Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike

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Spell Type Dragon Cult Incantations
FP Cost 36 Slots Used 1
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Summons red lightning that spreads from impact

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Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike is an Incantation in Elden Ring. Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike spell deals red lightning dealing also area of
effect around impact.

 

A secret incantation of the capital's ancient dragon cult.
Summons a red bolt of lightning that scatters and spreads around
the surrounding area.

Charging enhances the range of the lightning bolt.

Spoken of in legend, red lightning is the weapon wielded by the
ancient dragons.

 

Where to find Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike

Where to find Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike:

 

Elden Ring Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike Guide

  • Stamina Cost: 31
  • One of the Dragon Cult Incantations and is boosted by the Gravel Stone Seal
  • Deals lightning damage
  • Does extreme damage to bosses if cast underneath or right next to them, as long as several of the strikes land.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Elden Ring Incantations
Agheel's Flame  ♦  Ancient Dragons' Lightning Spear  ♦  Aspects of the Crucible: Breath  ♦  Aspects of the Crucible: Horns  ♦  Aspects of the Crucible: Tail  ♦  Barrier of Gold  ♦  Beast Claw  ♦  Bestial Constitution  ♦  Bestial Sling  ♦  Bestial Vitality  ♦  Black Blade  ♦  Black Flame  ♦  Black Flame's Protection  ♦  Black Flame Blade  ♦  Black Flame Ritual  ♦  Blessing's Boon  ♦  Blessing of the Erdtree  ♦  Bloodboon  ♦  Bloodflame Blade  ♦  Bloodflame Talons  ♦  Borealis's Mist  ♦  Burn O Flame!  ♦  Catch Flame  ♦  Cure Poison  ♦  Darkness  ♦  Death Lightning  ♦  Discus of Light  ♦  Divine Fortification  ♦  Dragonbolt Blessing  ♦  Dragonclaw  ♦  Dragonfire  ♦  Dragonice  ♦  Dragonmaw  ♦  Ekzyke's Decay  ♦  Ekzykes's Decay  ♦  Elden Stars  ♦  Electrify Armament  ♦  Erdtree Heal  ♦  Ezykes's Decay  ♦  Fire's Deadly Sin  ♦  Flame Fall Upon Them  ♦  Flame Fortification  ♦  Flame of the Fell God  ♦  Flame Protect Me  ♦  Fortissax's Lightning Spear  ♦  Frenzied Burst  ♦  Frozen Lightning Spear  ♦  Giantsflame Take Thee  ♦  Glintstone Breath  ♦  Golden Lightning Fortification  ♦  Golden Vow (Spell)  ♦  Great Heal  ♦  Greyoll's Roar  ♦  Heal  ♦  Honed Bolt  ♦  Howl of Shabriri  ♦  Immutable Shield  ♦  Inescapable Frenzy  ♦  Lansseax's Glaive  ♦  Law of Causality  ♦  Law of Regression  ♦  Lightning Fortification  ♦  Lightning Spear  ♦  Lightning Strike  ♦  Litany of Proper Death  ♦  Lord's Aid  ♦  Lord's Divine Fortification  ♦  Lord's Heal  ♦  Magic Fortification  ♦  Magma Breath  ♦  Noble Presence  ♦  O Flame!  ♦  Order's Blade  ♦  Order Healing  ♦  Pest Threads  ♦  Placidusax's Ruin  ♦  Poison Armament  ♦  Poison Mist  ♦  Protection of the Erdtree  ♦  Radagon's Rings of Light  ♦  Rejection  ♦  Rotten Breath  ♦  Scarlet Aeonia  ♦  Scouring Black Flame  ♦  Shadow Bait  ♦  Smarag's Glintstone Breath  ♦  Stone of Gurranq  ♦  Surge O Flame!  ♦  Swarm of Flies  ♦  The Flame of Frenzy  ♦  Theodorix's Magma  ♦  Triple Rings of Light  ♦  Unendurable Frenzy  ♦  Urgent Heal  ♦  Vyke's Dragonbolt  ♦  Whirl O Flame!  ♦  Wrath of Gold



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    • Anonymous

      Another good incantation for farming the albanurics. With the right set up it will oneshot even the red ones.

