Pathfinder Bestiary

Pathfinder Bestiary

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Unleash the Beasts

Over 400 of fantasy's fiercest foes burst from the pages of this enormous 360-page compendium of the most popular and commonly encountered creatures in the world of Pathfinder! From familiar enemies like orcs, dragons, and vampires to new horrors like the nightmarish nilith and the three-headed mukradi, to suitable servants for summoners of every alignment, this must-have companion to the Pathfinder Core Rulebook is crawling with creatures to challenge characters of any level.

The Pathfinder Bestiary includes:

  • More than 400 monsters!
  • Gorgeous full-color illustrations on nearly every page!
  • Detailed monster lists sorted by level, type, and rarity to help you find the right monster for any situation!
  • Universal monster rules to simplify special attacks, defenses, and qualities like grab, swallow whole, and regeneration.
  • Guidelines for providing appropriate monstrous treasures for any occasion.
  • Detailed lore sidebars offering additional information about Pathfinder's most popular monstrous friends and foes!

ISBN: 978-1-64078-170-2

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Dark Archive

Hydra, Troll & 3 Kobolds.

I'll definetly buy this for art & lore, even if i don't end up playing PF 2.

Paizo Employee Chief Creative Officer, Publisher

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It's got a ton of both! :)

Liberty's Edge

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Companion, Rulebook Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

The mention of summoning creatures makes me very curious to see if we will get the "base stats + template" style of Starfinder, which has gone over very well at my tables.

Dark Archive

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I love the "detailed lore sidebars idea! :-)


Pathfinder Adventure Path Subscriber

"summoners"
>:O

More importantly, this means we'll be getting a bonkers amount of new Ancestries right off the bat, huh? I'm unbelievably psyched up!

Paizo Employee Franchise Manager

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There are no ancestries in this book, though we do have plans to release more ancestries soon.


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The new Kobold designs are heckin' adorable.


Ok, I'm completely excited even though I know the great majority of the monsters in it... I just want to see what's the new take of Paizo in the many names and abilities and traits and monstrous races (I'm not talking about ancestries) and specially the small but interesting COMPLETELY NEW content and creatures.


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Albatoonoe wrote:
The new Kobold designs are heckin' adorable.

Are those Kobold? REALLY? I'm in love with this new design if they really are kobold. They are more draconic and I do like dragons, I'm sure. *-*

And that's a good way to get us an idea of how the old monsters can still surprise us with a new flavor.


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No mention of gremlins...
*sigh*

Silver Crusade

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So, if I start a subscription with the CRB, will I get this also?


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Drago95 wrote:
So, if I start a subscription with the CRB, will I get this also?

Yes, that's what the FAQ says and additionally I just started a new subscription with the Core Rulebook and it lists both that and the Bestiary in the pending subscription items.


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New Kobolds are so cute


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Pity this wasn't the same size as the core rulebook.


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Albatoonoe wrote:
The new Kobold designs are heckin' adorable.

I can just see them yelling "We're not adorable! We're ferocious and terrifying!" in a squeaky little voice, sounding even more adorable.


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I like the troll redesign, but can't say I am a fan of the kobolds


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MMCJawa wrote:
I like the troll redesign, but can't say I am a fan of the kobolds

WHAT?! How can you not be a fan of those wee bipedal dragon babies?!

(I kid. Taste is taste)

RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 4, RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32

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DaveMage wrote:
Pity this wasn't the same size as the core rulebook.

While I would have loved 600+ pages of monsters, I think the weight of that and the Core Rulebook would cause me to throw my back out heading to game sessions.


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The topic of "the first Bestiary" was discussed heavily when PF2 was launched. I'll be very interested to hear who things turned out in the end.

Useless Feedback:
I don't know if it's just me, but I would have loved the opportunity to purchase a deluxe version of this as well as the CRB.


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Steve Geddes wrote:

The topic of "the first Bestiary" was discussed heavily when PF2 was launched. I'll be very interested to hear who things turned out in the end.

