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 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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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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Does Gentle Repose extend the time limit for casting Revivify?

The spell revivify returns a creature to life "that has died within the last minute." [PHB 272] The spell gentle repose "effectively extends the time limit on raising the target from the dead, since ...
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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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Is it possible to bring undead back to life directly, without destroying them first?

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 level of bodily damage can the Raise Dead spell repair?

I have a bit of confusion about the Raise Dead spell. It states that it can raise a creature from the dead, but cannot do so if major organs needed for life are missing (such as a head). Killing ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...