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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 I resurrect a corpse that has been animated?

One of my teammates has died in battle. As a noble necromancer, I do not want to carry his corpse to the temple on my shoulders, instead I plan to animate his corpse, so he can walk on its own. Then, ...
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Can the Aura of Life spell heal undead?

The aura of life spell description (PHB, p. 216) states: Life-preserving energy radiates from you in an aura with a 30-foot radius. Until the spell ends, the aura moves with you, centered on ...
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Does casting Beacon of Hope followed by Cure Wounds deal max damage against undead in the area?

If you cast beacon of hope and there are undead within the 30ft range, can you affect them and then cast cure wounds on them to deal a full 30 damage (3d10) to them?
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How does the Great Weapon Master feat's bonus-action attack work against a zombie that survives thanks to Undead Fortitude?

I was thinking about the Great Weapon Master feat (PHB, p. 165), part of which reads: On your turn, when you score a critical hit with a melee weapon or reduce a creature to 0 hit points with one, ...
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Are Ghouls and Ghasts affected by sunlight?

Are Ghouls and Ghasts vulnerable/sensitive to or affected by sunlight at all? It says nothing in the Monster Manual, but they are undead, and I seem to recall that being a thing in previous editions.
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How can my necromancer become a Lich?

My RAW Necromancer (pure Wizard) wants to become a Lich. What's the surest path to becoming one? He is OK to change alignment and spend lots of coins, but not to worship any god or sell his soul ...
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Can a zombie survive headless?

Zombies in popular fiction are sometimes able to survive without a head. Can a zombie in D&D do the same? This is relevant for an effect like the vorpal sword's, which says: When you attack a ...
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Can a Zombie wearing Adamantine Armor survive a natural 20 on an attack by a vorpal sword?

If you wonder where a zombie got an adamantine armor, he got it from the poor bloke that got beheaded by a vorpal sword, who thought it was a good idea to wear adamantine armor against a vorpal sword. ...
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Is there precedent for spontaneous reanimation?

My player characters killed some fire giants near an evil altar and then left the area. When they returned, I told them the fire giants were zombies now. My players were confused. They kept wanting ...
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How might this undead player character type unbalance combat?

In a recent session, a player character in my game died. Due to events involved in the player's backstory and their attachment to the character, I offered to have the character rise from death as ...
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Can Dispel Magic destroy most Undead? [duplicate]

Most entries for undead say they are animated by magic, usually described as dark, necromantic, etc, but still magic. Could these undead be destroyed by Dispel Magic if upcast enough to match the ...
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If I make a mummy an angel using a Disguise Undead spell, does it possess the relevant aligned aura?

Disguise undead (Spell Compendium 66) is a glamer that adjusts the touched corporeal undead creature to look like a similarly-shaped creature to an extent you decide, and also masks the undead ...
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Which creatures have Negative Energy Affinity (Ex)*

I've been looking into creating a corporeal, Good NPC with Negative Energy Affinity but I'm not mad keen on them being a Dhampir. Are there any other pre existing options or am I better off ...
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Can I dismantle my skeleton servant?

The necromancer PC travels all across the country with his favourite skeleton. It was animated via Animate Dead a long time ago and the necromancer kept casting it every day in order to retain control ...
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Can a Mage heal a vampire?

In a cross-genre game, is there a spell/power that a mage can use to heal a vampire? I’ve looked through the mage spells in Death and Life but neither show how a vampire can be healed.
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What would happen if a Lich's phylactery is a piece of salt and they put it in the ocean?

After my Ranger died, I talked to my DM about if the wizard I create next can eventually become a Lich and betray the party. He said he liked the idea and would try to implement it when I'm a level 17 ...
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Is there a limit to the number of undead controlled with Ranks of Pale Bone?

The Theurgic Invocation of the Gate Ranks of Pale Bone allows one to raise a number of undead and there seems to be no limit for their persistence: They remain animate until destroyed or until the ...
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Does a lich's phylactery have to be on the same plane?

A lich has many options for hiding the phylactery, such as unconnected rooms carved in the heart of mountains that must be teleported into to reach. In the lore of older D&D, it was standard for ...
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How to conceal being a vampire in a party of Clerics and Paladins

In an upcoming campaign, the DM and I have spoken in private about my character being a vampire in disguise. With a Rogue's set of skills, disguises, impersonations, and deceit should be achievable. ...
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Can revivify prevent zombification from finger of death?

Assume the following initiative order: Peasant Man Lich Man Cleric Man Seeing the approaching threat of Lich Man, Peasant Man charges with a pitchfork and is utterly ineffective. Laughing with ...
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Good magic items for a Sorcerer to control undead

I am trying to compile the short list of items that a Sorcerer can use to summon / control undead. Which magic items support this Sorcerer concept? The character is currently a Divine Sorcerer, ...
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Does the paladin's Improved Divine Smite do additional damage to fiends and undead?

The paladin's Improved Divine Smite 11th-level feature gives every melee weapon attack an extra 1d8 radiant damage. Their 2nd-level Divine Smite feature does 1d8 additional damage to fiends and ...
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Could two Mummy Lords fight each other based on a feud in their previous life?

From my understanding of the Mummy Lord description in the Monster Manual (p. 227), the ritual used to create the mummy allows it to keep all of its memory from before it was transformed. I want to ...
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Revivify v. Finger of Death, part 748 [closed]

I've found dozens of questions about this, but not the one I want to ask. Bob the Rogue is killed by a Finger of Death from Darth Villainous. Joe the Cleric has the next action in the initiative ...
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Can a vampire grow hair?