** spoiler omitted **

Well then you are in luck. https://paizo.com/products/btq01y0n?Pathfinder-Bestiary-Deluxe-Hardcover

Liberty's Edge

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Steve Geddes wrote:

The topic of "the first Bestiary" was discussed heavily when PF2 was launched. I'll be very interested to hear who things turned out in the end.

** spoiler omitted **

I have some good news for you!

Scarab Sages

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Pathfinder Adventure Path, Rulebook Subscriber

Seems to be a typo in the description:

Quote:
this must-have companion to the Pathfinder Bestiary is crawling

Should that be Core Rulebook instead?


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Vorsk, Follower or Erastil wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

The topic of "the first Bestiary" was discussed heavily when PF2 was launched. I'll be very interested to hear who things turned out in the end.

** spoiler omitted **

Well then you are in luck. https://paizo.com/products/btq01y0n?Pathfinder-Bestiary-Deluxe-Hardcover
Shisumo wrote:
Steve Geddes wrote:

The topic of "the first Bestiary" was discussed heavily when PF2 was launched. I'll be very interested to hear who things turned out in the end.

** spoiler omitted **

I have some good news for you!

Thank you both!


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New Kobolds look amazing! My entire Group went; Oooohhhh <3

Silver Crusade

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Awwwww, dem new 'Bolds, totes adorbs. *reloads the crossbow*


A lore sidebar? I'm really hoping dragons got a big enough sidebar to give them the new pathfinder flavor all other creatures like demons and devils are getting.

Silver Crusade

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Albatoonoe wrote:
The new Kobold designs are heckin' adorable.

YUSSSSSS I love them!

Also that lore sidebar has my attention.

Silver Crusade

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Master Pugwampi wrote:

No mention of gremlins...

*sigh*

*pats Wumpums*


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Someone had to replace gobs now that they are an ancestry...

*cue all us Kobold fans to scream for kobold ancestries and get us ready to patiently explain to regular players of traditional ancestries like goblins and chaosbeasts why kobolds and half-niliths should totes be biological character choices in PF3's Age of New Options.*


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I hope that along their new found kobolds also got better stats
P.S I am trying to bait a developer into answering

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OCEANSHIELDWOLPF 2.0 wrote:

Someone had to replace gobs now that they are an ancestry...

*cue all us Kobold fans to scream for kobold ancestries and get us ready to patiently explain to regular players of traditional ancestries like goblins and chaosbeasts why kobolds and half-niliths should totes be biological character choices in PF3's Age of New Options.*

Kobold ancestry for Pathfinder 3.0 confirmed, coming in 2029. :-P


OCEANSHIELDWOLPF 2.0 wrote:

Someone had to replace gobs now that they are an ancestry...

*cue all us Kobold fans to scream for kobold ancestries and get us ready to patiently explain to regular players of traditional ancestries like goblins and chaosbeasts why kobolds and half-niliths should totes be biological character choices in PF3's Age of New Options.*

I could see a certain tribe of the adorable little 'bolds for a certain neutrally-aligned organization. There's history there.

Spoiler:
True Dragons of Absalom did have some awesome pregens that could make another appearance that I'd be okay with.


Looks interesting and I like the kobolds!

Silver Crusade

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rooneg wrote:
Drago95 wrote:
So, if I start a subscription with the CRB, will I get this also?
Yes, that's what the FAQ says and additionally I just started a new subscription with the Core Rulebook and it lists both that and the Bestiary in the pending subscription items.

My pending subscription item list does not show the Bestiary. Hrmmmm....


Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber; Pathfinder Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Will it contain creature/NPC creation rules like those in the appendices of Starfinder Alien Archive?

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32

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Singularity wrote:
Will it contain creature/NPC creation rules like those in the appendices of Starfinder Alien Archive?

Appearently no.

That is being moved to a "Game Mastery" type guide.

