Groping Eels


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

This rune effect increases the damage from 20% to 26% weapon damage per second, while changing the graphic from zombie arms reaching out of the ground to a writing pit of eels, similar in appearance to the death animation of a Grotesque monster.

Though the damage is only 6% higher, that's per second, so it adds up to quite a bit more dealt over the full 8 seconds, especially when half a dozen or more targets are being hit by the skill.

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.

MedRuneA Groping Eels
1 Increase the damage done to 1360% weapon damage as Physical.


Screenshots and movies will be added post-release.


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

Groping Eels


Increases the damage done to 120% weapon damage per second as Physical.