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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Until I start running again, I can't really say I dislike having more CR 20+ creatures.


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

Strangely sentient ooze.


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.

No shrimp giant?


I would like to express the following thoughts:
1) What i think lacked a bit in a few monsters (like the occult dragons) in the fifth bestiary were details about their environments and their aims or inclinations. If a good illustration can pick the reader interest, i believe the certain lines can be equally inspiring and useful for world building.

2) If this new bestiary will present many high CR "boss" monsters, i would find useful if it came with stats for preferred minions of those, possibly new creatures akin to their master and that can be used as minions or envoy. For example, if Charon were to be statted, other than Thanatodaemons we could have some little buddy like styx elementals, or some kind of "corrupted" oni or psycopomp that act like a different kind of ferryman, or an undead related to the concept of being "robbed" while in the afterlife and coming back for vengeance ....

3) With all the monsters presents in the old bestiaries, maybe is time to propose "monster ecology ideas" that relate certain monsters to others. I mean in a good way (like kobold and dragons) and in a bad way (like intellect devourers and neothelids). I may be wrong, but i've not seen that done so much recently while i find it not only inspiring but an essential part for the characterization of certain creatures.

(sorry for by mad english)


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Valantrix1 wrote:
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.

Thomas Seitz wrote:
Until I start running again, I can't really say I dislike having more CR 20+ creatures.

I would like to see more CR 17 to 30 monsters as well. Especially since creating high CR monsters is, in my opinion, more difficult than creating lower CR monsters as you have many more variables to deal with.

I am still hoping for stats for other daemonic harbingers (so far, there are only stats for Zelishkar) and at least one sahkil tormentors (or whatever their nascent demon lord equivalent is). Obviously, some daemons and sahkils in general would not go amiss as well as both races seem to have just a few high level representatives (especially the Sahkils that only have one CR 16 and CR 20 monster).

Paizo should just let Todd write another book about these beasties. :-)


I would have hoped all those high-level things would end up in their own manual. But, oh well... Maybe in another life.


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I would like to see more CR20-30 non-outsider type monsters.


Nightterror wrote:
I would have hoped all those high-level things would end up in their own manual. But, oh well... Maybe in another life.

I agree but I guess that whilst this might be the logical thing to do in terms of order (either that or releasing all the monsters of the same time in the same book), it is probably muhc better financially speaking for Paizo to do it as they do now.

This applies actually to most material they release as they tend to spread it over various books. It is really annoying to navigate and I really wish they would release larger and more comprehensive books, but I think that it is not feasible. Although looking at the original (i.e. German) version of The Dark Eye, it seems feasible.


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Well, time for me to begin hoping for a Carnotaurus write up.

Also, this somewhat bugs me on the inclusion of several of these new and strange pc races. I like them, and enjoy the fact that there are plenty of folks that want these, but it bugs me that Lizardfolk still haven't been given a proper write up to be a PC race.

I'm sure I'm not the only one that would like to see the Lizardfolk get their chance in the spotlight.

Scarab Sages

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Valantrix1 wrote:
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.

CR 20+ don't work too well for Adventure Paths, but they are great for extended play and homebrews.


I thought Mephistopheles was a god, and when pathfinder started they said we wouldn't be fighting those? Great Old Ones and Demon Lords are not full fledged deities (great Old ones answer to the Outer Gods and Demon Lords answer to Lamashtu), but Mephistopheles is listed as one of the Gods that locked Rovagug away. If you can shed some light on this, I'd be grateful.


He's a demigod, not a god.

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Dragon78 wrote:
I would like to see more CR20-30 non-outsider type monsters.

Dune worms! Space monsters! Island turtles!


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Cthulhudrew 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.
No shrimp giant?

That already made it into B5.


AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:
I thought Mephistopheles was a god, and when pathfinder started they said we wouldn't be fighting those? Great Old Ones and Demon Lords are not full fledged deities (great Old ones answer to the Outer Gods and Demon Lords answer to Lamashtu), but Mephistopheles is listed as one of the Gods that locked Rovagug away. If you can shed some light on this, I'd be grateful.

