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Disambig icon.png This article is about Holosmith's mechanic. For Underground Facility Fractal mechanic, see Superheated.



Engineer icon small.png Engineer (trait skill list)
Holosmith icon small.png Holosmith
Photon Projector Photon Projector
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Reaching the heat maximum results in a self-damaging explosion. Photon Forge is disabled until all heat is lost. Other tool belt skill cooldowns are increased.

Health Loss.png Base Health Damage: 3981
Health Loss.png Base Health Damage over Time: 796
Count Recharge.png Increased Tool Belt Recharge: 15 seconds
Duration.png Duration: 20.5½ seconds
Interval.png Interval: 0.5½ seconds

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Holosmith Holosmith


  • This skill is part of the Holosmith specialization mechanic and is activated through the minor adept trait Photon Projector.
  • Overheating applies the Overheat.png Overheat effect to the player's bar.
  • The damage and damage over time occur after a short delay when reaching maximum heat.
  • After taking damage, it will cause all your tool belt skills to go on a 15 second cooldown. 5 seconds with Photonic Blasting Module.
  • It will take 15.5 seconds to fully cool down when overheated. 20.5 seconds if using Enhanced Capacity Storage Unit.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • Instead of disabling all tool belt skills until all heat is lost, this skill now adds 15 seconds to the recharge of tool belt skills other than Photon Forge. Photon Forge remains disabled until all heat is lost.
July 16, 2019
  • Overloading [sic] now disables all toolbelt skills for its duration.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Overheat has been added to the game.