Chain Lightning

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Chain Lightning is a Sorcerer skill from the Core skill tree. Its features are:

Grants Player Exploits Condition
Lightning Dmg Critical Strike Chance
+ Crackling Energy Critical Strike Dmg
Core
Shock

'Grants Player' means this skill creates this condition i.e it could make a target Vulnerable that other skills can take advantage of. 'Exploits Condition' means this skill takes advantage of a condition, not necessarily of its own making. So for example another skill might Stun and this skill could take advantage of that.


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Chain Lightning

Unleash a stream of lightning that deals 36% damage and chains between Nearby enemies and you up to 5 times, prioritizing enemies.

Mana Cost: 35

Enchantment Slot Effect

Chain Lightning forms automatically after spending 100 Mana.

Damage: Lightning

Lucky Hit Chance: 25%

Tags: Core, Shock

Upgrades

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Enhanced Chain Lightning

Chain Lightning gains +3% increased Critical Strike Chance per bounce.

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Greater Chain Lightning

Each time Chain Lightning bounces, it deals x 5% increased damage for its duration.

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Destructive Chain Lightning

When Chain Lightning Critically Strikes, it has a 30% chance to spawn a Crackling Energy.


Items that work with Chain Lightning

The following items either:

  • Grant a bonus when using Chain Lightning
  • Create a condition Chain Lightning can exploit
  • Exploit a condition Chain Lightning creates

Legendary Aspects

Accelerating Aspect
Offensive Critical Strikes with Core skills increase your Attack Speed by 15 - 25% for 5 seconds.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction All
Aspect of Abundant Energy
Offensive Crackling Energy has a 30 - 40% chance to chain to an additional enemy.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Sorcerer
Aspect of the Expectant
Offensive Attacking enemies with a Basic skill increases the damage of your next Core skill cast by x 5 - 10%, up to x 30%. 5 seconds for Damage bonus to be used.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

Underroot
(Map)
Codex of Power All
Aspect of the Unbroken Tether
Offensive Chain Lightning has a 25 - 35% chance to chain 2 additional times.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Sorcerer
Charged Aspect
Mobility Collecting Crackling Energy increases your Movement Speed by 10 - 15% for 8 seconds.

Boots, Amulet (+50%)

Maddux Watch
(Map)
Scosglen Sorcerer
Elementalist's Aspect
Offensive Core or Mastery skills cast at or above 100 Mana gain a 20 - 40% increased Critical Strike Chance.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

Pallid Delve
(Map)
Dry Steppes Sorcerer
Recharging Aspect
Resource Each time Chain Lightning bounces, gain 1.5 - 3 Mana.

Ring

Zenith
(Map)
Fractured Peaks Sorcerer
Smiting Aspect
Offensive You have x 10 - 20% increased Critical Strike Chance against Injured enemies. While you are Healthy, you gain x 20 - 40% increased Crowd Control Duration.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction All
Stable Aspect
Offensive While Unstable Currents is not active, your Shock skills have a 7 - 12% chance to trigger a free cast from it.

Gloves, Offhand, 1H Weapon, 2H Weapon (+100%), Ring, Amulet (+50%)

N/A Extraction Sorcerer

Unique Items

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Ahavarion Spear of Lycander

The angel Lycander left us a portion of her power in this spear. It is all the proof I need that she watches over us still. - Oracle Argoysni

Type: Staff - Uber Unique
Class: Druid and Sorcerer

Description: Gain a random Shrine effect for 10-20 seconds after killing an Elite enemy. Can only occur once every 30 seconds.

+ % Damage to Crowd Controlled Enemies


Affixes:

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Banished Lord's Talisman

"His name has been lost to history, but to have been exiled from a land as cursed as Hawezar, his deeds must have been truly depraved." - Scholar's Notes

Type: Amulet
Class: All

Description: After you spend 300 of your Primary Resource, your next Core Skill is guaranteed to Overpower. Your Critical Strikes that Overpower deal %[x] increased damage.


