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This is for questions pertaining to entities who have attained 'unnatural' life after death.

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Revivify v. Finger of Death, part 748 [on hold]

I've found dozens of questions about this, but not the one I want to ask. Bob the Rogue is killed by a Finger of Death from Darth Villainous. Joe the Cleric has the next action in the initiative ...
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Can a vampire grow hair?

If the vampires are considered to be undead, can they grow hair? Let's say we have a dwarf vampire who pretends to be a normal dwarf. Does he have to wear fake beard and a wig or can he naturally ...
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Can non-human fantasy races be vampires in D&D?

I don't recall ever hearing about dwarven, elven or halfling vampires in D&D. Is the vampirism curse something that is only human specific? I'm planning to introduce dwarven vampire lord to my ...
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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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How can you heal friendly undead? [duplicate]

Is it possible to heal friendly undead in 5e DnD? What is the best way to do this? Any spells or class abilities ok. No magic items. Thanks!
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Brawler fighting against Undead

I'm GM-ing a game with a small party fighting a couple of undead. Since the party is 6 big, I decided to put them against 4 CR 1/2 zombies. One of the players is a Unarmed Brawler with a fondness ...
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Can a skeleton be a good paladin that serves a good god?

In the Monster Manual on page 272 it says that skeletons are lawful evil and in the passage of info it gives on them it says Skeletons arise when animated by dark magic. They heed the summons of ...
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Why do you have to be buried after dying from a vampire bite to become a vampire spawn?

The vampire's bite attack states that if bitten and the target dies because of the bite and is buried in the ground only then can they turn into a vampire spawn under the control of the vampire: ...
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What are the permanent effects of a vampire bite if the character doesn't die?

According to the Monster Manual entry for vampires, the Bite attack has the following effects, once successful: Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) piercing damage plus 10 (3d6) necrotic damage. The target's hit ...
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Is there an official skeleton player race?

In my game one of my players said he wanted to make a new character and get him prepared so he can switch out characters soon. I asked him what he wanted to play and he asked if he could have his race ...
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Can you Dispel animated dead?

Can you use the dispel magic spell to take out undead that have been created using the animate dead spell? As I understand it, counterspell is used to stop spells during their casting and dispel ...
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How to recover a destroyed skeleton?

Im a necromancer in a game where we are facing mostly humaniod enemies, so ones that have 1HD. Which is not very useful when it comes to making undead. The one good skeleton I had from a dire tiger ...
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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 a phylactery keep a devil from getting a soul?

In one of my campaigns, my character is attempting to make a deal with a devil in The Nine Hells. One aspect of this deal is my soul. The devil does something for me, I do something for the devil. ...
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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 happens if you “unlearn” Animate Dead?

I died and I became a skeleton (using this homebrew race). It appears that I might gain access to an ability/item (created by my DM) which lets me switch between both races. When you are a skeleton ...
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Behavior of mindless undead

Do mindless undead wander around their location? If they were placed in a room with a closed door, would they open or destroy the door to wander around? If there were people on the otherside of the ...
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Are Voidsticks reusable after creating Voidstick Zombies?

Are voidsticks reusable? When used for their desecrate method they clearly can be. When it fails to create a zombie it seems that its been destroyed. What happens when a zombie is successfully ...
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Creating a voidstick zombie

I'm playing a necromancer in a game and a common issue is that I only have access to low HD corpses. During research into improving my matrials I came across a Voidstick which can be used to create ...
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Multiple influences over an undead, who controls it?

There are many ways to gain control of a mindless (or even intelligent) undead, but none of the methods indicate what happens when more than one have influence over it. Lets take a good and evil ...
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What is the spell point cost of a greater ghost strike command undead?

Using Spheres of Power (SoP), what would the spell point cost be of a command undead greater ghost strike? Would it be 2 points, 1 for command undead and 1 for greater ghost strike? Would it be 1+ ...
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Feat or magic item that grants turning

I am searching for a feat or magic item that grants me the ability to turn undead, just like a cleric or higher-level paladin can. Finding a feat would be preferable but I'm open to other options. ...
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Can Undead destroyed with the Sun Domain come back

The Sun Domain grants a Cleric that chooses it the following power: Granted Power: Once per day, you can perform a greater turning against undead in place of a regular turning. The greater turning ...
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How exactly do negative levels affect undead?

Im working on a necromancer and have lots of weak skeletons. Ive been researching ways to make what I have better since getting better skeletons is less likely, and Im more likely to get more of these ...
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Are all undead evil? [duplicate]

Based on the creature type undead, are they innately evil? The creature type listing for them does not list it, but its mentioned in the things that everyone knows about the undead. But does that mean ...
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Can zombies created by the Animate Dead spell benefit from equipment? [duplicate]

If the animate dead spell is cast on a dead humanoid wearing armor or wielding equipment, does the created zombie gain the benefits (and/or disadvantages) from this equipment or other items, such as a ...
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Weaknesses of a Lich?

