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Preview of Tome of Beasts: Flab Giant

We kobolds have a saying: “When a giant’s in the mines, workday’s over.” The flab giant is not someone you want to stop and ask directions from. It only wants you for one out of a handful of possible reasons… and none of them are good. This walking mountain was originally designed by Ryan Costello, Jr. and updated to …

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Howling Tower: Monster Stats, Part 5

This installment is about deconstructing dragons. The Monster Manual contains 20 chromatic dragons, 20 metallic dragons, 1 shadow dragon, and 1 undead dragon. The Tome of Monsters and the Southlands Bestiary introduce several more. With all those stat blocks spread over three books, you’d expect to find plenty of variety—and you’d be right. But even …

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Howling Tower: Monster Stats, Part 4

This installment, you get a break from graphs and formulas—though not entirely. In honor of Thanksgiving, I had to include some pie charts. Instead of plotting trends, however, this time we count how often certain concepts occur throughout the Monster Manual, to help you get a handle on whether they’re common, uncommon, or rare. Before …

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Monster Philosophy

We’ve been very pleased with the positive reaction to the Tome of Beasts previews, even—maybe even especially—when readers point out places where we’ve added numbers incorrectly or overlooked a modifier. In a few cases, however, readers have called out features as errors that we don’t consider errors at all. Instead, they’re cases where our philosophy …

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Howling Tower: Monster Stats

In the year since fifth edition came out, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time deconstructing its monsters and putting them back together again. The lessons I’ve learned have been invaluable when developing new creatures for third-party monster collections such as Fifth Edition Foes from Necromancer Games and Southlands Bestiary and Tome of Beasts from …

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Monster Monday: Man-Eater

The imposing presence of this lion whose body is crisscrossed by scars is quite unsettling. Man-Eater Lion CR 5     XP 1,600     N Large Animal     Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, scent; Perception +13 Aura frightful presence (30 ft., DC 12)

Monster Monday: Mahamba

The mahamba is a freshwater cousin of the mosasaur, a large prehistoric marine reptile. The mahamba can reach a length of 50 feet. The aboriginals simply call it Nkoli and sometimes compare this terror to the nguna-monene, a sizeable lizard-like monster, even if the creatures are quite different. Although overly voracious, this cunning aquatic monstrosity …

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Monster Monday: Lightning Bird

The Impundulu, more commonly known as a lightning bird, is an avian with an insatiable thirst for blood, and many witches do not hesitate to offer a small amount of their lifeblood to control one. The lightning bird’s fat possesses incredible properties. A spellcaster can substitute the material components and focus of any spell having …

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Monster Monday: Ilomba

As soon as this yellow-bellied sea snake emerges from the river, it releases an ear-splitting yell. Ilomba     CR 5 XP 1,600 Any evil alignment (same as proprietor) Medium Construct     Init +6; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; low-light vision, scent; Perception +13 Defense     AC 15, touch 12, flat-footed 13 (+2 Dex, +3 natural)     …

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Monster Monday: El Naddaha

An amazingly beautiful woman with flowing dark hair leisurely walks knee-deep in the river’s muddy waters wearing a diaphanous dress that reveals her slender form. Her body is nearly transparent underneath. An el naddaha is the daughter born from the rare union between a nereid and a janni. Although such offspring retains many characteristics of …

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Experience the Creatures of the Southlands Bestiary

Now available, the Southlands Bestiary brings 90+ new monsters of the hotter climes to Pathfinder Roleplaying Game. Want to run a campaign in the deserts, jungles or savannas? This 120-page tome of monsters will make sure your players will have hair-raising encounters like none they’ve experienced before. Several of these creatures are brought to life by the …

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