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Chain Lightning (Diablo II)

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Chain Lightning Icon.png Chain Lightning
Expels a bolt of lightning that travels through multiple enemies, dealing damage as it goes.
Class: Sorceress
Skill Tree: Lightning Spells
Required Level: 18
Damage Type: Lightning
Cast Delay: -
Prerequisites: Charged Bolt (1), Lightning (12)
Skill progression
Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Mana Cost 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Damage 1-40 1-51 1-62 1-73 1-84 1-95 1-106 1-117 1-130 1-143
Number of hit targets 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6
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{{{Variable C}}} {{{C1}}} {{{C2}}} {{{C3}}} {{{C4}}} {{{C5}}} {{{C6}}} {{{C7}}} {{{C8}}} {{{C9}}} {{{C10}}}
{{{Variable D}}} {{{D1}}} {{{D2}}} {{{D3}}} {{{D4}}} {{{D5}}} {{{D6}}} {{{D7}}} {{{D8}}} {{{D9}}} {{{D10}}}
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Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Mana Cost 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
Damage 1-156 1-169 1-182 1-195 1-208 1-221 1-236 1-251 1-266 1-281
Number of hit targets 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8 8 8
{{{Variable B}}} {{{B11}}} {{{B12}}} {{{B13}}} {{{B14}}} {{{B15}}} {{{B16}}} {{{B17}}} {{{B18}}} {{{B19}}} {{{B20}}}
{{{Variable C}}} {{{C11}}} {{{C12}}} {{{C13}}} {{{C14}}} {{{C15}}} {{{C16}}} {{{C17}}} {{{C18}}} {{{C19}}} {{{C20}}}
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{{{Variable E}}} {{{E11}}} {{{E12}}} {{{E13}}} {{{E14}}} {{{E15}}} {{{E16}}} {{{E17}}} {{{E18}}} {{{E19}}} {{{E20}}}
Charged Bolt +4% Lightning Damage per Level
Nova +4% Lightning Damage per Level
Lightning +4% Lightning Damage per Level
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Chain Lightning is the Lightning Spells skill that makes up for the tree's lack of Area of Effect skills. When cast, this spell sends a bolt of electricity, similar to Lightning, through your enemies. The difference is that it automatically targets itself to the nearest enemy until it reaches its maximum number of hit targets. As you invest more points in to this skill, its damage will increase, as well as its total number of hits.


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.[1]


  1. Diablo II Manual, page 88. Blizzard Entertainment, 2000.