Leeching Venoms

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Leeching Venoms

Thief icon small.png Shadow Arts (trait list)
Training cost
5 Hero points
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Venom utility skills siphon life from struck foes. Gain stacks of Spider Venom while stealthed. Siphoning can only occur once per strike.

 Damage.png Life Siphon Damage: 353 (0.033)?
 Damage.png Life Siphon Damage: 160 (0.0165)?
 Damage.png Life Siphon Healing: 325 (0.2)?
 Miscellaneous effect.png Maximum Venom Stacks: 6
 Miscellaneous effect.png Maximum Venom Stacks: 2
 Duration.png Venom Gain Interval: 3 seconds

— In-game description

Related skills[edit]

Weapon skills that are improved by this trait

Healing skills that are improved by this trait

Utility skills that are improved by this trait

Elite skills that are improved by this trait

Profession mechanic skills that are improved by this trait

Downed skills that are improved by this trait

Drowning skills that are improved by this trait


  • For more information about Life Siphoning, refer to Life Steal.
  • Actual damage equation is: 320 + (0.033 * Power). The damage portion is not affected by target armor.
  • When venoms are applied on allies, healing is based on the allied player's healing power.
  • Contrary to what the description suggests, every hit in an attack that targets multiple foes can leech life provided the player has enough venom stacks.
  • Spider Venom granted by this trait do not stack with Spider Venom utility skill.
  • Immediately grants 1 stack of Spider Venom upon entering stealth.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
October 26, 2021
  • (Undocumented) Added a missing word to the description.
July 08, 2020
  • Fixed a bug that caused the life-stealing damage to be higher than expected in PvP and WvW.
July 07, 2020
  • Reduced life-stealing base damage from 320 to 160 in PvP and WvW. Reduced life-stealing power coefficient from 0.0333 to 0.0165 in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced maximum stacks of spider venom provided by this trait from 6 to 2.
October 01, 2019
  • This trait now immediately grants a stack of spider venom when the thief first enters stealth and every 3 seconds after.
July 16, 2019
  • This trait has been moved to new slot in the same tier.
  • It no longer reduces recharge of venoms. Instead it causes the thief to stack spider venom automatically while in stealth.
July 26, 2016
  • This trait no longer grants might to allies it is applied to.
  • This trait now reduces the recharge of venom abilities.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
  • Added: Gain 2 stacks of might for 20 seconds when activating a venom.
April 30, 2013
  • Increased the damage scale from power by 33%.
  • Increased range from 325-400 to 325-425.
January 28, 2013
  • This trait no longer affects gadgets.
November 15, 2012
  • This trait now scales based on the thief's power.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Leeching Venoms has been added to the game.