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Overload Earth

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Overload Earth

Elementalist icon small.png Elementalist (skill list)
Tempest icon small.png Tempest
Profession mechanic
Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.png
Activ. type
Earth Attunement.png → 
Overload Earth.png
Game link
4 Activation time  20 Recharge time  
Overload Earth

Overload. Ride your stored earth magic around, granting protection to other allies you move over and crippling enemies, then deliver a final immobilizing blast of power to the area, leaving behind a dust cyclone that delivers the same effects as the overload. Using this skill causes the attunement to have a longer recharge.

Damage.png Damage: 199 (0.75)?
Crippled.png Cripple (3s): -50% Movement Speed
Bleeding.png Bleeding (9s): 198 Damage
Immobile.png Immobilize (4s): Unable to move.
Protection.png Protection (1s): -33% Incoming Damage
Stability.png3 Initial Stability (4s): Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, pulled, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, feared, or taunted.
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 5
Duration.png Storm Duration: 4 seconds
Interval.png Interval: 1 second
Radius.png Radius: 240
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Blast
Breaks stun.png Breaks Stun

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Earth Earth

Arcane Arcane

Tempest Tempest


  • Pulses for a total of 9 times (overload + dust cyclone).
    • Cyclone does not cause immobilization.
  • Overload Earth affects up to 5 enemies while affecting up to 10 allies (counting the tempest) in pve and 5 allies in pvp and wvw.
  • Direct damage scales with the equipped (main-hand) weapon. Default damage in PvE for exotic Dagger or Scepter is 275, for Staff 303, without weapon 199.
  • Casts Earthen Blast at the beginning of the channel during combat only while using Earth specialization. Starting combat with Overload Earth will not trigger Earthen Blast.
Per pulse on allies, per target, activates Signet of Restoration.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • (Undocumented) Maximum targets reduced from 10 to 5.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced the maximum number of targets from 10 to 5.
July 16, 2019
  • Casting this skills now triggers the trait Earthen Blast.
December 11, 2018
  • The number of targets this skill affects has been increased from 5 to 10.
January 26, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that caused this overload to deliver extra protection per pulse rather than the intended 1 second per pulse.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the lingering damage to follow the elementalist around after the overload had completed.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Overload Earth has been added to the game.


  • The character will occasionally shout out one of the following lines, depending on the status of Overload Earth.
Ready to channel Starting to channel Finished channeling
Ready to rock! Landslide! Back on solid ground!