Sandstorm Shroud

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Sandstorm Shroud

Necromancer icon small.png Necromancer (trait skill list)
Scourge icon small.png Scourge
Herald of Sorrow Herald of Sorrow
Shade, Shroud
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20 Recharge time
35 Recharge time
30 Recharge time
Sandstorm Shroud

Shade. Enter the final shroud, pulsing barrier to allies around yourself and priming the shroud for a powerful detonation that damages enemies and bolsters allies.
Targets can only be affected by this skill once per activation.

Life Force Cost.png Life Force Cost: 3,224
Damage.png Damage: 798 (3.0)?
Damage.png Damage: 598 (2.25)?
Barrier.png Barrier per Pulse: 325 (0.3)?
Barrier.png Barrier per Pulse: 325 (0.35)?
Barrier.png Barrier per Pulse: 543 (0.65)?
Barrier.png Barrier on Detonation: 650 (0.6)?
Barrier.png Barrier on Detonation: 650 (0.7)?
Barrier.png Barrier on Detonation: 1,079 (1.3)?
Torment.png6 Torment (5s): 660 Damage, 954 Damage if Foe Is Stationary
Protection.png3 Protection (10.5½s): -33% Incoming Damage
Protection.png3 Protection (1s): -33% Incoming Damage
Protection.png Protection (3s): -33% Incoming Damage
Protection.png Protection (2s): -33% Incoming Damage
Miscellaneous effect.png Boons Converted to Conditions: 2
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 3
Miscellaneous effect.png Number of Allied Targets: 5
Duration.png Duration: 30.5½ seconds
Radius.png Radius: 180
Radius.png Barrier Radius: 300

— In-game description


  • The pulsing barrier and protection effect occurs 3 times and affects 5 allies (including the Scourge) in a 300 unit radius around the caster, and is not duplicated by Sand Shades from Manifest Sand Shade.
  • Additional instances created by Sand Shades will detonate normally even if the Shade expires. Shades created while the skill is active will not duplicate the detonation.
  • The barrier radius is not increased by the Sand Savant trait.
The indicator displayed incorrectly scales with the character model size while the actual hit radius is always 180 units. For example for asura the indicator is smaller than the actual radius while for charr it is larger than the actual radius.

Related traits[edit]

Spite Spite

Curses Curses

Death Magic Death Magic

Blood Magic Blood Magic

Soul Reaping Soul Reaping

Scourge Scourge


  • The Scourge may occasionally shout one of these lines when entering Sandstorm Shroud:
Know pain!
Mantled in death.
May the sands take you!
Torment is my ally!

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
March 19, 2024
  • Increased the cooldown from 30 seconds to 35 seconds in WvW only.
November 28, 2023
  • Reduced the pulse healing power coefficient from 0.65 to 0.35 and the final healing power coefficient from 1.3 to 0.7 in WvW only.
September 26, 2023
  • Reduced torment duration from 10 seconds to 5 seconds in PvE only.
July 18, 2023
  • This skill now grants 1.5 seconds of protection to nearby allies each pulse, and 3 seconds of protection to nearby allies on detonation.
June 27, 2023
  • This skill now pulses barrier to allies near the scourge before it detonates.
February 28, 2022 End of Dragons release:
  • The base barrier granted by the skills Sand Cascade, Sand Flare, Desert Empowerment, Desert Shroud, and Sandstorm Shroud has been reduced. The contribution of healing power on these skills has been increased.
August 17, 2021
  • This skill has been renamed to Sandstorm Shroud.
  • Reduced initial base barrier from 5,016 to 4,013 in PvP only. Reduced final base barrier from 1,684 to 1,327 in PvP only.
April 06, 2021
  • Reduced barrier attribute scaling on detonation from 2.0 to 1.65 in PvP only.
March 26, 2019
  • Removed an unnecessary skill fact for number of pulses. This skill now appropriately corrupts boons upon detonation.
March 05, 2019
  • Harbinger Shroud has been added to the game.
  • Herald of Sorrow: Equipping this trait turns Desert Shroud into Harbinger Shroud, which removes the pulsing effects of Desert Shroud and instead shifts into a single detonation after a 3-second delay. This trait deals damage, corruption, and conditions in one strike while providing barrier to allies within the vicinity.