Resurrection is the act of returning a character from death. In Critical Role, there have been several deaths of player characters which have caused the party to attempt resurrection rituals when possible.

Resurrection Mechanics in Critical RoleEdit

See: FAQ#How would a character death be handled?

In Critical Role, certain powerful spells along the lines of Greater Restoration and Resurrection are treated as a challenge. This means that players can undo death, but its success is determined by the player's capabilities as a spell caster and their character's attachment to their companions. Whenever a character does die, a resurrection can be attempted but it is a challenge. This means there is a possibility of failing in which case the resurrection fails, the soul is lost and the character is deemed permanently dead.

Matthew Mercer has published his resurrection mechanics on Twitter[1] and Geek and Sundry.[2] However, he has implied that the rules will differ for Campaign 2.[3] When Jester resurrected Caduceus in "Duplicity" (2x55), no check or ritual was required.[4]

Notable Character DeathsEdit

Campaign 1: Vox MachinaEdit

Character Name Episode Killed By Resurrected? Notes
Pike Trickfoot Pre-Stream ("The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06)) Glabrezu Yes Slain by a critical hit as the glabrezu picked her up in its pincer-like hand and cut her in half.[5][6]
Grog Strongjaw "The Temple Showdown" (1x11) K'Varn Yes Killed by a Death Ray from K'Varn[7]
Vex'ahlia "The Sunken Tomb" (1x44) Trap Yes Killed by the trap placed on Purvan Suul's tomb which was unintentionally triggered by Percy.[8]
Grog Strongjaw "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) Craven Edge Yes Soul swallowed by Craven Edge.[9]
Percival de Rolo "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) Anna Ripley Yes Shot by Anna Ripley while he was unconscious.[10]
Vex'ahlia "Raishan" (1x80) Raishan Yes
Scanlan Shorthalt "Raishan" (1x80) Raishan Yes Frozen solid by Raishan's Cone of Cold. [11]
Scanlan Shorthalt "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) Raishan Yes Initial resurrection attempt failed[12]; resurrection ritual successful.[13]
Percival de Rolo "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) Raishan Yes Gutted by Raishan.[14]
Vax'ildan "Tangled Depths" (1x88) The Kraken Yes
Keyleth "Taryon, My Wayward Son" (1x97) Gravity Yes Plunged to her death over a 1000 foot cliff.
Vex'ahlia "Race to the Tower" (1x102) Vecna Yes Instantly killed by Power Word Kill.[15]
Vax'ildan "Race to the Tower" (1x102) Vecna No Disintegrated by Vecna.[16]
Vax'ildan "Dark Dealings" (1x112) Artagan No Strangled out of curiosity by Artagan.[17]
Kaylie "The Final Ascent" (1x113) Vax'ildan Yes Killed by Vax while dressed as a cultist.[18]
Cassandra de Rolo "The Final Ascent" (1x113) Vex'ahlia Yes Killed by Vex while dressed as a cultist.[18]
Velora Vessar "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114) Keyleth Yes Killed by Keyleth's Sunburst while being used as a humanoid shield by Vecna.[19]
Vax'ildan "The Chapter Closes" (1x115) Raven Queen No Returned to the service of the Raven Queen after imprisoning Vecna.[20]

Campaign 2: The Mighty NeinEdit

Character Name Episode Killed By Resurrected? Notes
Mollymauk Tealeaf "Found & Lost" (2x26) Lorenzo No Resurrection discussed, but not pursued.
Caduceus Clay "Duplicity" (2x55) Nott Yes Accidentally killed by an explosive arrow.[21]
Nott the Brave "Dark Bargains" (2x83) Halas Yes Killed by Power Word Kill trap after failing to check for traps.[22]


  3. See RollPlay Presents: a 5E Roundtable Discussion (EP2) at 42:58, where Matt says (with regard to resurrection) "Not spoiling anything, but there are things in place for the new campaign to make things a little more intense."
  4. See "Duplicity" (2x55) at 4:04:36.
  5. This pre-stream plot point was discussed during a Q&A.  See "Attack on the Duergar Warcamp" (1x04) at 3:45:58.
  6. See "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06) at 16:59.
  7. See "The Temple Showdown" (1x11) at 4:01:56.
  8. See "The Sunken Tomb" (1x44) at 4:23:12.
  9. See "Best Laid Plans..." (1x50) from 29:50 through 43:16.
  10. See "Cloak and Dagger" (1x68) from 4:10:19 through 4:12:11.
  11. See "Raishan" (1x80) at 2:37:25.
  12. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83).[citation needed]
  13. See "A Bard's Lament" (1x85).[citation needed]
  14. See "The Deceiver's Stand" (1x83) at 2:44:33.
  15. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 3:15:22.
  16. See "Race to the Tower" (1x102) at 3:33:18.
  17. See "Dark Dealings" (1x112) from 3:44:23 through 3:46:46.
  18. See "The Final Ascent" (1x113) at 4:38:25.
  19. See "Vecna, the Ascended" (1x114).[citation needed]
  20. See "The Chapter Closes" (1x115).[citation needed]
  21. See "Duplicity" (2x55) from 4:04:00 through 4:04:33.
  22. See "Dark Bargains" (2x83) from 3:19:20 through 3:20:55.
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