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King of Fires

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King of Fires

Berserker icon small.png Berserker (trait list)
Training cost
10 Hero points
Game link
15 Recharge time
King of Fires

Increase the duration of burning you apply. Gain fire aura when you critically hit an enemy. Berserker skills detonate fire aura, damaging and burning nearby foes.

Damage.png Damage: 186 (0.7)?
Burning.png3 Burning (3s): 1,179 Damage
Fire Aura.png Fire Aura (5s): Enveloped in a fiery shield that burns foes, grants might each time you are struck (1-second cooldown per attacker).
Duration.png Duration Increase: 33%
Duration.png Duration Increase: 10%
Radius.png Radius: 240

— In-game description

Related skills[edit]

Weapon skills that are improved by this trait

Healing skills that are improved by this trait

Utility skills that are improved by this trait

Elite skills that are improved by this trait

Profession mechanic skills that are improved by this trait


  • "Berserker skills" that detonate and remove fire aura include primal burst, rage, and torch skills.
  • The recharge time only applies to gaining fire aura when critically hitting an enemy.
  • Comboing Sundering Leap with a fire field will detonate the fire aura created by the combo.
  • If a fire aura is created by getting a critical hit with a Berserker skill, it will detonate immediately.
  • Activating the detonation portion of this trait will not activate while in the air, but will activate immediately upon touching the ground.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced bonus burning duration from 33% to 10%.
July 16, 2019
  • Detonating a fire aura now deals damage in addition to burning.
October 18, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this trait's detonation from functioning with Head Butt.
January 26, 2016
  • This trait's functionalty has changed.
  • It now gives fire shield on a critical hit (15-second internal cooldown).
  • Using berserker skills detonates any fire shield currently applied, inflicting 3 stacks of burning for 3 seconds to nearby foes.
  • Increases outgoing burning duration by 33%.
November 17, 2015
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this trait from functioning while in the downed state.
November 04, 2015
  • The burn duration increase modifier has been increased from 20% to 33%.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • King of Fires has been added to the game.


  • The name of this trait is likely a reference to the fighting game series King of Fighters.