D&D 5E Do Beholders need sleep?


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Paraxis

Explorer
Yes, they are aberrations and in 3e at least all aberrations needed to eat, breath, and sleep.

I am sure an ecology of the beholder is in an old issue of Dragon Magazine.

They need the sleepy time to dream of planer domination.
 

SirAntoine

Banned
Banned
I would say the beholder can sleep, yes. Imagine them just floating there with all their eyes closed. They would probably sleep after eating an adventurer.
 

Paraxis

Explorer
I put together a visual aid.

SleepingBeholder.jpg
 

pukunui

Legend
The 5e MM is pretty good about stating when monsters don't need sleep. It doesn't say beholders don't (whereas it does say that the undead death tyrant does not), so I think it's safe to assume they do. As [MENTION=6731904]SirAntoine[/MENTION] says, it's easy enough to picture them hovering in the air with their eyes all closed. Or maybe, as [MENTION=57914]GameOgre[/MENTION] says, they sleep with one eye open.
 

Jeremy E Grenemyer

Feisty
Supporter
I'd say they need to rejuvenate or revitalize themselves from time to time.

What form that takes...I wouldn't know. Maybe after they mate or spawn?

Perhaps they indulge in a reverie like elves, but one filled with the beholder's favorite moments of inflicting terror, madness and mayhem on other, lesser beings.

I think it would be awesome to put a group of adventurers in the middle of a hive of beholders, all dreaming mad dreams, making scary noises and drooling in somnolent glee.
 




Agglomérante

First Post
Gut reaction: Yes, because most living things do.

Also, the Monster Manual specifically states on page 26 that beholders sleep. They close the central eye but leave the little eyes open.

Well I'll be damned. I didn't bother to look it up since it's not the sort of thing one sees described in a monster entry!

Question answered!
 

PnPgamer

Explorer
I remember that anything that isn't a construct, undead or ooze and is living on material plane, does sleep. I once did investigate 3.5 MM for this.
 


Nebulous

Legend
Sleep, I'd say yes, but it really depends on the DM. If for some reason you need a perpetually awake beholder/aberration, that makes sense too. But there's something appealing about the image of a beholder with all of its eyes closed, SNORING, and gently drifting as it snoozes and PCs try to sneak past it....
 

GameOgre

Adventurer
A beholder sleep floating down the hallway towards you! Don't wake him up! Studies have shown that it's harmful to YOUR health!
 

Grazzt

Demon Lord
Sleep, I'd say yes, but it really depends on the DM. If for some reason you need a perpetually awake beholder/aberration, that makes sense too. But there's something appealing about the image of a beholder with all of its eyes closed, SNORING, and gently drifting as it snoozes and PCs try to sneak past it....

So like that train wreck that was the first D&D movie?
 

steeldragons

Steeliest of the dragons
Epic
Gut reaction: Yes, because most living things do.

Also, the Monster Manual specifically states on page 26 that beholders sleep. They close the central eye but leave the little eyes open.

Thanks for saving me the look up & post. Knew I'd read that.
 




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