I'm a necromancer in a game where we are facing mostly humanoid enemies, so ones that have 1HD. Which is not very useful when it comes to making undead. The one good skeleton I had from a dire tiger got destroyed during combat.
According to the Undead Subtype
Not at risk of death from massive damage, but is immediately destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points.
I can't remember from where, but a destroyed undead can't be used as the base for another undead. The only place I can find this is in a forum online, but doesn't actually quote the rule.
The only way I have figured out to reuse the dire tiger skeleton is to bring it back to life somehow, kill it, and then harvest the body. It was an animal companion of a druid so I'm pretty sure we won't be coming across another, or be able to hunt for one. Due to the nature of bringing back the dead, it's unlikely that it would return, which makes this a pointless endeavor, not that we had those skills in the party in the first place.
Restoration Dust is the only thing I have found which might also work, but the issue with it is that it works on partially decomposed bones, and the skeleton is destroyed.
So without using wish/miracle (don't have those anyways, plus, way too expensive) is there any way I could recover this skeleton?