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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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Does anyone have a good way to allow a Necromancer to summon more powerful undead at the cost of summoning less of them? [on hold]

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 ...
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Can you raise your original body as an undead after moving to a clone?

In the situation where you have a currently mature clone from the Clone spell, die, transfer to your clone, and then manage to go back and recover your previous body, is that body potentially a ...
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Is casting a spell with the evil descriptor an evil act?

I'm working on a concept for a true neutral elven shaman of bones, obsessed with the study of death and undeath. Animate Dead is a necromancy spell with the Evil descriptor, will using that spell ...
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Can I command both Ghouls and Zombies/Skeletons with one bonus action?

Let's say I play a necromancer and have raised some Skeletons or Zombies using Animate Dead and some Gouls, Ghasts, Wights or Mummies using Create Undead. When I use a bonus action to command them ...
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Does my necromancy wizard lose hit points when he gives hit points to his homunculus?

In the 5e campaign I'm playing in, my necromancy wizard just got the spell create homunculus (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything), and one of the features of that spell is: Whenever you finish a ...
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If my necromancer dies, do my animated dead stay under my control?

From what I understand the undead created via animated dead are under my PC's control indefinitely. So if I had commanded them to kill enemies of mine (insect things that were fighting our group so I ...
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Does Finger of Death turn you into a zombie if it drops you to 0hp?

Finger of Death says: A humanoid killed by this spell rises at the start of your next turn as a zombie that is permanently under your command If a player is hit by finger of death and dropped to ...
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What happens to Constitution bonus to HP when becoming a Lich?

I was about to Theorycraft a Wizard PC with the final goal to become a Lich but I am unsure about what happens to the bonus given from stats to HP. When in Human form it comes from Constitution, but ...
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Can you reanimate a slain undead with Animated Dead?

If you slay an undead creature can you cast animate dead on the corpse to bring it back as a zombie or skeleton?
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Animate Dead: Any other undead minions? [duplicate]

I know Animate Dead can give you skeletons or zombies (your choice), and Create Undead can give you Ghouls, Ghasts, Wights, or Mummies. Is there any other WotC material expanding upon the types of ...
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Where can I find the rules on becoming a lich in AD&D 2e?

The D&D lich was introduced in the Greyhawk supplement as type of undead created when a spellcaster uses powerful magic to defy natural death: [S]keletal monsters...of magical origin, each ...
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How can a character become an Undead under their own control, other than the Lich, Ghoul and Wight?

I'm interested in how a character can become a corporeal undead with their own free will by the rules as written by using spells. Lich, Ghoul, and Wight already have clear methods for achievement, but ...
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How does the Necromancy wizard's Inured to Undeath feature work with the Death Curse in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am running Tomb of Annihilation for a group of players. They all wanted to bring in older characters (levels 9-11) from another campaign we had run a while back. I did not allow the players to look ...
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Attract powerful creatures to kill then animate

Looking for creative ways to obtain powerful corpses to animate. My lvl5 necromancer can animate 44HD, but has a hard time finding worthy corpses. So far I found the druid spell Call Animal that can ...
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How can a necromancer create vampires?

My necromancer grew tired of raising fallen enemies as zombies and skeletons. Any way to raise corpses as vampires? (Except using an actual vampire to bite living people.) I can't see this option in ...
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Are controlled undead already counted in the CR of the caster? [duplicate]

So let's picture ourselves a pretty drow priestess of Lolth, CLR3 which would make her a CR4 creature. Add to her entourage Cuddles, an Owlbear Skeleton, CR 2 according to the MM and "Useless lot", ...