In some circumstances, dying immediately might be useful (such as if I want to be restored by revivify next round) so as to qualify as a dead creature instead of a dying one.

Is this allowed?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are there more circumstances where this is useful? I ask because restoration by revivify seems a lot more costly than restoration by any other lower-level healing method. \$\endgroup\$ – Icyfire May 10 '18 at 17:54
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Icyfire there are some benefits to a Blood Hunter if an ally dies rather than is just dying (say a zealot for example, who doesn't care that much about dying). Although blood hunter is homebrew... \$\endgroup\$ – David Coffron May 10 '18 at 18:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ Right, the death of the comrade enrages the other party members, who then kick butt. Then you rez the comrade. Like Phil Coulson. What could possibly go wrong? \$\endgroup\$ – Harper - Reinstate Monica May 11 '18 at 5:08


As an unstable creature, you cannot do anything aside from rolling Death Saving Throws. Just like in real life, you couldn't just die, out of the blue.

Whenever you start your turn with 0 hit points, you must make a special saving throw, called a death saving throw, to determine whether you creep closer to death or hang onto life.

However, your teammates or pets or anything else can attack you to cause you to fail said Death Saving Throws.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. \$\endgroup\$ – mxyzplk May 11 '18 at 3:20

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