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Questions tagged [character-death]

Issues related to the in-game death, or threat/fear of death, of a player's character in an RPG.

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How can I bring back a dead character without resurrection?

My player's character has just died as the result of rolling natural 1 against assassin's death attack. It was a 7th level character, advancing in rogue and paladin classes. Is another way to bring ...
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Is there any spell to bring back a disintegrated character?

In our latest session, one of our PCs got hit by a Disintegrate ray from an Undead Beholder. This dealt the exact damage needed, and so his character got disintegrated. Naturally, we are all sad that ...
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Does damage vulnerability affect death saving throws?

I know that a critical hit, which deals double damage, immediately causes an unconscious creature to fail two death saving throws. Vulnerability also causes a creature to take double damage against ...
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How many times can a mystic use psionic body?

If a level 20 Mystic character dies, his psionic ability has a chance to bring him back to life 1d3 days later on the same plane of existence. How often can a Mystic do this? Is it every time they die ...
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When does the Death Saving Throw happen with respect to sources of automatic ongoing damage? [duplicate]

If a character is knocked unconscious with 0HP with a source of automatically dealt damage, for example, into a fire, and takes damage from it each turn, does the automatic Death Saving Throw failure ...
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In 5e, when, exactly, is a dying/stabilizing character's turn? [closed]

The rules for Death Saving Throws seem clear to me, except for one important thing: when does the person rolling for death or stabilization get to make their saving throw? Issue came up last weekend: ...
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Can a player survive suffocation with a Periapt of Wound Closure?

The Periapt of Wound Closure's description says While you wear this pendant, you stabilize whenever you are dying at the start of your turn. In addition, whenever you roll a Hit Die to regain hit ...
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Can I resurrect a corpse that has been animated?

One of my teammates has died in battle. As a noble necromancer, I do not want to carry his corpse to the temple on my shoulders, instead I plan to animate his corpse, so he can walk on its own. Then, ...
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Does casting Disintegrate on a polymorphed enemy still kill it after the 2018 errata?

After the 2018 errata, the disintegrate spell description now reads: A creature targeted by this spell must make a Dexterity saving throw. On a failed save, the target takes 10d6 + 40 force damage. ...
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Is there a mechanic for an instant stealth kill?

I've read D&D 3.5 core books and haven't found anything useful in such a scenario - a player is approaching an unaware opponent (for instance with a dagger) and is trying to kill him by cutting ...
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How does character death/resurrection work in Curse of Strahd?

While I was asking some questions in general chat about death in the Curse of Strahd adventure, @Derpy brought up an interesting point (that might contain loose spoilers). Correct me if I am wrong, ...
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Does the Way of the Long Death monk's Mastery of Death feature protect against the Disintegrate spell?

Some damaging spells, like disintegrate, have some additional effects when they reduce you to 0 hit points (in this case, reducing the target to a pile of dust). The Way of the Long Death monk's 11th-...
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How do I clearly foreshadow a potential out-of-combat death?

Let me first set the scene The group I DM for is in a position where they are at the mercy of a group of people who are contemplating what to do with the party. I have decided on a game of chance to ...
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If I am hit after I am reduced to 0 HP, do I take 1 or 2 death save failures?

We're playing Hoard of the Dragon Queen, and during the brutal first episode, there is a duel that can take place (spoilers in the link). When the player loses the duel, the other participant... ...
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Psychic Scream - Healing after your head explodes?

By request I'm DMing an adventure with a lot of H.P. Lovecraft overtones, and the party has encountered the Big-Bad-Guy tentacle horror, a twenty foot Obyrith I've styled after the Far Realms Glothoma....
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Can a Medicine check to stabilize a PC be performed multiple times?

During our last D&D 5e session, one of the player characters went down. As the healer was a bit too far away, another PC tried to stabilize the other PC with a Medicine check. Unfortunately, they ...
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If I have a lower-level Aid cast on me, am reduced to less than 5 HP, and then have a higher-level Aid cast on me, what happens?

For reference: Does casting Aid stack? (No), What happens to the current hit points when Aid ends? (You lose the current hit points that you gained, effectively taking 5 damage). My question is: If I ...
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What to do about PC rerolling for great stats?

I have a player who in the span of 3 sessions has gone through 5 characters (& made even more, some of which I told them not to play because the stats were too high), because they want "great" ...
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Handling character death with new players involved?

I'm planning to DM a D&D one-shot to get my friend group into D&D. Since they're new, I want them to be able to really have fun with this, and I think dying in D&D can really turn a newer ...
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When a character dies, what level is their replacement?

A party adventures for some time and the player characters eventually advance several times in level, say, to level 5. Unfortunately, one of the player characters is then killed, and either cannot be ...
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Has it ever been officially stated how long it takes for a soul to transform into an outsider after death?

Okay, correct me if I’m wrong: In the Pathfinder Universe, souls travel along the River of Souls after death, then hang around Pharasmas Boneyard for a while, get judged and then get send to ...
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What happens if you're healed while drowning?

So when you're drowning, and you fail your con check, you drop to 0 hp and are unconscious. In the next round, you drop to -1 and are dying, and in the following round, you are dead. It looks like ...
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How do I kill a 20th level raging Zealot Barbarian?

At 20th level, the Path of the Zealot barbarian (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 11) can rage indefinitely by virtue of starting a new rage just prior to their initial rage ending. This is ...
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What happens when a PC drops to 0 HP outside of combat?

All similar questions I've found are concerned with what happens if combat ends while there is an unconscious PC, but I can't find any rules regarding what happens if someone drops to 0 HP while the ...
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Is there anything I should be wary of introducing this rule for unconsciousness into my games?

