Cracked Earth

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 Cracked Earth
  • 25m Range
  • Tactical Skill
  • Max Targets: 5
  • Radius: 7m
  • Induction: 2s
  • Resistance: Tactical
    Skill Type: Fire
  • Unstable earth deals Fire damage to several enemies, eventually rooting them in place.

    Mounted Combat Enemies: Root replaced with a mount acceleration debuff.
  • ... Fire Damage
  • Duration: 3s
  • Applied on expiration:
  • 30s Root
    25% break chance on damage
  • Cost: ... Morale
  • Cost: ... Power
  • Cooldown: 10s

General Information

Class: Lore-master

Level: 14

Training Price: 19 Silver 60 Copper 

Traits

The trait Awareness of Body reduces the morale cost of this skill by 40%.
The trait Flame of Anor increases the damage of this skill by 10%.
The trait Harmony with Nature reduces the power cost of this skill by 15% and shortens the induction by 25%.
The trait Knowledge of the Past reduces the power cost of this skill by 3% and gives it a 20% chance to restore 50-55 power.
The trait set bonus for Master of Nature's Fury (2) increases the damage of this skill by 5%.
The trait set bonus for Master of Nature's Fury (3) increases the damage of this skill by another 20%.
The trait set bonus for Master of Nature's Fury (4) increases the damage of this skill by another 25%.
The trait set bonus for The Ancient Master (3) decreases the delay before the root applies by 5s.

Effects

Using this skill causes The Shaking of Arda to occur on an enemy target.
Using this skill causes Rooted to occur on an enemy target once The Shaking of Arda has expired.

Interactions

The Lore-master's Staff Legacy Cracked Earth Damage increases the damage of this skill by up to 15%.
The Lore-master's Staff Legacy Cracked Earth Range increases the range of this skill by up to 13m.
The Lore-master's Staff Legacy Fire Skills Critical Multiplier increases the critical magnitude of this skill by up to 25%.
The Lore-master's Staff Legacy Tactical Skills Direct Damage increases the damage caused by this skill by up to 10%.
The Lore-master's Book Legacy Fire Skills Critical Rating increases the critical rating of this skill by up to 648.
The Lore-master's Book Legacy Target Resistance (Damaging Skills) decreases the resistance to this skill by up to 1580.
The Lore-master's Book Legacy Target Resistance (Fire Skills) decreases the resistance to this skill by up to 1580.

Equipping six pieces of the Stone-reader's Armour set increases the damage dealt by this skill by 10%.

Tactical Information

Cracked Earth is a good damaging skill, and actually the best skill for AoE sustained damage. It is also a great skill to root enemies, having an insignificant cooldown compared to Herb-lore. This is especially viable if a Lore-master traited down the Master of Nature's Fury line fights multiple targets, thus being able to reduce his/her incoming damage (note that Blinding Flash has a severely reduced duration), while at the same time dealing great damage.

In order to use the root from Cracked Earth optimally, the following strategy should be followed. Since roots do not overwrite or refresh an existing root, it is best to reapply Cracked Earth 11s before the root expires (6s when traited 3 or more down The Ancient Master line), so the target will almost immediately be rerooted, being free for only 1s. There is always a 25% chance that the damage of Cracked Earth will break the root prematurely though; chain rooting isn't hundred percent 'safe' crowd-control.