Summon Skeletons

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Summon SkeletonsSpell, Minion, Duration
Mana Cost: (9 to 30)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Drop Level: 10
Requires Level 10
Summons slow moving skeletal minions that decay over time. Does not require a corpse to be consumed.Per 1% Quality:
Minions deal 1% increased Damage
Summons 2 Skeleton Warriors
Can summon up to (4 to 6) Skeletons at a time
Base duration is 20.0 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Summon Skeletons inventory icon.pngSummon Skeletons skill icon.png

Summon Skeletons skill screenshot.jpg

Summon Skeletons is a spell that summons two allied skeleton minions.

Skill Functions and Interactions

Spell Totem - When Summon Skeletons is supported with Spell Totem inventory icon.pngSpell Totem
Spell TotemSupport, Totem, Duration
Icon: T
Mana Multiplier: 200%
Drop Level: 8
Requires Level 8
Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Totem Placement speed
Summons a Totem which uses this Skill
Totem lasts 8.0 seconds
(50 to 31)% less Damage
Spells Cast by Totem have 30% less Cast Speed
This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
Spell Totem inventory icon.png
, the totem will continue to cast Summon Skeletons even if the maximum number of skeletons has been reached. Older skeletons will then be replaced by newer skeletons, possibly moving them to another target.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
# SkeletonsExp.Total Exp.
110299400
213351149,5699,569
3174312428,18937,758
4215213459,14696,904
52560144111,192208,096
62969154193,800401,896
73377164320,280722,176
83683174359,0901,081,266
93990185498,5081,579,774
104296205682,0572,261,831
1145102215921,7773,183,608
12481092251,727,8794,911,487
13511152451,791,7696,703,256
14541212552,353,6799,056,935
15571272653,070,91212,127,847
16601342769,095,46621,223,313
176314028616,039,89037,263,203
186614629629,817,11767,080,320
196815130662,895,056129,975,376
2070155306212,051,599342,026,975
2172159316N/AN/A
2274N/A326N/AN/A
2376N/A336N/AN/A
2478N/A346N/AN/A
2580N/A346N/AN/A
2682N/A356N/AN/A
2784N/A366N/AN/A
2886N/A376N/AN/A
2988N/A386N/AN/A
3090N/A386N/AN/A

Skeleton limit

By default, the player can summon up to six skeletons at a given time (assuming the use of a level 20 gem). This limit can be increased with certain passive skills or items.

Passive skills

The following passive skills increase the player's skeleton limit:

Name Bonuses
Grave Intentions
  • Minions have +15% Chaos Resistance
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Gravepact
  • Minions deal 20% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Herd the Flock
  • Minions have +16% to all Elemental Resistances
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Lord of the Dead
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Puppet Master
  • Minions have 16% increased maximum Life
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons

Unique items

The following unique items affect the player's skeleton limit:

NameModifiers
Alberon's Warpath
Adds 1–80 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(180 to 220) to Armour
(9 to 12)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
+2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
(15 to 18)% increased Strength
Army of Bones
Minions deal (8 to 12)% increased Damage
+2 to maximum number of Skeletons
(10 to 20)% reduced Skeleton Duration
Midnight Bargain
(12 to 16)% increased Spell Damage+(10 to 20) to Intelligence
Minions have (10 to 20)% increased Movement Speed
Minions deal (10 to 30)% increased Damage
+1 to Maximum number of Zombies
+1 to Maximum number of Spectres
+2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Reserves 30% of Life
Cannot be used with Chaos Inoculation
Queen's Decree
18% increased Accuracy RatingMinions have (10 to 15)% increased maximum Life
Minions deal (10 to 15)% increased Damage
+1 to Maximum number of Zombies
+1 to Maximum number of Spectres
+2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
(150 to 200)% increased Skeleton Duration
25% increased Strength Requirement

Catarina

Catarina, Master of the Dead provides the following crafting mod for body armour: +2 to Maximum number of Skeletons.

Total

Players can have a maximum of (22 to 56)1 skeletons at once:

  • 6 from the skill gem
  • 6 from passive skills
  • 6 from unique equipment (wearing Alberon's WarpathAlberon's Warpath
    Soldier Boots
    Armour: (257 to 297)
    Energy Shield: 23
    Requires Level 49, 47 Str, 47 Int
    Adds 1–80 Chaos Damage to Attacks
    +(180 to 220) to Armour
    (9 to 12)% to Chaos Resistance
    20% increased Movement Speed
    +2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
    (15 to 18)% increased Strength
    Alberon walked among the accursed,
    and they welcomed him.
    and dual wielding Midnight BargainMidnight Bargain
    Engraved Wand
    Wand
    Physical Damage: 14–27
    Critical Strike Chance: 8%
    Attacks per Second: 1.50
    Requires Level 40, 131 Int
    (12 to 16)% increased Spell Damage+(10 to 20) to Intelligence
    Minions have (10 to 20)% increased Movement Speed
    Minions deal (10 to 30)% increased Damage
    +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
    +1 to Maximum number of Spectres
    +2 to Maximum number of Skeletons
    Reserves 30% of Life
    Cannot be used with Chaos Inoculation
    A chilling hush, a scraping sound
    Of things no more entombed in ground.
    A shambling horde is on its way
    To crush the very light of day.
    )
  • 2 from a body armour with Catarina's mod
  • 2 from the Army of BonesArmy of Bones
    Cobalt Jewel
    Minions deal (8 to 12)% increased Damage
    +2 to maximum number of Skeletons
    (10 to 20)% reduced Skeleton Duration
    "Death need not be a permanent ailment."
    - Kadavrus, Surgeon to the Umbra
    Place into an allocated jewel socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    unique jewel1

