Questions tagged [necromancy]

For questions primarily about necromancy in RPGs, the art/magic of raising the dead to fight again in a limbo of undeath. (For questions about undead themselves, use the [undead] tag.)

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Is it possible to raise undead versions of animals (or other creatures)?

Are there any ways to make undead animals in D&D 5e? What other types of creatures can be raised from the dead except humanoids, and how can this be achieved? I'm interested in ways to do so, both ...
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What Class or Class combination will raise the largest controlled undead (skeletal) army in 48 hours?

I am planning on making a Necromancer type with the largest undead army available in 5e D&D. He has 48 hours to build it. I have an existing strategy that nets me 150 skeletons using a lv 6 ...
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If the Bestow Curse spell causes me to do extra damage, does the target's death trigger the Necromancy wizard's Grim Harvest feature?

In D&D 5e using a wizard of the School of Necromancy: If I cast bestow curse on a monster, then kill it with a crossbow, would it trigger the Grim Harvest feature due to the extra 1d8 damage? Does ...
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Can undead creatures (raised by a necromancy spell) climb a rope, climb a ladder, or swim?

I'm thinking about making a Necromancy wizard, but had a few questions about RAW. Would undead from the animate undead spell (or any necromancer spells), e.g. skeletons or zombies, be able to climb ...
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As a player character, is there a way to reanimate a dragon I killed as an undead under that PC's control?

If a PC killed an ancient green dragon, what could they do to reanimate it as undead under their control, assumeing they have whatever combination of class levels necessary to make the idea work? ...
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What spell will provide the most healing for a Necromancy wizard's Grim Harvest feature?

The Necromancy wizard's Grim Harvest feature allows the necromancer to heal themselves an amount of HP equal to 3 times the level of the necromancy spell used to kill a creature, once per turn. ...
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What role does the school of necromancy play in the world of 5e? [duplicate]

The school of necromancy subclass states: The School of Necromancy explores the cosmic forces of life, death, and undeath. Which doesn't sound inherently evil. Obviously a Necromancer makes a ...
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Can you use animate dead on something that was previously animated by the same spell? [duplicate]

If a zombie or skeleton that you have animated with Animate Dead is reduced to 0 hit points, can you reanimate it using Animate dead? The spell description only says: Choose a pile of bones or a ...
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Can you separate a flesh golem and make two separate people?

I'm running Descent into Avernus and two characters died at one point. They were morphed together as a flesh golem by an NPC. The players wanted to stay in the game with their (flesh golem-ified) ...
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Can a Necromancy wizard raise a Spawn of Kyuss?

Are there any spells out there that would allow a necromancy school Wizard to specifically raise a Spawn of Kyuss? Or would controlling one only be achievable through turning it?
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How many undead skeletons can a PC command and/or control?

Fantasy novels are rife with evil necromancers controlling hordes of undead...and they also make great BBEGs! But what if a player wanted to do the same thing? I'd like to see how big of an army a 5e ...
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Can Undead created via 'Animate Dead' be dismissed?

In the 5e D&D PHB, the spell 'Animate Dead' states that: The creature is under your control for 24 hours, after which it stops obeying any command you’ve given it. 3.5e 'Animate Dead' ...
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Would a sentient creature that agreed to be resurrected via Animate Dead be less agressive than normal undead?

If a necromancer were to make a deal with like 4 people before a fight that the necromancer could animate them if they die during the fight, and then those same 4 people were to die, would those 4 ...
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How are the skeletons in Tresendar Manor created? And by whom?

Under Tresendar Manor, It looks like the animate dead spell only works for 24 hours at a time. However, Who made the skeletal guards in Tresendar Manor, and how were they constructed?
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Can you chain Night Caller whistlers?

You, a 13th-level wizard, go to a graveyard and blow your Night Caller. Then you cast Awaken Undead on the zombie, and one week later have it blow on the Night Caller and order the new zombie to obey ...
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Does anyone have a good way to allow a Necromancer to summon more powerful undead at the cost of summoning less of them? [closed]

I have a Necromancer that is starting to get a decent size army of undead going. It works great, he mainly uses his other spells to fill the support/buff/debuff role and uses the undead as his main ...
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How can an Undead Necromancer make other Humanoids detect as Evil Undead?

