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Skill details
Animate Bone Minions
Animate Bone Minions.jpg
Campaign Core Necromancer-icon.png
Profession Necromancer
Attribute Death Magic
Type Spell
    15 Energy.png 3 Activation.png 5 Recharge.png

Full: Exploit nearest corpse to animate two level 0...10...12 bone minions.

Concise: Creates two level 0...10...12 bone minions. Exploits a fresh corpse.

Death Magic 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Minion level 0 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 6 7 8 9 10 10 11 12 13 14 14 15 16 17

Acquisition

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Notes

  • A common strategy is to cast Death Nova on the minions and trigger the enchantment with Taste of Death.
  • Another common strategy is to use Dwayna's Sorrow on the minions for a partywide heal when they die.
  • 5 points in Soul Reaping results in these minions being effectively free (5 energy from the original death, + 5x2 on minions' deaths = 15, the spell cost). Each additional point in Soul Reaping results in 3 energy gained each time you cast Animate Bone Minions (at Soul Reaping level 16 you gain 33 net energy every time you summon Bone Minions.)
  • Animate Bone Minions will trigger the bonus from Boon of Creation, Explosive Growth, and Spirit's Gift twice, once for each minion.
  • The two minions count separately towards the Minion Master's maximum limit of minions (10 minions at 16 Death).

Trivia

  • Animate Bone Minion's skill icon portrays them as looking similar to Scarabs, a type of enemy which can be found in several regions on Tyria, however, they actually have the appearance of smaller Bone Horrors.
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