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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)

Creates an icy replica from the corpse of the original being. This magic is unstable so eventually the replica will sublimate into a freezing cloud. Simulacra are incapable of leaving the level they were created on.

Simulacrum is a powerful Necromancy/Ice Magic spell which converts a single corpse on the ground into undead beings made of ice. The number of simulacra created is a random number between 1 and (1+the maximum number of chunks) the corpse could have given if butchered. The kind of simulacrum created is based on the type of the corpse. 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!
  • Corpses of Shapeshifters and Glowing shapeshifters are unaffected by Animate Dead, but it's possible to create simulacra with them.
  • The Shining One frowns upon the use of this spell.

Monster Version

  • The monster version of Simulacrum functions somewhat differently. First, they spend a turn to "apport" a corpse in sight to their inventory and butcher it (This may leave a hide on the corpse's initial tile if it belonged to an applicable monster). In subsequent turns, the monster can now cast Simulacrum as normal, creating several simulacra from the produced chunks. The exact aut needed is unknown, but the process is much faster than if a player were attempting it.

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

See Also


Before 0.17 the spell would turn all corpses in line of sight into Simulacra.

Before 0.16 you needed to wield a chunk of meat to cast Simulacrum.

Between versions 0.11 and 0.14, Simulacrum could be cast on wielded carnivorous food items.