"Half-illithid" is an inherited template that can be added to any corporeal other than a construct (referred to hereafter as the base creature). The creature's type changes to aberration. It uses all the base creature's statistics and special abilities except is noted here.
Hit Dice: Change to d8.
AC: Natural armor improves by +1.
Attacks: A half-illithid loses its bite attack (if the base creature has one), but gains four tentacle attacks, in addition to the base creature's attacks (except for a bite).
Damage: If the base creature does not have tentacle attacks, use the appropriate damage value based on the half- illithid's size (see the table below). Otherwise, use the value from the table or the base creature's damage, whichever is greater.
Special Attacks: A half-illithid retains all the special attacks of the base creature. It gains the mind flayer special attacks of mind blast, improved grab, and extract, and may also have psionic powers.
Mind Blast (Sp): A half-illithid can use this attack once per day. It is a cone 40 feet long. Anyone caught in this cone must succeed on a Will save (DC 13 + half-illithid's Int modifier) or be stunned for 1d4 rounds.
Improved Grab (Ex): if a half-illithid hits an opponent that is its own size or smaller with a tentacle attack, it deals normal damage and attempts to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If it gets a hold, it attaches the tentacle to the opponent's head. After a successful grab, the half-illithid can try to attach its remaining tentacles with a single grapple check. The opponent can escape with a single successful grapple check or Escape Artist check, but the half-illithid gets a +2 circumstance bonus for every tentacle that was attached at the beginning of the opponent's turn.
Extract (Ex): A half-illithid that successfully maintains its hold with all four tentacles for 1 full round automatically extracts the opponent's brain at the beginning of its next turn, instantly killing that creature.
Psionics (Sp): A half-illithid with Intelligence or Wisdom of 8 or higher (after the ability score adjustments noted below) gains psionic abilities. These abilities are as spells cast by an 8th-level sorcerer (save DC 13 + spell level). The table below lists the abilities available according to the Hit Dice of the half-illithid. These abilities are cumulative; a half-illithid with 3 HD can use detect thoughts as well as suggestion.
|1-2||Detect thoughts 3/day|
|7+||Charm monster 1/day|
Special Qualities: A half-illithid has all the special qualities of the base creature and also gains the qualities noted below.
Darkvision (Ex): A half-illithid has darkvision with a range of 60 feet (or as the base creature, whichever is better).
Spell Resistance (Ex): A half-illithid has spell resistance equal to 10 + its HD.
Telepathy (Su): A half-illithid can communicate with any creature within 100 feet that has a language.
Abilities: Increase from the base creature as follows: Int +4, Wis +4, Cha +4.
Climate/Terrain: Same as the base creature and any underground.
Organization: Same as the base creature (to a maximum of about to creatures) or cult (6-10 plus 3-5 mind flayers).
Challenge Rating: Same as the base creature -3.
Alignment: Usually evil (any).
Level Adjustment: +5.
Half-illithid humanoids often have a character class. Their favored class is sorcerer. (If you are using the Psionics Handbook, their favored class is psion instead.
Sample Half-Illithid: Half-Illithid Lizardfolk.
Sample Half-Illithid-Beholder: Mindwitness.