I am planning an encounter in which a cabal of evil undead necromancers fortify inside an important building with some commoner hostages, disguising the commoners in the same clothes as them to ...
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How would uncontrolled zombies react to a zombie raised by a necromancer?

If a necromancer raises a zombie, then orders the zombie to cross into area containing non-controlled zombies, how would the non-controlled zombies react? I've always assumed 'wild' undead don't ...
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How many Hit Dice of undead does an acquired scroll of Animate Dead raise?

Animate dead is one of the few spells which has a variable cost to its casting, as it's based entirely on the amount of HD you are going to raise with the casting, which is partly dependent on the CL. ...
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If I animate and control a zombie, does it benefit from Undead Fortitude when it's reduced to 0 HP?

I have been thinking over this and couldn't find anything about it online so far. If I animate a corpse into a zombie to be my undead follower using the spell animate dead, when it is reduced to 0 HP ...
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What is the maximum number of PC-controlled undead?

I decided to make an unreasonable demand from nearby town and to gain an advantage in upcoming dispute I want an undead horde reinforcing my arguments. I am not looking for quality (after all, those ...
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What are the options for animated undead for a Necromancer?

I have just moved to 5e from 3.5e. I've read up about the Necromancy Wizard subclass in 5e, and from what I have seen so far there are only three possible undead that they can possibly animate: ...
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Can the spell “Sticks and Stones” create ANY humanoid Skeleton?

Sticks and stones, a 3rd-level necromancy spell from the Shining South, animates a pile of sticks, rocks and rubble to form a crude, humanoid shape. Effectively creating a skeleton out of none-bone ...
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Raising a maximumly optimized tarrasque [closed]

What would be the most powerful undead type to raise a tarrasque as and would regeneration work with undead counting charisma for their health instead? I'm looking for the maximum beefy killing ...
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Can I use the Clone spell to create bodies, then raise them as undead?

My thought process here is that Clones do not have souls and are not creatures that have a consciousness. They’re essentially empty shells that breathe and are waiting for me to die. My idea, step by ...
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Can undead be altered into another type of undead?

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 ...
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Do creatures all have the same statistics upon being reanimated via the Animate Dead spell?

I have been thinking of making a necromancer, and I feel like I am missing something. Do all zombies and skeletons, regardless of the corpse they used as an ingredient, become the creature listed as ...
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Can a PC Necromancer maintain undead with the Animate Dead spell if they were originally raised with the Danse Macabre spell?

Since the casting time of Danse Macabre is more favourable to a higher level Necromancer, it would be more efficient to raise undead with Dance Macabre and then maintain them with Animate Dead. Is ...
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Is it possible to play as a necromancer skeleton?

I am a new DM. One of my players, my boyfriend, wants to be a necromancer skeleton that basically can't die, sort of like Voldemort with the horcrux. We are starting off at level 1. Is it at all ...
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What is the easiest way to transport piles of bones/corpses undetected?

I’m currently working on a Necromancer Build, one thing I’ve really struggled with is having enough piles of bones/corpses at all times to keep up my undead horde. So far the best idea I’ve had is to ...
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Can a controlled ghast be a leader of a pack of ghouls?

I'm creating a necromancer wizard player character and searching for the most optimal amount of undead to control. I searched for the lore of the monsters, and found that Ghasts tend to be leaders in ...
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Can you use magic to create Corpses? [duplicate]

I’m trying to find the easiest and earliest way to obtain corpses magically. My intent is to use the corpses in reanimation with the Animate Dead and Create Undead spells. Wish can pull off such a ...
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Can a Necromancer reuse the corpses left behind from slain undead?

