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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James Jacobs wrote:
Correct. Not everything needs to be or SHOULD be infinitely expandable. Sometimes things are defined by the fact that they have relatively narrow and low-number groupings.

That's nothing to do with CR though. That's stopping because in your view it fits their themes for them to be limited in variations.


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James Jacobs wrote:
And because part of the nightshade theme is that there's a specific nightshade to epitomize different movements—originally flying, burrowing, walking, and flying. That expanded with the nightskitter and the addition of a climb rate.

Now I want a teleporting Nightwarp.


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Nightblooms would be stronger than the prowler, skitter and nightwing, but weaker than the others. They would be black/purple flowers not fungus. Those are nightspoors.


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And what about the Nightterror? A spoiled nightshade that can summon mythlology monsters into battle


I would stat "Nightterror" as a small size CR6 imp like creature that likes to scare children and "lives" under their bed.


Obviously a Nightterror should be a colossal incorporeal outsider of the dimension of dreams that warps reality within itself into a nightmare based on that Bestiary 5 mirage monster.


I could see there being a niche for a sessile, plant-based Nightshade if they are based on different forms of locomotion.

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Milo v3 wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Correct. Not everything needs to be or SHOULD be infinitely expandable. Sometimes things are defined by the fact that they have relatively narrow and low-number groupings.
That's nothing to do with CR though. That's stopping because in your view it fits their themes for them to be limited in variations.

That part has nothing to do with CR, but the basic theme of nightshades being powerful undead fiends does—they're SUPPOSED to be high CR monsters at the top tier of the game, and CR 10 is lower than I'd ever anticipated them getting and is my self-imposed limit as to how low they can go.

(Nightstalkers have been in the game for decades—they were first introduced in the BECMI box sets as foes for higher level PCs to fight—above 14th level, which classicly had a dearth of undead foes. Third edition, which focused on game play from 1st to 20th level quite strongly for the first time, got hit with the fact by AD&D's classic lack of undead above 12 or so Hit Dice, and so they graduated the nightstalkers from the boxed D&D games into 3rd edition in the original 3rd edition Monster Manual, but for some time they remained the top tier of undead. Incidentally, that's why, in the 1st Monster Manual for D&D, all the classic undead fit entirely into the CR 1 to CR 12 band or thereabouts.)


I can't wait to see what the final cover looks like. I hope there will be a kaiju on the cover but more then likely it will be a archdevil and/or at least one of the horsemen.

Silver Crusade

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Szuriel cover!


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...I kind of want to just have Ragathiel and Dispater on the cover, with Dispater cool and calm and faintly dismissive while Ragathiel's looking completely enraged...but that's more of a silly picture than I would expect. Szuriel looking pissed off at both of them would also be amusing.

Just have to wait and see what it actually looks like, though.


Has it been confirmed that Ragathiel will be in this book?


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Dragon78 wrote:
Has it been confirmed that Ragathiel will be in this book?

Not to my knowledge, I just think it would be amusing if Ragathiel and Dispater were in the same book. Though I am honestly more interested in Feronia and Erecura...Feronia got a tiny bit of coverage in Planes of Power but I am still very curious about both.

Silver Crusade

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ooo, yeah!


Hopefully the cover art will be updated before the end of the year.


As long as there are no:

1: Normal Animals
2: Lovecraft critters
3: Goodguys/Gentle Creatures
4: Science Fiction monsters

On the cover i'm fine with it. Otherwise I find it an abominable cover or a very repeative one in the case of lovecraft.


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Rysky wrote:
Szuriel cover!

I will second that, Rysky! How can I resist her shark fangs? *-*

Speaking of the four horsemen, B6 would be a good opportunity to introduce the stat blocks for their steeds as well - Chloros, Grace of the Flame, Halflight and Septisaeus.

What is a horsemen without their signature horses? That could work as a template or variation for the nightmare with small differences to emphasize their rider.


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My little apocalypse ponies will more then likely have to wait for B7;) Though I would like to rename them Blooddancer, Wormfeast, Rotgut, and Sparkles.

Silver Crusade

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Dragon78 wrote:

My little apocalypse ponies will more then likely have to wait for B7;) Though I would like to rename them Blooddancer, Wormfeast, Rotgut, and Sparkles.

Which one is Sparkles?

Dark Archive

DEATH pony!


Dragon78 wrote:
My little apocalypse ponies will more then likely have to wait for B7;) Though I would like to rename them Blooddancer, Wormfeast, Rotgut, and Sparkles.

I was thinking they could be placed in the same entrance of their riders, as the companions and mounts do, so they could be in the same bestiary as their riders, but that would probably mean no ilustration for them... =/

Rysky wrote:
Which one is Sparkles?

I was guessing the same, Rysky.

The first thing that came into my mind was an angry pony on shining fire screaming "come at me bro!", and that would be the war nightmare. But them Blooddancer made me think in a pony frantically swinging a flail, and so I got confused.

