Pathfinder Core Rulebook

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This comprehensive 640-page guide to the Pathfinder roleplaying game provides everything you need to set out into 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! The new Pathfinder rules are easier to learn and faster to play, and they offer deeper customization than ever before!

This indispensable volume contains the core 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!

ISBN: 978-1-64078-168-9

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Incredible work

5/5

I am floored by what Paizo has accomplished here. So much of the old guard DNA has finally been filtered out. The sheets and book have never been cleaner or clearer from a graphic design standpoint. This book is simply a joy to read cover to cover. All 600+ pages of it! I wasn't planning on coming back to PF, my RPG interests drift a little more indie these days. But I saw the copy at a brick and mortar store and gave it a look. I bought it on the spot.
Thank you, Paizo. Just thank you. I will be ordering many more P2 books as I go.

PS. More Iron Gods plz ;p


Pathfinder has never been better before

5/5

Improved in almost every single way I can think of. Bravo!


Simply Amazing

5/5

I love Pathfinder 2E. Great game with tons of improvements. The book is good quality, very nice layout and design. A+ stuff.


Lame

1/5

I need to take an action to check my knowledge in combat?
All characters now basically have the same stats?
No more masterwork benefits for weapons and armor?
Spellcaster spell damage nerfed?
No more inherent racial abilities and traits?
Race is now Ancestry?
Roll Stealth or Perception for Initiative?
Feels like a video game.
Lame!


A great new edition and new beginning for all!

5/5

As a GM I appreciate the evolution of the rules that have been provided here. There has been a lot of care and thought put towards balance and ease of play without sacrificing depth.

I must say I’m disappointed to see so much outcry from my fellow gamers regarding the change and perception that the game has been made simple and less complex or limited.
Let’s face it, there is a difference between depth and complexity. I see many comments posted here and elsewhere stating that the game is more simple as though that were a bad thing. I personally feel that having a game that plays well while still providing a wealth of options and tools is a win for my group and I hope for Paizo as well.

Pathfinder was originally built on the bones of a system released nearly 20 years ago, it is absolutely time to update and modernize. From corrections to shortcomings that have been present from the beginning and excellent updates that may seem superficial (layout and book design) the new edition comes together to make everything so much easier to learn and understand. Bringing in new players is great too and is what keeps the companies we love making games well into the future!

Many people feel threatened by change and as new rules arrive, so too do the fears. Like all well designed rpgs, the main goal is to have fun and if there are elements your table does not like, rules and game elements can easily be changed or omitted so that everyone has fun. I encourage all to try first and not theorycraft as actual play often goes differently (and better) than one may expect.

Lastly I want to say how happy I am that this is a great jumping on point for many gamers which makes the game approachable and is healthy for the hobby! For those concerned with options not available from First Edition, give it time there is a ton of content to keep us busy while Paizo roles out updated fan favourites over future releases. First Edition still exists for all who love it, but I can definitely say it’s refreshing for my friends and players to be able start fresh without the intimidation and feeling the need to buy into the massive library of content from First Edition.
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Some standout things I love about the new edition:
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- Character creation—> Choosing ancestry, background and class and getting stars, skills and many many feat choices feels awesome and adds personality right from the start. (Also as GM, I appreciate having balanced characters at the table so no one player feels like a chump due to the randomness of die rolls. Do players ever want to keep characters with lousy rolled stats? I get the appeal of randomness, but if we just reroll again until we’re closer to party average then it’s not really random anyway)

- Feats and Leveling —> Having so much choice is wonderful. From general feats to race and class and skill specific feats, there is so much option for players to choose from in a nicely structured way! Getting something fun and meaningful at each level is great and gives everyone something to look forward to each level... not just level 3 *cough cough*:P

- Skill levels and Rarity —> These are great concepts that makes investment in skills continue to matter for players so those who are better stand out as such and adds additional flavour at top level. For Rarity I appreciate having some guidance and expectation as to how common things are in the game. It’s not the players that decide anyway but keeps expectations in check and if I feel it’s appropriate I can always change or add anything anyway. So it’s useful AND flexible.

- 3 Actions in combat —> this system is really elegant and keeps things running smoothly. The game turns are reasonable and everyone knows what to expect without some crazy action economy shenanigans that used to happen.

This has gotten longer than I expected so I’ll wrap it up.
Pathfinder Second Edition is a great investment and a huge book full of value. More options are already in the horizon which should expand in a solid way as well.

My only ask for Paizo is to not go overboard on frequent releases. I get the need for rapid expansion at the start to fill out gaps as needed in the game but keeping things spread out allows customers to feel they can keep up without purchase fatigue.

Enjoy everyone!


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Man not only did the Chel’s lose some of the territory, they also lost their Ethnicity status.

Are the Nidalese a replacement or???


