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Embrace the Darkness

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Embrace the Darkness

0.5½ Activation time  5 
 -6 Upkeep  9 Hero point  
Revenant tango icon 20px.png Revenant (skill list)
Legendary Demon
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Summon the power of the legendary demon to transform into a powerful avatar. Increase all attributes and pulse torment to nearby foes.

 Blinded.png Condition Effect Ignored
 Embrace the Darkness.png Embrace the Darkness: 10% All Stats
 Embrace the Darkness.png Embrace the Darkness: 15% All Stats
 Torment.png Torment (6s): 132 Damage, 191 Damage if Moving
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Interval.png Interval: 1s
 Radius.png Radius: 240
 Miscellaneous effect.png Unblockable

— In-game description [?]


  • Mallyx occasionally shouts "Now you shall witness true ultimate power!" on use. This is a direct quote that he used in the original Guild Wars.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
July 10, 2018
  • Reduced the energy upkeep of this skill from 7 to 6 energy per second. Reduced the casting time of this skill by approximately 0.25 seconds.
March 27, 2018
  • Increased the attribute bonus from 10% to 15% in PvP and WvW.
July 28, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that allowed this skill to be instantly activated.
July 26, 2016
  • This skill now applies and removes stacks of Hardening Persistence correctly.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented torment from being applied to downed enemies.
February 23, 2016
  • This skill will now deliver an attack instead of piercing all defenses.
  • The skill remains unblockable and will ignore blindness, but it will no longer pierce evasion.
December 15, 2015
  • Fixed a bug that allowed this ability to be active while not in legendary demon stance.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Embrace the Darkness has been added to the game.


  • When the player uses this skill, their character's appearance changes to a dark purple skin and their face to Mallyx's/a Margonite's face with blinking eyes.