Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 6 (PFRPG)

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Monsters have long stalked us in the darkness. Within this book, you’ll find a host of these creatures for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Face off against archdevils and the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, planar dragons and the legendary wild hunt, proteans and psychopomps, and hundreds more! Some creatures, such as the capricious taniwha, the mysterious green man, or the powerful empyreal lords, might even be willing to provide your heroes aid—if they deserve it!

Pathfinder RPG Bestiary 6 is the sixth must-have 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 6 includes:

  • More than 200 different monsters.
  • New player-friendly races, like the crazed monkey goblins, the telepathic albino munavris, the river-dwelling fey naiads, the wolflike rougarou, and the yaddithians of the Elder Mythos.
  • Numerous powerful demigods, from archdevils and Great Old Ones to empyreal lords and qlippoth lords.
  • New animal companions and other allies, such as fierce devil monkeys and loyal clockwork hounds.
  • New templates, including the entothrope and the mongrel giant, 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: 978-1-60125-931-8

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Pure Money-grab

2/5

While there are some gems here, the Bestiary 6 is example #1 of the perils of pure money-grabbing. The number of downright silly or derivative creatures here is mind-boggling. Do we need more (X)-giants? Or more female sin demons? Speaking of gender, Paizo's blatant gender discrimination against males is on full display here, with far more creatures that are female-only or described as "A woman..." than there are for males.

If you take all the gems from bestiaries 3-6 and get rid of all the silly or repetitive creatures, you'd have 4 bestiaries total, instead of 6. Instead, Paizo treats these like cable subscriptions, filling these books with numerous "channels" you don't want or need, while giving you a few you'll actually watch.


And i thought i didn't need this one!

5/5

I had thought when Bestiary 6 came out I wouldn't need it.

How wrong was I!

This book will definitely take it's place as one of the essential Pathfinder books in my collection, if you're waiting to get this, don't! Get it now!

Well done Paizo!

My one complaint is mine had the same s~@*ty yellow binding glue as the first printing of the Starfinder CRB, but I'm not dropping the rating because it is that good (also I still have binding glue leftover from my Starfinder CRB).


A solid addition

4/5

So Bestiary 5 was a bit disappointing to me, but this one is something that did something with Pathfinder I haven't seen in a while: gave me ideas that I wanted to use. A lot of the monsters presented are honestly interesting. As usual, there are some reprints from other products, but I always favor having consolidated lists of things. I won't use everything, but there is enough here that I'll be using a good chunk.

Also, the weremantis reminded me how much I love Portal, so I have to give it to them there.


Upward Trend

5/5

A wide variety of creatures with overall high quality artwork. I like the inclusion of the numerous high CR creatures.

Bestiary 5 and 6 have been my favorite Bestiary books by far.


Unusable

1/5

So me and two other guys from my gaming group ordered this book from amazon. WOW, all of us have missing and or scrambled pages.

I have over 17 missing pages (most of the archdevils content)and more or less 20 pages out of order. I don't know if they are sending all the "special" books down here, but I can assure you I will never buy a physical book from Paizo anymore.


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Qlippoths are a strange breed of evil outsider that, up to now, hasn't been developed that much. I would really like to see more of them.


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I also have been happy, for the most part, with all the Pathfinder bestiaries thus far.

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Pathfinder bestiaries are always fantastically illustrated, feature sound and consistent CR, great spread of types, themes and inspirations, frequently showcase outstanding design (whoever designed the Wyrmwraith in B5 - much love!) AND have dinosaurs in every book. What's not to love?


What's not to love?

Well the over use of some creature types/subtypes.

The underuse of other creature types/subtypes.

Some creatures I still have (design)issues with the Yuki-onna, Formorian, Argus, etc.

But all in all still solid books.


I had issues with Firbolg myself, but otherwise yes they are solid books. :)


Thomas, what was your problem with the Firbolg?


I thought a) it could be bigger and meaner and b) I thought it should have been stronger than Hill Giant, but less than full Giant. Does that make sense?


