Lightning Spear

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Spell Type Dragon Cult Incantations
FP Cost 18 Slots Used 1
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Hurls lightning spear before caster

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Lightning Spear is an Incantation in Elden Ring. Lightning Spear spell creates a lightning projectile and throws it forward. Gravel Stone Seal increases its damage.

 

One of the incantations of the capital's ancient dragon cult. Summons a lightning spear and hurls it before the caster.

Charging causes a lightning bolt to strike the point of impact.

Long ago, Godwyn the Golden defeated the ancient dragon Fortissax, and befriended his fallen foe — an event that gave rise to the ancient dragon cult in the capital.

 

Where to find Lightning Spear

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Elden Ring Lightning Spear Guide

  • Stamina Cost: 28
  • Deals lightning damage
  • One of the Dragon Cult Incantations and is boosted by the Gravel Stone Seal
  • Enemies seem to ignore this incantation in terms of dodging, meaning under most circumstances Lightning Spear will generally make a successful hit against the enemy. This does not apply to charged version of this incantation.
  • Charging allows you to add small AOE to this single target spell.
 

Builds using Lightning Spear

 

 

 

 

 
Elden Ring Incantations
Agheel's Flame  ♦  Ancient Dragons' Lightning Spear  ♦  Ancient Dragons' Lightning Strike  ♦  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 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

      What is there not to love, I loved the spell in DS3 and even more so in Elden ring. FP is low to cast, damage gets better throughout the game, and can be charged. Godfrey Icon people! If you’re doing a dragon cult build, or any faith/hybrid, this incant is for you! Hasn’t left my build even in new game plus

      • Anonymous

        Has been in slot 1 of my faith build's icant inventory since the moment I got it and has stayed there. Wrecks from beginning to end game.

        • Anonymous

          So the very highest I've gotten this little spear to go was 3,216 charged up(extended cast, scorpion charm, both incant talismans, cracked lightning tear, and golden vow) against a random mob (not sure about the targets resistance) but against a player Ive reached up to 1853. I've found that I can just dodge roll forward into an attack and light one of these bad boys off and the match is over. So I've been doing without bothering to buff so it will take two perfectly timed spears to kill a player dead. Still seem pretty broken, except now the biggest challenge comes from the shield and spear combo with the correct shield, lightning just can't put out. And seeing as I can just offer this spear to RoB during it's moveset or wait for the bloodhound to try and attack and just zap the bugger, these are simply not the meta anymore.

          • Anonymous

            One of the few incants actually good in pvp.

            Very good at punishing RoB users when they are locked in slashy-slash animation.

            Effective against mages for ranged trading.

            However, I've been having trouble hitting someone while they are in my face and hitting me. The slight stagger (even if I poise through the hit) makes the spear fly above their head.

            • Anonymous

              in PvP, it's quite good as counter spell to deal with mages. not so good as offensive spell though, since anyone else will just dodge it.

              • Anonymous

                I consider myself pretty good at pvp. But the amount of times this has hit me is humbling. With fast cast its actually a very powerful incant. With slow cast it is less useful.

                • Anonymous

                  This incantation is really good, it has quickly become my primary means of dealing damage after I unlocked it. It does very good damage, the FP cost is reasonable and most enemies will make no attempt at dodging it. The range is a little bit lower than than what the animation might suggest, but it doesn't take very long to get used to that. If you can get very close to the enemy, Catch Flame reigns supreme of course, but at medium range there is nothing with similar FP cost that comes close to the damage of Lightning Spear. You can unlock this fairly early as well, so if you're just starting any build that incorporates Faith, get this ASAP.

                  • Anonymous

                    The lighting spear is how I beat Alecto, Black Knife Ringleader and Malenia. At least for Malenia's first phase. 2nd phase I summoned Black Knife Tiche... Which I got from Alecto soooo
                    YES, Lighting spear for the win.

                    • Anonymous

                      One of the most reliable Incantations in the whole game. If you are new to Faith build, go get this and Catch Flame ASAP.

