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Ball Lightning

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Ball LightningProjectile, Spell, AoE, Lightning
Radius: 20
Mana Cost: (14-27)
Cast Time: 0.80 sec
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Damage Effectiveness: 35%
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 (2-22) to (35-420) 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
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Chance
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment
Miscellaneous
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemBallLightning

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 150 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 48 units per second.[2]

  • Lesser Multiple Projectiles SupportLesser Multiple Projectiles SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: l
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 8Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Cast Speed
    Supported Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles
    Supported 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 38Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Attack Speed
    Supported Skills have 0.5% increased Cast Speed
    Supported Skills fire 4 additional Projectiles
    Supported 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 150 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: 140%
    Requires Level 8Supports traps skills, making them throw extra traps in a line.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 1% increased Trap Trigger Area of Effect
    Supported Skills throw up to 2 additional Traps
    Supported Skills can have up to 3 additional Traps placed at a time
    Supported 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.
    do not share the 150 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 38Supports spell skills, making them repeat when cast. Cannot support Vaal skills, totem skills, channelling skills, triggered skills, or skills which reserve mana.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Spell Damage
    Supported Skills Repeat an additional time
    Supported Skills have (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 150 ms cooldown with the first one.
  • Increased Area of Effect SupportIncreased Area of Effect SupportSupport, AoE
    Icon: E
    Mana Multiplier: 140%
    Requires Level 38Supports any skill with an area of effect.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 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 18Supports any skill with an area of effect, regardless of whether that skill deals damage.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 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 31Supports projectile skills.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile Damage
    Supported Skills have (30-49)% less Projectile Speed
    Supported 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.
  • Chain SupportChain SupportSupport, Chaining, Projectile
    Icon: c
    Mana Multiplier: 150%
    Requires Level 38Supports projectile skills, and any other skills that chain.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills have 1% increased Projectile Speed
    Supported Skills Chain +2 times
    Supported Skills deal (50-31)% less Damage with Hits
    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.
    does link with ball lightning. However the ball or the bolts cannot chain, linking it will only result in lower damage.
  • Fork SupportFork SupportSupport, Projectile
    Icon: Y
    Mana Multiplier: 130%
    Requires Level 31Supports projectile skills, making their projectiles fork into two projectiles the first time they hit an enemy and don't pierce it.Per 1% Quality:
    Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Projectile Damage
    Supported Skills deal (30-11)% less Projectile Damage
    Supported 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.
    has 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 of 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 3500
23173152 to 43199,345199,345
33479163 to 52285,815485,160
43785173 to 63401,344886,504
54092184 to 76554,3791,440,883
64296195 to 86477,4371,918,320
744100205 to 97583,7862,502,106
846104216 to 109710,3593,212,465
948109226 to 1231,355,5114,567,976
1050113237 to 1381,138,8775,706,853
1152117248 to 1551,368,2337,075,086
1254121259 to 1741,638,3388,713,424
13561252510 to 1951,956,64810,670,072
14581302511 to 2183,655,18414,325,256
15601342613 to 2443,017,32717,342,583
16621382614 to 2727,759,99525,102,578
17641422616 to 30415,138,19340,240,771
18661462618 to 33826,083,82566,324,596
19681512720 to 37762,620,247128,944,843
20701552722 to 420211,708,088340,652,931
21721592825 to 468N/AN/A
2274N/A2827 to 520N/AN/A
2376N/A2930 to 578N/AN/A
2478N/A2934 to 642N/AN/A
2580N/A3038 to 713N/AN/A
2682N/A3042 to 792N/AN/A
2784N/A3046 to 878N/AN/A
2886N/A3051 to 974N/AN/A
2988N/A3157 to 1080N/AN/A
3090N/A3163 to 1196N/AN/A
3191N/A3366 to 1259N/AN/A
3292N/A3370 to 1325N/AN/A
3393N/A3373 to 1394N/AN/A
3494N/A3477 to 1467N/AN/A
3595N/A3481 to 1543N/AN/A
3696N/A3485 to 1623N/AN/A
3797N/A3490 to 1708N/AN/A
3898N/A3595 to 1796N/AN/A
3999N/A3599 to 1889N/AN/A
40100N/A35105 to 1986N/AN/A

Skill Video

Trivia

Ball Lightning was accidentally added to the game in an unfinished state in version 1.1.0 and was removed shortly afterwards.[3] It was officially added to the game in version 1.1.5. A history of the skill can be found in Supporter newsletter 73.

Item acquisition
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Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
Class →WitchShadowRangerDuelistMarauderTemplarScion
Quest ↓
Sever the Right Hand
Act 3
Clarissa
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Ball Lightning.

NameFor 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.Stats
EnchantmentBallLightningAdditionalProjectiles175Ball Lightning fires an additional Projectile
EnchantmentBallLightningDamage16625% increased Ball Lightning Damage
EnchantmentBallLightningDamage27540% increased Ball Lightning Damage
EnchantmentBallLightningRadius1_668% increased Ball Lightning Area of Effect
EnchantmentBallLightningRadius27512% increased Ball Lightning Area of Effect

Microtransactions

The list below shows microtransactions for Ball Lightning.

ItemEffect(s)
Celestial Ball Lightning Effect
Celestial Ball Lightning EffectBall Lightning SkinYour Ball Lightning becomes a celestial effect.
Your Ball Lightning becomes a celestial effect.
Divine Ball Lightning Effect
Divine Ball Lightning EffectBall Lightning SkinYour Ball Lightning becomes a divine effect.
Your Ball Lightning becomes a divine effect.

Version history

Version Changes
3.3.0
  • Now deals 2-35 lightning damage at gem level 1 (up from 2-32), up to 22-420 lightning damage at gem level 20 (up from 14-260). Now has an added damage effectiveness of 35% (up from 20%).
  • The projectile's base speed is now 33% faster. The projectile hits 33% more frequently to compensate. The base radius has increased by 10%.
  • Disabled the "Reduced Ball Lightning Projectile Speed" enchantment from appearing.
  • Ball Lightning no longer has a 10% damage boost against players.
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.