The Guild Wars 2 Necromancer profession brings with it a unique feel and awesome abilities. This is primarily a caster class that has the ability to summon a pet and uses a special resource called “Life Force”, which can be gained from the death of creatures and players around you. Necromancers also get abilities that allow them to transform into something else.
The Necromancer is a profession of the scholarly sort. This being the case, the profession is considered primarily a caster and only has access to light armor. The Necromancer is also able to summon pets of various types. These include, but may not be limited to, Blood Fiends, Bone Minions, Bone Fiends, Shadow Fiends, Flesh Wurms, Flesh Golems and Jagged Horrors. Each of the Necromancers pets have unique abilities and multiple types of pets can be active at the same time.
The usable weapon skills for the Necromancer include the following.
- Staff, Two Hand
- Axe, Main Hand
- Scepter, Main Hand
- Dagger, Dual Wield
- War horn, Off Hand
- Focus, Off Hand
Necromancers have a lot of attacks that include spell effects that cause a variety of negative effects to their enemies. These effects range from damage over times, movement impairing effects, poisons, fears, life siphons and more. All of the Necromancer attacks feel like they belong with the class. They are all visually dark with a lot of billowy shadow effects.
The resource used by Necromancers is called “Life Force”. Life Force is generated by abilities that you have available to you with nearly any combination of weapons equipped. Life Force is also left on the ground when enemies or even allies die. Life Force dropped in this way will be in the form of small green orbs close to the corpse of the dead creature and can be collected by running to them.
One of the most unique abilities of the Necromancer is the “Death Shroud” ability. Death Shroud allows the player to transform into a almost shadow version of himself and grants four special abilities. Your ability to enter the Death Shroud state and the duration spent there depends on the amount of Life Force that the player has stored up.
Death Shroud is not the only alternate form that Necromancers can take. Necromancers can also learn to transform into a lich and a plague cloud. Lich Form is a elite skill that grants the player 5 special abilities and allows the player to take the form of a lich-like creature for 30 seconds. Plague form turns you into a black cloud of billowing shadow and gives you 3 special abilities that allow you to inflict a host of ailments upon enemies you encounter.
With everything that is included in the Necromancers toolbox of abilities, this profession is a perfect choice for players who want to adventure alone through the world. With pets by your side to aid you in battle and plenty of movement impairing abilities to use against your opponent if you get in trouble, you should not fear questing by yourself while your friends or guild members are offline.
For more information on the Necromancer profession in Guild Wars 2, check the Guild Wars 2 Wiki.