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Animate Dead
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Spell Information
Spell level : Innate level: 3, Cleric: 3, Sorcerer/Wizard: 4, Other: Cleric with Undeath domain 2
School : Necromancy
Descriptor(s) : Evil
Components : Verbal and Somatic
Range : Short
Target/Area : Point
Duration : 1 Hour * cLevel
20 Rounds (cLevel)
Save : None
Spell resistance : No

Description[]

The caster creates an undead minion, either a skeleton or a zombie. The type of undead which appears is random and beyond the caster's control.

Summoned Creature Stats[]

Skeleton Warrior[]

Class levels: Undead 5
Str: 16, Dex: 16, Con: 10, Int: 10, Wis: 10, Cha: 1.
AC: 19.
HP: 60
Feats: Darkvision
Skills: None
Attacks: +5. Scythe
Special properties: Immunity: Disease, Immunity: Critical Hits, Immunity: Death Magic, Immunity: Level/Ability Drain, Immunity: Mind-Affecting Spells, Immunity: Paralysis, Immunity: Poison, Immunity: Sneak Attack, Damage Immunity: Cold [100% Immunity Bonus]. Damage Reduction: 5/- Bludgeoning.

Zombie Warrior[]

Class levels: Undead 5
Str: 18, Dex: 11, Con: 10, Int: 10, Wis: 10, Cha: 1.
AC: 20.
HP: 65
Feats: Darkvision
Skills: Hide: 3, Listen: 12, Search: 10, Spot: 12.
Attacks: +6. Battleaxe
Special properties: Immunity: Disease, Immunity: Critical Hits, Immunity: Death Magic, Immunity: Level/Ability Drain, Immunity: Mind-Affecting Spells, Immunity: Paralysis, Immunity: Poison, Immunity: Sneak Attack, Damage Reduction: 5/- Slashing.
Extra: Super slow movement.

Bug Notes[]

General:

These summoned monsters are not very useful. At each of the levels, the summon is not really better then a level 1 fighter. Even the Skeleton Warrior (summoned at level 10) has poor equipment, low hit points and statistics. It has a total of +2 to hit, which is unlikely to hit many creatures at level 10.

The creatures are also bugged. Note the odd statistics above, and the feats are listed as "Inspire Jarring, , , Favored Enemy: Elementals" in the toolset.

Line 47: This spell doesn't use the NWN2 ApplyMetamagicDurationMods() and ApplyMetamagicDurationTypeMods() functions.

Gameplay Notes[]

These notes are based on the summons being useful

This spell is mainly useful for those who have Conjuration spells as a prohibited school when using a Wizard. Having this spell also means the creature you summon has a vast array of resistances (mind spells, and death effects being two of the main ones), although usually lower statistics.

This spell is seemingly very underpowered compared to comparable-level conjuration spells. You have to take into account the longer duration however, although if the creature doesn't last more then a few rounds in combat regardless, it is a moot point! While this spell does level with the caster, the creatures at later levels are still barely as powerful as the same Summon Creature spell.

Like the summon creature spells, it is subject to Banishment, even though in D&D this isn't a summoning-based spell - instead it raised up real corpses. You are also limited to a single summoned monster from any one source, be it a Summon Creature I spell or Animate Dead.

The undead, of course, are subject to normal turning rules.

Images[]

Animate dead spell in the casting phase.

Animate dead spell in the impact phase.


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