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Animate Dead on a Zombie, can it work?

So a bit of backstory to the question. One of the players in my game is a death cleric and enjoys having a small army of zombies accompany him. We had come to a situation where it is not plausible ...
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Does Polymorph Any Object grant a Con score to an Undead polymorphed into another Undead?

Polymorph Any Object gives an ability score to a stat when the target does not have an ability score: If the target of the spell does not have physical ability scores (Strength, Dexterity, or ...
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Ways to become Lich-ish

I'm looking for a way to become essentially undead but keep my character, alignment, sentience etc. Becoming a Lich, including phylactery and all, is a bit troublesome from what I've read so far, ...
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Balancing undead encounters against large party with a cleric

I'm a new DM (and a relatively new player as well) and I'm leading a pretty large (6 players) group of newbies. We've done a few demos and whatnot just to show them the basics of combat, but now we're ...
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Can you have more undead slaves than you can technically command?

A player of mine is going to play a Dread Necromancer. She obviously wants a huge army at her fingertips, but wants to be subtle about it until she is sufficiently powerful. Through turn/rebuke ...
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Would a Flameskull remember who killed it in previous attacks?

I have a group of players who do not know (yet) how to get rid of a Flameskull. They already destroyed it twice. The second time there were right next to it when it re-materialized and they had ...
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What circumstances make Heighten Turning worthwhile?

The feat Heighten Turning has the following as part of its benefit: When you turn or rebuke undead, you may choose a number no higher than your cleric level. Add that number to your turning check, ...
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Can you retry a failed Turn Undead attempt?

In AD&D if you tried to turn undead and failed to roll high enough to turn that hit die of undead, you could not retry turning that same undead. In 3.5 I don't see that restriction. So can you ...
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How does having no Con score affect an Undead Kineticist's blasts?

I have been perusing the Occult Adventures content and like the concept of a Kineticist. I was about to add a few as enemies in my undead-focused campaign, when I remembered Undead have no ...
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Do corpsecrafter (and related) feats apply when making a Necropolitan?

One of my players is planning to play as a Dread Necromancer Necropolitan. Necropolitan is a template that can be added to players (and other humanoid creatures) described in Libris Mortis. ...
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What is an effective way to disguise an undead riding horse?

I am playing a level 7 Necropolitan Dread Necromancer and I am thinking of killing and raising my Light Horse. However, I can't come up with good means to disguise him from the commoners and other ...
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What spell list available to a level 2 ranger is most useful against undead?

In the campaign I am currently participating in I play a level 2 ranger. The GM has informed us through an NPC that we will be heading into a large expanse of ghost, skeleton, and Barrow Wight ...
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Does Animate Dead just create human skeletons/zombies, or can it raise whole creatures as undead?

My GM insists that animate dead can only create the skeleton or zombie listed in the bestiary, namely the 1HD human skeleton/zombie. I had always read it can zombify any creature, as long as you have ...
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Riding/beating a dead horse

Context: My Undead Lord Cleric's current Corpse Companion is a fast zombie heavy horse. So, my GM and I disagree on a key aspect of riding an undead horse. He thinks that because riding a living ...
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When turning undead in close confines, what do trapped undead do?

Turn Undead says the creatures turned must run away from you. But it also says they can't willingly move to a space within 30 feet of you. If I am in a small zombie-infested room, and there's a door ...
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Can an undead character use a paladin's turn undead ability?

I'm planning a NPC for a campaign I'm getting ready to run. The NPC is a paladin who was killed and returned as a revenant. Within the revenant description they mention that some revenants can keep ...
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The unbodied in an anti-magic field

I am playing an unbodied, I had some trouble with the GM about what happens in an anti-magic field. I believe that since there is no comma, and no "and" between "incorporeal" and "undead" in the ...
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What is the earliest level that a cleric can create an intelligent undead?

What is the earliest level that a cleric can create an intelligent / self-willed undead creature?
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Are there poltergeist-like undead in D&D?

My character is a cleric necromancer looking for utility-type undead. I'd like to find a low-HD undead critter to Command who would be able to act as an Unseen servant (pick up small objects, trigger ...
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Why do undead have darkvision in 4E?

I just recently noted that essentially all of the undead (maybe actually all?) in fourth edition have darkvision. I was going to reveal some information to my party by having one of their associates ...
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Would Gust of Wind affect a Vampire in Gaseous Form?

Scenario I had some players fighting off a vampire's attack. The vampire was a sorcerer and rather than dying to the player characters, he casted Gust of Wind and used his Gaseous Form ability to ...
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Where can I find player available rituals for creating undead?

I like to DM D&D 4e and recently acquired Open Grave, a rules supplement on undead. But there are no rituals for creating combat-capable undead (they are all listed as "non-combatants"). Is there ...
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Can a demilich use its spell-like abilities on itself?

The demilich, an epic monster originally from the Epic Level Handbook for Dungeons and Dragons, Third Edition and nominally updated to Dungeons and Dragons 3.5 by the SRD and Conversion Book, has the ...
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Since when were demiliches weaker than regular liches?

In the D&D 5e Monster Manual, demiliches are explained as being liches who neglected to feed and were weakened. There is a more powerful variant that deliberately become demiliches in their ...
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What happens if a wizard uses Command Undead to command an undead to keep fighting even though it has been Turned by a Cleric

The cleric's turn undead ability sends undead fleeing, but the wizard's spell Command Undead enables him to give orders to the same undead. What happens when a Wizard uses Command Undead to force a ...
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Can a wizard who has been dead for 100 years be raised as a Lich?

