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!

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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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Charles Scholz wrote:
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.

I'm pretty sure it's in the hardcover Inner Sea World Guide. Along with Treerazer and the Daughters of Urgathoa.

Scarab Sages

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

The Inner Sea World Guide say he/she is a native (outsider).

Speaking of the World Guide, I forgot about the Spine Dragon. They really do need to put all the Campaign Settings into the Bestiaries.


Charles Scholz wrote:

Speaking of the World Guide, I forgot about the Spine Dragon. They really do need to put all the Campaign Settings into the Bestiaries.

I'm seconding the spine dragon and adding the woundwyrm dragon.


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The Gold Sovereign wrote:
Charles Scholz wrote:

Speaking of the World Guide, I forgot about the Spine Dragon. They really do need to put all the Campaign Settings into the Bestiaries.

I'm seconding the spine dragon and adding the woundwyrm dragon.

The woundwyrm dragon is cool, and I'd also add the korir-kokembe, one of my favorite dragons, to the list of dragons I'd like to see in a Bestiary.


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The most interesting news about this book lies in James's words, here:

James Jacobs wrote:

Bestiary 6 will have more demigods inside its covers than any other single book we've ever published.(...)

There's more, though. Some will be demigods people have heard a lot about. Some will be brand new ones. Now's not the time to reveal that much more information though. Stay tuned, though!

Demigods we are familiar with are indeed exciting. There are no words to describe how amazing this bestiary will be with the confirmed demigods alone. But than, there are the BRAND NEW ONES! *O*

Aside from demigods, I'm really interested in the Wild Hunt and the Green Man, as they sound like fey (or at least powerful) creatures, and, of course, the true dragons.

I'm sure I'm not the only one anxious for updates and news about Bestiary 6.


I really hope to see raiju, skrik nettle and the whirlmaw in this bestiary. The whirlmaw is much too cool for the inner sea bestiary


The Sandpoint Devil was also stated up in Mystery Monsters Revisited.


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

What's wrong with anteaters?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcrYqtdMIZ4


There is nothing wrong with anteaters, but I would surprised to see them in this book.


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The Gold Sovereign wrote:

The most interesting news about this book lies in James's words, here:

James Jacobs wrote:

Bestiary 6 will have more demigods inside its covers than any other single book we've ever published.(...)

There's more, though. Some will be demigods people have heard a lot about. Some will be brand new ones. Now's not the time to reveal that much more information though. Stay tuned, though!

Demigods we are familiar with are indeed exciting. There are no words to describe how amazing this bestiary will be with the confirmed demigods alone. But than, there are the BRAND NEW ONES! *O*

Aside from demigods, I'm really interested in the Wild Hunt and the Green Man, as they sound like fey (or at least powerful) creatures, and, of course, the true dragons.

I'm sure I'm not the only one anxious for updates and news about Bestiary 6.

Tend to think gods (demi or otherwise) don't really belong in a Bestiary...don't they have their own book(s)? Meh.

Always glad to have more Fey! And yes, the Wild Hunt and Green Man should be Fey (the Wild Hunt in Dresden is awesome!).
The Green Man brings to mind the legend of Gawain and the Green Knight...good story.


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Fourshadow wrote:
Tend to think gods (demi or otherwise) don't really belong in a Bestiary...don't they have their own book(s)? Meh.

I don't have anything against demigods in a bestiary, but I would really appreciate a campaign setting bestiary with the demigods, but I don't think this is ever happening.. -.-'

Fourshadow wrote:

Always glad to have more Fey! And yes, the Wild Hunt and Green Man should be Fey (the Wild Hunt in Dresden is awesome!).

The Green Man brings to mind the legend of Gawain and the Green Knight...good story.

My bronze cousin, Dragon, had said the Wild Hunt could be a new creature category - and I hope they are - but if they are not, Dresden's version is what I'm picturing for it.


The green man and wild hunt should be fey, though it doesn't mean they will be. But I hope they are fey.

Dark Archive

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The Gold Sovereign wrote:


Dresden's version is what I'm picturing for it.

Seconded.


Dragon78 wrote:
The green man and wild hunt should be fey, though it doesn't mean they will be. But I hope they are fey.

Well... The green man could turn to be a powerful plant creature, and the wild hunt an undead. Or even both as outsiders... But their names sure scream FEY.

Has anyone noticed that "Wild Hunt" and "Green Man" are capitalized in the product description, just as "Archdevils" and "Horsemen of the Apocalypse", meaning that that's their actual name, but could also mean that is a title for, indeed, a category?


