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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Sounds like this book will have a lot demi-god power level creatures in it.


Thomas Seitz wrote:
No problem Mister Hinkle. I'm happy to help.

Awesome. :)

James Jacobs wrote:
Oh. Well, then, personal preference is what's stopping me. I prefer troops (and swarms and etc.) as being custom-build monsters, not as templates.

Swarms don't lend themselves to templates at all. If you look at how swarms were made in 3.x, you become aware that they shouldn't be templated.


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Yeah, this is very much going to be the "high level" Bestiary, versus the Occult and Horror, which were the themes of the last two.


Jawa,

You'd think with Horror Adventures coming out months after, we'd get more Horror.

Not complaining just stating that.

I do think we'll get Kajiu.


James, how many empyreal lords will Bestiary 6 have?

Also, should we capitalize "empyreal lords" or not? I'm guessing no since it's lower-case in the supplements.


Is this an extremely random stand-in cover or are there some links with the troll on the cover? Does his Bestiary hold many trolls? Or are there troll and goblin troops in this?

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So no one else is hyped for the possible abyssal dragon, infernal dragon, or even elemental dragons?!

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I believe the dragons from Bestiary 2 are the elemental dragons. ^_^

As for hype... not especially. The Bestiaries don't give me enough context to get excited for new true dragons. They're all stats, no story.


Never really cared for the 5 dragons, spare for the Bestiary 2 ones. Maybe if they are based on the horsemen that my interest in them is peeked.


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Alex Putnam wrote:

Well, it's official. I no longer need to kill PCs with monsters. I can just drop a stack of a half-dozen bestiaries on their players instead. :P

(Would also work on minis. Players are considerably harder to replace.)

Minis will cause more damage to your book than skulls.

Also, will Szuriel's statblock include stats for Lammy as well?


My excitement for the Krampus is disproportionate to the presumed number of pages he will take up.


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Since there are nine aligned outer planes and only 5 true dragons in a group it is safe to assume that the dragons will be more flexible in there alignment. Basically I think there alignment might go like this: NG for all good aligned planes, NE for all evil aligned planes, CN for the Maelstrom, LN for Axis, N for the Boneyard. At least that is what I am hoping for anyway;)

The cover is a mockup.

I am really interested in the two headed dragons mentioned, are they a new subspecies, new type from an existing subspecies, a unique creature, a template, or something else.


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Archdevil Mephistopheles, my favorite. I will have to find a way to use him.


Steven "Troll" O'Neal wrote:
My excitement for the Krampus is disproportionate to the presumed number of pages he will take up.

Well, I am already thinking of an adventure starring him. hehe.


Steven "Troll" O'Neal wrote:
My excitement for the Krampus is disproportionate to the presumed number of pages he will take up.

There are a couple of 3PP write ups for Krampus (I have one from Rogue Genius Games). I'm sure Paizo's will be different, but it's a fun monster to run against PCs.

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djones wrote:

Also, will Szuriel's statblock include stats for Lammy as well?

Ah Lamentation of the Faithless... wait and see. :)

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AlgaeNymph wrote:

So, what empyreal lords are you hoping to see?

Me, I'm hoping to see Zohls (I can relate to asocial intellectuals), Olheon (for Kingmaker), Lymnieris (so wonderfully unusual), and Arshea (very obvious reasons).

I'd expect one or more of the more martially-minded / warlike ones, as they'd be more likely to show up to deliver some righteous smiting-of-evil (Ragathiel, Arqueros, Dammerich, Falayna, etc.), and any that might show up to specifically counter a particular sort of threat (such as Black Butterfly showing up to oppose a Great Old One type incursion from the depths of space). Having stats for those would be, IMO, more meaningful than stats for Korada (all about peace and forgiveness), or some other Empyreal who would be less likely to show up for a fight.

I'm pretty excited for this Lovecraft-esque PC race, the yaddithian, and the new constructs / animal companions, etc.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:
Steven "Troll" O'Neal wrote:
My excitement for the Krampus is disproportionate to the presumed number of pages he will take up.
There are a couple of 3PP write ups for Krampus (I have one from Rogue Genius Games). I'm sure Paizo's will be different, but it's a fun monster to run against PCs.

Especially when he throws present bombs. :D


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

It's been mentioned that demigod outsiders beyond those listed will be statted. I know Aeons, Asuras, Kytons, and Pyschopomps have been ruled out, but Qlippoth have been...maybe implied. What about Protean and Primal Inevitables?


