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Sand Swell

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Sand Swell

Not available underwater  1 Activation time  35 Recharge time  Ground-targeted  

Necromancer tango icon 20px.png Necromancer (skill list)
Scourge tango icon 20px.png Scourge
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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 and cripple.

 Damage.png Damage: 372 (1.4)?
 Barrier.png Barrier: 1,618 (0.75)?
 Torment.png Boon Conversion (8s): 176 Damage, 254 Damage if Moving
 Crippled.png Boon Conversion (2s): -50% Movement Speed
 Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Converted to Conditions: 1
 Duration.png Duration: 8 seconds
 Radius.png Radius: 180
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description [?]


  • Applies the Sand Swell.png Path Uses effect which indicates how many times the portal can be used.
  • Each use has around a two-second cool down.
  • Barrier only applies the first time using the portal.
  • 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
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.