Monster Manual 5e - Beholder - p28

Depiction of a beholder, from D&D: Monster Manual, page 28.[art 1]

Beholders are powerful aberrations that originate in the Far Realm.

Description Edit

A beholder's body consists of a hovering skull with a wide and toothy maw, an enormous central eye, and ten independently moving eyes at the end of their own eyestalks.

Abilities Edit

      Note:  This section does not specify the copywritten monster ability details, which are available in the D&D 5th edition Monster Manual.
  • Immunities:  The "prone" condition.
  • Senses:  Darkvision.
  • Languages:  Deep Speech; Undercommon.
  • Attacks
    • Antimagic Cone:  The beholder can negate magic within a 150-ft cone in front of its central eye.
      • Also negates the effects of its own eye rays within that area.
    • Bite:  The beholder can bite at a target with its giant, toothy maw.
    • Eye Rays:  A beholder has ten different eyes attached to its head, each of which can emit a different magical ray at separately selected targets.
  • Charm Ray
  • Paralyzing Ray
  • Fear Ray
  • Slowing Ray
  • Enervation Ray (necrotic damage)
  • Telekinetic Ray
  • Sleep Ray
  • Petrification Ray
  • Disintegration Ray (force damage)
  • Death Ray (necrotic damage)
  • Legendary Action:  A beholder can use one of its eye rays at the end of another character's turn.

Known Beholders Edit


Fan art of K'Varn, by Stephen Oakley.[art 2]

  • K'Varn, bearing a Horn of Orcus and metal armor plating, came through a rift from the Far Realm to the ancient underground city of Yug'Voril, where he enslaved a mind flayer colony, expanded his influence to the duergar Emberhold, and began threatening Kraghammer before he was slain by Vox Machina.
  • A beholder—possibly named something pronounced "Yar-voss," based on what its kuo-toa servant said as it died[1]—occupied the sunken tomb of Purvan Suul.
  • Enxanash is an eccentric beholder living in a hidden valley in the Cyrios Mountains.[2]

Trivia Edit

References Edit

  1. See "The Sunken Tomb" (1x44) at 3:38:35.  A servant croaks something as it dies that Vex doesn't recognize as an Undercommon word. For contrast, other servants called to their master at 2:46:12 and chanted in reverence at 3:10:10, both times in Undercommon.
  2. Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 62.
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  2. Fan art of K'Varn, by Stephen Oakley (source).  Used with permission.
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