I think someone mentioned Wild Hunt being a group, but I don't remember if it was confirmation or just a theory.


Well I asked Mr. Jacobs if Wild Hunt was a single creature or a group of creatures that form one stat block. He said they are a group but I am not sure if he meant like a type/subtype of creature or a group of creatures that are stated as one like a troop or swarm.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Well I asked Mr. Jacobs if Wild Hunt was a single creature or a group of creatures that form one stat block. He said they are a group but I am not sure if he meant like a type/subtype of creature or a group of creatures that are stated as one like a troop or swarm.

It might be neat if it was a template, and creatures 'caught' by the Wild Hunt could be transformed and forced to join the hunt.

Dark Archive

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Set wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Well I asked Mr. Jacobs if Wild Hunt was a single creature or a group of creatures that form one stat block. He said they are a group but I am not sure if he meant like a type/subtype of creature or a group of creatures that are stated as one like a troop or swarm.

It might be neat if it was a template, and creatures 'caught' by the Wild Hunt could be transformed and forced to join the hunt.

Maybe such a template is granted by the Wild Hunt as an ability?


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DeciusNero wrote:
Set wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Well I asked Mr. Jacobs if Wild Hunt was a single creature or a group of creatures that form one stat block. He said they are a group but I am not sure if he meant like a type/subtype of creature or a group of creatures that are stated as one like a troop or swarm.
It might be neat if it was a template, and creatures 'caught' by the Wild Hunt could be transformed and forced to join the hunt.
Maybe such a template is granted by the Wild Hunt as an ability?

The Wild Hunt is usually depicted as a wolf pack and it's master. Like this, this or this. So, that's what he could have meant.

Nevertheless of it being a single creature or a new type/category, I'm sure it will be one of my favorite creatures in Bestiary 6.

Dark Archive

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I am hoping so!


I am trying not to get too excited. Because every time I do, I get disappointed by at least one of the creatures I want to see most.


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Dragon78 wrote:
I am trying not to get too excited. Because every time I do, I get disappointed by at least one of the creatures I want to see most.

Just remember one day their might be 78 dragons.


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Have you counted, maybe we're already at 78 dragons. :-)


Well with this book the count for true dragons is 35 but if your counting any creature with the dragon type then I am sure we are past 78 by now;)


I'm not excited at all to be honest. I hope this books suprises me, but I don't think that is possible, i'm not a fan of most of the creatures so far mentioned, i'm not a fan of unique boss-type creatures, i'm not a fan of boring real-world animals in monster books, i'm not a fan of SF monsters, i'm not a fan of lovecraft and i'm not a fan of templates and too much re-used creatures from other books. (ESPECIALLY when they have re-used artworks as well)

Seems this book has mostly such creatures, which makes me less hyped than for the previous books. The last bestiary didn't really cut it for me eighter, when I think about it, there are only like 30 creatures in the book I really like.

I really want them to go back to the Bestiary 2,3 and 4 times.

Scarab Sages

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The Gold Sovereign wrote:

The Wild Hunt is usually depicted as a wolf pack and it's master. Like this, this or this. So, that's what he could have meant.

Nevertheless of it being a single creature or a new type/category, I'm sure it will be one of my favorite creatures in Bestiary 6.

Looks like we have been reading different books. The Wild Hunt I have read has several hunters on horseback with wolf/hounds leading the chase (similar to a fox hunt, but more so).

The Hunt is called by the fairy queen as punishment to transgressers.

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

What's wrong with anteaters?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcrYqtdMIZ4

I'd be happy with an anteater if it was anything like Antubis

Around 1:58 but a Warning: from kingdom hospital, man gets hit by van, clearly inspired by Stephen kings own accident, and antubis comes to save him after a fashion.


The version of the wild hunt I remember is the version Mr. Scholz is talking about.


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The Shadowrun (2nd edition?) wild hunt was all of the above, leader who was antlered, on foot, and based on Herne, mounted riders, hounds.


Charles Scholz wrote:
The Gold Sovereign wrote:

The Wild Hunt is usually depicted as a wolf pack and it's master. Like this, this or this. So, that's what he could have meant.

Nevertheless of it being a single creature or a new type/category, I'm sure it will be one of my favorite creatures in Bestiary 6.

Looks like we have been reading different books. The Wild Hunt I have read has several hunters on horseback with wolf/hounds leading the chase (similar to a fox hunt, but more so).

The Hunt is called by the fairy queen as punishment to transgressers.