I’ve recently been doing some builds for Necromancers for a one-shot we’ll be doing. I have been struggling to find anything that mentions how to keep up with all of the corpses you will need for the ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On “Disguising” Undead Minions [closed]

I have a player who is a necromancer and insists on always keeping their risen dead "concealed" by use of large cloaks and masks. Generally, this includes 4 skeletons and 4 zombies. The PC is very ...
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Can the Necromancy wizard's Command Undead feature be used on the Nightwalker from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes?

The School of Necromancy wizard has the Command Undead feature (PHB, p. 119): Starting at 14th level, you can use magic to bring undead under your control, even those created by other wizards. As ...
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Can a cleric of life use necromancy? [closed]

Necromancy is a spell that uses negative energy. Spells learned by clerics of life use positive energy (and there is a exclusive spell from clerics that is from the necromancy school). So, would a ...
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What is the optimal build for maximum undead minions of a Wizard/Cleric at 10th level? [closed]

I'm building an evil necromancer priest at 10th level, and am looking at the Necromancy school for the Wizard levels and Death domain for the cleric levels. This character would lean more on spells ...
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Do skeletal templates that increase HD beyond 20 prevent that creature from being animated?

So assuming our cleric casts desecrate and attempts to reanimate a Storm Giant (19HD) which starts below the 20HD threshold of not being animate-able but adds the skeletal champion template to that (...
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Does Waterdeep have laws against Necromancy?

Is Necromancy illegal in Waterdeep? Nowhere in the Legal Code from Waterdeep: Dragon Heist does it say one way or the other, nor even is it implied within any other rule - not even those related to ...
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What can a level 10-12 Necromancer do and bring to a party? [closed]

What can a level 10-12 Necromancer do and bring (by himself) to a party? Just asking in general because I'm new to D&D and want to see my necromancer fight hordes of goblins and/or other monsters ...
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Duration of Fear Cone/Aura Effect

NOTE: This is about the number of rounds the creature effected by the Fear effect, not about the duration of the Fear Cone itself. The Gaki is one of many creatures that have the Fear Aura or Fear ...
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Is there a limit to the number of undead controlled with Ranks of Pale Bone?

The Theurgic Invocation of the Gate Ranks of Pale Bone allows one to raise a number of undead and there seems to be no limit for their persistence: They remain animate until destroyed or until the ...
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What magic items are there that help a Sorcerer summon or control undead?

I am trying to compile the short list of items that a Sorcerer can use to summon / control undead. Which magic items support this Sorcerer concept? The character is currently a Divine Sorcerer, ...
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How many Undead can be under a Dread Necromancer's command at any given time?

The description of a Dread Necromancer's Undead Mastery ability says the following: In addition, when a dread necromancer uses the animate dead spell to create undead, she can control 4 + her ...
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What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get?

What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get? Any class/race/spell/level combo is fine. Is it as simple as a necromancy wizard controlling a mummy lord, or is there something ...
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Does feeblemind change the effect of Command Undead on high intelligence targets?

The School of Necromancy wizard has the 14th-level feature Command Undead (PHB, p. 119): Starting at 14th level, you can use magic to bring undead under your control, even those created by other ...
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What is the value of a low-level Necromancer in a party?

I'm having difficulty understanding how Necromancers (as in the Wizard subclass) can pull their weight at lower levels. Necromancy spells are few, vary in ranges (often require melee range), provide ...
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Does the HD bonus for animated zombies count against the controllable HD limit?

When animating zombies they gain bonus HD based on their size, is this bonus HD counted towards the maximum HD of undead one character can control. For instance, if I'm a level 6 cleric, I can ...
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Can a necromancer True Polymorph to get an arbitrary CR 9-or-less companion?

According to If you True Polymorph a zombie you create via Finger of Death, does it remain under your command? after a necromancer polymorphs an undead they control, it is still under their control. ...
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Can I level quickly by exploiting level drain and restoration?

Suppose an archmage has an apprentice, a level 1 wizard who he wants to train quickly. He attempts the following: He goes adventuring with the apprentice. The archmage fights moderately powerful ...