Electric Discharge

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Electric Discharge

Elementalist icon small.png Air (trait list)
Training cost
4 Hero points
Game link
Electric Discharge

Strike your target with a bolt of lightning when attuning to air.
Also triggers on overload skills.

Damage.png Damage: 93 (0.35)?
Damage.png Damage: 13 (0.05)?
Vulnerability.png Vulnerability (8s): +1% Incoming Damage, +1% Incoming Condition Damage
Vulnerability.png8 Vulnerability (6s): +8% Incoming Damage, +8% Incoming Condition Damage
Ferocity attribute.png Critical Damage Increase: 100%
Number of targets.png Number of Targets: 1
Radius.png Radius: 900
Miscellaneous effect.png Combat Only

— In-game description

Related skills[edit]

Profession mechanic skills that are improved by this trait


  • Electric Discharge strikes the targeted foe within a radius of 900 while doing nothing without a target.
  • The trait is also triggered by Overload Air while using the Air specialization.
The Electric Discharge tooltip says radius while the combat log states range.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed trait history, see here.

Patch Changes
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient from 0.25 to 0.05. Reduced vulnerability duration from 8 seconds to 6 seconds. Increased vulnerability stacks from 1 to 8.
July 16, 2019
  • Added a missing tooltip for Combat Only.
  • Casting Overload Air now triggers the trait Electric Discharge.
December 11, 2018
  • The critical damage of this trait has been increased by 100%. Its base damage has been reduced by 50%.
March 27, 2018
  • Reduced damage by 28% in PvP and WvW.
  • Fixed a bug that caused this trait to attack at infinite range instead of the listed range of 900.
December 15, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that caused players using this trait to attack the nearest target instead of the active target.
December 12, 2017
  • This trait now properly displays its damage in the combat log and inflicts vulnerability in addition to its previous strike effects.
June 23, 2015 Specialization update:
  • Updated this trait to reflect the introduction of the specialization mechanic.
May 20, 2014
  • Fixed a bug that caused the damage skill fact for this trait to be inaccurate.
March 26, 2013
  • The Sunspot, Electric Discharge, and Earthen Blast traits no longer trigger when changing attunements while out of combat.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Electric Discharge has been added to the game.