It was mentioned that we would get proteans and qlippoths but it wasn't said that they would be demi-god level types or standard.


*raises his hand* I like dragons. I just like the Horsemen a tad more.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Nightterror wrote:
Is this an extremely random stand-in cover or are there some links with the troll on the cover? Does his Bestiary hold many trolls? Or are there troll and goblin troops in this?

It's placholder art. There are no trolls in this Bestiary.

Paizo Employee Creative Director

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AlgaeNymph wrote:

James, how many empyreal lords will Bestiary 6 have?

Also, should we capitalize "empyreal lords" or not? I'm guessing no since it's lower-case in the supplements.

Empyreal lord is not capitalized; neither is demon lord or archdevil, etc.

Not ready yet to reveal numbers though.


Is it more than one of each Mister Jacobs?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

Thomas Seitz wrote:
Is it more than one of each Mister Jacobs?

Those are still numbers. Not ready to reveal them yet. We'll have more info about Bestiary as we get closer to the book's release.


*sings* One is the loneliest number...

But seriously Mister Jacobs, thank you for being you.


The Conqueror Worm is from a poem of the same name written by Edger Alan Po. I am not really sure what direction they will take this one but the worms from Dune come to mind;)

"Strangely sentient oozes" sounds, well strange to me, we have had plenty of oozes that are sentient before.

Any chance of seeing the Gigas make it into a hardcover bestiary?


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Dragon,

I always liked that poem. Gigas would be a nice addition, especially if it's Hell, Abyssal and Abbadon.

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I wouldn't be surprised if the conqueror worm takes significant inspiration from the Hellboy story of the same name.


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Ooo!! I liked that story, Kal! :)

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Me too... still sad it's over.

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Dragon78 wrote:

The Conqueror Worm is from a poem of the same name written by Edger Alan Po. I am not really sure what direction they will take this one but the worms from Dune come to mind;)

"Strangely sentient oozes" sounds, well strange to me, we have had plenty of oozes that are sentient before.

Any chance of seeing the Gigas make it into a hardcover bestiary?

Poe is very much in my mind when I think of "Conqueror Worm." Dune is nowhere close to it.

No gigas in this book.


James Jacobs wrote:
Nightterror wrote:

??? This early? Not that I mind!

Only 200 monsters? I hope there aren't many re-entries from AP's and inner sea bestiary then, more new monsters. The only monster from ISB I don't really mind having twice is the whirlmaw.

I'm happy to see Krampus!

Rougarou is nice too, but the other things I read there i'm not a fan of, but that also happend with Bestiary 5, and it turned out they saved the best monsters for last anyway. Can't wait for the cover of this.

There's more than 200 monsters, but not nearly 300 in this one. The reason's pretty simple—this Bestiary has more two-page monsters than previous ones, either because I wanted the book to have more room exploring unusual monsters or, in part, because we're giving the higher CR monsters more room to fit on their pages.

Any chance of the rest of the Kaiju making an appearance anytime soon?

Paizo Employee Creative Director

PcWarduke wrote:
James Jacobs wrote:
Nightterror wrote:

??? This early? Not that I mind!

Only 200 monsters? I hope there aren't many re-entries from AP's and inner sea bestiary then, more new monsters. The only monster from ISB I don't really mind having twice is the whirlmaw.

I'm happy to see Krampus!

Rougarou is nice too, but the other things I read there i'm not a fan of, but that also happend with Bestiary 5, and it turned out they saved the best monsters for last anyway. Can't wait for the cover of this.

There's more than 200 monsters, but not nearly 300 in this one. The reason's pretty simple—this Bestiary has more two-page monsters than previous ones, either because I wanted the book to have more room exploring unusual monsters or, in part, because we're giving the higher CR monsters more room to fit on their pages.
Any chance of the rest of the Kaiju making an appearance anytime soon?

The rest? That's a lot. No... not all of them will be appearing anytime soon. Some, perhaps, but not all.

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James Jacobs wrote:
Dragon78 wrote:

The Conqueror Worm is from a poem of the same name written by Edger Alan Po. I am not really sure what direction they will take this one but the worms from Dune come to mind;)

"Strangely sentient oozes" sounds, well strange to me, we have had plenty of oozes that are sentient before.

Any chance of seeing the Gigas make it into a hardcover bestiary?