                      • Anonymous

                        Best version of this spell from all souls games. Now we only need an ancient-dragon sunlight spear equivalent that is not tied to a dex weapon that requires no faith for some reason.

                        • Anonymous

                          The charged version turns you around on cast slower than it casts, so it'll miss if you're facing the wrong way when you start charging.

                          • Anonymous

                            The fact that npcs don't dodge this makes it super powerful in PVE. Combined with it's fast cast rate it is great. It's downfall is it's short range.

                            • Is it possible to get this spell without facing Margit? If yes, how do i do it? Can someone explain to me? I can't seem to access the other side.

                              • Is it possible to get this spell without facing Margit? If yes, how do i do it? Can someone explain to me? I can't seem to access the other side.

                                • Anonymous

                                  got this at the beginning of the game, never dropped it for a sec after 120+ hours. This and flames of frenzy are overall the most reliable spells you can get early

                                  • Anonymous

                                    got this at the beginning of the game, never dropped it for a sec after 120+ hours. This and flames of frenzy are overall the most reliable spells you can get early

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Great damage to fp ratio and cast speed. chargeable so benefits from Godfrey's icon. Enemies aren't great at dealing with it. Range is medium and probably the only "con". Still highly useful. S-tier incantation.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        Out of all the Lighting Spear incantations, this seems to be the only one that you can throw instead of spiking it into the ground under you

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Most enemies just don't seem to be able to recognize this as a projectile, and don't dodge it. It's a great go-to in PVE.

                                          • Anonymous

                                            Kinda weird how virtually everything from Dark Souls has had its name changed for the Elden Ring equivalents (even weapons are called Armaments now), but Lightning Spear is still Lightning Spear.

                                            • Anonymous

                                              I love how useful this spell is, but it's a shame that it makes almost every other damage incantation completely useless. It's one of the only incants apart from Wrath of Gold that has both quick casting and high damage. Most of the others have a super long windup to do around the same damage as LS or less. It's never worth taking the risk on, say, one of the "attack from above" lightning/dragon spells when you could just roll away and toss a spear or roll toward and WOG.
                                              I know it's hard to balance a game of this scope but they really dropped the ball on incantations. If they cut casting time in half or boosted the damage for most incants except LS and WOG then the others might not be so useless.

                                              • Anonymous

                                                It says something about how good this spell is that it more or less justifies upgrading a Gravel Stone Seal to +25, even though the other lightning damage spells range from "situational" to "why bother."
                                                Ride around blasting dragons in the head like Zeus, it's great.

                                                • Anonymous

                                                  This spell has extremely high poise break on it, even when quick cast. It’s really good for interrupting people.

                                                  • Anonymous

                                                    Old faithful. I’ve beaten every boss in the game with this spell. It’s by far the best lightning incantation for pve besides ancient dragons lightning strike.. which is a shame because the other lightning incantations look cool.

                                                    • I tested this spell (pre-patch) near dragon cathedral by casting on the banished knights fully charged from their back. With +10 dragon communion seal (off hand), 99 arcane and and 99 faith, I get 415 incant scaling and do 1713 damage. After equipping the two two incant talismans (as they stack) I do 1918 damage. Finally with Gravel Stone seal (+1) on right hand, I do 2209. And here's the kicker, on a rainy day with all the said equipment, I do 2430 damage!

                                                      • best way to scale this spell is to have godfreys icon (for when you charge the lightning spear), lightning scorpion charm, flocks canvas talisman, shard of alexander (for main weapon Bolt of gransax. which gives you the upgraded version of the lightning spear called ancient dragon lightning spear. This weapon scales with godfreys icon, lightning scorpion charm, and shard of alexander.) i would scale faith to 65 dex to 40 and strength to 20 the rest of however many levels you wish to spend more of split among mind, vitality, and endurance. for your great rune i would go with morgots rune to gain 5 stat points in all attributes so your faith sits at 70 when your in your world and you have a arc rune popped. next i would set my wonderous physics potion to faith knot and lightning shrouding cracked tear. with all these active your faith should be sitting at 80 when in your world and 75 when in anothers world. to get extra dmg and be more tanky get golden vow and protection of the erdtree. golden vow will also increase your dmg output with lighting spear and bolt of gransax.

