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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]



  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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