Animate dead allows you to create a bloody skeleton variant instead of a regular skeleton, which has the Deathless (Su) ability.

Deathless (Su)

A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to 0 hit points, but it returns to unlife 1 hour later at 1 hit point, allowing its fast healing thereafter to resume healing it. A bloody skeleton can be permanently destroyed if it is destroyed by positive energy, if it is reduced to 0 hit points in the area of a bless or hallow spell, or if its remains are sprinkled with a vial of holy water.

Will a destroyed bloody skeleton remain under the necromancer's control when it returns after 1 hour?


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Unless they are permanently destroyed, they are not actually being destroyed, and will remain under your control due to this text on Animate Dead:

The undead you create remain under your control indefinitely.

The spell will simply re-animate them again, under your control once more.

Other forms of control may have a different ruling. But according to James Jacobs (Creative Director), those controlled by the feat Command Undead are also permanent.


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