As an action, threads of dark power leap from your fingers to pierce a pile of bones or a corpse of a Medium or Small humanoid you can see within 5 meters. Your spell imbues the target with a foul mimicry of life, temporarily raising it as an undead creature. A pile of bones becomes a skeleton and a corpse becomes a zombie. The creature stands and moves toward a creature you choose within 5 meters of it and attacks it once. Make a melee spell attack against the target.
On a hit, it takes 1d8 bludgeoning damage.
On a critical hit, it takes twice as much damage.
On a miss by 4 or less, it takes half as much damage.
After attacking, the creature falls to the ground, lifeless.
At higher levels
This spell’s damage increases by 1d8 when you reach 9th level (2d8) and 17th level (3d8).