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Corona Burst

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Corona Burst

Engineer icon small.png Engineer (skill list)
Holosmith icon small.png Holosmith
Parent skill
Engage Photon Forge.png Engage Photon Forge
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Game link
0.5½ Activation time  6 Recharge time  
Corona Burst

Strike nearby foes and begin to store up energy, gaining boons and heat each pulse. After charging, the energy explodes, inflicting conditions on nearby foes.

Damage.png Damage: 586 (1.5)?
Damage.png Damage: 375 (0.96)?
Heat.png Heat Gained: 2%
Might.png Might (8s): 30 Condition Damage, 30 Power
Might.png Might (6s): 30 Condition Damage, 30 Power
Vulnerability.png8 Vulnerability (8s): +8% Incoming Damage, +8% Incoming Condition Damage
Burning.png2 Burning (3s): 786 Damage
Vulnerability.png8 Vulnerability (6s): +8% Incoming Damage, +8% Incoming Condition Damage
Miscellaneous effect.png Number of Hits: 2
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Miscellaneous effect.png Pulses: 5
Radius.png Radius: 300
Explosion.png Explosion

— In-game description


Skill animation (click to play).
  • In PvE game mode only, the stacks of Might are granted to up to 5 nearby allies, including the caster.
  • Heat will continue to be gained, and the explosion will trigger at its normal time, even if Photon Forge is ended before the explosion.
    • Reaching maximum heat this way while Photon Forge is inactive will not trigger an Overheat.
  • Pulses 5 times.
  • Killing blows with Corona Burst count towards the Staff Master achievement from Weapon Master.

Related traits[edit]

Explosives Explosives

Firearms Firearms

Alchemy Alchemy

Holosmith Holosmith

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
September 26, 2023
  • Reduced burning duration from 5 seconds to 3 seconds in PvE only.
May 02, 2023
  • This skill now inflicts 2 stacks of burning for 5 seconds when striking an enemy in PvE only.
November 29, 2022
  • Increased power coefficient per hit from 1.2 to 1.5 in PvE only.
August 23, 2022
  • (PvE only) Might stacks per pulse reduced from 2 to 1, but they are now applied to up to 5 nearby allied targets.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced might and vulnerability durations from 8 seconds to 6 seconds.
October 01, 2019
  • Reduced might gained in WvW to the same amount as granted in PvP. Reduced the damage of this skill by 20% in PvP and WvW.
March 27, 2018
  • Reduced the might stacks granted per pulse from 2 to 1 in PvP only.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Corona Burst has been added to the game.