Grim Specter

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Grim Specter

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Parent skill
Lich Form.png Lich Form
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0.75¾ Activation time  30 Recharge time  
Grim Specter

Siphon health from nearby enemies over time, gaining vitality each time you hit an enemy.
Players struck by this ability lose equivalent vitality.

Damage.png Life Siphon Damage: 778 (0.2)?
Healing.png Life Siphon Healing: 778 (0.2)?
Grim Specter.png Vitality per Stack (20s): 30 Vitality
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Duration.png Duration: 5 seconds
Interval.png Interval: 1 second
Radius.png Radius: 600
Range.png Range: 600
Unblockable.png Unblockable

— In-game description


  • For more information about Life Siphoning, refer to Life Steal.
  • Continues pulsing even after leaving Lich Form.
  • Applies Grim Specter.png Grim Specter to enemy players hit.
Applies Tainted Shackles.png Dark Binding to monsters hit.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • Grim Specter: This skill has been reworked to no longer clear conditions from allies or boons from enemies.
  • This skill now tethers up to 5 nearby enemies, drawing Vitality to the lich.
  • The lich gains up to 30 Vitality per stack for 20 seconds, life-stealing each pulse.
  • Enemy players struck by this skill have their Vitality reduced by an equivalent amount for the same duration.
September 30, 2014
  • Grim Specter and Marked for Death: Updated the accuracy of skill facts for damage.
June 03, 2014
  • Updated the skill facts to show the number of boons (9) and conditions (12) removed as well as the maximum number of targets (5).
  • Updated the skill description to better reflect the skill's functionality.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from removing conditions from allies in the explosion radius.
June 25, 2013
  • This ability can now be cast while moving.
  • This skill is now unblockable.
April 30, 2013
  • The Grim Specter now strips boons from enemies and conditions from allies when it reaches its target point instead of only when the missile hits a target.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Grim Specter has been added to the game.