DnD 5e: What Spells Are Available to Resurrect Characters?

Resurrection spells in D&D 5e are applied to reverse death. These spells could neutralize any poison, cure all the diseases, and lift any curses to revive the dead characters. These spells could replace damaged or missing body parts of a deceased creature or even provide a new body to the deceased in case of unavailability of the old body. But how many spells are available to revive the dead characters has been a confusion among many D&D players. 

This article will guide you about all the spells available to resurrect characters in the D&D 5e game. 

What Are the Resurrection Spells in D&D?

Resurrection spells are black magic spells used to revive dead characters in the D&D game by healing their wounds, curing all their diseases, and sometimes replacing their missing body parts or providing them with a new body. 

You can use a resurrection spell by touching the body of a dead character that has been dead for not more than a century and did not die due to old age. Its souls should be free and willing to be resurrected and will return to life with all its hit points. 

If you cast the resurrection spell, you would take a -4 penalty to all attack rolls, saving throws, and ability checks. Every time you complete a long rest (max 8 hrs or 40 turns), it would reduce by one, and you could only use it again afterward.

Attributes of Resurrection Spells:

Spell Level: 7

Rarity: Common (Cleric)

Spheres: Necromantic

Components: V S M (it consumes a diamond worth at least 1,000 gp)

Casting Time: 1 hour or a single turn

Range: Touch the body

Target: A creature that has been dead for no more than a century, that did not die of old age or natural cause

Duration: Instantaneous

Classes: Bard or Cleric

Now, let us discuss all the resurrections spells you can cast to resurrect characters.

Resurrection Spells you can use to resurrect characters in D&D 5e:

The game rules provide a few spells to resurrect characters or creatures. The time limit mentioned in the below table indicates the maximum amount of time you should cast this spell after the character’s death. 

The table of all the resurrection spells with level, classes, and time limit:

NameLevelClasses Time Limit
Revivify3rd levelCleric, Paladin1 minute
Raise Dead5th levelBard, Cleric, paladin10 days
Reincarnate5th levelDruid10 days
Resurrection 7th levelBard, Cleric100 years
True Resurrection9th levelCleric, Druid200 years
Wish9th levelSorcerer, WizardDepends

The Bard class has access to the Magical Secret class feature that allows them to learn any of the above spells not listed under the Bard class. 

Let us now discuss all the above spells in detail:

Revivify

This spell does not revive a creature that has died due to old age, nor can it restore any missing body parts of the deceased character. You can use it by touching the player within one minute of its death, and the creature revives back with one hit point.

Attributes of Revivify are:

Classes: Cleric or Paladin

Spell level: 3rd level

Minimum Character level: 5 for Clerics, 9 for Paladins

Casting Time: 1 Action

A time limit after death: 1 minute

Cost: 300 gp

Duration: Instantaneous

Requires body: Yes

Raise Dead

It removes any poison and heals any nonmagical diseases the character may have before its demise. You can revive the dead character that is dead for no longer than ten days, and its soul should have the privilege to rejoin the body and must be willing to do so. The creature revives back with one hit point. However, the spell cannot revive an undead creature to life, and it cannot restore missing body parts. 

Attributes of Raise dead are

Classes: Bard, Cleric, Paladin

Spell level: 5th level

Minimum Character level: 9 for Bards and Cleric, 17 for Paladins

Casting Time: 1 hour

A time limit after death: 1 hour

Cost: 500 gp

Duration: Instantaneous

Requires body: Yes

Restores body parts: No

Resurrection

This spell works by touching the dead creature that has been dead for no more than a century and did not die due to old age. It revives the character only if its soul is free and willing to return to the body. The resurrected target returns to life with all its hit points. However, this spell cannot revive an undead creature to life, and it can restore missing body parts. 

