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Questions tagged [resurrection]

For questions on raising the dead. Resurrection is frequently different from necromancy in that it truly restores the target to life, rather than making the target undead.

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What does “raised” mean?

I have read several times over that Warforged can not be made undead. However, their racial entry clearly states that they can be "Raised and resurrected". This phrasing, "raised and resurrected", ...
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Can I resurrect someone using their blood or hair?

Me and my group wondered what counts as a "small portion of the creature’s body". Do blood or hair count? In the resurrection spell description, it is written: small portion of the creature’s body ...
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Do undead still count as corpses?

Do undead still count as corpses for the purposes of spells that target corpses? Lets look at a specific example, Resurrection. Now, Resurrection functions like raise dead, except that it can bring ...
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How can you actually resurrect somebody in Anima?

As per the title - I can't seem to find a single spell or effect that performs a resurrection, so how do I perform a resurrection? I would prefer to avoid the Arcana Exxet's spells in this question, ...
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How can I persuade an unwilling soul to become willing?

This question is inspired by this question. In that question, one of the answer explains that you can predict if the soul is willing or not by means of some divination spells. It, however, doesn't ...
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What happens to someone who dies before their clone has matured?

Consider the clone spell in D&D 5e. It allows you to grow a new body for a living creature (a process taking 120 days) provided you have a sample of their flesh. At any time after the clone ...
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Cleric player in Adventurer's League may have extorted us for Revivify

In an Adventurer League game, while we were starting a session, a player I didn't know until now plays a cleric. He told everyone at the table that unless they gave him 300 GP at the start of the ...
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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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Can Reincarnate extend the life span of a target by reincarnating as a longer-lived race?

When using resurrection spells like Revivify or Raise Dead, it's obvious that you return to life as you were before you died - as in, same body, same age, etc. However, Reincarnate, the druid's ...
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What happens if you cast a resurrection spell on a corpse possessed by a dybbuk?

The Dybbuk is a monster from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (p. 132) that can possess humanoid corpses if they're intact. What happens if someone then casts any resurrection spell on the humanoid? Is ...
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Can an Adventurers League character or party reimburse a PC for casting revivify?

The Situation One PC just died. Fortunately, another PC is a cleric that has revivify prepared, an unused 3rd-level spell slot, and 300gp of diamonds they purchased before the session. They cast ...
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Is a body part “missing” if severed but present? [duplicate]

Partly inspired by the question about using Mending to reattach body parts to a corpse , this question concerns both the spells Raise Dead and Revivify, which both state that they return dead ...
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Can Mending be used to reattach severed body parts?

Corpses are considered objects, and the Mending cantrip can do the following: This spell repairs a single break or tear in an object you touch, such as a broken chain link, two halves of a broken ...
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How can I make my paladin alive again without his whole body?

Our party (gunslinger 13 lvl, wizard universalist 12 lvl & paladin 13 lvl) were in the dungeon (Runeforge, "Rise of the Runelords). The gunslinger became dominated and killed the paladin (his head ...
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Can a Druid cast Revivify in 5e or Pathfinder?

In Critical Role campaign 1, my friend is convinced she remembers Keyleth (moon circle druid) using Revivify at some point. Revivify is not a Druid spell, but she swears up an down she remembers ...
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Do you remember the name of characters who attempted to revive you?

On DMG page 24, under "Bringing Back the Dead", it states: A soul knows the name, alignment, and patron deity (if any) of the character attempting to revive it and might refuse to return on that ...
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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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Can a demon (Tanar'ri) be resurrected?

When a demon dies, it is said that their soul re-enters the Abyss, where it gets a new body. What I assume happens on the plane they died in (that is not the Abyss), is that it melts into some vile ...
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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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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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Is it possible to cast a delayed resurrection spell on myself?

Knowing the location of the corpse of oneself in spacetime, is it somehow possible to set up (e.g. in combination w/ other spells) and cast on it a successful delayed resurrection? Or maybe even a ...
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How does the free resurrection spell from DDALEL2017 work?

One of the PCs in a game I DM is killed in the middle of adventure. The player has this certificate and wants to use the free resurrection. The module I ran is DDEX1-10 Tyranny of Phlan where the ...
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Can revivify prevent zombification from finger of death?

Assume the following initiative order: Peasant Man Lich Man Cleric Man Seeing the approaching threat of Lich Man, Peasant Man charges with a pitchfork and is utterly ineffective. Laughing with ...
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How much does it cost to cast Raise Dead on a Zealot Barbarian in Adventure's League?

Based off of the question, How much should NPCs charge for spells cast as services to PCs?, the cost of spells from NPCs follows the formula: Spell Service Cost = Square of the spell level, then ...
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Can a PC that played only part of ToA be resurrected in a later adventure?

