Death Lightning

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Spell Type Dragon Cult Incantations
FP Cost 32 Slots Used 2
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Strikes surroundings with storm of death lightning

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Death Lightning is a Incantation in Elden Ring. Death Lightning spell strikes surroundings with storm of death lightning.

 

Incantation that channels the power of the ancient dragon
Fortissax, now corrupted by Death.

Strikes surroundings with a storm of Death lightning.
Inflicts Death blight upon foes.
Charging extends duration of the storm.

It said that this golden lightning was wielded by Godwyn, who

befriended Fortissax.

 

Where to find Death Lightning

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Elden Ring Death Lightning Guide

  • Stamina Cost: 32
  • One of the Dragon Cult Incantations and is boosted by the Gravel Stone Seal
  • Deals lightning damage
  • Inflicts Death Blight buildup on opponents with both lightning (50) and lingering clouds (30 per tick)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Elden Ring Incantations
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    • Anonymous

      Looks cool but in reality is one of the worst incantations, because it's strike radius is just bafflingly stupid. Often it will hit everywhere except the enemy you're trying to hit, even standing directly next to them. On top of that then you're open to get hit.

      • Anonymous

        Horrendous spell. Death blight has no effect in PVE, minimal effect in PVP and despite its high damage it barely hits half the time. For a faster, more reliable spell that does more damage in a similar aoe look no further than the other spell on the same remembrance. Not to mention death lightning takes up two slots.

        • Anonymous

          Gatefront and Palace approach ledge road site of grace. I had just killed fortissax and wanted to see its full potential. i killed 3/4 of the red albinaurics with one fully charged shot of this and 50 faith, 32 arcane, and a +10 dragon comm. seal. 2048 damage. You have to use it like the explosive crystal tear in your psykick, not like ancient dragons lightning strike.

          • Anonymous

            It’s a get off me spell rather than a kill them spell. Does high damage and the lingering clouds dissuade people from rushing in while you rebuff eclipse shotel, cast more offensive spells or maybe just use a heal/buff incantation. You must layer your spells or you won’t hit players at all in pvp. Thunder bolt ash of war to roll catch people fleeing the lightning. Red lightning is better for damage, this is better for getting space.

            • Anonymous

              "It said that this golden lightning was wielded by Godwyn."
              Does this imply that Godwyn had the power of death before the night of the black knifes?

              • Anonymous

                Considering you get it together with Fortissax's Lightning Spear that comes out faster, staggers/knocks down, has hyper armor, reliable hit rate and similar effective range, there is barely any reason to use this one instead. It looks cool as hell, but is just as unwieldy and whether it hits or not (if you even manage to get it off in time) is pure lottery.
                The death blight is nice distraction, though. People seem to panic a lot once they notice the build-up even if getting the actual proc off is next to impossible.

                • Anonymous

                  Godwyn was using this very spell? That means he was aligned with both the dragons AND Destined Death prior to his murder. It seems like he was trying to coup Marika and she was like nah son

                  • Anonymous

                    I really want to like this spell. The lightning damage when it hits, is incredible! With a 359 Incant Scaling and no Flask or Talisman bonuses to the damage, I've done up to 1500 damage to an opponent with heavy armor in PvP. The overwhelming problem however, is getting the lightning to actually hit. Literally 1 in 20 of my successfully cast, point blank Death Lightnings actually connects in PvP. Incredibly irritating when you can find a perfect window to cast or Endure and uncharged cast to trade, and see such spectacular lightning effects do literally nothing 90% of the time.

                    • I wish more things included death. like, the death flare effect looks cool. but nah, only Eclipse Shotel. Death lightning looks. Cool, that's all there is really. I understand it's really only something effective in PVP because of the way death blight works seriously like 3 things... :/

                      • Anonymous

                        compared to Ancient Dragon's Lighting Strike, this one has way less range and it seems to cast less thunder columns too.
                        considering that it's not really good alone, i guess it's meant to be used together with Fia's mist, but then again it's unlikely that someone will stay in the Death clouds once they figure out what you're trying to do.

                        • Anonymous

                          Clearly some people think spells should always just "work". From Soft does a great job of encouraging people to "learn" each spell. For those that hate on this spell, git gud!

                          • Anonymous

                            I was testing this on single soldiers at Gatefront ruins. It literally only worked 1 out of 3 casts. When it did hit it was absolutely crushing. Is it more for mobs AOE style?

                            • Anonymous

                              While the death blight buildup is pretty unnoticeable, the damage the lightning bolts can deal is pretty insane. Killed multiple ganks with this incant dealing over 1000 dmg

                              • Anonymous

                                "How it feels to chew five gum"

                                (Cut to Crimsonwhorl tear/poise tear physick walking into a 3 rivers gank with an anti-bleed armor set with robustness charm+1, before using this and killing literally everyone in an explosion of lightning and annihalation)

                                "5 gum. Stimulate your senses"

                                • Anonymous

                                  The problem with some of the lightning spells is the steep learning curve.

                                  Not every spell is spammable and this is one of them.

