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Ball LightningProjectile, Spell, AoE, Lightning
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: (14 to 27)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 20%
Projectile Speed: 400
Requires Level 28Fires a slow-moving projectile that periodically damages enemies in an area around it with bolts of lightning.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Lightning Damage
Deals (2-14) to (32-260) Lightning DamagePlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Ball Lightning skill icon.pngBall Lightning inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 28

Ball Lightning skill screenshot.jpg

Ball Lightning is a spell that creates a moving ball dealing lightning damage.

Skill Functions and Interactions

Ball Lightning is a slow moving projectile, that strikes targets with bolts of lightning around itself. Lightning bolts strike targets every 200 milliseconds and each target cannot be hit more often than this. That restriction is shared between all balls fired on the same cast.[1] The base projectile speed is roughly 36 units per second.[2]

  • Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportLesser Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: l
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 8Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Attack Speed
    0.5% increased Cast Speed
    2 additional Projectiles
    Supported Projectile Skills deal (25-16)% less Projectile Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and Greater Multiple Projectiles SupportGreater Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: P
    Mana Multiplier: 165%
    Requires Level 38Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Attack Speed
    0.5% increased Cast Speed
    4 additional Projectiles
    Supported Projectile Skills deal (35-26)% less Projectile Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    increase the number of projectiles, and thus the area of effect. However, since a target cannot be hit more than once within 200 ms, it cannot be used to "shotgun" the target by hitting them with multiple projectiles at once, leading to a possible DPS loss.
  • Balls cast by Multiple Traps SupportMultiple Traps SupportSupport, Trap
    Icon: t
    Mana Multiplier: 160%
    Requires Level 8Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Trap Trigger Area of Effect
    Supported Traps throw 2 additional Traps
    Can have up to 3 additional Traps placed at a time
    (40-21)% less Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    do not share the 200 ms cooldown between each other because every trap counts as a separate "cast".
  • Spell Echo SupportSpell Echo SupportSpell, Support
    Icon: k
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 38Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Spell Damage
    Supported Spells Repeat an additional time
    (51-70)% more Cast Speed
    Supported Skills deal 10% less Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    's second cast does not share the 200 ms cooldown with the first one.
  • Increased Area of Effect SupportIncreased Area of Effect SupportSupport, AoE
    Icon: E
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 38Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area Damage
    Supported Skills have (30-49)% increased Area of EffectThis is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    increases the range of the bolts fired from the lightning balls.
  • Concentrated Effect SupportConcentrated Effect SupportSupport, AoE
    Icon: o
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 18Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area Damage
    Supported Skills have 30% less Area of Effect
    Supported Skills deal (35-54)% more Area Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and "Area of Effect damage" passive nodes do not increase Ball Lightning's damage (changes to Area of Effect radius still apply).
  • Slower Projectiles SupportSlower Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: J
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 31Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Projectile Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile Damage
    Supported Projectile Skills have (30-49)% less Projectile Speed
    Supported Projectile Skills deal (20-29)% more Projectile Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    increases the amount of time the enemy spends within the ball's area of effect, resulting in a higher potential number of lightning strikes per cast.
  • Fork SupportFork SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: Y
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 31Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Projectile Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile Damage
    Supported Projectile Skills deal (30-11)% less Projectile Damage
    Supported Projectile Skills Fork
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    and Chain SupportChain SupportSupport, Chaining, Projectile
    Icon: c
    Mana Multiplier: 150%
    Requires Level 38Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Projectile Speed
    Supported Projectile Skills Chain +2 times
    Supported Projectile Skills deal (50-31)% less Damage
    This is a Support Gem. It does not grant a bonus to your character, but to skills in sockets connected to it. Place into an item socket connected to a socket containing the Active Skill Gem you wish to augment. Right click to remove from a socket.
    have no effect as Ball Lightning automatically pierces targets. More details can be found on the Projectile page.

Damage per Second: DpS value on the skill tooltip assumes that the skill will do only one hit per cast, so you need to have an idea of the amount if hits it will do to get a better number, an estimate can be obtained using the calculator on the following link. It is worth noting that the calculation will not be very accurate for general use, as enemies will move around and the skill will pass over them using its entire diameter less often than not, however it should be fairly reliable when the skill is used on ranged attacking bosses as they tend to be stationary and the player will usually target them directly.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.intelligenceMana
Cost
Lightning
Damage
Exp.Total Exp.
12867142 to 3200
23173152 to 38199,345199,345
33479162 to 45285,815485,160
43785173 to 53401,344886,504
54092183 to 62554,3791,440,883
64296194 to 69477,4371,918,320
744100204 to 76583,7862,502,106
846104214 to 84710,3593,212,465
948109225 to 931,355,5114,567,976
1050113235 to 1031,138,8775,706,853
1152117246 to 1131,368,2337,075,086
1254121257 to 1241,638,3388,713,424
1356125257 to 1371,956,64810,670,072
1458130258 to 1503,655,18414,325,256
1560134269 to 1653,017,32717,342,583
16621382610 to 1817,759,99525,102,578
17641422610 to 19915,138,19340,240,771
18661462611 to 21726,083,82566,324,596
19681512713 to 23862,620,247128,944,843
20701552714 to 260211,708,088340,652,931
21721592815 to 285N/AN/A
2274N/A2816 to 311N/AN/A
2376N/A2918 to 340N/AN/A
2478N/A2920 to 371N/AN/A
2580N/A3021 to 404N/AN/A
2682N/A3023 to 441N/AN/A
2784N/A3025 to 480N/AN/A
2886N/A3028 to 523N/AN/A
2988N/A3130 to 570N/AN/A
3090N/A3133 to 620N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Normal
no
no
yes
yes
no
no
no

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Siosa
yes

Skill Video

Trivia

This skill was released accidentally in Version 1.1.0 and was removed until Version 1.1.5.[3][4]. A history of the skill can be found in Supporter newsletter 73.

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Ball Lightning:

Name For generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value. Effect(s)
EnchantmentBallLightningDamage16625% increased Ball Lightning Damage
EnchantmentBallLightningDamage27540% increased Ball Lightning Damage
EnchantmentBallLightningProjectileSpeed16630% reduced Ball Lightning Projectile Speed
EnchantmentBallLightningProjectileSpeed27545% reduced Ball Lightning Projectile Speed
EnchantmentBallLightningRadius1_668% increased Ball Lightning Area of Effect
EnchantmentBallLightningRadius27512% increased Ball Lightning Area of Effect

Version history

Version Changes
2.6.0
  • Ball Lightning's radius has increased from 16 to 20 units.
2.1.0
  • Damage increased by around 20% higher at level 20.
2.0.0
  • Base radius increased by 33% (from 12 to 16). Damage reduced. At player level 68 it should deal approximately 24% less damage.
1.2.0
  • Damage has been increased by 30% at all levels. Critical chance increased to 5%.
1.1.5
  • Added to the game.

References

  1. Mark_GGG (July 4, 2014). "GGG devs, please give us some info on Ball Lightning mechanics - questions inside". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July, 4, 2014.
  2. Mark_GGG (July 16, 2014). "Ball Lightning". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved July, 17, 2014.
  3. Chris (March 6, 2014). "GGG secretly released Ball Lightning skill". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  4. Chris (June 24, 2014). "Two Screenshots From Content Update 1.1.5". Official Path of Exile Forums. Retrieved June 25, 2014.