I have a doubt regarding the Death Curse. I played part of the Tomb of Annihilation (ToA) HC with one of my characters, then decided to exit it and wait out. After this she died in another T2 ...
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Can a creature be True Polymorphed into a corpse and then raised?

Inspired by If a corpse is polymorphed into a creature, does it retain personality? True Polymorph can turn a creature into an object Creature into Object. If you turn a creature into an object, ...
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How can my villain be resurrected as a construct?

I’m running a 5e campaign in a Homebrew setting. My BBEG is a rather powerful being kind of... locked in a fixed, repeating point in time. I've taken quite a few liberties here, but in order to ...
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Can True Resurrection be used to raise a creature whose body is still intact, but not within the range of touch?

For example, Kara the Fighter foolishly ran 90' ahead of her party and has just been stabbed to death by a goblin. Her body has some stab wounds but is otherwise fully intact. The party cleric can't ...
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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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Is a creature aware of the circumstances surrounding its resurrection?

Resurrection states that the soul of a creature must be free and willing in order to be resurrected. Is the soul aware of the situation in which it is trying to be resurrected? For example, say two ...
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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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Can you bring back to life a decomposed corpse using Restore Corpse?

Let's say you have an old corpse (which could be a skeleton) that didn't die from old age, and that your mage casts a Restore Corpse, whose effect is: You grow flesh on a decomposed or skeletonized ...
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Should I tell this player her character cannot be resurrected? [closed]

I'm in a bit of a quandary as to what to do with a player. We're going through Curse of Strahd and I am DMing. Her Cleric got killed towards the beginning of the game and cannot be resurrected as ...
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What are possible ways to get resurrected without the help of others?

Player deaths are always nasty and annoying. If you want to protect yourself against that other than by getting resurrected by a companion, such as a cleric with Revivify or stronger resurrection ...
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A reason someone would not just go to a cleric to resurrect a loved one in D&D? [closed]

I have been working on a scenario to play with a group of friends however I wasn't sure what system we would be using. We decided on 5e D&D but I've run into a problem with the core motivation of ...
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Can True Resurrection bring a lich back to life?

Say there's a lich who made a pact with an evil entity for the secrets of lichdom, but he was at the moment unsure of the ramifications of such a decision. He befriended the adventuring party prior to ...
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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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What is the impact of resurrection in the Forgotten Realms?

I am not very familiar with the Forgotten Realms lore. I know that resurrection spells may have a great impact on the story and on how death is perceived by the players. I would like to know what is ...
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Should paying an NPC to resurrect a Zealot Barbarian be less costly?

Zealot Barbarians (from Xanathar's Guide to Everything) can be the target of resurrection-type spells without the caster being required to spend material components. In Adventurers League (and ...
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What do you do if a player wants to let their character stay dead without any RP reason?

One of my friends is playing a ranger pirate who has just died. He doesn't want to be revived but can't give an RP reason for it. In-game, the character recently found out that his father is still ...
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When I die and leave a clone behind, is my bound weapon now bound to the clone?

So I have an eldritch knight who was rewarded by a powerful wizard with a clone. A few months later and he ends up dying by being thrown off a cliff. Now that he's back he has 0 gear because of the ...
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Which incarnation is created by True Resurrection when used on a reincarnated creature?

Reincarnate creates a new body for a creature who has died. True Resurrection is able to create a new body for a creature when the original no longer exists. What happens when a reincarnated creature ...
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Does it matter which incarnation of a target's body is used for a second resurrection?

The spell 'resurrection' can bring someone back from the dead using only a small portion of their body. Now I ask- If someone is resurrected more often than once, does it matter which body is used? ...
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Respawning mechanics for quick and easy recovery from death

The standard means of recovering from death in 5e mostly require the use of spells like revivify, raise dead, reincarnate, and resurrection that are all costly to varying degrees in terms of time and ...
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What happens to a mythic creatures mythic pool who is resurrected on a different day?

Mythic power is a much newer aspect of the game than being killed and resurrected. Those spells were never updated with respect to the new character feature. So the question is, at what level is a ...
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What happens to point pools when a creature is brought back to life?

The main spells that deal with bringing the dead back to life are clear about their effects on spells that they have prepared or uncast. Raise Dead A character who died with spells prepared has a ...
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How do I incorporate magical resurrection without losing dramatic tension?

Magical resurrection is a theme in many RPGs, and also in 5e Dungeons and Dragons. However, whatever means of magical resurrection players can access, in most cases nonplayer characters can access too....
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Is it possible to bring undead back to life?

In previous editions of D&D, you couldn't bring undead back to life. You had to "re-kill" them and then resurrect their corpse. In 5e, Resurrection states that it can't bring undead back, but ...
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What happens when Resurrection is cast on a zombie?

I know the Resurrection spell brings something back to life, but what happens when casting it on a zombie? A zombie is already dead, but now undead—does it "die" and is brought back to life, or does ...