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The Greater Undead for 5e

The Greater Undead for 5e


This document is an easy guide to create greater undead.

The rituals are lore friendly and uses undead from the Monster Manual, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes and Volo´s Guide to Monster. Also this is limited to Undead with a corpse (so excluding ghosts).


The following points are included:

  • Table for undead (CR, Cost, Components)
  • Lore friendly introduction
  • Ritual for creating undead
  • Rules for controlling and maintenance of undead

Some points to mention:

  • Easy and simple rules for greater undead
  • High cost – high reward concept
  • Limitation to a single undead from a certain CR level
  • Decrease the undead controlled by your players. Instead of a lot skeletons allow them to create one mighty one.
  • Balanced with other RAW spells, like Simulacrum, Conjure Elementals
  • Only undead used from WotC.
  • The homebrew is written as if it was made by a necromancer
  • It is not meant to be mighty enough that one could create a PC around the concept, just an easy addition

If you tried it or if you have some feedback, I would love to hear from you! Please send Feedback to

Have fun!


  • Fixed typping errors.
  • added DM Notes
  • added optional spectral undead
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