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Animate Dead creates 1-2 undead to aid the caster. The chance of summoning 2 undead is 5% per caster level. From the 15th level it is possible to summon a Skeleton Warrior (albeit only one). This spell cannot be dispelled.

Classic Baldur's Gate noteEdit

In Baldur's Gate, the amount of summoned skeletons depends on the experience level of the caster, a lvl 7 priest could summon 7 undead creatures, as the five creatures summoning limit doesn't exist. As a result, a party with 2 priests or mages who can cast this spell, could summon between 14-18 undead creatures at the top of the experience limit. Since the undead creatures are also immune to the effects of Stinking Cloud and Cloudkill, but they do become aggressive from Cloudkill to the party, but they are still controllable. Altough they don't have the potential to deal a lot of damage, they can be used to encircle tough enemies and let the party attack them with spells and other ranged weapons.

The caster could control the undead until they were slain or until turned by Turn Undead. The spell was consequently made less powerful in Shadows of Amn and the enhanced edition.

In-Game DescriptionEdit

Note: Spell descriptions shown in-game often vary significantly from their actual in-game implementations.

Animate Dead

This spell causes a skeleton warrior to rise and serve the caster under any conditions. The type of skeleton warrior that appears depends upon the level of the wizard casting the spell.

1st - 6th: a 3 HD skeleton warrior wielding a long sword.
7th - 10th: a 5 HD skeleton warrior wielding a long sword +1.
11th - 14th: a 7 HD skeleton warrior wielding a bastard sword +1.
15th and up: a 9 HD skeleton warrior wielding a two-handed sword +1.

The skeleton warrior can follow the caster, remain in an area and attack any creature entering the place, etc. It remains animated until it is destroyed in combat, 8 hours pass, or it is turned. This spell cannot be dispelled.

Level: 5
Range: 30 ft.
Duration: 8 hours
Casting Time: 9
Area of Effect: Special
Saving Throw: None

Where to Obtain its ScrollEdit

Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnEdit

Baldur's Gate II: Throne of BhaalEdit

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