If the vampires are considered to be undead, can they grow hair? Let's say we have a dwarf vampire who pretends to be a normal dwarf. Does he have to wear fake beard and a wig or can he naturally ...
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Can non-human fantasy races be vampires in D&D?

I don't recall ever hearing about dwarven, elven or halfling vampires in D&D. Is the vampirism curse something that is only human specific? I'm planning to introduce dwarven vampire lord to my ...
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How many Undead can be under a Dread Necromancer's command at any given time?

The description of a Dread Necromancer's Undead Mastery ability says the following: In addition, when a dread necromancer uses the animate dead spell to create undead, she can control 4 + her ...
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How can you heal friendly undead? [duplicate]

Is it possible to heal friendly undead in 5e DnD? What is the best way to do this? Any spells or class abilities ok. No magic items. Thanks!
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Brawler fighting against Undead

I'm GM-ing a game with a small party fighting a couple of undead. Since the party is 6 big, I decided to put them against 4 CR 1/2 zombies. One of the players is a Unarmed Brawler with a fondness ...
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Can a skeleton be a good paladin that serves a good god?

In the Monster Manual on page 272 it says that skeletons are lawful evil and in the passage of info it gives on them it says Skeletons arise when animated by dark magic. They heed the summons of ...
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Why do you have to be buried after dying from a vampire bite to become a vampire spawn?

The vampire's bite attack states that if bitten and the target dies because of the bite and is buried in the ground only then can they turn into a vampire spawn under the control of the vampire: ...
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What are the permanent effects of a vampire bite if the character doesn't die?

According to the Monster Manual entry for vampires, the Bite attack has the following effects, once successful: Hit: 7 (1d6 + 4) piercing damage plus 10 (3d6) necrotic damage. The target's hit ...
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Is there an official skeleton player race?

In my game one of my players said he wanted to make a new character and get him prepared so he can switch out characters soon. I asked him what he wanted to play and he asked if he could have his race ...
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Can you Dispel animated dead?

Can you use the dispel magic spell to take out undead that have been created using the animate dead spell? As I understand it, counterspell is used to stop spells during their casting and dispel ...
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How to recover a destroyed skeleton?

Im a necromancer in a game where we are facing mostly humaniod enemies, so ones that have 1HD. Which is not very useful when it comes to making undead. The one good skeleton I had from a dire tiger ...
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What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get?

What is the most powerful permanent undead follower you can get? Any class/race/spell/level combo is fine. Is it as simple as a necromancy wizard controlling a mummy lord, or is there something ...
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Does a phylactery keep a devil from getting a soul?

In one of my campaigns, my character is attempting to make a deal with a devil in The Nine Hells. One aspect of this deal is my soul. The devil does something for me, I do something for the devil. ...
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Does feeblemind change the effect of Command Undead on high intelligence targets?

The School of Necromancy wizard has the 14th-level feature Command Undead (PHB, p. 119): Starting at 14th level, you can use magic to bring undead under your control, even those created by other ...
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What happens if you “unlearn” Animate Dead?

I died and I became a skeleton (using this homebrew race). It appears that I might gain access to an ability/item (created by my DM) which lets me switch between both races. When you are a skeleton ...
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Behavior of mindless undead

Do mindless undead wander around their location? If they were placed in a room with a closed door, would they open or destroy the door to wander around? If there were people on the otherside of the ...
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Are Voidsticks reusable after creating Voidstick Zombies?

Are voidsticks reusable? When used for their desecrate method they clearly can be. When it fails to create a zombie it seems that its been destroyed. What happens when a zombie is successfully ...
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Creating a voidstick zombie

I'm playing a necromancer in a game and a common issue is that I only have access to low HD corpses. During research into improving my matrials I came across a Voidstick which can be used to create ...
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Multiple influences over an undead, who controls it?

There are many ways to gain control of a mindless (or even intelligent) undead, but none of the methods indicate what happens when more than one have influence over it. Lets take a good and evil ...
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What is the spell point cost of a greater ghost strike command undead?

Using Spheres of Power (SoP), what would the spell point cost be of a command undead greater ghost strike? Would it be 2 points, 1 for command undead and 1 for greater ghost strike? Would it be 1+ ...
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Feat or magic item that grants turning

I am searching for a feat or magic item that grants me the ability to turn undead, just like a cleric or higher-level paladin can. Finding a feat would be preferable but I'm open to other options. ...
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Can Undead destroyed with the Sun Domain come back

The Sun Domain grants a Cleric that chooses it the following power: Granted Power: Once per day, you can perform a greater turning against undead in place of a regular turning. The greater turning ...
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How exactly do negative levels affect undead?

Im working on a necromancer and have lots of weak skeletons. Ive been researching ways to make what I have better since getting better skeletons is less likely, and Im more likely to get more of these ...
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Are all undead evil? [duplicate]

Based on the creature type undead, are they innately evil? The creature type listing for them does not list it, but its mentioned in the things that everyone knows about the undead. But does that mean ...
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Can zombies created by the Animate Dead spell benefit from equipment? [duplicate]

If the animate dead spell is cast on a dead humanoid wearing armor or wielding equipment, does the created zombie gain the benefits (and/or disadvantages) from this equipment or other items, such as a ...
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Weaknesses of a Lich?

What weaknesses does a lich have? I've found a lot about their abilities and strengths, but not their weaknesses.