List of necromancer skills

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This is a list of core necromancer skills. For additional skills available to necromancer's elite specializations, see:

Profession mechanic[edit]

Death Shroud is the necromancer's profession mechanic, occupying the F1 slot above the skill bar. Activating Death Shroud will transform you into a phantasmal state with special skills, where your accumulated life force takes the place of health but slowly depletes over time.

Skill Tango-activation-darker.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Death Shroud.png
 Death Shroud
10 Assume a spectral form and gain new skills, turning your life force into health.
Redirect Arrow.png
End Death Shroud.png
 End Death Shroud
Leave death shroud and return to your normal form.

Terrestrial[edit]

Life Blast.png
 Life Blast
1 Blast a foe with life force.
Dark Path.png
 Dark Path
0.75¾ 15 Send out a claw. If this attack hits a foe, you teleport to that foe, bleeding them and chilling nearby foes.
Doom.png
 Doom
20 Make your foe flee in fear, increased duration at close range.
Life Transfer.png
 Life Transfer
30.5½ 40 Damage nearby foes and steal their life force.
Tainted Shackles.png
 Tainted Shackles
0.25¼ 40 Bind nearby enemies with your life force, conditioning them repeatedly. If enemies move out of range of this ability, the bind will break. If the bind is allowed to expire, it immobilizes and damages them.

Aquatic[edit]

Life Blast.png
 Plague Blast
0.5½ Blast a foe with a plague that transfers one condition to them.
Dark Water.png
 Dark Water
0.5½ 15 Blind and poison foes near your target with a dark cloud.
Wave of Fear.png
 Wave of Fear
0.5½ 25 Terrify all foes in front of you with a wave of fear.
Gathering Plague.png
 Gathering Plague
Tainted Shackles.png
 Tainted Shackles
0.25¼ 40 Bind nearby enemies with your life force, conditioning them repeatedly. If enemies move out of range of this ability, the bind will break. If the bind is allowed to expire, it immobilizes and damages them.

Weapon skills[edit]

Two-handed[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Staff[edit]

1
Necrotic Grasp.png
 Necrotic Grasp
0.75¾ Send out a grasping hand that damages foes in a line and grants you life force.
2
Mark of Blood.png
 Mark of Blood
Mark 0.75¾ 40.75¾ Inscribe a mark that bleeds foes when they trigger it, and grants regeneration to allies.
3
Chilblains.png
 Chilblains
Mark 0.75¾ 16 Chill and poison the target area.
4
Putrid Mark.png
 Putrid Mark
Mark 0.75¾ 20 Inscribe a mark that transfers conditions from yourself to foes when they trigger it.
5
Reaper's Mark.png
 Reaper's Mark
Mark 0.75¾ 32 Inscribe a mark that causes fear when foes trigger it.

Main-hand only[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Axe[edit]

1
Rending Claws.png
 Rending Claws
1 Slash your foe twice with ghostly claws to make them vulnerable. Vulnerability applied increases against foes below the health threshold.
2
Ghastly Claws.png
 Ghastly Claws
10.75¾ 8 Summon spectral claws to slash your foe in a quick flurry of strikes, gaining life force per strike. This attack deals increased damage per stack of vulnerability on your target
3
Unholy Feast.png
 Unholy Feast
1 12 Cripple nearby foes and convert their boons into conditions. Release an Unholy Burst on foes below the health threshold.

Scepter[edit]

1
Blood Curse.png
 Blood Curse
0.5½ Bleed your foe.
1 Blood Curse, Rending Curse, Putrid Curse chainRedirect Arrow.png
Rending Curse.png
 Rending Curse
0.5½ Bleed your foe.
1 Blood Curse, Rending Curse, Putrid Curse chainRedirect Arrow.png
Putrid Curse.png
 Putrid Curse
0.5½ Poison and bleed your foe.
2
Grasping Dead.png
 Grasping Dead
0.75¾ 10 Summon skeletal hands to cripple foes in the target area.
3
Feast of Corruption.png
 Feast of Corruption
0.75¾ 10 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.

Main and off-hand[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Dagger[edit]

1
Necrotic Slash.png
 Necrotic Slash
Slash your foe twice.
1 Necrotic Slash, Necrotic Stab, Necrotic Bite chainRedirect Arrow.png
Necrotic Slash.png
 Necrotic Stab
Strike your foe again.
1 Necrotic Slash, Necrotic Stab, Necrotic Bite chainRedirect Arrow.png
Necrotic Bite.png
 Necrotic Bite
0.25¼ Strike your foe and gain life force.
2
Life Siphon.png
 Life Siphon
3 12 Siphon health from your foe. Healing effectiveness increases if you are bleeding. Damage increases if your foe is bleeding.
3
Dark Pact.png
 Dark Pact
1 25 Immobilize your foe. Bleed yourself.
4
Deathly Swarm.png
 Deathly Swarm
0.5½ 18 Unleash an insect swarm, blinding multiple foes. Transfer three conditions to your target on a successful attack.
5
Enfeebling Blood.png
 Enfeebling Blood
0.75¾ 25 Inflict weakness and bleeding on foes in the target area.

