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Overload Fire

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Overload Fire

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

Overload. Unleash your flames, granting might to allies and burning enemies. Finishing the cast creates a tornado that continues to grant might and burn foes. Using this skill causes the attunement to have a longer recharge.

Damage.png Pulse Damage: 239 (0.9)?
Damage.png Pulse Damage: 266 (1.0)?
Burning.png Pulse Burning (3s): 393 Damage
Duration.png Duration: 5 seconds
Interval.png Interval: 1 second
Breaks stun.png Stun break
Combo.png Combo Field: Fire
Combo.png Combo Finisher: Whirl
Range.png Range: 180[sic]

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]


Fire Fire

Arcane Arcane

Tempest Tempest


  • Pulses 10 times; 5 during the skill's channel, and another 5 from the fire tornado the skill creates when the channel finishes.
  • Combos for a total of 7 burning bolts.
  • Direct damage scales with the equipped (main-hand) weapon. Default damage in PvE for exotic Dagger or Scepter is 330, for Staff 363, without weapon 239.
  • The number of affected targets is not listed on the tooltip. Overload Fire can damage up to 5 enemies while giving boons to up to 5 allies (counting the tempest).
  • The cast time of this skill is ~4.5s, although the tooltip says 4s.
  • Casts Sunspot at the beginning of the channel during combat only while using Fire specialization. Starting combat with Overload Fire will not trigger Sunspot.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
May 02, 2023
  • Fixed an issue that prevented this skill from creating Combo Finisher: Whirl the correct number of times.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • Increased the might granted per pulse from 1 stack to 2 stacks in PvE. Clarified the description of this skill.
  • (Competitive split) Reduced might duration from 12 seconds to 6 seconds.
July 16, 2019
  • Casting this skills now triggers the trait Sunspot.
December 11, 2018
  • Fixed a bug in which this skill hit fewer times than intended when the elementalist was affected by quickness.
October 02, 2018
  • The duration of might has been increased from 12 seconds to 16 seconds per pulse in PvE only.
September 23, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that occurred when One with Fire was equipped without Unstable Conduit.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • The physical damage has been reduced by 10% in PvE only.
December 01, 2015
  • Fixed an issue that caused the effects of this ability to scale with the character's size.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Overload Fire has been added to the game.


  • The character will occasionally shout out one of the following lines, depending on the status of Overload Fire.
Ready to channel Starting to channel Finished channeling
Fired up! Inferno! Cooling down!