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Scorched Earth

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the warrior skill. For the book, see Scorched Earth (book).

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Scorched Earth

Warrior icon small.png Warrior (skill list)
Berserker icon small.png Berserker
Profession mechanic
Weapon slot filled tango.pngWeapon slot empty tango.png
Primal Burst
Game link
0.5½ Activation time  5 Recharge time  
Scorched Earth

Primal Burst. Fire a burning shot into the ground that creates a trail of flaming destruction.

Damage.png Damage (3x): 579 (1.5)?
Damage.png Damage (3x): 486 (1.26)?
Burning.png3 Burning (20.5½s): 983 Damage
Burning.png3 Burning (4s): 1,572 Damage
Duration.png Duration: 4 seconds
Radius.png Radius: 120
Pierces.png Pierces
Combo.png Combo Field: Fire
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Strength Strength

Arms Arms

  • Sundering Burst Sundering BurstBurst skills inflict vulnerability if they hit and inflict additional vulnerability if the attack is a critical hit. Can only occur once per interval per target for multihit burst skills.
  • Burst Precision Burst PrecisionBurst skills have an increased critical chance. Gain bonus critical-hit chance and ferocity for a duration when you hit with a burst skill. Duration is based on adrenaline spent.

Defense Defense

Tactics Tactics

Discipline Discipline

Berserker Berserker


  • Enemies are able to be struck by this skill only once every 0.5 seconds.
  • Can hit 5 enemies per burning section for a total of 25 targets.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
April 16, 2024
  • Reduced the number of targets from 5 to 3 in WvW only.
September 26, 2023
  • Reduced burning duration from 4 seconds to 2.5 seconds in PvE only.
November 29, 2022
  • Increased power coefficient from 0.35 to 0.42 in WvW only.
June 28, 2022
  • Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.5 to 0.35 in WvW only.
December 11, 2018
  • The burning duration of this skill has been reduced from 5 seconds to 4 seconds.
July 10, 2018
  • Increased the travel speed of the projectile fired by this skill by 200%.
August 08, 2017 Path of Fire pre-patch:
  • Fixed a bug that caused this skill to fail to hit some gates in WvW.
June 01, 2016
  • Fixed a bug that caused Cleansing Ire to activate more than once.
February 09, 2016
  • Fixed an issue that prevented multiple players from being able to hit the same target simultaneously when using this skill.
January 26, 2016
  • Enemies are now able to be struck by this skill only once every 0.5 seconds.
November 04, 2015
  • Updated skill facts to show the correct number of hits.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Scorched Earth has been added to the game.