Sacrifice

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Sacrifice cost is a resource cost required by a few skills, mostly from the necromancer profession. After successfully activating these skills, you forfeit a fraction of your maximum health, making it possible to sacrifice yourself to death.

Sacrifice vs. your health[edit]

Sacrifice counts as health loss and cannot be eliminated by any means, although you can reduce sacrifice costs by lowering your maximum health. Similar to Life Stealing, if a character uses a skill or effect that would sacrifice more Health than it actually has, it will lose all of its health plus 1. Health sacrifice also ignores the short span after resurrection during which accumulating of Death Penalty would be prevented.

Skills with a sacrifice cost[edit]

IconNameDescriptionSacrificeEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Barbed Signet.jpg Barbed Signet Signet. Target and adjacent foes suffer from Bleeding (3...13...15 seconds). Sacrifice}8% Tango-sacrifice.png 0 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Core
Blood Renewal.jpg Blood Renewal Enchantment Spell. (7 seconds.) You have +3...5...6 Health regeneration. End effect: heals you for 40...160...190. Sacrifice}15% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0077 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Prophecies
Blood Ritual.jpg Blood Ritual Enchantment Spell. (8...13...14 seconds.) +3 Energy regeneration. Cannot self-target. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0022 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Prophecies
Blood is Power.jpg Blood is Power Elite Enchantment Spell. (10 seconds.) +3...5...6 Energy regeneration. Cannot self-target. Sacrifice}33% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 0 necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Core
Blood of the Master.jpg Blood of the Master Spell. Heals your undead servants for 30...99...116. Healing cost: +2% Health sacrifice per servant healed. Sacrifice}5%+ Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0022 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerDeath MagicZ Core
Dark Fury.jpg Dark Fury Enchantment Spell. Enchants party members (5 seconds). These party members gain one strike of adrenaline each time they hit with an attack. 50% failure chance unless Blood Magic 5 or more. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Prophecies
Dark Pact.jpg Dark Pact Spell. Deals 10...40...48 damage. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0022 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Core
Defile Flesh.jpg Defile Flesh Hex Spell. (5...29...35 seconds.) Reduces healing target foe receives by 33%. Only skills with the word "heal" in the description are affected. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Core
Enfeebling Blood.jpg Enfeebling Blood Spell. Inflicts Weakness condition (5...17...20 seconds) on this foe and nearby foes. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Core
Enfeebling Blood (PvP).jpg Enfeebling Blood (PvP) Spell. Inflicts Weakness condition (1...13...16 second[s]) on this foe and nearby foes. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Core
Generous Was Tsungrai.jpg Generous Was Tsungrai Item Spell. (15...51...60 seconds.) You have +50...122...140 maximum Health. Drop effect: you gain 100...244...280 Health. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngritualistaRitualistRestoration MagicZ Factions
Holiday Blues.jpg Holiday Blues Spell. Deals 50 damage to nearby foes. Foes within the area have -15 Health degeneration (30 seconds). Sacrifice}50% Tango-sacrifice.png 0 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 04545 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerZ Core
Meekness.jpg Meekness Hex Spell. Also hexes foes in the area of target (5...25...30 seconds). These foes attack 50% slower. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 1515 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Nightfall
Offering of Blood.jpg Offering of Blood Elite Spell. You gain 8...18...20 Energy. Sacrifice}20% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Prophecies
Offering of Spirit.jpg Offering of Spirit Elite Spell. You gain 8...15...17 Energy. You do not sacrifice Health if any spirits are within earshot. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png ritualistaRitualistChanneling MagicZ Nightfall
Offering of Spirit (Togo).jpg Offering of Spirit (Togo) Elite Spell. You gain 16...16...17 Energy. You do not sacrifice Health if any spirits are within earshot. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyChanneling MagicZ Bonus Mission Pack
Order of Pain.jpg Order of Pain Enchantment Spell. Enchants all party members (5 seconds). 3...13...16 more damage whenever these party members hit with physical damage. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0 necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Core
Order of the Vampire.jpg Order of the Vampire Elite Enchantment Spell. Enchants all party members (5 seconds.) These party members steal 3...13...16 Health with each physical damage attack. Party members under another Necromancer enchantment are not affected. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Prophecies
Plague Sending.jpg Plague Sending Spell. Transfer 1...3...3 condition[s] and [its/their] remaining duration[s] from yourself to target foe and all adjacent foes. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerCursesZ Prophecies
Ravenous Gaze.jpg Ravenous Gaze Elite Spell. Deals 15...27...30 damage and steals 15...27...30 Health from target and nearby foes. Sacrifice}8% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Nightfall
Ritual Lord.jpg Ritual Lord Elite Skill. (5...29...35 seconds.) You have +2...4...4 to all Ritualist attributes for your next skill. If that skill is a Binding Ritual, it recharges 10...50...60% faster and Ritual Lord recharges instantly. Sacrifice}2% Tango-sacrifice.png 0 0 04545 Tango-recharge-darker.png ritualistaRitualistSpawning PowerZ Factions
Signet of Agony.jpg Signet of Agony Signet. Deals 10...58...70 damage to foes near you. You begin Bleeding (25 seconds). Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 0 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Core
Signet of Agony (PvP).jpg Signet of Agony (PvP) Signet. Deals 10...58...70 damage to foes near you. You begin Bleeding (25 seconds). Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 0 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Core
Spirit Light.jpg Spirit Light Spell. Heals for 60...156...180. You don't sacrifice Health if you are within earshot of any spirits. Sacrifice}17% Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0044 Tango-recharge-darker.png ritualistaRitualistRestoration MagicZ Factions
Touch of Agony.jpg Touch of Agony Touch Skill. Deals 20...50...58 damage. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0033 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Prophecies
Verata's Aura.jpg Verata's Aura Enchantment Spell. (120...264...300 seconds.) Become master of all hostile undead servants in the area. End effect: your undead servants become masterless. 50% failure chance unless Death Magic 5 or more. Sacrifice}33% Tango-sacrifice.png 1515 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerDeath MagicZ Prophecies
Verata's Sacrifice.jpg Verata's Sacrifice Spell. (5...9...10 seconds.) 10 undead allied servants gain +10 Health regeneration. Instantly recharges if you have control of 3 or fewer servants. Transfers all conditions from those servants to you. Sacrifice}15% Tango-sacrifice.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 06060 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerDeath MagicZ Prophecies
Wail of Doom.jpg Wail of Doom Elite Hex Spell. (1...3...4 second[s].) Target foe's attributes are 0. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 00.250.25¼ Tango-activation-darker.png 01515 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerSoul ReapingZ Factions
Wallow's Bite.jpg Wallow's Bite Touch Skill. Deals 20...50...58 damage. Sacrifice}10% Tango-sacrifice.png 011 Tango-energy.png 00.750.75¾ Tango-activation-darker.png 0033 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Factions
Bug Bug.Despite not stated, Verata's Gaze actually has a 0% health sacrifice cost.