What weaknesses does a lich have? I've found a lot about their abilities and strengths, but not their weaknesses.
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How does the Life Drain ability of the Wraith and Specter interact with temporary hit points?

Wraiths have the Life Drain action; on a hit, it forces the target to make a Con save to avoid having their max HP reduced: The target must succeed on a DC 14 Constitution saving throw or its hit ...
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Will Protection from Evil and Good protect vs. Charm Person cast by an undead wizard?

I'm running Curse of Strahd, and have reworked Strahd as an actual wizard and not just a vampire with convenient wizard-powers. One of the spells he has is charm person. If my PCs cast protection ...
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When is a vampire in sunlight?

I am the DM of a group of players that are planning some crazy ways to fight a vampire. I'm looking for a general rule (or rulings) on what counts as sunlight to deal with some of the possibilities. ...
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Does a Ranger’s Favored Enemy bonus apply against an Undead version of that creature?

One of my players is playing a Ranger (Monk 7/Ranger 2) who has Orcs as her favored enemy. I plan on throwing an Orc Revenant at her and the party. Would her favored enemy ability activate when ...
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Is there a revenant template that can be applied to existing monster statblocks?

In a campaign I'm running, I'm wanting to send a Revenant (MM p. 259) - or a few - after the party. It's of an Orc War Chief (MM p. 246) that they killed after they entered an Orc camp and killed ...
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How do an Undead Lord Cleric’s two 50% healing bonuses combine?

I'm currently playing an Undead Lord (a Cleric archetype) with the variant Undeath Channeling. Undeath Channeling enhances the healing of channel negative energy by 50%. At level 8, the Undead Lord ...
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Can a cleric turn undead repeatedly?

So it's first edition AD&D. You turn undead. You then attack the undead (they're cornered and can't retreat). I understand they can attack now, the turning being broken. Here is the question: ...
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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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Is there a kind of damage or effect similar to “Brilliant Energy” weapons from 3.5e?

I'm trying to recreate my old 3.5e character in 5e, who was a fighter/sorcerer with a bow, and brilliant arrows (and some archery related spells). What I want to know is if there is an effect that's ...
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Can a Piercing Arrow damage constructs and undead?

I've got a question about the Arcane Archer's Piercing Arrow ability (Xanathar's Guide to Everything). From what I can read, the arrow effect of being able to pierce through objects without harming ...
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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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What happens to vampire spawn when the vampire is slain?

In D&D 5e there are enemy vampires that can bite a human-like person to create vampire spawn. If the players kill the vampire, what happens with the vampire spawn that were created by that ...
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Does a Vampire's Dominate(Su) end immediately if the Vampire is slain/destroyed?

Anyone the vampire targets must succeed on a Will save or fall instantly under the vampire’s influence as though by a dominate person spell (caster level 12th). (3.5 SRD; Vampire) After reading the ...
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Crafting a Lich's Phylactery

The cost to craft a Lich's Phylactery is 120,000 gold and the caster level is the level of the crafter at time of creation. To craft wondrous items you use an amount of gold equal to half the item's ...
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What happens if a vampire can't rest in his coffin?

The lore text about vampires (MM, p. 295) states (emphasis mine): Every vampire remains bound to its coffin, crypt, or grave site, where it must rest by day. How should this be interpreted? Does ...
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What happens when a vampire cast Mirror Image?

According to the Monster Manual a variant Vampire spell caster can cast the Mirror Image spell. If vampires aren't reflected in mirrors and other reflective surfaces how would the vampire know how his ...
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How does the sorcerer's Undead Bloodline Arcana work?

The Bloodline Arcana for the Undead sorcerer bloodline reads as follows: Some undead are susceptible to your mind-affecting spells. Corporeal undead that were once humanoids are treated as ...
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How much control does a Vampire Lord have over one of his Vampire Spawn?

One of our PCs was bitten (and killed) by a Vampire Lord. If she is raised as a Vampire Spawn, what level of control (if any) would she retain over her character? Are Vampire Spawn mindless zombies, ...
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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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Are there any pairs of statblocks of living and undead versions of the same creature?

I'm planning to use Animate Dead to raise creatures, but instead of just using the Zombie statblock, I want the resulting undead to have similar (but modified) statblocks derived from the original ...
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Stat block from Animate Dead

When I use Animate Dead from the corpse of fallen NPCs (and maybe PC), how to decide the stat block? Do they use the original stat block? Should they have penalty (because they start rotting)? Do ...
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How can the ashes of a vampire lord's head be purged of holy water?

One step in destroying a creature that possesses the template vampire lord (Monster Mayhem Web column "The Vampire Lord (Template)") is immersing the ashes of the creature's head in holy water then ...
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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 ...