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Lightning StrikeProjectile, Attack, Melee, Lightning
Mana Cost: 6
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Damage Effectiveness: (130% to 176%)
Requires Level 12Infuses 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 farther-away enemies. The projectiles cannot miss if the melee attack hit its target.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Lightning Damage
Deals (130-175.6)% of Base Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
(4-7) additional Projectiles
Projectiles deal 25% less Damage
Damage over time caused by Projectiles deals 25% less Damage
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Lightning Strike skill icon.pngLightning Strike inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Level: 12
Purchase Costs
Normal1x Orb of Transmutation

Lightning Strike skill screenshot.jpg

Lightning Strike is a melee attack, but one that has the secondary effect of launching projectiles which deal damage based on the player's weapon damage.

Skill functions

An attack with Lightning Strike consists of two parts:

When the melee attack is made, a number of lightning projectiles (five at level one, increasing with gem level) will shoot out in a ~85 degree arc, traveling in a straight line untill they strike an enemy. Unmodified projectiles will do 75% 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 a 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 have 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.
or 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 have 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.
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.

It is important to note that despite the confusing wording of this skill, the projectile portion of this attack in no way scales off the melee portion of the attack - in essence, the Lightning Strike skill does two completely separate things simultaneously, a melee attack (which deals x% of the base damage, and of which 50% of the physical damage is converted to lightning damage), and a ranged attack (which shoots projectiles, which deal 75% of the attack damage of the attack each, and of which 50% of the physical damage is converted to lightning damage).

This means that increasing the melee portion of the hit through melee-exclusive means such as Melee Physical Damage SupportMelee Physical Damage SupportMelee, Support, Attack
Icon: M
Mana Multiplier: 140%
Requires Level 18Supports melee attack skills.Per 1% Quality:
Supported Skills deal 0.5% increased Melee Physical Damage
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Melee Physical Damage
Supported Skills deal (30-49)% more Damage with Bleeding and Poison caused by Melee 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.
will not actually increase the projectile damage; the projectile damage is not "converted melee damage", a common misconception. Do not be deceived by the tooltip DPS of this skill which will change if you apply a melee-exclusive modifier; the tooltip DPS only shows the DPS of the melee portion of the attack and things that modify that, but not the projectile part of the attack.

That said, passive points that grant Increased damage with one-handed melee weapons for example will in fact affect the projectile attack as well if one is using a one-handed weapon, since it is still an attack that is dealt with a melee weapon (though the damage you're dealing is not actually melee damage). However, Increased melee damage with one-handed weapons would only apply to the melee portion of the attack, as it increases melee damage.

Any flat elemental damage gains from gear, auras, weapons or any other source will apply to both the projectile and the melee portion of the attack.

Skill interactions

  • 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 each time a projectile 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.
  • Point Blank: Projectiles are affected by Point Blank even though the melee attack is not.[1]
  • Iron Grip: Taking iron grip will apply Strength damage bonus to projectile portion of attack. Without iron grip only the melee portion of attack receives damage bonus from Strength. [2]
  • Reflect: Reflected attack damage (whether physical or elemental) can be evaded, blocked and dodged.[3]
  • Chain: Projectiles can chain (for example if linked with 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.
    ), however they won't chain if they pierce.
  • The modifier x% of Physical Damage added as from things like Hatred and Added Fire Damage is based on physical damage before conversions. So it will be based on the full base damage, not just the 50% physical part. This applies to both - melee damage and projectile damage.

Gem level progression

LevelLvl.dexterityintelligenceDamage
Effectiveness
Damage
Multiplier
# ProjectilesExp.Total Exp.
1122114130%130%400
2152517132%132.4%415,24915,249
3193021135%134.8%441,51756,766
4233524137%137.2%481,983138,749
5274128140%139.6%4147,968286,717
6314632142%142%5250,557537,274
7355136144%144.4%5405,086942,360
8385538147%146.8%5447,7181,390,078
9415941149%149.2%5615,3182,005,396
10446344152%151.6%5834,6392,840,035
11476747154%154%61,570,7604,410,795
12507149156%156.4%61,633,9876,044,782
13537552159%158.8%62,151,0308,195,812
14567955161%161.2%62,812,18911,008,001
15598358164%163.6%65,099,36016,107,361
16628760166%166%79,400,73125,508,092
17649062168%168.4%715,273,36640,781,458
18669264171%170.8%726,286,58267,068,040
19689566173%173.2%762,890,590129,958,630
20709868176%175.6%7212,046,017342,004,647
217210070178%178%8N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A180%180.4%8N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A183%182.8%8N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A185%185.2%8N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A188%187.6%8N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A190%190%9N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A192%192.4%9N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A195%194.8%9N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A197%197.2%9N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A200%199.6%9N/AN/A

Quest reward

This skill is given as quest reward for the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
no
no
no
no
yes
no
no

Vendor reward

This skill can be bought at the listed npc vendors after completing the following quests:
ClassMarauderTemplarWitchShadowRangerDuelistScion
Quest
The Siren's Cadence
Act 1
Nessa
no
yes
no
yes
yes
yes
yes
A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Siosa
yes
Fallen from Grace
Act 6
Lilly Roth
yes

Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Lightning Strike:

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)
EnchantmentLightningStrikeAdditionalPierce166Lightning Strike pierces 2 additional Targets
EnchantmentLightningStrikeAdditionalPierce275Lightning Strike pierces 3 additional Targets
EnchantmentLightningStrikeDamage1__6625% increased Lightning Strike Damage
EnchantmentLightningStrikeDamage27540% increased Lightning Strike Damage
EnchantmentLightningStrikeNumOfAdditionalProjectiles1662 additional Lightning Strike Projectiles
EnchantmentLightningStrikeNumOfAdditionalProjectiles2753 additional Lightning Strike Projectiles
EnchantmentLightningStrikePierceChance166
EnchantmentLightningStrikePierceChance275

Version history

Version Changes
2.4.0
  • 9% more damage at gem level 20.
2.1.0
  • Attack skills that have their damage based on the wielded weapon have their mana costs fixed in place from level 1 onwards.
  • Lightning Strike has been substantially reworked. It is now a Dexterity Gem that starts at player level 12. It shoots five projectiles at level 1, increasing as it levels. Its damage has been increased. It went from dealing 70% of base damage to 75% of base damage.
2.0.0
  • Now grants 2% chance to pierce per 1% quality (was 3% per 1% quality).
1.3.0
  • The mana costs of Elemental HitElemental HitAttack, Melee, Fire, Cold, Lightning, Bow
    Mana Cost: (6 to 12)
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    A standard attack (with any weapon) that adds damage of a random element.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Elemental Damage
    Can deal (4-169) to (8-314) base Fire Damage
    Can deal (3-138) to (6-257) base Cold Damage
    Can deal (1-27) to (13-516) base Lightning Damage
    10% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Elemental Hit skill icon.png
    , Glacial HammerGlacial HammerAttack, Melee, Cold
    Mana Cost: 5
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: (140% to 182%)
    Hits the enemy, converting some of your physical damage to cold damage. If the enemy is frozen and is on less than one third life, they will shatter when hit by Glacial Hammer. Requires a Mace or Staff.Per 1% Quality:
    2% increased Chill Duration on enemies
    1% increased Freeze Duration on enemies
    Deals (140-181.8)% of Base Damage
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
    25% chance to Freeze enemies
    35% increased Chill Duration on enemies
    (10-29)% increased Effect of Chill
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Glacial Hammer skill icon.png
    , Infernal BlowInfernal BlowAttack, AoE, Melee, Fire
    Radius: 15
    Mana Cost: 6
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Damage Effectiveness: (130% to 160%)
    Hits the enemy, converting some of your physical damage to fire damage. If the enemy dies soon after being hit, they will explode, dealing fire damage to nearby enemies. The damage from this explosion cannot be reflected. Requires a Sword, Axe, Mace, Staff or Unarmed.Per 1% Quality:
    0.5% increased Area of Effect
    Deals (130-160.4)% of Base Damage
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
    Base duration is 0.5 seconds
    Explosion deals base Fire Damage equal to 10% of the corpse's maximum Life
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Infernal Blow skill icon.png
    and Lightning StrikeLightning StrikeProjectile, Attack, Melee, Lightning
    Mana Cost: 6
    Cast Time: 1.00 sec
    Damage Effectiveness: (130% to 176%)
    Requires Level 12Infuses 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 farther-away enemies. The projectiles cannot miss if the melee attack hit its target.Per 1% Quality:
    1% increased Lightning Damage
    Deals (130-175.6)% of Base Damage
    50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
    (4-7) additional Projectiles
    Projectiles deal 25% less Damage
    Damage over time caused by Projectiles deals 25% less Damage
    Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
    Lightning Strike skill icon.png
    have been reduced.
1.2.0
  • Base damage increased from 120% to 130%. Mana cost reduced.
0.10.0
  • Fixed a problem with evasion related to Lightning Strike.
0.9.12h
  • Fixed a bug where Lightning Strike's projectiles would always miss when you use it for the first time in a while.
0.9.12b
  • Fixed a crash with Lightning Strike that would occur with specific two-handed mauls.
0.9.11
  • The damage penalty on its projectiles is now 30% rather than 20%.
0.9.10b
  • Fixed a bug where Lightning Strike's melee attack would always hit.
  • Lightning Strike's projectiles now always hit if the melee attack hits, otherwise they perform an accuracy roll.
0.9.10
  • Fixed a client crash that could occur when using Lightning Strike while standing on a patch of fire.
0.9.9
  • Reduced damage penalty on projectiles from -50% to -20%.
0.9.6e
  • Fixed a client freeze that could occur if a nearby party member was using Lightning Strike.
0.9.6c
  • Fixed a bug where Lightning Strike's damage was displayed wrong.
0.9.6
  • Lightning Strike has been added to the game

References

  1. Mark_GGG (December 3, 2012). "Mechanics Thread". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  2. Mark_GGG (December 4, 2012). "Mechanics Thread". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  3. Mark_GGG (December 4, 2012). "Mechanics Thread". Path of Exile Forum. Retrieved December 29, 2015.