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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James Jacobs wrote:
FallenDabus wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Marco Massoudi wrote:

Dear James,

are there more Great Old Ones in B6?

I love your write-ups in Strange Aeons.

Thanks for answering our questions and being the patient nice guy you are.

Yup. We have 3 Great Old Ones showing up in Bestiary 6. One of which is one from Lovecraft that hasn't traditionally been categorized as a Great Old One, but for the purposes of Pathfinder can be... it's a pretty tough one too!

If it's not usually Mythos, was it meantioned in the Elder Mythos article in In Search of Sanity?

Also, dinosaur hugs for your patience and involvement on the forums. You are one of the things that makes Paizo great!

I didn't say it was "not usually mythos," just "not usually a Great Old One." It was mentioned in there, sort of. You'll need to wait and see more.

Hmmm, the game is afoot then! I'm going to hold out that we are getting one of Nyarlathotep's Avatars in a "lesser" form, but as you say, we shall see. It's very exciting, I've been loving the Great Old Ones so far!

Silver Crusade Contributor

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The Beast of the Bloody Tongue! ^_^


Maybe his "humanoid" incarnation as the Black Pharaoh. You known, just like the King in Yellow is could be a lesser "avatar".

But, anyway, WOW! B6 is becoming insane (that's not meant to be a pun because of the GOO's). As Dragon78 pointed, we already know about 21 demigod "like" beings, including the three kaiju.


James Jacobs wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:
Will the 5 new "true" dragons get more flavor text as well?
Unfortunatley, no. The choices we made in how to present true dragons prevents us from that luxury, alas.

Well, we're always hoping for a cool campaign setting to answer this lack of flavor... :-)

Dragons: Revisited 2... Unleashed 2... of Golarion... Inner Sea... XD

Well, at least, did the new true dragons get higher CR? The average ancient Red, Umbral and Dream dragons are CR 19, while the average ancient Gold, Sovereign and Time dragons are CR 20.


Yeah, 21 demigod like beings that we know of so far;)

I would love a "lesser" version Nyarlathotep to fight.

I can't wait to find out what the 3 kaiju will be.


I don't understand you guys, just ask JJ in his question topic if he's (or any other creator) is willing to share some more fluff on these dragons, i'm sure they will.

Silver Crusade

Or since he's working on this book and nice enough to hang out here and answer questions about this book, why not ask him questions about things in this book? :3


Well i'm sure he's not gonna give fluff on the dragons before the book is even out, so they have to wait for the book to come out before asking the questions I suppose.

I don't ask such questions, I make up my own fluff.

Silver Crusade Contributor

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In addition, Mr. Jacobs is (understandably) hesitant to do too much of that on the forums. It's basically unpaid work, for one thing. For another, he's said on frequent occasion that he would prefer not to have "official material" of exactly this sort put out via random messageboard posts, where it will be lost in the shuffle.

So, asking for a book (unlikely though it may be) is the correct call here. ^_^


Giving a little background info on the dragons isn't that too much different than the questions I see in the Question topic. They can atleast try, maybe somebody answers, just like they answered to my Karkadann vs Smilodon question in an awesome way. Asking for 4 pages for each of the 5 dragons isn't gonna work, they already know the answer to that. No.

Grand Lodge

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Rysky wrote:
Or since he's working on this book and nice enough to hang out here and answer questions about this book, why not ask him questions about things in this book? :3

You know, respectfully and without rancor, as that causes him more problems and headaches than polite questions.


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They aren't my questions, I care less for dragons. I just gave a tip to Dragon78 and the others that crave for more dragon fluff.

Maybe they could even start a blog after bestiary 6 is out, with every week another fluff story on the paizo blog about a dragon. If so many people want more fluff for dragons. (And some other creatures) Just a thought though.


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I am thankful that Mr. Jacobs actually answers so many of our questions in general.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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The idea that the new great old one is an avatar of Nyarlathotep is on the right track... but it's not an avatar of Nyarlathotep.

Mwa ha ha.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Nightterror wrote:

They aren't my questions, I care less for dragons. I just gave a tip to Dragon78 and the others that crave for more dragon fluff.

Maybe they could even start a blog after bestiary 6 is out, with every week another fluff story on the paizo blog about a dragon. If so many people want more fluff for dragons. (And some other creatures) Just a thought though.

If we do the hard work of generating new flavor text (hate hate HATE the term "fluff"), it's gonna be in a book, not on a blog post.


Will there be more dinos in the book?>


TriOmegaZero wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Or since he's working on this book and nice enough to hang out here and answer questions about this book, why not ask him questions about things in this book? :3
You know, respectfully and without rancor, as that causes him more problems and headaches than polite questions.

Wouldn't a rancor require a deal with Lucas Film, though?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Nightterror wrote:
Giving a little background info on the dragons isn't that too much different than the questions I see in the Question topic. They can atleast try, maybe somebody answers, just like they answered to my Karkadann vs Smilodon question in an awesome way. Asking for 4 pages for each of the 5 dragons isn't gonna work, they already know the answer to that. No.

That's underestimating the amount of work it takes to generate flavor text for any monster, much less something as significant as a set of new dragons. It's not something that exists already. We know we will only have a few lines for flavor text for the dragons, and that's all we generate for a bestiary. The names and types and roles of the dragons suggested by these lines and their name certainly suggest huge roads we could travel down to produce pages and pages of content for their flavor, but those pages don't currently exist.

There is no "cutting room floor" scraps to pick up and post to a blog, in other words.

Shadow Lodge

Kajehase wrote:
Wouldn't a rancor require a deal with Lucas Film, though?

Nope! Although a rancor in a political discussion would certainly liven things up.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Terevalis Unctio of House Mysti wrote:
Will there be more dinos in the book?>

Of course.


