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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It was the "Ask James Jacobs", he said there were giant roaches in there but they had to be cut.


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Dragon78 wrote:
It was the "Ask James Jacobs", he said there were giant roaches in there but had to be cut.

So you're saying there was a roach clip?


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Roaches checked in, but they don't check out in this book.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:

Dragon,

Nah. I'm just referencing the fact that there's a new thrope template coming...and it would be a nice way to do The Mummy. :)

Entothrope sounds like you transform into a single insectoid form, like Lycanthrope transforms into a single animal.

On the other hand, I *know* I've seen a variant ability or template for Mummies that does exactly what you want (allows them to assume the form a swarm of scarab beetles) but I can't recall exactly what and where, now.

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Urath DM wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:

Dragon,

Nah. I'm just referencing the fact that there's a new thrope template coming...and it would be a nice way to do The Mummy. :)

Entothrope sounds like you transform into a single insectoid form, like Lycanthrope transforms into a single animal.

On the other hand, I *know* I've seen a variant ability or template for Mummies that does exactly what you want (allows them to assume the form a swarm of scarab beetles) but I can't recall exactly what and where, now.

There was one - the swarm-shifter - in 3.5's Libris Mortis.

There's also a vampire simple template in Classic Horrors Revisited that could just as easily be applied to a mummy.


The hard part about putting giant roaches in a book like this is keeping them in there there really bad about scurrying out.

(also im very ok with them not being in there)


I assume we'll be getting dinosaurs, but which ones?


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I wonder how many CR26+ creatures this book will actually have.

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With the inclusion of the Archdevils, Four Horsemen, Demon Lords, Empyreal Lords, and Great Old ones I'm going to say at the minimum 17+

Archdevils = 8
Four Horsemen = 4
Empyreal Lords = 3+
Demon Lords = 1+
Great Old Ones = 1+

And that's not taking into account other Demigods, and hopefully they'll be creatures of that CR besides Demigods.


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I thought we weren't getting Demon Lords or Great Old Ones in this book?

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Oh we aren't? Crap, nvm then.


Also, I don't know if they've said we'd be getting 8 archdevils or All 4 horsemen, just that we're getting some.

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I believe James has said we're getting all of those (Edit: Yep!), that being said (with what finally ends up end the book subject to change),

SZURIEL OR I RIOT!


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Mmmmm, yummy high-CR monsters... I do hope not all of them will be large or bigger - daddy needs more medium and smaller CR 15+ monsters, Paizo! (Note to self, stat up a CR 20 or more diminutive creature...)


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16+ pages just for archdevils.... eh, would have preferred for page count to be save for other things.


I agree with you on that one Milo.

We might be getting some Kaiju, so if that is the case that then add another 1-3 CR26+ creatures.

I agree with you as well Chemlak, we could use some small or smaller size non-swarm based CR20+ creatures.


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Rysky wrote:

I believe James has said we're getting all of those (Edit: Yep!), that being said (with what finally ends up end the book subject to change),

SZURIEL OR I RIOT!

Don't forget Charon! :D


He said we are getting all 8 archdevils and all 4 horsemen. He didn't say how many empyreal lords.

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Dragon78 wrote:
He said we are getting all 8 archdevils and all 4 horsemen. He didn't say how many empyreal lords.

That was just an assumption on how celestials are categorized (and presented in book 4), Angels, Archons, Agathion , and Azatas.

The Snuggable A's.

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Rysky wrote:

That was just an assumption on how celestials are categorized (and presented in book 4), Angels, Archons, Agathion , and Azatas.

The Snuggable A's.

Daemons, Demons, Demodands, and Devils.

The Snuggable D's?

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CBDunkerson wrote:
Rysky wrote:

That was just an assumption on how celestials are categorized (and presented in book 4), Angels, Archons, Agathion , and Azatas.

The Snuggable A's.

Daemons, Demons, Demodands, and Devils.

The Snuggable D's?

Also Divs!

The Dastardly D's, up against the Altruistic A's.

Thanks to Kytons, Qlippoth and Rakshasa (and Asuras, Sakhil, etc.), we've always had evil outsiders who broke out of the D's, but thanks to the Manasuptra, we've finally got broad race of good outsiders that don't start with A.


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Rysky wrote:

I believe James has said we're getting all of those (Edit: Yep!), that being said (with what finally ends up end the book subject to change),

SZURIEL OR I RIOT!

Holy crap! ALL FOUR HORSEMEN!?

...Oh.

...Oh crap.

You know there's some GM out there who's going to pit his level 20 PCs against all of them at once as a final battle of the campaign.

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Axial wrote:


You know there's some GM out there who's going to pit his level 20 PCs against all of them at once as a final battle of the campaign.

Ha ha... Hah HAH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!11!!!!!11!!!

