Life force

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In-game screenshot of life force meter.

Life force is the necromancer's resource that fuels Death Shroud and Reaper's Shroud. Life force is gained when players or NPCs die nearby (providing 10% life force per death, approximately within a range of 1,200 units) and through certain skills.[1] Death Shroud depletes life force and ends when it reaches zero.

The base size of your life force pool is 69% of your maximum health, meaning it is indirectly affected by your Vitality attribute, and can be further increased by the Soul Battery minor trait of the Soul Reaping specialization, to 82.80% of maximum health.[2][3]

The life force bar, located above the weapon skills, displays life force level relative to its full value. Character death will drain some life force, as well as changing maps, or logging out and back in.

List of skills that grant Life Force[edit]

Skill Categories Skill Life Force Description
Necrotic Grasp.png
 Necrotic Grasp
4% Send out a grasping hand that damages foes in a line and grants you life force.
Mark of Blood.png
 Mark of Blood
3% Mark. Inscribe a mark that bleeds foes when they trigger it, and grants regeneration to allies.
3% Mark. Inscribe a mark that chill and poison the target area.
Putrid Mark.png
 Putrid Mark
3% Mark. Inscribe a mark that transfers conditions from yourself to foes when they trigger it.
Reaper's Mark.png
 Reaper's Mark
3% Mark. Inscribe a mark that causes fear when foes trigger it.
Feast of Corruption.png
 Feast of Corruption
1% per condition
2% per foe
Strike your target, gain life force, and corrupt boons on your foe. For each condition on your target up to the condition threshold, gain additional life force and inflict torment.
Ghastly Claws.png
 Ghastly Claws
12% Summon spectral claws to slash your foe in a quick flurry of strikes, gaining life force per strike. This attack deals increased damage per stack of vulnerability on your target.
Main-hand Dagger
Necrotic Slash.png
 Necrotic Stab
2% Strike your foe again.
Necrotic Bite.png
 Necrotic Bite
6% Strike your foe and gain life force.
Locust Swarm.png
 Locust Swarm
1.5% per hit Gain swiftness and summon a swarm of locusts that siphon health to you from nearby foes.
Soul Grasp.png
 Soul Grasp
11% Release a disembodied hand to draw life force from your foe.
Reaper's Scythe.png
 Reaper's Scythe
3% Reap life force from nearby foes.
5% Weaken and damage foes around you. Gain life force per foe struck. Fire a Crimson Tide at each enemy in the area.
Dusk Strike.png
 Dusk Strike Reaper tango icon 20px.png
1% Cleave foes in front of you.
Fading Twilight.png
 Fading Twilight Reaper tango icon 20px.png
1% Cleave foes in front of you again.
Chilling Scythe.png
 Chilling Scythe Reaper tango icon 20px.png
5% Strike foes and chill them.
Death Spiral.png
 Death Spiral Reaper tango icon 20px.png
2% Conjure a drill of dark energy on your blade and rend the armor of foes in front of you.
Grasping Darkness.png
 Grasping Darkness Reaper tango icon 20px.png
4% Conjure claws of darkness from the shadows to attack foes, applying a condition to them and pulling them to you. Gain life force for each struck foe.
Harrowing Wave.png
 Harrowing Wave Scourge tango icon 20px.png
3% Unleash a wave of corrupted fire, burning and tormenting enemies. Gain life force for each enemy struck.
"Your Soul Is Mine!".png
 "Your Soul Is Mine!" Reaper tango icon 20px.png
5% Shout. Heal yourself and strike foes around you, absorbing life force for each foe struck.
10% Command your shadow fiend to teleport to a foe and attack all nearby foes, inflicting conditions.
Necrotic Traversal.png
 Necrotic Traversal
10% Sacrifice your flesh wurm, teleport to it, and poison foes.
Signet of Undeath.png
 Signet of Undeath
2% per second Signet Passive: Generates life force while in combat. Signet Active: Revive up to three downed allies in a target area.
Spectral Armor.png
 Spectral Armor
8% Spectral. Gain life force as you take damage.
Spectral Grasp.png
 Spectral Grasp
15% Spectral. Pull target foe and all nearby foes to you, chill them, and gain life force.
Spectral Walk.png
 Spectral Walk
4% per condition Spectral. Create a shadowy tether and become spectral, consuming conditions for life force. You may return to your initial position by using Spectral Recall.
Well of Corruption.png
 Well of Corruption
1% per pulse Well. Target area pulses, converting boons on foes into conditions
 Dessicate Scourge tango icon 20px.png
10% Punishment. Draw vital energy from your foes to gain life force and grant boons to nearby allies. Gain additional life force per target struck. Convert a boon on affected enemies into torment and cripple.
Lich Form.png
 Lich Form
15% Spectral. 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.
Death Shroud
Life Transfer.png
 Life Transfer
3% Shroud. Damage nearby foes and steal their life force.
Reaper's Shroud
Life Reap.png
 Life Reap Reaper tango icon 20px.png
1.5% Shroud. Cleave foes around you, gaining life force for each foe struck. This skill inherits traits from Life Blast.
Blood Magic Mark of Evasion Mark of Evasion
3% Leave a Mark of Blood when you dodge.
Soul Reaping Fear of Death Fear of Death 15% Your fear effects have increased durations. Inflicting fear generates life force.
  • Skills marked with Reaper tango icon 20px.png are only available with the Reaper Elite specialization.
  • Skills marked with Scourge tango icon 20px.png are only available with the Scourge Elite specialization.

Related traits[edit]

Necromancer life force render.png
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Death Magic
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Blood Magic
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Soul Reaping
Reaper tango icon 20px.png Reaper
Scourge tango icon 20px.png Scourge


  1. ^ Necromancer, Official Guild Wars 2 website
  2. ^ ArenaNet employee, Guild Wars 2 forum
  3. ^ ArenaNet employee, Guild Wars 2 forum