Lich Form

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Lich Form.png

Lich Form

Not available underwater  
Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Training cost
9 Hero points
Game link
1 Activation time  150 Recharge time  
Lich Form

Spectral. Assume the form of a lich for a brief time, improving your precision and vitality. Gain life force when this skill ends.
Entering this form removes other spectral effects.

Stability.png Stability (3s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
Attribute bonus.png Precision: +1,000
Attribute bonus.png Vitality: +1,000
Interval.png Boon Application Interval: 3 seconds
Duration.png Duration: 20 seconds
Duration.png Duration: 10 seconds

— In-game description


  • 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 Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
1 Deathly Claws.png Deathly Claws 0.75¾ Send out grasping claws to damage your foes.
2 Lich's Gaze.png Lich's Gaze 0.25¼ Fire a debilitating projectile at a random nearby target.
3 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 ChainMarch of Undeath.png March of Undeath 12 Shadowstep to your Ripple of Horror, destroying it.
4 Mark of Horror.png Summon Madness 10.5½ 30 Minion. Repeatedly summon minions that explode after a period of time if they are not killed.
5 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 transforms, 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 1,015 (level 78 exotic staff) in PvP, and 772.5 weapon strength (level 78 fine staff) in PvE.
  • The form also doubles base Precision and Vitality. At level 80, this adds 1,000 Precision (47.6% Critical Chance) and 1,000 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.
  • Signet of Humility can end Lich Form prematurely.
The precision and vitality skill facts are using the generic attribute bonus icon Attribute bonus.png rather than the related attribute icon: Precision attribute.png resp. Vitality attribute.png.


Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • Reduced the amount of life force granted when exiting the transformation from 15% to 5% in PvP only.
February 23, 2021
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill would go on full cooldown if interrupted after a certain point during the casting time.
February 02, 2021
  • Updated skill description and tooltip to include attribute increases granted while transformed.
March 04, 2020
  • Reduced duration from 20 seconds to 10 seconds in PvP only.
January 14, 2020
  • Exiting Lich Form no longer removes stability.
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.