                                                        • Anonymous

                                                          best way to scale this spell is to have godfreys icon (for when you charge the lightning spear), lightning scorpion charm, flocks canvas talisman, shard of alexander (for main weapon Bolt of gransax. which gives you the upgraded version of the lightning spear called ancient dragon lightning spear. This weapon scales with godfreys icon, lightning scorpion charm, and shard of alexander.) i would scale faith to 65 dex to 40 and strength to 20 the rest of however many levels you wish to spend more of split among mind, vitality, and endurance. for your great rune i would go with morgots rune to gain 5 stat points in all attributes so your faith sits at 70 when your in your world and you have a arc rune popped. next i would set my wonderous physics potion to faith knot and lightning shrouding cracked tear. with all these active your faith should be sitting at 80 when in your world and 75 when in anothers world. to get extra dmg and be more tanky get golden vow and protection of the erdtree. golden vow will also increase your dmg output with lighting spear and bolt of gransax.

                                                          • Anonymous

                                                            A shame that there is no upgrade; you get the best incantation BY FAR, in Liurnia, and after that there is nothing to look forward to for faith builds, apart from weapons which are mostly just greatswords. Every other incantation takes ages to cast for no reason, like why do you have to jump into the air to cast incants that cost more FP and do less damage? Sorcery gets all the buffs, and even if they buffed the other incantations, the weird jumping and cone aoe attacks will never come out fast enough to be useful in pvp or against faster pve enemies. Ridiculous that we couldn't just get a retextured soul greatsword that looks like Margits hammer, or the gold spears or knives. No Radagon Golden Order spears or lasers for some reason. Honestly feels like it was done on purpose.

                                                            • Anonymous

                                                              I can't prove it, but I swear the range gets slightly longer as you level up faith and / or your seal. When I first got it I felt like it was barely a few players lengths, now I'm +13 seal and 45 faith throwing hail Mary lightning bolts

                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                Does using the Wondrous Physick to increase holy damage or spell damage or lightning damage, which of these 3 will affect the damage of the lightning spear? It seems like the all would, or perhaps none of them do? I play a confessor

                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                  What is everyone talking about with "Nerfs". It hasn't changed. At all. No one on the rest of the internet has mentioned any nerfs that I can see. Would someone like to explain?

                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                    Well fromsoft has once again needlessly nerfed the hell outta faith builds and buffed dex/int.. like why add this stuff into the game anymore? Enemies used to rarely dodge this now you're lucky to connect a hit with a turtle. These updates are killing me...

                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                      Try and name an incantation which casts as fast, with similar damage, similar range and costs less than 18 fp? The closest ones I can think of are beast claw (smaller range and damage, but costs only 10 fp) and flame of frenzy (small range, but potentially more damage and costs 16 fp). These two spells, however, lack in range and are easily disrupted by terrain. For Lightning spear you can cast it quickly mounted or on foot, with great damage, great range and awesome projectile speed... Of course anyone who wants to be a mage will eventually have to sacrifice some hp flasks for more fp regen, and 18 fp is very fair, considering that there are few incantations that costs less and are practical. One very similar spell is the Frenzied Burst, with a higher cost (33 fp) but even greater reach and damage. The Frenzied Burst, however, seems to cost a bit too much fp to be so spammable. A good strategy it to lure an enemy with the burst until it get in range for the lightning.
                                                                      The point is: this lightning boi may not have the best damage, nor the best range, but it is above average in almost every parameter and is definetely worth it, as it can be used in almost any situation.

                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                        I don't know why anons are running around here claiming the fp cost on this was nerfed. It has ALWAYS cost 18fp, and lightning strike has always cost 21. Whoever changed the fp costs on the wiki page is messing with you.