Affixes:

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Blue Rose

"Her lover's spirit faded, and in her sorrow she wept frozen tears. Where they fell, roses of the purest ice would blossom each winter." - Greenslade's Tales, Chapter 7: "The Myth of Irina Coldheart"

Type: Ring
Class: Sorcerer

Description: Lucky Hit: Damaging an enemy has up to a 30% chance to form an exploding Ice Spike, dealing # Cold damage. Triple this chance if the enemy is Frozen.

  • + % Resistance to All Elements
  • + % Cold Resistance

Affixes:

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Esadora's Overflowing Cameo

The only thing more potent than Esadora's magic was her endless hatred of humanity. As she lay dying, the pale amulet around her neck drank in both.

Type: Amulet
Class: Sorcerer

Description: Upon collecting Crackling Energy, there's a 15% chance to release a lightning nova, dealing [# - #] Lightning damage, increased by x 50% for every 100 Intelligence you have.

  • + % Resistance to All Elements

Affixes:

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Esu's Heirloom

"While scholars have proven these boots were not created by Esu herself, it is noteworthy that they have been passed down since the formation of the Mage Clans." - Barrett's Book of Implements

Type: Boots
Class: Sorcerer

Description: Your Critical Strike Chance is increased by 20 - 30% of your Movement Speed bonus.

Affixes:

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Flickerstep

""Considered a failure by their creator, it wasn't until the assassination of an "untouchable" Caldeum noble that these boots' true power was understood." - Barrett's Book of Implements"

Type: Boots
Class: All

Description: Each enemy you Evade through reduces your active Ultimate Cooldown by # seconds, up to 10 seconds.


  • Attacks Reduce Evade's Cooldown by # Seconds

Affixes:

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Frostburn

A touch so frigid it stops the heart and chills the very soul.

Type: Gloves
Class: All

Description: Lucky Hit: Up to a 15 - 25% chance to Freeze (CC) enemies for 2 seconds.

Affixes:

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Gloves of the Illuminator

After Inarius returned to Sanctuary, he sought a way back to the High Heavens. His first step was to reignite the religion he had abandoned millennia before: the Cathedral of Light.

Type: Gloves
Class: Sorcerer

Description: Fireball now bounces as it travels, exploding each time it hits the ground, but its explosion deals 35 - 25% less damage.

Affixes:

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Melted Heart of Selig

"Do not allow your passions to become obsessions. Fuel the fire that burns within you, but it is madness to allow yourself to become ash to please an uncaring universe." - Last words of Master Selig

Type: Amulet - Uber Unique
Class: All

Description: Gain 60 Maximum Resource. 75% of incoming damage drains 2 Resource for every 1% of Life you would have lost instead.

Affixes:

  • + Resistance to All Elements
  • + All Stats
  • + Core Skill Damage
  • + Damage while Healthy
  • Resource Regeneration
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Mother's Embrace

"Every tome, every scroll, every book in this temple produces the same answer. The only being willing to stand against the Eternal Conflict, against the Prime Evils, was Lilith." - Elias

Type: Ring
Class: All

Description: If a Core Skill hits 4 or more enemies, 20% - 40% of the Resource cost is refunded.

Affixes:

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Paingorger's Gauntlets

Crafted from fragments of Duriel's carapace, wearing these gloves, or being struck by them, causes an agonizing sensation akin to pushing one's hands through a thousand shards of glass.

Type: Gloves
Class: All

Description: Damaging enemies with a cast Non–Basic Skill marks them for 3 seconds. When a Basic Skill first hits a marked enemy, the Basic Skill’s damage is echoed to all marked enemies, dealing 100–200%[x] increased damage.

Affixes:


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Ring of Starless Skies

"Yours is the power to pluck the stars from the heavens with the ease of a child gathering fruit from the bough." - Unknown

Type: Ring - Uber Unique
Class: All

Description: Spending resources reduces your resource costs and increases your damage by x10% for 3 seconds, up to 40%.

