Summon Undead

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Summons multiple undead monsters, creating various ghosts, vampires, wraiths and other lesser undead.

Summon Undead is a monsters-only spell which summons several undead monsters around the caster. Although most of the summoned undead are weak and easily defeated, high-HD casters can summon multiple undead with each casting, and the player may be swarmed. Also, be careful around any summoned flayed ghosts, as they can be harmful to even endgame characters.

Summon Undead can create these monsters, with equal probability[1]:

It can also create derived undead (each with the same probability as an individual monster above):

  • Zombie: Slow but durable
  • Skeleton: Can be used as a target for Lee's Rapid Deconstruction
  • Simulacrum: Weak to fire, but can deal heavy cold damage; can be used as a target for Lee's Rapid Deconstruction
  • Spectral thing: Flies, has draining attacks

The following enemies cast Summon Undead:

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


Many of the monsters summoned by this spell were changed dramatically in 0.13.