      • Anonymous

        this thing made Placidusax a joke, he died before i even realized it. the only attacks he could use were his phase transitions

        • Anonymous

          People really underestimate the range on this. They'll tend to just stand around outside what the think is the effective range on this only to get hit for 1k. The bolt's hitbox is also bigger than you think it is. I've gotten hits on people who were next to where the lightning struck instead of right on top even outside water.

          • Anonymous

            should have a WAAAAY higher faith requirement for the havoc this thing can cause, literally one-shot me at 41 vigor.

            • Anonymous

              Surprisingly effective against abductor virgins. You can cast it on higher ground or from a safe spot, if you don't wanna engage directly, and they will take a few strikes.

              I melted one at volcano manor with minimal faith.

              • Anonymous

                it's not that easy to land in PvP, but when it does it's gonna hurt a lot, possibly one-shotting people at 50+ Faith if they don't have enough Vigor or some Lighting protection.
                the charged attack is pretty much a death sentence to anything that walks into it.

                • Anonymous

                  This thing is absolutely insane in PVP. I manage to oneshot people with 2500 hp with double gravel seal+25, flock canvas, godfrey icon, scorpion charm, 80 faith. I'm not even gonna mention people who don't level Vigor... It melts ganks, melts bosses, melts everyone. absolutely amazing spell!

                  • Anonymous

                    I'll echo some of the comments on this page about the spell's viability in NG+(++). Absolutely shreds huge bosses, deals amazing damage to medium-sized ones. Almost leaves me wishing bosses below NG+7 had more HP!

                    • Anonymous

                      I did not understand the power of this spell until I realized its two equally devastating uses: one, absolutely melting gigantic bosses like Fire Giant, Dragonlord Placidusax, Elden Beast, Magma Wyrms, etc. and two, as a powerful but risky attack after a boss performs a move with a large punish window, akin to a charged attack. This works best on medium-sized humanoid enemies like Godfrey and Radagon, where you're highly likely to land at least one and possibly two bolts.

                      • Anonymous

                        don't sleep on this thing, it does a LOT of damage. literally melts bosses HP's, even more if they're big targets

                        • Anonymous

                          I call this - "Elden Beast deleter". Absolutely nuts even when it's HP is inflated by 2 summons. Just have to pray a bit for RNGesus for good lightning pattern.

                          • Anonymous

                            This one really tears big enemies into little pieces. It takes some time to charge, but deals a hell of damage. A little bit tricky to use and dont get hit, though. For incantation-users an absoulutley must-have.

                            • Anonymous

                              OK this annihilates end game bosses. With the mimic helping it nukes them. I was actually grossed out how easily it killed Malenia, Radagon and Elden Beast. Sure you have to run up and get close/under the bosses but if you are bold it will work.

                              • Absolutely bonkers against big bosses. Two casts can kill Astel in NG+ if it connects right. Even an individual Lightning Strike does decent damage, but it really shines against groups. Totally worth it, even if the casting time is kinda long.

                                • Anonymous

                                  This thing is literal gank killer in pvp can't tell you how many times I've annihilated an entire four man squad with just two shots of this at 80 faith it nukes everything lmao...

                                  • Anonymous

                                    Good RNG spell, it either misses and does nothing, it hits and does solid damage, or it just nukes something.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Use mimic tear and unequip weapon and every spell except ancient dragon’s lightning strike. You’re welcome. :)

                                      • Anonymous

                                        This incantion is straight-up busted vs large bosses after the 1.4 patch. It creates several pillars of lightning that strike outward in a spreading motion. Thankfully, fromsoft made each pillar its own instance of damage, so each pillar of every strike deals damage. This means that it'll hit for anywhere between a slightly stronger Lightning Spear at 1 hit, to actually taking out a third of the boss' HP with a good cast that hits 6-10 times. I managed to make it deal 16k damage to Greyoll by lining it up proper, But you can probably expect between 2-6k damage in an actual fight depending on how large the boss is and how min-maxed you are for lightning damage.

