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Sand Swell.png

Sand Swell

Not available underwater  Ground-targeted  
Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (skill list)
Scourge icon small.png Scourge
Training cost
15 Hero points
Game link
1 Activation time  35 Recharge time  
Sand Swell

Punishment. Plunge into the ground, creating a portal through Tyria for allied use. Grant allies using this passage a health barrier. Convert a boon on nearby enemies into torment.

Damage.png Damage: 372 (1.4)?
Barrier.png Barrier: 1,618 (0.75)?
Torment.png3 Boon Conversion (8s): 528 Damage, 763 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Converted to Conditions: 1
Duration.png Duration: 8 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 180
Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Curses Curses

Death Magic Death Magic

Scourge Scourge


  • Applies the Sand Swell.png Path Uses effect which indicates how many times the portal can be used. It has 20 uses.
  • Each use has around a two-second cool down.
  • Barrier only applies the first time using the portal.
  • Like all other teleport skills, Sand Swell requires valid path to the destination.
    • Unlike all other teleport skills, Sand Swell also requires line of sight to the destination.
    • The portal is created after the scourge teleports. If the scourge teleports and loses line of sight to their location of origin, a "no line of sight" message will appear and no portal will be created. This happens, for example, when teleporting to a high ground surrounded by a railing or banister; the banister does not block line of sight from the low ground to the high ground, but it does block line of sight from the high ground to the low ground.
  • The barrier skill fact is incorrect, the applied barrier is:
Barrier.png Barrier: 1,861 (0.8625)?

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
October 04, 2022
  • Punishment skills no longer inflict crippled when removing a boon. Increased number of torment stacks applied when removing a boon from 1 to 3.
December 03, 2019
  • Once activated, this skill can no longer be canceled by movement.
April 23, 2019
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent movement for a short time when the skill failed due to targeting an invalid location.
February 06, 2018
  • Increased the speed of the portal's formation once the skill has been cast, and altered the effect so it doesn't get culled when in high-density situations.
  • Punishment Skills: The torment durations of this skill category have been reduced from 10 seconds to 8 seconds.
    • The cripple duration has been reduced from 3 seconds to 2 seconds.
December 12, 2017
  • All skills that grant barrier now give 15% more barrier.
  • Adjusted torment from 2 stacks for 5 seconds to 1 stack for 10 seconds.
November 07, 2017
  • This skill can no longer be canceled by other skills before the portal is created.
  • Fixed an issue where the displayed casting time did not reflect the actual casting time.
September 22, 2017 Path of Fire release:
  • Sand Swell has been added to the game.