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Phlebotomize is a rune effect in Spirit Barrage, a Spirit Realm Witch Doctor skill.

This rune effect creates a life stealing effect in the skill, transferring 3% of the damage dealt back to the Witch Doctor as life.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

Refer to the Spirit Barrage rune effects article for thorough descriptions of all five rune effects in this skill, including screenshots, videos, and strategy tips.

Name Level Description

Spirit spell


Screenshots and movies will be added post-release.


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



Spirits return 40% of damage dealt as Life.


The name of this rune effect is an actual medical procedure, which refers to making an incision in a vein and collecting blood samples, in an obvious connection to the life stealing nature of this rune effect. A quote from the wikipedia article:[1]

Phlebotomy ("to cut a vein" in Greek) is the process of making an incision in a vein. It is associated with venipuncture, the practice of collecting venous blood samples, and bloodletting, the ancient medical practice. A person who practices phlebotomy is termed a phlebotomist.

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