Summon Demon

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Opens a gate to the realm of Pandemonium and draws forth one of its inhabitants to serve the caster for a time.

“'Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world.”

-William Shakespeare, _The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark_, III, 2."

Summon Demon is a monster-only Summonings spell which summons a single common demon (tier-3 or -4) to do the caster's bidding. Such demons are manageable individually, but the variety of possible summons can cause issues if you leave the summoner to their own devices. Certain demons may also be more problematic than others (chaos-branded attacks from chaos spawn, Malmutate from neqoxecs, heavy cold damage from ice devils, etc).

As with any summoning spell, the best way to get rid of the summons is by killing the summoner (though Yara's Violent Unravelling will do in a pinch).

The following enemies cast Summon Demon:

The following enemies may be able to cast Summon Demon, depending on their spell set:


Summon demon.png Summon Demon
Level 5
School1 Summoning
Casting noise 4
Spell noise 0
Power Cap 200
Summons Limit 3
Range Self
Flags Unholy, Selfench, Mons Abjure
  • Prior to 0.27, Summon Demon was castable by players. Demons summoned by this spell had a chance to spawn hostile.
  • Prior to 0.14 spell power didn't affect the chance to summon a stronger demon.