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Backdraft is a tier 3 skill in Maya's Cataclysm skill tree. It causes Maya's melee attacks to deal additional Fire damage, and to release a fiery explosion when her shields are depleted. Shields must fully recharge between explosions.


  • Backdraft Damage Rank: +1 per level
Level 1 2 3 4 5
Damage Rank +1 +2 +3 +4 +5
Level 6 7 8 9 10 11
Damage Rank +6 +7 +8 +9 +10 +11

Can only be leveled past 5 with Banshee class mods.


  • The melee fire damage is actually a separate effect which triggers when the attack connects with an enemy. Following a melee attack, Backdraft's fire damage procs, which has a chance of igniting the enemy.
  • Bonus melee fire damage is entirely based on skill level, and does not benefit from outside melee damage or Roid Damage bonuses.
  • Bonus Fire Melee Damage cannot crit.
  • Bonus Fire Melee Damage will not activate against Thoughtlocked enemies.
  • Unlike a Nova Shield, the Backdraft nova triggers immediately when the shield is depleted.
  • Although Backdraft seemingly turns any shield Maya uses into a nova shield, killing an enemy with the Backdraft burst does not count towards the Super Novas challenge, even if she is using a Nova Shield.
  • Melee Fire damage formula is 0.25 × SkillLevel × 1.13PlayerLevel. In general, this translates to a 6% bonus to base melee damage per skill level, against flesh-type enemies. Additionally, it has a high chance to apply a burn effect, dealing approximately twice that over the next 5 seconds, for a total of ~15% base melee damage per level against flesh. Damage against non-flesh enemies is negligible.
  • Nova fire damage formula is 15 × SkillLevel × 1.13PlayerLevel. At 5/5 points, this is roughly 1/3rd the nova damage provided by the Flame of the Firehawk.



Backdraft skill video poreview

Maya skills
Motion Harmony Cataclysm

Elated • Life Tap • Mind's Eye • Recompense • Res • Restoration • Scorn • Sustenance • Sweet Release • Wreck

Backdraft • Blight Phoenix • Chain Reaction • Cloud Kill • Flicker • Foresight • Helios • Immolate • Reaper • Ruin