Pathfinder Core Rulebook

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This comprehensive 640-page guide to the Pathfinder roleplaying game provides everything you need to set out on a world of limitless fantasy adventure! Choose from ancestries like elf, human, and goblin and classes like alchemist, fighter, and sorcerer to create a hero of your own design destined to become a legend! Based on more than 20 years of active development and playtest feedback from more than 125,000 gamers, the new Pathfinder rules are easy to learn and exciting to master! This indispensable volume contains all rules for players and Game Masters, and is your first step on a heroic new journey!

The Pathfinder Core Rulebook includes:

  • More than 600 pages of game rules, advice, character options, treasure, and more for players and Game Masters!
  • Six heroic player character ancestries, including elf, dwarf, gnome, goblin, halfling, and human, with variant heritages for half-elf and half-orc!
  • More than 30 backgrounds like bartender, soldier, or apprentice to further immerse yourself in your hero's backstory!
  • Twelve character classes, including the alchemist, barbarian, bard, champion, cleric, druid, fighter, monk, ranger, rogue, sorcerer, and wizard!
  • Hundreds and hundreds of spells, class feats, and other exciting abilities to help you customize your character to become the hero YOU envision her to be!
  • Streamlined and revised rules to help ease new players into the game while providing the depth of character options and tactical interest that have defined Pathfinder from the beginning!
  • *** Please disregard the availability information below. This item will be available August 1, 2019.***

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So is this a mockup somehow, or does the cover of the new hardcovers actually wrap around the spine

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Zaister wrote:
So is this a mockup somehow, or does the cover of the new hardcovers actually wrap around the spine

It's a 3D cover - you can actually see Valeros sticking his sword in the dragons behind on the back - that's why it's belching fire so strangely! ;-)


Xenocrat wrote:
The Gold Sovereign wrote:
My only problem with the cover is the red dragon's appearance. This is not how they are supposed to look in Pathfinder. I miss the spikes that makes their wings do piercing damage, and they have no horn melee attacks, as they have no horns (playtest).
My only problem is that is all wrong. All wing attacks do bludgeoning damage and always have, per the natural attacks universal monster rule (I can't find any dragon specific rule granting piercing on their wings), and the presence or absence of physical body parts is not perfectly correlated with usable natural attacks.

That's why it's an evolution of the game, as indeed the dragons had no such uncommon features in PF1. The playtest brought even more flavor to the rules and that's my favorite part while reading the bestiary entries.

In the playtest, Red chromatic dragons do piercing damage with their wings, as they have spikes covering the back of their body and wings. And you should also see that in the playtest they don't have horn attacks, and it's clear the reason is that red dragons have no horns in Pathfinder. The first time (that I can remember) a "red dragon" was depicted with horns was in the illustration of the wicked dragon god Dahak.

You see, red dragons have their own flavor up to the spikes in their wings, and that's amazing, right? Tha's what makes the game so unique. But I suppose it's ok to use this rather common appearance in the core rulebook, that's meant for everyone - old and new.


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Marco Massoudi wrote:
Zaister wrote:
So is this a mockup somehow, or does the cover of the new hardcovers actually wrap around the spine
It's a 3D cover - you can actually see Valeros sticking his sword in the dragons behind on the back - that's why it's belching fire so strangely! ;-)

Seriously, this is something they need to do, as a feature tied into the 3d physicality of the book, something more than just the flat image(s) themself convey but "made sense" of by the book itself... That makes you want to actually own the book for just that reason. OK, the "sticking his sword in the dragons behind" part doesn't literally need to be portrayed, but the 3d wrap-around cover part still stands :-)


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... also I think all of the characters are facing away from the dragon attacking them? (I noticed this because I'm hoping Merisiel's right leg is in front, rather than her left leg, as otherwise her waist is rather unpleasantly contorted — hard to tell with the position of the book title.)

Yeah, it is odd to me that the PCs seem to be ignoring the dragon and looking at something that we can't see off to the left.

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Seems to me that Kyra must be channeling against some undead that we cannot see on the left, and that the other two are getting ready to attack. Which is when the Red Dragon charges through the corridor and walls in a "Surprise, surprise" mode :-)

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Orrrrrr they’re on the same side and dragon was blasting something chasing them from the right!


If I order from Germany, will I receive a German copy or an English one?

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FruitzPunch wrote:
If I order from Germany, will I receive a German copy or an English one?

”From Germany”, order the book from Paizo from Germany or from the German distributor? If the former you will get the English version unless it specifies otherwise.


