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Vaal Summon SkeletonsVaal, Spell, Minion, Duration
Souls Per Use: 50 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 10.000 sec
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Requires Level 10Summons an army of skeletal warriors, archers and mages, led by a powerful general.Per 1% Quality:
Minions deal 1% increased Damage
Summons (14-21) Skeleton Warriors
Summons (2-9) Skeleton Archers
Summons 1 Skeleton General
Maximum (17-36) Summoned Skeletons
Base duration is 20 seconds
Summons (0-5) Skeleton Mages
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Summon Skeletons skill icon.pngVaal Summon Skeletons inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 10
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalSummonSkeletons

Vaal Summon Skeletons skill screenshot.jpg

Vaal Summon Skeletons is a vaal spell that summons an army of skeletons, led by a skeleton general.

Skill functions and interactions

One of several general variants will be randomly summoned on cast.

  • Aura General: Skeleton General that wears armor, somewhat similar to Vaal Fallen. Has an Aura that grants 10% of physical damage as extra fire damage.[1]
  • Melee General: Skeleton General that wields a mace. It has melee splash attacks that are slow but deal high damage.
  • Archer General: Skeleton General that uses a bow. It can use the Rain of Arrows ability.

This skill works with the passive skills that increase the maximum number of skeletons. But like Summon Skeletons it does not gain an increase in the amount spawned at each use. If one were to cast the ability while it is still in effect its behavior is similar to Summon Skeletons; first it spawns new skeletons up to the cap, then it start replacing the oldest one. When replacing, no consideration is taken to what kind of skeleton is summoned or replaced. Hence it's possible to have two generals at a (short) time. At gem level 20 with all passives and no unique items the chance is 6/(36+6).

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligence# Skeleton
Warriors
# Skeleton
Archers
# Skeleton
Mages
Skeleton MaximumExp.Total Exp.
11029142N/A1700
21335152N/A189,5699,569
31743153N/A1928,18937,758
42152163N/A2059,14696,904
52560164N/A21111,192208,096
62969174N/A22193,800401,896
73377175N/A23320,280722,176
83683185N/A24359,0901,081,266
93990185125498,5081,579,774
104296186126682,0572,261,831
1145102186227921,7773,183,608
12481091962281,727,8794,911,487
13511151963291,791,7696,703,256
14541212063302,353,6799,056,935
15571272073313,070,91212,127,847
16601342074329,095,46621,223,313
176314020843316,039,89037,263,203
186614621843429,817,11767,080,320
196815121853562,895,056129,975,376
2070155219536212,051,599342,026,975
2172159229537N/AN/A
2274N/A229638N/AN/A
2376N/A2210639N/AN/A
2478N/A2310640N/AN/A
2580N/A2310741N/AN/A
2682N/A2311742N/AN/A
2784N/A2411743N/AN/A
2886N/A2411844N/AN/A
2988N/A2511845N/AN/A
3090N/A2512846N/AN/A
3191N/A2512846N/AN/A
3292N/A2612947N/AN/A
3393N/A2612947N/AN/A
3494N/A2612948N/AN/A
3595N/A2612948N/AN/A
3696N/A2712949N/AN/A
3797N/A2712949N/AN/A
3898N/A2713950N/AN/A
3999N/A2713950N/AN/A
40100N/A27131051N/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

AmountIngredientGeneral
Notes
Type
6The BonesThe Bones6Level 21 Vaal Summon Skeletons
Corrupted
The flesh is a prison, and we are finally free.
N/AManual
9Volatile PowerVolatile Power9Superior Vaal Gem
Quality: +20%
Corrupted
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
random corrupted superior Vaal gem (Q20)Automatic
6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
random level 20 gemAutomatic
6The SummonerThe Summoner6Superior Minion Gem
Quality: +20%
To own a piece of the Nightmare, you must first belong to the Nightmare.
random superior Minion gem (Q20)Automatic
13The CataclysmThe Cataclysm13Level 21 Spell Gem
Corrupted
The mighty warriors traded in blows, the nimble archers in arrows, yet it was the brazen thaumaturgists who would bring catastrophe to all.
random corrupted level 21 Spell gemAutomatic
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Superior Gem
Quality: +20%
"I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?" - Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutter
random superior gem (Q20)Automatic

Skeleton limit

The skeleton limit can be increased with certain passive skills or items.