Liberty's Edge

Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

When I looked at the kobolds, after seeing them mentioned in this thread, I immediately thought Goblins morphed a bit into dragons and with dragon colors.

I preferred the old style (more distinct from the Gobs), but it seems to be popular, so no problem for me here. Also it gives a more pure-Paizonesque feel to them.

I wish very dearly that the lore sidebars are what PCs get when succeeding at their Know Monster checks :-)


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I am hoping the Paizofication of monsters is more widespread. They did a good start in the beginning of Pathfinder, notably with goblins, ogres and trolls, but didn't quite finish the job. I like the distinct look telling you straight off "This is Paizo." But some of the other creatures have been inconsistent in their portrayal. Hobgoblins in particular kind of range but tend to just look like grey orcs. The example we saw in the previews of the new hobgoblins and bugbears that show their family resemblance to goblins I think were a nice start. With the new adorable little kobolds, that's another step towards a consistent and distinct look for the game. I like that hydra too.

Now where's the new design for flumphs? Everyone needs more flumphs.


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I don't see the "Kobolds look like Goblins" angle AT ALL.
They look exactly like small "humanoid" versions of "new style" Pathfinder dragons.
Which means relatively short/blunt "snout", low-set eyes, and (ornamental/non-attack) horns.
Goblins don't have ANY "snout", don't have low-set eyes, or horns.
So the comparison seems based on thinking they don't look like "old style" non-Pathfinder-specific dragons. So yup, this is Pathfinder (2e).

I was curious Mark Moreland mentioned there was "no ancestries" in this book, meaning it doesn't offer the 2e equivalent of "PC race stat adjustments" (and racial abilities) for 0HD/Class-built NPCs which 1e Bestiary did for numerous races. I know there was general de-emphasis of class-built NPCs, but AFAIK it was supposed to be still equally valid option to use as appropriate... Yet no longer for all the 0HD Bestiary races, until whatever new product covering that is published.


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Quandary wrote:

I don't see the "Kobolds look like Goblins" angle AT ALL.

They look exactly like small "humanoid" versions of "new style" Pathfinder dragons.
Which means relatively short/blunt "snout", low-set eyes, and (ornamental/non-attack) horns.
Goblins don't have ANY "snout", don't have low-set eyes, or horns.
So the comparison seems based on thinking they don't look like "old style" non-Pathfinder-specific dragons. So yup, this is Pathfinder (2e).

I was curious Mark Moreland mentioned there was "no ancestries" in this book, meaning it doesn't offer the 2e equivalent of "PC race stat adjustments" (and racial abilities) for 0HD/Class-built NPCs which 1e Bestiary did for numerous races. I know there was general de-emphasis of class-built NPCs, but AFAIK it was supposed to be still equally valid option to use as appropriate... Yet no longer for all the 0HD Bestiary races, until whatever new product covering that is published.

So, this was something I very much was expecting. in PF 1E, sure there are alternate racial traits or other mechanics geared for specific races, but for the most part, you could take a bestiary, pull out a new race, and roll up a new character. However, with the requirement of ancestry feats, you just needs a lot more mechanics for a new race to be viable, especially as the game goes on and the core races continue to get new ancestry feats/heritages. The only way to make a new ancestry viable then would be to either put it in a player splat, or dedicate a lot of bestiary space to each new race, which would drop the page count for other monsters

I do wonder how in the long run this will affect sales. New races were usually a thing in the later volumes that got people who otherwise wouldn't purchase a GM book to actually pick this up. So I wonder how changing this model is going to influence things...


MMCJawa wrote:
Likely idea on why playable versions in PF2's future Bestiaries went the way of the dodo

Huh, I completely missed that point. I thank you for the insight. Yeah, I'd rather have a dedicated Rac...Ancestry book like the old PF1 race hardcover, rather than half-baked options with minimal feats for each race...