  • + % All Resistances

Affixes:

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Staff of Endless Rage

"Leaving even blackened bones for your kin to mourn is too good an end for you." - Josiah

Type: Staff
Class: Sorcerer

Description: Every 3rd cast of Fireball launches 2 additional projectiles and deals x 20 - 40% increased damage.


Affixes:


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Staff of Lam Esen

"Also known as the Greatstaff of the Old Religion, this powerful relic is one of only a small handful of Skatsimi artefacts that have survived to this day." - Barrett's Book of Implements

Type: Staff
Class: Sorcerer

Description: Your casts of Charged Bolts have a x40 - 60% chance to be attracted to enemies and last 300% longer.


Affixes:

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Tal Rasha's Iridescent Loop

"Fool said he dug it out of the sands near Lut Gholem with a few other worthless trinkets. I hid my delight at receiving such as treasure in exchange for a meager handful of coins" - Rakhaan

Type: Ring
Class: Sorcerer

Description: For each type of elemental damage you deal, gain [X] 14% increased damage for 4 seconds. Dealing Elemental damage refreshes all bonuses. (Sorcerer Only)

  • + % Resistance to All Elements
  • + % Resistance to All Elements

Affixes:

  • + % Non-Physical Damage
  • + % Lucky Hit Chance
  • + % Resource Generation
  • + % Cooldown Reduction


Paragon Glyphs

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Ruin

Magic: Barbarian / Druid / Necromancer / Rogue / Sorcerer

Bonus:


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Charged

Rare: Sorcerer

Bonus:

  • For every 5 Intelligence within range, Crackling Energy deals + [2.6-13.2]% increased damage.

Additional Bonus:

  • Picking up Crackling Energy grants you x5% increased damage for 5 seconds, up to x15%.

Requirements: 40 Intelligence

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Destruction

Rare: Sorcerer

Bonus:

Additional Bonus:

  • Critical Strikes increase all damage the enemy takes from you by x2% for 10 seconds, up to x12%.

Requirements: 25 Dexterity

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Electrocute

Rare: Sorcerer

Bonus:

  • Paragon nodes within range gain + [15-75]% bonus to their Lightning damage and damage reduction modifiers.

Additional Bonus:

Requirements: 25 Dexterity

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Elementalist

Rare: Sorcerer

Bonus:

  • Paragon nodes within range gain + [15-75]% bonus to their Non-physical damage and damage reduction modifiers.

Additional Bonus:

  • Dealing Fire, Cold, or Lightning damage to an enemy increases all damage you deal to them by 5% for 10 seconds, stacking once per element.

Requirements: 40 Intelligence

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Enchanter

Rare: Sorcerer

Bonus:

  • For every 5 Intelligence purchased within range, you deal + [1.3 - 6.5]% increased Non-physical damage.

Additional Bonus:

  • For each skill equipped in your Enchantment Slots, gain 13.3% Resistance to that Skill's element.

Requirements: 40 Intelligence


Item Affixes

The following Affixes are particularly useful with Chain Lightning

Attribute Amulet Ring Helm Chest Legs Gloves Boots Weap 1H Weap 2H Off-Hand
Ranks to Chain Lightning
[2 -3]
Core Skill Damage
[12.5 - 19.5%]
Core Skill Damage
[25 - 39%]
Shock Skill Damage
[10.5 - 17.5%]
Crackling Energy Damage
[14 - 28%]
Lightning Damage
[10.5 - 17.5%]
Critical Strike Chance
[1.8 - 5%]
Critical Strike Chance Against Injured Enemies
[3 - 8%]
Lightning Critical Strike Damage
[10.5 - 17.5%]
Lightning Critical Strike Damage
[28 - 42%]
Critical Strike Damage
[10.5 - 17.5]
Critical Strike Damage
[28 - 42%]
Attribute Amulet Ring Helm Chest Legs Gloves Boots Weap 1H Weap 2H Off-Hand


Changes to Chain Lightning

Patch 1.1.1, August 8, 2023