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Disambig icon.png This article is about the Harbinger mechanic. For the Scourge skill originally called Harbinger Shroud, see Sandstorm Shroud.

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Harbinger Shroud

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Harbinger icon small.png Harbinger
Profession mechanic
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 → Exit Harbinger Shroud.png
Game link
10 Recharge time  
Harbinger Shroud

Enter Harbinger Shroud, granting powerful offensive skills but leaving you vulnerable to attack.
As you remain in Harbinger Shroud, you accumulate blight over time.
Blight decreases your maximum health.

Blight.png2 Blight Gained per Second in Shroud (25s): 325 Heal, -10.5½% Health
Blight.png Blight Gained per Second in Shroud (25s): 325 Heal, -10.5½% Health
Interval.png Interval: 1 second

— In-game description


Unlike Death Shroud, Harbinger Shroud does not protect the harbinger's health pool while it is active. This means you can also receive healing while in Harbinger Shroud.

The harbinger naturally loses 5% of its total life force pool every second while in Harbinger Shroud. When the life force pool is depleted, the harbinger will automatically exit Harbinger Shroud.

While in Harbinger Shroud, one stack of Blight.png Blight will be applied per second to the harbinger. Each stack (up to 25) will reduce the harbinger's total health by 1.5%, up to a maximum of 37.5%. Blight stacks over a threshold can be consumed to increase damage and condition duration for Devouring Cut, Voracious Arc, and Elixir skills. The minor trait Alchemic Vigor will cause Blight to heal the necromancer, while the Wicked Corruption or Septic Corruption trait will cause Blight to increase damage dealt.

While in Harbinger Shroud, upgrades, such as sigils, on the harbinger's currently equipped weapon continue to function. While you cannot swap weapons in Harbinger's Shroud, entering or exiting Harbinger Shroud will activate sigils that trigger on weapon swap (for more information, see weapon swap).


When under the effect of Harbinger Shroud, these skills replace the normal weapon skill bar. They can't be changed but can be upgraded through the use of traits.

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
1 Tainted Bolts.png Tainted Bolts 0.5½ Fire quick bolts of dark energy that explode on impact, inflicting torment to enemies in the area.
2 Dark Barrage.png Dark Barrage 0.75¾ 6 Fire six bolts of tormenting energy that fan out from you, piercing all enemies in their path.
3 Devouring Cut.png Devouring Cut 1 8 Channel twisted energy to launch yourself at your foe, damaging nearby enemies on impact.

If you are at or above the Blight threshold when you activate this skill, consume that amount of Blight to double the damage and torment struck foes.
4 Voracious Arc.png Voracious Arc 0.75¾ 10 Leap to your destination, evading through the air. Daze enemies near your impact point.

If you are at or above the Blight threshold when you activate this skill, consume that amount of Blight to double the damage and torment struck foes.
5 Vital Draw.png Vital Draw 1 20 Twist the souls of nearby enemies, suspending them in the air while you siphon their life force. Gain life force for each target struck.

Related traits[edit]

See also: Death Shroud#Related traits

Spite Spite

Curses Curses

Death Magic Death Magic

Blood Magic Blood Magic

Soul Reaping Soul Reaping

Harbinger Harbinger


Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 02, 2023
  • Increased blight stacks per second from 1 to 2 in PvE only.
October 04, 2022
  • The squad UI now correctly displays the health of players using Harbinger Shroud.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • Harbinger Shroud has been added to the game.
November 30, 2021
  • Harbinger Shroud was available during the End of Dragons Beta Event 4.
  • Fixed a bug in which swapping specializations while in Shroud could leave the player in a broken Shroud state.
  • No longer disables autoattack when activated or deactivated.
August 17, 2021