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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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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Kalindlara wrote:

Of course it's a succubus. It always is. ^_^

I'm forced to agree with Nightterror - for once, I'd like to see a less pretty monster as the sample redeemed creature. Redeem a nalfeshnee for me!

(I do still love Arueshalae, though.)

I did a redeemed ultroloth back in 3.5 in Dragon magazine. :)


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People always take the easy way out. Redeem a Vrock, Destrachan or Hezrou and were talking. And it it needs to be a pretty girl at least use the Marilith


Technically we could use that cold/winter fey template for the unseelie but there is no summer/fire version for the seelie.


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Nightterror wrote:
People always take the easy way out. Redeem a Vrock, Destrachan or Hezrou and were talking. And it it needs to be a pretty girl at least use the Marilith

I agree and as a side note I think Rysky might be part marilith... but good luck redeeming her.


No, Rysky is a Succubus, nobody here comes even close to the best female D&D monster of all time named Marilith. That Wizards of the Coast let that perfect demon into the copyright instead of the boring Kuo-Toa or Githzerai is a miracle and a (un)holy blessing.


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Nightterror wrote:
People always take the easy way out. Redeem a Vrock, Destrachan or Hezrou and were talking. And it it needs to be a pretty girl at least use the Marilith

Redeemed, or at least non-evil, destrachans would be valuable allies to the araneas & spiderfolk in their war against the xill. Trust me on this.

Vidmaster7 wrote:
I agree and as a side note I think Rysky might be part marilith... but good luck redeeming her.

Spoiler:
No, but she can at will haste herself, so it only seems like she has six hands. :)

Why are Destrachan (underground creature) at war with the Xill which live on the Ethereal plane?

What is the story behind this war and hate? And what chance does a 4 armed humanoid have against at creature that commands the very sounds?

Xills are good in making powerful enemies it seems, I wouldn't want to have Night Hags , Destrachan and Phase Spiders to be my enemies.


Todd Stewart wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

Of course it's a succubus. It always is. ^_^

I'm forced to agree with Nightterror - for once, I'd like to see a less pretty monster as the sample redeemed creature. Redeem a nalfeshnee for me!

(I do still love Arueshalae, though.)

I did a redeemed ultroloth back in 3.5 in Dragon magazine. :)

And wasn't there also A'kin the Friendly Fiend, a reformed-if-insane arcanaloth? I seem to recall that he and Shemeska the Marauder had a 'difficult' relationship.

Dark Archive

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Wait, so what is the conversation now

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Dragon78 wrote:
Technically we could use that cold/winter fey template for the unseelie but there is no summer/fire version for the seelie.

That's because we don't have, and don't want to have, that sort of binary division for our fey.


It doesn't have to be a binary division of all/most fey, it could be used in one small area of the first world or even on earth. Heck having 4 templates related to each season would be interesting.

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Dragon78 wrote:
It doesn't have to be a binary division of all/most fey, it could be used in one small area of the first world or even on earth. Heck having 4 templates related to each season would be interesting.

It's not gonna change, though. Not only did we want to avoid the binary setup that Jessica pointed out, but frankly, the whole seelie/unseelie fey stuff is cliched when it comes to fey. Just as we wanted to avoid the crutch of prophecy in Pathfinder and Golarion, we wanted to do something new and interesting with fey. The First World is our solution.

If you're looking for stuff like this that we're not interested in doing there are plenty of 3rd party publishers that take up those threads. In particular, check out Advanced Bestiary—it's FILLED with templates, including ones like you mention. In fact, the seasonal templates are in that book at my suggestion—back when Matt Sernett was writing the book he and I brainstormed ideas and the seasonal template was one of mine.

Matt was working at Paizo at the time. The redone version was developed by Owen, who works at Paizo now. We've used templates from that book from the beginning and continue to do so to this day. The book's got as strong a gamer pedigree as it possibly could have, in my opinion, and it has another advantage over Bestiary 6 in that it's available Right Now.

Dark Archive

Todd Stewart wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

Of course it's a succubus. It always is. ^_^

I'm forced to agree with Nightterror - for once, I'd like to see a less pretty monster as the sample redeemed creature. Redeem a nalfeshnee for me!

(I do still love Arueshalae, though.)

I did a redeemed ultroloth back in 3.5 in Dragon magazine. :)

Can you please point me to the issue in question?


nightflier wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

Of course it's a succubus. It always is. ^_^

I'm forced to agree with Nightterror - for once, I'd like to see a less pretty monster as the sample redeemed creature. Redeem a nalfeshnee for me!

(I do still love Arueshalae, though.)

I did a redeemed ultroloth back in 3.5 in Dragon magazine. :)
Can you please point me to the issue in question?

Wrath of the Righteous #4 The Midnight Isles....

