Raise Dead
Inv pet ghoul.png
  • Raise Dead
  • Level 12 death knight ability
  • 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.
  • Unholy Rank 2: Cooldown reduced to 30 sec. Ghoul duration is now permanent.
Usable by
Class Death knight
School Physical
Cooldown 2 min
Other information
Level learned 12
Rank levels 29 (rank 2)
Improvements [All Will Serve], [Corpse Shield], [Infected Claws], [Sludge Belcher]
Related buff
Inv pet ghoul.png
  • 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 12 Death knight ability that allows the death knight to raise a Risen Ally as a temporary combat pet. At level 29, Unholy Unholy Death Knights learn rank 2 of the spell, which makes their combat pet permanent until death. 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

In World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game.

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now available to all specializations. Rank 2 available only to Unholy death knights
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Icon updated.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now only available to Unholy death knights.
  • Mists of Pandaria 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.
  • Wrath of the Lich King 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.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

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