells - greater hypnotism (Bard 4, Mesmerist 4, Occultist 4, Psychic 4, Sor/wiz 4, Witch 4), metabolic molting (Cleric 6, Druid 6, Shaman 6, Witch 6), naga shape 1 (Alchemist 4, Bloodrager 4, Magus 4, Sor/wiz 4), naga shape 2 (Alchemist 5, Bloodrager 5, Magus 5, Sor/wiz 5), naga shape 3 (Alchemist 6, Bloodrager 6, Magus 6, Sor/wiz 6).

-Skeld

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captain yesterday wrote:
Also, i would like to know if there's any cool maps, that maybe show where these races typically hail from.

There's an Inner Sea map inside front cover with regions for each race.

-Skeld

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nighttree wrote:
Are the Shapechange feats usable by non-Kitsune who have the chapechanger subtype ? Or just specifically Kitsune ?

The feats require the ability to change shape, but don't specifically require the character to be Kitsune.

-Skeld

Grand Lodge

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Fourshadow wrote:
Skeld wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:

More often than not, I have my PDF by now...not this time. I has a sad. :"(

Skeld, any chance of spoiler-ing the Grippli spell Sweat Poison? I have a Grippli Alchemist and would love to see what it does.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

That seems redundant with their base/racial trait...they already could produce poison. I guess that is for those who swap out...?

I'm guessing the spell is inspired by the Grippli ability...

-Skeld

Dark Archive

Geez about character assasination thing going on before ._.;

Anyhoo, what are rest of the archetypes? Also interested in tengu material and if there is anything particularly interesting setting info


Cool, a naga bloodline for both sorcerers and bloodragers.


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Skeld wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:
Skeld wrote:
Fourshadow wrote:

More often than not, I have my PDF by now...not this time. I has a sad. :"(

Skeld, any chance of spoiler-ing the Grippli spell Sweat Poison? I have a Grippli Alchemist and would love to see what it does.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

That seems redundant with their base/racial trait...they already could produce poison. I guess that is for those who swap out...?

I'm guessing the spell is inspired by the Grippli ability...

-Skeld

the race trait is once a day

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CorvusMask wrote:

Geez about character assasination thing going on before ._.;

Anyhoo, what are rest of the archetypes? Also interested in tengu material and if there is anything particularly interesting setting info

Spoiler:

Archetypes
Catfolk - Prowler At The World's End (Bloodrager), Ravener hunter (Inquisitor), Serendipity Shaman (Shman)
Grippli - Fiend Keeper (Medium), Poison Darter (Ranger), War painter (Skald)
Kitsune - Nine-Tailed Heir (Sorcerer)
Nagaji - First Mother's Fang (Cavalier)
Ratfolk - Opportunist (Fighter), Scavenger (Investigator), swarm Monger (Druid)
Tengu - Courser (Swashbuckler), Jinx Witch (Witch), Red Tongue (Skald)
Vanara - Fortune Finder (Ranger)

I haven't read it enough to comment on setting fluff. I've mostly been answering questions.

-Skeld


What is the gist of the Prowler at the World's End, if you don't mind my asking? And maybe the Naga bloodlines too, if you don't mind answering that.


To be honest, I'd love to know the gist of each archetype if possible. I''m assuming that they can only be taken by their respective races of course, but I'd love to know what they give up and what they gain in return (not looking for specifics. Just a general idea)

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Ventnor wrote:
What is the gist of the Prowler at the World's End, if you don't mind my asking? And maybe the Naga bloodlines too, if you don't mind answering that.

Spoiler:

Prowler At The World's End must take the Destined bloodline, gains spirit channeling (gives up some bloodline powers), some bloodline powers are delayed, can apply beast shape 4 when raging (at level 11), gains Natural Spell (basically).

The Naga Bloodrager Bloodline makes you more physically serpent-like.
The Naga Sorcerer Bloodline grants some diffeent abilities from the Bloorager Bloodline. They very distinct.

-Skeld

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Duskblade wrote:
To be honest, I'd love to know the gist of each archetype if possible. I''m assuming that they can only be taken by their respective races of course, but I'd love to know what they give up and what they gain in return (not looking for specifics. Just a general idea)

That's a tall order. There are 15 Archetypes. Some other people will have to help out on that one.

-Skeld


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Skeld wrote:
Ventnor wrote:
What is the gist of the Prowler at the World's End, if you don't mind my asking? And maybe the Naga bloodlines too, if you don't mind answering that.

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

Thank you!


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What's the Fiend Keeper like? Do they look like a viable medium archetype?


Whoa, Ratfolk get a Psychic discipline and four psychic class favored class bonuses?!

Can you tell me the Psychic favored class bonus and a vague overview of the Warp discipline?

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Skeld wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
What are the favored class bonuses for the kineticist?

** spoiler omitted **

Dragon78 wrote:
What does the nagaji get?

** spoiler omitted **

-Skeld

OOH! That bloodrager option would've been neat for my Society nagaji.

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Porridge wrote:
What's the Fiend Keeper like? Do they look like a viable medium archetype?

It's got some interesting flavor. I don't have a feel for how viable it is.

-Skeld


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Skeld wrote:
Porridge wrote:
What's the Fiend Keeper like? Do they look like a viable medium archetype?

It's got some interesting flavor. I don't have a feel for how viable it is.

-Skeld

Interesting... Thanks!

Grand Lodge

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Plausible Pseudonym wrote:

Whoa, Ratfolk get a Psychic discipline and four psychic class favored class bonuses?!

Can you tell me the Psychic favored class bonus and a vague overview of the Warp discipline?

Spoiler:

Favored Class Bonuses
Memerist - +1 bonus on Concentration to maintain hypnotic stare
Occultist - 1/6 focus power
Psychic - phrenic amplification
Spiritualist - 1/2 HP & 1/2 skill point to Phantom

Warp Discipline - It is Vudra/Casmaron flavored as ratfolk have a tradition of searching out tears in the fabric of reality that grant them some teleportation and defensive type abilities and bonus spells.

-Skeld

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What's the Serendipity Shaman like? Do they, as some have speculated, switch casting to Charisma?


So what are the other catflok archetypes(well other then the bloodrager one) like?

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Deadmanwalking wrote:
What's the Serendipity Shaman like? Do they, as some have speculated, switch casting to Charisma?

Spoiler:

It's heavily focused on luck. It gains access to the Luck domain and Luck Variant Channeling, among other things.

I don't see anything about switching casting to Charisma.

-Skeld

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