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Manifest Sand Shade

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Manifest Sand Shade

0.5½ Activation time  

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer (skill list)
Scourge tango icon 20px.png Scourge
Profession mechanic
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Shade. Manifest a sand shade using some of your life force
. Whenever you use a shade ability, your sand shades strike nearby enemies. While no sand shades are present, shade skills occur around you.
 Damage.png Damage: 177 (0.666)?
 Torment.png Torment (2s): 44 Damage, 64 Damage if Moving
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
 Duration.png Duration: 20 seconds
 Duration.png Duration: 15 seconds
 Maximum Count.png Maximum Count: 3
 Count Recharge.png Count Recharge: 8 seconds
 Count Recharge.png Count Recharge: 15 seconds
 Radius.png Radius: 180
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description [?]

Related traits[edit]

Spite Spite[edit]

Soul Reaping Soul Reaping[edit]

Scourge Scourge[edit]

All traits that affect activated Shade skills also trigger from each sand shade with each effect centered around the sand shade.


  • Your character will occasionally shout "By my will!" or "The compact is sworn!"

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
December 03, 2019
  • This skill no longer inflicts cripple in all game modes. Reduced ammunition recharge for the untraited version of this skill from 15 seconds to 8 seconds in PvE only.
October 15, 2019
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the effect of this skill from lasting more than 10 seconds in PvP and WvW when not traited with Sand Savant. The effect will now last for the increased duration of 15 seconds in PvP and WvW.
October 01, 2019
  • Shade skills no longer affect the area around the scourge while they have a shade present in the world.
  • Increased the number of targets affected by shade skills from 3 to 5.
  • The duration of sand shades in WvW and PvP has been increased from 10 seconds to 15 seconds.
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.
February 06, 2018
  • Added a 0.5-second warning to enemy players on each shade and on the player when activating a shade skill.
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.
  • Made back-end changes to increase the priority of shade visibility.
October 17, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that allowed strikes from this skill to hit from multiple sand shades on the same target.
  • (WvW and PvP only): The spawn duration of sand shades has been reduced from 20 seconds to 10 seconds.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Manifest Sand Shade has been added to the game.