Thought eater

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Thought eater
First appearanceEldritch Wizardry supplement (1976)

In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the thought eater is a type of fictional monster.

Publication history[edit]

The thought eater first appeared in the Eldritch Wizardry supplement (1976).[1] It appeared in first edition Advanced Dungeons & Dragons in the original Monster Manual (1977).[2] It appeared in second edition in The Complete Psionics Handbook (1991),[3] and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993).[4] The thought eater appeared for the Planescape setting in A Guide to the Ethereal Plane (1998).[5] It appeared in third edition in the Psionics Handbook, and its 3.5 revision the Expanded Psionics Handbook (2004).[6]


The thought eater is an unintelligent ether dweller attracted by psionic-related energy use.

The thought eater appeared on's list of "The most underrated monsters of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons".[7] CJ Miozzi included the thought eater on The Escapist's list of "The Dumbest Dungeons & Dragons Monsters Ever (And How To Use Them)".[8]


  1. Gygax, Gary; Blume, Brian (1976), Eldritch Wizardry (1 ed.), Lake Geneva, WI: TSR
  2. Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual (TSR, 1977)
  3. Winter, Steve. The Complete Psionics Handbook (TSR, 1991)
  4. Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
  5. Cordell, Bruce R. A Guide to the Ethereal Plane (TSR, 1998).
  6. Cordell, Bruce R. Expanded Psionics Handbook (Wizards of the Coast, 2004)
  7. "The most underrated monsters of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons -". 27 June 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  8. "The Dumbest Dungeons & Dragons Monsters Ever (And How To Use Them)". Retrieved 2 January 2018.

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