Speak with Dead

3rd level Necromancy
Casting Time
1 Action
10 Feet
10 minutes
Materials Required
Burning incense

Spell Description

You grant the semblance of life and intelligence to a corpse of your choice within range, allowing it to answer the questions you pose. The corpse must still have a mouth and can’t be undead. The spell fails if the corpse was the target of this spell within the last 10 days.

Until the spell ends, you can ask the corpse up to five questions. The corpse knows only what it knew in life, including the languages it knew. Answers are usually brief, cryptic, or repetitive, and the corpse is under no compulsion to offer a truthful answer if you are hostile to it or it recognizes you as an enemy. This spell doesn’t return the creature’s soul to its body, only its animating spirit. Thus, the corpse can’t learn new information, doesn’t comprehend anything that has happened since it died, and can’t speculate about future events.

Is Speak with Dead Good?

Overall Rating: Orange. This means that speak with dead is an OK spell.

Overall Notes: Get some interesting lore, help solve a mystery, or get advice on how to proceed through a dungeon.