I have found a homebrew Mind Flayer race* and am wondering if it is reasonably well balanced against other races.
I have removed the fluff like age etc and just left the important parts.
My personal conclusion is that it possibly on the strong side, but still remaining within the bounds of power.
Ability Score Increase.
Your Intelligence score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
Most illithids are taller than humans, but their bodies are slender, weighing much less than an average being of their stature. Your size is Medium.
Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
You have darkvision up to a range of 60 ft.
You have advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
You may use your action to attack anything in front of you with a mind blast. When you use your mind blast, each creature in a 15 ft. cone must make an Intelligence saving throw equal to 8 + your Intelligence modifier + your proficiency bonus.
A creature takes 2d6 psychic damage on a failed save, and half as much damage on a successful save. This damage increases to 3d6 at 6th level, 4d6 at 11th level, and 5d6 at 16th level. After you use your mind blast, you can't use it again until you complete a short or long rest.
If you consume the brain of a recently deceased creature, you briefly interface with its mind. By doing so, you learn at least one piece of useful information the creature knew.
You can speak telepathically to any creature within 120 feet of you. A creature understands you only if the two of you share a language.
You can speak, read, and write, Common and Undercommon, and can read and write Qualith.
*I can't remember where I found this, so apologies to the creator to whom I can't credit.