Shadow Creatures

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Shadow creatures.png Shadow Creatures
Level 6
School1 Summoning
Casting noise 4
Spell noise 0
Creates replicas of creatures native to the caster's current location, weaving them from shadows and threads of Abyssal matter.
You can sustain at most four creatures summoned by this spell.

Shadow Creatures is a Summonings spell with context-sensitive results. Regardless of spell power, casting it will generate one monster or one group of monsters appropriate for the current level. The duration of the summoned creatures is inversely dependent on their hit dice, so weaker creatures will last longer. Monsters normally generated with equipment are given summoned versions of their weapons and armour which disappear with them. Despite the flavor text, any equipment of summoned monsters will dissipate into smoke on their death (or sooner for thrown missiles). This spell will not summon creatures opposed by your god.

Band members don't count towards the summoning cap of 4.

Monster version

The monster version of this spell summons 1d(1 + hit dice/5) monsters or groups.

The following monsters can cast Shadow Creatures:

Sample Results


  • Prior to 0.18, Shadow Creatures was level 5.
  • Prior to 0.12 this spell was considered unholy.
  • In 0.10, the duration of Shadow Creatures summons was reduced.