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Speak with Dead

Level 3 Necromancy Spell

Grant a semblance of life to a humanoid corpse, allowing it to answer up to 5 questions.

Skeletons and creatures killed with Acid, Fire, Lightning, Necrotic, or Radiant damage no longer have a mouth and can't be made to talk using this spell.

Doesn't work on Undead.

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Speak with Dead is a Spell in Baldur's Gate 3. Speak with Dead is a Lvl 3 Spell from the Necromancy school. Spells can be used for dealing damage to Enemies, inflict Status Ailments, buff Characters or interact with the environment.



Speak with Dead Information

  • Description: Grant a semblance of life to a humanoid corpse, allowing it to answer up to 5 questions. Skeletons and creatures killed with Acid, Fire, Lightning, Necrotic, or Radiant damage no longer have a mouth and can't be made to talk using this spell. Doesn't work on Undead
  • Level: Lvl 3 spell
  • School: Necromancy School
  • Casting Time: action icon baldursgate3 wiki guide 25pxAction
  • Range: range icon baldursgate3 wiki guide 25px9m
  • Requires Concentration: No
  • Saving Throw:
  • Ritual Spell: Yes


 How to Acquire Speak with Dead


Speak with Dead Tips & Notes

  • Speak with Dead is a ritual spell which can be cast without expending a spell slot outside combat.
  • Corpses you kill may refrain from speaking with the caster. Circumvent this using the Disguise Self (also a ritual spell) first.
  • Certain attacks' or spells' killing blow effect may cause the body to be "damaged", rendering a recently killed corpse unusable for "Speak with Dead". Be mindful of how you finish your targets if you want to keep them intact for the spell to work.


Lvl 3 Spells
Animate Dead  ♦  Beacon of Hope  ♦  Bestow curse  ♦  Blinding Smite  ♦  Blink  ♦  Call Lightning  ♦  Celestial Haste  ♦  Conjure Barrage  ♦  Counterspell  ♦  Crusader's Mantle  ♦  Daylight  ♦  Elemental Weapon  ♦  Fear  ♦  Feign Death  ♦  Fireball  ♦  Fly  ♦  Gaseous Form  ♦  Glyph of Warding  ♦  Grant Flight  ♦  Haste  ♦  Hunger of Hadar  ♦  Hypnotic Pattern  ♦  Lightning Arrow  ♦  Lightning Bolt  ♦  Mass Healing Word  ♦  Paralyzing Ray  ♦  Plant Growth  ♦  Protection from Energy  ♦  Remove Curse  ♦  Revivify  ♦  Scorching Ray Shot  ♦  Sleet Storm  ♦  Slow  ♦  Spirit Guardians  ♦  Stinking Cloud  ♦  Vampiric Touch


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    • Never spend a spell slot on this spell, since you can get it both via book of thay and the withers tomb necklace.
      You can even cast the spell once via necklace and then replace the necklace with something better until long rest.

      • Anonymous

        What is a bit stupid, you will use the spell slot (or charge) everytime, even if the corpse does not or cannot respond. It should use a charge only if you actually question someone, otherwise it is a bit stupid... so it's basically a lot of quick save and load using this spell. A bit annoying.

        • Anonymous

          I just checked, I killed in the real form, I reincarnated, I tried to talk, the patient refuses to talk, do you have any suggestions?( tried the inquisitor )

          • Anonymous

            Speak with Dead can be cast by using the following Items:

            Gomwick, owner of the dog Scratch.
            The Amulet of Lost Voices

            How do I use Gomwick to cast this then? do I need to use a dagger to cut him up so he fits in my backpack or what?

            • Anonymous

              Why can't we talk to the corpses right after killing them, having to swap characters out every time just to do so doesn't really add anything to the game

              We already forcing them back into the land of the living, might as well make them talk too regardless if you're the killer or not

              • So two things
                1: I'm pretty sure you can get this spell as an Arcane Trickster (Lv. 3).
                2: Use this in conjunction with "Speak With Dead" spell after you've killed your target to question them so they cannot identify you as their killer. (I'm unsure if this works in-game, about to go test it out, but I thought of this playing my Warlock.)

                • Anonymous

                  Can talk to the dead archer at the grove gates, dosent do much, reveals his sisters name, former professions and where his belongings are hid, but you can already highlight the bag with 'ALT' key

                  • Anonymous

                    You can cast this on Gomwick, the dead body near the dog below blighted village. He tells you about letters he had to deliver

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