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Summon Skeleton

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Summon SkeletonSpell, Minion, Duration
Mana Cost: (4 to 12)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 10Summons a slow moving skeletal minion that dies after a duration. Does not require a corpse to be consumed.Per 1% Quality:
Minions deal 1% increased Damage
Base duration is 20 seconds
Can summon up to 5 Skeletons at a time
Summons 1 Skeleton Warrior
Minions gain 30% less Added Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Summon Skeleton skill icon.pngSummon Skeleton inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 10
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Transmutation
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Summon Skeleton skill screenshot.jpg

Summon Skeletons is a spell that summons one allied skeleton Minion per cast.

Skill Functions and Interactions

Spell Totem - When Summon Skeletons is supported with Spell Totem SupportSpell Totem SupportSupport, Totem, Duration
Icon: T
Mana Multiplier: 200%
Requires Level 8Supports spell skills that do not reserve mana. Instead of using that skill, you will summon a totem that uses the skill for you.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Totem Placement speed
Summons a Totem which uses the Supported Skill
Totem lasts 8 seconds
Supported Skills deal (35-26)% 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 to 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.
, 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. Beacon of Corruption will trigger on replaced minions but Minion Instability will not.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
# SkeletonsExp.Total Exp.
110294N/A00
213354N/A9,5699,569
317435N/A28,18937,758
421525N/A59,14696,904
525606N/A111,192208,096
629696N/A193,800401,896
733777N/A320,280722,176
836837N/A359,0901,081,266
939908N/A498,5081,579,774
1042968N/A682,0572,261,831
11451029N/A921,7773,183,608
12481099N/A1,727,8794,911,487
135111510N/A1,791,7696,703,256
145412110N/A2,353,6799,056,935
155712710N/A3,070,91212,127,847
166013411N/A9,095,46621,223,313
176314011N/A16,039,89037,263,203
186614611N/A29,817,11767,080,320
196815112N/A62,895,056129,975,376
207015512N/A212,051,599342,026,975
217215912N/AN/AN/A
2274N/A13N/AN/AN/A
2376N/A13N/AN/AN/A
2478N/A13N/AN/AN/A
2580N/A14N/AN/AN/A
2682N/A14N/AN/AN/A
2784N/A14N/AN/AN/A
2886N/A15N/AN/AN/A
2988N/A15N/AN/AN/A
3090N/A15N/AN/AN/A

Skeleton limit

By default, the player can summon up to five skeletons at a given time. 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
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
  • Minions have +15% to Chaos Resistance
Gravepact
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • Minions deal 20% increased Damage
  • +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
Lord of the Dead
  • Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
  • +1 to Maximum number of Zombies
  • Minions deal 15% increased Damage
  • +1 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:

ItemBase ItemStats
Queen's Decree
Queen's Decree
Ornate Sword
Two Hand Swords
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 31.251.6
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.40
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 27, 56 Str, 54 Dex+185 to Accuracy RatingMinions have (10-15)% increased maximum Life
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
Minions deal (10-15)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
25% increased Strength Requirement
The nobles wanted to take her throne.
She let the peasants take their wealth.
The peasants wanted to take her wealth.
She let the soldiers take their heads.
The soldiers wanted to take her head.
She sat on her throne and wept.
Ornate Sword+185 to Accuracy RatingMinions have (10-15)% increased maximum Life
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
Minions deal (10-15)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
25% increased Strength Requirement
Queen's Escape
Queen's Escape
Ornate Sword
Two Hand Swords
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 31.251.6
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.40
Weapon Range: 11
Requires Level 38, 56 Str, 54 Dex+185 to Accuracy RatingMinions have (10-15)% increased maximum Life
Minions have (80-100)% increased Movement Speed
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
Minions deal (10-15)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
25% increased Strength Requirement
The soldiers stormed her throne room.
The guards held them at bay.
The peasants overwhelmed the guards.
The nobles paid for their lives.
The nobles took her throne,
and so she fled to the woods.
Ornate Sword+185 to Accuracy RatingMinions have (10-15)% increased maximum Life
Minions have (80-100)% increased Movement Speed
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
Minions deal (10-15)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
25% increased Strength Requirement
Midnight Bargain
Midnight Bargain
Engraved Wand
Wands
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 20.438.4
Critical Strike Chance: 7.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.50
Weapon Range: 120
Requires Level 40, 131 Int(22-26)% increased Spell Damage+(10-20) to Intelligence
Minions have (10-20)% increased Movement Speed
Minions deal (10-30)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
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.
Engraved Wand(22-26)% increased Spell Damage+(10-20) to Intelligence
Minions have (10-20)% increased Movement Speed
Minions deal (10-30)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
Reserves 30% of Life
Cannot be used with Chaos Inoculation
Alberon's Warpath
Alberon's Warpath
Soldier Boots
Quality: +20%
Armour: (321 to 369)
Energy Shield: 20
Requires Level 49, 47 Str, 47 IntAdds 1 to 80 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(180-220) to Armour
+(9-12)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
(15-18)% increased Strength
Alberon walked among the accursed,
and they welcomed him.
Soldier BootsAdds 1 to 80 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(180-220) to Armour
+(9-12)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
(15-18)% increased Strength

Catarina

Catarina, Master of the Dead provides the following crafting mod for body armour: +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons.

