Mind Flayers, Psionic, MoFS (3.5e Race)

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Mind Flayer, Psionic[edit]

Otherwise known as psi-lithids, these creatures are amazingly intelligent.


Mind Flayers are extremely intelligent, but often scheme and connive to gain power for themselves, even within a society of other Mind Flayers. In cities of Mind Flayers, plotting is often the main form of entertainment and the only way to stay on top of the game. These mind flayers are exceptionally evil, conniving, and haughty because of their uncommon and unique nature.

Physical Description[edit]

Mind Flayers are slight, having a tall but thin build and possessing less strength and constitution than might be expected for their size. While frail, they have tough, leathery hides and bulbous eyes above their four tentacles and bloated heads which contain highly developed brains.


Mind Flayers are suspicious of everyone, making everyone suspicious of them. Plotting against others, especially others of another race, as a precaution is not uncommon.


Mind Flayers are almost always evil and very often lawful, understanding the need for structure in life and society, but often being selfish and ambitious.


Mind Flayers live in the underground, known as the Xonne, or in secluded regions devoid of most other life.


Mind Flayers, if they worship which is uncommon, often worship Kryos, O'Rakka, or gods of evil.


Mind Flayers speak Liddith, and usually learn Xonnan and Maesk


Because of their peculiar reproduction, which is done by "infecting" an already living humanoid, their names are often derived from or include their previous names from when they were humanoid.

Racial Traits[edit]

  • −6 Strength, −6 Constitution, +4 Intelligence, +4 Wisdom, +4 Charisma: Though frail, mind flayers are exceptionally intelligent, perceptive, and charismatic creatures.
  • Aberration: These Mind flayers possess an alien anatomy and a psionic gene that makes them more powerful manifesters.
  • Medium size
  • Mind Flayer base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Darkvision 60 feet.
  • Natural Weapons: 4 tentacles (1d4)
  • Improved Grapple (Ex): To use this ability, a mind flayer must hit a Small, Medium, or Large creature with its tentacle attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it wins the grapple check, it establishes a hold and attaches the tentacle to the opponent's head. A mind flayer can grab a Huge or larger creature, but only if it can somehow reach the foe's head. If a mind flayer begins its turn with at least one tentacle attached, it can try ot attach its remaining tentacle with a single grapple check. The opponent can escape with a single successful grapple check or Esacpe Artist check, but the mind flayer gets a +2 circumstance bonus for every tentacles that was attached at the beginning of the opponent's turn.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, Undercommon. Bonus Languages: Abyssal, Aquan, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, Infernal, Terran.
  • Favored Class: Psion.
  • Level Adjustment: -


At 1 HD: All racial traits shown. +3 Natural Armor

At 5 HD: Extract (Ex): A mind flayer that gains its turn with all four tentacles attached and that makes a successful grapple check extracts the opponent's brain, instantly killing that creature. This power is useless against constructs, elementals, oozes, plant, and undead. It is not instantly fatal to foes with multiple heads, such as ettins and hydras.

At 8 HD: Mind Blast (Ps): This psionic attack is a cone 60 feet long. Anyone caught in this cone must succeed on a DC (14 + Charisma modifier) Will save or be stunned for 3d4 rounds.

At 10 HD: +4 Racial bonus to Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma.

At 13 HD: +4 Racial bonus to Dexterity.

At 15 HD: Psionics (Ps): At will—psionic charm (DC 14 + Charisma modifier), read thoughts (DC 12 + Charisma modifier), psionic levitate, psionic plane shift, psionic suggestion (DC 13 + Charisma modifier). Effective caster level is equal to class levels.

At 20 HD: Power resistance equal to 25 + class levels, telepathy 100 ft.

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Mind Flayer Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
18 years +2d6 +4d6 +5d8
Table: Mind Flayer Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
40 years 65 years 100 years +2d10 years
  1. At middle age, −1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  2. At old age, −2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. At venerable age, −3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Table: Mind Flayer Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 6' 2" +2d8 110 lb. × (1d6) lb.
Female 6' 0" +2d6 105 lb. × (1d4) lb.

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