Animate Living Skeleton

School necromancy [evil]; Level cleric/oracle 5, sorcerer/wizard 5


Casting Time 1 standard action
Components V, S, M (an onyx gem worth at least 25 gp per HD of the target)


Range close (25 f. + 5 ft./2 levels)
Target one living creature
Duration 1 round/level (D)
Saving Throw Fortitude partial (see text); Spell Resistance yes


The target’s bones take on a life of their own and move within the target’s flesh. The target must make a Fortitude save each round this spell is in effect as the target’s skeleton animates from within. Each failure means the target takes 1d6 hp of negative energy damage and 1 point of Constitution damage, and it becomes staggered and sickened for 1 round. If the target makes its save, it takes no hp or Constitution damage but is still sickened for 1 round.

If the target creature dies during the duration of this spell, its remaining flesh immediately falls away and its type changes to undead as it becomes an animated skeleton (wearing and wielding all of the target’s equipment). Starting on your next turn and lasting until the spell ends, the skeleton is under your direct control. When the spell duration expires, the controlled skeleton collapses into a heap of bones.

Protection from evil negates this spell’s effects for as long as the two durations overlap. Dispel evil automatically ends the spell.

This spell has no effect on creatures without internal skeletons.


This spell deals 2d6 hp negative energy damage and 2 points of Constitution damage upon each failed saving throw, as well as the target becoming staggered. a successful saving throw results in 1d6 hp negative energy damage, no Constitution damage, and the target is sickened for 1 round.

If the target dies during the duration of a mythic animate living skeleton it becomes an animated skeleton under control of the caster as per the animate dead spell.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

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