Monstrous Menagerie

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Monstrous menagerie.png Monstrous Menagerie
Level 7
School1 Summoning
Source(s) Book of Beasts
Casting noise 5
Spell noise 0
Power Cap 200
Flags Mons abjure
Summons a powerful exotic creature to the caster's aid: a manticore, a lindwurm, or, at high power, even a sphinx. Casting the spell at higher power also increases the strength of the beasts themselves.

Monstrous Menagerie is a level 7 Summoning spell which summons an exotic, ranged creature.

Useful Info

One beast is summoned. Possible summons include:

Higher spell power increases a chance to summon a sphinx, and boosts the strength of the creature.

  • Chance of a sphinx is equal to (1 - 61 / <power>) / 2.[1] Otherwise, there's an equal chance of a manticore or lindwurm.
  • Summoned monsters gain from 0 to 6 additional HD based on spell power. The summon gains (<power> - 50) / 25 HD, rounded in a weighted fashion.[2]

Duration of the summons is around 36 turns; it does not depend on the spell power.

There is a summon limit of 2; additional summons will cause the oldest to very quickly time out.


The most standard of the level 7 Summonings spells. All monsters from this spell can attack from range, a distinct advantage compared to the lower level summons. Having a summon cap of 2 is also nice.

Monster Version

The monster version functions like the player version, except no HD bonus is given to the summoned creatures.

The following enemies cast Monstrous Menagerie:


  • Prior to 0.28, Monstrous Menagerie had a summon cap of 4.
  • Prior to 0.27, Monstrous Menagerie could summon 1-3 harpies.
  • Prior to 0.22, for followers of Dithmenos, lindwurms were replaced by manticores.
  • Prior to 0.18, Monstrous Menagerie was a level 6 spell.
  • Prior to 0.17, this spell was found in the Book of Beasts and Book of Summonings, but not the Grand Grimoire.
  • Prior to 0.16, this spell had a summon cap of 5.
  • Monstrous Menagerie was added in 0.14.