1 Note that Army of Bones is accompanied by a Reduced Skeleton Duration modifier. For example, a Witch taking all passive skills for the amount of skeletons will need 18 jewel sockets, in which she puts Army of Bones. This gives the theoretically maximum 56 skeletons but would also require the allocation of duration nodes and gems. In a perfect build setup for it one would possess perfectly rolled Army of Bones jewels with 10% duration reductions, resulting in -180% duration, which could be negated by Queens Decree (150-200% skeleton duration. It would cost the player two skeletons from dual wielding Midnight Bargain) or simply minimized by taking duration nodes (90%) and gem (up to 64% at gem 20 no quality etc) if the player doesn't wish to limit his weapon. However, without increased duration nodes and gem, the duration of skeletons would be 0 seconds.

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Caged Brute
Act 1
Normal
no
no
yes
no
no
no
no

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Caged Brute
Act 1
Nessa

Cost:
Orb of TransmutationOrb of TransmutationStack Size: 40Upgrades a normal item to a magic itemRight click this item then left click a normal item to apply it.
Shift click to unstack.
no
yes
yes
no
no
no
yes

Threshold Jewel

The following threshold jewels augment the skill gem:

NameBase ItemLimitRadiusModifiers
Dead Reckoning
Cobalt JewelN/AMedium
Minions have +(7 to 10)% to all Elemental Resistances
With at least 50 Intelligence Allocated in Radius, can summon
up to 3 Skeleton Mages with Summon Skeletons

Alternate skill effects

Name Cost Description
Summon Statues Skin
Summon Statues Skin.png
Shop Item Coin.png95 Replaces the standard skeletons that are spawned by a Summon Skeletons inventory icon.pngSummon Skeletons
Summon SkeletonsSpell, Minion, Duration
Mana Cost: (9 to 30)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Drop Level: 10
Requires Level 10
Summons slow moving skeletal minions that decay over time. Does not require a corpse to be consumed.Per 1% Quality:
Minions deal 1% increased Damage
Summons 2 Skeleton Warriors
Can summon up to (4 to 6) Skeletons at a time
Base duration is 20.0 seconds
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Summon Skeletons inventory icon.pngSummon Skeletons skill icon.png
gem with magically animated statues.

Shop Item Video Icon.png Preview

Monster stats

Summoned Skeleton

Mods:

  • Monster has 33% more Attack Speed, 33% more Cast Speed and 33% less Damage (Hidden)

Resistances:

Level Life Attack
Speed
Damage
10 48 0.93 16–40
13 63 0.93 20–50
16 80 0.93 24–60
19 102 0.93 31–77
22 128 0.93 38–95
25 157 0.93 46–115
28 192 0.93 56–140
32 247 0.93 72–180
36 315 0.93 91–227
40 397 0.93 115–287
44 497 0.93 145–362
47 586 0.93 171–427
50 688 0.93 201–502
53 807 0.93 235–587
56 943 0.93 276–690
59 1100 0.93 323–807
62 1279 0.93 376–940
64 1413 0.93 417–1042
66 1560 0.93 463–1157
68 1722 0.93 512–1280
70 1897 0.93 565–1412
72 2090 0.93 624–1560
74 2301 0.93 690–1725
76 2531 0.93 761–1902
78 2783 0.93 841–2102
80 3058 0.93 927–2317
82 3358 0.93 1022–2555
84 3686 0.93 1126–2815
86 4045 0.93 1239–3097
88 4436 0.93 1364–3410

Version history

Version Changes
2.0.0
  • No longer deals less elemental damage but now has a new stat which reduces Minions Added Damage by 50%.
1.2.0
  • Summoned Skeletons deal 50% more base damage than they did previously.
1.0.6
  • The mana cost of the Summon Skeletons skill has been reduced at all levels.
  • Summoned skeletons now do around 40% more damage at all levels.
0.9.12
  • Life increased by 50%.
  • Skeletons are now summoned in pairs, regardless of the level of the gem.
  • The maximum number of raisable skeletons now starts at 4 and goes up to 6 at maximum level.
    An additional six can be obtained from the passive skill tree.
0.9.7c
  • Fixed the sound effects so that it isn't too loud when multiple skeletons are summoned.
0.9.7
  • Summon Skeletons has been added to the game.

References