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Questions tagged [undead]

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

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Can a PC Necromancer maintain undead with the Animate Dead spell if they were originally raised with the Danse Macabre spell?

Since the casting time of Danse Macabre is more favourable to a higher level Necromancer, it would be more efficient to raise undead with Dance Macabre and then maintain them with Animate Dead. Is ...
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Is it possible to play as a necromancer skeleton?

I am a new DM. One of my players, my boyfriend, wants to be a necromancer skeleton that basically can't die, sort of like Voldemort with the horcrux. We are starting off at level 1. Is it at all ...
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Are there any ways to give a ranger Turn Undead?

A sequel to this question, where I apparently missed the fact that Prestige Paladin has Turn Undead as a prerequisite. So how about it: are there any ranger variants, ACFs, feats, races, or anything ...
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Is there a rule that creatures without Con scores can not have the Regeneration special ability?

I've heard that there's a rule that creatures without Con scores (e.g. undead) cannot have the regeneration special ability. I can see why that would be the case (immunity to nonlethal damage makes ...
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What happens if the Intelligence of an undead affected by the Necromancy wizard's Command Undead feature changes after it gets controlled?

This question asked about the impact of Feebleminding an undead before using the School of Necromancy wizard's Command Undead feature; it seems that this would be an effective tactic for making an ...
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Can a Vampire Soul be trapped in a Magic Jar-type spell, and what happens if it's released?

Can a Vampire Soul be trapped in a Magic Jar-type spell, and what happens if it's released? I'm going through this right now in my current adventure. One of my PCs got an amulet that acts as a magic ...
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If a character possesses a lich's body via the Magic Jar spell, what benefits of lichdom do they get access to?

A good-aligned human king seeks long life and the power to protect his people. They are willing to suffer the cosmetic drawbacks of lichdom, but not the risks and unethical procedures involved. ...
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How can a Lich look like a human without magic?

This question is for 5e; I've posted a similar question for Pathfinder here. I'm designing a character for a campaign whose role is to be a recurring antagonist. When the characters first meet him, ...
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How could a Lich maintain the appearance of being alive without magic?

I'm designing a character for a campaign whose role is to be a recurring antagonist. When the players first meet him, I want him to seem undeniably human. The idea is that the party will "kill" him ...
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How to use “Create Undead” without any risk?

My party has recently slain a Linnorm Dragon and we would very much like to raise it as a Juju Zombie, thus having something really hard to kill as a frontline. The problem is that if the caster doesn'...
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How do ferocious undead work?

How does the 'Ferocity' Universal Monster Ability work for creatures of the Undead type? It seems like, since Undead lack a Constitution score, the creature would be staggered and lose additional hp ...
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Can the Tidal Wave spell trigger a vampire's weakness to running water?

In my last session as a player, me and the rest of the party found a bunch of vampire spawns, and at the start of the battle, the group's druid cast Tidal Wave. Me and another friend at the table, ...
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If someone dies to a Yellow Musk Creeper's Touch attack, does the Remove Curse spell make its resurrection easier somehow?

Suppose a character dies of the Yellow Musk Creeper's Touch attack (ToA, p. 237). They have 24 hours to get resurrected or have remove curse cast on the body (after which it animates as a yellow musk ...
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What happens when a Vampire gets hit with the Disintegrate spell?

Just for a clear concept the players are Vampires and they are about to face a Beholder. A Vampire has the Undead Type Traits: (p317 MM) No Constitution score Immunity to any effect that ...
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Can a Skeleton created by Animate Dead use different equipment? [duplicate]

The description of the Animate Dead spell states: The target becomes a skeleton if you chose bones or a zombie if you chose a corpse (the DM has the creature’s game statistics). Assuming this ...
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Can a Vitalist with a mixed party (undead and living) transfer negative/positive energy from harming his allies into healing for the others?

As the title asks, can a vitalist through collective healing transfer negative energy being used against the living members of his collective instead redirect that energy to heal undead members? ...
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Should the Death Curse affect an undead PC in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I am gonna to start DMing the D&D 5e adventure Tomb of Annihilation for a group of 5th-level PCs who just finished the Lost Mine of Phandelver Starter Set adventure. One of the PCs is undead. By ...
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How does a Juju Oracle create entranced zombies?

I am building a necromancer and one of the classes in the construction is the juju oracle. These oracles are able to create three special types of undead Dead Zombies - such as juju zombies, created ...
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Can undead that you have reanimated wait inside a portable hole?

Assuming I cast the appropriate levels of spells to keep them under my control, could my undead that have already been reanimated stay in a portable hole as they don’t need to breathe or sleep? I don’...
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How do I get a skeleton PC into a dream? [closed]

I want to have a session where my players drift into a sort of dreamland where I can introduce the BBEG and some other story points in a way that doesn't actually affect them. So they go to sleep, "...
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How might this homebrew undead hybrid character type unbalance combat compared to non-undead creatures?

About a week ago in-game (half a year IRL), a series of deadly events occurred resulting in two PCs becoming undead. One used to be a tabaxi, the other a high elf. Both of them are now undead versions ...
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Using Undead Mounts [closed]

I am playing a character and eventually plan on having an undead mount. I was not able to find any specific rules on what was required for a mount beyond them generally having to be at least one size ...
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Can a vampire attack twice with their claws using Multiattack?

In Monster Manual p. 295-298, it talks about PCs becoming Vampires. The Vampire stat block says: Multiattack. The vampire makes two attacks, only one of which can be a bite attack. (The Vampire ...
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What treasure could be in a vampire's tomb for a 1st-level party? [closed]

I created a D&D 5e module. There is an ancient vampire's tomb as the module endpoint. The tomb was opened by a random human who dug through a cave wall near a tomb the day before the players ...
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Could a Lich have a Clone spell prepared as insurance for getting its phylactery destroyed?

