Undead Options

This page is an attempt to go through all the templates on d20pfsrd and figure out which ones are legal/allowed for the different flavors of Animate Dead and Corpse Companion. The main limitation on all of them, if I’m reading things correctly, is undead HD vs. controller HD, and whether or not the template is considered a variant. The table below will try to present the data in that context so we know what’s allowed at any given caster level. Some of these have additional criteria or constraints on their creation, as described in the Comments columns.

Template Variant? HD Comments
Exoskeleton Yes Based on size, see template description The template doesn’t explicitly say whether this should be treated as a variant or not, but I’m saying it is because it blends most of the good parts of skeletons and zombies, gives an HD boost and has an additional special ability. Limited to Vermin creatures with an exoskeleton.
Gallowdead Yes Base Creature + 4 The base creature needs to die as described in the flavor text of the template.
Graveborne No Same as base creature Base creature must have been interred in the ground for at least 1 week.
Meat Puppet Yes Based on size, see template description “Meat Puppet” is an acquired template that can be added to any corporeal creature (other than an undead) that had a skeletal system at one point, but had its bones extracted or completely crushed (referred to hereafter as the base creature).
Paleoskeleton Creature Yes Same as Base Creature See template for creation details.
Skeletal Champion Skeletal Champions are explicitly called out in the Create Undead spell, so I’m ruling that they are not legal to create via Animate Dead or Corpse Companion.
Skeleton No Base Creatures Racial HD, or 1
Bloody Skeleton Yes Base Creatures Racial HD, or 1
Burning Skeleton Yes Base Creatures Racial HD, or 1
Zombie No Based on size, see template description
Fast Zombie Yes Based on size, see template description Requires casting of haste or remove paralysis as part of creation.
Plague Zombie Yes Based on size, see template description Requires casting of contagion as part of creation.
Void Zombie Yes Based on size, see template description
None of the other Zombie variants are allowed.

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Undead Options

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