The spirit has the power to possess people and make them evil. If the pages from the Necromicon are recited, this evil will rise from the dark woods to find souls. In another passage of the book, some words will have the spirit manifest it self in the flesh. It appears to absorb the souls of those it possesses, or at least mimic them, as their heads are on its face and can be heard talking. It taunted Ash that it won the battle when Annie is stabbed in the back with the Dagger by Ash's possessed severed hand. However, Annie managed to stay alive and concious long enough to finish reciting the passages, sending Rotten Apple Head through the rift that was previously opened up in the woods.