                                        You don't need to overcommit to lighting damage to destroy bosses with this - the Godfrey talisman that increases charged spells is excellent on this as well as numerous other spells and does not lower resistances. There is a bit of RNG involved but ultimately if you manage to get a charged cast off right next to anything that is bigger than a human, you'll likely hit unexpectedly hard. Send those Ulcerated Tree spirits to hell with this spell, but also bring a charged spell for single small targets like a Lightning Spear or one of the fireballs.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          can someone explain how someone at level 100 made this do like 4000 damage against the godskin duo? my strongest incantations at this level do like 800 damage :(

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Garbage incantation
                                            Takes WAY too long to charge, complete RNG if you even hit something and when you do it's bad
                                            Dont bother

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I'm using this against Fortissax for the lulz, and OH MY GWYN it melts him like this is Dark Souls. I hit him with a lot of pillars from a single cast and he lost like a quarter of his health.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                Killed dragonlord in 2 charged casts of this incantation on NG+3 with a maxed out gravel stone seal and 70 faith. Over 14k damage a cast with lightning scorpion charm, flocks canvas, and Godfrey’s Icon. It’s niche, since it will really only do huge damage on bosses that are large enough to be struck by the lightning multiple times, but still very satisfying to use in those niche situations.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  After the buff from 1.04, this thing does nearly 3500 damage when fully charged against the Omen in the sewer. Holy cow.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    When this thing hits, it hits like an absolute truck. In NG+2 it still one shots enemies. In pvp it will one shot other players if they aren’t expecting it.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Holy hell does this scale with the rotten winged sword insignia? I did 2, 3, and then 4k worth of damage on a runebear...

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        In NG+ I am dealing 2k+ dmg per strike with 30 faith/55 archane and a +10 dragon communion seal. It doesn't take long to cast, and even though the strikes are randomized, there are so many of them it almost always hits things around you. It's awesome for clearing out groups of enemies in a flash.

                                                        • this is going to sound insane, but this incantation kinda shreds godskin duo. its two big issues, cast time and the poor accuracy, actually dont come into play that much. you can cast safely from behind one of the pillars and because there are two of them, you are very likely to land a few strikes. on top of that, you can absolutely chunk their health if both get hit.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            The funny point of this incantation is you actually need to pray to lend lightning on the enemy.
                                                            It's so random that you can one shot enemy or miss every single shot.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I have never put any comments online in my entire life, but I think this is too exciting for people who are really struggling to find a good lightning build for PVP. I have tried many builds to make flashy ancient lightning incantations viable in duels—from making poise monster with lightning, pairing lightning with endure, pairing lightning with 70 virtual dex, and so on (oh and for those that are confused if dex increases ancient dragoncult casting speed or not: they do. It's just that when you activate the incantations, they have two animations. The first animation when dragoncult symbol pops up is the casting animation that you can speed up with dex, the flashy animation that comes after it is the long wind up animation that you cannot speed up with anything. Amir made a video about casting speed on youtube). Sadly I could not find the builds that can compete with meta builds. The only one that I think has killing potential with 70 dex short wind up casting speed is death lightning that can deal more than 2k damage... or deal nothing at all because of the RNG hitbox. Basically it's a lightning russian roulette. Scott Jund made a showcase of it on youtube.

                                                              That is until I found out the strength of ancient dragons' lightning strike. While your enemy is in the distance, sure this incantation has not so consistent hitbox that can sometimes hit people rolling away. 4/10 consistency. But when you bait people to trade with you up close using this and pairing it with the ash of war Endure... I cannot believe that the lightning strike can hit your enemies multiple times. With 50 faith and gravel stone, 1 strike deals around 700-800, 2 strikes deal 1400-1500, 3 STRIKES (yes the lightning strike can hit your enemies three times. Either that or three of the lightning strikes hitbox can hit your enemies at the same time) can deal 2000-2100 damage. In my experience, this has 8/10 consistency, and this is coming from a person that keeps dueling all day with the same build. The only time people can dodge this is only if they decide not to trade with me when they see you activate endure. Even then, if they roll out in or to the direction of the scattering lightning strike, it can still strike them for 700 damage. This setup even applies to people using Bloodhound Step, the ash of war that Dark Souls veterans like Jeenine and Scott kept saying is broken because of its infinite i-frames that removes any skillcap.

