List of necromancer skills

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This is a list of core necromancer skills. For additional skills available to necromancer's elite specializations, see:

Note that after you've unlocked Weaponmaster Training, you can use all weapons that are normally tied to an elite specialization even if you don't have it active.

Profession mechanic[edit]

Death Shroud is the necromancer's profession mechanic, occupying the F1 slot above the skill bar. Activating Death Shroud will transform you into a phantasmal state with special skills, where your accumulated life force takes the place of health but slowly depletes over time.

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
F1 Death Shroud.png Death Shroud 10 Assume a spectral form and gain new skills, turning your life force into health.
F1 ChainEnd Death Shroud.png End Death Shroud Leave Death Shroud and return to your normal form.
Death Shroud (Terrestrial)
1 Life Blast.png Life Blast 1 Shroud. Blast your foe with life force.
2 Dark Path.png Dark Path 0.75¾ 8 Shroud. Send out a claw. If it hits a foe, it inflicts bleeding and chill on nearby foes and you may cast Dark Pursuit to shadowstep to the initial target.
2 ChainDark Pursuit.png Dark Pursuit Shadowstep to the foe marked by Dark Path. Using this skill increases the recharge of Dark Path.
3 Doom.png Doom 0.75¾ 20 Shroud. Inflict fear on your foe.
4 Life Transfer.png Life Transfer 30.5½ 25 Shroud. Damage nearby foes and steal their life force.
5 Tainted Shackles.png Tainted Shackles 0.25¼ 30 Shroud. Begin binding nearby enemies with your life force, pulsing out conditions; they can break this binding if they get far enough away from you. Bound foes are immobilized if the binding finishes.
Death Shroud (Aquatic)
1 Life Blast.png Plague Blast 0.5½ Blast a foe with a plague that transfers one condition to them.
2 Dark Water.png Dark Water 0.5½ 8 Blind and poison foes near your target with a dark cloud.
3 Wave of Fear.png Wave of Fear 0.5½ 20 Terrify all foes in front of you with a wave of fear.
4 Gathering Plague.png Gathering Plague 10.25¼ 25 Draw conditions from nearby allies to yourself, and inflict weakness on yourself.
5 Tainted Shackles.png Tainted Shackles 0.25¼ 30 Shroud. Begin binding nearby enemies with your life force, pulsing out conditions; they can break this binding if they get far enough away from you. Bound foes are immobilized if the binding finishes.

Weapon skills[edit]


# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


1 Necrotic Grasp.png Necrotic Grasp 0.75¾ Send out a grasping hand that damages foes in a line and grants you life force.
2 Mark of Blood.png Mark of Blood 0.75¾ 40.75¾ Mark. Inscribe a mark that bleeds foes when they trigger it, and grants regeneration to allies.
3 Chillblains.png Chillblains 0.75¾ 12 Mark. Inscribe a mark that inflicts chill and poison on foes when triggered.
4 Putrid Mark.png Putrid Mark 0.75¾ 15 Mark. Inscribe a mark that damages enemies and transfers your conditions to them when triggered.
5 Reaper's Mark.png Reaper's Mark 0.75¾ 18 Mark. Inscribe a mark that inflicts fear on foes when triggered.

Main-hand only[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


1 Rending Claws.png Rending Claws 1 Slash your foe twice with ghostly claws to make them vulnerable. Vulnerability applied increases against foes below the health threshold.
2 Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws 10.75¾ 8 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.
3 Unholy Feast.png Unholy Feast 1 12 Cripple nearby foes and remove their boons. Release an Unholy Burst on foes below the health threshold.


1 Blood Curse.png Blood Curse 0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe.
1 ChainRending Curse.png Rending Curse 0.5½ Chain. Bleed your foe.
1 ChainPutrid Curse.png Putrid Curse 0.5½ Chain. Poison and bleed your foe.
2 Grasping Dead.png Grasping Dead 0.75¾ 10 Summon skeletal hands to cripple foes in the target area.
3 Feast of Corruption.png Feast of Corruption 0.75¾ 10 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.

Main and off-hand[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


1 Necrotic Slash.png Necrotic Slash Chain. Slash your foe twice.
1 ChainNecrotic Slash.png Necrotic Stab Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 ChainNecrotic Bite.png Necrotic Bite 0.25¼ Strike your foe and gain life force.
2 Life Siphon.png Life Siphon 0.75¾ 8 Siphon health from your foe. Healing effectiveness increases if you are bleeding. Damage increases if your foe is bleeding.
3 Dark Pact.png Dark Pact 1 12 Bleed yourself. Immobilize your foe and remove their boons. Gain life force for each boon removed.
4 Deathly Swarm.png Deathly Swarm 0.5½ 16 Unleash an insect swarm to blind and transfer conditions to your enemies.
5 Enfeebling Blood.png Enfeebling Blood 0.75¾ 20 Inflict weakness and bleeding on foes in the target area.

