Zombie (5e Race)

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You once lived until someone ended that for you. They then raised you as their servant.

Physical Description[edit]

Zombies appear as they did in life, showing the wounds that killed then. However, the magic that creates them often takes time to run its course. Dead warriors might rise from a battlefield, eviscerated and bloated after days in the sun. The muddy cadaver of a peasant could claw its way from the ground, riddled with maggots and worms. A zombie might was ashore or rise from a marsh, swollen and reeking after weeks in the water.


Zombies have no particular history of their own, they were not born, they were created.


Zombies have no society of their own. They usually try to avoid large, civilised areas, as people usually attack them on sight. Instead, they prefer solitude, or a party of non-judgemental individuals.

Zombie Names[edit]

Zombies have the same names as they did when they were alive, although some take a new name that's easier to remember or somehow symbolic of their nature.

Zombie Traits[edit]

You were alive. Then you weren't... Everything's a little foggy and nothing seems to function right. What happened? You remember a field, and people fighting... What's the captain's name again?! Why are you still in the field? Then you look down all to quickly you remember the spear. Its still there poking out of your ribcage with rotting bits of your heart attached. A skinny lad in black robes stands nearby. "Welcome back to the land of the living!" he announces grandly. "Maybe unliving in your case" he mutters to himself.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2.
Age. Zombies do not 'age', however their bodies usually decay beyond use towards the end of their former race's lifespan.
Alignment. Zombies tend towards the Neutral Evil alignment of their masters. However, if the will of the deceased person is strong enough, they can retain their previous alignment and strike down the one who raised them.
Size. Small or Medium, depending on your former race.
Speed. Your base walking speed is the same as the base walking speed of your former race.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Slam. Your unarmed strikes deal 1d4 bludgeoning damage.
Deathly Visage. Your undead appearance is unnerving. You have disadvantage on Charisma (Persuasion) checks, however, you have advantage on Charisma (Intimidation) checks and you gain proficiency in the Intimidation skill.
Undead Nature. You are undead, not a humanoid. You don't have to eat, drink, sleep, or breathe. Furthermore, you are immune to poison damage and to the poisoned conditions. If you would go to 0 hit points make a constution saving throw. (Save DC=damage taken ÷2) on a failed save you die. You can be reanimated again as long as your head has not been crushed.
Undead Toughness. You have damage reduction 2 to slashing and piercing damage.
Languages. You can understand the languages you knew in life, but due to your rotting nature you have difficulty forming the syllables necessary for coherent speech.
Subrace. Cyberzombie, Magical Experiment, Raised for Battle, Zombie Overlord

Cyberzombie (modern/futuristic campaigns only)[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2.
Armored. Your AC can't be less than 16, regardless of what kind of armor you're wearing.
Cybernetic Weaponry. You have a weapon mount installed in your body on which you can mount a firearm. A mounted firearm doesn't count towards your carrying capacity, and you do not need to use your hands to carry it or attack with it. A mounted firearm can't be disarmed or otherwise removed from your body unless you are incapacitated. This replaces the chest cavity or a limb rendering you unable to speak or to use that limb in its normal capacity. (leg reduces movement by 5 ft per round, arm cannot be used to wield a normal weapon)

Magical Experiment[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2.
Innate Spellcasting. You know the Thaumaturgy cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast chromatic orb once per day, without using a spell slot or any components. Once you reach 5th level, you can cast dimension door once per day, without using a spell slot or any components. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
Volatility. When you die, you explode, and each creature within 10 feet of you must make a Dexterity saving throw (DC 8 + twice your proficiency bonus), taking 2d6 force damage per hit die you possess on a failed save, or half as much damage on a success. ( you die any time you hit 0 health points)

Raised for Battle[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2. (dexterity score decreases by 2)
Improved Slam. Your unarmed strikes deal 1d6 points of bludgeoning damage, rather than 1d4.
Powerful Build. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.
Toughened. Your maximum hit points score increases by 1, and it increases by 1 every time you gain a level.

Zombie Overlord[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2. (Strength and dexterity decrease by 3 points total (you may take all 3 in one category of divide them up) of your choice)
Natural Leader. Unlike other zombies, you do not have disadvantage on Charisma (Persuasion) checks.
Zombie Overlord. upon reaching 3rd level You can cast the animate dead spell once per day, without using a spell slot or any components. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for this spell.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

3′ 8″ +4d10 50 lb. lb. × (1d10) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

When creating a <race name> character, you can use the following table) of traits, ideals, bonds and flaws to help flesh out your character. Use these tables in addition to or in place of your background's characteristics.

d8 Personality Trait
d6 Ideal
d6 Bond
1 Brains...
d6 Flaw

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