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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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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Can undead created by Animate Dead use magic wands?

One of my players learned the Animate Dead spell. He asked me if he could equip his zombies and skeletons with weapons (Which is possible) or wands. I'm pretty sure that undead can't use any magic ...
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In D&D 3.5, how does Awaken Undead interact with Bloodhulks?

D&D 3.5's Monster Manual 4 introduced "Bloodhulks", three new kinds of mindless undead which are not templated from a base creature. The Spell Compendium has the most updated version of ...
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Can skeletal champions or other intelligent skeletons talk?

Can skeletal champions or other intelligent skeletons talk? I notice skeletal spell casters get silent spell as a bonus feat, but they also retain language and intelligence.
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Difference between a Magus Variant, and a Skeletal Champion variant

So, while looking through the template options for skeletons and animate dead, one of the listed options is the magus. Magus: These variant skeletal champions and zombie lords are minor spellcasters (...
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Do zombies have enough self-preservation to run for their life / unlife?

Zombies in D&D have changed many times. In 5e zombies have 3 intelligence and 6 wisdom. Stat-wise makes them smarter than many animals and about as wise as an ogre or a cyclops. In the back of the ...
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Animate Dead in a zone affected by Hallow?

The hallow spell prevents undead from entering a certain area: First, celestials, elementals, fey, fiends, and undead can’t enter the area, nor can such creatures charm, frighten, or possess ...
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How does a Flameskull's Rejuvenation affect its rest?

Flameskulls are interesting creatures in that they combine three traits - they are undead, they have the Spellcasting trait with wizard spells and spell slots, and they are not killed at 0 HP. Rather,...
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Animate and Command undead and the limit on commands

Can an undead commanded by animate or command undead be told to follow someone else's orders? Related : What are the Animate Dead command limitations?
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Shield Spell and triggering effects of damage not taken

A Shield spell is cast as a reaction to an attack that hits. It applies its AC bonus even against the attack to which it is a reaction, meaning that it can make that attack that hit, retroactively ...
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Does a ghost gain a familiar if it uses a Ring of Spell Storing + Find Familiar?

A ghost takes possession of a humanoid. Humanoid possesses a Ring of Spell Storing. The ghost uses the Ring of Spell Storing that contains at least one Find Familiar spell. The ghost-humanoid ...
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Can an undead rogue activate Resiliency at exactly 0 HP?

Last week, my unchained rogue got killed; rather than kill me outright, as well as for story purposes, the DM brought me back as undead: I retain my class and skills but apply the "undead" ...
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Command Undead (spell) vs Control Undead

So, I have started playing a necromancer for the first time and have come across the following two spells. Command undead and Control Undead. Now, command undead is a second level spell, has day/level ...
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Does Command Undead last past an undead's death and raising?

If an undead creature fails its save against the Necromancy wizard feature Command Undead, and then dies and is raised or rejuvenated (eg a lich coming back from their phylactery) are they still ...
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Could a necromancer command an undead to act as it did in life?

It's already mentioned in the 5e Monster Manual in the entry for skeletons that uncontrolled skeletons will do things they would often do in life: Habitual Behaviors. Independent skeletons ...
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Are undead immune to the Daze cantrip?

Daze (CRB p327) has the mental and nonlethal keyword. I would assume it does not affect undead, but I found no such keywords in the Bestiary.
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Does Inspiring Leader work on undead you Control?

Inspiring Leader Says: choose up to six friendly creatures (which can include yourself) within 30 feet of you can can see or hear you and can understand you. Each creature gains temporary hit point ...
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Are these proposed effects of consecrated ground suitable for Curse of Strahd?

I believe that existing rules imply the existence of consecrated ground not created by the hallow spell (see Are there published effects of Consecrated (not Hallowed) Ground?) I am currently running ...
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Is it redundant that a vampire's Regeneration is stopped by damage from holy water, since holy water already does radiant damage to undead?

