Life Siphon

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Life Siphon

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Main hand dagger
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Activ. type
Game link
0.75¾ Activation time  8 Recharge time  
Life Siphon

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)?
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


  • Performs an initial strike, after which blood is siphoned from the target. If the initial strike hits, all subsequent strikes are guaranteed to hit.
  • This skill deals strike damage, despite its similarity to life stealing effects.
  • Healing while not suffering from Bleeding.png Bleeding:
Healing.png Healing: 4,050 (0.9)?
Healing.png Healing: 3,000 (0.9)?
  • Healing while suffering from Bleeding.png Bleeding:
Healing.png Healing: 4,860 (0.9)?
Healing.png Healing: 3,240 (0.9)?

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
June 27, 2023
  • This skill is no longer channeled and will instead perform a single attack. Enemies struck by the initial attack will be dealt damage over time, and the user will be healed when damage is dealt.
February 14, 2023
  • Reduced cooldown from 10 seconds to 8 seconds in PvP and WvW. Increased damage bonus against bleeding foes from 20% to 50% in PvE only.
August 23, 2022
  • (PvE only) Recharge reduced from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
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.