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Vaal Lightning Strike

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Vaal Lightning StrikeVaal, Attack, Melee, Duration, Lightning
Souls per use: 16 (N) / 24 (C) / 32 (M)
Can store 3 use(s)
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
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 forced into the enemy as you strike, electrically charging them for a duration, during which lightning will arc between them and other nearby enemies, dealing damage. This occurs even if the attack is dodged.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Skill Effect Duration
Deals (100-122.8)% of Base Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Base duration is (5-8.8) seconds
Beams deal 50% less Damage
Can't be Evaded
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Lightning Strike skill icon.pngVaal Lightning Strike inventory icon.png
Level: 12
Sell Price
1x Scroll Fragment

Vaal Lightning Strike skill screenshot.jpg

Vaal Lightning Strike (often referred to as VLS) is a vaal melee attack with the secondary effect of launching chaining beams that deal lightning damage based on the player's weapon damage.

Skill functions and interactions

  • Vaal Lightning Strike's beams deal their damage to nearby targets every 0.8 seconds, for a total of 11 times at level 20.[citation needed]

Gem level progression

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Version history

Version Changes
  • It is now a Dexterity Gem
  • Vaal Skill soul counts were initially balanced for Merciless difficulty, where there are more monsters. We want them to be easier to use in Normal and Cruel difficulty. We have halved the number of souls required for each skill. In Cruel difficulty, skills require 50% more souls to uses. In Merciless difficulty, they require 100% more (which is the same as before the patch).
  • Introduced to the game.