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Lightning Orb

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Lightning Orb

Elementalist icon small.png Elementalist (skill list)
Tempest icon small.png Tempest
No related skill available in slot 1No related skill available in slot 2No related skill available in slot 3Weapon slot empty tango.pngWeapon slot filled tango.png
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0.5½ Activation time  25 Recharge time  
Lightning Orb

Launch an orb of lightning that fires projectiles at nearby foes.

Damage.png Damage: 330 (1.0)?
Damage.png Minimum Damage: 16 (0.05)?
Damage.png Damage Reduction per Hit: 10%
Vulnerability.png Vulnerability (10s): +1% Incoming Damage, +1% Incoming Condition Damage
Vulnerability.png Vulnerability (6s): +1% Incoming Damage, +1% Incoming Condition Damage
Interval.png Missile Launch Interval: 0.25¼ seconds
Radius.png Radius: 360
Range.png Range: 1,200

— In-game description

Related traits[edit]

Air Air

Water Water



  • Can be used off of some cliffs/ledges, and will traverse through the air at a 45-degree angle until it reaches a level surface or the attack is completed.
  • On an average-sized target, Lightning Orb will hit 14 times on average.
  • The maximum times it can hit is 21 times.
  • The orb can only hit one target at a time.
  • The orb's projectiles are blocked by skills such as Swirling Winds but the orb itself is not destroyed.
  • The orb travels at 200 units per second.

Version history[edit]

For a detailed skill history, see here.

Patch Changes
November 28, 2023
  • Fixed an issue that prevented this skill from targeting large bosses such as Conjured Amalgamate.
August 22, 2023 Secrets of the Obscure release:
  • Reduced the number of projectiles fired per interval from 2 to 1. Increased power coefficient from 0.36 to 1.0. This skill now deals 10% less damage on each subsequent hit against the same target, down to a minimum power coefficient of 0.05.
May 11, 2021
  • Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.45 to 0.36 in PvE. This matches the existing power coefficient in PvP and WvW.
February 25, 2020 Competitive content update:
  • (Competitive split) Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.45 to 0.36. Reduced vulnerability duration from 10 seconds to 6 seconds.
September 23, 2017
  • Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from attacking valid targets.
January 26, 2016
  • Updated the skill fact to indicate the correct damage per strike.
  • Increased the launch radius for missiles from 300 to 360.
October 23, 2015 Heart of Thorns release:
  • Lightning Orb has been added to the game.