A manual of animation contains information, incantations and magical power that help a character to craft a permanent animated object (see Monster Manual page 13). The manual contains all of the requisite spells needed for creating the animated object and it also provides the necessary XP for animating the object permanently.
The spells contained in a manual of animation can be activated only to create an animated object. The cost of the book does not include the price of the actual object, as that must be provided as a focus for the ritual of animation. Once the manual of animation is read and activated (a process that takes 10 minutes), the writing in the manual fades and the book is consumed in flames. When the book’s ashes are sprinkled upon the object to be animated, the ritual is complete and the object becomes permanently animated. A manual may be used to animate an object of large size or smaller.
Moderate enchantment and transmutation; CL 10th; Craft Wondrous Item, animate single object, permanency; Price 8,500 gp; Cost 4,250 1750 gp +1,340 XP; Weight 3 lb.