Simulacrum Item Duplication
This is clearly a broken spell if used to its true potential: Equipped items the caster has can be used by the simulacrum without using up the original items. Also, the game does not check the number of summoned creatures when the simulacrum is doing the summoning. The possibilities are endless but here are a few suggestions:
Staff of the Magi: 3xFireball-Lightning (plus it's about the best weapon for a mage to carry)
Staff of Fire: 20xLesser Fire Elemental (simulacrum runs out of time before running out of charges). Since the simulacrum bypasses the 5 creature limit this can create a real swarm of elementals. Earth or air would work as well, but I like fire since they live happily in Incendiary Clouds.
Current Inventory: 2x Prot Magic, 2x Time Stop, 2x Incendiary Cloud
Protection from Magic scrolls: There are only 2 of these (that I know of) in the game, probably because total magic invulnerability is so powerful. The simulacrum can use both every time it appears without damaging the originals. There is a small drawback in that it includes protective and healing magic. The shielded character can still heal (slowly) with regeneration items.
Level 9 spell scrolls: This is the solution to not being able to reach a high enough level to cast them. I like Meteor Swarm, Time Stop, Wail of the Banshee, and Spell Strike. Gate has potential though.
Level 7/8 spell scrolls: These aren't as powerful as the level 9 spells, but it's easier to get multiples of them. In particular I'm looking at abusing the no maximum creature limit with stacks of djinni and efreeti scrolls.
Wand of Wonder (lots of fun, if not the most effective)
Rod of Resurrection
Other items: Necklace of Missiles, Gloves of Healing, Ring of Energy, Ring of the Ram - adding most of these is overkill, the simulacrum can only do so much in it's short life.
Submitted By: Nighthawk
We all agree that simulacrum is a very good spell. But you can cast it even
at the early chapters by getting Vhailor's Helm. Of course straight mages
can't use it however the rules for simulacrum still applies, you can equip
the simulacrum with items requiring charges etc. and use protection scrolls
(specifically protection from magic).
With the helm, you can get your best fighter a doppelganger at half his
level. This doppelganger can imbibe enhancing potions to make them more
effective. You can call upon 2 efreetis with bottle of efreeti or you can
summon 2 Ras swords to help you fight (straight mages can't even equip this
sword so it's like getting 2 inferior Mordenkainen's sword early in the
The protected from magic characters make mincemeat out of liches, mages,
mephits, beholders and other magic dependent enemies in the game (they have
lousy meelee abilities). And you can recycle the protection from magic
scrolls over and over and over. I would not advise using this tactic
against meelee tough characters as the fighters are better off using
strength enhancing potions themselves or when facing enemies that can impart
status effects with their hits (shadow fiends hold and vampire level drain
come to mind) but the temple sewer gang were pretty easy with two tough
fighters protected from magic distracting them while my casters wrecked
havoc on the group as their mage and cleric wasted their time on the
fighters as well. It is also advisable to send a tough character in to deal
with summoned pit fiend etc.
But with this tactic, you can take out the Athkatla liches, Kangaxx and the
twisted rune as early as you would like providing you have the right weapons
to deal with them.
Submitted By: Jeremiah