Total

Players can have a maximum of 13 Skeletons at once:

  • 5 from the skill gem
  • 4 from passive skills
  • 3 from unique equipment (wearing Alberon's WarpathAlberon's Warpath
    Soldier Boots
    Quality: +20%
    Armour: (321 to 369)
    Energy Shield: 20
    Requires Level 49, 47 Str, 47 IntAdds 1 to 80 Chaos Damage to Attacks
    +(180-220) to Armour
    +(9-12)% to Chaos Resistance
    20% increased Movement Speed
    +1 to maximum number of Skeletons
    (15-18)% increased Strength
    Alberon walked among the accursed,
    and they welcomed him.
    and dual wielding Midnight BargainMidnight Bargain
    Engraved Wand
    Wands
    Quality: +20%
    Physical Damage: 20.438.4
    Critical Strike Chance: 7.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.50
    Weapon Range: 120
    Requires Level 40, 131 Int(22-26)% increased Spell Damage+(10-20) to Intelligence
    Minions have (10-20)% increased Movement Speed
    Minions deal (10-30)% increased Damage
    +1 to maximum number of Zombies
    +1 to maximum number of Skeletons
    +1 to maximum number of Spectres
    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.
    )
  • 1 from a body armour with Catarina's mod

Note, that To Dust (previously Army of Bones) no longer grants +2 to Maximum number of Skeletons.

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Caged Brute
Act 1
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
no
yes
yes
no
no
no
yes
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
yes
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth
yes

Threshold Jewel

The following threshold jewels augment the skill gem:

ItemBase ItemStats
Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 3
Radius: Medium (1200)
Minions have +(7-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Summon Skeleton can summon up to 5 Skeleton Mages
A mage from the coast rode up on a broken nag, legs burnt to his bones.
Before he collapsed, he uttered:
"I watched the world we know end yesterday."
Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
Cobalt JewelMinions have +(7-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Summon Skeleton can summon up to 5 Skeleton Mages


Alternate skill effects

Name Cost Description
Summon Statues Skin
Summon Statues SkinSummon Skeletons Skin
Stack Size: 20
Your Summoned Skeletons become animated statuesRight click this item then left click a Summon Skeletons Skill Gem to apply it.
Shop Item Coin.png95 Replaces the standard skeletons that are spawned by a Summon SkeletonSummon SkeletonSpell, Minion, Duration
Mana Cost: (4 to 12)
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 10Summons a slow moving skeletal minion that dies after a duration. Does not require a corpse to be consumed.Per 1% Quality:
Minions deal 1% increased Damage
Base duration is 20 seconds
Can summon up to 5 Skeletons at a time
Summons 1 Skeleton Warrior
Minions gain 30% less Added Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Summon Skeleton skill icon.png
gem with magically animated statues.

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Monster stats

Summoned Skeleton

Mods:

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
3.0.0
  • Summon Skeletons has been renamed Summon Skeleton, and has been reworked. Many of the passives and items that interact with it have been rebalanced. Summon Skeleton now has a base cast time of 0.5 seconds, and the cost has been reduced by approximately 60% at all levels. It now summons a single skeleton per cast and has a base limit of 5 summoned skeletons.
  • The Summoned Skeleton Warrior minion's attack time has been reduced to 0.8 seconds, and its base damage has been increased by approximately 66%. Summoned Skeleton Mage minion's cast time has been reduced to 1.2 seconds.
  • Summoned Skeleton Mages now deal 50% more damage at gem level 20, and significantly more damage at earlier gem levels. Their behaviour has been tweaked and they will no longer flee.
  • Labyrinth helmet enchantments for Summon Skeleton now grant a 20/40% chance to summon an additional Skeleton minion. This applies to existing Labyrinth enchantments.
  • Catarina's crafted mod now grants +1 maximum skeleton, down from +2 maximum skeletons.
  • Army of Bones: Renamed to To Dust. No longer grants +2 to Maximum number of Skeletons. In addition to reducing skeleton duration and increasing minion damage, it now grants 3-5% increased Skeleton Movement Speed, 7-10% increased Skeleton Attack Speed, and 7-10% increased Skeleton Cast speed.
  • Dead Reckoning now grants the ability to summon an additional 5 Skeleton Mages, up from 3, and is now limited to 3.
  • Queen's Decree: now grants +1 to maximum number of Skeletons, down from +2.
  • Alberon's Warpath: now grants +1 to maximum number of Skeletons, down from +2.
  • Midnight Bargain: now grants +1 to maximum number of Skeletons, down from +2.
  • Lord of the Dead now +1 skeleton, down from +2.
  • Herd the Flock no longer grants +1 skeleton.
2.6.0
  • Cast time reduced to 0.8 sec (down from 1 sec).
  • Mana cost reduced by about 30% at all levels.
2.5.0
  • Summon Skeletons skill now deal 25% more damage. Vaal Summon Skeletons skills now have a cast time of 0.8 seconds, down from 1 second.
  • Totems and all other minions now have 40% elemental resistance and 20% chaos resistance. This also includes minions that didn't have resistances previously, like wolves.
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.