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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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Can an elemental be resurrected in 5e?

In 3e True Resurrection spell explicitly notes that it allowed the resurrection of an elemental, while lesser resurrection methods are unable to do so. In 5e these lines are missing from the True ...
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Can you use Ceremony and Revivify to give your entire adventuring party a +2 AC bonus which lasts indefinitely?

A cleric conducts a group marriage with a Ceremony spell so that a party of four humanoids all become spouses with each other. Everyone gets a +2 AC bonus while within 30 feet of each other. "...
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How can I resurrect a creature that died entirely by starvation or dehydration?

The section of the rules on food and water states that exhaustion resulting from starvation or dehydration cannot be cured until the cause has been eliminated (emphasis added): Characters who don't ...
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Is there a way to bring a Specter back to life?

The Wraith has this ability: Create Specter. The wraith targets a humanoid within 10 feet of it that has been dead for no longer than 1 minute and died violently. The target's spirit rises as a ...
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How can you revive a character who was killed by a Night Hag's Nightmare Haunting?

The Night Hag has an ability that can reduce a character's hit point maximum via nightmares provided they are evil. It then proceeds to state: If this effect reduces the target's hit point maximum to ...
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What happens to a familiar if the master dies and is brought back?

If a character who has a familiar dies and is then raised via raise dead or even reincarnation, is the familiar still bound to that character or is that bond broken at character death?
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Will a PC turned into an undead once always need resurrection?

When a character gets turned into an undead, the Raise Dead and Reincarnate spells do not work on that character, and Resurrection is needed. As an example: a PC becomes a vampire, then is destroyed, ...
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Can you revive someone after using the Phantom Rogues "Tokens of the Departed" ability?

As a phantom rogue when someone dies you can make them into a soul trinket as a reaction, to use later for a few abilities. At 9th level, when a life ends in your presence, you're able to snatch a ...
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How do Resurrection spells work with someone who has died of old age?

In a campaign I run, one of the characters faces the real danger of succumbing to a curse that will add enough age to them that they would easily exceed their race's life expectancy. The curse ...
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When casting clone, does the actual clone continue to age after it matures?

In the description of the clone spell it says about the clone: It remains inert and endures indefinitely but that's it. Does the clone continue to age after it matured? Like if I created a 20 year ...
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Does using the Wish spell to resurrect a creature killed by the Disintegrate spell (or similar) trigger the "stress" penalties of the Wish spell?

Does using the wish spell to resurrect a creature killed by the disintegrate spell (or similar) trigger the "stress" penalties of the wish spell? The first thing that causes me to question ...
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What ways are there to cast life restoring magic without paying monetary or valuable material costs? [closed]

An example of a method which gives the party access to free resurrection magic is casting True Polymorph to become a Planetar. Planetars can cast Raise Dead 3/day without paying the material cost. ...
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What means of resurrection does the Implosion spell prevent?

This new (and therefore spoiler-filled) strip of The Order of the Stick makes the claim that Implosion has been used to prevent resurrection, presumably from the party's Wizard's access to Limited ...
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Are children reincarnated as adults?

I was considering porting a character from an earlier edition of the game, who had been reincarnated before becoming an adult. This is purely backstory, however it got me thinking about how this would ...
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Can the Regenerate spell bring someone back from the dead?

The description of Regenerate states: You touch a creature and stimulate its natural healing ability. The target regains 4d8 + 15 hit points. For the duration of the spell, the target regains 1 hit ...
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What level of exhaustion will a Revivified creature have?

The Revivify spell description says: You touch a creature that has died within the last minute. That creature returns to life with 1 hit point. This spell can’t return to life a creature that has ...
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How do Feign death and resurrection spells interact? [duplicate]

What happens if a caster casts Feign Death on himself and another caster (that believes that the first caster is really dead) try to cast a resurrection spell? Does the second caster understand that ...
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Would a dead character know which resurrection spell was used on it? [duplicate]

If a character was killed and then a druid attempted to resurrect them, would the character know which resurrection spell was used? I'm primarily asking because I have a character who was killed and ...
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Can players resurrect their old, dead characters, once they're a higher level?

Resurrection can revive someone that has been dead for less than a century. So let's say my level 5 druid dies and I make a barbarian to continue adventuring with my party, then a year later when we ...
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Can Wish revive a creature consumed by Lich imprisonment?

Lich can imprison a soul in its philactery: A creature imprisoned in the phylactery for 24 hours is consumed and destroyed utterly, whereupon nothing short of divine intervention can restore it to ...
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Resurrection via Psions using their Psicrystal

I vaguely remember psicrystals holding the soul of the Psion upon death and escaping to a safe location to regrow a new body for its owner where the crystal itself is part of the new body. Was this ...
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Does a soul being resurrected know what spell is being used?

Specifically, would a soul know that the body they're being invited into was created via Reincarnate? After all, for some souls, changing species might be a big deal, possibly of the 'rather stay dead'...
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Does hair count as “body parts” for the Resurrection spell?

John died in a fire inside a house. John's hair was totally destroyed by the fire. His body was extracted and resurrected with the Resurrection spell. Its description says: This spell closes all ...
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Does a resurrected wizard remember their prepared spells?

Imagine that a wizard died in a fire, and their spellbook burned, too. They were in the afterlife for about a month and after that resurrected. They no longer have a spellbook. Do they remember ...
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How can I bring a creature back to life 5 times per long rest with the least investment of levels?

Very related: How can I bring a lowly terrestrial invertebrate back to life 5 times per long rest with the least investment of levels? A character wants to proactively use the Chronicle of the Raven ...
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How can I bring a lowly terrestrial invertebrate back to life 5 times per long rest with the least investment of levels?

I want to use the Chronicle of the Raven Queen eldritch invocation (from UA: Warlock & Wizard), but I don't want to leave all the cockroaches, silverfish, and hydrozoa I interrogate dead ...
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Can a creature that has been Reincarnated be Resurrected using the old body?

Say a creature (humanoid) was killed and then reincarnated through the Reincarnate spell, gaining a new body. (Note that Reincarnate does not destroy the old body). Then that creature is killed again. ...
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Can the True Resurrection spell resurrect a creature that was originally created by True Polymorph from an object?

If you true polymorph an object into a creature, and concentrate until the effect is indefinite, does the pseudo-creature become a valid target for true resurrection? As I understand, it would be a ...
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What does the Gentle Repose spell do that allows Raise Dead-type spells to work later?

I got into an odd debate and now Im wondering exactly how gentle repose is supposed to work in game. So it started when I asked if gentle repose would increase the length of time it was possible to ...
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What happens if a petitioner is brought back to the Material Plane?

A petitioner is, essentially, the soul of a deceased character that has found its way to the plane to which it belongs. However, as far as I am aware, it does retain its level and abilities - at least ...
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How to remove the taint of Undeath from a corpse?

Certain spells, such as Raise Dead and Re-Incarnate, could be used to return a fallen ally to life. However, they do not work on creatures that have been undead. Thus, an ally that has become a Ghoul ...
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Which resurrection spells are valid to use with the Zealot's 'Warrior of the Gods' Feature?

Introduced in Xanathar's Guide to Everything is the Barbarian Path, Path of the Zealot, which among other things, provides a feature called "Warrior of the Gods" that makes revival of this ...
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Can a soul inside a Ring of Mind Shielding be brought back to life?

One of the traits of the Ring of Mind Shielding is: If you die while wearing the ring, your soul enters it, unless it already houses a soul. You can remain in the ring or depart for the afterlife. As ...
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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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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 was previously animated as undead?

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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