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Practitioners of the dark arts, necromancers summon minions, wield the power of ritual, and heal themselves with blood magic. Necromancers feed on life force, which they can leverage offensively or use to delay their own demise. Necromancer

Necromancer icon.png Necromancers are masters of the dark arts. They summon the dead to fight for them, channel blood energy and rend their enemies' souls. Necromancers draw on life force and use it to strengthen or heal themselves and others. As a scholar profession, necromancers wear light armor.


Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Profession mechanic[edit]


Necromancers gather Life Force from nearby deaths that allows them to transform into Death Shroud which gives them access to a different set of skills and enables them to use life force instead of their health.

Necromancers have more health than other scholars; they not only are able to extend that health through the use of the Death Shroud, but also possess a wide variety of life stealing abilities, meaning the necromancer can potentially be a very sturdy profession. The necromancer is also great at inflicting debilitating or damaging conditions on enemies as well as removing conditions from allies and boons from enemies.

Necromancers also prominently make use of fear — a removable condition that forces the enemy to flee directly away from the caster for a short period of time.


Primary article: List of necromancer skills

Skill types[edit]

  • Corruption — Corruption skills are double-edged swords, applying conditions to both the necromancer and the target(s) when cast.
  • Mark — Some necromancer weapon skills place marks on the ground, which explode when an enemy walks over them to produce a variety of effects for allies and/or foes.
  • Minion — The necromancer can summon undead minions to do their bidding and attack foes. Every minion-summoning spell has an associated sequence skill that appears after the minion has been summoned. These additional skills range from consuming the minion to gain health to making them charge at foes to knock them over.
  • Signet — Provide a passive bonus, and can be activated to lose the passive bonus but produce a more powerful effect.
  • Spectral — Skills that use otherworldly spectral energy that further improves the necromancer's resilience. All Spectral skills grant life force.
  • Well - Skills that place long-lasting attacks on the ground to inflict negative effects on enemies, or positive effects on allies, over their duration.
Skills unique to elite specializations
  • Reaper tango icon 20px.png Shout — Skills that damage enemies around the reaper, becoming more powerful the more enemies they hit. (Reaper elite specialization only)
  • Scourge tango icon 20px.png Punishment — Skills that focus on providing boons to allies and conditions to enemies, while corrupting boons on enemies. (Scourge elite specialization only)


Necromancers have five core specializations, and two elite specializations:


Spite Spite — focuses on improving power damage, might generation, and applying vulnerability on enemies. May enhance focus, axe, and signet skills.
Curses Curses — focuses on applying conditions, improving condition damage, and benefiting from critical hits. May enhance scepter, and corruption skills.
Death Magic Death Magic — focuses on defence by granting toughness and protection against conditions. May enhance minions.
Blood Magic Blood Magic — focuses on support through healing, life stealing, and reviving allies. May enhance dagger, and warhorn skills.
Soul Reaping Soul Reaping — focuses on improving Death Shroud and life force generation. May enhance marks from staff skills.


Reaper Reaper — focuses on melee power damage, gives access to greatsword, shout skills, and replaces Death Shroud with the more offensive Reaper's Shroud.
Scourge Scourge — focuses on support, condition damage, and boon corruption. Gives access to torch, punishment skills, and replaces Death Shroud with the ability to create Sand Shades and use shade skills, most notoriously Desert Shroud.


See list of necromancer traits.



The necromancer is a scholar profession and wears light armor.


See also detailed list of necromancer weapon skills.

  • Two-handed
    • Greatsword — Slow attacks with massive damage, focusing in close combat and chill. (Reaper specialization only)
    • Staff — Long range spellcasting weapon which emphasizes AoE support via use of marks.
  • Main-hand
    • Axe — Use powerful attacks to tear enemies at medium range.
    • Dagger — Steal an enemy's health or life force at close range.
    • Scepter — Inflict various conditions on foes at a long range.
  • Aquatic
    • Spear — Reap enemies with close range attacks or terrorize them by summoning vampiric shrimp.
    • Trident — Thwart the enemy with offensive support and sink them into the abyss.

There are ten possible weapon sets for this profession and two weapon sets while underwater. The necromancer can equip and alternate between two weapon sets during combat.


The following crafting disciplines can create items that are useful to the necromancer:

Personal story[edit]

In the biography step of character creation, necromancers must decide what they would mark their face with:

A necromancer's closest companion is death. In acknowledgement of this, I mark my face with the symbol of a _____.
Biography Trickster Demon.png Trickster Demon ("trickster demon") — Trickster demons from the Mists find ways to enter our world to tear it apart. I, too, am a destructive force, and all shall fear me.
Biography Skull.png Skull ("skull") — I respect the traditions of necromancers that have gone before me. I mark my face with the symbol of a skull to remind me that even the greatest die eventually.
Biography Ghostly Wraith.png Ghostly Wraith ("ghostly wraith") — A wraith is a creature of energy, and its cunning helps it elude its enemies. What you cannot see...can kill you.


Amongst human necromancers, Grenth is often worshipped as their patron god. While norn necromancers often revere Raven over the other Spirits of the Wild.

Notable necromancers



  • The necromancer was previewed under this image until its unveiling on the 25th August 2010.
  • The necromancer was first revealed at the Gamescom 2010 demo, and was unveiled on the official website on Wednesday, August 25.
  • The unique mechanic of the necromancer was originally based around collecting souls from enemies and using them to summon minions.
  • Necromancer specializations are named after the Necromancer attributes from Guild Wars 1.

External links[edit]


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