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A zombie was an undead creature usually created by the re-animation of a corpse. Unlike animated skeletons, zombies still retained some flesh on their bodies and gave off a horrid, rank smell. They were almost mindless, but could be given simple commands, such as "kill anyone who opens the treasure chest." Virtually any solid creature could be turned into a zombie; in addition to humanoids, troglodytes, minotaurs, ogres, and even beholders could be turned into zombies.[1][3]

The Realms would be far friendlier to the undead if we learned to exercise greater control over our culinary habits. I fear most of us are beyond reasoning though. If you can get three moans from a zombie, you can consider it a good conversation.


Basically, a zombie was the corpse of a creature that had been animated by someone who could manipulate negative energy, such as a cleric. For example, a cleric would be able to use negative energy on a corpse and make it move its body, arms, legs, etc.[3] Zombies could also rise spontaneously if an area was saturated with necromantic magic.[1]

Zombies dragged their feet and so did not leave clear prints.[7]


Necromancers used demons' blood as a powerful magical adhesive liberally applied to zombies' joint to stave the rotting and disintegration of tissues.[8]


Ankylosaurus zombie
A zombie created from the corpse of an ankylosaurus, typical to the jungles of Chult.[9]
Ash zombie
A zombie created from ash of the victims of the Mount Hotenow explosion. Usually Thayan magic in the creation.[10]
Beholder zombie
Sometimes called Death tyrants; zombified beholders which possessed some of their deadly abilities.[11]
Chillborn zombie
Zombies infused with deathly cold, which were capable of sapping the life from their victims.[2][12]
Girallon zombie
Crated from the corpse of a girallon, typical to some locations in Chult.[9]
Undead hounds found in Shadowfell and sometimes used by Thayan necromancers.[13]
Juju zombie
Free-willed, sentient zombies often created from powerful curses or other fell magics.[14]
Ogre zombie
Powerful zombies created from dead ogres.[1]
Sea zombie
Created from the corpses of humans who drowned at sea.[4]
Tyrannosaurus zombie
Created from the corpse of a tyrannosaurus, typical to Chult. These fearsome creatures could regurgitate zombies from their gullets.[9]
Tyrantfog zombie
Priests of evil deities killed by other evil deities.[15]
Zombie dragon
Created from dragons and retained some of their deadly abilities. Not to be confused with dracoliches.[16]




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