Vaal Lightning Strike

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Lightning StrikeLightning Strike of ArcingVaal Lightning Strike
Vaal Lightning StrikeAttack, Melee, Strike, Duration, Vaal, Lightning, Projectile
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 20
Can Store 2 Use(s)
Soul Gain Prevention: 8 sec
Attack Damage: (105-163)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (105-163)%
Requires Level 12Infuses your melee weapon with electrical energies as you swing. In addition to converting some of your physical damage to lightning damage, the stored energy becomes an orb attached to the enemy you hit, or the ground if you don't hit an enemy. The orb will periodically fire projectiles at other nearby enemies for a duration, which will also damage the enemy the orb is attached to.50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Base duration is 6.00 seconds
(1-9) to (13-179) Added Lightning Damage
Fires (5-9) Projectiles
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
Can't be Evaded

Additional Effects From 1-20% Quality:
Fires +(0.05-1) Projectiles
CorruptedPlace into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Drop restricted
Drop level: 12
Vaal Lightning Strike can drop from the Vaal Vessels found in Vaal side areas.
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Item class: Skill Gem
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalLightningStrike

Vaal Lightning Strike (often referred to as VLS) is a vaal melee attack with the secondary effect of launching projectiles periodically from the target struck or from the ground if no enemy is hit. These projectiles deal lightning damage based on the player's weapon damage.

Skill functions and interactions

  • The pulse rate of the lightning beams produced by Vaal Lightning Strike's orbs can be modified by increases to attack speed such as Faster Attacks.
  • Only the initial skill use is considered a strike; the beams are considered projectile damage. Having Strike Skills target additional enemies will increase the number of strikes, but will not create additional orbs. Only the original strike is used to determine if the orb is attached to a target or the ground.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceDamage
# ProjectilesLightning DamageExp.Total Exp.
1122114105%105%51 to 1300
2152517108%108.1%51 to 161524915249
3193021111%111.1%51 to 204151756766
4233524114%114.2%51 to 2581983138749
5274128117%117.2%52 to 31147968286717
6314632120%120.3%72 to 37250557537274
7355136123%123.3%72 to 45405086942360
8385538126%126.4%73 to 514477181390078
9415941129%129.4%73 to 596153182005396
10446344132%132.5%73 to 668346392840035
11476747136%135.5%74 to 7515707604410795
12507149139%138.6%74 to 8516339876044782
13537552142%141.6%75 to 9521510308195812
14567955145%144.7%76 to 107281218911008001
15598358148%147.7%76 to 120509936016107361
16628760151%150.8%97 to 134940073125508092
17649062154%153.8%98 to 1441527336640781458
18669264157%156.9%98 to 1552628658267068040
19689566160%159.9%99 to 16762890590129958630
20709868163%163%99 to 179212046017342004647
217210070166%166.1%910 to 192N/AN/A
2274N/AN/A169%169.1%911 to 206N/AN/A
2376N/AN/A172%172.2%912 to 221N/AN/A
2478N/AN/A175%175.2%912 to 237N/AN/A
2580N/AN/A178%178.3%913 to 254N/AN/A
2682N/AN/A181%181.3%1114 to 272N/AN/A
2784N/AN/A184%184.4%1115 to 291N/AN/A
2886N/AN/A187%187.4%1116 to 311N/AN/A
2988N/AN/A190%190.5%1118 to 333N/AN/A
3090N/AN/A194%193.5%1119 to 355N/AN/A
3191N/AN/A195%195.1%1119 to 367N/AN/A
3292N/AN/A197%196.6%1120 to 380N/AN/A
3393N/AN/A198%198.1%1121 to 392N/AN/A
3494N/AN/A200%199.6%1121 to 405N/AN/A
3595N/AN/A201%201.2%1122 to 419N/AN/A
3696N/AN/A203%202.7%1123 to 433N/AN/A
3797N/AN/A204%204.2%1124 to 447N/AN/A
3898N/AN/A206%205.7%1124 to 462N/AN/A
3999N/AN/A207%207.3%1125 to 477N/AN/A
40100N/AN/A209%208.8%1126 to 492N/AN/A

Item acquisition

Vaal Lightning Strike has restrictions on where or how it can drop. Vaal Lightning Strike can drop from the Vaal Vessels found in Vaal side areas.


