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Disambig icon.png This article is about the necromancer skill. For the campaign from the original game, see Guild Wars. For the book, see Nightfall (book).



0.5½ Activation time  20 Recharge time  
Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Reaper icon small.png Reaper
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
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Call down a growing column of shadows that damages and conditions foes every pulse.

 Damage.png Damage: 147 (0.364)?
 Damage.png Damage: 424 (1.05)?
 Blinded.png4 Blindness (2s): Next outgoing attack misses.
 Crippled.png4 Cripple (2s): -50% Movement Speed
 Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Converted to Conditions: 4
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Miscellaneous effect.png Pulses: 4
 Interval.png Interval: 2 seconds
 Radius.png Maximum Radius: 360
 Combo.png Combo Field: Dark

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Curses Curses

Death Magic Death Magic

Reaper Reaper


  • Has an initial radius of 170.
  • Unlike many similar skills, the damage is per pulse.
  • The boon corruption is 1 boon corrupted per pulse for a total of 4.
  • Boons are corrupted per the following:
Boon Condition
Aegis.png Aegis Burning.png Burning (1 stack, 3 s)
Alacrity.png Alacrity Chilled.png Chilled (3 s)
Fury.png Fury Blinded.png Blinded (5 s)
Might.png Might Weakness.png Weakness (5 s)
Protection.png Protection Vulnerability.png Vulnerability (3 stacks, 8 s)
Quickness.png Quickness Slow.png Slow (3 s)
Regeneration.png Regeneration Poisoned.png Poisoned (6s)
Resistance.png Resistance Chilled.png Chilled (3 s)
Resolution.png Resolution Confusion.png Confusion (3 stacks, 5 s)
Stability.png Stability Fear.png Fear (1 s)
Swiftness.png Swiftness Crippled.png Crippled (10 s)
Vigor.png Vigor Bleeding.png Bleeding (2 stacks, 8 s)

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 29, 2022
  • Reduced cooldown from 25 seconds to 20 seconds in PvE only.
June 28, 2022
  • Reduced cooldown from 25 seconds to 20 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split)Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.7 to 0.364.
March 05, 2019
  • Increased the damage of this skill by 50% in PvE only.
September 23, 2017
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill's visuals desynced when affected by quickness or slow.
February 22, 2017
  • This skill now converts boons into conditions from enemies it hits.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Nightfall has been added to the game.