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Dark Channel is a biotic power in Mass Effect 3. It is available to Javik and as a bonus power for Commander Shepard in single-player, and the N7 Fury Adept, Asari Huntress Infiltrator, and Awakened Collector Adept in multiplayer.

Power Ranks Edit

Rank 1: Dark Channel Edit

Plague an opponent with a persistent, damaging biotic field. Effect transfers to a second target if the first is killed. Effect's length depends on Dark Channel's duration. Only one field may be active at a time.

  • Recharge Speed: 10 sec (8 multiplayer)
  • Damage Per Second: 20 (75 multiplayer)
  • Duration: 30 sec


Rank 2: Recharge Speed Edit

Increase recharge speed by 25%.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec (6.40 multiplayer)
  • Damage Per Second: 20 (75 multiplayer)
  • Duration: 30 sec


Rank 3: Damage Edit

Increase damage by 20%.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec (6.40 multiplayer)
  • Damage Per Second: 24 (90 multiplayer)
  • Duration: 30 sec


Rank 4: Damage/Duration Edit

Damage

Increase damage by 30%.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec (6.40 multiplayer)
  • Damage Per Second: 30 (112.50 multiplayer)
  • Duration: 30 sec

Duration

Increase duration by 40%.

  • Recharge Speed: 8 sec (6.40 multiplayer)
  • Damage Per Second: 24 (90 multiplayer)
  • Duration: 42 sec


Rank 5: Slow/Recharge Speed Edit

Slow

Slow target's movement speed by 30%.

Recharge Speed

Increase recharge speed by 35%.

  • Recharge Speed: 6.25 sec (5 multiplayer)
  • Damage Per Second:
    • Duration: 24 (90 multiplayer)
    • Damage: 30 (112.50 multiplayer)
  • Duration: 42 sec (Duration), 30 sec (Damage)


Rank 6: Damage/Pierce Edit

Damage

Increase damage by 50%.

  • Recharge Speed:
    • Slow: 8 sec (6.40 sec multiplayer)
    • Recharge Speed: 6.25 sec (5 sec multiplayer)
  • Damage Per Second:
    • Duration: 34 (127.50 multiplayer)
    • Damage: 40 (150 multiplayer)
  • Duration: 42 sec (Duration), 30 sec (Damage)

Pierce

Increase damage to armor and barriers by 75%

Player Notes Edit

Mechanics
  • Targets afflicted with Dark Channel can cause Biotic Explosions when detonated with powers such as Warp and Biotic Charge.
  • Unlike Reave, Dark Channel's damage-over-time effect cannot stack on a single target.
  • Banshees and Praetorians' power immunity shields cannot block Dark Channel transferred from dead enemies.
Strategies
  • Since it transfers to another enemy when the affected target dies, Dark Channel can be used to set up several biotic explosions in rapid succession. Use Dark Channel on weak infantry, then use a detonator power like Seeker Swarm or Throw for optimal results.
  • Dark Channel is also very effective against Ravagers as it will kill Swarmers instantaneously if it travels to one.
  • Annihilation Field can detonate Biotic Explosions on an enemy with Dark Channel active for figuratively "two Biotic Explosions".(Clarification Needed) Also Dark Channel and Annihilation Field are very effective against big enemies such as Atlas as the above combo can be used multiple times due to its large amount of health.

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