                                  However, I have one shot 3 gankers with this spell simultaneously. Once you get the timing this spell, along with ancient dragon lightning can insta kill everyone, especially when it’s fully charged.

                                  • Anonymous

                                    This spell is trash tier, without the poise and with how rng the bolts are, you will never consistently land it in pvp. Furthermore the status application is low as all hell - Ive had duelers stand in the clouds for 3 full fasts and not have a proc.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      It needs more poise to be more viable in pve. With full crucible knight armor I constantly get staggered by random soldiers while casting.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        the strength of this one isn't the upfront damage, it's in PvP and how it creates incredible zoning opportunities, as well as harsh pressure. like with the eclipse shotel the build up of death blight is very little, but deathblight takes a LONG time to tick down. pair this with either fia's mist or the shotel and you will literally scare people to death.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Okay I just had a huge brainwave. Anyone else make this connection? Godwyn. G-od-wyn. Gwyn. If this wasn't a lightning incantation I never would've noticed this.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            So the way electrical aoe striking spells seem to work is: they strike the immediate surface or lower and can only go down in elevation. So if you are next to a wall it counts as up from your elevation and fizzles,’and if you cast it near a ledge it will cascade down. This gives it a good suprise potential from high ground positions, but lacks utility in closed spaces. The smoke produced by death lightening in particular mitigates that somewhat by giving better area denial.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              If just one of the bolts homed in and striked down on a target while the redt were random, cool...but the build up is very low and its so random. All that fp to hit nothing even while infront of you is wild. Almost as bad at the flower jump incant.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                I have 84 to Faith. With two Gravel Seals, Lightning And Godefrey Talisman this sucker does a charge hit for 3,111 damage against those Red Albenurics ( the Red Skinned Enemies in Mogh’s Dynasty.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  I have 84 to Faith. With two Gravel Seals, Lightning And Godefrey Talisman this sucker does a charge hit for 3,111 damage against those Red Albenurics ( the Red Skinned Enemies in Mogh’s Dynasty.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    I have 84 to Faith. With two Gravel Seals, Lightning And Godefrey Talisman this sucker does a charge hit for 3,111 damage against those Red Albenurics ( the Red Skinned Enemies in Mogh’s Dynasty.

                                                    • Anonymous

                                                      Spell is ideal when you have a summon out or a friend with you in pvp.
                                                      Not the best idea to use in a 1v1.

                                                      Kinda like fortisax, I don't think he ever got me with this attack. But if he had a homie, this attack would be a nightmare to dodge

                                                      • Anonymous

                                                        Biggest thing to note about this spell is that Death Blight exclusively applies to other Tarnished. And even then, it isn’t guaranteed to affect a given tarnished enemy. The only things you can 100% be sure death blight works on is other players, or npc invaders.

                                                        This isn’t the fault of the incantation, just how death blight works. Decent for use in PVP, but it’s too erratic to trust in PVE. Only use it if you’re invading.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          I used to dislike this incantation, now that I have a proper build for it I love it.
                                                          insta-kill any PVPer if you use it right.

                                                          • I personally love this spell for its dmg AND randomness.

                                                            For example, I use erdtree seal at 80 faith (354 scaling). And I have lighting dmg talisman + great incant talisman + lighting tear, golden vow. It does about 2000 dmg to players on average and that's above 60 vigor (1900hp).

                                                            As lots of ppl mentioned, it's very random, it hits half of the time for me, and that's enough already, it's either you take a hit or another player dies, I think it's a good trade. Also the randomness makes the rolling timing tricky too, so even if the player has seen it before, the timing is different every time. The death mist can also keep another player away for a bit, and you can set up smth in the mist. So I like this spell for PVP.

                                                            For PVE, use Ancient lighting strike, this is soooooooo much worse in PVE

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              It's not terrible, but it could be tweaked a bit to be more viable. The damage is respectable, the FP cost acceptable, the range is okay, the recovery fair, and, for what it does, the cast time is decent, but, like a lot of lightning spells, it really just has to hit targets in its purview. There's just no excuse for a boss spell that needs 2 slots with a decent wind-up to completely miss the enemy YOU'RE LOCKED ONTO, let alone any others in range. Other fixes it needs would be to have the charged version have a larger range (as of right now, it just gives a very slight increase in damage and more bolts to strike enemies with, although doesn't actually guarantee all enemies in range will be hit which, again, is ridiculous) and to make it chainable (preferably, at half the initial cast time). The death blight build-up could be better, certainly, but the clouds are still handy for masking your next move and look cool; if the spell was chainable, it would make the clouds much more useful since it makes it difficult to gauge whether it's now safe to attack you or they're attacking into the follow-up strike. To be PvP viable, nova spells need to be able to trade well against aggression, and prevent follow-up attacks. Think Wrath of Gold, which is literally the gold standard for nova-type spells right now.

                                                              • This does around 50% more damage per lightning bolt than ancient dragon lightning strike but it shoots way fewer bolts, they don't expand to a farther radius and if you get staggered in the animation it stops casting the rest of the bolts (ancient dragon keeps striking). It is funny if you do get the money shot with 3-4 bolts hitting though but it's like winning the lottery.

