Infuses your melee weapon with electrical energies as you swing. In addition to converting some of your physical damage to lightning damage, the stored energy is released from the weapon as projectiles as you strike, flying out behind your target to hit further-away enemies. The Projectiles cannot miss if the melee attack hits its target.
(0 to 57)% increased Physical Damage
2 additional Projectiles
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
30% less Projectile Damage
Deals 120% of Base Damage
When the melee attack is made, three lightning projectiles will shoot out in a ~85 degree arc, traveling in a straight line untill they strike an enemy. Unmodified projectiles will do 70% of full weapon damage, of which 50% of physical damage is converted to lightning damage (the bolts benefit from added damage, e.g. as from aura's), against any target struck. Linking aor support gem will multiplicatively reduce the damage of each projectile and spread further projectiles out within the 85 degree arc.
Cannot Miss: This applies only to the projectiles launched after you initiated the strike. Swinging in enemies' general direction will result in projectiles with a hit/miss chance equal to that of the skill itself. Projectiles that miss will be dissipated without doing damage.
Damage conversion: Like all converted damage, the lightning portion of Lightning Strike's damage will be modified by both lightning damage and physical damage increases. Furthermore, the damage done by the lightning bolts is considered projectile damage (instead of melee), therefore any Strength bonus does not apply.
Dual Wielding: Dual wielding attacks with Lightning Strike will alternate the weapon being swung.
Life on Hit: The stated amount of life on hit will be restored for the initial hit and for each projectile that strikes an enemy.
Piercing Projectiles: Lightning Strike projectiles which pierce an enemy and strike another will do the usual projectile damage to all enemies struck.
Gem level progression
Each percentage of quality adds +3% chance of Projectiles Piercing.
This skill can be gained as a reward for finishing quests:
- Mark_GGG (December 3, 2012). "Mechanics Thread". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved October 21, 2013.