Spectator (Dungeons & Dragons)

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First appearanceThe Secret of Bone Hill (1981)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the spectator is a type of aberration related to the beholder.

Publication history[edit]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977–1988)[edit]

The spectator first appeared in the adventure module The Secret of Bone Hill (1981),[1] and then appeared in the original first edition Monster Manual II (1983).[2] The spectator was further detailed, along with the searechter (marine spectator) in Dragon #139 (November 1988).[3]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989–1999)[edit]

The spectator appeared in second edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons for the Forgotten Realms setting under the "beholder-kin" entry in Monstrous Compendium Volume Three: Forgotten Realms Appendix (1989),[4] and reprinted under the "beholder" entry in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[5] The spectator also appeared in I, Tyrant (1996).[6]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000–2002) and Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 edition (2003–2007)[edit]

The spectator appeared in third edition for the Forgotten Realms under the "beholderkin" entry in Monstrous Compendium: Monsters of Faerûn (2001).[7] The spectator also appeared under the "beholderkin" entry in Lords of Madness (2005).[8]

Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition (2014–)[edit]

A spectator appears in the final section of the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure, included in the 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set. The spectator also appears in the 5th edition Monster Manual.[9]


A spectator is an extraplanar relative of the beholder with four eyestalks. Somewhat mild and even-tempered, spectators have even been known to form friendships with other creatures, a trait that no other beholderkin or true beholder ever displays.


  1. ^ Lakofka, Lenard. The Secret of Bone Hill (TSR, 1981)
  2. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  3. ^ Demokopoliss, Dougal. "The Ecology of the Spectator." Dragon #139 (TSR, 1988)
  4. ^ Connors, William, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Three: Forgotten Realms Appendix (TSR, 1989)
  5. ^ Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  6. ^ Allston, Aaron. I, Tyrant (TSR, 1996)
  7. ^ Wyatt, James, and Rob Heinsoo. (Wizards of the Coast, 2001)
  8. ^ Baker, Rich, James Jacobs, and Steve Winter. Lords of Madness (Wizards of the Coast, 2005)
  9. ^ Monster Manual (Wizards of the Coast, 2014)