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][2]


Basically, a zombie was the corpse of a creature which 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.[2] 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.[3]


Absorbing zombie 
Able to absorb damaging spells rather than taking damage from them.[4]
Acid zombie 
Nearly pure white with glistening skin and oozing acid.[5]
Ash zombie 
A zombie created from ash of the victims of the Mount Hotenow explosion. Usually Thayan magic in the creation.[6][7]
Bloodthirsty zombie 
These zombies drained blood with their bite.[citation needed]
Corpse creature 
A zombie that retained knowledge and skills it possessed in life.[citation needed]
Beholder zombie 
Sometimes called Death tyrants; zombified beholders which possessed some of their deadly abilities.[8]
Zombie - Wayne Reynolds

A humanoid zombie.

Diseased zombie 
These were carriers of the disease known as 'filth fever'.[citation needed]
Fast zombie (or quick zombie)
Moved much faster and could act more quickly than a standard zombie.[9]
Hunting zombie 
These hunted their prey by scent.[citation needed]
Juju zombie 
Free-willed, sentient zombies often created from powerful curses or other fell magics.[10]
Tyrantfog zombie 
Priests of evil deities killed by other evil deities.[11]
Zombie dragon 
Created from dragons and retained some of their deadly abilities. Not to be confused with dracoliches.[citation needed]



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