Okay, so I have this big sexy hook for my D&D story, and I want to know if there is a way that I can do this while still following the rules. The history for this is that 100 years ago in my ...
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In Pathfinder, what happens if an undead creature's DR reduces damage to 0?

The combat section in the CRB says Minimum Damage: If penalties reduce the damage result to less than 1, a hit still deals 1 point of nonlethal damage. However, undead creatures are immune to ...
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Does an Undead with Wild Shape gain a Constitution score during Wild Shape?

Build Race: Half Drow Template: Necropolitan Classes: Drow Transition Template Class 2 / Wizard 5 / Arachnomancer 2 References Spider Shape (Su): This ability functions as wild shape. Wild ...
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How can my undead reattach his arm?

My character is a necropolitan, and he just lost his arm. Regenerate doesn't work on undead, and I don't have the regeneration special ability. How could I reattach my arm? My character lost his arm ...
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Bringing undead back to life

In previous editions of D&D, you couldn't bring undead back to life. You had to "re-kill" them and then resurrect their corpse. In 5e, Resurrection states that it can't bring undead back, but ...
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What other undead paths are there for immortality?

I am developing a campaign were the party is tracking down a group of ancient powerful mages. These mages would have undoubtedly sought undeath to extend their existence and I didn't just want them to ...
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How to heal undead

Fifth edition seems to have removed any means of healing undead. The positive/negative energy duality of 3rd edition seems to be gone. Negative energy spells now do necrotic damage; some undead are ...
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If I take a feat that allows Critical Hits on undead, can I make sneak attacks too?

Maybe this question has a very simple answer, but I'm not sure how this works. The SRD says about the Rogue's Sneak Attack: "Any creature that is immune to critical hits is not vulnerable to sneak ...
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Will I lose my undead traits when I'm resurrected?

I have a ghost template in our new horror adventure. If I die (as a ghost) and after that am resurrected, I will return to being human (my race before becoming a ghost). Will I also lose all of the ...
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Does a Dracolich possessing a new corpse reform as its original type or as the corpse's type?

In the 5th Edition Monster Manual, it states the following under the Dracolich Phylacteries section: If a dracolich's physical form is ever destroyed, its spirit returns to the gem as long as the ...
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Is a touch spell's charge sufficient to hit an incorporeal creature?

Abel wants to affect a shadow (MM 221-2) with the 3rd-level Clr spell spark of life [necro] (SpC 196). The shadow has the subtype incorporeal, and the spell spark of life is Range: Touch and doesn't ...
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Can one use detect magic to detect undead?

As lesser undeads like skeletons or zombies are mostly made by magic I'm wondering if detect magic can be used as sorts of "detect undead in your view". Thus you see a pile of bones ahead of you and ...
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How should I handle the rest of my party, who believe all Necromancy must be evil? [closed]

I'm playing a 9th level wizard, and playing him as a necromancer. He is nice and very outgoing, and has plans to build a city in which he will have a church for every alignment, as well as an ...
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Is Sunbeam's beam considered sunlight, for the purposes of Sunlight Hypersensitivity?

Compare Sunbeam's opening line: "A beam of brilliant light flashes out from your hand in a 5-foot-wide, 60-foot-line." to Sunburst's opening line: "Brilliant sunlight flashes in a 60-foot ...
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What is the difference between “ghosts” and “spirits of the dead” in Pathfinder?

I want to make a good-aligned shaman character that deals with ghosts on a friendly and pact-based relationship. However ghosts are described as always being CE undead meanwhile "spirits of the dead" ...
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How can I always see ethereal and incorporeal creatures?

I am trying to adapt a character who can see spirits continuously to Pathfinder. I looked all over the d20pfsrd site for a feat or supernatural ability that lets a character continuously see ethereal ...
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What happens when Resurrection is cast on a zombie?

I know the Resurrection spell brings something back to life, but what happens when casting it on a zombie? A zombie is already dead, but now undead—does it "die" and is brought back to life, or does ...
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How much experience does a cleric get when he Turns Undead?

Is there a standard amount of XP given to a cleric who is successful at Turning Undead?
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Can a Paladin use Smite Evil on a touch attack to Lay on Hands on an undead creature?

Can a paladin use Smite Evil to gain pluses to attack and damage when the attack is a touch attack against an undead creature for the purpose of damaging the creature using the Lay on Hands ability? ...
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Is there an undead-heavy adventure that takes PCs from level 1 to level 20?

Is there either a single adventure or a collection of linked adventures that meets the following criteria: The primary foes are undead creatures. The adventuring sites include maps. The adventure ...
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What happens to a quasi-undead creature when fortunate fate activates?

The creature casts the 8th-level spell veil of undeath [necro] (SpC 229), which says, in part, that Like an undead creature, you are damaged by cure spells and healed by inflict spells. You don’t ...
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Is summoning undead evil? Why?

My Question is: Where can I reference the RAW as to (1) that summoning undead is always an evil act, and (2) why summoning undead is always an evil act? The background is: Some of the players in my ...
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Are undead mounts considered “evil”?

Let's say, my PC is a human cleric of demons, and I have created an undead horse as my mount. It's great, because the horse does not need to sleep, nor feed, and it does not become fatigued. So riding ...
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How many Hit Dice of undead creatures are destroyed with turn undead?

When you use the supernatural ability turn undead, you make a turning check (1d20 + your Charisma modifier), and the maximum Hit Dice of the single Most Powerful Undead Affected (PH 159) is dependent ...
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When and how many times can a cleric attempt to turn undead?

In Moldvay/Marsh/Cook's B/X D&D: How many times can a cleric attempt to turn undead per encounter? When can the cleric do it? Instead of a melee/spell/missile attack or before the encounter ...