[RPG] What magic extends life or grants immortality


Are there any magic items or spells that extend the natural life of a creature (meaning the age of the creature, and not preventing death from a wound or injury) or that grants immortality in the 5e books published by Wizards of the Coast.

I'm looking only for options available to PCs through character creation or options available to the DM via canon books.

What is not a valid answer is:

  • Reincarnation
  • A lich's phylactery
  • Raise dead
  • Resurrections of any kind
  • Spare the dying

or similar effects.

Best Answer

(Heavily adapted from my answer here)

High level spells

The easiest way to achieve effective immortality is to use spells. A wizard has access to several of them once they get higher level spell slots.

  • Sequester will allow the PC to put themselves into a state of suspended animation during which they will not age. This will allow them to span any amount of time without aging (though it will mean that they are out of action for that time).

  • Clone will provide the PC with fresh young bodies to use once their older body dies. With enough of these, they can last an infinite amount of time. See this Q&A for more discussion on this.

  • Wish obviously wish can do anything, including granting immortality. A wish for immortality is unlikely to be granted in a straightforward manner though and would be a good opportunity for the DM to implement some sort of curse or other downside on the PC as a result of their wish.

  • Imprisonment would work in any of its flavors since the targeted creature does not age while under its effects.

  • True polymorph can allow you to extend your life by changing into a creature with a longer lifespan than you. Some good potential options: devils are immortal (MM), hags are "virtually immortal", and ancient dragons are listed as living for "over a thousand years".

If your PC isn't a spellcaster you can always try to find them assistance from someone or something capable of casting the spells. For example, Djinni can cast wish as well as some magic items.

Magic items

(Tomb of Annihilation spoilers)

The Ring of Winter listed in Tomb of Annihilation will prevent aging.

Non-spell/item options

High level Druid or Paladin

At 18th level, druids get the Timeless Body feature:

[T]he primal magic that you wield causes you to age more slowly. For every 10 years that pass, your body ages only 1 year.

Combine this with a long-lived race like the elf or warforged and you easily have thousands of years of life.

An Oath of Ancients paladin at level 15 gets:

Additionally, you suffer none of the drawbacks of old age, and you can’t be aged magically.

Which seems likely to be able to prevent death from old age as well if your DM interprets death from old age as a drawback.

Warlocks with the Undying Patron also have a similar ability. (thanks @Himitsu_no_Yami)

Epic Boon

A DM can grant the Epic Boon of Immortality to give a PC immortality. This assumes that they have a 20th level PC.

Long-lived races

Races like elves and warforged can live for an incredible amount of time (unknown even in the case of the warforged).

The maximum lifespan of the warforged remains a mystery; so far, warforged have shown no signs of deterioration due to age. (Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron)

Starting as one of these races can get you a good way towards immortality without anything else, and will enhance the effects of many of the options above.