[RPG] Will revivify work on a creature killed by Extract Brain


Mind flayers (Monster Manual, p. 222) have the Extract Brain action:

Extract Brain. Melee Weapon Attack: +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one incapacitated humanoid grappled by the mind flayer. Hit: The target takes 55 (10d10) piercing damage. If this damage reduces the target to 0 hit points, the mind flayer kills the target by extracting and devouring its brain.

If a mind flayer kills a creature with their Extract Brain action, will revivify return the creature to life as normal?

Best Answer

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, expounds on this, saying:

This spell closes all mortal wounds, but it doesn't restore missing body parts. If the creature is lacking body parts or organs integral for its survival--its head, for instance--the spell automatically fails.

So Raise Dead and Revivify would both fail. Resurrection is the lowest-level revival-type spell that would work, as it:

....closes all mortal wounds and restores any missing body parts.

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