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Unstable Currents

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Unstable Currents is a Sorcerer skill from the Ultimate skill tree. Its features are:

Grants Player Exploits Condition
Lightning Dmg Shock Skills
Attack Speed Crackling Energy
Ultimate
Shock

'Creates Condition' 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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Unstable Currents

Lightning surges within you for 10 seconds. Whenever you cast a Shock Skill, a random Core, Conjuration, or Mastery Shock Skill is also cast.

Cooldown: 70 seconds.

Damage: Lightning

Tags: Ultimate, Shock

Upgrades

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Prime Unstable Currents

Unstable Currents increases your Attack Speed by +25% while active.

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Supreme Unstable Currents

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

* Crackling Energy periodically damages surrounding enemies when picked up.


Tips for using Unstable Currents

Unstable Currents does not generate Crackling Energy. You need skills like Flickering Spark, Destructive Chain Lightning or Wizard's Ball Lightning or putting Spark into your Enchantment Slot to generate the Crackling Energy and Supreme Unstable Currents will affect that.


Items that work with Unstable Currents

The following items either:

  • Grant a bonus when using Unstable Currents
  • Create a condition Unstable Currents can exploit
  • Exploit a condition Unstable Currents 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
Aspect of Overwhelming Currents
Offensive Unstable Currents has a 15 - 30% chance to cast an additional Shock skill.

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

N/A Extraction Sorcerer
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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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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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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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 x 100 – 200% 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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Electrocute

Rare: Sorcerer

Bonus:

  • Paragon nodes within range gain + 15% (lvl 1) - 75% (lvl 21) bonus to their Lightning damage and damage reduction modifiers.

Additional Bonus:

Requirements: 25 Dexterity (in radius range)

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Elementalist

Rare: Sorcerer

Bonus:

  • Paragon nodes within range gain + 15% (lvl 1) - 75% (lvl 21) 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 x 5% for 10 seconds, stacking once per element.

Requirements: 40 Intelligence (in radius range)

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Enchanter

Rare: Sorcerer

Bonus:

  • For every 5 Intelligence purchased within range, you deal +2% (lvl 1) -10% (lvl 21) increased Non-physical damage.

Additional Bonus:

  • For each skill equipped in your Enchantment Slots, gain + 5% Maximum Resistance to that Skill's element.

Requirements: 40 Intelligence (in radius range)


Item Affixes

The following Affixes are particularly useful with Unstable Currents

Attribute Amulet Ring Chest Legs Gloves Boots Weap 1H Weap 2H Offhand
Shock Skill Damage
[10.5 - 17.5%]
Ultimate Skill Damage
[14 - 21%]
Ultimate Skill Damage
[28 - 42%]
Lightning Damage
[10.5 - 17.5%]
Lightning Critical Strike Damage
[10.5 - 17.5%]
Lightning Critical Strike Damage
[28 - 42%]
Crackling Energy Damage
[14 - 28%]
Attribute Amulet Ring Chest Legs Gloves Boots Weap 1H Weap 2H Offhand


Changes to Unstable Currents

Patch 1.2.0, October 17, 2023