Arc Lightning

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Arc Lightning

30.5½ Activation time  

Elementalist tango icon 20px.png Elementalist (skill list)
Weapon slot 1
Activ. type
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Cast an arc of electricity at your foe.

 Damage.png Stage 1 Damage (3x): 165 (0.45)?
 Damage.png Stage 1 Damage (3x): 111 (0.3)?
 Damage.png Stage 2 Damage (3x): 330 (0.9)?
 Damage.png Stage 2 Damage (3x): 219 (0.6)?
 Damage.png Stage 3 Damage (4x): 660 (1.796)?
 Damage.png Stage 3 Damage (4x): 440 (1.2)?
 Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 3
 Duration.png Duration: 3 seconds
 Range.png Range: 900

— In-game description [?]


  • The arc will hit up to two additional foes on its line of effect.
  • The two additional strikes will hit enemies closer to the caster first.
  • The channel will deal 10 attacks over its duration. Attacks 1-3 use stage 1 damage, attacks 4-6 use stage 2 damage, and attacks 7-10 use stage 3 damage.
    • Attack rate is one full channel per 3.95 seconds, for a total of 1155 base damage.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficients per strike from 0.15/0.3/0.449 to 0.1/0.2/0.3.
February 22, 2017
  • This skill has been unsplit from PvP and will now deal the higher damage values (25%) in all areas of the game.
December 13, 2016
  • The damage of this ability has been increased by 25% in PvP only.
July 26, 2016
  • Fixed a bug in which the lightning effects attached to incorrect areas.
April 19, 2016
  • The damage of this skill at all levels has been increased by 33%.
June 03, 2014
  • Updated the skill facts to show the number of hits per stage.
March 26, 2013
  • Now strikes enemies that it passes through.
January 28, 2013
  • Fixed a bug which would cause this skill's animation effects to continue playing after the skill ended.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Arc Lightning has been added to the game.