[RPG] Is it possible to raise undead versions of animals (or other creatures)


Are there any ways to make undead animals in D&D 5e?

What other types of creatures can be raised from the dead except humanoids, and how can this be achieved?

I'm interested in ways to do so, both as a player and as a DM. Spells are preferred, as they are more easily available, but any kind of way to do this is OK. Both temporary and permanent solutions are acceptable.

Best Answer


Two examples would be the spells Negative Energy Flood (XGtE, p. 163) and Danse Macabre (XGtE, p. 153).

If a creature is killed by the damage from Negative Energy Flood, the target will rise as a zombie. Danse Macabre will raise up to 5 Small or Medium corpses as either zombies or skeletons (your choice).

Note that in both cases, the stats of the undead creatures are those of zombies/skeletons as stated.