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For similar skills, see Chain Lightning (Disambiguation).
Chain Lightning

Class: Sorceress
Required Level: 18
Skill Tree: Lightning Spells
Requires: Charged Bolt, Lightning
Cost: 9 Mana

Casts a lightning bolt that jumps through multiple targets.

Damage Type: Lightning
Synergies: Charged Bolt, Lightning, Nova

Chain Lightning is a Sorceress Skill in Diablo II.


An improved and more complicated version of the Lightning spell, Chain Lightning arcs from foe to foe, branching out until all of its energy is dissipated. The stench of burnt flesh and ozone is often all that remains after this spell is cast.

General InformationEdit


  • Gives synergy to:
Lightning: +8% Lightning damage per level
  • Receives synergy from:
Charged Bolt: +4% Lightning damage per level
Lightning: +4% Lightning damage per level
Nova: +4% Lightning Damage per level

A more elaborate version of a previous spell, Lightning, Chain Lightning sacrifices a little bit of damage to bounce between multiple enemies, forming a chain of electricity.  It is the skill of choice for the Chain Lightning Sorceress.

Although not as damaging as Lightning, it has the potential to be far more cost-efficient. Since the Chain Lightning bounces between a multitude of enemies, both close and far, as opposed to a simple straight line, Chain Lightning has the potential to be more accurate in general. The skill continues to gain new bounce per every 5 skill levels even after it has reached level 20 (at level 30 it gets 11 bounces, at 35 it gets 12, etc.). Bounce gain benefits from "soft points" too.

Skill ProgressionEdit

Level 1234567891011
Mana Cost 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Damage 1–41 1–51 1–62 1–73 1–84 1–95 1–106 1–117 1–130 1–143 1–156
Number of targets 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 7 7
Level 12131415161718192025
Mana Cost 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 33
Damage 1–169 1–182 1–195 1–208 1–221 1–236 1–251 1–266 1–281 1–360
Number of targets 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 9 10

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