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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If they do a styx-like dragon, I would vote for a Styx Linnorm, even though I wouldn't like more environmental linnorms, the river styx is something special and awesome.

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Yay!

Positivity!


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I think somewhere God just rolled a nat 20 to improve Nightterror's outlook.

Also YAY! for Rysky! :D And yes Stygian Linnorms.


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I would be happy if they reprinted the Gare linnorm and Fafnir and added one new one. I would prefer a forest/plant related one or at least one from the first world.

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I like the sound of that idea, Dragon.

I would argue that they won't reprint Fafnheir in a world-neutral product... but they're doing all the archdevils, Horsemen, and who-knows-what else, so clearly they're on board with that. ^_^

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Dragon78 wrote:
I would be happy if they reprinted the Gare linnorm and Fafnir and added one new one. I would prefer a forest/plant related one or at least one from the first world.

A linnorm based on corrupt growth, life out of control, whose breath weapon causes the vegetation around you to heave up and entangle and begin to constrict you, or your own flesh to grow tumorous and encumbering, could be thematic and freaky and body-horror-ish.

It's death curse, naturally, would linger under the surface, and only affect your offspring...


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Set wrote:
It's death curse, naturally, would linger under the surface, and only affect your offspring...

What an interesting idea. ^_^


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I believe the root-gnawer, the burrowing linnorm called Nidhogg will take care of that.

It would make a perfect plant-based linnorm.

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Oooooooo, yisssssssssssssssssssss.


Well Fafnheir is a creature from myth so there is a chance he would get a reprint.

Yeah Set, something along that line is what I would be looking for.

Nidhogg could work.


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If Nidhogg makes it in Pathfinder, I hope it will look like this picture. *Clicky*

I don't know what Fafnir looks like in Pathfinder, but I really hope he is about greed and gold like in the real myth, I hope the curse when you kill him is that you turn into a greedy person and eventually into a new fafnir.

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Nightterror wrote:

If Nidhogg makes it in Pathfinder, I hope it will look like this picture. *Clicky*

I don't know what Fafnir looks like in Pathfinder, but I really hope he is about greed and gold like in the real myth, I hope the curse when you kill him is that you turn into a greedy person and eventually into a new fafnir.

Pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Granted I don't know how much greedier he is than other Linnorms, since most people tend to offer him stuff, rather than try and take it :3

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Nightterror wrote:

I believe the root-gnawer, the burrowing linnorm called Nidhogg will take care of that.

It would make a perfect plant-based linnorm.

Golarion doesn't have a Yggdrassil analogue, that I know of, but if it did, it would make sense for the top part of it to be flowering into the First World, and it's roots to dig deep into the Plane of Shadow. So Nidhogg, in Golarion, might well be a Shadow plane Linnorm, of sorts, full of dark dreary whispers that come to life around you and wrap you up in your own inner darkness.

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Set wrote:
Nightterror wrote:

I believe the root-gnawer, the burrowing linnorm called Nidhogg will take care of that.

It would make a perfect plant-based linnorm.

Golarion doesn't have a Yggdrassil analogue, that I know of, but if it did, it would make sense for the top part of it to be flowering into the First World, and it's roots to dig deep into the Plane of Shadow. So Nidhogg, in Golarion, might well be a Shadow plane Linnorm, of sorts, full of dark dreary whispers that come to life around you and wrap you up in your own inner darkness.

YISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSx2


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Set wrote:
Nightterror wrote:

I believe the root-gnawer, the burrowing linnorm called Nidhogg will take care of that.

It would make a perfect plant-based linnorm.

Golarion doesn't have a Yggdrassil analogue, that I know of, but if it did, it would make sense for the top part of it to be flowering into the First World, and it's roots to dig deep into the Plane of Shadow. So Nidhogg, in Golarion, might well be a Shadow plane Linnorm, of sorts, full of dark dreary whispers that come to life around you and wrap you up in your own inner darkness.

Perhaps the irminsul would be the closest to a Yggdrasil analogue? Since they went with the tree interpretation, it doesn't seem too out there...


