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Crackling Energy

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Crackling Energy is only available to the Sorcerer. It is a byproduct of using other skills. This guide explains all you need to know about Crackling Energy.

Name Description
Crackling Energy Crackling Energy periodically damages nearby enemies when picked up.

If you have points in certain active or passive skills orbs of Crackling Energy are generated when killing or damaging an enemy. Walk over these orbs to collect up to 12 and they will display above your experience bar. Each orb fills 3 Crackling Energy slots. If you already have 12 and walk over an orb the orb will disappear but you will still only have 12.

When an enemy comes within range of you the Crackling Energy you have collected will automatically discharge inflicting Shock damage.

The collected Crackling Energy does not expire, it is either discharged on enemies or disappears when you go back to town.

As well as inflicting 20% of your base damage Crackling Energy can conjure a Lightning Spear and increase its damage, provide Mana and reduce the cooldown of your Shock Skills if points are placed in the appropriate skills. Through items its damage can be significantly increased, movement speed can be increased and Lightning Novas can be generated.

Below are details of the skills and items that can boost Crackling Energy.

Other Diablo 4 Skills that work with Crackling Energy

Below are skills that generate Crackling Energy or exploit it.

Basic Tree


Launch a bolt of lightning that shocks an enemy 4 times, dealing 10% damage on each hit.

Enchantment Slot Effect

Killing an enemy has a 10% chance to form a Crackling Energy.

Damage: Lightning

Lucky Hit Chance: 9%

Tags: Basic, Shock


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Flickering Spark

Each time Spark hits an enemy it has a 4% chance to spawn a Crackling Energy.


Core Tree
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Destructive Chain Lightning

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


Defensive Tree
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Mystical Teleport

For 4 seconds after Teleporting, Crackling Energy hits 2 additional enemies.


Conjuration Treet
lightning spear

Lightning Spear

Conjure a spear of lightning that seeks out enemies for 6 seconds, dealing 15% damage per hit. Critical Strikes apply Vulnerable for 3 seconds.

Mana Cost: 20 seconds.

Enchantment Slot Effect

Absorbing Crackling Energy has a 10% chance to conjure a Lightning Spear.

Damage: Lightning

Lucky Hit Chance: 5%

Tags: Conjuration, Shock


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Summoned Lightning Spear

Collecting Crackling Energy increases the damage of your next Lightning Spear cast by x 20%, up to x 160%.


Mastery Tree
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Wizard's Ball Lightning

If an enemy is hit at least 4 times by a cast of Ball Lightning, a Crackling Energy is formed. Can only happen 2 times per cast.


Static Discharge

Static Discharge

Lucky Hit: Critical Strikes with Shock Skills have up to 5%/10%/15% chance to form a Crackling Energy.


Invigorating Conduit
Invigorating Conduit

Upon absorbing Crackling Energy, you gain 4/8/12 Mana.

Requires a point in Static Discharge.


Ultimate Tree
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Supreme Unstable Currents

While Unstable Currents is active, Crackling Energy pulses 25% faster and costs no charges.


Key Passives Tree
Overflowing Energy

Overflowing Energy

Crackling Energy hits 1 additional enemy. Each time Crackling Energy hits an enemy, your Shock Skill Cooldowns are reduced by 0.1 seconds, increased to 0.25 seconds against Elites.


Paragon Boards

There is a Paragon Board called Ceaseless Conduit and its Legendary Node provides:

"Crackling Energy has a 25% chance to not consume a Charge when triggered. Crackling Energy's damage is increased by x 3% per 20 total Intelligence you have".

The following Rare Node also boosts Crackling Energy.



Rare: Sorcerer


  • For every 5 Intelligence within range, Crackling Energy deals + 2% (lvl 1) - 13% (lvl 21_ increased damage.

Additional Bonus:

  • Picking up Crackling Energy grants you x 5% increased damage for 5 seconds, up to x 15%.

Requirements: 40 Intelligence (in radius range)

Items that work with Crackling Energy

The following items either:

  • Grant a bonus when using Crackling Energy
  • Create a condition Crackling Energy can exploit
  • Exploit a condition Crackling Energy creates

Legendary Aspects

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
Charged Aspect
Mobility Collecting Crackling Energy increases your Movement Speed by 10 - 15% for 8 seconds.

Boots, Amulet (+50%)

Maddux Watch
Scosglen Sorcerer

Unique Items


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


Item Affixes

The following Affixes are particularly useful with Crackling Energy

Attribute Ring Legs Boots Offhand
Crackling Energy Damage
[14 - 28%]

Changes to Crackling Energy

Patch 1.0.3, June 27, 2023

  • Base damage increased from 15% to 20%.