Raise Dead
Spell shadow animatedead
  • Raise Dead
  • 30 yd  range
  • 2 min cooldown
  • Instant
  • Raises a ghoul to fight by your side. You can have a maximum of one ghoul at a time. Lasts 1 min.
Usable by
ClassDeath knight
Casting timeInstant
Cooldown2 min (GCD 1 sec)
Level required56
Related buff
Spell shadow animatedead
  • Raise Dead
  • A Risen Ally is in your service.
  • Duration: 1 minute
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Do not be mistaken - I will gladly trade your life for a more obedient soldier.
- Randolphe Mortimer TCG

Raise Dead is a death knight ability learned at level 56 for those with the Unholy specialization. It allows the death knight to raise a Risen Ghoul to fight for a limited time. This creature can perform a number of attacks including fear, apply disease, stun, cause a target bleed, and pummel.

With Master of Ghouls (Unholy specialization), the ghoul becomes a permanent pet under the death knight's control.

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Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Raise Dead is now only available to Unholy Death Knights.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): It is no longer possible when this ability is used in conjunction with temporary pets from quests for the ability to get permanently stuck on cooldown.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): It is no longer possible under some circumstances to use a Risen Ghoul to cause neutral guards to attack opposite faction players.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): This spell will no longer give two errors when the casting player lacks the reagent to cast it.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): 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. This pet now despawns instantly when it dies. In addition, this ability can no longer be used while riding any type of vehicle. The Risen Ghoul is also now properly immune to Charm, Fear, Sleep, and Horror.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small 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 Inv misc dust 02 [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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