I think Summon Beast is a somewhat weak third tier spell as it stands.
What would you do to make it stronger?
I would say the summoned creatures could stand to be a step or two stronger. Say, drop Catacomb Rat and Crimson Dragonel from the low end and add something like Snow Wolf, Devilmander, Cursed Undead, Skeleton Archer, etc.
I'd probably need to play test a game where I focus on the spell to really get a feel for how it should be balanced. I just know it's more effective to sling Divine Hammers and Ice Lances than summon wolves.
Sure, you can farm summoned creatures for food and/or money, but you can also do that with create food.
I think the Create Food
spell also needs to be looked at.
Maybe. I think the food farming thing isn't really in the spirit of the game, but it's not game-breaking either. If people really want to go out of their way to grind, even if you don't need to, I don't have a problem with that.
If you were to "fix" the spell, though, I think there's an easy solution: have it create items with 0 gold value.