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I am playing a necromancer (Cleric/Wizard/Mystic Theurge with level 3 early entry cheese if you must know).

Let's say that I happen to have a dead body in front of me (don't ask where it came from or how it gained the "dead" status). At the time, it makes sense to make it into a zombie using animate dead due to the abundance of flesh still clinging to its bones, otherwise ruining a perfectly good burning skeleton.

At some later point in time, I learn the spell decompose corpse. Would this allow me to transform it into a skeleton? Basically, are there any ways of altering an existing undead into another type of undead, hopefully using low-level spells like the above or restore corpse?


I have asked other questions about restoring the materials of a destroyed undead for reuse, or causing an undead to become dead without destroying it, or if undead still count as corpses, and all were answered "no".

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I feel bad anwsering this when all the previous answers saying "no" are also mine. \$\endgroup\$ – ShadowKras Jun 8 at 17:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ShadowKras Its been here for over 12 hours, feel free to give me the answer I was expecting, even before your comment \$\endgroup\$ – Fering Jun 8 at 20:35
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Decompose Corpse doesn't do anything it doesn't say it does.

Decompose Corpse has a specific use against "non-skeletal undead" which is

...the creature takes a –2 penalty on all rolls and to its Armor Class and CMD for 1 minute.

.... unless your GM is OK with it.

However, if you're not trying to do this in a combat, that could easily justify preparing a non-corpse to be Animated as a skeleton. They would of course be ignoring the RAW answer to question you linked.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I was hoping there was something I didnt know of that would basically allow me to get more use out of my undead since I cant seem to recycle them \$\endgroup\$ – Fering Jun 9 at 15:05

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