The rejuvenation trait allows a creature to revive if it hasn’t been disposed of in a way that would prevent it from doing so. This is useful for nuisance monsters that you want to keep returning to a location. It’s even better for your Big Bad that you’d like to return from dead with a grudge.

Rejuvenation: A Flame Skull
I asked Bing Image Creator for a flaming skull. It threw in the horns for free.

Here’s the text for rejuvenation from the Flame Skull stat block:


If the flameskull is destroyed, it regains all its hit points in 1 hour unless holy water is sprinkled on its remains or a dispel magic or remove curse spell is cast on them.

D&D5e Basic Rules

Flame skulls are pretty dangerous, but they’re not going to be a big villain that ties your whole campaign together. A lich also has rejuvenation and is a great candidate for the role.

Creatures That Have Rejuvenation:

CreatureCreature TypeChallenge RatingSource
Animated Tile ChimeraMonstrosity6Rise of Tiamat
Bodhi IrenicusUndead (Shapechanger)15Minsc and Boo’s Journal of Villainy
Bodytaker PlantPlant7Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft
BoneclawUndead12Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse
Draconic ShardUndead17Fizban’s Treasury of Dragons
ExecutionerConstruct20Dungeons of Drakkeneim
FlameskullUndead4Monster Manual
Fungal ServantUndead15Candlekeep Mysteries
GegazolUndead24Lairs of Etharis
Guardian NagaMonstrosity10Monster Manual
IllithilichUndead22Volo’s Guide to Monsters
Jon IrenicusUndead22Minsc and Boo’s Journal of Villainy
Knight of the OrderUndead5Curse of Strahd
Lady IllmarrowUndead22Eberron: Rising from the Last War
LenchtahgFiend5Lairs of Etharis
Lesser Mummy LordUndead15Tales from the Yawning Portal
LichUndead21Monster Manual
Lichen LichUndead18Candlekeep Mysteries
MinazorondDragon22Dungeons of Drakkeneim
Mummy LordUndead15Monster Manual
NecrichorUndead7Van Richten’s Guide to Ravenloft
RevenantUndead5Monster Manual
SarevokHumanoid (Human)15Minsc and Boo’s Journal of Villainy
Spirit NagaMonstrosity8Monster Manual
Tower DragonDragon10Dungeons of Drakkeneim
Wall GargoyleElemental2Dungeons of Drakkeneim

Now that you’ve got a rejuvenating villain, your players are gonna need some magic weapons!

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