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Serpent Siphon

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Serpent Siphon

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

Punishment. Unleash a ghostly serpent toward a targeted area. Upon arriving, the serpent will burst into sand, granting barrier and boons to nearby allies and poisoning enemies. Convert a boon from struck enemies into torment.

Damage.png Damage: 226 (0.85)?
Barrier.png Barrier: 1,295 (1.0)?
Poisoned.png Poison (10s): 335 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
Torment.png3 Boon Conversion (8s): 528 Damage, 763 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Aegis.png Aegis (5s): Block the next incoming attack.
Regeneration.png Regen (9s): 1,170 Heal
Regeneration.png Regen (6s): 780 Heal
Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Converted to Conditions: 1
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Radius.png Radius: 240
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Curses Curses

Death Magic Death Magic

Scourge Scourge

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
March 19, 2024
  • Increased the cooldown from 20 seconds to 30 seconds in WvW only.
June 27, 2023
  • This skill has been reworked. It will now send a serpent to a target area that will detonate upon arrival. Allies in the area will gain barrier, regeneration, and aegis. Enemies will be poisoned and one of their boons will be converted into torment. Reduced cooldown from 25 seconds to 20 seconds.
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.