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Animate Undead

School necromancy; Level cleric/oracle 1, sorcerer/wizard 1

CASTING

Casting Time 1 round
Components V, S, M/DF (fistful of graveyard soil or a tombstone fragment)

EFFECT

Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect one or more animated undead
Targets corpses, no two of which can be more than 30 feet apart [see below]
Duration 1 round/level (D)
Saving Throw Will negates (object); Spell Resistance no

DESCRIPTION

Table: Undead Animation
Undead Remains Required Alignment
Animate Undead I
Ghoul Humanoid corpse CE
1d4 skeletons (1 HD) Appropriate corpse or skeleton NE
Skeleton (2-3 HD) Appropriate corpse or skeleton NE
1d3 zombies (2 HD) Appropriate corpse NE
Zombie (4 HD) Appropriate corpse NE
Animate Undead II
Skeleton (4-5 HD) Appropriate corpse or skeleton NE
Zombie (6 HD) Appropriate corpse NE
Animate Undead III
Ghast Humanoid corpse CE
Shadow Humanoid soul CE
Skeleton (6-7 HD) Appropriate corpse or skeleton NE
Wight Humanoid corpse LE
Zombie (8-10 HD) Appropriate corpse NE
Animate Undead IV
Skeleton (8-9 HD) Appropriate corpse or skeleton NE
Zombie (12-14 HD) Appropriate corpse NE
Animate Undead V
Skeleton (10-11 HD) Appropriate corpse or skeleton NE
Wraith Humanoid soul LE
Zombie (15-16 HD) Appropriate corpse NE
Animate Undead VI
Skeleton (12-14 HD) Appropriate corpse or skeleton NE
Zombie (18-10 HD) Appropriate corpse NE
Animate Undead VII
Skeleton (15-17 HD) Appropriate corpse or skeleton NE
Spectre Humanoid soul LE
Animate Undead VIII
Mohrg Humanoid corpse CE
Greater shadow Humanoid soul CE
Skeleton (18-20 HD) Appropriate corpse or skeleton NE
Animate Undead IX
Devourer humanoid corpse NE
Dread wraith Humanoid or giant soul ??

This spell temporarily infuses the remains of a once-living creature with negative energy, animating it in a mockery of its former life. The resulting undead creature acts immediately, on your turn. It attacks your opponents to the best of its ability. If you can communicate with the creature, you can direct it not to attack, to attack particular enemies, or to perform other actions within the limits of the creature to obey or understand.

The spell animates one of the creatures from the 1st-level list on the table. You choose which kind of undead to animate, and you can change that choice each time you cast the spell.

To animate a particular type of undead, the correct remains must be available for each creature created. Remains must be mostly intact. a soul is present in any corporeal remains for which the creature has not been resurrected or previously animated as an undead. a soul can also be obtained from trap the soul, magic jar, or similar magic.

Unlike most spells, line of effect is not required to animate the remains, as long as their location is known. This allows a body to be animated in its grave. An animated undead cannot summon or otherwise conjure another creature, create spawn, or use any teleportation or planar travel abilities.

When you use an animation spell to create an air, chaotic, earth, evil, fire, good, lawful, or water subtype creature, it is a spell of that type. Within the area of a desecrate spell, the duration of animate dead is doubled.

Animate Dead II

School necromancy; Level cleric/oracle 2, sorcerer/wizard 3

This spell functions like animate undead, except that you can animate one creature from the 2nd-level list or 1d3 of the same option from the 1st-level list.

Animate Dead III

School necromancy; Level cleric/oracle 3, sorcerer/wizard 4

This spell functions like animate undead except that you can animate one creature from the 3rd-level list or 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 2nd-level list, or 1d4+1 of the same option from the 1st level list.

Animate Dead IV

School necromancy; Level cleric/oracle 4, sorcerer/wizard 5

This spell functions like animate undead, except that you can animate one creature from the 4th-level list or 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 3rd-level list, or 1d4+1 of the same option a lower level list.

Animate Dead V

School necromancy; Level cleric/oracle 5, sorcerer/wizard 6

This spell functions like animate undead except that you can animate one creature from the 5th-level list or 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 3rd-level list, or 1d4+1 of the same option from a lower level list.

Animate Dead VI

School necromancy; Level cleric/oracle 6, sorcerer/wizard 7

This spell functions like animate undead except that you can animate one creature from the 6th-level list or 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 5th-level list, or 1d4+1 of the same option from a lower level list.

Animate Dead VII

School necromancy; Level cleric/oracle 7, sorcerer/wizard 8

This spell functions like animate undead except that you can animate one creature from the 7th-level list or 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 6th-level list, or 1d4+1 of the same option from a lower level list.

Animate Dead VIII

School necromancy; Level cleric/oracle 8, sorcerer/wizard 9

This spell functions like animate undead except that you can animate one creature from the 8th-level list or 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 7th-level list, or 1d4+1 of the same option from a lower level list.

Animate Dead IX

School necromancy; Level cleric/oracle 9

This spell functions like animate undead except that you can animate one creature from the 9th-level list or 1d3 creatures of the same kind from the 8th-level list, or 1d4+1 of the same option from a lower level list.

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