Death tyrants were an undead form of beholder, similar to zombies, that retained some innate magical abilities.[2] They were often used by powerful wizards as guardians. They were almost never encountered near other beholders, who found them abhorrent.[3]


A death tyrant was the result of a beholder's mad dreams of existing beyond death. On the rare occasion in which such dreams took hold of a live beholder, its flesh rotted away, and a naked skull with spectral points of red light for eyes would emerge. A death tyrant held much of the powers of the original beholder, now fueled by the power of Undeath.[1]

Although somewhat similar to a zombie, a death tyrant was a much more powerful creature, that continued to lord over others the same way beholders did.[1] On the other hand, a true beholder zombie was the result of the necromantic reanimation of a dead beholder, and although a formidable foe, was a considerably weaker creature and a mindless servant.[4]

Notable TraitsEdit

- Unlike the gaze of a Beholder, which will disable any magic where a Beholder is looking, a Death Tyrant's gaze will cause recovery to become impossible. Healing magic will cease to work, wounds will fail to heal themselves, the very essence of life is gone in anything under the view of a Death Tyrant.

- As creatures with the powers of necromancy, Death Tyrants can summon undead. However, unlike human necromancers who can at best summon a few hundred undead with intense concentration, a Death Tyrant can summon as many undead as it pleases without effort.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 28–29. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 309–310. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  3. Richard Baker, James Jacobs, and Steve Winter (April 2005). Lords of Madness: The Book of Aberrations. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 42. ISBN 0-7869-3657-6.
  4. Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 315–316. ISBN 978-0786965614.

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