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Desert Empowerment

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Desert Empowerment

Scourge tango icon 20px.png Scourge (trait list)
Training cost
10 Hero points
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Manifest Sand Shade grants a barrier to allies near it.

 Barrier.png Barrier: 1,207 (0.77)?
 Barrier.png Barrier: 966 (0.62)?
 Number of targets.png Number of Allied Targets: 5
 Radius.png Radius: 180

— In-game description


  • This trait can hit up to five targets, but it is still limited by the maximum number of targets that each shade and the scourge themselves can hit, this is limited to 3 targets in PvE. Thus, in order to affect 5 targets in PvE, a minimum of 2 entities are needed, eg. the scourge and one shade, or 2 shades.

Related traits[edit]

  • Sand Savant Sand Savant — Summon only one shade at a time. This greater shade has a modified recharge. Influence a larger area with shade skills. A greater shade counts as three shades for related traits.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
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.