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Beginner Box (Second Edition)

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Pathfinder Beginner Box
Cover Image
Book - Core
Rule set
Boxed Set (Original)
November 11, 2020
PDF (Original)
November 11, 2020
Boxed Set (Remastered)
March 3, 2024
PDF (Remastered)
March 3, 2024

This article covers the Pathfinder Second Edition Beginner Box. For the Pathfinder First Edition equivalent, see Beginner Box (First Edition).

The Beginner Box, a Pathfinder Second Edition product designed for new players, was released on November 11, 2020. A reprint incorporating Pathfinder Remaster changes in Player Core and GM Core was re-released on March 3, 2024.12

Take the first step into an amazing world of fantasy adventure! The Pathfinder Beginner Box contains everything you need to learn how to play the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, including rules to create your own fantasy hero and tools to make your own amazing stories.

Will you be a courageous fighter, charging headfirst into battle, or a sly rogue, moving quietly to strike at foes from the shadows? Maybe you will be a knowledgeable wizard, wielding incredible arcane spells or a wise and pious cleric, using the power of your deity to shape the world for the better. It is all up to you!

Inside you will find a rich toolbox, filled with everything you need to get started, including rules for character generation, an introductory adventure, guidelines to build your own campaign, character sheets, a full-color map, character pawns, and dice. This deluxe box set is the ideal introduction to the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, leading the way to a lifetime of adventure!

The Pathfinder Beginner Box includes:

  • An 80-page Hero's Handbook, including rules for character generation, a solo adventure, skills, spells, and equipment.
  • A 96-page Game Master's Handbook, containing an introductory adventure, over 20 pages of monsters, rules for building your own adventure, and magic items.
  • Four premade characters so you can jump right into the action and four blank character sheets if you want to make your own hero.
  • Over 100 character and monster pawns to use on the full-color double-sided adventure map.
  • Four game reference cards to help players remember their actions.
  • A complete set of polyhedral dice, including a d20, d12, d10, d8, d6, and d4.

Hero's Handbook Contents

Solo Adventure: Pirate King's Plunder
pp. 2–8
Example of Play
p. 9
Getting Started
pp. 10–11
Creating your Hero
pp. 12–49
pp. 50–59
  • Skill Checks
  • General Skill Actions
  • Skills and Skill Actions Table
  • Skill Descriptions
Playing the Game
pp. 60–71
  • Rolling Checks
  • Exploration
  • Rest and Daily Preparations
  • Light and Darkness
  • Encounters
  • Basic Actions
  • Attacks
  • Damage
  • Movement
  • Cover
  • Durations
  • Hit Points, Healing, and Dying
  • Flanking
  • Areas
  • Conditions
Leveling Up
p. 72
p. 72

Game Master's Guide Contents

Adventure: Menace under Otari
pp. 2–27
Game Mastering
pp. 28–37
  • Preparing an Adventure
  • Character Creation
  • Game Sessions
  • Supplies
  • Exploration
  • Encounters
  • Downtime
  • Experience Points
  • Treasure
  • Difficulty Classes
Building Adventures
pp. 38–43
  • The Story
  • Locations
  • Drawing a Map
  • Building Challenges
  • Encounters
  • Other Challenges
  • Rewards
  • Building a Campaign
pp. 44–49
  • Hazards
pp. 50–55
pp. 56–57
  • Creature Size
  • Identifying Creatures
  • Creature Stat Blocks
pp. 82–87
  • Map of Otari
  • Who's Who in Otari
  • Gathering Places
  • Landmarks
  • Goods and Services
  • Dangerous Locales
  • Story Seeds
pp. 88–88

List of bundled pawns

Pawns included in the original Pathfinder Beginner Box:


x: Pawn does not appear in the Remastered edition.
^: Pawn's art is changed in the Remastered edition.
*: Pawn's name is changed in the Remastered edition.

Remastered edition changes

Pawns indicated above as being removed in the Remaster edition are replaced with:

Pawns changing names include:

OGL name Remaster name
Bugbear marauder Bugbear prowler
Green dragon wyrmling Juvenile horned dragon
Ghoul Ghoul stalker
Hobgoblin warrior Hobgoblin soldier
Xulgath boss Xulgath leader
Troll Troll, forest
Orc trooper Orc veteran

Pawns changing art include:

  • Basilisk
  • Bugbear marauder
  • Gargoyle
  • Ghoul
  • Harpy
  • Orc scrapper
  • Shadow
  • Wight
  • Xulgath boss
  • Xulgath warrior

Related products


Starting in November 2020, Paizo broadcast a weekly livestream on Twitch, and thereafter on YouTube, called Pathfinder Beginner Box: Troubles in Otari based on the Pathfinder Beginner Box (Episodes 1–4) and, from Episode 5, Troubles in Otari.


  1. Aaron Shanks. (December 18, 2023). Pathfinder Beginner Box, Paizo Product Discussion.
  2. Katina Davis. (March 3, 2024). Pathfinder Beginner Box (Remastered Edition), Paizo Product Discussion.