                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                          I used this incantation starting till about level 48, i can say its good for early game but every spell is good for early game. I dropped it due to it costing far to much FP and doing too little damage for blameflame orb. As of 1.03 They have additionally nerfed this skill so i would not recommend to build around this at all actually i'd advise against going faith at all this much later in the game.

                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                            I'm really hoping the lightning spear nerf was an accident because there is no reason this slightly above average spell needed an fp cost increase.

                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                              Patch 1.03 appears to have massively reduced damage. I'm doing almost half what I was prior to the patch release.

                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                After 100+ hours running a Faith/Arcane build, I must say this is the most utilitarian spell of them all. I have had fully charge cast hit above 1k damage and light cast will easily 1 shot trash mobs. Gives splash damage if enemies are close enough. Gets a damage boost in rain/water which is nice considering how often its raining in the overworld. Essentially if you are a Faith build, this is your "R1" move. Mix this with lightning gem buff in Wondrous Physick and is even viable for taking out bosses. I often forget to use other spells, the low FP and stamina cost, it's just so viable for everything.
                                                                                On Torrent this also starts to trivialize the game, I have had the same success with Black Flame. You trot away from the enemy while charging the spell, then when its ready to release, quick turn towards the enemy and release the cast.
                                                                                A big slow enemy, charge cast. A fast enemy, quick cast. Will catch people off guard in PvP if they get caught, and is a great follow up spell for harder hitting incantations.

                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                  After 100+ hours running a Faith/Arcane build, I must say this is the most utilitarian spell of them all. I have had fully charge cast hit above 1k damage and light cast will easily 1 shot trash mobs. Gives splash damage if enemies are close enough. Gets a damage boost in rain/water which is nice considering how often its raining in the overworld. Essentially if you are a Faith build, this is your "R1" move. Mix this with lightning gem buff in Wondrous Physick and is even viable for taking out bosses. I often forget to use other spells, the low FP and stamina cost, it's just so viable for everything.
                                                                                  On Torrent this also starts to trivialize the game, I have had the same success with Black Flame. You trot away from the enemy while charging the spell, then when its ready to release, quick turn towards the enemy and release the cast.
                                                                                  A big slow enemy, charge cast. A fast enemy, quick cast. Will catch people off guard in PvP if they get caught, and is a great follow up spell for harder hitting incantations.

                                                                                  • It feels a little boring that a normal lightning spear is the best option to use at high level. Like, I'd be fine if it was a sunlight spear, great lightning spear, but it looks a little silly to throw a regular-sized one and hit for 1600 damage

                                                                                    • It feels a little boring that a normal lightning spear is the best option to use at high level. Like, I'd be fine if it was a sunlight spear, great lightning spear, but it looks a little silly to throw a regular-sized one and hit for 1600 damage

                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                        Please tell me there is another version of this that maybe hits harder for more fp or something. I miss the giant lightning spear you could get in the other games.

                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                          Besides standing in water, if it's raining in your overworld, all enemies (and including you) get a reduction to lightning resistance and a buff to fire resistance.

                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                            How is this on a low faith build with high Arcane using the Dragon Communion Seal? Looking for an early-mid game spell to deal with individual enemies for a dragon build, as all the dragon incantations are more expensive attacks meant for groups of enemies or large foes/bosses.

                                                                                            • Anonymous

                                                                                              Considering the fact that lightning incantations are part of dragon's powers now, does this means dragons are resistant to lightning in this game?

                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                Through testing I’ve discovered there are actually 4 stages of the damage this can do depending on exactly how long you charge it.

                                                                                                You can have Fast animation, lowest damage

                                                                                                Fast animation, mid damage

                                                                                                Slow animation, mid damage

                                                                                                Slow animation, high damage

                                                                                                So if you charge it exactly to the point where it’s behind your head, you get an extra 100 damage or so and get the fast animation.

                                                                                                If you charge it a little slower than that, you get punished with the slow animation without the lightning strike and mid damage.

