Last week saw the reveal of the Necromancer profession at GamesCom 2010 in Cologne, Germany, where many attendees got hands-on with the class. The Guild Wars 2 official website has officially unveiled the necromancer on it’s professions page, giving it’s readers a wealth of details about the new class.
Necromancy is an ancient form of magic whose practitioners were believed to be able to summon the spirits of the dead in spectral and even physical form.
Guild Wars 2‘s necromancer profession isn’t too far off the mark, using dark magics and summons to destroy anything in their way. As seen in the GamesCom videos, necromancers use life to fight, gaining precious life-force when attacking and killing enemies. This force can be used to enter the “Death Shroud” state, which uses earned life force as a secondary health bar and transforms them into a shadowy ghost, opening up several unique and powerful abilities.
In addition to the Death Shroud ability, necromancers can summon minions to aid them in battle, with each minion type having a unique kamikaze effect in battle. Necromancers can also cast area of effect spells called “Wells” and time-bomb-esque “Marks” to deal damage and assist them and any allies nearby.
Check out the necromancer gameplay video below, and visit the Guild Wars 2 website for more necromancer details.