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Desert Empowerment

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Desert Empowerment

Scourge icon small.png Scourge (trait list)
Training cost
10 Hero points
Game link
Desert Empowerment

Manifest Sand Shade grants a barrier to allies near it. When you apply barrier, grant boons to the affected target.
This effect only occurs with barrier from scourge skills and traits.

Barrier.png Barrier: 572 (1.0)?
Barrier.png Barrier: 385 (0.65)?
Barrier.png Barrier: 385 (1.2)?
Alacrity.png Alacrity (10.5½s): +25% Skill Recharge Rate
Vigor.png Vigor (2s): +50% Endurance Regeneration
Number of targets.png Number of Allied Targets: 5
Radius.png Radius: 300

— In-game description

Related skills[edit]

Healing skills that are improved by this trait

Utility skills that are improved by this trait

Profession mechanic skills that are improved by this trait

Trait skills that are improved by this trait

Related traits[edit]

Traits that improve this trait

Scourge Scourge

  • Abrasive Grit Abrasive Grit — Granting an ally a barrier removes conditions afflicting them and grants might. This effect only occurs with barrier from scourge skills and traits.

Traits that are improved by this trait

Scourge Scourge


  • This benefit is not applied to the barrier granted by Relic of the Flock and Blood Bank as these are not part of the Scourge's skills or traits.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
March 19, 2024
  • This trait now grants vigor instead of alacrity in PvP and WvW.
November 28, 2023
  • Reduced the healing power coefficient from 1.2 to 0.65 in WvW only.
July 19, 2023
  • Fixed an issue that caused this trait to grant more barrier than intended in PvP and WvW.
July 18, 2023
  • Increased alacrity duration from 1 second to 1.5 seconds in PvE only. Increased base barrier from 385 to 572 in PvE only. Increased barrier attribute scaling from 0.75 to 1.0 in PvE only.
June 27, 2023
  • This trait has been moved to the grandmaster tier, replacing Feed from Corruption. The barrier from this trait will now only apply around the shade and will affect 5 targets. This trait now also grants alacrity to allies when you grant them barrier.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • The base barrier granted by the skills Sand Cascade, Sand Flare, Desert Empowerment, Desert Shroud, and Sandstorm Shroud has been reduced. The contribution of healing power on these skills has been increased.
August 17, 2021
  • Reduced base barrier from 966 to 773 in PvP only.
April 06, 2021
  • Reduced barrier attribute scaling from 0.77 to 0.62 in PvP only.
July 28, 2020
  • Reduced base barrier from 1,207 to 966 in PvP only.
December 12, 2017
  • All skills that grant barrier now give 15% more barrier.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Desert Empowerment has been added to the game.