I'm thinking of using the following setup for a long-term villain in a campaign I'm planning: A Lich, for whatever reason, has a prepared Clone spell hanging around (maybe paranoia, maybe a forgotten ...
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What does “raised” mean?

I have read several times over that Warforged can not be made undead. However, their racial entry clearly states that they can be "Raised and resurrected". This phrasing, "raised and resurrected", ...
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How can the PCs determine if an item is a phylactery?

To kill a Lich the PCs must first destroy the lich's phylactery. From the Monster's Manual we know the basic physical description of this item: A phylactery is traditionally an amulet in the shape ...
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Does destroying a Lich's phylactery destroy the soul within it?

The MM entry for a Lich mentions destroying a phylactery is a difficult endeavor but the only way to prevent a Lich from rising again and again. Does destroying the phylactery destroy the soul ...
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What body does a lich occupy if its body is destroyed?

In Monsters Manual we can read that a lich cannot be destroyed if its philactery still exists, and that it is similar to magic jar: In all cases, a lich will protect itself from annihilation with ...
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Can a Necromancer reuse the corpses left behind from slain undead?

I’ve recently been doing some builds for Necromancers for a one-shot we’ll be doing. I have been struggling to find anything that mentions how to keep up with all of the corpses you will need for the ...
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Can an undead creature be nonmagically controlled or trained?

Is it possible for a typical fighter, for example,(or any other non magically inclined individual) to control a zombie or skeleton he found and train it to do what he wants, like with positive and ...
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Are taxidermied creatures valid targets for the Animate Dead spell?

Are you able to turn a taxidermied creature into an undead? Say our necromancer has the spell prepared and sufficient onyx on them, and is walking through a hunting lodge with trophies of the hunt ...
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Do undead still count as corpses?

Do undead still count as corpses for the purposes of spells that target corpses? Lets look at a specific example, Resurrection. Now, Resurrection functions like raise dead, except that it can bring ...
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How to tell the difference between undead and undead-like things?

How would someone tell the difference between a true undead creature, a corpse under animate objects, undead anatomy, or other methods? I know that detect undead would show that true undead and the ...
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Is it possible to de-animate undead without killing or destroying them?

Is it possible to cause an undead to just become dead without destroying or killing it? The magic that creates an undead are instantaneous (except for special case skeletal crew and possibly others, ...
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Pricing a custom Robe of Bones

I am trying to deconstruct the Robe of Bones(RoB) magic item so that I can construct a personalized version for my necromancer. Why use the default undead in it when I could instead have one with my ...
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Can a Lich create a new phylactery?

It looks like 3.5e prevented the creation of a new phylactery. It looks like some people were saying that it was possible in 4e. (as per comment in link above.) I'm interested to know whether we ...
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Undead tripping an illusory pit trap--how will they react?

My PCs have cast a Silent Image over an open pit trap. There will be undead following them who will trip the trap--only, will the trap really be tripped if the illusion of the floor remains despite a ...
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Could a phylactery of a lich be a mirror or does it have to be a box?

Today I was thinking of a cool, high-level adventure to create. It involves a lich, and I thought it would be cool if his phylactery was a mirror. Would such a thing fit the official lore/rules for ...
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Does the Dispel Magic spell end the control of undead granted by the Animate Dead spell?

There has been a lot of discussion about dispelling undead creatures, but according to the Sage Advice Compendium, dispel magic does not work this way: Can you use dispel magic on the creations of ...
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Would becoming a ghoul be a viable option to prevent a devil from getting your soul upon death?

My character promised a devil her soul upon her death. She was young and stupid, don’t judge her. I talked to my GM and we came to the conclusion that resurrection, true resurrection and raise dead ...
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Will bloody skeleton remain under control after being destroyed?

Animate dead allows you to create a bloody skeleton variant instead of a regular skeleton, which has the Deathless (Su) ability. Deathless (Su) A bloody skeleton is destroyed when reduced to ...
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How much blood does a vampire need to stay healthy?

As a player I have played Vampires before, but I have yet to find a DM who could answer these age-old concerns: How much blood does a vampire need to drink and how frequently must the vampire drink ...
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Does an intelligent undead have a soul in 5e D&D?

Does an intelligent undead, such as a vampire, mummy, etc, have a soul? Is it the original soul of the person they were before? There was already a question exactly like this specifically for 3.5e ...
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What happens when someone with a mature clone is turned into a vampire?

If someone casts Clone on themselves and allows the clone to mature, then subsequently is turned into a Vampire, does the soul flee the now-vampiric undead body to activate the clone, leaving the ...
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Necromancer PC Insisting On “Disguising” Undead Minions [closed]

I have a player who is a necromancer and insists on always keeping their risen dead "concealed" by use of large cloaks and masks. Generally, this includes 4 skeletons and 4 zombies. The PC is very ...
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What is the value of the Constitution Modifier of an undead creature?

In my campaign, I have a PC transforming into vampire by having his Constitution drained by a vampire to zero. However, we are in doubt about the influences of this zero constitution. What is the ...
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Can the Necromancy wizard's Command Undead feature be used on the Nightwalker from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes?

The School of Necromancy wizard has the Command Undead feature (PHB, p. 119): Starting at 14th level, you can use magic to bring undead under your control, even those created by other wizards. As ...
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Vampire bite HP drain not healing after long rest

I'm playing in my first campaign as a Way of the Long Death Monk, currently level 6, and we're running Storm King's Thunder. I've been loving it, and everyone's been great including the DM, but I've ...
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What are the effects of being a lich?

I have read a few questions about PCs becoming a lich and how to do it. Now I was wondering if there is any information about what changes mechanically for a PC when turning in a lich. Are there stat ...