Photon Forge

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Baraz Sharifi with Photon Forge active.

Photon Forge is a mechanic exclusive to the Holosmith elite specialization that replaces the Engineer's elite tool belt skill (default F5).

Photon forge can be activated via Engage Photon Forge, and deactivated either using Deactivate Photon Forge, or if the player overheats.


When activated the player's model is covered with a hexagonally tiled bright texture. The color of the texture varies based on the player's heat level, being blue under 50% heat, orange above 50%, and red above 100% (when traited with Enhanced Capacity Storage Unit Enhanced Capacity Storage Unit).


When in Photon Forge, the player will passively build up heat, and the normal weapon skill bar is replaced with the following skills.


Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
Light Strike.png
 Light Strike
Swing a holographic blade.
Redirect Arrow.png
Bright Slash.png
 Bright Slash
0.5½ Slash with a blade of light energy.
Redirect Arrow.png
Flash Cutter.png
 Flash Cutter
0.5½ Cleave through all foes in front of you twice.
Holo Leap.png
 Holo Leap
0.75¾ 2 Create a holographic launch pad and leap to your foe. The pad remains behind for a short duration, granting increased movement speed to allies who touch it.
Corona Burst.png
 Corona Burst
0.5½ 6 Strike nearby foes and begin to store up energy, gaining boons and heat each pulse. After charging, the energy explodes, inflicting conditions on nearby foes.
Photon Blitz.png
 Photon Blitz
10.5½ 10 Fire multiple piercing blasts at your target.
Holographic Shockwave.png
 Holographic Shockwave
0.75¾ 15 Create a deadly holographic shockwave that launches foes upward. This attack always deals a critical hit.

Related traits[edit]


  • Equipping a kit will deactivate Photon Forge. Photon forge does not count as a kit.
  • Activating and deactivating Photon Forge counts as a weapon swap.
  • With Photon Forge active you cannot interact with environmental bundles, banners or siege weaponry.
  • Static Discharge Static Discharge functions with Photon Forge and will issue a bolt when both entering and leaving Photon Forge.
  • Mounting or becoming downed will set heat to 0, even if you have recently overheated.
  • Engineering kits will go on a 5 second cooldown while activating Photon Forge.
While in Photon Forge, you are always in a pseudo-Combat mode. You cannot mount or change skills, but changing traits still works, and run-speed is normal.


  • Kills in the Photon Forge counts as staff kills.

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