The pathfinder firbolg is kinda dull compared to the d&d fourth edition firbolgs, same with quicklings and howlers. Otherwise I mostly like pathfinder beasties more than the dd ones.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Metal masters?! What the heck is that?!

I think that was a late night video show on MTV back in the 80s.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
I had issues with Firbolg myself, but otherwise yes they are solid books. :)

As a Gaelic Polytheist.....I tend to have some issue with all the fey creatures, as well as the Druid and Bard class....but when all is said and done....this is not about "authentic representation" of different ethnic mythos....it's a role playing game. So you have to give some "wiggle room" to pop culture representations :P


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Tammy's a pop culture phenomenon.


I'm not saying "BOO! Paizo is horrid!" or "This isn't the one I wanted! Don't make me hold my breath until I get my way!" kind of thing. It's more like "I accept Paizo went this way but I think I'd do it different in my own home game." Which is as it should be.

Drew,

Thanks for that explanation.

Night,

I don't think it's dull so much as I was expecting something else.


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Personally I think the Firbolg could have been a higher CR(like 7-10) and maybe even a fey that just looks like a giant. But what's done is done.

I hope there will finally be some CR20+ giants in this one.


Not sure I need them THAT high, Dragon, but I'd like a few CR 10-15 versions.


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Just so long as they don't come out with some sort of ridiculous headless Cyclops with a comically placed single eyeball and gaping mouth in the chest.


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I actually like that creature also there will be no new cyclopes in B6.


I don't think we don't need them but yes, less Cyclopes will be fine.


I wonder what makes the "strangely sentient oozes" strange, since there are a few sentient oozes already there must be something very very odd about them.


Probably just that shapeshifting ooze woman from one of the APs, the mezlan or something like that.


Oblivious Plotholes wrote:
Just so long as they don't come out with some sort of ridiculous headless Cyclops with a comically placed single eyeball and gaping mouth in the chest.

The thing I disliked about the hindu kabandha was its neutralness, I would have liked them evil. And while the art isnt bad at all, it still looks kinda akward


Metalmasters are d&d creatures that resemble giant purple/gray slugs covered in metal shards, they use magnetism as weapen, I love magnetic powers, so I even forgive them for giving this creature such a stupid name. The Gravorg (a gravity controlling sloth/cat beast) was another silly dd monster I liked only for its powers/abilities. Both powers arent really used yet in pathfinder... I dont count golems and oozes that have more types of powers, just creatures that only focus on those powers.


I like cyclopes and would love more types especially a medium size 0HD version, a titan version, and more.


Dragon,

I could go for a Titan cyclops, sure.


Well I would like more titans in general but since we are not getting any new ones in B6, it will be a longer wait.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Milo v3 wrote:
I wonder what makes the "strangely sentient oozes" strange, since there are a few sentient oozes already there must be something very very odd about them.

Don't read too much into that. I wrote "strangely sentient" because of the consonance; it sounds neater than "new category of intelligent ooze."

AKA: It's strange for an ooze to be smart, in a general view, since the assumption for creatures of the ooze type is that they are mindless. The fact that we've done smart oozes since the start doesn't make smart oozes any less strange than the norm.


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Cthulhudrew wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
It was the "Ask James Jacobs", he said there were giant roaches in there but had to be cut.
So you're saying there was a roach clip?

Bravo, sir. Bravo.

Scarab Sages

Paizo Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber
Thomas Seitz wrote:

Metal masters?! What the heck is that?!

Dragon,
I liked 3. 4 was forgettable in some ways. 5 just outright made me mad.

So far NONE of the Bestiaries have sucked. They might have a few less useful creatures, but overall, I'd rate them higher than 3.0/3.5 MMs.

I agree, they didn't have a decent Monster Manual after 3.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Let's keep focused on Bestiary 6, folks, rather than pick on other monster books from other companies.


So who wants to guess what creature type/subtype Krampus will be?


James Jacobs wrote:
Let's keep focused on Bestiary 6, folks, rather than pick on other monster books from other companies.

Okay! I want pillar dragons and fire rain.


