Chain Lightning

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the elementalist staff skill. For the bundle skill, see Chain Lightning (turret).

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Chain Lightning

Elementalist icon small.png Elementalist (skill list)
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0.75¾ Activation time  

Hit multiple foes with arcs of chain lightning.

 Damage.png Damage: 323 (0.8)?
 Damage.png Damage: 178 (0.44)?
 Miscellaneous effect.png Number of Bounces: 3
 Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description


Despite the skill description, Chain Lightning actually bounces twice, resulting in 3 total hits.
  • Attack speed is approximately 1.17 seconds per attack.
  • If there is only one valid target for this skill, it will hit that target once. If there are two valid targets for this skill, it will hit the first target, bounce to the second target, and then chain back to hit the first target a second time.
  • The third hit does 12% less damage than the first two (0.704 coefficient).
  • This skill's projectile is homing, meaning that it will track its target for a certain amount of time.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
August 23, 2022
  • (PvE only) Damage multiplier increased from 0.66 to 0.8.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 0.66 to 0.44.
June 25, 2013
  • Reduced the aftercast by .1 seconds.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Chain Lightning has been added to the game.