Animate Dead

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NameAnimate Dead
SchoolNecromancy [Evil]
LevelAdp 3, Arc 3, Blg 4, Clr 3, Death 3, Sor/Wiz 4, Undeath 3, Wuj 4
ComponentsV, S, M
Casting Time1 standard action
Recharge TimeGeneral
RangeTouch
TargetsOne or more corpses touched
DurationInstantaneous
Saving ThrowNone
Spell ResistanceNo
GroupsUndead Management
VersionSRD
SourcesSystem Reference Document on page 198
Short Description

Creates undead skeletons and zombies.

Materials

A black onyx gem worth at least 25 gp per Hit Die of the undead into the mouth or eye socket of each corpse.

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This spell turns the bones or bodies of dead creatures into undead skeletons or zombies that follow your spoken commands.

The undead can follow you, or they can remain in an area and attack any creature (or just a specific kind of creature) entering the place. They remain animated until they are destroyed. (A destroyed skeleton or zombie can't be animated again.)

Regardless of the type of undead you create with this spell, you canít create more HD of undead than twice your caster level with a single casting of animate dead. (The desecrate spell doubles this limit)

The undead you create remain under your control indefinitely. No matter how many times you use this spell, however, you can control only 4 HD worth of undead creatures per caster level. If you exceed this number, all the newly created creatures fall under your control, and any excess undead from previous castings become uncontrolled. (You choose which creatures are released.) If you are a cleric, any undead you might command by virtue of your power to command or rebuke undead do not count toward the limit.

Skeletons: A skeleton can be created only from a mostly intact corpse or skeleton. The corpse must have bones. If a skeleton is made from a corpse, the flesh falls off the bones.

Zombies: A zombie can be created only from a mostly intact corpse. The corpse must be that of a creature with a true anatomy.

Source Copyright: System Reference Document Copyright 2000-2003, Wizards of the Coast, Inc.; Authors Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams, Rich Baker, Andy Collins, David Noonan, Rich Redman, Bruce R. Cordell, John D. Rateliff, Thomas Reid, James Wyatt, based on original material by E. Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson.

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