- "Too many eyes to blind... Too many arms to disable... can't decapitate them..."
- —Nyala Shadefury
- "It is the way of the Observer to bear witness to all things that come to pass."
A plated crest covers the observers' forehead and top of the head. Gills are present in both sides of their bodies; below them, ten tentacles hang down. There's also an sphincter on their backside that can be seen contracting when observers fight and dilating when they die. When Observers fall asleep or die, they will fall to the ground.
Adult members of the species feature two rows of teeth and seven eyes. Their eyes can shoot magic beams, with different types of magic coming from different eyes. Young observers only have two big teeth and a single eye that can shoot magic. They are also far less aggressive than their adult counterparts.
Objectives and Affiliation
The observers express a deep desire to bear witness to all forms of magic and are willingly offering their services in exchange for the opportunity to consume new forms of magic.
Some observers have joined the Legion, but nothing suggests that the race is a member of it as a whole. Other individuals, including renegade demons like , have gained the allegiance of observers to their own ends. There are also examples of observers that pledged allegiance to no one but themselves, like who was worshiped as a god by Zangarmarsh's native creatures.
The ritual to summon an observer is complex. They are highly migratory and the summoning ritual must compensate for their travels. Without their willing assistance, summoning an observer would be nearly impossible. During her journey to Outland, the undead warlock learned from the observers the above-mentioned ritual and transcribed it to one of her grimoires. The tome was later sent to Azeroth and its information spread among the members of the Council of the Black Harvest.
Powerful observers have been spotted in the Blood Furnace, the Portal Clearing and in Twinspire Keep. Large groups were present in Blade's Edge Mountains, Shadowmoon Valley, Quel'Danas, the Black Temple, the Arcatraz and the Ruins of Farahlon under the service of different factions.
As a companion pet
- Main article: Sleepy Willy
You can obtain an observer offspring named during Children's Week.
As a warlock minion
- Main article: Observer (warlock minion)
- Observers are called Beholder in the game files. The name "beholder" also appears on eyes dropped by one of these creatures named (, , , and ) and an item from (). Blizzard developers have also been known to use the term in interviews to refer to observers, suggesting it may be the more common term within the company.
- They vaguely resemble (and formerly got their name from) Beholders of Dungeons & Dragons fame, and are also similar in design to Cacodemons from Doom, as well as Octobrains from Duke Nukem 3D. A creature with a similar name, Cacodaemons, was found in Appendix three of the Manual of Monsters.
- Though appearing like them, and are not observers. Shirrak is an undead creature created by , and Durumu is an aberration created by 's sorcerers.
- The observers under can sometimes be seen shooting magic beams into the ground until they die. The reason for this is unknown. It is possible that he is using the observers to excavate Farahlon.