Questions tagged [undead]

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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Does Heal end Sanctuary when fighting undead?

I am fighting undead creatures and have Sanctuary on me. If I use Heal does that end Sanctuary?
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What are all the spells that create one or more undead creatures?

Since trying to Google this just keeps finding the specific spell called Create Undead... What are all of the spells in D&D 5e that can be used to make an undead creature? I can think of Animate ...
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Has Raise Dead ever been an anti-undead counterpart of Slay Living?

I have always assumed, seen in play, and ruled that Raise Dead functions as Slay Living, but targets undead instead of living creatures and requires no material component. However, while planning a ...
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Do any undead, raised via the create undead spell, retain any memories of when they were alive?

As a follow up to this question: Could both an alive and an undead version of a creature exist? Does an undead creature raised via create undead retain any memories or personality of the living ...
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Could both an alive and an undead version of a creature exist?

Say Bob the fighter dies heroically while fighting some cultists. His companions realise they are outmatched and decide to run. But first, they quickly cut off one of Bob's fingers and take it with ...
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Is the body of a Lich a valid target for Animate Dead or Create Undead?

Are lich corpse and or other undead bodies/corpses, valid targets for the spell animate dead or create undead?
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What is a dhampir's max lifespan?

What is the maximum lifespan of dhampirs? Are they semi-immortal like undead creatures, do they have lifespans similar to those of humans, or are their lifespans in between these extremes?
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Geas beyond the Grave

I vaguely recall the following being possible. A geas or geas variant spell with the effect that if the subject of the spell dies with the objective unresolved, the spell would turn the subject into ...
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How many undead can a single Lich keep under his control permanently?

Suppose your average Lich wants to collect some more souls, but doesn't want to leave his lair for whatever reason. So given he has basically unlimited amounts of magic and access to spells like ...
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Can a Lycanthrope become a Vampire?

As a DM, I'm wondering whether a Lycanthrope curse is canceled when such a monster is killed by a Vampire bite and becomes a Vampire Spawn. There doesn't seem to be indications against it in the ...
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What is the most amount of election fraud I can commit using necromancy?

I have deemed the ignorant masses of several nearby regions to be unfit to rule themselves. Unfortunately, they've established a democracy to determine leadership of their region and continuously ...
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Does a vampire’s bite attack against a charmed target trigger a saving throw against the charm?

So I was wondering how its working when PC is charmed by vampire one on one, and vampire decides to bite it. Does it mean that they can repeat save against charm because they got damaged by it or not ...
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Turning checks and desecrate spell

My 3rd-level cleric attempted to turn skeletons in a room with an evil altar and a desecrate spell. I rolled a 12 + 2 for Charisma, for a total of 14. On the Turning Undead table, this gives you up to ...
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Is the Oathbreaker paladin's Channel Divinity option Control Undead based off of character level or paladin level?

The Oathbreaker paladin's Channel Divinity feature states (emphasis mine): Control Undead. As an action, the paladin targets one undead creature he or she can see within 30 feet of him or her. The ...
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What happens to a lich's control of undead when they are destroyed, but their soul and phylactery are still intact?

Normally, according to the answer to this question, when a person dies, their spell effects are still in place. When a character with undead controlled by animate dead or command undead dies, I ...
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What happens if a vampire tries to enter a residence without an invitation?

A vampire "can't" enter a residence without an invitation. Forbiddance: The vampire can't enter a residence without an invitation from one of the occupants. Source : Monster Manual, p. 297....
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Can a prisoner invite a vampire into his cell? [closed]

In my adventurer a vampire wants to free a prisoner from a prison. And maybe kill the guard of the city watch, whose office is right above the prison in the same building. Can the prisoner invite the ...
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Do healing spells harm undead in Starfinder?

So after being programmed through years' of D&D play, we are trying Starfinder. I guess we just assumed that undead creatures are harmed by heal spells and effects but we can't find RAW saying so. ...
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Do skeletons and Skeletal champions retain or lose senses?

I have a Drider that has recently been given the skeletal champion template. What is the new vision of the creature? Does it retain its 120ft dark vision, or is that lost and replaced with 60ft ...
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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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How many damage dice does an Undead Warlock get to roll with Eldritch Blast?

In dnd 5e the Undead Warlock has the Grave Touched ability starting at 6th level. Most of the ability is for role playing but the ability says In addition, once during each of your turns, when you ...
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Can Tether Essence be used to heal Undead?

The tether essence spell states: Two creatures [...] are magically linked for the duration, regardless of the distance between them. When damage is dealt to one of them, the same damage is dealt to ...
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What happens if magic jar ends and the caster's body is undead?

Suppose I cast magic jar and possess a body, then I kill my old body and cast animate dead on it, and after that I break the magic jar. What happens when the soul returns to the zombified body? For ...
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RAW, are undead and constructs affected by disease? [duplicate]

I can't find any information on constructs or undead having a disease immunity. The Contagion spell gives diseases. Could someone, RAW, cast Contagion on a stone golem, for example, and give it ...
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Do spells dealing negative damage automatically heal undead?

After posting the question about Harm to heal the summoned undead, I started digging around for spells that could do the same (area negative damage) with fewer actions. I found none explicitly healing ...
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What happens in Curse of Strahd if the players destroy Strahd's coffin or prevent him from returning to it?