Off-hand only[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


4 Soul Grasp.png Soul Grasp 0.5½ 3 Release a disembodied hand to draw life force from your foe.
5 Spinal Shivers.png Spinal Shivers 1 16 Chill your target and remove up to three boons, dealing extra damage based on the number of boons removed.


4 Wail of Doom.png Wail of Doom 0.75¾ 24 Screech a wail of doom in a cone pattern, inflicting fear on foes. (Does bonus defiance-bar damage to defiant foes.)
5 Locust Swarm.png Locust Swarm 0.5½ 24 Gain swiftness and summon a swarm of locusts that siphons health to you and your allies from nearby foes.


# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


1 Cruel Strike.png Cruel Strike 0.5½ Chain. Stab your foe.
1 ChainWicked Strike.png Wicked Strike 0.75¾ Chain. Strike your foe again.
1 ChainReaper's Scythe.png Reaper's Scythe 0.75¾ Reap life force from nearby foes.
2 Wicked Spiral.png Wicked Spiral 10.75¾ 8 Spin multiple times, dealing damage and applying vulnerability to each foe struck.
3 Deadly Feast.png Deadly Feast 0.5½ 15 Gain swiftness and summon a swarm of vampiric shrimp that siphon health from nearby foes.
4 Deadly Catch.png Deadly Catch 0.75¾ 25 Whirl around, throwing spears that cripple foes and pull them to you.
5 Dark Spear.png Dark Spear 0.5½ 25 Throw your spear and shadowstep to the first target it hits, delivering a rending strike in the area around you.


1 Crimson Tide.png Crimson Tide 0.75¾ Send a devouring surge toward your enemy.
2 Feast.png Feast 0.5½ 10 Weaken and damage foes around you. Gain life force per foe struck. Fire a Crimson Tide at each enemy in the area.
3 Foul Current.png Foul Current 10.75¾ 12 Dart at your foe and strike them with tremendous force, inflicting poison based on distance traveled. You constantly release Crimson Tide toward your target as you travel.
4 Sinking Tomb.png Sinking Tomb 0.5½ 20 Entomb your foe, making them sink. Fire Crimson Tide at your target multiple times.
5 Frozen Abyss.png Frozen Abyss 2 25 Create a continually expanding field near you that applies chill and vulnerability to enemies and deals damage when it ends. Fire Crimson Tide on each pulse at enemies within the maximum range.

Slot skills[edit]


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Consume Conditions.png Consume Conditions 10.25¼ 30 Corruption. Feast on your conditions, gaining health for each one consumed. You become vulnerable.
Summon Blood Fiend.png Summon Blood Fiend 10.5½ 16 Minion. Summon a blood fiend that transfers health to you on each attack.
ChainTaste of Death.png Taste of Death 0.75¾ Sacrifice your blood fiend to heal yourself.
Signet of Vampirism.png Signet of Vampirism 10.25¼ 24 Signet Passive: Steal health from nearby foes while in combat.
Signet Active: Heal yourself and mark a foe. Allied players will siphon life from the marked enemy.
Well of Blood.png Well of Blood 1 25 Well. Conjure a well of blood to heal allies.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


Blood Is Power.png Blood Is Power 0.75¾ 0.5½ Corruption. Bleed yourself to grant might to allies around you and bleed your target.
Corrosive Poison Cloud.png Corrosive Poison Cloud Not available underwater 0.5½ 30 Corruption. Weaken yourself and envelope[sic] the target area in a noxious cloud that blocks enemy missiles and poisons foes and leaves them weakened.
Corrupt Boon.png Corrupt Boon 0.5½ 0.5½ Corruption. Poison yourself. Transform boons on your foe into negative conditions.
Epidemic.png Epidemic 1 20 Corruption. Apply vulnerability to yourself. Spread conditions on a target foe to all nearby foes at a reduced duration.
WvW only: does not affect structures or targets with resistance.


