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Zombie, Pyre

Medium undead, neutral evil

Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Hit Points 19 (3d8 + 6)
Speed 30 ft.

13 (+1) 6 (–2) 16 (+3) 3 (–4) 6 (–2) 5 (–3)

Damage Immunities fire, poison
Condition Immunities exhaustion, poisoned
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 8
Languages understands the languages it knew in life but can’t speak
Challenge 3 (700 XP)

Special Traits

  • Undead Fortitude. If damage reduces the zombie to 0 hit points, it makes a Constitution saving throw with a DC of 5+ the damage taken, unless the damage is radiant or from a critical hit. On a success, the zombie drops to 1 hit point instead.
  • Magic Resistance. The zombie has advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
  • Violent Combustion. Whenever the zombie is hit, it violently explodes. Every creature within a 5-foot radius must make a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw, taking 7 (2d6) fire damage on a failed save, or half as much on a successful one.


  • Slam. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (2d6 + 1) bludgeoning damage plus 7 (2d6) fire damage.


A rotting corpse walks forward without the usual hesitation and stuttering steps. After a few steps, it bursts into flames that lick its entire body, although it does not seem harmed in the slightest bit.

Pyre zombies are the sad, tortured remains of those who were killed just before being burned alive. When the soul departed, their bodies were taken over by some malignant spirit. The spirit fortified the bodies from destruction by the fire, and the undead forms escaped the pyre to wreak vengeance on the living.

Pyre zombies are not harmed by fire, but neither do they seek it out.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Tome of Horrors © 2018, Frog God Games, LLC; Authors: Kevin Baase, Erica Balsley, John “Pexx” Barnhouse, Christopher Bishop, Casey Christofferson, Jim Collura, Andrea Costantini, Jayson ‘Rocky’ Gardner, Zach Glazar, Meghan Greene, Scott Greene, Lance Hawvermale, Travis Hawvermale, Ian S. Johnston, Bill Kenower, Patrick Lawinger, Rhiannon Louve, Ian McGarty, Edwin Nagy, James Patterson, Nathan Paul, Patrick N. Pilgrim, Clark Peterson, Anthony Pryor, Greg Ragland, Robert Schwalb, G. Scott Swift, Greg A. Vaughan, and Bill Webb