Animate Construct

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


Casting Time 1 round
Components V, S, F (an oil can and a set of bellows)


Range close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Effect one animated object or construct
Duration 1 round/level (D) or special; see text
Saving Throw none; Spell Resistance no


This spell animates an object or a carefully prepared construct. The object acts immediately, on your turn, and may attack your opponents to the best of its ability. You can direct it not to attack, to attack particular enemies, or to perform other actions as a move action. You choose the object to animate, and you can change that choice each time you cast the spell.

If you wish, you may animate a prepared construct rather than a mass of metal or stone. This requires preparing a carefully crafted form. The cost of this form is half the usual gp cost of building such a construct, for it is not animated permanently. In this case, the duration is 1 hr./level outside of combat and 1 round/level during combat, and the spell animates one of the creatures from the animated constructs list (see below).

With this spell, a caster may animate no more than twice his level in Hit Dice of constructs; animating more simply means that a previously animated construct becomes immobile and lifeless. a construct destroyed in combat cannot be reanimated until a repair metal spell is cast on it, or (in the case of stone or wood) until it has been rebuilt at the same cost as the original construction.

In the below table, for entries with a (2) after them, two creatures of that type are animated by the spell. The table contains superscripts as follows:

Animate Construct II through IX

These spells are identical to animate construct I but are of 2nd through 9th level and animate constructs as shown in the animated constructs list.

Animated Constructs Level/Construct Source

1st Level

Animated object, Tiny Clockworks overseer Clockworks scout Clockwork spy

2nd Level

Animated object, Clockwork servant Clockworks warrior Homunculus

3rd Level

Animated object, Medium Caryatid column

Golem, junk Necrophidius, rattler

4th Level

Animated object, Large Clockwork choker Clockwork soldier Clockwork steed Graven guardian

Terra-cotta soldier

5th Level

Animated object, Huge Golem, bone

Golem, wood Tupilaq

6th Level

Animated object, Gargantuan (2) Clockwork mage

Tophet Taotieh

7th Level

Animated object, Colossal (2) Clockwork leviathan Juggernaut

8th Level

Clockwork dragon, Golem, brass Golem, cannon

9th Level

Clockwork goliath Golem, greater stone (2)

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