Off-hand only[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Focus[edit]

4
Reaper's Touch.png
 Reaper's Touch
0.75¾ 15 Send out a scythe that bounces between foes and allies. Causes vulnerability on foes and regeneration on allies.
5
Spinal Shivers.png
 Spinal Shivers
1 20 Chill your target and remove up to three boons, dealing extra damage based on the number of boons removed.

Warhorn[edit]

4
Wail of Doom.png
 Wail of Doom
0.5½ 30 Screech a wail of doom in a cone pattern, dazing foes.
5
Locust Swarm.png
 Locust Swarm
0.5½ 30 Gain swiftness and summon a swarm of locusts that cripple nearby foes.

Aquatic[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Spear[edit]

1
Cruel Strike.png
 Cruel Strike
0.5½ Stab your foe.
1 Cruel Strike, Wicked Strike, Reaper's Scythe chainRedirect Arrow.png
Wicked Strike.png
 Wicked Strike
0.75¾ Strike your foe again.
1 Cruel Strike, Wicked Strike, Reaper's Scythe chainRedirect Arrow.png
Reaper's Scythe.png
 Reaper's Scythe
0.75¾ Reap life force from nearby foes.
2
Wicked Spiral.png
 Wicked Spiral
10.75¾ 8 Spin multiple times, dealing damage and applying vulnerability to each foe struck.
3
Deadly Feast.png
 Deadly Feast
0.5½ 15 Gain swiftness and summon a swarm of vampiric shrimp that siphon health from nearby foes.
4
Deadly Catch.png
 Deadly Catch
0.75¾ 25 Whirl around, throwing spears that cripple foes and pull them to you.
5
Dark Spear.png
 Dark Spear
0.5½ 25 Pull yourself to a foe and inflict bleeding.

Trident[edit]

1
Crimson Tide.png
 Crimson Tide
0.5½ Bleed foes around your target.
2
Feast.png
 Feast
0.5½ 10 Weaken and damage foes around you. Gain life force per foe struck.
3
Foul Current.png
 Foul Current
1 12 Dart at your foe, leaving poisonous bubbles behind.
4
Sinking Tomb.png
 Sinking Tomb
0.5½ 20 Entomb your foe, making them sink.
5
Frozen Abyss.png
 Frozen Abyss
2 25 Create a continually expanding field near you that applies chill and vulnerability to enemies and deals damage when it ends.

Slot skills[edit]

Healing[edit]

Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Consume Conditions.png
 Consume Conditions
Corruption 10.25¼ 30 Feast on your conditions, gaining health for each one consumed. You become vulnerable.
Signet of Vampirism.png
 Signet of Vampirism
Signet 2 10.25¼ 35 Passive: Heal when struck by a foe.
Active: Heal yourself and mark a foe. Allied players will siphon life from that enemy.
Summon Blood Fiend.png
 Summon Blood Fiend
Minion 2 10.5½ 16 Summon a blood fiend that transfers health to you on each attack.
Redirect Arrow.png
Taste of Death.png
 Taste of Death
0.75¾ Sacrifice your blood fiend to heal yourself.
Well of Blood.png
 Well of Blood
Well 2 1 30 Conjure a well of blood to heal allies.

Utility[edit]

Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Blood Is Power.png
 Blood Is Power
Corruption 4 0.75¾ 30 Bleed yourself to grant might to allies around you and bleed your target.
Corrosive Poison Cloud.png
 Corrosive Poison Cloud
Corruption Not available underwater.png 2 0.5½ 30 Weaken yourself. The target area is enveloped in a noxious cloud that poisons foes and leaves them weakened. Projectiles that pass through the field are destroyed.
Corrupt Boon.png
 Corrupt Boon
Corruption 3 0.5½ 15 Poison yourself. Transform boons on your foe into negative conditions.
Epidemic.png
 Epidemic
Corruption 4 1 20 Apply vulnerability on yourself. Spread conditions on a target foe to all nearby foes.
WvW Only: Does not affect structures or targets with resistance.
Summon Bone Fiend.png
 Summon Bone Fiend
Minion 3 10.5½ 24 Summon a bone fiend that attacks foes at range. Delivers a crippling attack once every ten seconds.
Redirect Arrow.png
Rigor Mortis.png
 Rigor Mortis
50 Immobilize your bone fiend, and it will immobilize foes.
Summon Bone Minions.png
 Summon Bone Minions
Minion 2 10.5½ 16 Summon two bone minions.
Redirect Arrow.png
Putrid Explosion.png
 Putrid Explosion
1 Explode a bone minion.
Summon Flesh Wurm.png
 Summon Flesh Wurm
Minion Not available underwater.png 4 10.5½ 32 Summon an immobile flesh wurm to attack foes.
Redirect Arrow.png
Necrotic Traversal.png
 Necrotic Traversal
Sacrifice your flesh wurm, teleport to it, and poison foes.
Summon Shadow Fiend.png
 Summon Shadow Fiend
Minion 4 10.5½ 24 Summon a shadow fiend to attack foes.
Redirect Arrow.png
Haunt.png
 Haunt
20 Command your shadow fiend to teleport to a foe and attack all nearby foes, inflicting conditions.
Plague Signet.png
 Plague Signet
Signet 4 30 Passive: Transfers conditions from nearby allies to yourself.
Active: Send your conditions to a foe.
Signet of Spite.png
 Signet of Spite
Signet 3 0.75¾ 60 Passive: Improves power.
Active: Inflict bleeding, blindness, crippled, poison, vulnerability, and weakness on your foe.
Signet of the Locust.png
 Signet of the Locust
Signet 2 0.75¾ 30 Passive: You run 25% faster.
Active: Steal health from nearby foes.
Signet of Undeath.png
 Signet of Undeath
Signet 4 3 150 Passive: Generates life force while in combat.
Active: Revive up to three downed allies in a target area.
Spectral Armor.png
 Spectral Armor
Spectral 3 40 Gain life force as you take damage.
Spectral Grasp.png
 Spectral Grasp
Spectral 2 0.5½ 50 Pull target foe and all nearby foes to you, chill them, and gain life force.
Spectral Walk.png
 Spectral Walk
Spectral 4 50 Create a shadowy tether and become spectral, gaining life force when struck. You may return to your initial position by using Spectral Recall.
Redirect Arrow.png
Spectral Recall.png
 Spectral Recall
Spectral Return to the point where Spectral Walk began.
Spectral Wall.png
 Spectral Wall
Spectral Not available underwater.png 4 0.25¼ 40 Create a spectral wall that protects allies and fears foes.
Well of Corruption.png
 Well of Corruption
Well 4 0.25¼ 40 Target area pulses, converting boons on foes into conditions
Well of Darkness.png
 Well of Darkness
Well 3 0.25¼ 35 Target area pulses, blinding foes with each pulse.
Well of Power.png
 Well of Power
Well 4 0.25¼ 40 Target area pulses, converting conditions on allies into boons.
Well of Suffering.png
 Well of Suffering
Well 2 0.25¼ 35 Target area pulses, damaging foes and inflicting vulnerability.

Elite[edit]

Skill Type Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Lich Form.png
 Lich Form
Spectral Not available underwater.png 9 180 Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. Entering this form removes all other spectral effects. Gain life force when this skill ends.
Plaguelands.png
 Plaguelands
Corruption 9 1 120 Create a virulent cloud that inflicts conditions on foes in its area. This plague inflicts additional conditions every second it persists. Inflict bleeding on yourself.
Summon Flesh Golem.png
 Summon Flesh Golem
Minion Not available underwater.png 9 10.5½ 48 Summon a flesh golem to attack foes with crippling claws.
Redirect Arrow.png
Charge (necromancer skill).png
 Charge
0.75¾ 40 Command your flesh golem to gain stability and charge a foe, knocking down or launching enemies in its path.

Downed and drowning skills[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Downed[edit]

1
Life Leech.png
 Life Leech
60.25¼ Leech a foe's health to heal yourself.
2
Fear (necromancer skill).png
 Fear
10.25¼ 10 Make your foe flee in fear.
3
Fetid Ground.png
 Fetid Ground
0.25¼ 20 Create fetid ground that damages and poisons foes.
4
Bandage.png
 Bandage
490.25¼ 5 Call your allies for help. Restores health while you channel it.

Drowning[edit]

1
Life Leech.png
 Life Leech
60.25¼ Leech a foe's health to heal yourself.
2
Feeding Frenzy (necromancer skill).png
 Feeding Frenzy
0.5½ 5 Summon a school of undead fish to attack your foe.
3
Death Curse.png
 Death Curse
0.5½ 20 Poison your foe and make them flee in fear.
4
Bandage.png
 Bandage
490.25¼ 5 Call your allies for help. Restores health while you channel it.

Auxiliary skillbars[edit]

These skills replace the main skillbar after activating the specified primary skills.

Lich Form.png
Lich Form
[edit]

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
1
Deathly Claws.png
 Deathly Claws
0.75¾ Send out grasping claws to damage your foes.
2
Lich's Gaze.png
 Lich's Gaze
0.25¼ Fire a debilitating projectile at a random nearby target.
3
Ripple of Horror.png
 Ripple of Horror
0.5½ 15 Launch a wave that terrorizes foes it hits. You may activate March of Undeath to shadowstep to the wave.
3 Ripple of Horror, March of Undeath chainRedirect Arrow.png
March of Undeath.png
 March of Undeath
12 Shadowstep to your Ripple of Horror, destroying it.
4
Summon Madness.png
 Summon Madness
Minion 10.5½ 30 Minion. Repeatedly summon minions that explode after a period of time if they are not killed.
5
Grim Specter.png
 Grim Specter
0.75¾ 30 Siphon health from nearby enemies over time, gaining vitality each time you hit an enemy.
Players struck by this ability lose equivalent vitality.