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Disambig icon.png This article is about the Necromancer Minions. For the Elder Dragon minions, see Elder Dragon#Dragon minions.
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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 five 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.)

All manner of free-roaming minions can also be encountered in some locations throughout Tyria, as well as in The Underworld, or summoned by hostile necromancers.


See also: Category:Minions

List of minion skills[edit]

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

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer[edit]

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.
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.
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
ChainSummon 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[edit]

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

Reaper tango icon 20px.png Reaper[edit]

"Rise!".png "Rise!" 40 Shout. 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.

Related traits[edit]

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Related equipment[edit]

Upgrade components affected by minions[edit]

Upgrade components that summon minions[edit]

Minion attributes[edit]

  • The level 80 minions have the following attributes:
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 ? ?
  • In PvE zones (World versus World not counted), all Necromancer minions have approximately 71% more health than the amounts listed above.


  • 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.

Player Chatter[edit]

  • 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.


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  • 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 Reconnaissance that his summoned minions were never alive, unlike the Risen.[1] It can be assumed, though, that minions are formed from dead body parts, based on their appearance.


  1. ^ Reconnaissance
    Trahearne: My necromantic servants have never been alive; thus, they are immune to the ravages of Orr.