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For questions pertaining to entities who have attained "unnatural" life after death (as opposed to "true" life such as via resurrection). An undead character is a character who was dead, and is now animated but not truly living. The exact nature of undeath varies widely between systems, but the undead themselves are common to myriad genres and settings.

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How does Hard to Kill ability interact with Undead PC?

Hard to Kill is a Mythic Heroes feature that says: Whenever you’re below 0 hit points, you automatically stabilize without needing to attempt a Constitution check. If you have an ability that allows ...
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Can a Vorpal Sword instakill Vecna with a natural 20 on the attack roll?

According to the instakill effect of a vorpal sword (emphasis mine): A creature is immune to this effect if it is immune to slashing damage, doesn't have or need a head, has legendary actions, or the ...
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How to introduce a dangerous looking character to the rest of the party?

So, I am running a DnD campaign, and we have another player joining. Not really in the middle of the campaign, but the party already played a few sessions without him. Now the problem is, that the new ...
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Is there any way for an undead to become temporarily living?

By "temporarily living" I mean "temporarily lose undead type and all features that come with that"? Exact use case: I want to be able to use Blood Money with my undead PC.
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What if a vampire is charmed into entering a residence

What would happen if a vampire was charmed/ordered magically to enter a residence without an invitation? For example if someone was inside a residence and used command to make the vampire approach, or ...
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Can you stake a Vampire before it turns Gaseous and floats away?

In our last combat the party fought some Vampires. Initial I said they turned to Gaseous Form. After rereading the rules, it says turning into Gaseous Form is standard action, and under Fast Healing ...
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Can the Sunburst spell kill a vampire?

The vampire has the following trait: Misty Escape. When it drops to 0 hit points outside its resting place, the vampire transforms into a cloud of mist (as in the Shapechanger trait) instead of ...
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Can I use Gentle Repose to skip dealing with a lich's phylactery?

Gentle repose has three key bits of information that interact with a lich's rejuvenation. Relevant text follows. Gentle Repose... Duration: 10 days You touch a corpse or other remains. For the ...
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Do Vampires have to make an attack roll in order to bite a willing target?

A Vampire's Bite action is described as: Bite. (Bat or Vampire Form Only). Melee Weapon Attack: +9 to hit, reach 5 ft., one willing creature, or a creature that is grappled by the vampire, ...
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Is this quest possible without being too easy?

I'm concocting a scenario for my players. In this scenario, in order to convince a ghost to hand over the keys to a valuable piece of property, they'll be given a quest: "To redeem {a paladin ...
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Can a Hexblade warlock use their Accursed Specter feature as a pseudo-Speak with Dead spell?

The enemy criminal is captured by the player, and a middle-ranking one of an enormous organization at that. There's no way he didn't know the high-rankings, otherwise he couldn't coordinate with the ...
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How does negative energy interact with shadow dragons?

I'm going to be running a shadow dragon in a game soon and after reading this question, Are negative levels necessarily energy drain? I became confused about how negative levels and negative energy ...
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Does an undead retain its subtypes from when it was alive?

I'm specifically interested in whether the Paragon Surge spell can be used after a half-elf (or a custom humanoid race with both human and elf subtypes) became undead (for example by transforming into ...
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Is lifesense a precise sense, or imprecise?

The question has come up in one of my chats, and I could not find an answer after a search of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook and Bestiary for 'precise' or 'lifesense'. Aiudara wraiths (...
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Can a warforged become a vampire?

As it says in the title: Can a Warforged (Monster Manual III, P190-191, 215, Eberron Campaign Setting, P20-24) become a vampire or vampire spawn? My research shows that a living construct type is ...
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Can vampires drain non-sentient beings or monsters?

D&D 3.5e vampires canonically don't need to eat, sleep or breathe. However, they also drain levels and Con (blood), and doing this can turn their victims into vampires or vampire spawn. I also ...
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Are undead immune to exhaustion?