Vaal Lightning Strike can be created from the following recipes:

9Volatile PowerVolatile Power9Vaal Gem
Quality: +20%
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
Random corrupted Vaal gem with 20% qualityA
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.Random divination card set exchangeA


Related helmet enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Vaal Lightning Strike.

Note that helmet enchantments are no longer obtainable since version 3.23.0 and can only be obtained in permanent leagues as already enchanted items from before this patch.

NameFor generated item/monster modifiers the minimum item/monster level respectively. Some generation types may not require this condition to be met, however item level restrictions may be raised to 80% of this value.LabyrinthStatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Lightning Strike Additional Pierce 166Merciless LabyrinthLightning Strike pierces 2 additional Targetshelmet 100
Enchantment Lightning Strike Additional Pierce 275Eternal LabyrinthLightning Strike pierces 3 additional Targetshelmet 100
Enchantment Lightning Strike Damage 166Merciless Labyrinth25% increased Lightning Strike Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Lightning Strike Damage 275Eternal Labyrinth40% increased Lightning Strike Damagehelmet 100
Enchantment Lightning Strike Num Of Additional Projectiles 166Merciless LabyrinthLightning Strike fires an additional Projectilehelmet 100
Enchantment Lightning Strike Num Of Additional Projectiles 275Eternal LabyrinthLightning Strike fires 2 additional Projectileshelmet 100

Alternate skill effects

Vaal Lightning Strike has the following alternate skill effects:

Myrmidon Lightning Strike EffectMyrmidon Lightning Strike EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Lightning Strike becomes a Myrmidon Effect.Your Lightning Strike becomes a Myrmidon Effect.
Void Emperor Lightning Strike EffectVoid Emperor Lightning Strike EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Lightning Strike becomes a Void Emperor Effect.Your Lightning Strike becomes a Void Emperor Effect.
Vulcan Lightning Strike EffectVulcan Lightning Strike EffectSkill Gem EffectYour Lightning Strike becomes a Vulcan Effect.Your Lightning Strike becomes a Vulcan Effect.

Version history

Version Changes
  • Quality now causes the skill to Fire +0-1 Projectile, instead of providing 0-20% increased Projectile Speed.
  • Quality on Vaal Lightning Strike no longer provides 0-20% increased Damage.
  • Labyrinth Helmet Enchantments that cause Lightning Strike to fire additional Projectiles now have values of 1 and 2 (previously 2 and 3).
  • Now deals 163% of Base Damage, and has 163% Effectiveness of Added Damage at gem level 20 (previously 130%).
  • Now deals 105% of base Attack Damage at gem level 1 (previously 80%) and 130% of base Attack Damage at gem level 20 (previously 98%).
  • Now has a base duration of 6 seconds (previously 8).
  • Now stores 2 uses (previously 1).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 8 seconds (previously 10).
  • Vaal Skill Gems can now only be obtained from a set of specific methods such as Corrupting Gems, Vaal Side Areas, Divination Cards (that specifically grant Vaal Skill Gems) and the Lapidary Lens in the Temple of Atzoatl.
  • Now adds 1 to 13 lightning damage to attacks at gem level 1, up to 9 to 179 at gem level 20.
  • Now gains 1% increased projectile speed and 1% increased damage per 1% gem quality (previously gained 1% increased lightning damage per 1% gem quality).
  • It is now a Dexterity Gem
  • Vaal Skill soul counts were initially balanced for Merciless difficulty, where there are more monsters. We want them to be easier to use in Normal and Cruel difficulty. We have halved the number of souls required for each skill. In Cruel difficulty, skills require 50% more souls to uses. In Merciless difficulty, they require 100% more (which is the same as before the patch).
  • Introduced to the game.

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