;)


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Waits for the "if two horsemen are within a mile of each other... If three... And if all four are within a mile of each other..." section.


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Thomas Seitz wrote:
Rysky wrote:

I believe James has said we're getting all of those (Edit: Yep!), that being said (with what finally ends up end the book subject to change),

SZURIEL OR I RIOT!

Don't forget Charon! :D

CHARON!!! [/Ozzy]


James also said we are getting proteans and qlippoths but no azura, oni, inevitables, aeons, kami, or rakshasa. I think we are getting some celestials as well not including the empyreal lords.


I'd love all new proteans, but I expect the ones in B6 are reprints from one of the recent APs; I want to say Giantslayer but I'm not certain (don't have it).


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Oh! Pick me! Pick me!

They're in Hell's Rebels. :-)


The reprint stop point for APs was ether Hell's Rebels or Hell's Vengeance.


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captain yesterday wrote:

Oh! Pick me! Pick me!

They're in Hell's Rebels. :-)

Giantslayer also had at least one new protean as well

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I hope someday Penny Arcade lets Paizo reprint the Deep Crow.


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I hope one day they will get to reprint the Coeurl into a hardcover bestiary.

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With the advent of demigod enemies, will there be enemies who are higher than CR 30, or is CR 30 the limit?


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Al these high end two page monsters make me bored

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Nightterror wrote:
Al these high end two page monsters make me bored

K.

Oooooooo Coautl Lord PLZ!!!!!!!!!


Jhar226, CR30 is the limit.

I would love to see stats for CR26+ fey, dragons, oozes, plants, giants, titans, monstrous humanoids, and elementals.


Kalindlara wrote:
Urath DM wrote:
Thomas Seitz wrote:

Dragon,

Nah. I'm just referencing the fact that there's a new thrope template coming...and it would be a nice way to do The Mummy. :)

Entothrope sounds like you transform into a single insectoid form, like Lycanthrope transforms into a single animal.

On the other hand, I *know* I've seen a variant ability or template for Mummies that does exactly what you want (allows them to assume the form a swarm of scarab beetles) but I can't recall exactly what and where, now.

There was one - the swarm-shifter - in 3.5's Libris Mortis.

There's also a vampire simple template in Classic Horrors Revisited that could just as easily be applied to a mummy.

Since I can't find anything else in my collection, Swarm-shifter might well be what I was thinking of.


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Rysky wrote:
Nightterror wrote:
Al these high end two page monsters make me bored

K.

Oooooooo Coautl Lord PLZ!!!!!!!!!

Yes fine. But as long as we get Charon and Szuriel, I'm good. :)

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Rysky wrote:
Oooooooo Coautl Lord PLZ!!!!!!!!!

If they begin to expand upon Couatls the way they did Kytons, Rakshasa, Titans and other singular outsiders, that could be pretty fun!

Just as the Rakshasa seem like they'd be naturally more tied to Vudra, an expansion of Couatls seems like a natural fit for an expansion into more Arcadian themed critters and flavor and lore. (Although I'd prefer a 'made up' cosmology / pantheon, like that of Vudra, to one that's a direct port of Earth gods, as happened with Osirion/Egypt. Rather than Golarion versions of Quetzalcouatl, Tezcatlipoca, etc. I think I'd rather see the Couatls tied to pure fantasy realms and gods.)


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I would like to see more types of Couatls, Garuda, Peri, and a group of good outsiders that are native to the prime material plane.

I hope we will finally get some more types of Lamia, we haven't gotten any in a hardcover bestiary since B2.


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I just hope for less group monsters and more single monsters that arent unique and which are in range of cr 1 till 20. I especially love cr 10 till 17 monsters for some reason.


Also I would like to see a group of CN native outsiders and a group of LN native outsiders.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Also a group of CN native outsiders...

Ooo are the Ganzi in this?


I fixed that sentence to make it more clear, my bad about the confusion.

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Dragon78 wrote:
I fixed that sentence to make it more clear, my bad about the confusion.

Oh no, my apologies, I knew what you meant, I should have made my response more clear.

Mine was a general hopefulness/question that they'd be in here :3


According Mr. Jacobs all the 0HD races in this book are already mentioned.


Well races are fine. I still want my horsemen.

As for mixture, I'm okay with how Paizo picks and chooses monsters. *cites Monster Manual 5 (3.5) for an example that he DIDN'T like*


Too be honest I can't think of any of 3.0/3.5 bestiaries past the first one that was any good.


Monster manual 3 and fiend folio from 3.5 edition were fun though. Monsters of faerum sucked because it missed metalmasters.


Metal masters?! What the heck is that?!

Dragon,

I liked 3. 4 was forgettable in some ways. 5 just outright made me mad.

So far NONE of the Bestiaries have sucked. They might have a few less useful creatures, but overall, I'd rate them higher than 3.0/3.5 MMs.

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