Monster skills[edit]

IconNameDescriptionSacrificeEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Animate Undead.jpg Animate Undead Spell. All Minions of Zoldark are resurrected with 100% Health and 50% Energy. Sacrifice}5% Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyZ Eye of the North
Animate Undead (Palawa Joko).jpg Animate Undead Spell. All Palawa Joko's minions are resurrected with 100% Health and 50% Energy. Sacrifice}5% Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 01212 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyZ Eye of the North
Jade Brotherhood Bomb.jpg Jade Brotherhood Bomb Spell. Self destruct, dealing 750 damage to adjacent foes, 500 damage to nearby foes and 250 damage to foes in the area Sacrifice}100% Tango-sacrifice.png 1010 Tango-energy.png 02.002 Tango-activation-darker.png 0088 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyZ Winds of Change
Redemption of Purity.jpg Redemption of Purity Spell. Target minion is destroyed and replaced with a level 12 Spirit of Pain. This spirit deals 30 damage and dies after 150 seconds. Sacrifice}15% Tango-sacrifice.png 055 Tango-energy.png 0 02525 Tango-recharge-darker.png aAnyZ Winds of Change
Verata's Promise.jpg Verata's Promise Enchantment Spell. (10...50...60 seconds.) Your undead servants have +10 Health regeneration. End effect: all of your servants die. Sacrifice}33% Tango-sacrifice.png 1515 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 03030 Tango-recharge-darker.png monsteraMonsterBlood MagicZ Winds of Change


Related skills[edit]

Skills which interact with sacrifice[edit]

IconNameDescriptionEnergyActivation timeRecharge timeProf.AttributeCampaign
Awaken the Blood.jpg Awaken the Blood Enchantment Spell. (20...39...44 seconds.) You have +2 Blood Magic and Curses. Sacrifice 50% more Health than normal. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 04545 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerBlood MagicZ Prophecies
Contagion.jpg Contagion Elite Enchantment Spell. (60 seconds.) Whenever you gain a condition, all foes in the area gain that same condition. You sacrifice 10...6...5% maximum Health each time this happens. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerDeath MagicZ Nightfall
Dark Aura.jpg Dark Aura Enchantment Spell. (30 seconds). Deals 5...41...50 damage to adjacent foes whenever target ally sacrifices Health. Damage cost: you lose 5...17...20 Health. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 01010 Tango-recharge-darker.png Tango-quest-icon.pngnecromanceraNecromancerDeath MagicZ Core
Masochism.jpg Masochism Enchantment Spell. (10...34...40 seconds.) You have +2 Death Magic and Soul Reaping. Sacrifice 5...3...3% Health when you cast a spell. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerSoul ReapingZ Eye of the North
Masochism (PvP).jpg Masochism (PvP) Enchantment Spell. (30 seconds.) You gain 1...3...3 Energy whenever you sacrifice Health. 0 055 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 02020 Tango-recharge-darker.png necromanceraNecromancerSoul ReapingZ Eye of the North
Scourge Sacrifice.jpg Scourge Sacrifice Hex Spell. Also hexes foes adjacent to target (8...18...20 seconds). Doubles Health sacrifice. 0 1010 Tango-energy.png 01.001 Tango-activation-darker.png 0055 Tango-recharge-darker.png monkaMonkSmiting PrayersZ Prophecies


Trivia[edit]

  • During the original Beta-testing for Guild Wars, sacrifice skills applied a fixed health cost rather than current method of using a fraction of the user's maximum health. For example, Plague Sending cost exactly 25 health.



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