                                                                                                Holding it down does the highest damage with the slow animation.

                                                                                                • Can officially confirm, even Black Knife Assassin boss in Deathtouch Catacombs do not even try to dodge it. No enemies in the game process it as an attack, and therefore will not try to dodge it. Easy hits on enemies that keep distance or otherwise are very evasive.

                                                                                                  • I’ve discovered through testing that there are actually 4 different outcomes for the lightning spear spell depending on how long you charge it.

                                                                                                    First is fast animation, light damage

                                                                                                    If you charge it exactly to the point where the lightning bolt is behind your head, you get fast animation with mid damage.

                                                                                                    If you miss that window slightly by too long, you get punished with a slow animation and mid damage.

                                                                                                    And if you charge it all the way you get high damage with the lightning strike and a slow animation

                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                      how do i increase the damage of this? i'm using gravestone seal +13 + faithful canvas talisman at 51 faith and it never does more than 340 damage to most enemies...

                                                                                                      • Hours of gametime later, I can confirm that no enemy seems to acknowledge Lightning Spear. No one tries to dodge it so it'll almost definitely hit the enemy unless if it misses by pure chance. (Which is possible on super mobile enemies like dragons) It's nice that they do seem to ignore it, cos 17 FP isn't anything to sneeze at. Extremely good spell very much worth keeping on hand even just for when enemies are too dodge-happy for other attack means. I'll see if it'll hit enemies who are coded to attempt to dodge literally everything, like that one assassin that gives you a talisman and deathroot.

                                                                                                        • I've noticed that enemies don't seem to bother trying to dodge this attack. Both Mad Tongue Alderich and Blood Hound Darriwill straight up just don't acknowledge the spell, letting it hit them without a care in the world. Very interest, and probably unintentional, choice. Seems like this can be used for similar cheese to Magic Glintblade, though it seems the Lightning Spear does more poise damage to enemies than M. Glintblade.

                                                                                                          • Anonymous

                                                                                                            The ability scales with the “Lightning-Shrouding Cracked Tear” that you can mix into a Physick potion. It does not scaled with the Holy enhancing version.

                                                                                                            • When fully charged at 40 arcane 40 faith and dragon communion seal, I am dealing almost 1300 damage with this. It's reasonably fast projectile and travels farther than you think. This spell alone compensates for all the bad faith spells in this game.

                                                                                                              • Anonymous

                                                                                                                Hands down, the best iteration of Lightning Spear yet. It absolutely chunks, is fast, is chargeable, is reasonably costed, requires only 17 Faith (1 point away for Prophet class) and can hit multiple targets (but only if they're stacked on top of each other). Best of all, you can get it very early in the game if you go straight for the Dragoncult Prayerbook, book it 2 minutes north to the Church of Vows, and buy it for 6000. I had it within 20 minutes of playing! No longer need to do a full playthrough for a basic offensive faith spell!

                                                                                                                • Anonymous

                                                                                                                  This spell is sooo good in this game, good dmg, low fp cost, relatively fast casting, and looks cool as hell!

                                                                                                                  • Anonymous

                                                                                                                    Actually a really, really strong spell. It completely destroys lightning spear in previous souls iterations, and can be picked up early if desired. It's also fast as heck to cast and projectile is fast. If you hate giant bats and birds, this thing is well worth seeking out.

                                                                                                                    • Anonymous

                                                                                                                      if you hold down the button you use to attack, it charges it up and hits a little harder while making a bolt of lightning strike down from the sky as well. thought that was a neat find.

                                                                                                                      • Anonymous

                                                                                                                        A Golden Knight drops the tome for these, he is found near Artist's Shack, there is a road nearby, he will be patrolling it.

                                                                                                                        • Anonymous

                                                                                                                          Gold knight who uses lightning magic, he has no horse, wanders on foot, is a total biiitch, and is somewhere north of the Godrick dungeon( on the right land path not the left) kill for presents; happy hunting.

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