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Raise Dead (death knight ability)

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Raise Dead
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Usable by



60 sec

Other information
Level learned


Related buff
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  • Raise Dead
  • A Risen Ally is in your service.
"Do not be mistaken - I will gladly trade your life for a more obedient soldier." [1]
Randolphe Mortimer [2]

Raise Dead is a level 55 Unholy Death knight ability that allows the death knight to raise a Risen Ally as a permanent combat pet. This creature has a number of abilities including a stun, which can also be empowered for a short time with [Dark Transformation].


Raise Dead and other similar abilities have been a staple of the Warcraft series, commonly used by practitioners of necromancy, including Necrolyte units in Warcraft I, Death Knight units in Warcraft II, and Necromancer units in Warcraft III.



Patches and hotfixes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now only available to Unholy death knights.
  • Hotfix (2013-10-02): "Raise Dead and Wild Mushroom: Plague (obtained through Druid's Symbiosis) should no longer cause each other's summons to despawn."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Both Humanoid's Corpse and/or  [Corpse Dust] are no longer required to summon a ghoul.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): This spell will no longer give two errors when the casting player lacks the reagent to cast it.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Duration lowered to 60 sec. and cooldown lowered to 3 min. The cooldown on this ability now begins when the pet dies rather than when it is summoned.
  • Hotfix (2009-02-18): "Raise Dead now properly detects the presence of  [Corpse Dust] in your inventory."
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Raise Dead has now been split into two spells:
    • Raise Dead now raises a ghoul or pet ghoul (if talented). Requires  [Corpse Dust] if no humanoid corpse is nearby.
    • [Raise Ally] now raises a fallen party member and has no reagent. Available at level 72.


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