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Serpent Siphon

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Serpent Siphon

Not available underwater  0.5½ Activation time  25 Recharge time  Ground-targeted  
Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Scourge icon small.png Scourge
Training cost
15 Hero points
Game link

Punishment. Unleash ghostly serpents toward foes in the targeted area; serpents striking their targets become magical sand, which grants allies a barrier. Convert a boon from struck enemies into torment.

 Damage.png Damage: 226 (0.85)?
 Barrier.png Barrier: 1,487 (1.426)?
 Poisoned.png Poison (10s): 335 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
 Torment.png3 Boon Conversion (8s): 528 Damage, 763 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
 Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Converted to Conditions: 1
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Radius.png Radius: 360
 Unblockable.png Unblockable
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Curses Curses

Death Magic Death Magic

Scourge Scourge


  • Each target struck by the attack drops a small packet on the ground next to it that is consumed and grants a barrier to the first ally that touches it. It is possible for a single ally to collect all barriers.
  • Each barrier packet lasts around 6 seconds.
This skill will summon a snake if the AoE is neither positioned on the caster or an ally; there will be no snake otherwise.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
October 04, 2022
  • Punishment skills no longer inflict crippled when removing a boon. Increased number of torment stacks applied when removing a boon from 1 to 3.
March 05, 2019
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to list an incorrect amount of barrier. Reduced its recharge time from 30 seconds to 25 seconds. Increased its damage by 21%.
February 06, 2018
  • Punishment Skills: The torment durations of this skill category have been reduced from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
    • The cripple duration has been reduced from 3 seconds to 2 seconds.
December 12, 2017
  • All skills that grant barrier now give 15% more barrier.
  • Poison has been adjusted from 2 stacks for 5 seconds to 1 stack for 10 seconds.
  • Adjusted torment from 2 stacks for 5 seconds to 1 stack for 10 seconds.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Serpent Siphon has been added to the game.