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Undead Dragons, also known as Zombies, are a special breed of dragon only obtainable via a creation process, as well as being an original species of Dragon Cave. Attempting to revive a deceased dragon or hatchling (either killed or purposely allowed to die) has a slim chance of resulting in an Undead Dragon.

Undeads cannot breed and have been subject to controversy due to the death of dragons required to create them. They are only visible on scrolls between 12AM - 6AM (EST); at all other times, they take the form of a tombstone sprite. As of May 21, 2016, Undeads now have sub-type specific sprites, an update that was part of Dragon Cave's 10th Birthday release, with different appearances depending on their original breed's morphology.

In the distant past, Undead Dragons could be made during any time of the year, with a rumoured 1 in 100 chance of success. A few examples include two owned by TJ09 (Qemrao Thuwed and 0eidw Qemrao Thuwed). There have also been reports of others, but the forum topic once used to discuss them has since been deleted. Eventually, Undeads were changed to only be able to be created on October 31 of a year (Halloween); it is unknown when the circumstances of being able to create Undeads on Halloween only began, but rumours still continued that creation all-year long was possible. These subsequent rumours were proven false in the Dragon Cave IRC on the 22nd of December, 2012.

As of a site update on August 14, 2016, Undeads can now be created any time of the year again, with a scaling chance of success based on the time or date (lowest to highest success: day time, night time, 31st of a month, the week of Halloween breeding, and Halloween itself). These chances do not overlap;[1] the odds of success are the same on a 31st whether it is day or night, for example. Based on collected data, the odds are approximately 1/15 for nighttime, 1/10 for 31sts, and 2/5 for Halloween. Daytime and Halloween week remain unknown.

There are three potential outcomes of the revive action: reviving a normal dragon, reviving an Undead dragon, or permanent death. In order to obtain the different stages of Undead hatchlings, the dragon must be in that particular stage when it dies or is killed; Undeads cannot grow up themselves, and the dragons are automatically frozen upon death.

All breedable dragon breeds can be zombified, including Drakes, Vampires, pygmies and two-headed dragons. Unbreedables such as Papers and Cheeses originally could become Undead dragons, albeit ungendered, but now are labeled as Enchanted Constructs and will no longer become undead. Dinos cannot become Undead due to the lack of a revive option for them.

Although having Undead "Limited Breed" dragons, such as CB limited release dragons or Guardians of Nature, originally prevented players from reclaiming replacements, a later update removed this limitation and allowed players to replace dead or undead limited dragons.

Despite being displayed as Undead Dragons, they are internally labeled with their original breed name and will sort with that breed. In the past, despite the breed differences, all Undead used the same "western" dragon sprite. They now have separate variations based on the subspecies and body type of the original breed's information in the encyclopedia. The Undead sprites can be unlocked by clicking on them at any time, even if they appear to be tombstones.

Undeads used to permanently take up the kill slots used to create them. This was an unintended occurrence, and since October 2011, zombie-held kill slots have been released. Currently, any kill slot used to create an Undead will return after 2 weeks, exactly the same as a kill slot used for any other purpose. At one point, Undead dragons could not be removed from scrolls. This has changed with the Sophrosyne Dragon and its Remove Curse BSA.

Undead dragons used to only be visible on scrolls between 12AM and 6AM DC time (EST), but now are always visible in the form of a tombstone, taking on their Undead sprite during the hours where they would previously only appear. There used to be a glitch that caused Undead Dragons to "roam" on scrolls, despite being repositioned or re-sorted; this has since been fixed after the addition of new tombstone sprites. Undead dragons are now visible on sorting pages as well as scrolls.

These dragons are often confused with Neglected and Vampire Dragons. When using Breed sort on a scroll, these dragons actually sort as whatever their original breed was before being turned Undead.

Official descriptions[]

Egg[]

None.

Hatchling[]

It's an undead baby dragon, produced by a failed magical spell. It probably would be cute if it weren't partially decayed.

Mature hatchling[]

It's an undead baby dragon, produced by a failed magical spell. It probably would be cute if it weren't partially decayed.

And look! It somehow managed to grow wings despite being dead.

Adult[]

Failed attempts to experiment with magic often result in transforming dragons into these hellish creatures. They are extremely dangerous, and will mindlessly kill any living creature without regard to friend or foe.

Sprite artists[]

New sprites[]

Western series

Wingless series

Eastern series

Wyvern series

Leviathan series

Wyrm series

Lindwyrm series

Amphiptere series

Pygmy Western series

Pygmy Eastern series

Pygmy wingless series

Pygmy wyvern series

Pygmy wyrm series

Pygmy lindwyrm series

Pygmy amphiptere series

Drake series

Two-headed Western series

Two-headed wingless series

Two-headed Eastern series

Two-headed wyvern series

Two-headed leviathan series

Two-headed wyrm series

Two-headed lindwyrm series

Two-headed amphiptere series

Tombstones

Old sprites[]

Tombstones[]

As of November 18, 2014, caveborn Undeads received a special tombstone specific to their biome. Bred Undeads and Undeads from the time where only one cave existed also received a new special tombstone, which is now also shared by Undeads obtained from dragons bought at the Market. When a caveborn Undead is created, its biome-specific tombstone won't appear until two weeks have passed since it died, the same amount of time for a permanently dead dragon's tombstone to disappear.