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English. The foreign translations aren’t published by Paizo directly - they license them.

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John Warren wrote:
Ramanujan wrote:


... also I think all of the characters are facing away from the dragon attacking them? (I noticed this because I'm hoping Merisiel's right leg is in front, rather than her left leg, as otherwise her waist is rather unpleasantly contorted — hard to tell with the position of the book title.)
Yeah, it is odd to me that the PCs seem to be ignoring the dragon and looking at something that we can't see off to the left.

The way I see the scene, the group was running away from the dragon and just turned around to fight because they found out an adult red dragon has a ground speed of 50 feet per action.


I have the understanding that 2nd Edition is being planned to have simultaneous release in at least French and German as well as English (not sure of other languages), but non-English translations are handled by other publishers partnered with Paizo: Black Book Editions for French and Ulisses Spiele for German.

I believe Paizo even sells their PDFs on this site, although they don't stock actual product since obviously there is little demand and those publishers have their own distribution in their markets. So you should look wherever you usually buy RPG products in your language. I'm not sure if they are already doing pre-orders of their translated editions.


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You will have to order the German version from Paizo's German licensee Ulisses Spiele, or buy it in a shop once it is released. Ulisses' website mentions a Q3 release, but nothing more specific, and you cannot preorder yet.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Ulisses translation team.


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Red Dragon?! Makes me wonder why you guys created all those Pathfinder specific dragons but still mostly use the D&D ones on the covers.

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Dragon78 wrote:
Red Dragon?! Makes me wonder why you guys created all those Pathfinder specific dragons but still mostly use the D&D ones on the covers.

Because they're iconic, popular and recognisable. The cover isn't aimed at diehard fans who are longing for a purple star and time dragon to grace a cover of the core rulebook, they're aimed at distributors, retailers and run-the-mill customers who expect a classic dragon or a giant or a demon/devil on the cover a very traditional heroic heartbreaker fantasy RPG core book.


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Charlie Brooks wrote:
John Warren wrote:
Ramanujan wrote:


... also I think all of the characters are facing away from the dragon attacking them? (I noticed this because I'm hoping Merisiel's right leg is in front, rather than her left leg, as otherwise her waist is rather unpleasantly contorted — hard to tell with the position of the book title.)
Yeah, it is odd to me that the PCs seem to be ignoring the dragon and looking at something that we can't see off to the left.
The way I see the scene, the group was running away from the dragon and just turned around to fight because they found out an adult red dragon has a ground speed of 50 feet per action.

No, no. They were investigating something off stage when the dragon surprised them, but Kyra rolled a proper cleric initiative of 1, so she's still looking that way with her light cast on her holy symbol so she and Valeros can see because they're too cheap to buy darkvision potions.


While I'm sure they're absent for now (as the devs already said so), I do wish the PF2CRB had at least the most primitive of firearms included (don't care about modern ones, but they too are handy for comparison of technological progress).

Other than that, more Cat Fall-esque "worthy" skill feats would be appreciable for my anticipation.

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Even though i don't know if i'll play Second Edition, i just preordered this to give you guys the chance to win me over. ;-)


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Rysky wrote:
Xenocrat wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Ramanujan wrote:

In the cover art — what is going on with Merisiel?

It's like she has an extra arm and her head is twisted backwards.

It's Kyra's leg/foot.
I hope not. She’s standing behind that block with her other leg,
She's bracing with her left leg, you can see all the weight on it.

It's easier to see here, although it does muddle things a bit that it also looks close to Merisiel's studded armour.

But it's clearly behind Merisiel and you can see some of the oval plates on Kyra's shoes/boots.

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GentleGiant wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Xenocrat wrote:
Rysky wrote:
Ramanujan wrote:

In the cover art — what is going on with Merisiel?

It's like she has an extra arm and her head is twisted backwards.

It's Kyra's leg/foot.
I hope not. She’s standing behind that block with her other leg,
She's bracing with her left leg, you can see all the weight on it.

It's easier to see here, although it does muddle things a bit that it also looks close to Merisiel's studded armour.

But it's clearly behind Merisiel and you can see some of the oval plates on Kyra's shoes/boots.

Yep-yep.

Grand Lodge

Any word on if the PDF copies will be out on August 1st, and will the price point be similar to Starfinder? ($10 for the core books in PDF form).


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No definitive word yet on the pricing.

It’s standard across all their product lines for Paizo to release the PDFs on streetdate (August 1st) so it’s a safe bet that’ll be the case here too.


