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Empowered Blades is an aura mod that increases status chance and status damage (where applicable) of Heavy Attacks, at the cost of draining a portion of shields per hit.


Rank Status chance/Damage bonus Shield Drain per hit Cost *
0 +10% 15 -2
1 +20% 30 -3
2 +30% 45 -4
3 +40% 60 -5
4 +50% 75 -6
5 +60% 90 -7

* Aura mods increase the amount of Mod Capacity


Empowered Blades is dropped by the Feyarch Specter, available upon anointing a Silver Grove shrine with the Sunrise Apothic.


  • Status damage bonus will only apply to DmgToxinSmall64.png Toxin, DmgGasSmall64.png Gas, DmgFireSmall64.png Heat, DmgElectricitySmall64.png Electricity and DmgSlashSmall64.png Slash procs.
    • This bonus is multiplicative with other damage mods.
  • This Aura does not affect the Zenistar.png Zenistar disc.
    • The buff can only affect one of your melee weapons at a time, decided at the start of the mission. Besides making testing in the Simulacrum inconvenient, this means that Exalted Weapons won't normally benefit. Entering the mission without a melee weapon equipped will solve the latter.
  • The bonus to status chance is additive with other status chance mods. A weapon with a base status chance of 10% with Mod TT 20px.png Drifting Contact and Empowered Blades would gain an additional 10% status chance (+100% status chance bonus) for a total of 20% status chance.
  • Shield drain does not scale with multiple Empowered Blade auras in your squad.
  • Bonus damage is not applied if your Warframe does not have at least one shield point available to be consumed, making it impossible to benefit from on NidusIcon272.png Nidus or InarosIcon272.png Inaros, and of very little benefit on frames that cannot regenerate shield at will, or have extremely small shield reserves.
  • Stacks additively with AshIcon272.png Ash's passive.


Patch History[]

Update 31.1 (2022-02-09)

  • (Undocumented) Fixed +Status Damage applying twice.

Hotfix 26.0.5 (2019-11-06)

  • Changed Empowered Blades Mods description from Charged Attacks to Heavy Attacks.

Hotfix: The Silver Grove 4 (2016-08-25)

  • Fixed new Aura mods being untradable.

Hotfix: The Silver Grove 2 (2016-08-22)

  • Fixed The Silver Grove new Aura rewards missing from the Codex.

Update: The Silver Grove (2016-08-19)

  • Introduced via The Silver Grove quest.