Attributes of Resurrection are

Classes: Bard, Cleric

Spell level: 7th level

Minimum Character level: 13

Casting Time: 1 hour

A time limit after death: 100 years

Cost: 1000 gp

Duration: Instantaneous

Requires body: Only one small part

Restores body parts: Yes

Reincarnate

It works by touching the dead body that has been dead no longer than ten days and is willing to enter the body. The spell forms a new adult body and then calls the soul to penetrate that body. The magic fails if the soul is not willing and free to enter the body. It uses magic fashions to form a new body which may cause the creature to change its race. The GM (Game Master) rolls a d100 and consults the following table to determine the type the character can take after revival:

d100Race
01-04Dragonborn
05-13Dwarf, hill
14-21Dwarf, mountain
22-25Elf, dark
26-34Elf, high
35-42Elf, wood
43-46Gnome, forest
47-52Gnome, rock
53-56Half-elf
57-60Half-orc
61-68Halfling, lightfoot
69-76Halfling, stout
77-96Human
97-100Tiefling

After revival, the creature recalls its former life, experiences, and capabilities. However, its original race changes into a new race. 

Attributes of Reincarnate are

Classes: Druid

Spell level: 5th level

Minimum Character level: 9

Casting Time: 1 hour

A time limit after death: 10 days

Cost: 1000 gp

Duration: Instantaneous

Requires body: Only one small part

Restores body parts: It provides a new body

True Resurrection

The spell revives the creature that has been dead for not more than 200 years and did not die due to old age. If the creature’s soul is free and willing to revive, it returns to life with all its hit points. The spell replaces all the damaged or missing body parts of the creature and may provide a new body if the original body no longer exists. You can do it by calling out the creature’s name, and the character/creature will appear in vacant space within your ten feet.  

Attributes of True Resurrection are

Classes: Cleric, Druid

Spell level: 9th level

Minimum Character level: 17

Casting Time: 1 hour

A time limit after death: 200 years

Cost: 25000 gp

Duration: Instantaneous

Requires body: No

Restores body parts: Yes

Wish

It is the most powerful spell for resurrecting dead creatures. You can use it by simply speaking aloud the spell and altering the reality according to your desires. It duplicates any other spell of 8th level or lower. You do not need to meet any requirements to cast this spell. It takes no cost but only effect. 

You can achieve anything with this spell by consulting with your GM. Sometimes, the spell might not work and partially accomplish its intended purpose. You may suffer from some unforeseen consequences. For example- wishing for the villain to die may make you lose the game, and the villain disappears. After casting the spell, you suffer from 1d10 necrotic damage per level, and your strength drops to 3 or lower for 2d4 days. 

Attributes of Wish are:

Classes: Sorcerer, Wizard

Spell level: 9th level

Minimum Character level: 17

Casting Time: 1 action

A time limit after death: Depends on

Cost: None

Duration: Instantaneous

Requires body: Depends

Restores body parts: Depends

Gentle Repose

You can use the gentle response spell by touching the corpse or other remains of the dead. It extends the time limit on raising the target from the dead because the days spent under the spell’s influence do not count against the time limit compared to other spells like raise dead.  

Attributes of Gentle Reposesh are

Classes: Cleric, Wizard

Spell level: 2nd level

Minimum Character level: 3

Casting Time: 1 action

Duration: 10 days

Requires body: Corpse or other remains

Let us now discuss the methods to resurrect a creature without the help of other players or teammates. 

What Are Possible Ways to Get Resurrected Without the Help of Others?

Here are the possible ways to get resurrected without needing any help from other players or your teammates:

Death Ward Spell

You can use a Death Ward spell. If the target’s hit point drops to 0, the death ward spell will increase it to 1 hit point to save the character from death. Although it does not revive the character from death like other spells, it just protects it from death, which is practically the same thing.

Wish Spell

Another way to resurrect without the help of others is to use the Wish spell. You may talk to your DM about it, and if he or she agrees, you may wish to revive immediately (or after one week or after any other time limit you want) whenever you die. 

