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Desert Shroud

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Desert Shroud

20 Recharge time
30 Recharge time
Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer (skill list)
Scourge tango icon 20px.png Scourge
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Shade. Enter the desert shroud, gaining a powerful barrier and pulsing necrotic energy around your sand shades.
Targets affected by this ability can only be affected once per pulse.

 Life Force Cost.png Life Force Cost: 4,606
 Damage.png Damage (7x): 840 (3.15)?
 Damage.png Damage (7x): 560 (2.1)?
 Barrier.png Barrier: 5,016 (0.625)?
 Torment.png Torment (10s): 220 Damage, 318 Damage if Moving
 Torment.png Torment (5s): 110 Damage, 159 Damage if Moving
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 3
 Miscellaneous effect.png Pulses: 7
 Duration.png Duration: 6 seconds
 Interval.png Interval: 1 second
 Radius.png Radius: 180

— In-game description [?]

Related Traits[edit]

Spite Spite[edit]

Curses Curses[edit]

Death Magic Death Magic[edit]

Blood Magic Blood Magic[edit]

Soul Reaping Soul Reaping[edit]

Scourge Scourge[edit]


  • Weapon strength from equipped weapons only affects the tooltip. This skill has its own weapon strength.
  • The Scourge may occasionally shout "torment is my ally!" when using this skill.
Barrier amount has not been increased with the December 12, 2017 update.[verification requested]

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.45 to 0.3.
March 05, 2019
  • Fixed a bug in which Desert Shroud would not break stuns if the Foot in the Grave trait was equipped.
July 10, 2018
  • The effects for this skill have been changed to better differentiate it from other scourge profession skills.
March 28, 2018
  • Fixed a bug in which this trait had the incorrect cooldown in PvP and WvW.
March 27, 2018
  • Scourge (Profession): Fixed an issue that caused an obstruction error when there wasn't a line of sight to a target, but there was a line of sight to the shade.
    • Enemies in range of the shade will now be struck if the shade is visible to the necromancer.
    • Fixed an issue in which this skill could still hit downed enemies multiple times.
  • Increased the cooldown from 20 seconds to 30 seconds in PvP and WvW.
February 06, 2018
  • Added a 0.5-second warning to enemy players on each shade and on the player when activating a shade skill.
December 12, 2017
  • All skills that grant barrier now give 15% more barrier.
  • Torment stacks per hit have been adjusted from 2 stacks for 4 seconds to 1 stack for 10 seconds in PvE.
November 07, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that could cause this skill's targets to be lost due to proximity between shades or the casting scourge.
  • Increased the damage inflicted per strike of this skill by 25%.
  • Increased the duration of torment inflicted on each pulse of this skill from 2 seconds to 4 seconds in PvE.
October 17, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing this skill from processing Manifest Sand Shade upon casting.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Desert Shroud has been added to the game.