                                                              So for all lightning lovers out there, this is your trump card. After you deal heavy damage to your opponent, the rest is for you to decide on how to finish the job, considering if they are not dead yet after tanking the lightning strikes. Hope you guys can find better lightning builds and hope for lightning incantations to get buffed in the future.

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                All the dragon cult incantations are garbage, but this one is slightly less garbage than the rest. Cast time is barely usable (far better than the hilariously bad cult's usual cast times), and the sheer quantity of bolt means that bosses with large hitboxes take disproportionately damage. On the downside, you're relying on RNG hoping a lot of bolts land on the boss. Additionally, most normal human-sized enemies will straight up not get hit by bolts about half the time and get free hits on you; making this an unexpectedly crappy spell for crowds. It's just barely worth the slot it takes up.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Melts elden beast and other big bosses if you can just sit behind/under them and charge up this incantation fully. Does at LEAST a thousand damage on anything that isnt small or another player if you have a viable faith build.

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I just 2-shotted Rennala in both phases with this on Journey 3.

                                                                    Slow to cast but great for bosses, especially with big hit boxes.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      i ****ing love red lightning dude, i dont even care if lightning incantations are considered bad or good i am going to be kool aid man and i am going to use red lightning

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        By far the single best incantation in the game. 80 dex and 80 faith with dual gravel stone seals with golden vow and lighting physic you can strike for over 14,000 damage.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          Slow cast but even on a Dex build with Faith for support, 60/30 respectively, this thing melts enemy groups or bosses. Especially with the Gravestone Talisman.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            Cant speak for the damage, but the FP cost for the spell have not increased in 1.03. It has always been 36 fp, you can confirm this by watching any pre-patch video talking about the spells.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              This spell hasn’t been shadow nerfed, it’s FP cost has always been 36, and it’s damage is the exact same as it’s pre patch version, tested it on the giants outside of the Fire Giants boss fight with the exact same faith and seal as my pre patch build.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                There were no lightning spell shadow nerfs, this incantation along with others are still the exact same as pre patch, you can even find videos from 2 weeks ago, the FP cost for this one has always been 36. Damage testing from 2 instances of damage dealt on a giant with the exact same seal and faith as pre patch both totaled up to 4297 damage… quit spreading misinformation

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  damage nerfed and fp cost increased 27 > 36 with the shadow nerfs of 1.03 patch

                                                                                  this is ridiculous. it seems like almost all of the dragon cult incantations were nerfed wtf

                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                    Not consistent in hitting. Expectin a fix. Often lightning will go right through enemies, doing no damage.

                                                                                    But when it hits at maximum, it can do almost 4k damage lmaoo.

                                                                                    Very good, but very often frustrating.

                                                                                    • The fact this can hit for 3500+ per strike with the right setup is a bit absurd, like you can oneshot NG+1 boss health bars in one charged cast if lucky, or just do a massive chunk if you only hit one time. Comet Azur who?

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        This spell + Mimic tear(10) + 80 faith + Erd Tree Seal(10) and a couple of bonus damage amulets will absolutely destroy some end game bosses. Use the tear as a defensive tank cover while you cast this charged up and you can 2 shot some end game bosses. It's ridiculous.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Has huge consistency problems when it comes to hitting foes. Literally missed an enemy player two times in a row when they were ~5 feet in front of me swinging at a teammate. Unacceptable for a late game spell.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            For all thr people asking its in a late game dungeon called crumbling azula. Which is accessible after beating fire giant

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