Guild Wars 2 professions guide


Whereas most spellcasters are content to use their mastery of the arcane arts for good, the necromancer takes a different tack, focusing on their ability to poison, cripple, and otherwise infect their foes with horrible maladies. They don't do as much upfront damage as, say, an elementalist will, but they excel at laying conditions on enemies. In addition, they can summon a variety of demonic and undead minions to aid them in combat. They also have the ability to steal the life force of nearby foes and use it to transform into an avatar of death itself, gaining powerful new abilities. The necromancer is an excellent choice if you wish to have creatures by your side in combat (without all the attachment that a ranger has for his or her pet), or enjoy playing a profession that specializes in damage-over-time. As a necromancer, you'll have a wide array of skills available to you that place debuffs on your opponents, and many more skills that gain in power after you've applied those debuffs. For that reason, necromancers excel at fights that last a while, making them very handy in group play and against large, powerful foes with large health pools.

Profession Mechanic

You'll see your life force meter directly above your skill bar, along with a button that indicates that you can use the Death Shroud. The Death Shroud transforms the necromancer into a fierce avatar of death, capable of using new skills and effectively being unkillable for a short period of time. You can't die while in Death Shroud form, but your life force will steadily drain away while you're using it; when it runs out, you'll revert to your normal, fleshy form. This makes Death Shroud a great skill to use when you're on the verge of dying, as you'll gain a bit of a second wind and a bit of time for your friends to come help you. You can still be damaged in Death Shroud, so it won't extend your life very long if you're being swarmed by opponents, but sometimes a few moments are all you need to turn the tide of a battle.

The Death Shroud’s a great way to overpower enemies, but you can’t stay within it forever.

Specific Attribute

The Life Force Pool can be increased via traits. If you do so, you'll have more time to play around in Death Shroud form when you switch to it.

Usable Weapons

Main hand

  • Dagger
  • Scepter
  • Axe


  • Staff


  • Warhorn
  • Focus
  • Dagger


  • Spear
  • Trident

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