Devouring Darkness

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Devouring Darkness

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Trait req.
Lingering Curse Lingering Curse
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngNo related skill available in slot 4No related skill available in slot 5
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0.75¾ Activation time  
10 Recharge time
18 Recharge time
10 Recharge time
Devouring Darkness

Corrupt boons from enemies around your target. Inflict torment and gain life force for each condition on your initial target up to the threshold. Gain extra life force for each extra foe struck.

Damage.png Damage: 425 (1.16)?
Torment.png Torment per Condition (4s): 88 Damage, 127 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Converted to Conditions: 1
Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Converted to Conditions: 3
Miscellaneous effect.png Life Force: 8%
Miscellaneous effect.png Life Force per Condition: 1%
Miscellaneous effect.png Life Force per Foe: 2%
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Miscellaneous effect.png Condition Threshold: 5
Radius.png Radius: 360
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description


  • Only active when Lingering Curse is traited.
  • Compared with the replaced Feast of Corruption:
    • This skill hits 4 additional foes within 360 radius of the target.
    • Provides an additional 2% life force for each extra foe hit, up to 8% for 4 foes.
  • Can be blocked by Aegis.png Aegis.
  • Boons are corrupted per the following:
Boon Condition
Aegis.png Aegis Burning.png Burning (1 stack, 3 s)
Alacrity.png Alacrity Chilled.png Chilled (3 s)
Fury.png Fury Blinded.png Blinded (5 s)
Might.png Might Weakness.png Weakness (5 s)
Protection.png Protection Vulnerability.png Vulnerability (3 stacks, 8 s)
Quickness.png Quickness Slow.png Slow (3 s)
Regeneration.png Regeneration Poisoned.png Poisoned (6s)
Resistance.png Resistance Chilled.png Chilled (3 s)
Resolution.png Resolution Confusion.png Confusion (3 stacks, 5 s)
Stability.png Stability Fear.png Fear (1 s)
Swiftness.png Swiftness Crippled.png Crippled (10 s)
Vigor.png Vigor Bleeding.png Bleeding (2 stacks, 8 s)

Related traits[edit]

Curses Curses

Death Magic Death Magic

Reaper Reaper

Scourge Scourge

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
September 26, 2023
  • Reduced torment duration from 6 seconds to 4 seconds in PvE only.
June 27, 2023
  • Increased cooldown from 10 seconds to 18 seconds in WvW only.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • Devouring Darkness (Lingering Curse): PvP will now use the WvW version of the skill, which converts 1 boon to a condition.
December 03, 2019
  • Reduced the number of boons corrupted from 2 to 1 in WvW only.
October 01, 2019
  • Reduced damage by 20% in PvP and WvW. The existing split of corrupting 2 boons in PvP has been brought to WvW as well. This skill continues to corrupt 3 boons in PvE. This skill now queues behind other skills rather than interrupting them.
October 02, 2018
  • Fixed the line-of-sight check on this skill. Foes inside the area of effect can now block or evade the attack.
August 28, 2018
  • Devouring Darkness has been added to the game.
  • Lingering Curse: The condition damage gained from this trait has been increased from 150 to 200. This trait also changes Feast of Corruption into a new, area-affecting version called Devouring Darkness.