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Grasping Darkness

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Grasping Darkness

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Reaper icon small.png Reaper
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0.75¾ Activation time  
25 Recharge time
30 Recharge time
20 Recharge time
Grasping Darkness

Conjure claws of darkness from the shadows to attack foes, applying a condition to them and pulling them to you. Gain life force for each struck foe.

Damage.png Damage: 524 (1.3)?
Damage.png Damage: 4 (0.01)?
Chilled.png Chilled (4s): -66% Skill Recharge Rate, -66% Movement Speed
Miscellaneous effect.png Life Force: 10%
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Spite Spite

Curses Curses

Death Magic Death Magic

Reaper Reaper


If an enemy is targeted, this skill may fail to activate due to being obstructed, despite no apparent obstruction, and no difficulty hitting the same enemy if the skill was used without a target.
  • The activation time includes a long aftercast delay that can be cancelled to no detriment. The actual cast time is much shorter.
  • Other weapon skills with life force gain per hit: Chilling Scythe, Death Spiral, and Necrotic Grasp.
  • The maximum possible life force gain for one attack in PvE is 50% untraited, and 55% with Gluttony. The maximum possible life force gain for one attack in PvP and WvW is 20% untraited, and 22% with Gluttony.
  • Though not listed on the tooltip, the Pull effect does 150 Defiance Break

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
August 22, 2023 Secrets of the Obscure release:
  • Increased cooldown from 25 seconds to 30 seconds in WvW only.
November 29, 2022
  • Increased life force gain per hit from 4% to 10% in PvE only.
June 28, 2022
  • Reduced cooldown from 25 seconds to 20 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 1.3 to 0.01.
October 01, 2019
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the claw effect to pop out of existence before the skill completed. Removed misleading legendary projectile effects from this skill due to it not being a projectile.
September 17, 2019
  • This skill will now attempt to make the player face the target when activated instead of immediately failing when used on targets behind the player.
April 23, 2019
  • Increased the range from 750 to 900 to make the range a standard multiple of 60.
  • Fixed issues that caused this skill to unexpectedly fail when hitting some objects.
  • This skill will no longer be stopped by projectile blocking or reflecting.
February 22, 2017
  • The recharge of this skill has been reduced from 30 seconds to 25 seconds.
  • Increased damage by 30%.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Grasping Darkness has been added to the game.


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