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Dragon78 wrote:
So who wants to guess what creature type/subtype Krampus will be?

My first guess is fey, my second guess is outsider (native), and my third guess would be a (probably unique) monstrous humanoid.


Luthorne wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
So who wants to guess what creature type/subtype Krampus will be?
My first guess is fey, my second guess is outsider (native), and my third guess would be a (probably unique) monstrous humanoid.

I could see the cold subtype for any of those as well.


Luthorne wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
So who wants to guess what creature type/subtype Krampus will be?
My first guess is fey, my second guess is outsider (native), and my third guess would be a (probably unique) monstrous humanoid.

I'm feeling outsider myself. Fey would be my second guess.

Dark Archive

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I'm hoping for him to be a fey lord, myself, like the wild hunt*.

*may be due to me reading Dresden Files*


I am hoping for fey but more then likely he will be an outsider.

Dark Archive

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Dragon78 wrote:
I hope there will finally be some CR20+ giants in this one.

Colossal fire, frost and stone giants that live on the elemental planes of fire, water and earth, and are veritable walking mountains (or icebergs, etc.), causing earthquakes as they walk (or being surrounded by a supernaturally deadly blizzard, etc.) could be a scary higher level encounter.


Mountain Giant, Iceberg Giant, Vulcanic Giant, etc.


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Giant-kabobs, Giant creole, Giant gumbo. Pan fried Giant, deep fried Giant, stir-fried Giant. There's pineapple Giant, lemon Giant, coconut Giant, pepper Giant, Giant soup, Giant stew, Giant salad, Giant and potatoes, Giant burger, Giant sandwich.


Like the normal elemental giants aren't enough already lol. Too much elemental/environment giants isn't good for your health.


Message board troll wrote:
Giant-kabobs, Giant creole, Giant gumbo. Pan fried Giant, deep fried Giant, stir-fried Giant. There's pineapple Giant, lemon Giant, coconut Giant, pepper Giant, Giant soup, Giant stew, Giant salad, Giant and potatoes, Giant burger, Giant sandwich.

What's with the grocery list?


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Like many monsters, giants in general are not good for your health;)

So what do you think the new group of outer planes based dragons will be called?


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Schism wrote:
Message board troll wrote:
Giant-kabobs, Giant creole, Giant gumbo. Pan fried Giant, deep fried Giant, stir-fried Giant. There's pineapple Giant, lemon Giant, coconut Giant, pepper Giant, Giant soup, Giant stew, Giant salad, Giant and potatoes, Giant burger, Giant sandwich.

What's with the grocery list?

Momma always said "A product thread is like a box of choc'lates. Ya never know what you gonna get."


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Set wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I hope there will finally be some CR20+ giants in this one.

Colossal fire, frost and stone giants that live on the elemental planes of fire, water and earth, and are veritable walking mountains (or icebergs, etc.), causing earthquakes as they walk (or being surrounded by a supernaturally deadly blizzard, etc.) could be a scary higher level encounter.

Or you could add the Jotunblood template from I believe it was Advanced Bestiary. A book I hope to employ when B6 comes out.


I can't wait to see what the wild hunt is like.

Dark Archive

hmm I heard somewhere more demon lords will be appearing, will we be getting Shax then?


More demon lords? With 16 pages of devil lords already?!? :-S

Dark Archive

Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

Yeah, as much as I like to see powerful archfiends, I'd like room for things that would see more play (lower and mid levels).


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DeciusNero wrote:
Yeah, as much as I like to see powerful archfiends, I'd like room for things that would see more play (lower and mid levels).

I approve of this message. CR 20+ gets very little usage, in my experience.


Demon Lords have not mentioned but we are getting 8 archdevils, the 4 horsemen, and some empyreal lords.


Fourshadow wrote:
DeciusNero wrote:
Yeah, as much as I like to see powerful archfiends, I'd like room for things that would see more play (lower and mid levels).
I approve of this message. CR 20+ gets very little usage, in my experience.

Not in mine. I'd rather have more big bads for a change.

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