SPOILERS BELOW The first time I had a group of players face Strahd, it was c. 1988 and we were playing 1e with the original I6 Ravenloft. The PC's quickly found their way to the lowest level of the ...
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Can a Maurezhi raise an undead hit by a cleric's Destroy Undead?

The Maurezhi has: Raise Ghoul (Recharge 5–6). The maurezhi targets one dead ghoul or ghast it can see within 30 feet of it. The target is revived with all its hit points. A cleric has: Destroy ...
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Does True Polymorph on a Zombie make it smarter?

Zombies are generally seen as mindless minions, as beings of INT 3 barely have an Ego. Polymorph and True Polymorph change out the mental Ability Scores, so if you transform it into a Acolyte (CR 0.25)...
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Can I stack the duration time of Animate Dead?

Animate Dead can reassert control over undead you created. It spells: The creature is under your control for 24 hours, after which it stops obeying any command you've given it. To maintain control of ...
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Are there any effects in the game that would cause a necromancer to lose control over the undead he created with animate dead?

Animate Dead says: The creature is under your control for 24 hours, after which it stops obeying any command you've given it. To maintain control of the creature for another 24 hours, you must cast ...
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Do negative energy attacks heal undead?

The answer has the implication many incorporeal undeads could heal themselves without limit, as some have attacks that cause negative energy, like: the banshee or the wraith. A PC could easily abuse ...
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What language do undead speak?

I really need help with creating my ranger. For my "favored enemy," I chose undead, but I don't know what language they speak (if they speak one at all). Do I just look for a single undead (...
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Multiple instances of the spell of Animate Dead and bonus action scope

If you cast Animate Dead, that allows you to use a bonus action to command any creature you made from "this spell". Do multiple instances of the effects created by the spell named Animate ...
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Dhampir and Lifelink

The Dhampir race has a negative energy affinity, which means negative energy heals them and positive hurts them, as if they were undead. The Life-Link ability from shamans and oracles states that it ...
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If you're undead and you use turn undead do you turn yourself?

Title says it all: if you've somehow become undead, as a ghost or other undead, and you turn undead, as a cleric or paladin, do you also need to make a saving throw for turn undead? Answers can be ...
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Do skulks remain invisible after death and after being raised as undead?

Skulks have the Fallible Invisibility trait, which makes them invisible under most conditions. RAW, do their corpses become visible upon death? The animate dead spell states: The target becomes a ...
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Is Corpse Flower the only non-undead that can make an undead creature (excluding spells)?

Is the Corpse Flower the only creature that isn't the undead-type to be able to make any sort of undead creature? I mean by means other than the ability to cast spells and one of those spells might be ...
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When creating undead, what abilities are retained?

When an undead is created through the animate dead spell and you apply either a zombie or skeleton template, what exactly is retained? Both of these templates specify that Special Attacks: A zombie ...
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Does this magic item require that you already have the ability to use the feature that it modifies?

Last night the party was adventuring in Curse of Strahd. In the previous session they had acquired the module-specific magic item This item can be attuned to by a good creature. In last night's ...
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Giving NPC Priests Turn Undead

Last night the party was adventuring in Curse of Strahd. In the previous session they had acquired the module-specific magic item and given it to an NPC accompanying them, In last night's session ...
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Spherical Diamond Phylactery [closed]

In a game I am running, a now-lich used a form of magic that permanently reshapes matter to create a spherical diamond to use for his phylactery, since normal diamonds can be damaged moderately easily ...
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Can gentle repose be used on a zombie to preserve it? [duplicate]

The text for gentle repose states the following for the purposes of targeting: You touch a corpse or other remains. Last I checked, zombies were shambling corpses, so can gentle repose work on ...
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Who can ask questions on Speak With Dead

When a caster casts Speak With Dead, in DND 5E, do only questions asked by the caster count towards the 5 questions, or are all questions asked within earshot of the corpse applied to the 5 total?
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Are there any undead that look like the living?

Okay rules No disguise skill Shapeshifters are allowed as long as they fit the rest of the requirements. Stuff they get from classes or other external sources doesn’t count it has to be an ability ...
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Can a character/creature escape the Negative Plane without its Nightwalker being lured back to that plane?

Background: Character of approx 9th level is attempting to find something hidden in the Negative Plane. They will not have access to spells of 3rd level and higher, let alone 7th level and higher that ...
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Does Soulseeker work on undead?

Soulseeker can lead you to the location of a soul, and fails if the target soul is still alive or has been destroyed. But what if the soul belongs to an undead creature, such as a vampire, or, of ...
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Does a UA Dhampir Cleric Turn Itself? What does that look like?

Dhampir have two types tags in the new Unearth Arcana, they are both humanoid and undead. There is even a nice rules reminder in D&D Beyond that points out: If an effect works on at least one of ...
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What happens to a corporeal undead creature when it is destroyed?

An undead creature is: Not at risk of death from massive damage, but when reduced to 0 hit points or less, it is immediately destroyed. What does "destroyed" mean exactly here? Do they ...
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does undying servitude add animate dead to the warlock spell list? [duplicate]

does the invocation undying servitude add animate dead to the warlock spell list? it says you may cast it without spending a spell slot once a day, however, does "once a day" apply to the ...
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What is the strongest minion a necromancers Command undead ability can control?

I am currently a lv13 Necromancer and my 14th lv ability lets me control 1 undead. I want to know what the strongest official undead creature is with an int of 11 or less so I can start tracking 1 ...

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