Necromancer Quick Facts

As noted above, there are a number of different traits that can greatly enhance life force gain and death shroud. The key trait line to pay attention to is Soul Reaping – not only does it contain a sizable number of traits specific to life force and death shroud, but spending points in that line increases your total life force pool by 1% per point spent.

The traits that relate specifically to life force and death shroud can be seen below:

Spite
Trait Points Description
Spiteful Spirit 10 Gain retaliation for 3 seconds when entering Death Shroud
Reaper’s Might 10 Life Blast and Plague Blast grant might for 15 seconds
Curses
Trait Points Description
Weakening Shroud 10 Cast Enfeebling Blood when entering death shroud
Reaper’s Precision 10 You have a 33% chance to gain 1% life force on critical hits
Furious Demise 15 Gain fury for 5 seconds when entering death shroud
Death Magic
Trait Points Description
Shrouded Removal 10 Lose a condition when you enter death shroud
Death Shiver 20 Apply vulnerability for 10 seconds every 3 seconds to nearby foes while in death shroud
Blood Magic
Trait Points Description
Transfusion 10 Life Transfer heals nearby allies
Deathly Invigoration 20 Heal in an area when you leave death shroud
Soul Reaping
Trait Points Description
Gluttony 5 Life force fills 5% faster
Vital Persistence 10 Life force drains 25% slower while in death shroud
Path of Midnight 10 All death shroud skills recharge 15% faster
Speed of Shadows 10 Move 15% faster while in death shroud
Unyielding Blast 10 Life Blast pierces and causes vulnerability
Soul Marks 20 Marks generate 3% life force when triggered
Strength of Undeath 25 You do 5% more damage if you have more than 50% life force
Foot in the Grave 30 Gain stability for 3 seconds when you enter death shroud
Near to Death 30 Death shroud recharges 50% faster

As you can see here, there are multiple options for how you can enhance death shroud, and no one specific point spread you would want to focus on. Likewise, there really isn’t any one “optimal” build specific to enhancing death shroud, as many of the traits you choose will depend on which specific gameplay type you’re participating in. For example, you probably wouldn’t want to use the same traits in sPvP that you would in dungeons.

That said, you will want to focus on improved life force gain and slower life force drain first, regardless of which specific death shroud enhancements you’re aiming for with your build. You also have the option to skip over the traits listed here altogether, but be aware that you will be sacrificing a lot of survivability by doing so.

GW2 Necromancer Guide

The necromancer in Guild Wars 2 draws plenty of thematic inspiration from the traditional caster archetype of being a practitioner of the dark arts who can control the dead, drain life force from the living, and use poison and cold based attacks to slow and wear their foes down over time. While each of these rings true of the necromancer profession, in GW2 they are also built for high survivability, and are one of the game’s best examples of what is possible with Conditions as the cornerstone of damage output rather than larger direct damage attacks.

GW2 Necromancer Icon

Necromancer Quick Facts

  • One of Guild Wars 2’s three Scholar professions
  • Able to wear Light armor
  • Able to summon a variety of undead Minions
  • Makes effective use of Conditions
  • Uses a unique mechanic called Death Shroud
  • Can fight a short, mid, or long range
  • Can fulfill a tanking role in dungeons thanks to high survivability
  • Makes an excellent point defender in Structured PvP
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