Mana Cost: (19 to 36)
Cast Time: 0.60 secRequires Level 28Animates a melee weapon or armour, attaching it to an invisible Guardian that fights by your side. Animating multiple items attaches them to the same Guardian. You cannot animate unidentified weapons.Per 1% Quality:
Minions have 2% increased Movement SpeedCan use Items requiring up to level (33-100)
Minions' Attacks deal (22-56) to (34-84) additional Physical Damage
(0-76)% increased maximum Life
Minions deal (0-76)% increased Physical Damage with Melee AttacksPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.Acquisition
Level: 28Purchase Costs
|Normal||1x Orb of Chance|
1x Scroll Fragment
Animate Guardian is a spell, animating weapons and armour on the ground to form an allied guardian.
Skill functions and interactions
Using this skill on an identified item on the ground creates an Animated Guardian that moves and attacks similar to a zombie. Similar to Spectres and unlike other minions, a Guardian stays with you even after logging off and on. If you unequip the skill gem, the Guardian disappears until you equip the gem again, at which point the same Guardian (retaining all its equipment) reappears after casting the spell again. Socketing the gem in a weapon or shield slot allows you to recall the Guardian at will by switching weapon sets (default hotkey: X).
You can only have one Guardian at a time. It can be equipped with a helmet, body armour, pair of gloves, pair of boots, a shield, and melee weapons. Ranged weapons cannot be animated, similar to Animate WeaponAnimate WeaponDuration, Minion, Spell
Mana Cost: (9 to 36)
Cast Time: 0.80 secRequires Level 4Animates a melee weapon to fight by your side. You cannot animate unidentified weapons.Per 1% Quality:
Minions have 2% increased Movement SpeedCan use Items requiring up to level (9-100)
Base duration is 37.5 seconds
Minions' Attacks deal (4-38) to (6-56) additional Physical Damage
Can summon up to 50 Animated Weapons at a time
Deals (100-252)% of Damage
Minions have (0-38)% increased Attack SpeedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.. Items can be of any rarity, but must be identified and on the ground to be used. Animated items are consumed by the spell and cannot be recovered. Items containing skill gems cannot be animated, so the Guardian cannot use trigger gems.
Items that have modifiers like +x to Maximum life or +x% increased Attack Speed, and even corrupted implicits, apply to the Guardian the same way they apply to player characters; so animating magic or rare equipment can potentially give you a very powerful minion. Unique items can also be used, but they are usually too valuable to sacrifice.
The Guardian uses weapons and shields in the same way as player characters, and can dual wield if two one-handed weapons are animated. If you animate an item type that the Guardian is already using (such as a helmet), the new item will overwrite the old one. Equipping an armour piece restores 25% of its life; equipping one-handed weapons or shields will alternate between left and right hand. You cannot equip two shields.
The Guardian does not share your max amount of curses you can apply to enemies, and therefore functions as a player with the default curse limit when applying curses (through corrupted gloves, for example).
Guardians have 25% elemental resists and 0% chaos resist across all difficulties.
Items deleted on Death: When a Guardian dies, all its equipment is deleted and cannot be recovered. This makes very risky to use powerful or valuable items on an Animated Guardian. When the player dies, the Guardian will remain alive and will continue to fight, so it is advised to immediately resurrect (if in softcore) in order to pull the Guardian from the instance. It is possible to prevent a body armour worn by a Guardian from being deleted upon Guardian death by crafting Equipped Animated Guardian drops item on death on the Armourer's Workbench.
Necromantic Aegis: While using Necromantic Aegis your Guardian benefits from its own shield as well as the one you have equipped, allowing it to gain the benefit of two shields at once. Some unique shields can be quite powerful when doubled up this way.
Player versus Player: Animated Guardians killed in PvP areas will not lose their items.
Gem level progression
|1||28||42||29||19||33||N/A||N/A||22 to 34||0||0|
|2||31||46||32||20||36||4%||4%||25 to 37||199,345||199,345|
|3||34||50||35||21||39||8%||8%||27 to 41||285,815||485,160|
|4||37||54||37||23||43||12%||12%||30 to 44||401,344||886,504|
|5||40||58||40||24||46||16%||16%||32 to 48||554,379||1,440,883|
|6||42||60||42||25||48||20%||20%||34 to 50||477,437||1,918,320|
|7||44||63||44||25||51||24%||24%||35 to 53||583,786||2,502,106|
|8||46||66||46||26||53||28%||28%||37 to 55||710,359||3,212,465|
|9||48||68||48||27||56||32%||32%||38 to 58||1,355,511||4,567,976|
|10||50||71||49||28||58||36%||36%||40 to 60||1,138,877||5,706,853|
|11||52||74||51||29||61||40%||40%||42 to 62||1,368,233||7,075,086|
|12||54||76||53||30||63||44%||44%||43 to 65||1,638,338||8,713,424|
|13||56||79||55||31||66||48%||48%||45 to 67||1,956,648||10,670,072|
|14||58||82||57||31||68||52%||52%||46 to 70||3,655,184||14,325,256|
|15||60||84||59||32||71||56%||56%||48 to 72||3,017,327||17,342,583|
|16||62||87||60||33||73||60%||60%||50 to 74||7,759,995||25,102,578|
|17||64||90||62||34||76||64%||64%||51 to 77||15,138,193||40,240,771|
|18||66||92||64||35||79||68%||68%||53 to 79||26,083,825||66,324,596|
|19||68||95||66||36||82||72%||72%||54 to 82||62,620,247||128,944,843|
|20||70||98||68||36||100||76%||76%||56 to 84||211,708,088||340,652,931|
|21||72||100||70||37||100||80%||80%||58 to 86||N/A||N/A|
|22||74||N/A||N/A||38||100||84%||84%||59 to 89||N/A||N/A|
|23||76||N/A||N/A||39||100||88%||88%||61 to 91||N/A||N/A|
|24||78||N/A||N/A||40||100||92%||92%||62 to 94||N/A||N/A|
|25||80||N/A||N/A||41||100||96%||96%||64 to 96||N/A||N/A|
|26||82||N/A||N/A||41||100||100%||100%||66 to 98||N/A||N/A|
|27||84||N/A||N/A||42||100||104%||104%||67 to 101||N/A||N/A|
|28||86||N/A||N/A||43||100||108%||108%||69 to 103||N/A||N/A|
|29||88||N/A||N/A||44||100||112%||112%||70 to 106||N/A||N/A|
|30||90||N/A||N/A||45||100||116%||116%||72 to 108||N/A||N/A|
This skill is not given as quest reward.
Vendor rewardThis skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
|A Fixture of Fate|
|Sever the Right Hand|
|Fallen from Grace|
- Normal: 40% Fire
- Cruel: 40% Fire
- Merciless: 40% Fire
Related helmet enchantments
The following helmet enchantments affect Animate Guardian:
|EnchantmentAnimateGuardianDamage1_||66||Animated Guardians deal 25% increased Damage|
|EnchantmentAnimateGuardianDamage2||75||Animated Guardians deal 40% increased Damage|
|EnchantmentAnimateGuardianElementalResistances1||66||+24% to Animated Guardian Elemental Resistances|
|EnchantmentAnimateGuardianElementalResistances2__||75||+36% to Animated Guardian Elemental Resistances|
- Mark_GGG (June 16, 2014). "Animate Guardian". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved October 22, 2014.