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No, Chelaxians are actually Taldans ethnically. If you look at the Inner Sea World Guide, you may notice that Taldans are found everywhere that Chelaxians are. There really isn't that big a cultural or ancestral difference between them.


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Rysky wrote:
CraziFuzzy wrote:

What does the Barbarian Animal Instinct "Deer" do? The 'CHARGE' weapon trait is not defined anywhere in Core Rulebook or Bestiary.

$80 for my deluxe CRB and it's already obsolete needing errata? :-(

Yeah it’s the chemicals in the ink nowadays, it makes the typos mature faster.

Yep, no sooner do you take a book off the lot, it depreciates 50%.


mikeawmids wrote:
I have bought the book as a direct result of bags' dreadful, one-star review. Seriously, f@@* that guy. I might not love the system, but Paizo is an awesome company who have earned my support and they deserve to succeed.

Paizo wouldn't be that awesome if they never got critical feedback. And yes, there is almost always something to learn from critical texts, even if they are short, one-sided and emotional like the review in question.

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David knott 242 wrote:

No, Chelaxians are actually Taldans ethnically. If you look at the Inner Sea World Guide, you may notice that Taldans are found everywhere that Chelaxians are. There really isn't that big a cultural or ancestral difference between them.

You are incorrect, David! It is an undisputed FACT that Cheliax is the Greatest Empire (TM) to ever have existed on Golarion, and we have nothing but contempt towards those inbred Taldorian dandies! All ancient Chelaxians have sprung from the Will and Word of Almighty Asmodeus, and that is why Chelaxians should have their own Ancestry entry in the core rulebook!

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In retrospect, both taldans and cheliaxians claimed to be descended from azlanti(azlanti & keleshite and azlanti & ulfen respectively), but when you really think about it, that claim is really questionable considering there aren't really azlanti ruins in inner sea area outside of that one in serpent's skull :P

But yeah, cheliaxians didn't even have their own regional language and they were part of Taldor empire originally


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Inner Sea Races revised the origin of Chelaxians as a mixture of Taldan and Ulfen, so at that point they were already moving the two ethnicities closer together.

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CorvusMask wrote:

In retrospect, both taldans and cheliaxians claimed to be descended from azlanti(azlanti & keleshite and azlanti & ulfen respectively), but when you really think about it, that claim is really questionable considering there aren't really azlanti ruins in inner sea area outside of that one in serpent's skull :P

But yeah, cheliaxians didn't even have their own regional language and they were part of Taldor empire originally

That is fake news, FAKE NEWS! ;P


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CorvusMask wrote:

In retrospect, both taldans and cheliaxians claimed to be descended from azlanti(azlanti & keleshite and azlanti & ulfen respectively), but when you really think about it, that claim is really questionable considering there aren't really azlanti ruins in inner sea area outside of that one in serpent's skull :P

But yeah, cheliaxians didn't even have their own regional language and they were part of Taldor empire originally

Incorrect, I believe there's an occasional Azlanti ruin in Cheliax. I'd have to look at the Cheliax book and Ruins of Azlant again to be sure though.

Scarab Sages

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Any word on if the character sheet will be its own download like in PF1? My chapterwise download has it in the Appendix, but I was hoping for just the 4 pages of it.


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logic_poet wrote:
Any word on if the character sheet will be its own download like in PF1? My chapterwise download has it in the Appendix, but I was hoping for just the 4 pages of it.

They did! I can't personally link you to it but if you look through the Paizo blog you'll find it.

Happy hunting!

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captain yesterday wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:

In retrospect, both taldans and cheliaxians claimed to be descended from azlanti(azlanti & keleshite and azlanti & ulfen respectively), but when you really think about it, that claim is really questionable considering there aren't really azlanti ruins in inner sea area outside of that one in serpent's skull :P

But yeah, cheliaxians didn't even have their own regional language and they were part of Taldor empire originally

Incorrect, I believe there's an occasional Azlanti ruin in Cheliax. I'd have to look at the Cheliax book and Ruins of Azlant again to be sure though.

They definitely don't spread to Taldor though :p


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captain yesterday wrote:
logic_poet wrote:
Any word on if the character sheet will be its own download like in PF1? My chapterwise download has it in the Appendix, but I was hoping for just the 4 pages of it.

They did! I can't personally link you to it but if you look through the Paizo blog you'll find it.

Happy hunting!

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I was just reading through the Halfling description, and this started bothering me.

CRB, p. 50 wrote:
Optimistic and cheerful, blessed with uncanny luck, and driven by powerful wanderlust, halflings make up for their short stature with an abundance of bravado and curiosity.

I'm a little queasy about the idea that short people need to 'make up for their short stature' by having a particular personality.


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Gisher wrote:

I was just reading through the Halfling description, and this started bothering me.