Vampires and vampire spawn have the Regeneration trait (MM 297-298), but: If the vampire takes radiant damage or damage from holy water, this trait doesn't function at the start of the vampire's next ...
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In Curse of Strahd, how does Dispel Evil and Good's “Dismissal” option affect undead not native to Barovia?

Background In Curse of Strahd, the NPC has the spell Dispel Evil and Good. It has the following function, similar to the spell Banishment: Dismissal. As your action, make a melee spell attack ...
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Can a tarrasque be animated by negative energy flood? [duplicate]

The spell negative energy flood says: "You send ribbons of negative energy at one creature you can see within range. Unless the target is undead, it must make a Constitution saving throw, taking ...
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Vampire spawn and the nature of their “rest”

Vampire spawn have the trait "chained to the grave" which includes the phase "Every vampire remains bound to its coffin, crypt, or grave site, where it must rest by day." Vampire ...
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Does a zombie or skeleton explicitly need to have spoken in life?

The SRD claims that both the Skeleton and the Zombie have the following mastery in languages: Languages Understands the languages it spoke in life but can't speak I've always taken this as that the ...
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Is it possible to raise undead versions of animals (or other creatures)?

Are there any ways to make undead animals in D&D 5e? What other types of creatures can be raised from the dead except humanoids, and how can this be achieved? I'm interested in ways to do so, both ...
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Fastest land speed creature with HD of 8 or less?

In the interest of haunt shifting an undead creature into a carriage and getting the carriage to go fast, I am looking for what the haunting's base creature should be. With templates, most creatures ...
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What Class or Class combination will raise the largest controlled undead (skeletal) army in 48 hours?

I am planning on making a Necromancer type with the largest undead army available in 5e D&D. He has 48 hours to build it. I have an existing strategy that nets me 150 skeletons using a lv 6 ...
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Can this Lair Action restore all the lich's 8th or lower spell slots even when there's no combat or any of the lich's enemies within the lair?

One of the Lair Actions of a lich does the following: The lich rolls a d8 and regains a spell slot of that level or lower. If it has no spent spell slots of that level or lower, nothing happens. A ...
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Is a lich aware of its phylactery being destroyed?

The party, going up against a lich, finds out the location of its phylactery and how to destroy it. They get to its phylactery without the lich knowing about it and manage to destroy the phylactery. ...
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What happens when greater restoration is cast on a creature cursed by an item into being undead?

A little backstory: My group is campaigning into a village that has been usurped by a peasant wielding a jar that "collects" souls to power a Lich's phylactery and it is almost full. The ...
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Has anyone had to DM the Giant Coral Snake from 5e SaltMarsh dealing stun damage to undead? [closed]

Last night I was DMing my group. They were fighting some undead and the Wizard polymorphed the ranger's animal companion into the Giant Coral Snake from Ghosts of Saltmarsh (page 236): Upon a hit by ...
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Lichdom for Warlocks [duplicate]

In our next campaign, I will play a fiend warlock. I have made a pact with a powerful devil. He will get my soul once I die. In exchange, he gave me a portion of his power. Since the deal, I have ...
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How much Knowledge do people have about vampires in the Forgotten Realms?

So, the underlying question here is: how much knowledge about vampires do adventurers or regular people in the forgotten realms have? Do they know their weaknesses (sunlight, running water, stake in ...
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Why are skeletons lawful evil while zombies are neutral evil?

I've been creating homebrew undead monsters for my campaign and in order to do so well I've been dissecting existing monsters that fall within similar veins, including the low-level skeletons and ...
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Can you cast Speak With Dead on dead undead?

The description of the speak with dead spell says (emphasis mine): You grant the semblance of life and intelligence to a corpse of your choice within range, allowing it to answer the questions ...
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How can a PC get turned into a vampire? [duplicate]

In the M.M. (Monster Manual), it says that PC (Player Characters) can become vampires. I'm not good at all with mythology, so I'm asking for a little help here. How can a PC get turned into a vampire?...

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