Paizo has mentioned on several occasions that we won't see stats for gods. Mephistopheles isn't a god, though. As an archdevil, he is a demigod, just as demon lords, great old ones, empyreal lords, and other extraplanar hot shots are demigods.

So while the full-fledged gods such as Asmodeus, Pharasma, Iomedae, Abadar, Zon-Kuthon, etc., won't get stat blocks, demigods such as Mephistopheles and Cthulhu will, the idea being that they can serve as epic, end-game adversaries or allies.

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AmbassadoroftheDominion wrote:
I thought Mephistopheles was a god, and when pathfinder started they said we wouldn't be fighting those? Great Old Ones and Demon Lords are not full fledged deities (great Old ones answer to the Outer Gods and Demon Lords answer to Lamashtu), but Mephistopheles is listed as one of the Gods that locked Rovagug away. If you can shed some light on this, I'd be grateful.

Yup; as folks have confirmed, Mephy is a demigod. He had nothing to do with locking up Rovagug. That would have been Mephy's boss, Asmodeus, among other deities (primarily Sarenrae).


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Dune worms, space monsters, island turtles, powerful and ancient fey, legendary dragons, primordial giants, deadly verdant creatures, titanic oozes, and more kaiju:)


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Wait, the Horsemen of Abaddon? Wow, those statblocks are going to be impressive at the very least. I'm expecting each of them to be CR 30/MR 20.

Also, I hope the next core hardcover after this is an Advanced NPC Codex featuring some of the other core classes. :D


I keep hearing "I am the Bull God" by Kid Rock in my head when ever someone says "Jumbo Shrimp"....

Weird.


I wonder if there will be any other holiday themed monsters other then Krampus.

Dark Archive

Easter Bunny coming up, with Silvester not far behind!


Marco,

I think the most holiday theme monster I can think of is Fenris. :p ;)


Thomas Seitz wrote:

Marco,

I think the most holiday theme monster I can think of is Fenris. :p ;)

Don't you mean FenrIR? Also, isn't Fenrir Norse mythology?


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

Yeah but the Norse have holidays too!


Zaister wrote:
Yeah but the Norse have holidays too!

I thought that religion died out in the early eighteen hundreds or so...


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So?


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Happy Leif Erikson Day:)

Silver Crusade

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Berselius wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Yeah but the Norse have holidays too!
I thought that religion died out in the early eighteen hundreds or so...

The Old Faiths are alive and well in Europe.


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Gorbacz wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Yeah but the Norse have holidays too!
I thought that religion died out in the early eighteen hundreds or so...
The Old Faiths are alive and well in Europe.

Except in Europe, it's commonly referred to as "Futball".


Think we'll get dire turkeys?

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Steven "Troll" O'Neal wrote:
Think we'll get dire turkeys?

No.


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If you've ever seen a flock of wild turkeys run through the woods you'll realize the prehistoric turkey was in fact the Velociraptor.


Berselius wrote:

Wait, the Horsemen of Abaddon? Wow, those stat blocks are going to be impressive at the very least. I'm expecting each of them to be CR 30/MR 20.

Also, I hope the next core hardcover after this is an Advanced NPC Codex featuring some of the other core classes. :D

I had always wondered if they ever got stat blocks, would they all be CR 30? If not, I believe it would be something along this:

Famine - CR 27 or 28
Pestilence - CR 28 or 29
War - CR 29
Death - CR 30

Anyway, are we really getting the four of them?

Silver Crusade

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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
Berselius wrote:

Wait, the Horsemen of Abaddon? Wow, those stat blocks are going to be impressive at the very least. I'm expecting each of them to be CR 30/MR 20.

Also, I hope the next core hardcover after this is an Advanced NPC Codex featuring some of the other core classes. :D

I had always wondered if they ever got stat blocks, would they all be CR 30? If not, I believe it would be something along this:

Famine - CR 27 or 28
Pestilence - CR 28 or 29
War - CR 29
Death - CR 30

Anyway, are we really getting the four of them?

Yep!


Adam Daigle wrote:
Steven "Troll" O'Neal wrote:
Think we'll get dire turkeys?
No.

Yeah I think dire turkeys out are this season. Maybe in November.


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I hope to see stats for the flying spaghetti god monster.

