Polymorph self

Polymorph, fey Polymorph, giant spider Polymorph, troll Polymorph, umber hulk Polymorph, zombie

Spell level: ranger 4; sorcerer/wizard 4; cleric with animal domain 5

Innate level: 4 (special)
School: transmutation
Components: verbal
Range: personal
Area of effect: caster
Duration: 1 turn / level
Save: harmless
Spell resistance: no

Description: The caster is able to turn himself into one of the following forms: giant spider, troll, umber hulk, pixie, zombie.


  • While polymorph self officially has an innate level of 4, each of the subspells that can be cast have an innate level of 3. Crafting feats and use magic device checks will still use 4 for the innate level.
  • Casting this spell interferes with additional spellcasting; see polymorph for details.
  • No items merge into any form.
  • In zombie form, a character is treated as undead in a few aspects. For example, harm and heal have reversed effects, and the character can be turned by clerics. However, the caster does not receive the typical undead immunities like immunity to critical hits or sneak attacks.

Form properties[]

The new strength, dexterity, constitution, and creature weapon damage for each form is listed in the following table, along with the dodge bonus to armor class, size category, hit points bonus, and any special abilities gained. (The number of damage figures in the damage column indicates the number of creature weapons, not the number of attacks per round.)

Form Str Dex Con Size AC HP Damage Special
Giant spider 19 17 12 large +5 +20 1d8+4 (bite) on hit: poison: large spider venom
Pixie 10 24 10 small +5 - 1d4 (claw) immunity: spell school: enchantment
immunity: spells by level (level 3 or lower)
Troll 23 14 23 large +5 +10 1d6+6/1d6+6/1d6+6
regeneration +5
Umber hulk 23 15 19 large +7 +30 2d4+6/2d4+6/2d8+6
true seeing
Zombie 14 14 14 medium - +40 1d6+2 (slam) damage resistance:
  10/- (bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing)

Custom content notes[]

  • script: NW_S0_PolySelf