The Blasting Wilder's modified Wild Surge ability says (emphasis mine):

A blasting wilder uses her wild surge not to improve her psionic powers, but to enhance her surge blast ability. Any time the blasting wilder invokes a wild surge, she gains no increase to her manifester level, but adds one die of damage to her surge blast for each point of the wild surge and can expend her psionic focus to use her surge blast as a free action in the same round she used her wild surge, although she may only do this once per round, even if wild surging more than once per round. This ability functions in all other ways as Wild Surge, including the risk of psychic enervation, and is modified by the wilder’s surge choice as normal. Wild surges that do not increase the manifester level, such as Efficient Surge, cannot be used with this archetype.

I am confused how this would work out in practice. For starters, the Surge Blast description says that Surge Blasts do not trigger Psychic Enervation at all; however, it is unclear whether firing a Surge Blast counts as using a Wild Surge. On top of that, the regular Wilder class text implies, but does not outright state, that a Wild Surge can only be invoked to manifest a Power -- yet the Blasting Wilder text would seem to contradict this.

To be more specific, which (if any) of the following sequences of actions are legal on a Blasting Wilder's turn ?

  • Standard: Invoke Wild Surge to manifest a Power. Free: expend Psionic Focus to fire a Surge Blast.
  • Standard: Surge Blast. Free: expend Psionic Focus to fire an additional Surge Blast.

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You cannot use Surge Blast twice in a round because you would need a way to regain your Psionic Focus before blasting again.

A wilder can channel her wild surge into a blast of uncontrolled phrenic energy. As a standard action and by expending psionic focus, the wilder can make a ranged touch attack (range 30’) that deals 1d6 points of force damage for every +1 to her wild surge.

Other than that, you may use your Wild Surge to "enhance" (in quotes because its not modified at all) a power and then use your Wild Blast as a free action (modified by the archetype) and still expending your Psionic Focus (as normal), but now causing additional damage (also modified by the archetype).

The archetype also doesn't modify or alter your Wild Blast ability, meaning that you may still use it as a standard action (and expending your focus) to blast an enemy without manifesting a power or using your Wild Surge ability.

If you are able to regain your Psionic Focus as a move action (see Psychic Meditation), then you should be able to start your turn focused and do the following:

  • Standard: Manifest a power also activating your Wild Surge;
  • Free: Wild Blast expending your focus;
  • Move: Regain your focus again and repeat this sequence in the next turn.

If you manifest a power that is quicker than a standard action (like a Inevitable Strike), then you may be able to Surge Blast twice in a turn, but you won't be focused at the start of the next round:

  • Standard: Wild Blast expending your focus;
  • Move: Regain your focus;
  • Swift Manifest Inevitable Strike also activating your Wild Surge;
  • Free: Wild Blast again expending your focus.

Finally, note that you may still manifest a power without paying its cost by using your Wild Surge ability, instead of using the ability to cast a Surge Blast.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, I have also noticed the synergy with Inevitable Strike. Thanks, your explanation does make sense to me. \$\endgroup\$
    – Bugmaster
    May 16, 2019 at 20:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ I was trying to pick a power that is a swift action and is available at early levels. But it combines with a couple of other higher level powers too. \$\endgroup\$
    – ShadowKras
    May 16, 2019 at 20:24

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