Death Wish

Death Wish

Target character receives a damage bonus equal to the percentage of their lost Vitality. For example, a character with 30% Vitality will gain a 70% damage bonus.

 Set Death Wish for 2 turn(s).

 Requires Necromancer 2
 Costs 1 Memory









necromancer-skills Necromancer

Death Wish is a Necromancer Skill in Divinity Original Sin 2.


Death Wish location



Death Wish effect


Death Wish trivia & strategies

  • This skill does not provide the expected bonus to all the damage you would do without it because of how damage is calculated. It's bonus is added to the bonus from Intelligence and possibly weapon skill and only then it is multiplied with other factors like weapon damage, Warfare and so on. This usually means that the damage increase is much lower than one would expect.
  • Bonus damage is additive when used with basic attacks and weapon based skills but multiplicative when used with spells.
  • Death Wish no longer deals damage to the target as of Patch v3.0.168.526


Death Wish builds


Divinity Original Sin 2 Builds: Sanguine Bowman


Divinity Original Sin 2 Builds: Death Knight




Necromancer Skills
Black Shroud  ♦  Blood Storm  ♦  Blood Sucker  ♦  Bone Cage  ♦  Decaying Touch  ♦  Grasp Of The Starved  ♦  Infect  ♦  Last Rites  ♦  Living on the Edge  ♦  Mosquito Swarm  ♦  Raining Blood  ♦  Raise Bloated Corpse  ♦  Raise Bone Widow  ♦  Shackles of Pain  ♦  Silencing Stare  ♦  Totems of the Necromancer

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    • Anonymous

      28 Jul 2020 23:55  

      Deatwish at %1 health doesn't increase your total damage by %99. The tooltip is misleading and the skill is not woth to be taken because the bonus damage is pretty small. My unbuffed crit***** 588 at level11 and with so called %99 damage buff from deat wish they hit 680. This talent is waste of skill slot. DO NOT TAKE IT.

      • Anonymous

        18 Sep 2019 02:18  

        In act 3 there is a unique shield with permanent death wish. Give it to your mage, take them down to 1 health, make sure they have no necromancy, stack wits/int, and enjoy pasting everything with +99% damage crits.

        • Anonymous

          12 Nov 2018 00:32  

          Death Wish is broken more than before (at least on PS4), while it had a positive effect on ally and negative effect on enemies, it have only a negative effect now (whatever you cast it on a friendly target or a foe)...

          • Anonymous

            25 Oct 2018 22:21  

            Death wish no longer deals damage, but no one told the AI that. Occasionally, an enemy might buff you with it. Happened to me on Bloodmoon Island by one the Black Ring members.

            • Anonymous

              10 Oct 2018 22:36  

              Death Wish casted on an enemy increase the damages he take (increasing the damage taken by the enemy according the life he lost)... Not sure if it work or no.. PS : forgive my poor English, it not my main language...

              • Anonymous

                01 May 2018 11:27  

                The damaging effect was removed in v3.0.168.526, but the game still appears to consider Death Wish a damaging move and will try to use it offensively instead of as a buff.

                This means the AI will still try to damage you but instead end up boosting your damage with Death Wish. This applies both ways though - if *you* get Taunted (which now goes through armor), your own AI-controlled party members will buff half-dead enemies with Death Wish, who will then proceed to ruin your day. So don't let anyone Taunt your Necromancer.

                • Anonymous

                  02 Oct 2017 03:21  

                  Seems broken. I'm casting this on myself when I'm at 1 life.. The buff states 99 percent damage increase. No noticable change in melee damage. Does this only work with magic damage?

                  Any help?

                  • Anonymous

                    28 Sep 2017 21:52  

                    This is a friendly buff, which was not immediately apparent to me the first 10 times I used it.

                    I thought it was a debuff meant for enemies.

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Sep 2017 17:47  

                      At first when i read the description of the spell. i thought it added Additional damage TO the target. not buff the target for additional damage. a bit unclear as to what it's suppose to do.

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