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A necromancer summoning Bone Minions.

A minion is an undead servant. A minion has a fixed amount of health, damage, and armor, which seems to be linked to the level of the player, and will stay alive until damage destroys it which allows it to be re-summoned after any associated recharge. Minions associated with certain utility skills will be destroyed if their skill is switched from the skill bar.

When a skill to summon a minion is activated, it is replaced by another skill in sequence. These follow-up skills enhance the minion's attacks or destroy the minion to cause additional effects. This also limits summoning of minions of one kind to a certain amount, in most cases just one. Known exceptions to this are the Summon Bone Minions skill, which summons a pair of minions of the same kind, and Jagged Horrors, which can be summoned by a variety of skills and effects, and are limited to a total of eight at any one time from the Death Nova Trait.

Minions only inherit the player's Condition Damage, Condition Duration, and Boon Duration attributes. Conditions applied by minions are counted as being applied by the Necromancer (important for the traits Parasitic Contagion and Corrupter's Fervor.)


See also: Category:Minions

List of minion skills[edit]

Skill Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer[edit]

Summon Blood Fiend.png
 Summon Blood Fiend
2 10.5½ 16 Summon a blood fiend that transfers health to you on each attack.
Redirect Arrow.png
Taste of Death.png
 Taste of Death
0.75¾ Sacrifice your blood fiend to heal yourself.
Summon Bone Fiend.png
 Summon Bone Fiend
3 10.5½ 24 Summon a bone fiend that attacks foes at range. Delivers a crippling attack once every ten seconds.
Redirect Arrow.png
Rigor Mortis.png
 Rigor Mortis
50 Immobilize your bone fiend, and it will immobilize foes.
Summon Bone Minions.png
 Summon Bone Minions
2 10.5½ 16 Summon two bone minions.
Redirect Arrow.png
Putrid Explosion.png
 Putrid Explosion
1 Explode a bone minion.
Summon Flesh Wurm.png
 Summon Flesh Wurm
Not available underwater.png 4 10.5½ 32 Summon an immobile flesh wurm to attack foes.
Redirect Arrow.png
Necrotic Traversal.png
 Necrotic Traversal
Sacrifice your flesh wurm, teleport to it, and poison foes.
Summon Shadow Fiend.png
 Summon Shadow Fiend
4 10.5½ 24 Summon a shadow fiend to attack foes.
Redirect Arrow.png
20 Command your shadow fiend to teleport to a foe and attack all nearby foes, inflicting conditions.
Summon Flesh Golem.png
 Summon Flesh Golem
9 10.5½ 48 Summon a flesh golem to attack foes with crippling claws.
Redirect Arrow.png
Charge (necromancer skill).png
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
Redirect Arrow.png
Summon Madness.png
 Summon Madness
10.5½ 30 Minion. Repeatedly summon minions that explode after a period of time if they are not killed.
List of skills that also summon minions
Skill Underwater.png Hero point.png Activation.png Tango-recharge-darker.png Description

Reaper tango icon 20px.png Reaper[edit]

15 40 Damage foes around you. Summon a shambling horror plus additional horrors near each enemy struck. Shambling horrors absorb damage for their master as long as they are attacking.

Minion Stats[edit]

Level 80 :

Minion Armor Health
Blood Fiend 2000 13000
Bone Fiend 2600 7000
Bone Minion 2125 5000
Flesh Golem 2600 13000
Flesh Wurm 2470 9000
Jagged Horror 2125 8700
Shambling Horror
Shadow Fiend 2125 10700
Unstable Horror

Jagged Horrors lose ~3.5% of their maximum health every second. This is, however, a flat amount lost, so Flesh of the Master extends their lifespan significantly.

In PvE zones (World versus World not counted), all Necromancer minions have approximately 71% more health than the amounts listed above.

Related traits[edit]

Necromancer minions render.jpg

Related equipment[edit]

Upgrade components affected by minions[edit]


Upgrade components that summon minions[edit]



Some minions often become unresponsive after leaving combat and engaging in a different fight, often not attacking their master's target unless an enemy attacks them or hits them with an attack while attacking something else.
  • They are called "necrominions" by the Tyrian Explorers Society.
  • The summoning skill starts its cooldown when the minion dies.
  • Necromancer Minion kills count as hammer kills for Weapon Master.
  • When summoning a minion, the character will occasionally shout out one of the following lines, depending on race and gender.
Race Gender
Male Female
Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura Each more hideous than the last!
I've made life! Of a sort.
Arise, my brainless, arise!
Up on your... uh, feet!
This one's kind'a cute!
Never waste a corpse!
Look! Life after death!
You live by my whim!
Go forth, my undead minion!
Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr Go forth, my minion!
Live my puppet, live!
Attention, my creation!
Present arms!
Life! ...Let my creation live.
Look! Life after death!
Go forth, my undead minion!
Never waste a corpse.
Go forth, you disposable soldier.
Ah, fresh fodder.
Human tango icon 20px.png Human Go forth. my minion!
Live, my puppet! Live!
Grenth... your power flows through me!
Arise, my creation!
Life! Give my creation life!
Grenth! I call upon your power!
Arise my creation.
Servant of mine, walk this land.
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn Live... now!
Live again!
Kill, my servant, kill!
Arise, minion!
My creature!
Not dead after all...
My minion!
It has a life!
Go, fodder, go!
Come forth.
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari Your duty lies at my side now.
Come to me, minion... and do my bidding.
No rest for you yet, sweet soul; kneel.
I command you to rise again!
Death cannot hold you, minion.
Arise and do my bidding!
I summon you, minion. Rise!
Come forth from death, my beauty!
Your time has come again, lost soul.
Join me, creation; I give you purpose.
  • When a minion dies, the character will occasionally shout out one of the following lines, depending on race and gender.
Race Gender
Male Female
Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura I'll remember you always, you nameless thing.
These things should come with a warranty!
Neutralized already?
I need to work on making those last longer.
I'll summon another!
I didn't think it would pop like that.
Good thing I didn't name that one!
I can always summon more!
I should have given that one a brain!
Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr Oops, there goes another one.
My minion!
They're so disposable.
Rest useless.
No! Not my minion!
That's ok. They're easy to make.
It was only fodder.
It served well.
Human tango icon 20px.png Human Now I'll have to make another one!
It's my own fault for making them so disposable.
It had a good life. Short, but good.
My minion!
Praise Grenth, for it served me well.
No! I hand-raised that minion!
It started out as a corpse, and now it's a corpse again.
Now I'll have to make another one!
It's my own fault for making them so disposable.
It had a good life. Short, but good.
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn My minion!
I'll remember that one.
So fragile.
They die like flies.
Dead again, dead again.
My servant!
It served me well.
There goes another!
That's never pretty...
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari Oh, no; I'll miss it.
You killed my minion!
Rest well, my loyal friend.
Back to dust, my minion.
Another minion down... I'll have to make more.
Killing my minions? I'll make more!
Life is fragile; rest now.
Return to dust, my friend.
That minion was so loyal.
I loved that little fellow.


Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Minion.
  • Conceptually, as seen in the Original Guild Wars, necromancer minions spring forth from a corpse. Due to corpses not being 'exploitable' in Guild Wars 2, most minions are instead summoned from the ground.
  • Trahearne explains at one point in the story step Forging the Pact that his summoned minions were never alive, unlike the Risen. It can be assumed though that minions are formed from dead body parts based on their appearance.