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Undead animal minions: Best bang for your buck?


Dark Archive

Someone posted on the PFS forums about buying animals to animate as minions. I don't really want to get into the morality of it; what I want to do is brainstorm some of the best core animals (up to Ultimate Equipment) that can be animated. Hopefully they either serve as reliable mounts or make cost-effective battle minions. Being able to survive combat, or recover from it (bleeding skeletons are a prime example) is important, and so is being relevant in combat (fast zombies come to mind).

The two I've got so far are mounts:

Heavy horse - 200 gp + 100 gp for reagents

As a bloody skeleton:
AC 16
hp 13 (2d8+4), fast healing 1, deathless
Fort +2, Ref +5, Will +3
Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +6 (1d4+5) and 2 hooves +1 (1d6+2)
Str 20, Dex 20, Con –, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 14

As a fast zombie:
AC 17
hp 22 (4d8+4)
Fort +1, Ref +6, Will +4
Speed 60 ft.
Melee bite +9 (1d4+6) and 2 slams +9 (1d8+6) and 2 hooves +4 (1d6+3)
Str 22, Dex 20, Con -, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 10

Riding dog - 150 gp + 75/100 gp for reagents

As a bloody skeleton:
AC 15
hp 13 (2d8+4), fast healing 1, deathless
Fort +2, Ref +3, Will +3
Speed 40 ft.
Melee bite +3 (1d6+3 plus trip);
Str 15, Dex 17, Con -, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 14

As a fast zombie:
AC 15
hp 17 (3d8+3)
Fort +1, Ref +4, Will +3
Speed 50 ft.
Melee bite +5 (1d6+4 plus trip)
Str 17, Dex 17, Con -, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 10

Any thoughts optimizers? :)

Dark Archive

No bites?

How about a fast zombie goat? 6 gp for the animal and 50 gp for the reagents.

AC 14
hp 12 (2d8+3)
Fort +0, Ref +2, Will +3
Speed 40 ft.
Melee gore +4 (1d4+2) and 2 slams +4 (1d4+2)
Str 14, Dex 15, Con -, Int -, Wis 10, Cha 10

A necromancer could throw a bunch of these at a party; they're a lot more effective than human zombies and probably easier to accumulate without much notice.

Dark Archive

Oops, my horse attacks are one higher than they should be; forgot to account for size.

I used to reanimate my animal companions (from Sylvan Sorc) with the bloody skeleton template, it made for good roleplay opportunities with the new animal companion :-)

I know the zombie gets a slam attack but where are they getting 2?

Dark Archive

Zombies get a slam; fast zombies get two and aren't staggered.

Come on, you know a crazed necromancer with an army of goats is awesome.

Lantern Lodge

Pathfinder Adventure Path Charter Subscriber; Pathfinder Modules, Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Hmmm . . . never thought about inexpensive barnyard animals as my unholy army of the night.

You can even earn some brownie points with the townsfolk by offering to cook up the meaty parts of the goats for free.

With the False Focus feat, you can save some cash by buying a nice, shiny holy symbol. No need to keep paying for those pesky - and suspicious - 50gp onyx stones.

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