The Mind Flayer: This is a super-intelligent, man-shaped creature with four tentacles by its mouth which it uses to strike its prey. If a tentacle hits it will then penetrate to the brain, draw it forth, and the monster will devour it. It will take one to four turns (1d4) for the tentacle to reach the brain, at which time the victim is dead. A Mind Flayer will flee if an encounter is going against it.
Their major weapon, however, is the Mind Blast, a wave PSI force with a 6 directional range and a radius of 5. All within the radius must save as indicated or will suffer the result shown:
Intelligence Saving Throw at Range Effect of
of Opponent l - 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 Mind Blast
3-4 19 19 17 Death
5-7 17 16 15 Coma, 3 days
8-10 15 14 13 Sleep, 1 hour
11-12 13 12 11 Stun, 3 turns
13-14 11 10 9 Confuse, 5 turns
15-16 9 8 7 Enrage, 7 turns
17 7 6 5 Feeble-mind
18 5 4 3 Insanity, permanent
It seems that Gary Gygax had the same sort of view about the Mind Flayer because he made this guy a real challenge when he first introduced him
I find myself wondering why would I ever consider using the third edition version again?