Animate Dead is a death knight ability available in Warcraft III and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. It is the ultimate death knight ability and is only attainable at level 6. This ability raises 6 dead units in an area to fight for the death knight. Animated units are invulnerable.
Duration: 40 sec
Cooldown: 180 sec
Mana Cost: 175
Area of Effect: 90
Allowed Targets: Ground, Dead
Effect: Raises dead units
Hero Level Required: 6
From the Blizzard Warcraft III Guide
- It is important to pick the right time to cast Animate Dead. The best time to use it is when there are at least 6 dead units that are very powerful such as Knights, Tauren, Abominations, Huntresses, or Bears. Another possible option is to collect powerful Creeps in a Meat Wagon then unload them in a battle and cast Animate Dead.
- Up to 6 units can be resurrected. The spell will choose the most powerful corpses to resurrect if there are more than 6.
- Animate Dead will raise dead enemy units or neutral units as well as your own.
- Units raised by Animate Dead are invulnerable to dispels as well as damage.