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Shockwave is one of many powers utilized by Cole MacGrath in Infamous.


It is an electric shockwave that can be used to push people and objects out of the way. To use it, the player must press L1 followed by X. It can be a weak attack or a deadly one, depending on the karma rank. It is the first power that consumed energy from Cole's battery cores, costing one and one-third worth of power to use.


Good karma[]

The Guardian rank upgrade is named "Reverse Magnetism," and it costs 800 XP. It allows use of the Shockwave to cause people to float in slow-motion by using magnetism as a force to push against the effect of gravity. This effect lasts until the person is either hit by the ground, water, a wall, or by one of Cole's attacks.

The Champion rank upgrade costs 1800 XP. It allows Cole to put more power behind the attack, causing people and objects to be pushed farther away.

The Hero rank upgrade costs 2800 XP. It allows Cole to increase the range of the attack.

Evil karma[]

The Thug rank upgrade costs 800 XP. It allows Cole to electrify people and objects in the blast for moderate damage.

The Outlaw rank upgrade costs 1800 XP. It allows Cole to increase both the force of the blast and its range.

The Infamous rank upgrade costs 2800 XP. It allows Cole to add more electricity to the blast, causing all cars to explode regardless of their current physical state.


  • Shockwave is also considered a vital power for the stunt "Have a Nice Fall."
  • Kessler also possessed the ability, since he was Cole's counterpart in the alternate timeline. As seen during the final boss battle, he could control the power of his Shockwaves, being able to send Zeke flying without really harming him, while injuring Cole by knocking him back a few feet.[1]
  • During the mission "Trish Reaches Out," Zeke suggested naming Cole's Shockwave, the Crippler.

Behind the scenes[]

  • Shockwave was originally intended to be called "TK Blast" in Infamous,[2] and seems to have gained part of its original name in Infamous 2, in which it was replaced by Blast.