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The Necromancy school of magic focuses on calling upon the unsavory power of death itself. It also influences how much bonus damage you can inflict with a pain branded weapon. Characters under the influence of the Necromutation spell (itself of the Necromancy school) receive a bonus to the power of Necromancy spells, as do mummies upon reaching levels 13 and 26.

The most obvious use for Necromancy is the creation of derived undead allies, though there are also several offensive and defensive spell options. It contains a very diverse spell set, and is widely considered one of the most useful schools of magic to study.

Using Necromancy has more consequences than other magical schools, however, as certain Necromancy spells have risks or side effects for the caster beyond the usual chance of miscasts. Necromancy is also considered unholy, and the good-aligned gods punish its use severely, as does Fedhas Madash when it is used on corpses.


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The average aptitude of all species, excluding coloured draconian, is -0.148.


Icon Name Schools Level Power
Range Noise Flags Books

Level 1

Animate skeleton.png Animate Skeleton Necromancy 1 N/A 1 Corpse violating, Utility Book of Cantrips
Book of Necromancy
Pain.png Pain Necromancy 1 25 5 2 Dir or target, MR check, Needs tracer Book of Necromancy

Level 2

Corpse rot.png Corpse Rot Necromancy 2 N/A 2 Area, Neutral, Unclean Book of Death
Fen Folio
Sublimation of blood.png Sublimation of Blood Necromancy 2 200 2 Utility Book of Alchemy
Book of Death

Level 3

Regeneration.png Regeneration Charms/Necromancy 3 200 3 Selfench, Utility Book of Battle
Book of Necromancy
Vampiric draining.png Vampiric Draining Necromancy 3 200 1 3 Dir or target, Emergency, Not self, Selfench Book of Necromancy

Level 4

Animate dead.png Animate Dead Necromancy 4 N/A 3 Area, Corpse violating, Neutral, Utility Book of Necromancy
Book of Unlife

Level 5

Agony.png Agony Necromancy 5 50 LOS 4 Dir or target, MR check, Needs tracer, Not self Book of Death
Bolt of draining.png Bolt of Draining Conjuration/Necromancy 5 50 5 2 Dir or target, Needs tracer Book of Death
Borgnjor's vile clutch.png Borgnjor's Vile Clutch Earth/Necromancy 5 200 6 0 Target Book of Dreams
Book of Necromancy
Book of Unlife
Dispel undead.png Dispel Undead Necromancy 5 50 4 4 Dir or target, Needs tracer Book of Death
Excruciating wounds.png Excruciating Wounds Charms/Necromancy 5 200 15 Helpful Book of Death

Level 6

Death channel.png Death Channel Necromancy 6 200 5 Helpful, Utility Book of Unlife
Simulacrum.png Simulacrum Ice/Necromancy 6 200 5 Corpse violating Book of Ice
Book of Unlife

Level 7

Haunt.png Haunt Necromancy/Summoning 7 200 LOS 6 Mons abjure, Not self, Target Necronomicon

Level 8

Borgnjor's revivification.png Borgnjor's Revivification Necromancy 8 200 6 Utility Necronomicon
Death's door.png Death's Door Charms/Necromancy 8 200 6 Emergency, No ghost, Utility Necronomicon
Infestation.png Infestation Necromancy 8 200 LOS 8 Target, Unclean Necronomicon
Necromutation.png Necromutation Necromancy/Transmutation 8 200 6 Chaotic, Corpse violating, Helpful Necronomicon


Main Texts
Book of Necromancy: Pain, Animate Skeleton, Vampiric Draining, Regeneration, Animate Dead
Book of Death: Corpse Rot, Sublimation of Blood, Agony, Dispel Undead, Excruciating Wounds, Bolt of Draining
Book of Unlife: Animate Dead, Borgnjor's Vile Clutch, Death Channel, Simulacrum
Necronomicon: Haunt, Borgnjor's Revivification, Death's Door, Infestation, Necromutation
Other Texts
Book of Alchemy: Sublimation of Blood
Book of Battle: Regeneration
Book of Cantrips: Animate Skeleton
Book of Dreams: Borgnjor's Vile Clutch
Fen Folio: Corpse Rot
Book of Ice: Simulacrum

See Also

Melee Short BladesLong BladesAxesMaces & FlailsPolearmsStavesUnarmed Combat
Ranged BowsCrossbowsThrowingSlings
Physical FightingArmourDodgingStealthShields
Magical SpellcastingInvocationsEvocations
Spell Schools AirCharmsConjurationsEarthFireHexesIceNecromancyPoisonSummoningTranslocationsTransmutations