# Can a cleric turn undead repeatedly?

So it's first edition AD&D. You turn undead. You then attack the undead (they're cornered and can't retreat). I understand they can attack now, the turning being broken. Here is the question: Can the cleric then, as a matter of combat, turn them again over and over again?

## No. The cleric only gets one attempt to try turning any particular undead.

This bit is buried in the DMG, visible in two places:

1. Notes below Attack Matrix III, Clerics Affecting Undead (DMG pp.75-76)

Failure to score the number shown, or greater, means the turning was unsuccessful. No further attempt can be made by the cleric with respect to the particular undead. (Emphasis mine.)

2. TURNING UNDEAD (DMG p. 65)

As stated on the Clerics Affecting Undead table, this function may be attempted only once by each cleric.

• So a cleric that once fails to turn an undead creature leaves that undead creature forevermore immune to that cleric's turning? There's a plot in there somewhere. – Hey I Can Chan Jun 19 '18 at 1:29
• @HeyICanChan yup. Can't you just see the un-turned wight following around the cleric, poking near its peripheral vision... "I'm not touching you, I'm not touching you!" – nitsua60 Jun 19 '18 at 1:32

# Yes. If you fail, you can't try again. But otherwise, you can.

The various rule mentions regarding "no further attempt can be made" immediately follows describing an unsuccessful turning attempt.

While not explicitly limiting to only failures there (e.g. by joining the two clauses like "…the turning was unsuccessful [, and] no further attempt…"), there are other rules regarding successful turning:

From DMG 1e, p75, footnote to Turning Undead table:

Good clerics cause the creature to move directly away from his or her person, and stay as far away as possible for not less than 3 nor more than 12 rounds, moving at full speed for the duration if at all possible. The turned undead will be able to come back again, but they are subject to further turning by the cleric.