Vaal Summon Skeletons

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Summon SkeletonsSummon Skeletons of ArchersSummon Skeletons of MagesVaal Summon Skeletons
Vaal Summon SkeletonsSpell, Minion, Duration, Vaal
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 50
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 10 sec
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Requires Level 10Summons an army of skeletal soldiers, archers and mages, led by a powerful general.Maximum (18-36) Summoned Skeletons
Base duration is 20.00 seconds
Summons (14-21) Skeleton Soldiers
Summons (2-9) Skeleton Archers
Summons (1-5) Skeleton Mages
Summons 1 Skeleton General

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
+(0.05-1) to Maximum Summoned Skeletons
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Acquisition
Drop restricted
Drop level: 10
Vaal Summon Skeletons can drop from the Vaal Vessels found in Vaal side areas; for Vaal Summon Skeletons gems that grant "of Archers" and "of Mages" skills, the gems are acquired from Eternal Labyrinth of Potential
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalSummonSkeletons

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

If this skill also grants Summon Skeletons of ArchersSummon Skeletons of ArchersSpell, Minion, Duration
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (5-16) Mana
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 10Summon Skeleton Archer minions at the targeted location. They fire arrows and die after a duration.Maximum (5-7) Summoned Skeletons
Base duration is 20.00 seconds
Summons (2-3) Skeleton Archers

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
+(0.05-1) to Maximum Summoned Skeletons
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
, the transfigured gem's name will change to Summon Skeletons of Archery.

If this skill also grants Summon Skeletons of MagesSummon Skeletons of MagesSpell, Minion, Duration, Prismatic
Level: (1-20)
Cost: (5-16) Mana
Cast Time: 0.50 sec
Requires Level 10Summon Skeleton Mage minions of random elemental types at the targeted location. They cast projectile spells based on their element, and die after a duration.Maximum (5-7) Summoned Skeletons
Base duration is 20.00 seconds
Summons (2-3) Skeleton Mages

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
+(0.05-1) to Maximum Summoned Skeletons
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
, the transfigured gem's name will change to Summon Skeletons of Sorcery.

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).

As with the normal counterpart, Summon Skeletons, the summoned skeletons do not follow you and cannot be summoned with Convocation. While Alberon's WarpathAlberon's Warpath
Soldier Boots
Armour: (268-319)
Energy Shield: (18-20)
Requires Level 49, 47 Str, 47 Int(15-18)% increased Strength
Adds 1 to 80 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(180-220) to Armour
+(13-19)% to Chaos Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Summoned Skeleton Warriors are Permanent and Follow you
Summon Skeletons cannot Summon more than 1 Skeleton Warrior
Alberon walked among the accursed,
and they welcomed him.
will make Skeleton Warriors summoned by non-Vaal Summon Skeletons permanent and follow you, this does not apply to skeletons summoned by Vaal Summon Skeletons.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired Intelligence# Skeleton
Soldiers
# Skeleton
Archers
# Skeleton
Mages
Skeleton MaximumExp.Total Exp.
1102914211800
2133515211995699569
317431531202818937758
421521632225914696904
52560164223111192208096
62969174224193800401896
73377175225320280722176
836831852263590901081266
939901853274985081579774
1042961863286820572261831
11451021863289217773183608
124810919632917278794911487
135111519643017917696703256
145412120643123536799056935
1557127207432307091212127847
1660134207432909546621223313
17631402084331603989037263203
18661462185352981711767080320
196815121853562895056129975376
2070155219536212051599342026975
2172159229537N/AN/A
2274N/A229537N/AN/A
2376N/A2210639N/AN/A
2478N/A2310640N/AN/A
2580N/A2310640N/AN/A
2682N/A2311641N/AN/A
2784N/A2411642N/AN/A
2886N/A2411743N/AN/A
2988N/A2511744N/AN/A
3090N/A2512745N/AN/A
3191N/A2512745N/AN/A
3292N/A2612746N/AN/A
3393N/A2612746N/AN/A
3494N/A2612847N/AN/A
3595N/A2612847N/AN/A
3696N/A2712848N/AN/A
3797N/A2712848N/AN/A
3898N/A2713849N/AN/A
3999N/A2713849N/AN/A
40100N/A2713849N/AN/A

Gem quality

TypeAdditional Effects per 1-20% QualityWeight
Superior+(0.05-1) to Maximum Summoned Skeletons1

Item acquisition

Vaal Summon Skeletons has restrictions on where or how it can drop. Vaal Summon Skeletons can drop from the Vaal Vessels found in Vaal side areas; for Vaal Summon Skeletons gems that grant "of Archers" and "of Mages" skills, the gems are acquired from Eternal Labyrinth of Potential

Recipes

Vaal Summon Skeletons can be created from the following recipes:

AmountPartDescriptionMeta
6The BonesThe Bones6Level 21 Vaal Summon Skeletons
Corrupted
The flesh is a prison, and we are finally free.
N/AM
9Volatile PowerVolatile Power9Vaal Gem
Quality: +20%
Corrupted
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
Random corrupted Vaal gem with 20% qualityA
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.Random divination card set exchangeA

