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Bestiary (First Edition)

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Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary
Pathfinder RPG Bestiary
Author(s) Paizo Staff
Publisher Paizo Publishing, LLC
Price Print: $39.99
Pocket Edition: $19.99
PDF: $9.99
Released October 2009 (hardcover)
August 4, 2016 (Pocket Edition)
Type Core
Binding Hardcover, softcover, PDF
Pages 328 pages
isbn ISBN 978-1-60125-183-1 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-60125-888-5 (Pocket Edition)
Rules set PFRPG
Series Pathfinder RPG
Follows Core Rulebook
Precedes GM Screen
Awards Gold ENnie – Best Cover Art (2010)
Gold ENnie – Best Monster or Adversary (2010)
Errata 1st Printing
2nd Printing
Artwork from Bestiary (1E)

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

The Bestiary, was released in October 2009. It is on its third printing, which was published September 12, 2009.

A smaller, softcover Pocket Edition of the Bestiary was released on August 4, 2016.

What is a hero without monsters to vanquish? This book presents hundreds of different creatures for use in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Within this tome you'll find fire-breathing dragons and blood-drinking vampires, vile demons and shapechanging werewolves, sadistic goblins and lumbering giants, and so much more! Yet not all the creatures in this book are enemies, for some can serve lucky heroes as allies or advisors, be they summoned angels or capricious nymphs. And it doesn't stop there—with full rules for advancing monsters, adapting monsters to different roles, and designing your own unique creations, you'll never be without a band of hideous minions again!

The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary is the must-have companion volume to the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook. 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 the new millennium.

The Pathfinder RPG Bestiary includes:

  • More than 350 different monsters
  • Dozens of monstrous variants to modify creatures and keep players on their toes
  • Numerous lists of monsters to aid in navigation, including lists by Challenge Rating, monster type, and habitat
  • Extensive rules for creating effective and balanced monsters
  • Rules for advancing monsters by hit dice, template, or class level
  • Universal monster rules to simplify special attacks, defenses, and qualities like breath weapons, damage reduction, and regeneration
  • More than a dozen feats tailored especially for monsters
  • Suggestions for monstrous cohorts
  • Two dozen additional animal companions
  • More than a dozen different wandering monster encounter tables

And much, much more!