Ok, I think I've had my fill of "How do you handle these darned beholders?" threads over the past couple of weeks so I decided to take a moment and explain the magical properties of a beholder.
This is a picture of a creature that strikes fear into the hearts of many adventures, fleshy and warforged alike (although mostly fleshies).
A scary sight indeed, especially when they are assaulted by a rainbow of colors. Many say "DOOM! Melee them and you will likely die!". Depending on how you approach a beholder, that just may be true. A beholder, as deadly as it is, suffers from the fact that eyestalks are only so tall so they can only fire in certain directions. A beholder can eyebeam 1 of 10 effects (and this is specifically for living beholders, not those crazy ghostly doomspheres).
- Fired from the front of a beholder:
- Beholder Antimagic Effect (from the main eye)
Fired from the right of a beholder:
- Hold Monster
- Inflict Moderate Wounds
Fired from the back of a beholder:
- Finger of Death
- Scorching Ray
- Bestow Curse
Fired from the left of a beholder:
- Flesh to Stone
And as they say, a picture is worth... well... a picture is pretty so here you go
Now, most people who attack a beholder gripe about 3 main things:
- "I have 9 negative levels"
- *Poof* "You have been hit with Finger of Death"
- "You have been hit by Disintegration for 161 points of damage"
Take a look at what a beholder fires and where it fires from. With that knowledge in mind it becomes much easier to go into close quarters with one of these eye tyrants. Regardless of who you are a beholder is most deadly if you attack it head on (enervation, disintegration). People with high will saves will do very well to attack a beholder on its right side (hold monster, Inflict Moderate Wounds). Warforged will find that attacking a beholder from its left side is 100% safe (Flesh to Stone, Slow). If you have the right equipment, anyone can attack a beholder from behind with minor or no repercussions (deathblock and fire resistance item negates the two damaging rays, Bestow Curse is never fatal).
Also, each eyebeam (well, almost each eyebeam) has a unique color. For each color, a specific eye-spell is cast. If you are fleshy, in front of the beholder, and see a deep indigo color... MOVE! Thats enervation! If you are a Warforged on the right side of the beholder and see a blue beam... LAUGH! Its only Hold Monster.
Hold Monster/Flesh to Stone/Telekinesis/Slow
Finger of Death/Inflict Moderate Wounds (black)
Keep this information in mind next time you assault a beholder and you might find your survival rate higher than the last time.