I wouldn't really care if NIdhogg doesn't have anything to do with the tree of life and just are a group of creatures.


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Dragon78 wrote:

Well Fafnheir is a creature from myth so there is a chance he would get a reprint.

Yeah Set, something along that line is what I would be looking for.

Nidhogg could work.

Fafnir is from myth...Fafnheir is spelled differently and has a different origin, and seems more a nod. So they might not want to print him


MMCJawa, are sure they didn't just do a different(and lesser known) spelling?

Well if that is the case then we could get Fafnir instead as another (possibly) unique dragon:)

There is a chance that Pathfinder might have a Yggdrasil like tree that we do not know about yet.


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Nidhogg and Fafnheir for the win!


Axial wrote:
I can see Entothropes being favored by Deskari worshippers and spider Entothropes specifically being prevalent among Drow and followers of Atlach-Nacha.

Wait, Atlach-Nacha exists in the game? I thought they were replaced by Mazmezz.

Though I always did enjoy old A-N was depicted in CAS's classic 'The Seven Geases'.

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Eric Hinkle wrote:
Axial wrote:
I can see Entothropes being favored by Deskari worshippers and spider Entothropes specifically being prevalent among Drow and followers of Atlach-Nacha.

Wait, Atlach-Nacha exists in the game? I thought they were replaced by Mazmezz.

Though I always did enjoy old A-N was depicted in CAS's classic 'The Seven Geases'.

Atlach-Nacha has never been a drow deity. Mazmezz is meant to replace Lolth, more or less, but is much more obscure even among drow, who aren't 100% spider themed in Pathfinder.

That said, yes, Atlach-Nacha is one of the six Great Old Ones we're publishing in the Strange Aeons Adventure Path, as part of our connection/agreement/team-up with Chaosium. (Since Clark Ashton Smith's creations are not yet in the public domain, we worked with Chaosium to use their license to do game-related content of their versions of his creations.)


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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...

As an Odinist.. I can say.. nope.


*is a Thorist but some times an apologist Thorist* ;)


Well since there are no robots maybe there will be some clockwork creatures.


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Todd Stewart wrote:
Szuriel as Horseman of War was partially inspired by the truly epic statue The Motherland Calls/Родина-мать зовёт in Kiev.

A little nitpick: the statue linked by Todd is actually the Motherland Calls statue in Volgograd. The statue was built in 1967 to commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad. It's 85 m (279 ft.) tall (not including the pedestal), the figure itself measures 52 m (171 ft.), and the sword 33 m (108 ft.). (For comparision, the Statue of Liberty in New York City is 46 m, or 151 ft.) The statue's grounds also hold the grave of Vasily Zaitsev, a famous russian sniper who took part in the battle, and was portrayed by Jude Law in the movie Enemy at the Gates.

There is a statue of the same name in Kiev too, but it looks rather different.


So around what CR do you guys think the Green Man will be?

For me I would say CR9-12.


It could actually be quite powerful, considering the mythology. Depends what direction they want to take it.


If we get 3 new kaiju, which three would you guys want?

Kaiju
Agmazar-(The Star Titan of the vast jungle.)
Cimurlian-(The Great Bear of the frozen north.)
Ebeshra-(The Winged Razor of the furthest clouds.)
Igroon-(The Dragon Eater of the lost island.)
Mantraska-(The World Talons of the rain forest.)
Shbloon-(The Vortex Maw of the ocean deep.)
Lord Varklops-(The Thrice-Headed Fiend of the dormant volcano.)
Queen Vorgozen-(The Shapeless Feeder of the vast swamp.)
Yarthoon-(The Moon Grub of the darkest nights.)
Yorak-(The Horned Thunder of the great mountains.)
Zimivra-(The Endless Coils of the trackless desert.)

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Agmazar-Eh, I'd say there's too much Golarion universe lore to have him.

Cimurlian- FLUFFY KAIJU!

Igroon- Dragon Eater? Oooo...

Mantraska-(The World Talons of the rain forest.) Oooooo...

Shbloon-(The Vortex Maw of the ocean deep.) Yes please.

