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The spell cone of cold, in part, says, "A creature killed by this spell becomes a frozen statue until it thaws." This description leaves me with some questions.

  • When is a PC frozen solid? (That is, is the PC get frozen solid when the PC drops to 0 hp? Or is the PC frozen solid only after the PC fails all death saving throws?)
  • How can a frozen solid PC be thawed out?
  • Is a PC alive after being thawed out?
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If a spell has an effect when it drops someone to 0 HP, it is explicitly mentioned in its description, like disintegrate:

If this damage reduces the target to 0 hit points, it is disintegrated. (PHB 233)

Cone of cold does not outright kill a target reduced to 0 HP. The additional effect only happens if the damage outright kills a creature. In the case of a PC this means either taking massive damage that instantly kills them or auto-failing their last death saving throw because of taking damage (PHB 197).

"Until it thaws" just indicates that this is not magical ice that will remain regardless of the circumstances and will melt as natural ice does. You just need to apply heat, e.g. by leaving it in the sun or judicious application of prestidigitation. They become a "frozen statue", not an "ice sculpture", thus after melting out you get a wet corpse that can be raised normally. I personally would also rule that if you use a high level spell that would restore missing organs, like true resurrection, you can use it directly on the frozen corpse.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree with the ruling in the last sentence. For True Ressurection it would be more than enough to break off a strand of hair and thawing that anyway. \$\endgroup\$ – Mindwin Apr 10 '18 at 12:48

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