How to raise the dead in "Baldur's Gate"

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How to raise the dead in "Baldur's Gate"
"Baldur's Gate" is a classic computer role-playing game. (Courtesy of Interplay)

"Baldur's Gate" is a classic computer role-playing game based on the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons role-playing system. You create a main player character (PC) and guide him or her through various quests and adventures. If the main protagonist dies the game is over; you have to restart or load a saved game. During the game you also have the opportunity to add various non-player characters (NPCs) to your adventuring party. If an NPC dies you can usually pay to have them resurrected at a temple. There are also spells that will raise the dead but an experience level cap means you will not be powerful enough to cast them unless you play the sequel, "Baldur's Gate II: Shadows Of Amn." A cleric or druid can use a Raise Dead scroll at any level however, and there is also a Rod of Resurrection available to buy in "Baldur's Gate II."

Skill level:
Moderately Easy



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    Take your party to a temple. In "Baldur's Gate" there is a temple just east of Beregost, one at the Friendly Arms Inn and several in the city of Baldur's Gate itself. In "Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn," most of the temples are located in the Temple District area of Athkatla.

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    Talk to the priest and ask to see his services. Click the "Cures" button then select "Raise Dead."

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    Select the greyed out portrait of the NPC you wish to raise. Click the "Pay" button and the money will automatically be deducted. A character who is raised in this way will only have 1 hit point and will require further healing.


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    Add the appropriate spell to your current spell selection when you reach a high enough level. A cleric must be at least 9th level to cast Raise Dead and 14th level to cast Resurrection. The fighter/druid NPC Jaheira can also cast a unique spell called Harper's Call, which is similar to Raise Dead.

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    Rest in order to memorise and prepare the spell. Click the caster's portrait to select them, then click the "Spells" icon. Click the icon for "Raise Dead," "Resurrection" or "Harper's Call."

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    Click the greyed out portrait of the NPC you wish to raise. "Raise Dead" and "Harper's Call" will leave the raised NPC with 1 hit point. "Resurrection" will restore them to full health.


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    Find a Raise Dead scroll or the Rod of Resurrection. The Rod of Resurrection can be bought at The Adventurer's Mart in Athkatla in "Baldur's Gate 2: Shadows Of Amn."

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    Place a Raise Dead scroll or the Rod of Resurrection in a character's "Quick Item" slots. Only clerics and druids can use the scroll but any character can use the rod.

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    In the main screen, select the character and click on the item. Click on the greyed out portrait of the NPC you wish to raise.

Tips and warnings

  • The Rod Of Resurrection has a limited number of charges but there is an exploit that allows you to sell a nearly-depleted wand or rod to a storekeeper. If you buy it back it will be fully charged.
  • If you play with the difficulty set to "Core Rules," "Hard" or "Insane," NPCs can die permanently if they receive high damage in a single hit.
  • Do not remove a dead character from your party if you wish to revive them. If you dismiss them and their greyed out portrait disappears, they are gone for good.

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