Does anyone know when the cut off date for the pre-order is?


Any word on whether or not pre-orders will be possible to pick up at Gen Con this year? The street date does coincide with the start of the con. :D


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Joe Van Ginkel wrote:
Any word on whether or not pre-orders will be possible to pick up at Gen Con this year? The street date does coincide with the start of the con. :D

They should definitely have subscription pickups at Gen Con, as they have been doing that for years. If you are going to Gen Con and you want everything that they are putting out on August 1st for a given subscription line, your best bet would be to subscribe to that line before they run the August authorizations. For the subscription that includes the new core rulebook, you would be getting that book plus the new Bestiary.

They seem to be looking into non-subscription pickups, but they have so far made no formal announcements one way or the other about that.


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Joe Van Ginkel wrote:
Any word on whether or not pre-orders will be possible to pick up at Gen Con this year? The street date does coincide with the start of the con. :D

They haven’t confirmed it yet.


So if I subscribe or preorder directly from Paizo, will it actually arrive on August 1st? Or is that just the day they'll ship the books? Or is it anyone's guess?


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They aim for you to receive it on that day. However, given the volume of orders, it is impossible to achieve that. Most will get it on or around that day. Some will be earlier and some will be later.

If you subscribe and if paizo provide a free pdf to subscribers (not yet confirmed) then the pdf is granted when your subscription ships. Usually, most subscribers get access to the pdf before streetdate (although that isn't true for every case - occassionally ones subscription is last/delayed).


Steve Geddes wrote:

They aim for you to receive it on that day. However, given the volume of orders, it is impossible to achieve that. Most will get it on or around that day. Some will be earlier and some will be later.

If you subscribe and if paizo provide a free pdf to subscribers (not yet confirmed) then the pdf is granted when your subscription ships. Usually, most subscribers get access to the pdf before streetdate (although that isn't true for every case - occassionally ones subscription is last/delayed).

I knew subscribers get their PDF early, I wasn't sure if that would still apply. My gaming group meets on Fridays, and I wanted to know if we'd have the book in hand that Thursday or Friday. PDFs are one thing, but hardcopy is handier at the table.


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Things may be a bit different since it is the start of a new edition.

I can't recall whether I got my Starfinder PDFs before their official release date, for example. I do remember that the traffic on the Paizo site was so heavy that it took me a few days before I could actually download the core rulebook PDF.


Starfinder PDFs didn't go live for anyone until the line opened for physical sales at GenCon, or maybe an hour later.


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The Fifth Wanderer wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

They aim for you to receive it on that day. However, given the volume of orders, it is impossible to achieve that. Most will get it on or around that day. Some will be earlier and some will be later.

If you subscribe and if paizo provide a free pdf to subscribers (not yet confirmed) then the pdf is granted when your subscription ships. Usually, most subscribers get access to the pdf before streetdate (although that isn't true for every case - occassionally ones subscription is last/delayed).

I knew subscribers get their PDF early, I wasn't sure if that would still apply. My gaming group meets on Fridays, and I wanted to know if we'd have the book in hand that Thursday or Friday. PDFs are one thing, but hardcopy is handier at the table.

I know what you mean. I rarely download any pdfs.

You should have the hardcopy on or around the first, but there's no guarantee. Plenty of subscribers will receive it 'late' even if the majority get it on time.


David knott 242 wrote:

Things may be a bit different since it is the start of a new edition.

I can't recall whether I got my Starfinder PDFs before their official release date, for example. I do remember that the traffic on the Paizo site was so heavy that it took me a few days before I could actually download the core rulebook PDF.

Yeah, I wouldn't even bother trying to download them until Thursday evening or Friday morning.

I remain curious and optomistic about this new edition. There are things I liked about the playtest and things I didn't, but I'm given to understand that there have been big changes.


The cover kind of reminds me of the Dungeons and Dragons, Night of No Tomorrow, with Tiamat chasing the kids and Uni through Merlin's castle.


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The Fifth Wanderer wrote:
David knott 242 wrote:

Things may be a bit different since it is the start of a new edition.

I can't recall whether I got my Starfinder PDFs before their official release date, for example. I do remember that the traffic on the Paizo site was so heavy that it took me a few days before I could actually download the core rulebook PDF.

Yeah, I wouldn't even bother trying to download them until Thursday evening or Friday morning.

I think they’ve upgraded their IT capabilities since then (and certainly the playtest downloading went very smoothly compared with previous large-scale releases).

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