Spell Contingency

The spell contingency permits a spell of 5th level or below to be cast when specified events occur. Although only a wizard can cast this spell, any other one-level wizard can try to read a scroll of contingency. Any character that can cast raise dead or reincarnate spells can resurrect themselves, and a wizard can take the Magic Initiate feat to cast cure wounds.

Astral Protection Spell

If you use the spell astral protection and die on the Astral Plane, you can immediately revive your original body. However, it is only effective while fighting foes on the Astral Plane.

Reincarnate Spell

If you die next time, you can revive back to life with reincarnate spell by rolling a 91-92. If you roll 15-16 on the die, you will regain five hit points to save yourself from dying due to 0 hit points. If you are a wild magic sorcerer, you can use reincarnate spell within the next minute of your death to resurrect yourself.

So far, we have seen how the resurrection spells are handy items to revive your character and heal its wounds or replace missing body parts. Let us discuss the harmful consequences of using a resurrection spell in the game.

What Are the Resurrection Side Effects?

There are many side effects of resurrection spells in the D&D 5e game. Here are some of the prominent resurrection side effects:

  • Although the resurrection spell works effectively, it puts your body into a comatose state for 1d12 days.
  • Your mind becomes dizzy because you cannot focus or think straight and suffers from the disadvantage on wisdom, charisma, and intelligence check for 1d6+1 days after revival. 
  • Everything and everyone seems to appear unrecognizable. 
  • You lose some of your proficiency since you are no longer familiar with the earlier knowledge you possessed.
  • You saw things no one should have seen in the realm of the dead, leaving you traumatized. 
  • The darkness of the eternal beyond still torments you. You become scared of the dark, and your dark vision reduces to 20 feet. 
  • After getting resurrected, you lose a finger decided by a d10 roll and suffer a disadvantage if you use that hand to do anything in the game. 
  • Your blood may smell like sulfur (like rotten eggs).
  • Your eyes appear to be cold and dead. 
  • The bond between your soul and body may weaken, and your soul may wander the Ethereal plane while sleeping.

FAQs

After acknowledging you about the available spells for resurrecting a character and its consequences. Let us discuss some other queries related to resurrection spells.

Will Revivify Work on a Creature Killed by Extract Brain?

No, the Revivify does not revive the creature killed by the extracted brain because it does not work on the character that dies due to old age and does not restore any missing body parts. So, the spell might not work because it cannot replace the extracted brain of the dead creature.

You can use a Resurrection (lowest-level revival-type) spell to revive the above dead creature because it can close all mortal wounds and restores any missing body parts (the extracted brain).

Can a Soul Inside a Ring of Mind Shielding Be Brought Back to Life?

Using the true resurrection spell, you can bring back the soul inside the Ring of Mind Shielding to life. This spell will work because it does not require the original body to exist. You can speak the creature’s name and provide a new body to resurrect the soul in that body using the spell. 

If you know the creature’s name and the soul is free and willing to resurrect, find the free soul that may be out of the ring by speaking its name. The soul could be out of the ring before casting a true resurrection spell, or it may leave after casting the spell. 

Can Players Resurrect Their Old, Dead Characters, Once They’re at a Higher Level?

Yes, players may revive their deceased characters provided their soul is free and willing to be resurrected. Once you reach a higher level, you gain enough spell components to restore your old, dead characters. However, the character may not want to return to the mortal world after living in a paradise for a year. If the character is considered faithless, its soul gets stuck in the wall of faithless. The soul becomes mortal for the wall, and your DM may consider the soul not free (according to D&D 5e, Forgotten Realms). 

However, the newly revived character may become an NPC in the game. You can choose to play with any one of the characters at a time, and another character would become an NPC. You likely chose your current character because of its higher level, which comes with more wealth and magic items.

If the evil character ends its contracts with devils, their soul may get forfeited. So, it is not free to come back to life.