CRB, p. 50 wrote:
Optimistic and cheerful, blessed with uncanny luck, and driven by powerful wanderlust, halflings make up for their short stature with an abundance of bravado and curiosity.
I'm a little queasy about the idea that short people need to 'make up for their short stature' by having a particular personality.

On the other hand I'm short and they nailed my personality spot on.

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I've spent way too much time reading blog posts and the forums. Going through the intro chapters, I notice that the Example Of Play section features players named Erik, Lyz, James, and Judy and had a little giggle for instantly recognizing each of the individuals referenced.

Silver Crusade

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Son of the Sea wrote:
I've spent way too much time reading blog posts and the forums. Going through the intro chapters, I notice that the Example Of Play section features players named Erik, Lyz, James, and Judy and had a little giggle for instantly recognizing each of the individuals referenced.

Hehe, same.


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So far I like it! The only suggestion I have so far, (and it's a tiny one) would be regarding the red dragon portrait on the top corner of every left page. It's the same portrait on every single page, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it's one more piece of printing real-estate where some utility can be added.

Maybe in future reprints, it might be worthwhile to change up that portrait with each book section, adding a bit of variety to the aesthetics while simultaneously adding another visual cue when flipping through the book for quick-reference. You could even use portraits taken from the artwork already used in each of those chapters.

Anyway, loving the product so far. Can't wait to find a group to see if I like the new mechanics just as much!

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It does have the advantage of letting people know what book it's from. The Bestiary has the Troll from the cover. Possibly a helpful Mnemonic when more books come out.


Worth mentioning: The PDF is considerably lighter on PDF readers compared to v1, including those on weak tablets.


Question: is there any way to get the illustrations in the CRB as PNG files? I tried to extract them with both Foxit Reader and Adobe Reader, as well as this site, but some of the illustrations were just black backgrounds, or white silhouettes on black background. Is there a download on the site with just the pictures in the CRB for those who bought the PDF?


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Several pieces of art in the CRB have been posted to the blog. You can grab them from there.

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Noticed that dwarf lore text mentions hatred for goblinoids, but the ancestry feat for ancestral enemy vengeance stuff doesn't include them in the list .-. Is there some particular reason for this or is it oversight?

Silver Crusade

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Different Dwarven clans.

Vengeful Hatred wrote:
Special Your GM can add appropriate creature traits to the ancestral foes list if your character is from a community that commonly fights other types of enemies.

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Rysky wrote:

Different Dwarven clans.

Vengeful Hatred wrote:
Special Your GM can add appropriate creature traits to the ancestral foes list if your character is from a community that commonly fights other types of enemies.

Oooh oki so thats why :D


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So if I buy this, does it show up on Roll20 with a linked Paizo account over there? Do I get a discount? What's the story there?

Silver Crusade

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From Roll20, if you buy it here first you get a discount over there. If you buy it there you get the PDF for free from here.


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Tatheniel wrote:
So if I buy this, does it show up on Roll20 with a linked Paizo account over there? Do I get a discount? What's the story there?

If you buy the book or pdf you get a discount on Roll20. I do not recall exactly how much. IF you buy the book on Roll20 then you get a free PDF from Paizo.

Paizo Employee Chief Technical Officer

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Question: is there any way to get the illustrations in the CRB as PNG files? I tried to extract them with both Foxit Reader and Adobe Reader, as well as this site, but some of the illustrations were just black backgrounds, or white silhouettes on black background. Is there a download on the site with just the pictures in the CRB for those who bought the PDF?

Many of the images in our PDFs include an alpha channel, which is (to oversimplify a bit) used to create transparency effects. How the alpha channel is displayed (and whether or not it is "flattened"—that is, permanently merged with the image as opposed to being kept on its own layer) is affected by some or all of the following: your operating system, the software you're using to extract the image, and the software you're using to view the image.

It sounds like something in your setup is causing the alpha channel to be put in *front* of the image sometimes, which is certainly not very useful. There's a chance that the image isn't being flattened, though; if that's the case, you could just open the image in an image editor and delete the alpha channel.

Apart from that, my only recommendation is try different software.


What languages are Pathfinder 2nd Editions getting printed in, and where should we go if we wanted to get a copy in one of those languages?

(I want a set of the Core Rulebook in each language it's printed in...)

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I have removed a couple of posts and the replies to them. For the first set, it is ok for folks to dislike the new rules. There is no need to attack or belittle the people who don't like PF2. Please don't do it.

For the second set, the discussion has gone a bit off topic. The hero point discussion is better suited to the rules forum. If you create thread and would like any of the removed text from this thread please let us know and we can get it for you.


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For those who wish to extract images from the PDF file, may I recommend "some pdf images extract" (google it). I am using v1.5 and am on Windows 10. Fair warning it will extract everything. I had over 3000 images when I ran it against the bestiary.

-- david


Not trying to be offensive with my query, but is there any new/original in the spell/equipment/items lists?

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