Improved Burning Embers
- 30m Range
- Tactical Skill
- Induction: 1s
- Resistance: Tactical
- Skill Type: Fire
- Burn the enemy with damage-over-time, slowing movement.
The damage-over-time can now stack up to three times on a single target.
- ... Fire Damage
... Fire Damage initially
- ... Fire Damage every 2 seconds for 10 seconds.
- Slows movement speed by 30%
- Duration: 30s
- Cost: (Level × 2) Power
- Cooldown: 3s
This skill replaces Burning Embers.
The trait set bonus Master of the Elements (2) in the Master of Nature's Fury tree increases the damage of this skill by 10%.
The trait Master of Fire in the Master of Nature's Fury tree increases the damage of this skill by 15%.
The trait Tactical Damage in the Master of Nature's Fury tree increases the damage of this skill by 10%.
The trait Slow Burn in the Master of Nature's Fury tree increases the duration of the DoT.
The trait Dry Kindling in the Master of Nature's Fury tree increases the chance to apply multiple stacks of Burning Embers.
Using this skill causes Burning Embers: Slow Burn to occur on an enemy target.
Using this skill causes Burning Embers to occur on an enemy target. This effect stacks with itself up to three times on a single target per Lore-master. Using Improved Burning Embers more than three times will cause the effect to replace the earliest Burning Embers effect applied.
The Lore-master's Staff Legacy Burning Embers Initial Damage increases the initial damage caused by this skill by up to 15%.
The Lore-master's Staff Legacy Burning Embers Range increases the range of this skill by up to thirteen meters.
The Lore-master's Staff Legacy Fire Skills Critical Damage increases the critical magnitude of this skill by up to 25%.
The Lore-master's Staff Legacy Tactical Skills Direct Damage increases the initial damage caused by this skill by up to 10%.
The Lore-master's Book Legacy Fire Damage Over Time increases the damage over time caused by this skill by up to 15%.
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%.
Burning Embers is the main damaging skill of the Lore-master, having a short cooldown and dealing a decent amount of damage, including damage over time. If you are traited down the Master of Nature's Fury line, the skill goes from good to great, dealing more damage for a lower power cost and having a shorter induction. It is also an excellent skill to slow enemies in order to kite them around.
Improved Burning Embers makes the damage over time effect stack to up to three on a single target. It also stacks with the (Improved) Burning Embers of other Lore-masters, meaning that with two or more Lore-masters using the skill on the same target, you can even have more than three DoTs ticking.
Burning Embers is a reference to an event during Bilbo's journey with the dwarves to the Lonely Mountain. (This event also formed the inspiration of Sign of Battle: Wizard's Fire.) At a certain point they climb in trees after being hunted down by wargs and Gandalf uses a trick that resembles the skill all too well:
"Now you can understand why Gandalf, listening to their growling and yelping, began to be dreadfully afraid, wizard though he was, and to feel that they were in a very bad place, and had not yet escaped at all. All the same he was not going to let them have it all their own way, though he could not do very much stuck up in a tall tree with wolves all round on the ground below. He gathered the huge pine-cones from the branches of the tree. Then he set one alight with bright blue fire, and threw it whizzing down among the circle of the wolves. It struck one on the back, and immediately his shaggy coat caught fire, and he was leaping to and fro yelping horribly. Then another came and another, one in blue flames, one in red, another in green. They burst on the ground in the middle of the circle and went off in coloured sparks and smoke. A specially large one hit the chief wolf on the nose, and he leaped in the air ten feet, and then rushed round and round the circle biting and snapping even at the other wolves in his anger and fright."
"(...) Wolves are afraid of fire at all times, but this was a most horrible and uncanny fire. If a spark got in their coats it stuck and burned into them, and unless they rolled over quick they were soon all in flames. Very soon all about the glade wolves were rolling over and over to put out the sparks on their backs, while those that were burning were running about howling and setting others alight, till their own friends chased them away and they fled off down the slopes crying and yammering and looking for water."
- "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire." In: "The Hobbit", by J.R.R. Tolkien