Unique items

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

ItemBase ItemLvl.Stats
Queen's DecreeQueen's Decree
Ornate Sword
Two Hand Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 31.251.6
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.40
Weapon Range: 13
Requires Level 27, 56 Str, 54 Dex+185 to Accuracy RatingMinions have (30-40)% increased maximum Life
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
25% increased Strength Requirement
Minions deal (30-40)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Raised Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
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 Sword27+185 to Accuracy RatingMinions have (30-40)% increased maximum Life
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
25% increased Strength Requirement
Minions deal (30-40)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Raised Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
Queen's EscapeQueen's Escape
Ornate Sword
Two Hand Sword
Quality: +20%
Physical Damage: 31.251.6
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.40
Weapon Range: 13
Requires Level 38, 56 Str, 54 Dex+185 to Accuracy RatingMinions have (30-40)% increased maximum Life
Minions have (80-100)% increased Movement Speed
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
25% increased Strength Requirement
Minions deal (30-40)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Raised Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
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 Sword38+185 to Accuracy RatingMinions have (30-40)% increased maximum Life
Minions have (80-100)% increased Movement Speed
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
25% increased Strength Requirement
Minions deal (30-40)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Raised Zombies
+1 to maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to maximum number of Spectres
Midnight BargainMidnight Bargain
Engraved Wand
Wand
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 (20-30)% increased Movement Speed
Minions deal (50-70)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Raised 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 Wand40(22-26)% increased Spell Damage+(10-20) to Intelligence
Minions have (20-30)% increased Movement Speed
Minions deal (50-70)% increased Damage
+1 to maximum number of Raised 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 WarpathAlberon's Warpath
Soldier Boots
Quality: +20%
Armour: (321-369)
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 Boots49Adds 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


Passive skills

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

NameStats
Death Attunement
Deathattunement passive skill icon.png
+1 to Maximum number of Spectres
Minions have 8% increased Attack Speed
Minions have 8% increased Cast Speed
+1 to Maximum number of Raised Zombies
+1 to Maximum number of Skeletons [1]
Lord of the Dead
Lordofthedead passive skill icon.png
+1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to Maximum number of Raised Zombies
Minions have 10% increased maximum Life
Minions deal 15% increased Damage
30% increased Minion Accuracy Rating [1]


Catarina

Limit

The Player can have a maximum of 47 (or more) Skeletons from this skill gem Active at once:

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

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Vaal Summon Skeletons:

ItemLimitRadiusStats
Dead ReckoningDead Reckoning
Cobalt Jewel
Limited to: 1
Radius: Medium (1200)
Minions have +(7-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Summon Skeletons can Summon up to 15 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.
1Medium (1200)Minions have +(7-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Summon Skeletons can Summon up to 15 Skeleton Mages

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Vaal Summon Skeletons.

NameFor generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value.StatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Summon Skeletons Damage 166Skeletons deal 25% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Summon Skeletons Damage 275Skeletons deal 40% increased Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Summon Skeletons Additional Warrior Skeletons 16620% chance to Summon an additional Skeleton Warrior with Summon Skeletonhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Summon Skeletons Additional Warrior Skeletons 27540% chance to Summon an additional Skeleton Warrior with Summon Skeletonhelmet 100
default 0

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Version history

Version Changes
1.1.3
  • Solved a situation where Vaal Summon Skeletons summoned fewer skeletons if the summoner had summoned skeletons from a standard Summon Skeleton skill.
1.1.1b
  • Fixed a bug with Vaal Summon Skeleton's placement of skeletons.
1.1.1
  • Introduced to the game.

References

  1. zephyrdragoon (March 14, 2014). "Vaal Summon Skeletons is a lot of fun". Reddit. Retrieved March 15, 2013.