Shadow Lodge Contributor, RPG Superstar 2010 Top 8

nighttree wrote:
nightflier wrote:
Todd Stewart wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

Of course it's a succubus. It always is. ^_^

I'm forced to agree with Nightterror - for once, I'd like to see a less pretty monster as the sample redeemed creature. Redeem a nalfeshnee for me!

(I do still love Arueshalae, though.)

I did a redeemed ultroloth back in 3.5 in Dragon magazine. :)
Can you please point me to the issue in question?
Wrath of the Righteous #4 The Midnight Isles....

I think they meant the 3.5 Dragon Magazine issue.


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Not interested in the Advanced Bestiary, I do not buy third party products.


Dragon78 wrote:
Not interested in the Advanced Bestiary, I do not buy third party products.

Your missing out there is a few high points in the third party stuff.


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Dragon78 wrote:
Not interested in the Advanced Bestiary, I do not buy third party products.

But isn't Pathfinder a 3pp of 3.5 D&D?

Silver Crusade

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Espy Lacopa wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Not interested in the Advanced Bestiary, I do not buy third party products.
But isn't Pathfinder a 3pp of 3.5 D&D?

Originally yes, but 3.5 DnD isn't in production anymore so now Pathfinder is 1pp for it and compatible products.


I didn't bought third party products eighter, but Kobold Press is really good and I will buy all their large bestiaries.


Rysky wrote:
Espy Lacopa wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Not interested in the Advanced Bestiary, I do not buy third party products.
But isn't Pathfinder a 3pp of 3.5 D&D?
Originally yes, but 3.5 DnD isn't in production anymore so now Pathfinder is 1pp for it and compatible products.

Except. . .Pathfinder isn't made by the first party (Wizards of the Coast). So it can't be 1pp.

Silver Crusade

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Espy Lacopa wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Espy Lacopa wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Not interested in the Advanced Bestiary, I do not buy third party products.
But isn't Pathfinder a 3pp of 3.5 D&D?
Originally yes, but 3.5 DnD isn't in production anymore so now Pathfinder is 1pp for it and compatible products.
Except. . .Pathfinder isn't made by the first party (Wizards of the Coast). So it can't be 1pp.

Wizard of the Coast did not create Pathfinder nor do they produce Pathfinder products, so in regards to Pathfinder products they are not 1pp. If WoTC did start producing Pathfinder compatible products then they would be 3pp, not 1pp.

WotC is 1pp in regards to their IP, which is DnD, not Pathfinder.


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What is and isn't 3pp is probably best reserved for a non product thread.

That said, Pathfinder has existed for long enough that you can get a pretty good sense of what stuff may someday show up and what stuff will never show up. Although I LIKE the fairy court trope, it's not something that is likely to be developed or show up in a Paizo product, since it does conflict with the current Eldest set up that the company is going with for the campaign setting. Looking for 3pp material that covers that is going to be more productive than hoping it shows up and being disappointed when it doesn't.


They can have fairy courts even with the Eldest. It's not like there will not be fey with CR21-25 level power. The first world is vast in size and very malleable. We also know that there were once more Eldest then we have now and might be more out there we do not know about as well. There are many possibilities in this setting if you use your imagination.


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Dragon78 wrote:
There are many possibilities in this setting if you use your imagination.

And that imagination is being used by things like the Advanced Bestiary. Because Paizo has OTHER ideas that they want to use and its clear that they have neither the time nor space to deal with every single idea that players could want in their games.

Silver Crusade

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Dragon78 wrote:
They can have fairy courts even with the Eldest. It's not like there will not be fey with CR21-25 level power. The first world is vast in size and very malleable. We also know that there were once more Eldest then we have now and might be more out there we do not know about as well. There are many possibilities in this setting if you use your imagination.

Sometimes less is more.


Dragon78 wrote:
There are many possibilities in this setting if you use your imagination.

Like Saltwater Drakes, Field Nymphs and Flowerhill Giants? Please...

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James Jacobs wrote:
We've used templates from that book from the beginning and continue to do so to this day.

Yep, the Advanced Bestiary and Tome of Horrors get used in APs and for stat blocks in other places so much that they could nearly be considered part of the 'Pathfinder canon'. Can't think of any other 'third party' material which has been used as extensively by Paizo.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Not interested in the Advanced Bestiary, I do not buy third party products.

Then you're locking yourself out of content you would enjoy that we will never provide for you because it's not something we're interested in creating.

In any case, books like the Advanced Bestiary are good enough for me to use in products we publish at Paizo, so I don't know what else I can say to convince folks that, yes indeed, you CAN buy and enjoy books from other publishers.

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CBDunkerson wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
We've used templates from that book from the beginning and continue to do so to this day.
Yep, the Advanced Bestiary and Tome of Horrors get used in APs and for stat blocks in other places so much that they could nearly be considered part of the 'Pathfinder canon'. Can't think of any other 'third party' material which has been used as extensively by Paizo.

