We are now officially half way through the summon monster lists and this is where expanding the list of creatures to summon changes from a “want” to a problem that needs to be addressed. If you have not seen our previous expanded lists, check out summon monster I, summon monster II, summon monster III, summon monster IV, summon monster VI, summon monster VII, summon monster VIII, and summon monster IX.
For summon monster at lower levels, the number of monsters on the list that requires a template dominate, making the number of creatures a good or evil spellcaster can summon to be close to equal. However, summon monster V is where the number of creatures with a predetermined subtype that do not get a template increases and the number of templated creatures drops. Compared to the original summon monster IV list, the number of template-requiring monsters on summon monster V drops by nearly 60% and the number of subtyped monsters increase by 75%. The problem is: there are a whole lot less creatures with the Good subtype rather than the Evil subtype, and this problem persists for all the rest of the summon monster lists. The reason why is very simple: The original Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary was loaded with monsters for a typical adventuring party to fight. Subsequent Bestiaries rounded out the world by describing their good counterparts, but those creatures were never added to the summon monster list. Evil outsiders still outnumber the good outsiders, but by expanding the list, a good character summoning monsters now has options that they did not have before.
Table 5: Summon Monster V
|Babau (demon)||Chaotic, Evil|
|Bearded devil||Evil, Lawful|
|Bralani azata||Chaotic, Good|
|Giant moray eel*||—|
|Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 2|
|Giant queen bee*||—|
|Emperor cobra (snake)*||—|
|Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 3|
|Giant adult ant lion*||—|
|Incubus (demon)||Chaotic, Evil|
|Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 4|
|Host devil (magaav)||Evil, Lawful|
|Ostiarius (kyton)||Evil, Lawful|
|Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 5|
|Great assassin bug*||—|
|Giant hellgrammite (aquatic insect)*||—|
|Yamah (azata)||Chaotic, Good|
|Brimorak (demon)||Chaotic, Evil|
|Yaenit (demon)||Chaotic, Evil|
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