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 ItemRequired levelStats
Queen's DecreeQueen's Decree
Ornate Sword
Two Hand Sword
Physical Damage: 30-50
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.40
Weapon Range: 1.3 metres
Requires Level 27, 56 Str, 54 Dex+185 to Accuracy Rating25% increased Strength Requirement
Minions have (30-40)% increased maximum Life
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
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 Rating25% increased Strength Requirement
Minions have (30-40)% increased maximum Life
(150-200)% increased Skeleton Duration
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
Physical Damage: 21-38
Critical Strike Chance: 7.00%
Attacks per Second: 1.50
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


Passive skills

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

NameStats
Death Attunement
+1 to Maximum number of Spectres
+1 to Maximum number of Raised Zombies
+1 to Maximum number of Skeletons [1]
Lord of the Dead
+1 to Maximum number of Skeletons
+1 to Maximum number of Raised Zombies
Minions have 15% increased maximum Life
Minions deal 20% increased Damage [1]


Limit

The Player can have a maximum of 50 (or more) Skeletons from this skill gem Active at once:

  • 37 from level 21 skill gem
  • 7 from level 21 non-Vaal counterpart of this gem
  • 2 from passive skills
  • 2 from unique equipment (dual wielding Midnight BargainMidnight Bargain
    Engraved Wand
    Wand
    Physical Damage: 21-38
    Critical Strike Chance: 7.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.50
    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.
    )
  • 1 from a helmet with +1 to maximum number of Skeletons mod
  • 1 from body armour with +1 to maximum number of Skeletons mod

Note, that Alberon's WarpathAlberon's Warpath
Soldier Boots
Armour: (268-319)
Energy Shield: (18-20)
Requires Level 49, 47 Str, 47 Int(15-18)% increased Strength
Adds 1 to 80 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(180-220) to Armour
+(13-19)% to Chaos Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Summoned Skeleton Warriors are Permanent and Follow you
Summon Skeletons cannot Summon more than 1 Skeleton Warrior
Alberon walked among the accursed,
and they welcomed him.
no longer grants +1 to Maximum number of Skeletons, but their legacy variants may still be obtainable on permanent league, where the limit of summoned skeletons at once might be much higher than 50.

Threshold jewels

The following threshold jewels augment Vaal Summon Skeletons:

Note that the jewels may be drop disabled and only be found in the permanent leagues as legacy items.

ItemLimitRadiusStatsDrop
Enabled

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Vaal Summon Skeletons.

Note that helmet enchantments are no longer obtainable since version 3.23.0 and can only be obtained in permanent leagues as already enchanted items from before this patch.

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.LabyrinthStatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Summon Skeletons Damage 166Merciless LabyrinthSkeletons deal 25% increased Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Summon Skeletons Damage 275Eternal LabyrinthSkeletons deal 40% increased Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Summon Skeletons Additional Warrior Skeletons 166Merciless Labyrinth20% chance to Summon an additional Skeleton with Summon Skeletonshelmet 100
Enchantment Summon Skeletons Additional Warrior Skeletons 275Eternal Labyrinth40% chance to Summon an additional Skeleton with Summon Skeletonshelmet 100

Video demonstration

Alternate skill effects

Vaal Summon Skeletons has the following alternate skill effects:

ItemEffect(s)
Celestial Summon Skeletons SkinCelestial Summon Skeletons SkinSkill Gem EffectYour Summoned Skeletons' Skins become Celestial.Your Summoned Skeletons' Skins become Celestial.
Demonic Summon Skeletons SkinDemonic Summon Skeletons SkinSkill Gem EffectYour Summoned Skeletons become Demonic.Your Summoned Skeletons become Demonic.
Oblivion Summon Skeletons SkinOblivion Summon Skeletons SkinSkill Gem EffectThe standard skin on your Summoned Skeletons are replaced by an Oblivion skin.The standard skin on your Summoned Skeletons are replaced by an Oblivion skin.
Onyx Oblivion Summon Skeletons SkinOnyx Oblivion Summon Skeletons SkinSkill Gem EffectThe standard skin on your Summoned Skeletons are replaced by an Onyx Oblivion skin.The standard skin on your Summoned Skeletons are replaced by an Onyx Oblivion skin.
Summon Mannequins SkinSummon Mannequins SkinSkill Gem EffectYour Summoned Skeletons become animated mannequins.Your Summoned Skeletons become animated mannequins.
Summon Statues SkinSummon Statues SkinSkill Gem EffectYour Summoned Skeletons become animated statuesYour Summoned Skeletons become animated statues

Version history

Version Changes
3.23.0
  • Quality now provides +0-1 to Maximum Summoned Skeletons, instead of causing Minions to deal 0-20% increased Damage.
3.22.0
  • Vaal Summon Skeletons now Summons 1 Skeleton Mage at gem level 1 (previously 0), scaling up to 5 at gem level 20 (unchanged).
3.19.0
  • The damage and life scaling values for minions have been adjusted. Generally speaking, minion life and damage is unchanged in the very early game, roughly 30% lower in mid acts, roughly 20% lower at level 20 of the minion skill, and roughly 10% lower at level 30 of the minion skill.
3.14.0
  • Vaal Skill Gems can now only be obtained from a set of specific methods such as Corrupting Gems, Vaal Side Areas, Divination Cards (that specifically grant Vaal Skill Gems) and the Lapidary Lens in the Temple of Atzoatl.
3.13.0
  • Summoned Skeleton Mages now deal 50% more damage, and their projectile speed has been doubled.
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.

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