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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.
  • Unlike a Nova Shield, the Backdraft nova triggers immediately when the shield is depleted. If Maya is wearing a nova shield and trains in Backdraft, when her shields go down, Backdraft will trigger, shortly followed by the actual nova shield burst when it would normally trigger.
  • Although Backdraft seemingly turns any shield Maya wears into a nova shield, killing an enemy with the Backdraft burst does not count towards the Super Novas challenge, even if she is wearing a true nova shield.


Backdraft skill video poreview01:06

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

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