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What spells are available to resurrect characters?

There are a small number of spells available for resurrecting players as listed below. The time limit is the maximum amount of time you have to cast this after the character dies—for example, you can'...
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Does Gentle Repose extend the time limit for casting Revivify?

I'd think so. It seems as though the intention of Gentle Repose is to increase the time window for resurrection, in addition to general preservation of corpses. You mentioned this yourself, in the ...
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Is there any spell to bring back a disintegrated character?

True Resurrection works You mention that you have nothing of the body left. Well, that's not entirely true because you still have ashes, which most DMs would rule as being 'part of the body of the ...
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Does a resurrected wizard remember their prepared spells?

There are no hidden rules The rules for dying don’t say you lose your prepared spells. The rules for Resurrection don’t say it either. So you don’t lose them; those spells stay prepared.
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Cleric player in Adventurer's League may have extorted us for Revivify

My insurance company? New Ork Life, why do you ask? There are a number of Q&A's on this site that ask "What good is gold in 5th edition?" since the Wealth By Level (WBL) framework is no more. ...
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Can True Resurrection bring a lich back to life?

A dead lich may be resurrected if its phylactery is also destroyed When discussing whether true resurrection can raise a lich, there are 3 distinct cases that must be considered. Undead/Not dead lich -...
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How do Resurrection spells work with someone who has died of old age?

Resurrection doesn't work... ...because it doesn't work on creatures that died of old age. ...but Reincarnate should work. As Reincarnate states: You touch a dead humanoid or a piece of a dead ...
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What do you do if a player wants to let their character stay dead without any roleplaying reason?

Deal with the Player, not the Character You are barking up the wrong tree. Fundamentally, your concern seems to be about a player, but you are attempting to resolve it by asking about the character. ...
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Will revivify work on a creature killed by Extract Brain?

I would say no. Revivify says: This spell can't return to life a creature that has died of old age, nor can it restore any missing body parts. Raise dead, which is more potent than revivify, ...
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What level of bodily damage can the Raise Dead spell repair?

Take a look at the full detail of what it actually says (my emphasis): This spell closes all mortal wounds, but it doesn’t restore missing body parts. If the creature is lacking body parts or ...
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Can a Hexblade kill a party member, raise their spectre, use it for under 1 minute and then have the cleric revivify?

Yes There is no reason you can't resurrect the party member without its spirit. You can cause its spirit to rise from its corpse as a specter, the statistics for which are in the Monster Manual. ...
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Do resurrected characters automatically re-attune to their magic items?

If that character is resurrected, for example with the Revivify or Raise Dead spells, will their attunement be restored along with their life? No. If a character dies they lose the attunement as ...
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Cleric player in Adventurer's League may have extorted us for Revivify

This was entirely appropriate. You have nothing to complain about. Do you think spellcasters should spend their own hard earned gold to help you out? Spellcasters are generally the only ones that ...
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Does using the Wish spell to resurrect a creature killed by the Disintegrate spell (or similar) trigger the "stress" penalties of the Wish spell?

You incur the penalty. The wish spell has exactly one use that does not trigger the penalty: to duplicate any other spell of 8th level or lower. Any other use of wish triggers the penalty: The ...
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What happens to someone who dies before their clone has matured?

If the original dies after the Clone spell is cast, but before the clone is finished maturing, then the clone remains inert indefinitely. This occurs during the 120 day window while the clone is ...
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Are children reincarnated as adults?

RAW, it appears they are given an adult body You have quoted and emphasised the relevant text; it appears that RAW, a dead child would be resurrected into an adult body. However, I highly doubt this ...
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How do Resurrection spells work with someone who has died of old age?

(True-) Resurrection does not work on someone that died from old age. Resurrection states: You touch a dead creature that has been dead for no more than a century, that didn't die of old age, and ...
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Does Gentle Repose extend the time limit for casting Revivify?

Yes. This question has been answered by Jeremy Crawford with an unofficial ruling: Gentle repose works with revivify. — Jeremy Crawford on Twitter
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Can I resurrect a corpse that was previously animated as undead?

No, you can't Resurrect your friend Strictly by RAW, Animate Dead creates an undead creature, the thing is no longer "your friend's corpse", it is now a zombie with the zombie game statistics: ...
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How can I resurrect a creature that died entirely by starvation or dehydration?

Per PHB errata, raising from the dead cures 1 level of exhaustion: Appendix A: Conditions Exhaustion (p. 291). The following sentence is appended to the last paragraph: “Also, being raised from the ...
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Can I resurrect a corpse that was previously animated as undead?

Yes, you can resurrect him. The resurrection spell says (emphasis mine): You touch a dead creature that has been dead for no more than a century, that didn't die of old age, and that isn't undead. ...
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What level of exhaustion will a Revivified creature have?

Level 5 exhaustion Nothing in the spell description says it affects only those creatures who died from HP loss, so yes, a creature died from exhaustion can be returned to life with Revivify. The ...
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Is there any spell to bring back a disintegrated character?

Reincarnate Ash remains obviously count as "piece of the body" You touch a dead humanoid or a piece of a dead humanoid. Provided that the creature has been dead no longer than 10 days, the ...
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Respawning mechanics for quick and easy recovery from death

Take a leaf out of Paranoia's rulebook Paranoia is an RPG that's built around goofy, slapstick, ill-justified deaths. The rulebook advises "Kill your players if you think they really deserve it. Also ...
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Do you remember the name of characters who attempted to revive you?

There Is No Rule So it falls under a setting trope, but we'll come back to that. In your first case, the character will return in the presence of the one doing the raising: Revivify, raise dead, and ...
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Does the Revivify spell work on characters killed by ability score drain?

Yes. Revivify (PHB, p. 272): You touch a creature that has died within the last minute. That creature returns to life with 1 hit point. This spell can’t return to life a creature that has died of ...
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By a strict reading of RAW: does Revivify work?

No, you're splitting hairs. You write in your first block [a creature that has died], while then bolding a creature that has died. There's a difference there. The phrase "a creature that has ...
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Can a Hexblade kill a party member, raise their spectre, use it for under 1 minute and then have the cleric revivify?

Yes, if spirit = soul Let's look at what this specter is: Starting at 6th level, you can curse the soul of a person you slay, temporarily binding it to your service. When you slay a humanoid, ...
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How can I make my paladin alive again without his whole body?

One option is to use the Limited Wish to cast Reincarnate, which creates a new body. Granted, you might be getting back a Paladin that looks different from the original, but at least he'll be back ...
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Can players resurrect their old, dead characters, once they're a higher level?

Yes, if their soul is available and willing You have to remember, that druid has already spent a year in their respective heaven. It might seem like every character that ever has or ever will die will ...
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