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Desert Empowerment

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Desert Empowerment

Scourge icon small.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: 572 (1.0)?
 Barrier.png Barrier: 385 (1.2)?
 Number of targets.png Number of Allied Targets: 5
 Radius.png Radius: 180

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Traits that improve this trait

Scourge Scourge

  • Abrasive Grit Abrasive GritSand Flare now also grants barrier to nearby allies. Granting an ally a barrier removes conditions afflicting them. This effect only occurs with barrier from scourge skills and traits.


  • 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.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
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.