Poe is very much in my mind when I think of "Conqueror Worm." Dune is nowhere close to it.

No gigas in this book.

It writhes!—it writhes!


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With mortal pangs!
The mimes become its food!
And the seraphs sob at vermin fangs
In human gore imbued.

...I actually know that whole poem by heart. ^_^


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Rysky wrote:
Nightterror wrote:
Now there are Oceanids, Nereids, Undine's, Rusalka's and Naiads, how much pretty water women does one need and want lol :-p
MOAR.

Does this cornucopia of aquatic races foretell an upcoming mostly/all aquatic AP and/or Aquatic Adventures hardcover?

Rysky wrote:
Rougarou!!!!!!!!

Halfing-sized corgi rougarou?! Musn't. squee...

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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Nightterror wrote:
Now there are Oceanids, Nereids, Undine's, Rusalka's and Naiads, how much pretty water women does one need and want lol :-p
MOAR.

Does this cornucopia of aquatic races foretell an upcoming mostly/all aquatic AP and/or Aquatic Adventures hardcover?

Rysky wrote:
Rougarou!!!!!!!!
Halfing-sized corgi rougarou?! Musn't. squee...

That's not healthy for you.

Let the squeeing out. It wants to be free.


It's a shame there will not be any kami or oni, I was so hoping for reprints for all of them from the Jade Regent AP.

I hope we will finale see reprints of the Skirk Nettle, Dweomer Cat, Blodeuwedd, Stygia, Gare Linnorm, Raiju, Calathgar, Buraq, Hadhayush, Calikang, Aspidochelone, Addu, Gargiya, Tidepool Dragon, Coral Capuchin, and/or Dawn Piper.

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The calikang was in the Inner Sea World Guide, and is thus highly unlikely to see a Bestiary reprint. (This is probably also why the strix and gillman haven't appeared in a Bestiary.)

I'd love to see the gare linnorm return - it's up there with the ephialtes kyton and blast shadow for "monsters I'd like to see reprinted". ^_^


I only want the Skrik Nettle and Raiju from the AP's (oh, and some of the Mummy Mask mythological creatures such as Ammut and Serpopard), I can't believe Raiju didn't appeared in a bestiary yet. How can that be? I'm kinda happy the elemental-giant Oni aren't in this bestiary, though the Nogitsune is cool I guess. (especially with nine-tailed fox art)


"Lovecraftian yaddithian" 0-O ????
Wonder what they are about ???

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nighttree wrote:

"Lovecraftian yaddithian" 0-O ????

Wonder what they are about ???

Amazingly, the wondrous invention called the Internet provides an answer! Uncanny.


Will there be new dinosaurs, in particular Carnotaurus?


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Rysky wrote:
Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Rougarou!!!!!!!!
Halfing-sized corgi rougarou?! Musn't. squee...

That's not healthy for you.

Let the squeeing out. It wants to be free.

I will not squee prematurely ...unless I find out Crystal's were-corgies and/or scuris made it in.


You can find the calikang and some of the other monsters from APs and setting guides a d20pfsrd.com.


James Jacobs wrote:
JiCi wrote:

"troops of goblins"

Please tell me that there's a troop template :D

A troop template isn't really appropriate, any more than a swarm template is.

"Troop" is a monster subtype, like swarm. Troops work best when, like swarms, they're hand-built as monsters.

I'm hoping to include some advice and tips in the book on how to build your own troops though!

Wouldn't it make more sense to handle them as a build-your-own type creature akin to the animated object or necrograft?

I guess I'm just worried about 'advice and tips'. So far, most attempts at advising players on how to build monsters from scratch have been pretty lacklustre. Hopefully we'll see better this time than another reiteration of 'just compare your end result to other monsters and adjust it if the power seems off'.


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Strange new player-character-suitable races like the canine rougarou, the watery fey naiad, the crazed monkey goblin, and the Lovecraftian yaddithian, Darklands-dwelling munavri.
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the crazed monkey goblin,
Quote:
monkey goblin

be still my heart


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Does this cornucopia of aquatic races foretell an upcoming mostly/all aquatic AP and/or Aquatic Adventures hardcover?

You may have heard about the Ruins of Azlant AP.


Gorbacz wrote:
nighttree wrote:

"Lovecraftian yaddithian" 0-O ????

Wonder what they are about ???
Amazingly, the wondrous invention called the Internet provides an answer! Uncanny.

.....well that's disappointing....0-O

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