Chain Lightning

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Chain Lightning
Spell nature chainlightning.png
  • Chain Lightning
  • Level 28 Elemental shaman ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 2 sec cast
  • Hurls a lightning bolt at the enemy, dealing (159.9% of spell power) Nature damage and then jumping to additional nearby enemies. Affects 5 total targets.

    Generates 6 Maelstrom per target hit.
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned

28

Chain Lightning
Spell nature chainlightning.png
  • Chain Lightning
  • Level 28 Restoration shaman ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1% of base mana
  • 2 sec cast
  • Hurls a lightning bolt at the enemy, dealing (180% of spell power) Nature damage and then jumping to additional nearby enemies. Affects 3 total targets.
Usable by
Class
Properties
Type

Offensive

School
Cooldown

None/Global Cooldown

Other information
Level learned

28

Chain Lightning is a level 28 Elemental and Restoration shaman spell that deals direct damage to up to 3 targets.

Notes

  • All three hits are calculated individually. As such, it possible (and fairly common) that only one or two hits critically hit.
  • Unlike [Lightning Bolt], which has a travel time, Chain Lightning instantly hits all targets.
  • The spell first appeared in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos as one of the hero spells of orcish Far Seers.

Tips and tactics

  • If fighting a single target, use Lightning Bolt instead.
  • Be careful when using this spell if more mobs are nearby. While Chain Lightning may be more tempting to use for its higher damage output, it can easily cause unintended additional pulls.
  • Do not use this ability if there are nearby CC'ed targets.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2017-09-08): "Restoration and Elemental Shaman's Chain Lightning spells should now use a consistent casting animation."
  • Hotfix (2016-09-23): "
    • Chain Lightning Maelstrom generation increased to 6.
    • Chain Lightning (Elemental) damage increased by 23%.
    • Chain Lightning (Restoration) damage increased by 23%."
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): No longer available to Enhancement. Damage increased by 106% for Elemental and 185% for Restoration.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Damage has been increased by 4%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.3 (2014-10-28): Now costs 50% less mana.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Damage has been increased by 50%.
No longer has any cooldown.
  • Hotfix (2013-09-17): "Glyph of Chain Lightning should now be properly reducing the damage of Chain Lightning."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Will now deal the same damage to subsequent targets as it does to the first.
This was initially not reflected in the tooltip.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Cooldown reduced to 3 seconds, down from 6.
  • The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Cast time was reduced to 2.0 (from 2.5), mana costs reduced, benefit from spell damage reduced appropriately.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-20): No longer chains onto nearby targets that are stealthed or invisible to the caster.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Chain spells cast on PvP targets by an unflagged Shaman will now properly bounce to other PvP targets.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Cast time slightly reduced, damage increased, now deals less damage to each target after the first.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Moved to level 32.

See also

External links

Elemental Restoration