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|Hit Dice:||11d8+44 (93 hp)|
|Speed:||5 ft. (1 square), fly 20 ft. (good)|
|Armor Class:||26 (-1 size, +2 Dex, +15 natural, touch 11, flat-footed 24|
|Attack:||Eye rays +9 ranged touch and bite +2 melee (2d4)|
|Full Attack:||Eye rays +9 ranged touch and bite +2 melee (2d4)|
|Space/Reach:||10 ft./5 ft.|
|Special Attacks:||Eye rays|
|Special Qualities:||All-around vision, antimagic cone, darkvision 60 ft., flight|
|Saves:||Fort +9, Ref +5, Will +11|
|Abilities:||Str 10, Dex 14, Con 18, Int 17, Wis 15, Cha 15|
|Skills:||Hide +12, Knowledge (arcana) +17, Listen +18, Search +21, Spot +22, Survival +2 (+4 following tracks)|
|Feats:||AlertnessB, Flyby Attack, Great Fortitude, Improved Initiative, Iron Will|
|Organization:||Solitary, pair, or cluster (3-6)|
|Alignment:||Usually lawful evil|
|Advancement:||12-16 HD (Large); 17-33 HD (Huge)|
It floats before you, a bulbous body with a central, unblinking eye, and a large maw filled with daggerlike teeth. Smaller eyes, attached to wriggling stalks, sprout from the top of the orblike body.
Beholders are the stuff of nightmares. These creatures, also called the "spheres of many eyes" or "eye tyrants", are deadly adversaries.
Beholders speak their own language and Common.
Beholders have a less powerful subspecies called gauths, which share the same description and the basic special attacks and qualities.
A beholder is an 8-foot-wide orb dominated by a central eye and a large, toothy maw. Ten smaller eyes on stalks sprout from the top of the orb.
The primary weapon of the beholder is a series of deadly eye rays. Beholders often attack without provocation. Though not powerful physically, they often plow right into groups of opponents to use as many of their eyes as they can. When closing with an enemy, a beholder tries to cause as much disruption and confusion as possible.
Eye Rays (Su): Each of a beholder's small eyes can produce a magical ray once per round as a free action. During a single round, the beholder can only aim three eye rays at targets in any one 90-degree arc (up, forward, backward, left, right, or down.) The remaining eyes must aim at targets in other arcs, or not at all. A beholder can tilt and pan its body each round to change which rays it can bring to bear in any given arc.
Each ray's effect resembles a spell (caster level
14th 13th), but follows the rules for a ray.
Each of a beholder's ten eye rays resembles a spell cast by a 13th-level caster. Each eye ray has a range of 150 feet and a save DC of 17. The save DCs are Charisma-based. The ten eye rays include:
Charm Monster: The target must succeed on a Will save or be affected as though by the spell. Beholders use this ray to confuse the opposition, usually employing it early in a fight. The beholder generally instructs a charmed target to either restrain a comrade or stand aside.
Charm Person: The target must succeed on a Will save or be affected as though by the spell. Beholders use this ray in the same manner as the charm monster ray.
Disintegrate: The target just succeed on a Fortitude save or be affected as though by the spell. The beholder likes to use this ray on any foe it considers a real threat.
Fear: This works like the spell, except that it targets one creature. The target must succeed on a Will save or be affected as though by the spell. Beholders like to use this ray against warriors and other powerful creatures early in a fight, to break up the opposition.
Finger of Death: The target must succeed on a Fortitude save or be slain as though by the spell. The target takes 3d6+13 points of damage if its saving throw succeeds. Beholders use this ray to eliminate dangerous foes quickly.
Flesh to Stone: The target must succeed on a Fortitude save or be affected as through by the spell. Beholders like to aim this ray at enemy spellcasters. They also use it on any creature whose appearance they find interesting. (After the fight, the beholder takes the statue to its lair as a decoration.)
Inflict Moderate Wounds: This works like the spell, causing 2d8+10 points of damage (Will half).
Sleep: This works like the spell, except that it affects one creature with any number of Hit Dice (Will negates). Beholders like to use this ray against warriors and other physically powerful creatures. They know their foes can quickly awaken the sleepers, but they also know that doing so takes time and can delay an effective counterattack.
Slow: This works like the spell, except that it affects one creature. The target can make a Will save to negate the effect. Beholders often use this ray against the same creature targeted by their disintegrate, flesh to stone, or finger of death ray. If one of the former rays fails to eliminate the foe, this ray might at least hamper it.
Telekinesis: A beholder can move objects or creatures that weigh up to 325 pounds, as though with a telekinesis spell. Creatures can resist the effect with a successful Will save.
Antimagic Cone (Su): A beholder's central eye continually produces a 150-foot cone of antimagic. This functions just like antimagic field (caster level 13th). All magical and supernatural powers and effects within the cone are suppressed - even the beholder's own eye rays. Once each round, during its turn, the beholder decides whether the cone is active or not (the beholder deactivates the cone by shutting its central eye).
Flight (Ex): A beholder's body is naturally buoyant. This buoyancy allows it to fly at a speed of 20 feet. This buoyancy also grants it a permanent feather fall effect (as the spell) with personal range.