So, I'm a little bit confused here. On ERLW pg. 62, from the Homunculus Servant entry, it reads;

"The item you infuse serves as the creature's heart, around which the creature's body instantly forms."

And it continues on to say;

"If it dies, it vanishes, leaving its heart in its space."

Given this, I can see two distinct possibilities of how you would go about reviving the Homunculus Servant.

  1. The infusion fades and you must infuse the gem again.

  2. The infusion remains, and its body reappears after it regains hit points.

Since it doesn't indicate the infusion fades, I'm leaning towards the second option, but I'm not sure. Which case is it, or is it some other option I haven't considered?


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The infusion fades and you must infuse the gem again

You already quoted the relevant part:

If it dies, it vanishes, leaving its heart in its space.

From the description about "Infusing an Item" in the Artificier description it states (emphasis mine):

Your infusion remains in an item indefinitely, but when you die, the infusion vanishes after a number of days have passed equal to your Intelligence modifier (minimum of 1 day). The infusion also vanishes if you give up your knowledge of the infusion for another one.

So I would argue that if the text about the Homunculus Servant says that "it vanishes" you would have to infuse the gem again to create a new Homunculus Servant.

In addition the Steel Defender from the Battlesmith subclass reads similar to the Homunculus Servant considering the healing part (even if it is not an Infusion) but it expliticially states that it can be revived:

If the mending spell is cast on it, it regains 2d6 hit points. If it has died within the last hour, you can use your smith’s tools as an action to revive it, provided you are within 5 feet of it and you expend a spell slot of 1st level or higher. The steel defender returns to life after 1 minute with all its hit points restored.

So I think this is an additional indication that the Homunculus Servant can't be revived and needs to be infused again.

And since (in my opinion) the infusion vanishes healing spells won't work to revive it. The Mending cantrip states:

This spell can physically repair a magic item or construct, but the spell can't restore magic to such an object.

Many other healing spells heal it while your Homunculus Servant is alive (except Lay on Hands for example since it doesn't work on constructs) but also won't bring it back to life, since the infusion faded.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Would you then be able to infuse the gem right away since the infusion you created vanished? You would then be at Max Infusions - 1. Or would you still need a Long rest? Or would a new infusion then replace your oldest infusion? \$\endgroup\$
    – Wartowel
    Commented Feb 22, 2020 at 3:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ You need a long rest to infuse an item. Quote from here: "Whenever you finish a long rest, you can touch a nonmagical object and imbue it with one of your artificer infusions, turning it into a magic item." But for the other part: Since your infusion vanished you wouldn't be at Max Infusions so you can infuse the gem again (after a long rest) without replacing your oldest infusion. \$\endgroup\$
    – Urknecht
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 7:55

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