Simple question, are undead immune to exhaustion? My DM seemed to think so just based upon the fact they are undead. I said that unless their stat block specifically states they are immune to ...
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Mirror Image and vampire charming [duplicate]

Is a mirror image effective against the vampire charm? Does the vampire have to target the right target with his/her gaze? Meaning that if he/she target an image the effect is null. xxx targets one ...
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Can a dispelled zombie's remains be reanimated? [closed]

How the animate dead spell works in the video game Baldur's Gate 3 has me wondering: Can I reanimate the remains of a dispelled zombie? Does it remain a zombie (undead creature) after dispelling, and ...
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Can a revived character keep levels they gained while they were a ghost?

Assuming a human (Ftr 1) becomes a ghost, gains a level on Wizard (Ftr 1/Wiz 1) and now is revived by resurrection, would he lose his wizard level, or would that level not be counted and cause him to ...
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How might a ghost interact with psionic items, powers, and effects that are made of or produce ectoplasm?

Some background: the ghostly psionic character in question is a ghost due to in-campaign events which I shall skip over unless needed. Mechanically this is represented by a level of ghost racial class ...
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Do vampires gain exhaustion during a chase?

The DMG Says the following about dashing during a chase: During the chase, a participant can freely use the Dash action a number of times equal to 3 + its Constitution modifier. Each additional Dash ...
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How often does a lich have to feed a soul to its phylactery?

Background info for this question: I’m working on a (mostly) homebrew campaign in Forgotten Realms, where the party finds a box/terrarium thing next to a skeleton in a dungeon, that they won’t be able ...
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How long does a haunt stay neutralized?

How long since been reduced to 0 hp does a haunt stay neutralized? I tried reading upon the rules multiple times, but failed to see the part where it says this specifically.
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Use of Zombie Dragon Breath Weapon as an Animate Dead Summon

I was wondering if it is possible to use the Zombie Dragon's Breath weapon from Pathfinder 2E's Animate Dead spell rules as written or even rules as intended. Summoned creatures have the minion trait: ...
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Pickled Punk Question

I was wondering if a pickled punk can activate the automatic damage from the second part of their attach ability, even with no remaining actions. The full ability reads: Attach When a pickled punk ...
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In 5e D&D and Grim Hollow, how does the Specter transformation affect a human PC in regards to the 'undead' characteristics and spells?

In 5e D&D + Grim Hollow, how does the 'undead' characteristic given to a human PC change how some spells, items or abilities affect him? Grim Hollow is a dark fantasy content book and can be found ...
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When a gnoll vampire assumes its hyena form, do its HP change?

I'm rather confused by the statblock for the Gnoll Vampire. The statblock states that: Its statistics, other than its size and speed, are unchanged. If this is the case, why is it specified later on ...
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Undead Fortitude and multiple damage types

So I know how Undead Fortitude works when it comes to the saving throw calculation (5+damage taken) but how exactly does it work against attacks that contain multiple damage types? Say we take 3 ...
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Possible steps for a ritual to darken the sun [closed]

I'm DMing for a group, and the campaign will soon move on into homebrew (started with a slightly tweaked Lost Mines of Phandelver, and a homebrew adventure from the internet will follow). I wanted to ...
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After a Ghost possesses an armored character, is it basically limited to a single attack per turn with disadvantage?

The Possession trait of the ghost says: Possession (Recharge 6). One humanoid that the ghost can see within 5 feet of it must succeed on a DC 13 Charisma saving throw or be possessed by the ghost; ...
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Can a vampire rest in a coffin in a bag of holding?

I'm thinking about my vampire organization - if they have placed a coffin inside a bag of holding (sized to fit) and then climb inside, do they have a portable place to rest?
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Can you play a vampire in the 5th Edition?