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  Its not very accurate at all. I can hug an enemy and sometimes completely miss. And it has very little range. But its damage is ludicrous! Challenging this move is a good why to die instantly. However, outside of a potential insta kill on a reckless PVPer. I just cant find a good use for this. It doesn’t seem to hit taller monsters like ice lightning spear and ancient dragon strike can. So its near useless in PVE compared to other dragon cult incantations... and unlike ancient dragon strike. It can be interrupted during its attack suddenly ending the entire move and wasting your FP. This spell is so cool and i tried to make it work. But it just doesnt...

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    I actually think this should operate similar to Founding Rain of Stars. Charging increases length of storm and by using this to create a zone of death lightning it would be both interesting in pvp and pve since it would operate different from Ancient Dragon Lightning Strike.

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      The dmg it does is pretty need, but the death-blight build up is a joke. in pvp u can just stand in the clouds 2 times in full duration even if u got hit once.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        oh jeez , even I have Protection of Erdtree buff , this skill can one hit kill me.
                                                                        I will not yolo to this skill again lol.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          This costs too much for how short ranged it is, I guess its trying to balance around pvp but jesus could this get some kind of buff.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            A lot of posts say this significantly out damaged ancient dragon lightning strike, this has not been my experience at all. Do I need to go above 50 faith to see that? Ancient is way more consistent for less fp.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Do the clouds do Deathblight, the bolts, or neither?

                                                                              I don't yet have it, but instant death lists this as a potential source.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                Here's a pvp tip. Use a poise item (either in your flask, steel perfume or the thing Fia gives you) use honed bolt to lure in your opponent then switch to death lightning. The animations are similar so they don't suspect it. 90% of my enemies die from that

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  Underrated spell. It's quick cast is a good "get off me" spell and when cast under a dragon/big-target, can deal significant damage. Almost useless to charge-cast it since the lightning only hits once anyway. Shame. But still....significantly outdamages Ancient Dragon Lightning Strike for big targets, despite only hitting once (against the latter case hitting potentially more times). For PvP, it's also not terrible. Can essentially one-shot people and when used as a change up, can catch people by surprise.I think it is worth slotting.

                                                                                  • Trying to use this in PvE almost always ends up getting staggered out of it thanks to the short range. Find an opening with distance -> miss thanks to short range. Find and opening next to enemy -> invitation to get hit. If your coop buddy takes the aggro and you have all the time in the world, sure why not. Otherwise pretty useless. Desperately needs either some hyper armor/poise so you can´t get staggered out of it so easily or shorter cast time. Another incant with way overblown fth req for what you get. And even IF it hits, the dmg can be nice but not worth the time & risk over better spells, weapon arts or just pressing r1.

                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                      This incantation + leaded crystal tear equals one shot’s against other players 90% of the time. At 70 faith the quick cast of this can deal 2600 damage and a full charge cast can deal 3400. You can use this without leaded crystal tear but you will have to practice its timing. Preferably using this with bloodhound step is extremely effective to the point where its toxic.

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        The bolts have almost no AoE are are completely random. I've had situations where enemies were right on top of me and didn't get hit by a single bolt.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          They should have buffed faith with sorcery in this recent patch.
                                                                                          Nearly all of the endgame faith spells are unusable due to a combination of slow cast time, short range, ZERO poise, or like in the case for death lightning its just never hits anything.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            Does this do more damage than ancient dragons' lightning strike? I only want to compare the damage dealt, not range or consistency

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              this thing one shots other players alot of the time, 80 faith, gravel seal, i'm hitting for 1500+ damage. Its just hard as **** to actually hit, but if you use it like a 'parry' and try to predict them running in and hitting you, its an instant win

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                this spell needs one bolt to target whoever is target locked at least, pretty useless against anything except trash mobs

                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                  this feels unusable compared to fort's lighning spear. at least fort's lightning spear is an aoe, but i've had fully charged death lightning fail to hit an opponent in backstab range.

                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                    This Isn't a Sorcery. It's a Incantation. It's obtained via the Remembrance of Fortissax. Which In itself is a Optional Boss fight beneath the Erdtree. Who is also gated behind 2 questlines.

                                                                                                    To get there, you need to Unlock Nokron the Eternal city. From the Ancestral Woods Bonfire, Head North east, Right to the wall, you'll eventually find a Jellyfish, there's a ledge, jump down that unlocks a new grace point.

                                                                                                    Progress through that area eventually and you'll find a boss fight. A Duo Gargoyle fight. After there's a new bonefire in that arena and a coffin that takes you to the Secret Erdtree underground area. Eventually in that area, at the top in the water area there's a grace point, a trio invasion boss fight and then Fia's quest.
                                                                                                    Talk to her, accept her offers and resting at the Gracepoint will eventually unlock a the memory for this boss for you to fight.

                                                                                                    As an extra note, it is required to have found one half of the cursemark of death I believe.

                                                                                                    Have fun.

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