A creature you summon uses these rules, unless a power description says otherwise.
- Allied Creature: When you use a summoning power, you create a creature that is an ally to you and your allies. The power determines where the summoned creature appears.
- Your Defenses: The summoned creature’s defenses equal yours when you summon it, not including any temporary bonuses or penalties to your statistics.
- Hit Points: The summoned creature’s maximum hit points equal your bloodied value. When the summoned creature drops to 0 hit points, it is destroyed, and you lose a healing surge. If you have no healing surges left, you instead take damage equal to half your bloodied value.
- No Healing Surges: The summoned creature lacks healing surges, but if a power allows it to spend a healing surge, you can spend a healing surge for it. The summoned creature then gains the benefit of the healing surge, instead of your gaining it.
- Speed: The summoning power determines the summoned creature’s speed.
- Commanding the Creature: The summoned creature has no actions of its own; you spend actions to command it mentally. You can command the creature only if you have line of effect to it. When you command the creature, the two of you share knowledge but not senses.
As a minor action, you can command the summoned creature to take one of the following actions, if it is physically capable of taking that action: crawl, escape, fly, open or close a door or a container, pick up or drop an item, run, stand up, shift, squeeze, or walk.
The summoning power determines any special commands you can give the summoned creature and gives an action type for each command. If a special command is a minor action, you can give that command only once during each of your turns.
- Attacks and Checks: If a summoning power allows t he summoned creature to attack, you make an attack through the creature, as specified in the power description. If the summoned creature can make a skill check or an ability check, you make the check. Attacks and checks you make through the creature do not include temporary bonuses or penalties to your statistics.
- Duration: Unless the summoning power states otherwise, the summoned creature lasts until the end of the encounter and then disappears. As a minor action, you can dismiss the summoned creature.
Wizards who use summoning magic can call a host of monstrosities from other locations or produce lingering effects from magical energy to harry, attack, and block their foes. A summoner wizard might call forth an arrowhawk, a creature of elemental wind and fury, to slash at enemies throughout a battle. A snarling mastiff leaps to fasten jaws upon a foe, then returns to the wizard’s side, ready to attack again upon command. Alternatively, a stolid defender appears at the wizard’s side to interpose itself between its master and an enemy’s attack.
Despite the name, a summoner wizard doesn’t always summon creatures. His or her repertoire includes conjuration spells that manipulate magical energy: a pillar of persistent lightning in the midst of enemies, blasting those that remain too close; a pool of slippery oil bubbling up from the ground around a foe’s feet; or a wall of scintillating colors that lashes nearby creatures with a variety of effects.
Summoning vs. Conjuration: Summoning spells are daily powers and produce long-lasting, physical effects in the form of creatures. Some conjuration spells (mostly at-will and encounter powers) create temporary effects that take the form of creatures. Such conjured attackers don’t have hit points or act at the wizard’s command, but they behave much like creatures and exert control over a specific area.