Can someone explain the death mechanic and REVIVIFY to me?

2 weeks ago

I can't cast revivify on anyone alive and when they die the game says OVER.  I had one character get hit and just die....typically don't they have some time to rebound with rolls?  I'm so confused on this.  Love the game though!

mrfuji3
Level 7
2 weeks ago

How it is supposed to work

After a character dies, you should be able to revivify them. However, there must remain 1 alive character for whom it is possible to cast Revivify. E.g., if your only cleric in the party dies and you don't have the crown, you're out of luck. If you've used up all the daily charges on the crown and don't have any scrolls/spells of Revivify, you're out of luck. 

As to your "character get hit and die" situation, this should probably not happen. The most common situations where a character can die without getting death saving throws are instant-death effects: mainly spells that specifically say "if this reduces the target to 0hp, the target dies" and reducing your maximum HP to 0 through vampiric energy drains. Oh also if you take enough damage to bring you to below your negative Max HP, you die. Otherwise, you are unconscious (not dead) and begin making death saving throws each round; once you get to 3 failures (taking damage is an auto-failure) you die. 

Did one of the things in the above paragraph happen to you? Did you not have anyone alive capable of casting Revivify? If not, it's probably a bug.

srshupe
Level 1
2 weeks ago

If you get to 0 hit points you are "dying" and have to make DC 10 death saving throws each round. If you get 3 failures you are dead, if you get 3 successes you are unconscious (stable). If you roll a 1 you get two failures. If you roll a 20 you regain consciousness with 1 hit point. The cleric cantrip "spare the dying" turns a dying person into an unconscious one. If you suffer damage while dying it counts as an additional failure. I haven't seen it but I imagine if you take damage while unconscious you go back to dying.

If you take enough damage past zero equal to your hit point maximum, you skip dying and go straight to dead. So if your wizard had 3 out of 6 hit points and took 9 damage, they would be killed.

Revivify gives you 10 rounds after death to return a character to life. You'll see this as a number counting down over the character portrait in the initiative order. If a battle ends with a dead character, I would pause the game instantly and then carefully un-pause just enough to get a healer into position to cast the spell.

2 weeks ago

How it is supposed to work

After a character dies, you should be able to revivify them. However, there must remain 1 alive character for whom it is possible to cast Revivify. E.g., if your only cleric in the party dies and you don't have the crown, you're out of luck. If you've used up all the daily charges on the crown and don't have any scrolls/spells of Revivify, you're out of luck. 

As to your "character get hit and die" situation, this should probably not happen. The most common situations where a character can die without getting death saving throws are instant-death effects: mainly spells that specifically say "if this reduces the target to 0hp, the target dies" and reducing your maximum HP to 0 through vampiric energy drains. Oh also if you take enough damage to bring you to below your negative Max HP, you die. Otherwise, you are unconscious (not dead) and begin making death saving throws each round; once you get to 3 failures (taking damage is an auto-failure) you die. 

Did one of the things in the above paragraph happen to you? Did you not have anyone alive capable of casting Revivify? If not, it's probably a bug.


Well my cleric that died on one shot only had 1 hp so maybe just got hit really hard.  However, I have a paladin that can cast revivify but I never got the option to use it, just said game over.  I'll keep testing, probably just missing something.

BOBBARKER
Level 6
2 weeks ago

When you're unconcious but not dead, you make a death save each turn and each time you get hit. Once you fail 3, you're dead. Then the 10 turn counter hovers over your character. That's your 10 turn window to cast revivify. 

That's why you don't put the crown on anyone that can cast revivify.

2 weeks ago

When you're unconcious but not dead, you make a death save each turn and each time you get hit. Once you fail 3, you're dead. Then the 10 turn counter hovers over your character. That's your 10 turn window to cast revivify. 

That's why you don't put the crown on anyone that can cast revivify. 

But that's not what has been happening to me.  If one character dies it's just game over, no shot at revivify. 

Acadiantri
Level 7
2 weeks ago

Just to be clear, this happens with one of your characters, not an NPC who joins you for a couple of fights. When those guys go to zero hit points, they die.

2 weeks ago

Just to be clear, this happens with one of your characters, not an NPC who joins you for a couple of fights. When those guys go to zero hit points, they die.

That is correct.