Dark Archive (sourcebook)

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Dark Archive
Dark Archive.
Author(s) James Case, Mikhail Rekun, Mark Seifter, et al.
Publisher Paizo Inc.
Price Print: $54.99
PDF: $14.99
Pocket Edition: $26.99
Special Edition: $74.99
Released July 27, 2022
Type Core
Binding Hardcover, Pocket Edition, and PDF
Pages 224 pages
isbn ISBN 978-1-64078-443-7
Rules set Pathfinder Second Edition
Series Pathfinder Roleplaying Game
Follows Book of the Dead
Precedes Treasure Vault
Errata exists
Extras Lost Pages of the Dark Archive
Dark Archive Ninth Casefile - In Darkness
Artwork from Dark Archive
This article is about the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game rulebook. For the in-world location, see Dark Archive.

Dark Archive, a Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Second Edition core rulebook by James Case, Mikhail Rekun, Mark Seifter, Rigby Bendele, Logan Bonner, Dan Cascone, Jessica Catalan, Banana Chan, Kay Hashimoto, Sen.H.H.S., Patrick Hurley, Joshua Kim, Avi Kool, Daniel Kwan, Kendra Leigh Speedling, Luis Loza, Ron Lundeen, Liane Merciel, Jacob W. Michaels, Andrew Mullen, Quinn Murphy, k. tessa newton, Patrick Renie, Michael Sayre, Shay Snow, Alex Speidel, Solomon St. John, Geoffrey Suthers, Ruvaid Virk, Jabari Weathers, and Isis Wozniakowska, was released on July 27, 2022.

From the fringes, the unknown beckons. Pathfinder Dark Archive contains secrets that any player or GM can use to reveal the paranormal lurking in their Pathfinder games! This spine-tinglingly secretive 224-page hardcover rulebook presents two new character classes perfect for delving into the unexplained: Unleash the untold power of your mind as the psychic or leverage supernatural secrets and mystic implements as the thaumaturge!

Beyond these new classes, eight secret case files each provide player options, GM tools, and lore into a different paranormal topic, including:

  • Strange cryptids glimpsed in the night, gear to track them, and the powers you might gain by surviving an encounter with one
  • Cults and esoteric belief, with apocryphal divine magic and the secret of becoming a living vessel for an eldritch being
  • Temporal anomalies, with archetypes that skim along the surface of time and a new mystery for oracles unbound from causality

Each file concludes with a short adventure to immerse players in the paranormal, spanning across Golarion—play all eight to uncover the inexplicable phenomena of the Age of Lost Omens!


Introduction (4)

The Archivist's Training Manual (6)

  • Psychic Class
  • Thaumaturge Class
  • Psychic Archetype
  • Thaumaturge Archetype

The Stolen Casefiles (50)

Cryptids (52)
  • Eyes in the Forest, Tracks in the Mud
    • Creature Aftermath Feats
    • Experimental Adjustment
    • Mutant Adjustment
    • Primeval Adjustment
    • Rumored Adjustment
    • Cryptid Gear
    • Cryptid Feats
    • The Beast of Birchfrost
  • Incident Report: Swirls in the Sand
  • Incident Report: On the Topic of the Twin Village

Secret Societies (74)
  • A Web of Connections
    • Occult Skill Feats
    • Secret Society Adjustment
    • Secret Society Gear
    • Membership Services
    • Shaking the Helping Hand
  • Incident Report: The Empty Vale
  • Incident Report: The Anvil and the Duck

Deviant Abilities (94)
  • Spontaneous Ignition of Supernatural Might
    • Deviant Abilities
    • Deviant Spells
    • A Song of Making and Unmaking
  • Incident Report: The Inn of Healing
  • Incident Report: Sounds of Violence

Mirrors and Imposters (116)
  • Doors into the Echoing Pale
    • Reflection Versatile Heritage
    • Hazards of Perception
    • Alter Ego Archetype
    • Lady of the Harvest
  • Incident Report: Village of the Lost
  • Incident Report: The Criminal Hammer

Cults (136)
  • Prayers Uttered in Darkness
    • Living Vessel Archetype
    • Apocryphal Domain Spells
    • Cult Rituals
    • The Verdure of Iblydos
  • Incident Report: The Missing Moment
  • Incident Report: The Wood Pile

Curses and Pacts (156)
  • A Chain of Consequences to Bind the Soul
    • Pacts Witch Patron
    • Cursed Items
    • Tempting Curses
    • Bargained Contracts
    • Pactbinder Archetype
    • Curse Maelstrom Archetype
    • Wishes in Krasnoprudny
  • Incident Report: Land of Second Souls
  • Incident Report: The Sacral King

Temporal Abnormalities (178)
  • Twists in the Endless River
    • Temporal Spells
    • Time Mage Archetype
    • Chronoskimmer Archetype
    • Time Oracle Mystery
    • Tomorrow's Feast

Mindscapes (196)
  • Lands of Thought and Imagination
    • Mindscapes Statistics
    • Psychic Duels
    • Psychic Duelist Archetype
    • Mind Smith Archetype
    • Sleepwalker Archetype
    • The Last Dream

Spell & Item Lists, Glossary & Index (216)

Scattered in the downloads pages of some buyers are the twenty-two Lost Pages of the Dark Archive.[1][2] When all 22 pages were collected, page 0 was posted on the Product Discussion thread on the Paizo messageboards.[3] Deciphering page 0 leads to the hidden Ninth Casefile, which was eventually added to the product page as a web supplement.[4]

Adventure Overview: The Stolen Casefiles

The Beast of Birchfrost

  • 3rd
  • Location(s)
  • Birchfrost
  • Brevoy
  • The Beast of Birchfrost is a 6-page mini-adventure that features cryptids.

    Shaking the Helping Hand

  • 5th
  • Location(s)
  • Absalom
  • Shaking the Helping Hand is a 6-page mini-adventure that features secret societies.

    A Song of Making and Unmaking

  • 6th
  • Location(s)
  • Xopatl
  • A Song of Making and Unmaking is a 6-page mini-adventure that features deviant abilities.

    Lady of the Harvest

  • 7th
  • Location(s)
  • Ravengro
  • Ustalav
  • Lady of the Harvest is a 6-page mini-adventure that deals with themes of reflection.

    The Verdure of Iblydos

  • 8th
  • Location(s)
  • Iblydos
  • The Verdure of Iblydos is a 6-page mini-adventure that handles the theme of cults.

    Wishes in Krasnoprudny

  • 9th
  • Location(s)
  • Krasnoprudny
  • Irrisen
  • Wishes in Krasnoprudny is a 6-page mini-adventure that features dealing with curses.

    Tomorrow's Feast

  • 10th
  • Location(s)
  • Goka
  • Tomorrow's Feast is a 6-page mini-adventure that features elements of time.

    The Last Dream

  • 12th
  • Location(s)
  • Nantambu
  • The Last Dream is a 8-page mini-adventure that features mindscapes.

    In Darkness

  • 13th
  • Location(s)
  • Absalom
  • In Darkness is a 8-page mini-adventure, featured in the ninth casefile (available as a web enhancement), that concludes the story of the Lone Archivist and his stolen casefiles.