If I am not mistaken, liches now aren't immune to being petrified.

Granted, they have Legendary resistance and high CON save, but spamming petrification by Prismatic Spray/Wall: Indigo, Flesh to Stone, Beholder's Petrification Ray, Gorgon's Petrifying Breath or Medusa's gaze can make them a nice statue for your garden. They are not effectively dead, so they cannot be reborn next to a phylactery, and you can take all your time looking for it. Or, if the phylactery was on a lich, it is petrified along with him, and you can take the whole package.

Is this correct?

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    \$\begingroup\$ The philactery is magical. If it is on the lich, it won't tturn to stone like alll the other magical items it might be carrying \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 21:06

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Yes it would, ...probably.

A lich Rejuvenation ability is triggered when the lich is destroyed. The petrification condition states that a petrified creature is incapacitated and transformed to stone, but not destroyed. So, if you manage to petrify a lich, it will become a statue and until it is de-stoned... or someone smashes it into pieces. A petrified lich is a really resilient statue, retaining all the lich damage inmunities and hit points and gaining resistance to all damage to boot, but it can still be destroyed with magic weapons, spells, acid, etc. All it takes is one or more well prepared minions infiltrating your garden at nigth to destroy the lich, enabling it to use its trademark escape clause and return later to enact a carefully planned revenge. Be sure to keep the statue well-watched and take advantage of the lich state to find and destroy its phylactery.

Also, if the lich happens to have the phylactery on its person when petrified (not very probable), the item will become lodged into the stone (being a magic item spares it from petrification) and you'll have an interesting choice: Leave it as it is, and hope that nobody breaks the statue, or try to extract the phylactery from the statue without breaking it yourself. If you choose the later and worst come to worst, you will have 1D10 days to find a way to destroy the phylactery (not an easy task) or to prepare for a rematch with a angry lich after its new body reforms next to the phylactery.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Encase lich statue in cement. At the bottom of an old quarry. That is then filled with topsoil many meters. Don't have children, and you should be fine... \$\endgroup\$
    – Lexible
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 5:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ That faithful minion better have a magical hammer at it. Being petrified does not remove the Lich damage immunities. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 29, 2017 at 21:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ Also worth noting that if the phylactery is in your possession, the lich's new body will appear in a 5-ft space next to you. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 31, 2017 at 13:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Mindwin: Sounds like an excuse to make a kill room to keep the phylactery in... ;-) \$\endgroup\$
    – Chris
    Commented Oct 6, 2017 at 8:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ @chris "in the hands of the wise, anything is a plot hook". Have fun. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Oct 6, 2017 at 13:09

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