[RPG] Does raising a familiar from the dead restore the lost experience points


In 3.5 edition, Wizards and Sorcerers suffer an XP penalty if their familiar dies:

If the familiar dies or is dismissed by the sorcerer, the sorcerer
must attempt a DC 15 Fortitude saving throw. Failure means he
loses 200 experience points per sorcerer level; success reduces the
loss to one-half that amount.

My question is whether you get that XP back again if you raise the familiar from the dead? The Player's Handbook only says this:

A slain or dismissed familiar cannot be
replaced for a year and day. A slain familiar can be raised from the
dead just as a character can be, and it does not lose a level or a
Constitution point when this happy event occurs.

Okay, so the spellcaster's familiar doesn't lose a level, but what about the spellcaster?

Best Answer

Under the rules as written, the character still loses the XP, as a penalty for the broken bond. Obviously your DM can choose to handle this unfortunate situation however she wishes.

To avoid the loss of your familiar you should consider the spell Familiar Pocket.