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Vaal Lightning Strike

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Vaal Lightning StrikeVaal, Attack, Melee, Strike, Duration, Lightning, Projectile
Souls Per Use: 20 (N) /
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 10.000 sec
Cast Time: 1.00 sec
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (80%-98%)
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 becomes an orb attached to the enemy you hit, or the ground if you don't hit an enemy. The orb will periodically fire projectiles at other nearby enemies for a duration, which will also damage the enemy the orb is attached to.Per 1% Quality:
1% increased Damage
1% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (80-98.2)% of Base Attack Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Base duration is 8 seconds
Fires (4-8) additional Projectiles
(1-9) to (13-179) Added Lightning Damage
Can't be Evaded
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
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
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalLightningStrike

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 projectiles periodically from the target struck or from the ground if no enemy is hit. These projectiles deal lightning damage based on the player's weapon damage.

Skill functions and interactions

  • The pulse rate of the lightning beams produced by Vaal Lightning Strike's orbs can be modified by increases to attack speed such as Faster Attacks.

Gem level progression

# ProjectilesLightning DamageExp.Total Exp.
112211480%80%41 to 1300
215251781%81%41 to 1615,24915,249
319302182%81.9%41 to 2041,51756,766
423352483%82.9%41 to 2581,983138,749
527412884%83.8%42 to 31147,968286,717
631463285%84.8%62 to 37250,557537,274
735513686%85.8%62 to 45405,086942,360
838553887%86.7%63 to 51447,7181,390,078
941594188%87.7%63 to 59615,3182,005,396
1044634489%88.6%63 to 66834,6392,840,035
1147674790%89.6%64 to 751,570,7604,410,795
1250714991%90.6%64 to 851,633,9876,044,782
1353755291%91.5%65 to 952,151,0308,195,812
1456795592%92.5%66 to 1072,812,18911,008,001
1559835893%93.4%66 to 1205,099,36016,107,361
1662876094%94.4%87 to 1349,400,73125,508,092
1764906295%95.4%88 to 14415,273,36640,781,458
1866926496%96.3%88 to 15526,286,58267,068,040
1968956697%97.3%89 to 16762,890,590129,958,630
2070986898%98.2%89 to 179212,046,017342,004,647
21721007099%99.2%810 to 192N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A100%100.2%811 to 206N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A101%101.1%812 to 221N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A102%102.1%812 to 237N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A103%103%813 to 254N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A104%104%1014 to 272N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A105%105%1015 to 291N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A106%105.9%1016 to 311N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A107%106.9%1018 to 333N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A108%107.8%1019 to 355N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A108%108.25%1019 to 367N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A109%108.7%1020 to 380N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A109%109.15%1021 to 392N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A110%109.6%1021 to 405N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A110%110.05%1022 to 419N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A111%110.5%1023 to 433N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A111%110.95%1024 to 447N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A111%111.4%1024 to 462N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A112%111.85%1025 to 477N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A112%112.3%1026 to 492N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

9Volatile PowerVolatile Power9Superior Vaal Gem
Quality: +20%
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
random corrupted superior Vaal gem (Q20)Automatic
6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
random level 20 gemAutomatic
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Superior Gem
Quality: +20%
"I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?" - Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutter
random superior gem (Q20)Automatic


Version history

Version Changes
  • Now adds 1 to 13 lightning damage to attacks at gem level 1, up to 9 to 179 at gem level 20.
  • Now gains 1% increased projectile speed and 1% increased damage per 1% gem quality (previously gained 1% increased lightning damage per 1% gem quality).
  • 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.