Dark Archive

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Gorbacz wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Yeah but the Norse have holidays too!
I thought that religion died out in the early eighteen hundreds or so...
The Old Faiths are alive and well in Europe.

Wait, they are? I live in Europe and nobody told me!


CorvusMask wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Yeah but the Norse have holidays too!
I thought that religion died out in the early eighteen hundreds or so...
The Old Faiths are alive and well in Europe.
Wait, they are? I live in Europe and nobody told me!

Yep. Pretty sure Iceland has a Church dedicated to the Old Gods.

Plus paganism.

Dark Archive

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
Gorbacz wrote:
Berselius wrote:
Zaister wrote:
Yeah but the Norse have holidays too!
I thought that religion died out in the early eighteen hundreds or so...
The Old Faiths are alive and well in Europe.
Wait, they are? I live in Europe and nobody told me!

Yep. Pretty sure Iceland has a Church dedicated to the Old Gods.

Plus paganism.

I thought paganism is thing that American teenagers(based on tv shows featuring Wicca), hipsters and hippies do to revolt against mainstream religions (or because it sounds cooler to worship Thor in their mind)

Oh also people fascinated with keeping dead cultures alive, those too


Corvus,

No I'm pretty sure some non-hippies and non-hipsters do it.

Also I still like to see Toothgnasher and Teethgrinder as mythic dire goats.


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Kalindlara wrote:
Nightterror wrote:
I want more ugly and horrifying female monsters that aren't hags.
I don't disagree with this.

* More ugly and horrifying and more "ugly and horrifying" Female anything (bonus point if not hags) (if hags, bonus point if not "with a bag on the head").

* Less ugly and horrifying and less "ugly and horrifying" Male anything.

* More pretty males, and I don't mean "muscular macho".

* Less sexual dimorphism.

* Less "non mammal mammaries".

Liberty's Edge

CorvusMask wrote:

I thought paganism is thing that American teenagers(based on tv shows featuring Wicca), hipsters and hippies do to revolt against mainstream religions (or because it sounds cooler to worship Thor in their mind)

Oh also people fascinated with keeping dead cultures alive, those too

Plus some less savory groups like white supremacists. Paganism is pretty small, but it's got widespread appeal. (and maybe there's some revolt against mainstream religion but the pagans I know are more just interested by the deities)

A swarm that possesses/inhabits humanoid corpses (like, a smaller version of the Kakuen-Taka) could be interesting.

Dark Archive

CorvusMask wrote:

I thought paganism is thing that American teenagers(based on tv shows featuring Wicca), hipsters and hippies do to revolt against mainstream religions (or because it sounds cooler to worship Thor in their mind)

Oh also people fascinated with keeping dead cultures alive, those too

England has 50,000-ish of them, so it's not just an 'American teenager' thing. Celtic paganism has ten different recognized churches, from what I've seen. Norse paganism/Asatru is pretty big, and, unfortunately, associated with white supremacists. Kemetics are into the Egyptian gods. There's pagan groups focused on the Greek gods, Romanized gods, etc. as well.

There's even a Jewish pagan group that worships Ashera, a Semetic goddess from before monotheism became a thing.

There's a lot of funky religion out there, and they aren't all 'hipsters.' (Then again, I remember 'hippie' being used to attempt to smear and discredit anyone opposed to the Vietnam War, which, decades later, even some conservatives agree was a bad idea, if only they hadn't been so busy mocking and putting down the people telling them that at the time...)

Read up on the Kurds (the people that are currently our allies against ISIS), and Melek Taus, the Peacock Angel. Stranger than fiction, and I'm pretty sure some would crap kittens if they knew that we were allied with 'devil-worshippers' against 'people of the book.'

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Set wrote:
Read up on the Kurds (the people that are currently our allies against ISIS), and Melek Taus, the Peacock Angel. Stranger than fiction, and I'm pretty sure some would crap kittens if they knew that we were allied with 'devil-worshippers' against 'people of the book.'

Ummm.... almost all Kurds (the majority of whom are Muslim), and certainly all Yazidis (i.e. those who believe in Melek Taus) ARE 'people of the book'. That is, their religion is one of the many offshoots of Judaism. Sure, some would consider them 'devil-worshippers'... but those are generally the same people who would say that about all Muslims.

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