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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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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Dismissal, Banishment, and Curse of Strahd

Background In Curse of Strahd, the NPC has the spell Dispel Evil and Good. It has the following feature, 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?

In the M.M. (Monster Manual) it says that PC (Player Characters) can become vampires. It not good at all with mythology so I'm asking for a little help here.
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Can player characters get turned into zombies? And if they can, what changes?

In the Monster Manual it does not say you can't, but it does not say you can either. Сan player characters be turned into zombies? And if they can, what changes?
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Can undead creatures (raised by a necromancy spell) climb a rope, climb a ladder, or swim?

I'm thinking about making a Necromancy wizard, but had a few questions about RAW. Would undead from the animate undead spell (or any necromancer spells), e.g. skeletons or zombies, be able to climb ...
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As a player character, is there a way to reanimate a dragon I killed as an undead under that PC's control?

If a PC killed an ancient green dragon, what could they do to reanimate it as undead under their control, assumeing they have whatever combination of class levels necessary to make the idea work? ...
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Does the “Agony Touch” stack with a Ghost's Draining Touch?

Ghostwalk introduces, among others, a feat called "Agony Touch". This Special Ability allows the ghost that takes it to deal 1d4 ability damage to a target, to a physical ability chosen at time of ...
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Is it possible for a Wizard to be immortal and still become a lich?

Could a level 20 Wizard with the Immortality Arcane Discovery turn himself into a Lich?
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Can undead characters use healing spells as normal to heal other characters?

I've been trying to create a character (a Skeleton Bard using this homebrew race option) and I know that there are some spells that cannot heal the undead. But what about the other way around? As a ...
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Does Astral Projection makes a vampire even more vulnerable or harder to kill?

A vampire still have a soul (spirit) in 3.5 as far as I know so since Astral projection states:¸ If the cord is broken, you are killed, astrally and physically Dying ''physically'' or having it's ...
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Killing a Vampire without Sunlight, Running Water or Wooden Stake

In the adventure module a vampire is encountered guarding treasure in the same room where its coffin is. I am preparing to run this encounter, and the party is unlikely to have wooden stakes or ...
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Can a Tiefling be turned into an undead creature?

Can a Tiefling (or any other race with the Outsider Native subtype) be turned into an undead creature? I've heard rumors from friends and done some research on other sites before, but am still unclear ...
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Is the Undead Fortitude trait's DC based on damage dealt or damage taken?

I'm new to DMing and I'm looking through options to throw at my players. I see the Zombie creature has the following trait: Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the zombie to 0 hit points, it must ...
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How does the cleric's Destroy Undead feature interact with undead above its CR threshold?

Just to make sure this is all RAW: A level 5 Cleric uses their one use of Channel Divinity to use the Turn Undead effect. The zombies in the area that fail the save are instantly destroyed; the ...
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Will an undead companion naturally recover Hit Points?

Here is the background. So, I am playing in a campaign where I have a homebrew spell with allows me a Zombie-like companion (basically a Zombie with additional HPs). If I cast the spell every 8 ...
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What is considered “running water” for the vampire's weakness?

"What is running water?" in respect to D&D vampires? Rivers are considered to be running water, as they are used as an example in others editions. But how about rain (no answers are accepted on ...
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How many Zombies can a Corpse Flower have?

On page 127 of Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, in the stat block for the Corpse Flower, it states: The Corpse Flower animates one dead humanoid in its body, turning it into a zombie. The zombie ...
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What happens when a lich uses the Blackstaff?

The description of the Blackstaff magic item in the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist adventure (p. 190) states: If a lich is worthy enough to attune to the staff, then when it dies, does the Blackstaff have ...
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Can a Necromancy wizard raise a Spawn of Kyuss?

Are there any spells out there that would allow a necromancy school Wizard to specifically raise a Spawn of Kyuss? Or would controlling one only be achievable through turning it?
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What happens to a lich's soul when it dies with a Ring of Mind Shielding?

What happens to a lich's soul when it dies with a Ring of Mind Shielding? Normally, a lich's soul goes to the phylactery. But the Ring of Mind Shielding also takes a soul. Does the lich choose where ...
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What spells or class abilities can prevent possession by a Ghost?

What spells or class abilities can prevent multiple Ghosts from possessing a character? To set the scene: You find yourself drifting on a raft and can't believe your luck as you come across a rock ...
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Are there any examples in published D&D material of how to destroy a lich's phylactery?

According to the D&D 5e Monster Manual, regarding destroying a phylactery, it says: Destroying a lich's phylactery is no easy task and often requires a special ritual, item, or weapon. Every ...
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How many undead skeletons can a PC command and/or control?

Fantasy novels are rife with evil necromancers controlling hordes of undead...and they also make great BBEGs! But what if a player wanted to do the same thing? I'd like to see how big of an army a 5e ...
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Scrying on a Paladin that has become a Death Knight?

So, the players that I DM for have been amassing allies for a final large battle. One of these allies is an Oath of Conquest Paladin that has transformed into a Death Knight since they last saw him. ...
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How many vampire bites are undone by one casting of Greater Restoration?

A vampire's bite deals 10 necrotic damage1 and also reduces the target's maximum hit points by the same amount. Suppose I am at full health with 50 hit points, and a vampire bites me twice. My maximum ...
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Does the Cure Wounds spell damage undead?

I'm brand new to 5e and want to play a cleric. When I last played over 30 years ago, the cure wounds spell could either heal a PC or damage undead. Is that still the case?
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Does a dead body controlled by a magical mushroom entity count as undead? [closed]

My players will soon be going into a dungeon that is an old abandoned dwarven mine. I plan to have there be a mushroom-like entity or something that has taken over the mine and is the reason the mine ...
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Can Undead created via 'Animate Dead' be dismissed?

In the 5e D&D PHB, the spell 'Animate Dead' states that: The creature is under your control for 24 hours, after which it stops obeying any command you’ve given it. 3.5e 'Animate Dead' ...
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Can or can you not target an undead creature with the Atonement spell?

I have some undead PCs playing my game, and think it would be an interesting if they were given the option to atone instead of being outright destroyed if/when they run into a cleric of high enough ...
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Can I make my PC a Lich's Phylactery?

I came up with the idea on a car ride am genuinely curious. I know it states that it needs to be a box with magical scrolls (but in certain editions it can be an item as well like a coin or an amulet) ...
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Would a sentient creature that agreed to be resurrected via Animate Dead be less agressive than normal undead?

If a necromancer were to make a deal with like 4 people before a fight that the necromancer could animate them if they die during the fight, and then those same 4 people were to die, would those 4 ...
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How does vampirism work in 5e?

A PC in our group was off on his own following a recurring villain of our groups. He was paralyzed where he could move, and the vampire bit his neck. The vampire said "now you get to remain 19 (years ...
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How does the Hide from Undead spell interact with the effect of an Invisibility Purge spell?

Take a group of adventurers trying to get the drop on a lich or any other intelligent undead. They decide to use the spell hide from undead to get into position. What they don't know is that the ...

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