(of course, they need to have the monster version's unique abilities as 1st-level feats, like what Goblin Scuttle is going to be errata'd 9 to 1 in the final version, hopefully)


Yeah, I was really hoping they would use the opportunity of larger page-count Bestiary format to include stuff like that where appropriate. If they would need an extra page anyways, maybe throw in extra "non-PC-stat" monster version(s) (e.g. archer or caster). Or similarly, some monster races could be "related" and thus share common ancestry feats as well as ecology info. It might not even need much extra room if the monster statblocks reference the Ancestry Feats instead of unique monster abilities that would need exposition anyways. I never expected EVERY race to get fully equal depth of options to Core Races, although some COULD get a full extra page for that type of stuff, which might even allow deeper ecology treatment to match depending how layout goes.

Oh well.

Dark Archive

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They better have multiple ancestry books though if they do since in 1e there was really only one race focused book :p


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Yeah, really wish we got an Advanced Races Guide 2.


CorvusMask wrote:
They better have multiple ancestry books though if they do since in 1e there was really only one race focused book :p

I suppose you meant there was only one Core race focused book, right? There are a lot of books about races in PF1, in the Campaign Setting and Player Companion product lines. One of my favorite books is from PF1 is Inner Sea Races, that covers lots of races.

Dark Archive

The Gold Sovereign wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
They better have multiple ancestry books though if they do since in 1e there was really only one race focused book :p
I suppose you meant there was only one Core race focused book, right? There are a lot of books about races in PF1, in the Campaign Setting and Player Companion product lines. One of my favorite books is from PF1 is Inner Sea Races, that covers lots of races.

None of those books introduce new races though which is what I was talking about :p They are essentially flavor or mechanical addons

Silver Crusade

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CorvusMask wrote:
The Gold Sovereign wrote:
CorvusMask wrote:
They better have multiple ancestry books though if they do since in 1e there was really only one race focused book :p
I suppose you meant there was only one Core race focused book, right? There are a lot of books about races in PF1, in the Campaign Setting and Player Companion product lines. One of my favorite books is from PF1 is Inner Sea Races, that covers lots of races.
None of those books introduce new races though which is what I was talking about :p They are essentially flavor or mechanical addons

Off the top of my head we got Skinwalkers from Blood of the Moon and Ganzi from Distant Realms, they weren't put into hardcovers until much later.

Also Shabti were introduced in an AP article.

Edit: Inner Sea Bestiary and Blood of the Sea also gave us a bunch of new ones as well.

Second Edit: Green Martian is from the Worldscape comic, and Dragon Empires Primer gave us a couple.

Third Edit: Kuru are from Isles of the Shackles and Munavri are from Occult Bestiary. Triaxians are from an AP as well.

Silver Crusade

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Without diving more deeply and thoroughly that's at least 20 from Softcovers.

Liberty's Edge

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Quandary wrote:

I don't see the "Kobolds look like Goblins" angle AT ALL.

They look exactly like small "humanoid" versions of "new style" Pathfinder dragons.
Which means relatively short/blunt "snout", low-set eyes, and (ornamental/non-attack) horns.
Goblins don't have ANY "snout", don't have low-set eyes, or horns.
So the comparison seems based on thinking they don't look like "old style" non-Pathfinder-specific dragons. So yup, this is Pathfinder (2e).

Just because you do not see it does not mean people who see it are just old-fashioned grumps who dislike change

What gave me the feeling is that they are both IMO short and squat, with a crouched posture, with flattened oval heads, very colored eyes, wide mouth with very visible teeth and round prominent nose.

Really they evoke a very similar feel to me.


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CorvusMask wrote:
They better have multiple ancestry books though if they do since in 1e there was really only one race focused book :p

I kind of suspect they might be changing up the model

I could see future RPG hardcovers basically built around some idea, and including relevant classes, races, items, class options, and even monsters all relevant for that theme. They've already been tinkering with that in the final PF 1E books, and it allows them to avoid falling into a trap of producing books that are just rehashes of 1E books.

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