I kind of figured we would get dinosaurs.


Dragon78 wrote:

Actually it is:

8 Archedevils
4 Horsemen
3 Empyreal Lords
3 Kaiju
3 Old Ones

SOLD!!!

On another note to no one in particular...have there been dinos in every bestiary so far? Not including the soft cover bestiaries.


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James Jacobs wrote:

The idea that the new great old one is an avatar of Nyarlathotep is on the right track... but it's not an avatar of Nyarlathotep.

Mwa ha ha.

Now you have me really intrigued! I will have to come back to this one. My first thought would be another Hastur avatar, like the Green Lama, but that's just because I've been working on various mythos mystery cults for Chronicles of Darkness and CoC's Japan sourcebook is rife with timelines and plothooks for me to latch on to.

Maybe one of the members of Azathoth's court?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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Lemartes wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

Actually it is:

8 Archedevils
4 Horsemen
3 Empyreal Lords
3 Kaiju
3 Old Ones

SOLD!!!

On another note to no one in particular...have there been dinos in every bestiary so far? Not including the soft cover bestiaries.

There have been, because a Bestiary without dinosaurs is a waste of effort and a crime against Desna.


No sign of Ushers ???


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Also we have had megafauna in almost every hardcover bestiary. Other creature types/subtypes/etc. that we have had in every book would be demons, golems, element/environment/concept giants, 5 true dragons, 0HD races, animals companions, familiars, and devils.


James Jacobs wrote:
Lemartes wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

Actually it is:

8 Archedevils
4 Horsemen
3 Empyreal Lords
3 Kaiju
3 Old Ones

SOLD!!!

On another note to no one in particular...have there been dinos in every bestiary so far? Not including the soft cover bestiaries.

There have been, because a Bestiary without dinosaurs is a waste of effort and a crime against Desna.

Thanks saves me an hour looking through all of them.


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James Jacobs wrote:
Lemartes wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

Actually it is:

8 Archedevils
4 Horsemen
3 Empyreal Lords
3 Kaiju
3 Old Ones

SOLD!!!

On another note to no one in particular...have there been dinos in every bestiary so far? Not including the soft cover bestiaries.

There have been, because a Bestiary without dinosaurs is a waste of effort and a crime against Desna.

Not to mention makes Shelyn cry. No one wants that, do they?


Sir RicHunt Attenwampi wrote:
DungeonmasterCal wrote:
An elephant sized rhino that was at least as fast as a horse. One of my favorite extinct megafauna beasts.
So... another unicorn. ;)

A really, really big unicorn!


The Skull Ripper is on d20pfsrd.


What was the name of that megafauna?

Dark Archive

DungeonmasterCal wrote:
The Skull Ripper is on d20pfsrd.

So are all the other creatures from the "RotR AE" bestiary section.

The creatures from the "Curse of the Crimson Throne" bestiary sections are also found there, BUT THEY DIFFER FROM THE VERSION IN THE COTCT HC!


Ah, having never seen that book, I didn't know. But it would do for my homebrew games.


Dragon78 wrote:
What was the name of that megafauna?

The giant rhinoceros? Elasmotherium.


Sounds familiar but I haven't researched megafauna in years.


Are any of the Great Old Ones reprints from Strange Aeons?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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PannicAtack wrote:
Are any of the Great Old Ones reprints from Strange Aeons?

No. Too soon for those to be reprinted. Also, most of them aren't public domain and are not open content as a result, and thus wouldn't be good choices to reprint in a Bestiary anyway.


Dragon78 wrote:
Sounds familiar but I haven't researched megafauna in years.

Elasmotherium

There are a few images that are not Elasmotheriums, but there is a life size reproduction with two guys standing next to it for scale. They're frickin' huge. Elephant sized. They also had longer legs in proportion to their bodies than modern rhinos so they may have been pretty fast when they wanted to be, too.


Elasmotherium = Karkadann.

Though I like the Desert Unicorn much more than another rhino monster.


The Evil Queen wrote:

Elasmotherium = Karkadann.

Though I like the Desert Unicorn much more than another rhino monster.

We already have karkadann stats don't we?


Yeah, we do, it's found in B5.


Milo v3 wrote:
The Evil Queen wrote:

Elasmotherium = Karkadann.

Though I like the Desert Unicorn much more than another rhino monster.

We already have karkadann stats don't we?

I know, just wanted to teach people something they probably didn't know.


I've come to understand that in a bestiary rules and options are the main subject, while the description section is more part of the "were you can use it" subject. As Mr. Jacobs said, the names and the text for dragons are already enough for the purpose of a bestiary, and I dare to say that even their rules/abilities can be taken into consideration for setting purpose. We can save the "flavor text" for other books (even Planes of Power gave us this "fluff" =P we desired for the primal dragons, and it isn't even a book focused on dragons).

That said, I'm far more interested in the CR of the dragons in Bestiary 6. In fact, I'm curious about the average challenge rating of the book, not only for the dragons. I'm really excited about this bestiary mainly because it suggests that we are getting a really good number of high level foes - with deities and epic foes such as Krampus.

But as a dragon lover, I can't deny that they are in my top priority (alongside the fey and magic beasts).


James Jacobs wrote:

The idea that the new great old one is an avatar of Nyarlathotep is on the right track... but it's not an avatar of Nyarlathotep.

Mwa ha ha.

WoW... I don't know if I should take it as "it's not an avatar" or "it's not Nyarlathotep". I guessing the new GOO isn't Nyarlathotep, but indeed an avatar.


It would have been cool if it was a avatar of Nyarlathtep or at least a spawn of him.


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I will say monster ecology and society are some of Paizo's strong suits, so that's why people want more in the Bestiaries.

Not because they can't do it on their own, but because Paizo is so good at it. :-)

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