That indeed fits the european myth better. And also, I just noticed that the figures I mentioned are actually called "Master of the Wild Hunt" and not the wild hunt itself, meaning there are probably other huntsmen working for/with it.


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Maybe we will get stats for multiple creatures that are part of the wild hunt and the master of the wild hunt is the strongest one.

Scarab Sages

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Cool!


March just can't get here quick enough.


The more I go through old Dungeon and Dragon magazines and 2nd edition material, the more monsters from pathfinder turn out to be not so unique, or at least not only in Pathfinder which I did think were 100% pathfinder, all mythology monsters from Bestiary 2 for example are one way or another in D&d as well, Water Leaper, Garuda, Grindylow, Alraune (as Venus Weed), Chupacabra, Springheel, Valkyrie, Brown Unicorn (Karkadann) and many more all turn up somewhere.

In that way only the Afanc must be used yet. That is the only mythology critter from D&D (called Adanc there as the Afanc is a big charybdis-like fish) that hasn't turned up in pathfinder yet, and probably because JJ finds that creature a joke (beaver/crocodile mix)


Also found some VERY awesome D&D monsters in Dragon-manuals, one called the Hellchain Weaver, a giant monstrous spider that eats Kytons and which spins chains.

One of my monsters called the Raktavija has a D&D counterpart, my idea of using blood as a weapon IS used in D&D before without my knowledge! I love the Scabmettler from Dragon352 (February 2007) they rule and are awesome. Hope to see a monster with similar powers in Pathfinder one day.

All the best powers in D&D (Metalmaster, Zorbo, Gravorg and Scabmettlers) should be used in other monsters in pathfidner, those powers are just too awesome to miss! Jean Grey monster (with multiple powers including one of these) don't count, the creature should FOCUS only on the power in question.

Magnetic abilities, absorbing material it touches into skin, gravity control and blood control. Make it happen please!


I wonder if we will see any creatures from the Tome of Horrors.

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Dragon78 wrote:
I wonder if we will see any creatures from the Tome of Horrors.

There's only one this time around.


One is better than none.


Cool, there will be one from ToH.

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Thomas Seitz wrote:
One is better than none.

My personal take on ToH monsters being reprinted in a Bestiary is that I'm only really interested in doing this for monsters that are a part of the shared nostalgic history of the game. AKA: Monsters that were originally D&D monsters that Wizards of the Coast allowed to enter the open gaming arena via allowing their inclusion in the original Tome of Horrors. There's a HUGE number of incredible and creative and interesting and fun monsters in the Tome of Horrors Complete that were created specifically for that book, but personally I would rather leave those monsters to Frog God Games and thus encourage gamers to pick up their product for those creatures (perhaps because they first saw them appear in a Paizo adventure, perhaps not).

And given that preference, the fact that we've already picked up the vast majority of those monsters in a bestiary already (the ones, at least, that we want to include in Pathfinder), there's a smaller number of them in each Bestiary we do. Which is fine with me, since that allows us to focus more on new monsters or monsters from our own library.


I can't wait to find out what that one creature will be.


Dragon78 wrote:
I can't wait to find out what that one creature will be.

Charon, maybe? Though I imagine that the Bestiary 6 version of Charon will be quite different.


PannicAtack wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
I can't wait to find out what that one creature will be.
Charon, maybe? Though I imagine that the Bestiary 6 version of Charon will be quite different.

I don't think Charon is part of the "Monsters that were originally D&D monsters", as he is a horsemen, a mythological creature.


Also I keep hoping it might be Skeletal Warrior since it's appeared in Curse of the Crimson Throne.

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Charon has indeed been in the game since 1st edition, but he and the other mythological demigods in Bestiary 6 are not adaptations of their versions in Tome of Horrors.


I hope it isnt humanoid undead #10.000 coffer corpse for example are just boring undead without anything special. I hope it is the crimson death, I think vampiric mist is much too weak so a very powerful bloodmist monster is welcome.


Hopefully it will be the Gorgimera.


Gorgimera to me is the perfect example of a monster that people put in manuals if they are out of imagination, they start to just put other monsters together and call it a new beast. They are fine, but more like the winter Chimera, a sub-species they use in a Adventure path for one time and not take in a precious page in the bestiary.

It is the last monster I hope they will ever use, after Dragonspawn of course.


So is that the only old school D&D monster that made it or just the only one from ToH?

Scarab Sages

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I wonder if we will ever see some of the monsters that disappeared between 2nd and 3rd editions that have never been published by anyone.
Two examples off the top of my head are the Brown and Yellow dragons.

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