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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 | edit source]

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

<skill subcat="Spirit spell" class="WitchDoctor">Spirit Barrage</skill> <skill class="WitchDoctor" rune="Phlebotomize">Spirit Barrage</skill>

Media[edit | edit source]

Screenshots and movies will be added post-release.

Development[edit | edit source]

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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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.