Life Siphon

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Life Siphon

10.75¾ Activation time  10 Recharge time  

Siphon health from your foe. Healing effectiveness increases if you are bleeding. Damage increases if your foe is bleeding.

 Damage.png Damage (9x): 990 (2.7)?
 Damage.png Damage (9x): 828 (2.25)?
 Damage.png Damage Increased While Bleeding: 20%
 Healing.png Pulse Heal: 450 (0.1)?
 Healing.png Pulse Heal: 300 (0.1)?
 Healing.png Healing Increased While Bleeding: 20%
 Range.png Range: 600

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Blood Magic Blood Magic

Soul Reaping Soul Reaping


  • For more information about Life Siphoning, refer to Life Steal.
  • Gains 90% benefit from healing power over full channel.
  • Does not heal if the attack misses, is blocked, or is evaded.
  • The skill gets cancelled if the player faces away from the target.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.3 to 0.25. Reduced pulse base heal from 450 to 300.
July 10, 2018
  • Reduced the casting time from 3 seconds to 1.75 seconds. This skill will now cancel if the necromancer faces away from their target.
May 08, 2018
  • The cooldown of this skill is no longer split between game modes and will now use the lower 10-second cooldown in all modes.
March 27, 2018
  • Reduced the cooldown from 12 seconds to 10 seconds in PvP and WvW.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • This skill has been unsplit from PvP and now uses the higher healing value in all game modes.
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to go on higher (normal) recharge when interrupted while Quickening Thirst is equipped.
June 20, 2017
  • The base healing of this skill has been increased by 25.7% in PvP only.
May 16, 2017
  • Gains 20% increased healing if cast while you are bleeding.
  • Deals 20% more damage to bleeding foes.
July 26, 2016
  • The channel time of this skill has been reduced from 3.75 seconds to 2.75 seconds.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • The effects of siphoning skills and traits have been increased by 20%.
November 04, 2014
  • Increased this skill's base healing by 25%, and increased the scaling with healing power by 75%.
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill increased by 25% instead of 20% when traited with Bloodthirst.
April 15, 2014
  • Updated the skill fact to scale correctly with healing power.
March 26, 2013
  • Updated skill facts.
October 01, 2012
  • This skill now properly applies damage at its intended range of 600.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Life Siphon has been added to the game.