Lightning damage

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Lightning damage is a damage type in Ashes of Creation.[1][2]

Skill Icon Origin Description
Ball Lightning Ball Lightning Icon.png Mage Create a large ball of charged electricity that travels slowly forward, rapidly dealing (50%🢆) lightning damage and applying Volatile to enemies it overlaps with.[3][4][5]
Chain Lightning Chain Lightning Icon clean.png Mage Release a powerful streak of lightning that hits your primary target and then chains outward to up to 5 nearby enemies from that target, dealing (175%🢆) lightning damage to each and applies 20 stacks of Shocked to targets with Volatile.[6][7][8]
Lightning Strike Lightning Strike (Active).png Mage Held ability: Charge up a bolt of lightning to unleash upon your target, dealing (275%🢆) lightning damage based on how long it was charged. Also applies 20 stacks of Shocked to targets.[9][10]
Thundering Shot Thundering Shot Icon.png Ranger Fires a lightning-infused projectile at your target, dealing 200% of your physical power as Lightning damage.[11]

Damage types

Different damage types are mitigated by the defensive stats (resistances) on different types of armor.[12]

Certain damage types will be strong or weak against certain enemy types. So you'll have to be somewhat smart about who you're bringing where, or what abilities or specs. Obviously, you'll be able to do the content, but you'll have an easier time with certain contents if you're using a certain spec over others.[13]Tradd Thompson
  • Players will be able to counter resistances with resistance penetration stats.[18]
When there's a lot of different complexity that exists between the multi-layered interactions of damage mitigation, resistances, damage penetration... those things stack up over time and there's an opportunity for that subtlety to be more expressed when the receiving target is, let's say, weak to that or... chosen not to spec into any resistances against that. That keeps things fresh and it also keeps a healthy level of itemization progression that's necessary for the player as well.[19]Steven Sharif
  • There is also non-mitigated damage.[12]
Not every monster is going to have unique resistances. They'll share groups of types of resistances based on whether that monster is a particular elemental affinity or a particular heavy armor, particular weapon type, stuff like that. So there will be resistances groups that are shared by certain types of monsters and their location and as it relates to their lower background and stuff like that.[18]Steven Sharif

See also