Book of Fiends and Tome of Horrors both come to mind as books we've used more than Advanced Bestiary.

Liberty's Edge

James Jacobs wrote:
CBDunkerson wrote:
Yep, the Advanced Bestiary and Tome of Horrors get used in APs and for stat blocks in other places so much that they could nearly be considered part of the 'Pathfinder canon'. Can't think of any other 'third party' material which has been used as extensively by Paizo.
Book of Fiends and Tome of Horrors both come to mind as books we've used more than Advanced Bestiary.

*blink*

<runs off to store section to find out what-the-heck 'Book of Fiends' is>

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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CBDunkerson wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
CBDunkerson wrote:
Yep, the Advanced Bestiary and Tome of Horrors get used in APs and for stat blocks in other places so much that they could nearly be considered part of the 'Pathfinder canon'. Can't think of any other 'third party' material which has been used as extensively by Paizo.
Book of Fiends and Tome of Horrors both come to mind as books we've used more than Advanced Bestiary.

*blink*

<runs off to store section to find out what-the-heck 'Book of Fiends' is>

It's an older Green Ronin book that expanded on demons, devils, and daemons. While we use a few of the monsters in there now and then, the main thing that we use from it is the qlippoth. We've expanded on the type of qlippoth, but several of those in Bestiary 2 were first published in Book of Fiends.

Written by one Erik Mona, in fact.

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Ah, so he's to blame for all the torment my characters and friend's characters have suffered at the hands of those fiends...

Silver Crusade

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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Ah, so he's to blame for all the torment my characters and friend's characters have suffered at the hands of those fiends...

And Cosmo.

Liberty's Edge

I also recommend the Book of Fiends. too bad they never did a similar book for Celestial and other similar beings.


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memorax wrote:
I also recommend the Book of Fiends. too bad they never did a similar book for Celestial and other similar beings.

Book of the Righteous has some of that, and is a very cool book as well.

Liberty's Edge

Justin Franklin wrote:


Book of the Righteous has some of that, and is a very cool book as well.

I recommend that as well. Too bad Green Ronin only kickstared a updated 5E version of the book. BOR is more a book about a full fledged Pantheon. There is also the Avatara Handbook as well.


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Hopefully there will be more info for this product soon so we can stop talking about 3pp.

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I'm still hoping that Book of Fiends gets eventually update to Pathfinder version, just like how Tome of Horrors and Advanced Bestiary did

I mean, it would definitely at least make buying pdf easier since I'm not sure where it is available .-. At least not in shops I use...


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Dragon78 wrote:
Hopefully there will be more info for this product soon so we can stop talking about 3pp.

Yes, it is kind of shocking/disappointing to see so much deviation from the board's rules--particularly from the Developers.

It has been nice to get some juicy tidbits of what is and is not in this book from time to time...would be nice to get back to that. I am really curious about the Wild Hunt.
My favorite category of dragon has been Primal. Interesting to find out what the new category is...

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I don't really see it as deviation. Someone asked for a thing that Paizo doesn't intend to produce, and the developers took some time (out of their busy schedules) to recommend products that would match their desires.

It seemed very helpful, if you ask me. ^_^

Silver Crusade

Kalindlara wrote:

I don't really see it as deviation. Someone asked for a thing that Paizo doesn't intend to produce, and the developers took some time (out of their busy schedules) to recommend products that would match their desires.

It seemed very helpful, if you ask me. ^_^

Agreed.

Silver Crusade

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I personally recommend Advanced Bestiary to anybody who wants more templates.

Scarab Sages

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I love it.


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Rysky wrote:
Kalindlara wrote:

I don't really see it as deviation. Someone asked for a thing that Paizo doesn't intend to produce, and the developers took some time (out of their busy schedules) to recommend products that would match their desires.

It seemed very helpful, if you ask me. ^_^

Agreed.

Indeed. One of the things I've always enjoyed about Paizo is their willingness to communicate with us on these forums, even if I don't always agree with their opinions. I would hate for some people's viewpoints to discourage them from such communication.


I love Advanced Bestiary, too bad it didn't help one bit, as there are still templates in the bestiaries, which I actually hoped would never appeared again after the Advanced Bestiary, I kinda hoped Paizo would create their own book about templates, so I have less instant skip pages.


It would be interesting to learn what the new type of true dragons will be called but at least we know what concept they are based on.


The dream dragon was among the first previews of B5. Maybe the "dragon from heaven" will also make it into the previews for B6.


Maybe they will show the art for one of the five new ones or maybe not. We will just have to wait and see.


The development of B6 should be done soon, if not already finished, so Paizo probably want some surprises to be left before release date.

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