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Simulacrum.png Simulacrum
Level 6
School1 Ice
School2 Necromancy
Casting noise 6
Spell noise 0

For the monster, see Simulacrum (monster)

This spell uses a piece of flesh in hand to create a replica of the original being out of ice. This magic is unstable so eventually the replica will sublimate into a freezing cloud, if it isn't hacked or melted into a small puddle of water first. Note that simulacra are incapable of leaving the level they were created on.

Simulacrum is a powerful Necromancy/Ice Magic spell which converts wielded chunks, sausages, beef jerkys, or meat rations into undead beings made of ice. These creatures will do additional ice damage on top of the normal damage for their kind, so the damage output of creatures with multiple attacks is greatly increased. When killed, simulacra leave behind only a short-lived freezing cloud.

Tips & Tricks

  • Followers of Kikubaaqudgha, having a reliable source of corpses, can use this spell to great effect. Eight titan simulacra can bring down even the Hell lords, and combining it with liberal use of Sublimation of Blood lets you create an endless hordes of snowmen while you stand safely behind them. Haste them for double the fun!
  • Using a food item will create a simulacrum of a fairly boring animal. You'll probably get more mileage out of simply eating the thing.
  • Corpses of Shapeshifters and Glowing shapeshifters are unaffected by Animate Dead, but it's possible to create simulacra with them.

Monster Version

  • Monsters with access to Simulacrum can use a turn to 'apport' a corpse in sight, pick it up and butcher it. (This may leave a hide on the corpses previous location if applicable.) In subsequent turns the monster can now cast the spell creating several simulacra. (The exact aut needed is unknown, but much faster than the player version.)

See Also


Prior to 0.11, Simulacrum could not be cast on wielded food items.