Summon Bone Fiend.png Summon Bone Fiend 10.5½ 24 Minion. Summon a bone fiend that attacks foes at range. Delivers a crippling attack once every ten seconds.
ChainRigor Mortis.png Rigor Mortis 50 Immobilize your bone fiend, and it will immobilize foes.
Summon Bone Minions.png Summon Bone Minions 10.5½ 16 Minion. Summon two bone minions.
ChainPutrid Explosion.png Putrid Explosion 1 Explode a bone minion.
Summon Flesh Wurm.png Summon Flesh Wurm Not available underwater 10.5½ 25 Minion. Summon an immobile flesh wurm to attack foes.
ChainNecrotic Traversal.png Necrotic Traversal Sacrifice your flesh wurm, teleport to it, and poison foes.
Summon Shadow Fiend.png Summon Shadow Fiend 10.5½ 24 Minion. Summon a shadow fiend to attack foes.
ChainHaunt.png Haunt 20 Command your shadow fiend to teleport to a foe and attack all nearby foes, inflicting conditions.


Plague Signet.png Plague Signet 20 Signet Passive: Transfers conditions from nearby allies to yourself.
Signet Active: Send your conditions to a foe.
Signet of Spite.png Signet of Spite 0.75¾ 40 Signet Passive: Improves power.
Signet Active: Inflict bleeding, blindness, crippled, poison, vulnerability, and weakness on your foe.
Signet of the Locust.png Signet of the Locust 0.75¾ 25 Signet Passive: Your movement speed is increased.
Signet Active: [sic]Strike and remove boons from nearby foes. Heal for each foe you strike and for each boon removed.
Signet of Undeath.png Signet of Undeath 10.5½ 75 Signet Passive: Generates life force while in combat.
Signet Active: Sacrifice health to revive one downed ally in a target area.


Spectral Armor.png Spectral Armor 30 Spectral. Gain life force as you take damage.
Spectral Grasp.png Spectral Grasp 0.5½ 35 Spectral. Pull target foe and all nearby foes to you, chill them, and gain life force.
Spectral Walk.png Spectral Walk 30 Spectral. Create a shadowy tether and become spectral, consuming conditions for life force. You may return to your initial position by using Spectral Recall.
ChainSpectral Recall.png Spectral Recall Return to the point where Spectral Walk began.
Spectral Ring.png Spectral Ring Not available underwater 0.25¼ 40 Spectral. Create a spectral ring that protects allies and inflicts fear on foes. Gain life force when a foe is inflicted by fear from this skill.
This skill can only inflict fear on the same foe once per interval.


Well of Corruption.png Well of Corruption 0.25¼ 32 Well. Target area pulses, converting boons on foes into conditions.
Well of Darkness.png Well of Darkness 0.25¼ 25 Well. Target area pulses, blinding foes with each pulse.
Well of Power.png Well of Power 0.25¼ 25 Well. Target area pulses, converting conditions on allies into boons and granting might.
Well of Suffering.png Well of Suffering 0.25¼ 25 Well. Target area pulses, damaging foes and inflicting vulnerability.


Skill Underwater skills Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description
Plaguelands.png Plaguelands 1 90 Corruption. Create a virulent cloud that inflicts conditions on foes in its area. This plague inflicts additional conditions every second it persists. Inflict bleeding on yourself.
Summon Flesh Golem.png Summon Flesh Golem 10.5½ 48 Minion. Summon a flesh golem to attack foes with crippling claws.
ChainCharge (necromancer skill).png Charge 0.75¾ 40 Command your flesh golem to gain stability and charge a foe, knocking down or launching enemies in its path.
Lich Form.png Lich Form Not available underwater 1 150 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.

Downed and drowning skills[edit]

# Skill Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description


1 Life Leech.png Life Leech 60.25¼ Leech health from a foe to heal yourself.
2 Fear (necromancer skill).png Fear 10.25¼ 10 Make your foe flee in fear.
3 Fetid Ground.png Fetid Ground 0.25¼ 20 Create fetid ground that damages and poisons foes.
4 Bandage.png Bandage 490.25¼ 5 Call your allies for help. Restores health while you channel it.


1 Life Leech.png Life Leech 60.25¼ Leech health from a foe to heal yourself.
2 Feeding Frenzy (necromancer skill).png Feeding Frenzy 0.5½ 5 Summon a school of undead fish to swarm your foe.
3 Death Curse.png Death Curse 0.5½ 20 Poison your foe and make them flee in fear.
4 Bandage.png Bandage 490.25¼ 5 Call your allies for help. Restores health while you channel it.

Auxiliary skillbars[edit]

These skills replace the main skillbar after activating the specified primary skills.

Lich Form[edit]

# 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.