Storm Shards

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Storm Shards is a basic Constitution ability, unlockable through Raids from either the untradeable Storm Shards and Shatter Ability Codex, or the tradeable Mazcab ability codex. It is unlocked with the Shatter ability. This ability is able to stack on its target. If it hits the target, it will deal no damage, but instead apply 75-95% ability damage (an average of 85%) in the form of a Storm Shard stack. If it misses, no stacks are applied. Up to 10 Storm Shards can be stacked on a target at any given time, at which point the ability can no longer be activated against the target.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

When Shatter hits a target with Storm Shards stacks, the stacks are removed, and the damage from the stacks is applied in one go, up to a maximum of 30,000 life points. The ability is typically used against monsters with long fight times or where damage needs to be applied quickly with as much stacks as possible (if there are timegated mechanics), such as Araxxor and Solak.

In PvP situations, its damage is reduced to 25-32% of the player's weapon ability damage and the use of Freedom will halve the damage stored. Storm Shards will end if the user does not attack the target for 10 consecutive seconds.

Some bosses react to Storm Shards in different manners:

  • Bosses with multiple phases usually carry the entire stack over to the next phase, except for Nex and Vorago, who clears them out on the next phase.
  • Some bosses will halve the amount of stacks to the nearest whole number when phased.
    • Araxxor will still retain stacks as usual, but Araxxi will halve the stacks.
    • Telos, the Warden will still retain stacks as usual during phases 1-4, but will halve the stacks for phase 5 if applicable.

Because Storm Shards deals "stored" damage in preparation for Shatter, it deals no visible damage, and as such, is unaffected by damage-boosting abilities.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 20 July 2020 (Update):
    • The Storm Shards debuff icon will now appear on the enemy player's Target Bar during PVP.
  • patch 18 April 2016 (Update):
    • Storm shard stacks now persist between phase transitions of most bosses and NPCs, not including Vorago. The stacks are still halved between Nex transitions and now also when beginning a fight against Araxxi.
  • patch 7 March 2016 (Update):
    • The storm shards ability is now consistently cleared when an NPC dies, such as the Prifddinas elves.
  • patch 19 October 2015 (Update):
    • Ability can no longer be used if 10 stacks are already applied to the target.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There was a bug where if Storm Shards is used against another player's familiar in the Wilderness, it will not skull the user and the familiar will retaliate. If the familiar manages to inflict damage on the user, it will skull the owner of that familiar instead. This has been fixed.