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Disambig icon.png This article is about the trait. For the Death Shroud skill, see Dhuumfire (death shroud skill).



Necromancer icon small.png Soul Reaping (trait list)
Training cost
8 Hero points
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Shroud skill 1 inflicts burning on your target.

Burning.png Burning (3s): 393 Damage

— In-game description

Elite specializations split[edit]

The functionality of this trait is changed if the following elite specializations are equipped:

Burning.png Burning (2s): 262 Damage
Burning.png Burning (1s): 131 Damage
Count Recharge.png Recharge Time: 1 second
Count Recharge.png Recharge Time: 5 seconds
Burning.png Burning (1s): 131 Damage
Burning.png Burning (3s): 393 Damage


  • This trait replaces the Death Shroud skill Life Blast with the skill Dhuumfire and the Death Shroud underwater skill Plague Blast with the underwater skill Dhuumfire.
  • When used with the Scourge elite specialization, this trait:
    • Has a per-target cooldown of 1 second in PvE and 5 seconds in PvP and WvW.
    • Applies 3 seconds of burning in PvE and 1 second in PvP and WvW.
    • Will cause all shade skills to inflict Burning, due to shade skills causing Manifest Sand Shade to strike when cast.
  • When used with the Harbinger elite specialization, this trait applies 1 second of burning in all game modes.


Despite the description, while the Harbinger elite specialization is equipped this trait only applies 1s of burning in PvP and WvW.

Related skills[edit]

Transform skills that are improved by this trait

Profession mechanic skills that are improved by this trait

Trait skills that are improved by this trait

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
September 26, 2023
  • Reduced burning duration from 3 seconds to 2 seconds when the scourge elite specialization is equipped in PvE only.
August 17, 2021
  • Fixed a bug that could cause this trait to activate multiple times without triggering its internal cooldown when used with scourge specialization skills.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) When using the scourge elite specialization, burning duration has been reduced from 3 seconds to 1 second.
July 11, 2018
  • The scourge's internal cooldown for this skill has been reduced from 3 seconds to 1 second in PvE only.
July 10, 2018
  • This trait now has a cooldown when used in conjunction with the scourge specialization. This cooldown is set at 5 seconds in PvP and WvW and 3 seconds in PvE.
December 12, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from inflicting burning when multiple scourge profession skills were activated at the same time.
November 07, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that was preventing this trait from properly inflicting burning on use of scourge shroud skills.
July 07, 2015
  • Fixed a bug with this trait that caused the skill facts on shroud skill 1 to omit the damage within a range of 600.
  • Corrected an issue in which the Dhuumfire version of shroud skill 1 would deal less damage than intended.
  • Fixed a bug in which Dhuumfire was a shorter range than shroud skill 1.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
  • This trait has been moved to the Soul Reaping Grandmaster tier.
  • Removed internal cooldown.
  • Traits that previously referred to specific skills available while in Death Shroud now refer to specific skills as Shroud Skill 1, Shroud Skill 4, etc.
April 15, 2014
  • This trait has been changed so that it will make Life Blast inflict 3 seconds of burning with a 10-second recharge.
  • This trait is no longer split between PvP and PvE.
July 26, 2013
  • In competitive PvP only, burning duration caused by this trait has been reduced from 4 seconds to 2 seconds.
  • Burning duration is still 4 seconds in other areas of the game.
June 25, 2013
  • Dhuumfire has been added to the game.


  • This skill is named after Dhuum.
  • Possibly a reference to hellfire.