Locust Swarm

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Locust Swarm

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
No related skill available in slot 1No related skill available in slot 2No related skill available in slot 3Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.png
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0.5½ Activation time  24 Recharge time  
Locust Swarm

Gain swiftness and summon a swarm of locusts that siphons health to you and your allies from nearby foes.

Damage.png Life Siphon Damage: 117 (0.08)?
Healing.png Life Siphon Healing: 37 (0.08)?
Healing.png Life Siphon Healing: 55 (0.08)?
Swiftness.png Swiftness (15s): +33% Movement Speed
Miscellaneous effect.png Life Force: 10.5½%
Miscellaneous effect.png Number of Impacts: 10
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Number of targets.png Number of Allied Targets: 4
Duration.png Duration: 5 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 180
Radius.png Healing Radius: 360

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Blood Magic Blood Magic

Reaper Reaper


  • For more information about Life Siphoning, refer to Life Steal.
  • Applies Locust Swarm.png Locust Swarm effect.
  • The swarm lasts for 5 seconds and pulses in a point-blank area of effect every 0.5 second, generating life force, and dealing damage with each pulse.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 02, 2023
  • Increased life-siphon healing from 37 to 55 in PvP and WvW.
February 14, 2023
  • Reduced cooldown from 30 seconds to 24 seconds.
June 28, 2022
  • This skill now heals nearby allies around the necromancer based on the number of enemies hit, in addition to its previous effects.
April 23, 2019
  • This skill will now inflict its effects every 0.5 seconds instead of every second.
  • The duration of this skill has been halved, so the same number of attacks will occur, but they will occur faster.
  • The radius of this skill has been reduced from 210 to 180 to make the range a standard multiple of 60.
  • Finally, rather than inflicting damage on each pulse, Locust Swarm will now siphon health from enemies within its area of effect.
January 27, 2015
  • The casting time of this skill has been reduced from 1 second to 0.5 seconds.
September 09, 2014
  • Increased base swiftness duration from 10 seconds to 15 seconds.
  • Fixed a bug which caused this skill to have incorrect skill facts and duration when traited with Banshee's Wail.
  • Added a range indicator for this skill.
April 15, 2014
  • Added skill facts for duration and number of impacts.
October 15, 2013
  • Increased the base cripple duration to 2 seconds.
June 25, 2013
  • Increased the radius to 210.
  • Increased the animation size to better reflect its attack area.
February 26, 2013
  • The radius of this ability has been increased by ~16% and now has the range of a normal melee ability.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Locust Swarm has been added to the game.