3.5 is pretty lethal, and I always felt it was a little weird that a sorcerer was unconscious for the same amount of time before dying as a barbarian. So I've been tinkering with the following house ...
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Does Wild Magic continue if I am unconscious/dead?

In an AL game recently, I was playing my Wild Magic Sorcerer (PHB p. 103-104) and our group was suddenly surrounded by cultists. In light of the bad situation, I threw caution to the wind and ...
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Will revivify work on a creature killed by Extract Brain?

Mind flayers (Monster Manual, p. 222) have the Extract Brain action: Extract Brain. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one incapacitated humanoid grappled by the mind flayer. Hit: The ...
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How does PC access to life-restoration magic affect a westmarchian game?

One of the hallmarks of a westmarchian game is danger, with a high likelihood of character death. From Grand Experiments: West Marches: The environment is dangerous. Very dangerous. That’s ...
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Does killing someone cancel their Contingency?

I was looking at the contingency spell, and besides being a very versatile spell, I noticed a couple things about it that really stand out: It does not have a method to cancel it other than removing ...
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Is it possible to delay the Revivify spell so it's activated when a character dies?

The other day I was speaking with one of my players and he thought "Is there actually a way to delay a revivify spell so it is activated when the character dies?" I thought it could be a great idea ...
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What happens if a Modron dies in Barovia?

My edition to edition knowledge is vague and varied, but as I understand it: When a modron dies, another one, or maybe its the same one, appears in Mechanus at the spawning pool. Consequently, if ...
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How can the DM ensure that starting PCs survive until the plot needs them to?

The campaign I'm imagining needs the 5 original level 1 PCs to… live for 13 years to the day after the campaign's start date, and… each be at least level 11 by that date. Over the course of their ...
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When is damage considered to have “killed a creature”? [duplicate]

The Narzugon's Hellfire Lance states: Hellfire Lance. Melee Weapon Attack: +10 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 11 (1d12 + 5) piercing damage plus 16 (3d10) fire damage. If this damage kills ...
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What happens if my mount drops to 0 HP in combat?

What happens if my mount's HP drops to 0 in combat? Does it make death savings throws? Can I heal it and not have to spend gold on a new mount?
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How can maximum protection for a clone stored in a demiplane be achieved? [closed]

I'm looking to create a way for an NPC of mine to become immortal, without becoming undead or requiring the aid of an ally who could die or betray the NPC. The NPC's "class" is not yet final (as in: I ...
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Is there a spell, weapon, or effect that causes permanent and irrevocable death?

Going by RAW, is there a way to (reliably) kill someone that cannot be undone? Short of outright wishing it'd never happened, I mean. I don't mean just Imprisonment, or whatever. The creature has to ...
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Is not helping a dying PC party member a bad thing? [closed]

One of our PCs was down and "bleeding out". It was my turn and no enemies were left alive, I chose not to help my party member due to me believing that my character doesn't care enough due to his past ...
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Can I choose to die instead of rolling death saving throws?

In some circumstances, dying immediately might be useful (such as if I want to be restored by revivify next round) so as to qualify as a dead creature instead of a dying one. Is this allowed?
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How to determine when opponents attack unconscious player characters?

As a GM, how can I tell what monsters will keep attacking unconscious PCs? I am especially wondering what happens if a party all become unconscious during combat (that is, their HP all got reduced to ...
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If my character dies in one campaign can I use said character in a different campaign? [closed]

If D&D my character dies in one campaign, can I use said character in a different campaign with a different DM and story line?
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Can Breath of Life save someone who died from a Coup de Grace?

Suppose a character dies from an effect that causes instantaneous death (but is not a death effect), such as a coup de grace, a critical hit from a vorpal weapon, or taking massive damage. Can that ...
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Should I stop PCs looting from their dead friends/dead last PC?

A character in a D&D 5e game dies, and stays dead. They had some nice magic items, treasure, etcetera earned from their time adventuring. What reasons could I give for the rest of the party not ...
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Can one still deal Non-Lethal Damage if they trigger the Automatic Kill feature? [duplicate]

Related to, but not answered-by, this question (the answerer assumes, because many DMs rule that a monster is dead when it hits 0 HP, that Monsters don't get saving throws at all, which is not RAW, ...
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What spells are available to resurrect characters?

What official spells exist that can be used by characters to resurrect their fallen comrades in Dungeons & Dragons? Which classes can cast them and at what level?
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Reviving someone who died due to a reduction of his maximum hit points [duplicate]

Some creatures, such as the Specter (MM, p. 279), have a feature that reduces a victims maximum hit points: Life Drain. Melee Spell Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft. , one creature. Hit: 10 (3d6) ...
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How can I modify attacks on creatures making Death Saves to have less Coup de Grace?

Context I'm DMing a Tomb of Annihilation-based campaign and we're using Meat Grinder Mode (DC for Death saves is 15). In the answer to this question, the probabilities of survival are discussed. ...
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Are Death Saving throws a cause of death that triggers Finger of Death zombification?

In a followup to this question, I am now asking if Death Saving Throws would be a separate cause of death from Finger of Death(FoD) is the cause of the Character's demise. Finger of Death has the ...
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How to determine cause of death when Death Saving Throws fail due to an attack rather than a roll

This is a generalization from this question on finger of death, but I do not think it is a duplicate. The answer to that question hinges on this one, but they are ultimately separate. Using Finger of ...
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What persists through death? [duplicate]

Some friends and I were having a discussion about the death of characters. What happens to effects when a character dies? I searched but haven't found anything really concrete except for attunement is ...
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Can a Zealot Barbarian at 0 hp be disintegrated?

A Zealot Barbarian gets the feature Rage beyond Death at Level 14 which reads Beginning at 14th level, the divine power that fuels your rage allows you to shrug off fatal blows. While you’re ...