Alpine Coast Desert Forest Jungle Volcano Bred, Cave, Market
Tombstone Alpine Tombstone Coast Tombstone Desert Tombstone Forest Tombstone Jungle Tombstone Volcano Tombstone Cave
Retired tombstone sprite
Tombstone old

Sprites[]

Standard dragons
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Undead Western Undead western hatchling Undead western mature hatchling Undead western adult
Undead wingless Undead wingless hatchling Undead wingless mature hatchling Undead wingless adult
Undead Eastern Undead eastern hatchling Undead eastern mature hatchling Undead eastern adult
Undead wyvern Undead wyvern hatchling Undead wyvern mature hatchling Undead wyvern adult
Undead leviathan Undead leviathan hatchling Undead leviathan mature hatchling Undead leviathan adult
Undead wyrm Undead wyrm hatchling Undead wyrm mature hatchling Undead wyrm adult
Undead lindwyrm Undead lindwyrm hatchling Undead lindwyrm mature hatchling Undead lindwyrm adult
Undead amphiptere Undead hatchling Undead amhiptere mature hatchling Undead amhiptere adult
Pygmies
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Undead pygmy Western Undead pygmy western hatchling Undead pygmy western mature hatchling Undead pygmy western adult
Undead pygmy wingless Undead pygmy wingless hatchling Undead pygmy wingless mature hatchling Undead pygmy wingless adult
Undead pygmy Eastern Undead pygmy eastern hatchling Undead pygmy eastern mature hatchling Undead pygmy eastern adult
Undead pygmy wyvern Undead pygmy wyvern hatchling Undead pygmy wyvern mature hatchling Undead pygmy wyvern adult
Undead pygmy wyrm Undead pygmy wyrm hatchling Undead pygmy wyrm mature hatchling Undead pygmy wyrm adult
Undead pygmy lindwyrm Undead pygmy lindwyrm hatchling Undead pygmy lindwyrm mature hatchling Undead pygmy lindwyrm adult
Undead pygmy amphiptere Undead pygmy amphiptere hatchling Undead pygmy amphiptere mature hatchling Undead pygmy amphiptere adult
Drake
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Undead drake Undead drake hatchling Undead drake mature hatchling Undead drake adult
Two-headed dragons
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Undead two-headed Western Undead two-headed western hatchling Undead two-headed western mature hatchling Undead two-headed western adult
Undead two-headed wingless Undead two-headed wingless hatchling Undead two-headed wingless mature hatchling Undead two-headed wingless adult
Undead two-headed Eastern Undead two-headed eastern hatchling Undead two-headed eastern mature hatchling Undead two-headed eastern adult
Undead two-headed wyvern Undead two-headed wyvern hatchling Undead two-headed wyvern mature hatchling Undead two-headed wyvern adult
Undead two-headed leviathan Undead two-headed leviathan hatchling Undead two-headed leviathan mature hatchling Undead two-headed leviathan adult
Undead two-headed wyrm Undead two-headed wyrm hatchling Undead two-headed wyrm mature hatchling Undead two-headed wyrm adult
Undead two-headed lindwyrm Undead two-headed lindwyrm hatchling Undead two-headed lindwyrm mature hatchling Undead two-headed lindwyrm adult
Undead two-headed amphiptere Undead two-headed amphiptere hatchling Undead two-headed amphiptere mature hatchling Undead two-headed amphiptere adult

Retired sprites[]

Temporary event sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Holiday 2011 Undead hatchling Holiday 2011 Undead mature hatchling Holiday 2011 Undead adult Holiday 2011
April Fools' Day 2022
Western
Undead western adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Wingless
Undead wingless adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Eastern
Undead eastern adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Wyvern
Undead wyvern adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
leviathan
Undead leviathan adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Wyrm
Undead wyrm adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Lindwyrm
Undead lindwyrm adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Amphiptere
Undead amphiptere adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Pygmy western
Undead pygmy western adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Pygmy eastern
Undead pygmy eastern adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Pygmy wyvern
Undead pygmy wyvern adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Pygmy wyrm
Undead pygmy wyrm adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Pygmy lindwyrm
Undead pygmy lindwyrm AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Drake
Undead drake adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Two-headed western
Undead two-headed western adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Two-headed eastern
Undead two-headed eastern adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Two-headed leviathan
Undead two-headed leviathan adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Two-headed wyrm
Undead two-headed wyrm adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Two-headed lindwyrm
Undead two-headed lindwyrm adult AF 2022
April Fools' Day 2022
Two-headed amphiptere
Undead two-headed amphiptere adult AF 2022
Retired sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Original sprites Undead hatchling original Undead adult original
Retired series Undead hatchling retired Undead mature hatchling retired Undead adult retired

Encyclopedia entry[]

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Any resemblance to their past breed has long decayed away.
  • Move with what can best be described as a “shamble.”
  • The reanimation spell has halted any further decay.
  • Not as fragile as they appear.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Hatchling behavior resembles that of adults—lethargic.

Adult Behavior

  • Generally oblivious to the world outside their immediate vicinity.
  • Slow to react.
  • Avoid the sun and other luminescent objects.
  • Hatred of light is actually due to the inability to constrict their pupils. They literally cannot see in all but the dimmest environments.

Habitat

  • Only seen during the darkest parts of night.
  • Unable to find where they disappear to during the day.

Diet

  • Diet? They don’t seem to have one...

Trivia[]

  • The original adult sprite was the Necroman from Breath of Fire II.
  • "Zombie fodder" is the term used to refer to dragons users collect exclusively to let die or kill, in order to revive as an Undead dragon.
  • The Pygmy Wyrm sprite was originally incorrectly attributed to Odeen on the site, but has since been corrected.
  • Currently, the only option for making ungendered adult Undead Dragons is ungendered Neglected Dragons.

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