Desperate Grasp


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Desperate Grasp is a rune effect in Grasp of the Dead, is a Support Witch Doctor skill that damages and slows enemies.

This rune effect reduces the cooldown from 8 seconds to 6 seconds. As the skill's duration is 8 seconds, this makes it possible for the Witch Doctor to have two GotD circles in effect at the same time, though only for a two second overlap. The circles will not stack damage; it's just one or the other, so casting a second one next to the first is a wiser course of action.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

Refer to the Grasp of the Dead rune effects article for thorough descriptions off all five rune effects, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description
Grasp of the Dead

1 Cost: 150 Mana

Cooldown: 8 seconds

Ghoulish hands reach out from the ground, slowing enemy movement by 60% and dealing 760% weapon damage as Physical over 8 seconds.

MedRuneD Desperate Grasp
1 Reduce the cooldown of Grasp of the Dead to 4 seconds.

Damage type is changed to Poison.


Screenshots and movies will be added post-release.


Prior to the skill revision in February 2012, this rune effect was enabled by the Golden Rune, granting the following effect with a level 7 runestone:

Desperate Grasp


Reduces the cooldown to 4.5 seconds.