Lord Varklops-We have to have this one, for obvious reasons :3

Yarthoon-(The Moon Grub of the darkest nights.) Oooooo...

Zimivra-(The Endless Coils of the trackless desert.) Nice.

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Also, the Star Titan wouldn't be "new". See Mythic Realms for his statblock. ^_^


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I'd like to see Clyffjord, The Enormous Crimson Canine.

With a whole city on his back. :-)


Kalindlara, he would be new to a hardcover bestiary;) Though I agree he would hardly be my first choice.


Lord Varklops is my number one choice. Besides that, surprise me.


Agreed. We got Godzilla version, we got Rodan version, now we need King Ghidraha(sp) version aka Lord Varklops.

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
now we need King Ghidraha(sp) version aka Lord Varklops.

With a cyborg variant? ;)


Sure, why not? I mean it's only logical, Decius.

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Dragon78 wrote:


Lord Varklops-(The Thrice-Headed Fiend of the dormant volcano.)
Zimivra-(The Endless Coils of the trackless desert.)
Ebeshra-(The Winged Razor of the furthest clouds.)

King Ghidrah, Shai-Hulud and Rodan!


I still can't decide wich three to pick, I wish I could see some descriptions or art of what they each look like.

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or we could get another product being "Kaiju of Golarion" and have them all!

or maybe for bestiary 7

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Since I spoiled it elesewhere a few moments ago...

Bestiary 6 will have 3 kaiju in it.

Yes, it's 3 from the list in Bestiary 4.

Nope, not yet ready to reveal which ones they are, although they ARE locked in with art and design already.

And nope, no descriptions of kaiju appearances. I know what the three I chose to be in the book look like, but not the others.

More news will doubtless come once we get closer to the book's release next year.


Surprised I don't see an obvious Mothra expy. Yarthoon is the closest, resembling her larva.


Ah, so 3 more 2-pagers...

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Turns out ALL 200 monsters are 2 pagers :3

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Rysky wrote:
Turns out ALL 200 monsters are 2 pagers :3

Not nearly true (that'd make a 320 page book at least 400 pages long, which is against the laws of physics), but one of the things that this being the 6th Bestiary HAS allowed me to do is to give more monsters than ever before the freedom to spread out into a 2 page format. Fewer monsters over all, but more interesting information per monster on average overall.

(And there's more than 200 monsters in the book anyway—my current back-of-the-envelop count is that there's 233 monsters in there for folks who are interested in exact numbers. That might change in either direction once the book's laid out and we find out exactly how big the appendix is.)


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What I would love most to see in this Bestiary is all 8 of The Archdevils, a few of the Infernal Dukes, the 4 Whore Queens and the 12 Malebranche. All my love for the Legions of Hell. I've been waiting to see their power. Would also like to see a Hell Dragon.

In regard to the Four Horsemen what about the mysterious 5th horseman, The Oinedaemon, could it possibly appear as well??

Also been curious about something from the Behemoth Thalassic entry.... The Dread Leviathans.

Anything you can hint at James?

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Prince Setehrael wrote:

What I would love most to see in this Bestiary is all 8 of The Archdevils, a few of the Infernal Dukes, the 4 Whore Queens and the 12 Malebranche. All my love for the Legions of Hell. I've been waiting to see their power. Would aslo like to see a Hell Dragon.

Also been curious about something from the Behemoth Thalassic entry.... The Dread Leviathans.

Anything you can hint at James?

I've used up October's hint on the kaiju. Maybe next month I'll have more to say about Hell stuff.

Maybe.


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I'm just glad we get more Kajiu that James confirmed are named from Bestiary 4.


Do the 5 new "true dragons" get more pages then normal?

Cool 3 new Kaiju are actually in the book.


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Wannabe Demon Lord wrote:
Surprised I don't see an obvious Mothra expy. Yarthoon is the closest, resembling her larva.

Mothra is Desna, complete with singing fairy girls.


Dragon78 wrote:
Do the 5 new "true dragons" get more pages then normal?

Seriously, I would be happy to have five fewer non-dragon monsters to make room for dragon fluff.

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