Which is which, Dragon? XD


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Blooddancer is war, Wormfeast is pestilence, Rotgut is famine, and Sparkles is death;)

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Sweet!


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I am glad you liked them Rysky. Anyway back to the subject at hand, other then the demi-god level creatures what else do you guys hope will be on the final cover art?

Silver Crusade

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Dragon78 wrote:
I am glad you liked them Rysky. Anyway back to the subject at hand, other then the demi-god level creatures what else do you guys hope will be on the final cover art?

Rougarou!


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Dragon78 wrote:
I am glad you liked them Rysky. Anyway back to the subject at hand, other then the demi-god level creatures what else do you guys hope will be on the final cover art?

If it's colossal in size, I would like to see the statues haunted by dead gods as the central. I will also add krampus and the two headed elder wyrm, as well as the naiad.


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I would like the naiad if the art is actually female. I would like to see a true dragon make the cover for once as well. But I wouldn't mind seeing the two headed elder wyrm instead of one of the true dragons.


I also hope that the cover illustration is loyal to the ones used in the actual entrance.

In B5, the grim reaper art in the cover is terrific, while the art used for the creature entrance was just "cool" - the one in the cover felt more unique, while the other is the common concept we see everywhere for a reaper.


I really disliked the deep one one the previous cover. So much better and more special creatures to choose from. It was a lovecraft thing probably that it got chosen...


Perhaps I'm the only one wondering, but what kind of animal companions do you guys think we're going to see out of this one?


The new animal companions could be anything ...except maybe anteaters;)


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It should be Dire Echidnas!


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I personally can't wait for Paizo to be the first TTRPG to release these big monster books series into the double digits era! Bestiary 10 let's gooooooo! Love these books.


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It would be cool to see bestiary 10+.

Scarab Sages

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Dragon78 wrote:
The new animal companions could be anything ...except maybe anteaters;)

What's wrong with anteaters?


It looks like we have talked about everything in the product's description. Maybe we will get a product update soon or at least some interesting news about this product so we can start again.


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Are you sure you didn't miss a spot?


I am sure, every thing in this product description has been talked about by at least someone on the board;)


... someone's already given this 5 stars...


I really wish that you couldn't do a review until the product has been released.


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Eh, people get excited. Plus it was written on Halloween, I'm sure the holiday excitement became too much to hold in. :-)

Edit: Or the day before Halloween. :-)


I wonder if we will ever see the Sandpoint devil reprinted in a bestiary. It will more then likely be under a different name but it would be nice.


Dragon78 wrote:
I wonder if we will ever see the Sandpoint devil reprinted in a bestiary. It will more then likely be under a different name but it would be nice.

I seem to remember it being in the Inner Sea Bestiary...not sure, been awhile since I looked.

It has not been in a hardbound Bestiary, IIRC.

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I may be wrong, but I think it already was. I think there was a template that can be added to a creature and the example they used was the Sandpoint Devil. Don't have my books in front of me to say for sure.


No, the sandpoint devil is a unique creature not a template, it was stated up in the Inner Sea World Guide. But I want to see it in a hardcover bestiary. In fact I would like most of the other creatures in the Inner Sea World Guide and Inner Sea Bestiary stated up in a hardcover bestiary.

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Dragon78 wrote:
No, the sandpoint devil is a unique creature not a template, it was stated up in the Inner Sea World Guide. But I want to see it in a hardcover bestiary. In fact I would like most of the other creatures in the Inner Sea World Guide and Inner Sea Bestiary stated up in a hardcover bestiary.

Um, but it was statted up in a bestiary in a hardcover.

Dark Archive

I would like to suggest bestiary 7 (and we all know there will be a bestiary 7) be a collection of all the monsters that have appeared in over tens years worth of product but aren't in a collected bestiary yet. It has become rather difficult to find some of those guys. I know that the next product to follow would once again include stuff that wasn't in a collection but you know every ten years or so seems about right to collect the tons of guys who have slipped through the cracks. Anyone with me on this?

Scarab Sages

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Dragon78 wrote:
No, the sandpoint devil is a unique creature not a template, it was stated up in the Inner Sea World Guide. But I want to see it in a hardcover bestiary. In fact I would like most of the other creatures in the Inner Sea World Guide and Inner Sea Bestiary stated up in a hardcover bestiary.

I downloaded the Bestiaries.

I may be confusing Plague Beast where they used a horse as the example.
But I can't help thinking I saw the Sandpoint Devil elsewhere. Maybe one of the Revisited Campaign Settings. I think it may have been classified as half-fiend.
I could be wrong about that too.


It shows up again in the Rise of the Runelords hardback. It has (possibly)fiendish origins, and if I remember correctly any children it has with normal horses are half-fiends.


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Cauthon1987 wrote:
I am super excited for this Bestiary more than any before it for one simple reason. One word even. KRAMPUS! I cant wait to see what Paizo comes up with for stats of this legendary creature. I hope they do some other holiday creatures. Samhain maybe. Also interested in a lovcraftian player race. March cant come fast enough.

Samhain? That's a festival, not a creature.

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