Lich Form

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Lich Form.png

Lich Form

Not available underwater  150 Recharge time  9 Hero point  

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer (skill list)
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Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. Entering this form removes all other spectral effects. Gain life force when this skill ends.

 Stability.png Stability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared or taunted.
 Miscellaneous effect.png Life Force When Ending: 15%
 Radius.png Boon Application Interval: 3s
 Duration.png Duration: 20s

— In-game description [?]

Description and skills[edit]

Lich Form transforms the user into a large ghastly figure with an ephemeral green tone. The player's skill bar is replaced as follows:

Skill Type Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Deathly Claws.png
 Deathly Claws
0.75¾ Send out grasping claws to damage your foes.
Lich's Gaze.png
 Lich's Gaze
0.25¼ Fire a debilitating projectile at a random nearby target.
Ripple of Horror.png
 Ripple of Horror
0.5½ 15 Launch a wave that terrorizes foes it hits. You may activate March of Undeath to shadowstep to the wave.
3 Ripple of Horror, March of Undeath chainRedirect Arrow.png
March of Undeath.png
 March of Undeath
12 Shadowstep to your Ripple of Horror, destroying it.
Summon Madness.png
 Summon Madness
Minion 10.5½ 30 Minion. Repeatedly summon minions that explode after a period of time if they are not killed.
Grim Specter.png
 Grim Specter
0.75¾ 30 Siphon health from nearby enemies over time, gaining vitality each time you hit an enemy.
Players struck by this ability lose equivalent vitality.

As with other forms, the elite slot is replaced with a skill allowing the player to cancel the form early.


  • Using this skill provides the Lich Form.png Lich Form effect for its duration.
  • The form uses a weapon strength of 1015 (level 78 Fexotic staff) in PvP, and 772.5 weapon strength (level 78 Cfine staff) in PvE.
  • The form also doubles base Precision and Vitality. At level 80, this adds 1000 Precision (47.6% Critical Chance) and 1000 Vitality (10 000 Health).
  • The life force gain when Lich Form ends is based on the life force pool without the extra health from Lich Form.


Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
December 11, 2018

The recharge time of this skill has been reduced from 180 seconds to 150 seconds.

August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This skill has had a functionality rework for many of its skills.
  • Its active duration has been increased from 15 seconds to 20 seconds.
October 01, 2015
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the descriptions for Plague and Lich Form from appearing properly.
September 29, 2015
  • Updated this transformation to no longer destroy your active minions.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • This skill is now considered a spectral skill and grants 15% life force when it ends.
  • Reduced duration of this skill from 20 seconds to 15 seconds.
March 16, 2015
  • This ability now grants 1 stack of stability every 3 seconds, with a 3-second duration.
September 09, 2014
  • The duration of this transform has been reduced from 30 seconds to 20 seconds.
  • This transform no longer increases power levels exponentially. The damage of skills in this transform has been adjusted to compensate.
April 15, 2014
  • Fixed a bug in which entering Lich Form would not remove all of the effects of Spectral Walk.
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill would occasionally go on full cooldown after being interrupted.
August 20, 2013
  • Updated the skill fact description so that it doesn't indicate it removes spectral forms.
June 25, 2013
  • All elite player transforms (racial and profession) now have a 1-second cooldown on leaving them. This was done to prevent unintentionally leaving through double-clicking.
November 15, 2012
  • Leaving this skill now removes stability from the player to make the removal consistent with all other transform elites.
October 22, 2012
  • Entering Lich Form or Plague destroys all minions and removes all spectral effects now.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Lich Form has been added to the game.


  • Emotes used while in this form use a special voice and follow the norn animations, regardless of the character's race.