So I got this sudden thing to want to play a vampire. I tried to do some research on vampires in the 5th edition of D&D, but I couldn't find anything. Am I able to play a vampire in the 5th ...
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If a player selects the Ghost archetype, how does its body react to enviromental effects? [closed]

Assuming a human character with the Ghost archetype and no feats: The ghost archetype specifies that the character is inmune to any effects that require a body to work. Does this include things like ...
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Does the Undead Warlock Spirit Projection ability allow you to gain the effects of items held or equip?

Undead Warlock's Spirit Projection states that both the body and the spirit is affected by damage and effects that apply to each equally. So from my understanding anything and everything that affects ...
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When you use the Clone spell, will the command of Undead minions transfer to the clone?

I am currently playing in 5e campaign and a question came up regarding the transferable of command of undead servants. My Necromancer wants to live forever but not be a lich, so naturally the idea is ...
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Under extreme/idyllic conditions, could Cult of the Dragon necrofy Tiamat?

I'm trying to assess the plausibility of whether the Cult of the Dragon could have grown strong enough to turn Tiamat into a Dracolich. Note I'm referring to the legacy cult under Sammaster, not the ...
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Most DPR (Damage Per Round) Barbarian Build against Undead

We start playing Curse of Strahd and I am looking for a max DPR (Damage Per Round) Barbarian for the setting. I know there is a nice polearm build but I reckon the weapon should be a bludgeoning one. ...
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Is the Hellreaver PrC, Heroic Sacrifice (Su) class feature is usable as an undead character or not?

So my question is, if a character as Hellreaver PrC (Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells variant, p. 92) level 5 became undead, which won't have any Constitution score, could they use the ...
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If my BBEG is a warlock of an archfey vampire, would their subclass be that of the Archfey patron or the Undead patron? [closed]

The BBEG in my campaign is going to be the descendant/follower of the Archfey Vampire Kannoth. If a follower of Kannoth made a pact with Kannoth as their warlock patron, would they level through the ...
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Limits of undead control

I was doing some theory crafting on a necromancer. Of course a player character with an army of undead isn't very good for gameplay but our DM is interested in using the character as an enemy. So I ...
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Does any source published prior to 5th Edition attest that Strahd von Zarovich is the first vampire ever?

Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft calls Barovia the "Domain of the First Vampire", and later says this about Strahd in the chapter 3 section on Barovia (emphasis mine throughout): The nature ...
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Does a player character who becomes a vampire gain the vampire's Legendary Actions?

One of my players became a vampire by choice and according to the Monster Manual, "the character gains the vampire's damage resistances, darkvision, traits, and actions" (p. 298). Does that ...
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I'm wanting to have a twist were Tiamat gets turned into a dracolich before, during or after the big fight

I'm just having trouble figuring out if that's possible. Would she have to lose her godhood even if she was willing? Or is it just not possible at all? What's scarier than the 5 headed dragon queen? ...
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Turning Undead in 1st edition

I've been running the Temple of Elemental Evil for some young 'uns to show them that we really did have to walk 12 miles uphill to play AD&D and 18 miles uphill home afterwards back in the day. ...
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Can the spell Spirit Shroud heal a zombie?

Can the spell Spirit Shroud heal a zombie? The paladin in our party cast it and was upset that the DM would not let the necrotic damage each round heal our cleric's zombie.
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Loyal beyond death but already undead?

How does the knight class's ability loyal beyond death (Player's Handbook II 27) function for an undead creature? If an undead creature's hp are reduced to 0, it is destroyed, but what if the creature ...
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Is there a list anywhere of humanoid undead? [closed]

I'm trying to build an undead sea witch. She is the main bad guy for my current campaign. She was a pirate captain who's entire set of islands were destroyed by an leviathan (it's complicated) ...
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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 does Skullclan Hunter's Divine Strike work?

The skullclan hunter, found in the Miniatures Handbook, p. 21, gets the ability Divine Strike at level 2. Divine Strike (Ex): Due to his specialized skill, training, and connection with the forces of ...
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