Life force

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In-game screenshot of life force meter.

Life force is the necromancer's resource that fuels Death Shroud and Reaper's Shroud. Life force is gained when players or NPCs die nearby (approximately within a range of 1,200 units) and through certain skills.[1] Death Shroud depletes life force and ends when it reaches zero.

The base size of your life force pool is 69% of your maximum health, meaning it is indirectly affected by your Vitality attribute, and can be further increased by the Strength of Undeath minor trait of the Soul Reaping specialization, to 79.35% of maximum health.[2][3]

The life force bar, located above the weapon skills, displays life force level relative to its full value. Character death will drain some life force, as well as changing maps, or logging out and back in.

List of skills that grant Life Force[edit]

Skill Categories Skill Description
Necrotic Grasp.png
 Necrotic Grasp
Send out a grasping hand that damages foes in a line and grants you life force.
Mark of Blood.png
 Mark of Blood
Inscribe a mark that bleeds foes when they trigger it, and grants regeneration to allies.
Chill and poison the target area.
Putrid Mark.png
 Putrid Mark
Inscribe a mark that transfers conditions from yourself to foes when they trigger it.
Reaper's Mark.png
 Reaper's Mark
Inscribe a mark that causes fear when foes trigger it.
Feast of Corruption.png
 Feast of Corruption
Strike your target, gain life force, and torment your foe. For each condition on your target up to the condition threshold, get additional life force gain and inflict additional torment stacks.
Ghastly Claws.png
 Ghastly Claws
Summon spectral claws to slash your foe in a quick flurry of strikes, gaining life force per strike.
Main-hand Dagger
Necrotic Slash.png
 Necrotic Stab
Strike your foe again.
Necrotic Bite.png
 Necrotic Bite
Strike your foe and gain life force.
Locust Swarm.png
 Locust Swarm
Gain swiftness and summon a swarm of locusts that cripple nearby foes.
Reaper's Touch.png
 Reaper's Touch
Send out a scythe that bounces between foes and allies. Causes vulnerability on foes and regeneration on allies.
Reaper's Scythe.png
 Reaper's Scythe
Reap life force from nearby foes.
Weaken and damage foes around you. Gain life force per foe struck.
Grasping Darkness.png
 Grasping Darkness User Raikiri Reaper.png
Toss spectral scythes at foes in front of you, applying chill to them and pulling them to you. Gain life force for each struck foe.
Command your shadow fiend to teleport to and blind a foe.
Necrotic Traversal.png
 Necrotic Traversal
Sacrifice your flesh wurm, teleport to it, and poison foes.
Signet of Undeath.png
 Signet of Undeath
Passive: Generates life force while in combat.
Active: Revive up to three downed allies in a target area.
Spectral Armor.png
 Spectral Armor
Gain life force as you take damage. Removed when you enter Death Shroud
. Also applies protection.
Spectral Grasp.png
 Spectral Grasp
Pull your foe to you, chill them, and gain life force.
Spectral Wall.png
 Spectral Wall
Create a spectral wall that protects allies and fears foes.
Spectral Walk.png
 Spectral Walk
Create a shadowy tether and become spectral, gaining life force when struck. You may return to your initial position by using Spectral Recall.
"Your Soul Is Mine!".png
 "Your Soul Is Mine!" User Raikiri Reaper.png
Heal yourself and strike foes around you, absorbing life force for each foe struck.
Lich Form.png
 Lich Form
Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. Entering this form removes spectral effects. Gain life force when this skill ends.
Marked for Death.png
 Marked for Death
Inscribe a mark that makes a foe vulnerable when they trigger it.
Mark of Horror.png
 Mark of Horror
Inscribe a mark that summons five jagged horrors when a foe triggers it.
Death Shroud
Life Transfer.png
 Life Transfer
Damage nearby foes and steal their life force.
Reaper's Shroud
Life Reap.png
 Life Reap User Raikiri Reaper.png
Cleave foes around you, gaining life force for each foe struck. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
Blood Magic Blood Magic Mark of Evasion
Leave a Mark of Blood when you dodge.
  • Skills marked with User Raikiri Reaper.png icon are only available in Reaper Elite specialization.

Related traits[edit]

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Death Magic
  • Death Magic Soul Comprehension - Your passive life-force generation from nearby deaths is increased.
  • Death Magic Unholy Sanctuary - Regenerate health while in shroud. If your life force is above the threshold, your death shroud will activate if you take a lethal blow.
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Blood Magic
  • Blood Magic Unholy Martyr - Draw conditions from allies when you enter shroud and every few seconds while you remain in shroud. Gain life force each time a condition is removed.
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Soul Reaping
User Raikiri Reaper.png Reaper


  1. ^ Necromancer, Official Guild Wars 2 website
  2. ^ ArenaNet employee, Guild Wars 2 forum
  3. ^ ArenaNet employee, Guild Wars 2 forum