Lightning Spells

  • Lightning Mastery is nerfed so that Fire Mastery, Lightning Mastery and Cold Mastery grant the same amount of damage increment. (In LoD, Lightning Mastery grants much more damage increment than Fire Mastery.)
  • Instead, the damage of most Lightning Spells is greatly improved.

Teleport

Difference from the LoD version
Lower level requirement. Lower Mana cost. Castable in town and in wereform.
Pros
Oskill Teleport is very good for summoners to gather their minions.
Cons
You may get fat from lack of exercise. ;)
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Mana Cost (ES)12-0.33 (the lower limit is 1 at slvl 34)
Mana Cost (LoD)24-1 (the lower limit is 1 at slvl 24)

Charged Bolt

Difference from the LoD version
Improved damage. Additional bolt per level is reduced but the cap is increased.
Pros
Good AoE. Good Min Damage unlike most Lightning spells.
Cons
Missiles are slow. A lot of bolts may cause graphic lag and hide the bolts of LE bosses.
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Lightning Damage (ES)6-9+3+4.5+6+10+10
Lightning Damage (LoD)4-8+1+1+2+3+4
# of Bolts (ES)3+0.5, Cap=30
# of Bolts (ES)3+1, Cap=24
Mana Cost3+0.5
Synergies
Lightning: +7% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning Inferno: +7% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning Hydra: +7% Lightning Damage Per Level
Chain Lightning: +7% Lightning Damage Per Level

Lightning

Difference from the LoD version
Improved damage.
Pros
Can hit multiple enemies if enemies are in a line.
Cons
Unstable damage because of Min Damage = 1.
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Min Lightning Damage1+0
Max Lightning Damage (ES)40+15+30+60+90+90
Max Lightning Damage (LoD)40+8+12+20+28+36
Mana Cost8+0.5
Synergies
Charged Bolt: +6% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning Inferno: +6% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning Hydra: +6% Lightning Damage Per Level
Chain Lightning: +6% Lightning Damage Per Level

Telekinesis

Difference from the LoD version
Much improved damage. Mana cost decreases per level.
Pros
Knockback, Stun and the diminishing mana cost are nice in emergency situations. Good Min Damage unlike most Lightning spells.
Cons
Single target skill.
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Lightning Damage (ES)8-12+8+12+18+24+24
Lightning Damage (LoD)1+1
Knockback and Stun chance35%+0%
Mana Cost (ES)7-0.125 (reaches 0 at slvl 29)
Mana Cost (LoD)7+0
Synergies
Teleport: +4% Lightning Damage
Static Field: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level
Energy Shield: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level

Lightning Inferno

Difference from Inferno (LoD)
Improved damage. Deals Lightning and Physical damage instead of Fire Damage. Pierce enemies.
Pros
Can kill both FI and PI monsters. can hit multiple enemies if enemies are in a line.
Cons
The caster must keep casting until the target dies. The blast is long but narrow.
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Lightning Damage Per Second (ES)14-28+9+19+37+56+56
Physical Damage Per Second (ES)14-28+9+19+37+56+56
Fire Damage Per Second (LoD)12-25+9+10+11+12+14
Range (yards)3.33+2 yards per 4 levels
Missile Size (ES)3
Missile Size (LoD)2
Mana Cost Per Second7+0.2
Synergies
Charged Bolt: +5% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning: +5% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning Hydra: +5% Lightning Damage Per Level
Chain Lightning: +5% Lightning Damage Per Level

Lightning Hydra

Difference from Hydra (LoD)
Spits Charged Bolts instead of Fire Bolts. Additional duration per level. Improved damage. Shorter cast delay.
Pros
"Fire and forget" skill. "Scouting" ability. More spammable than Hydra(LoD).
Cons
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Charged Bolt Damage (ES)15-30+10+15+20+25+25
Fire Bolt Damage (LoD)12-17+5+7+11+13+13
Duration (seconds) (ES)10+0.2
Duration (seconds) (LoD)10+0
Cast Delay (seconds) (ES)0.6
Cast Delay (seconds) (LoD)2
Mana Cost20+0.5
The damage of Lightning Hydra is correctly boosted by caster's
-% To Enemy Lightning Resist and +% To Lightning Skill Damage.
Synergies
Charged Bolt: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning Inferno: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level
Chain Lightning: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level

Static Field

Difference from the LoD version
Lower cap of the life reduction of enemies.
Pros
A great boss killer. One of the most powerful skills in the game. Even 1 point works fine.
Cons
You need another skill to "kill" enemies. The effectiveness is nerfed in NM and Hell.
DifficultyNormalNightmareHell
The Cap of Life Reduction (ES)10%20%40%
The Cap of Life Reduction (LoD)none33%50%
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Radius (yards)3.33+0.66
Mana Cost9+0

Energy Shield

Difference from the LoD version
Higher mana consumption, but synergy reduces mana consumption a lot.
Pros
Sorceresses gain much more mana per level and energy in ES.
Cons
With no synergy, consumes a lot of mana.
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Damage Absorb%25+3+2+1+1
Mana Consumption Per Damage (ES)(250-slvl)% (Capped at 50%)
Mana Consumption Per Damage (LoD)200%
Duration (seconds)144+60
Mana Cost5+0
Synergies
Teleport: 2% Less Mana Consumption Per Level
Telekinesis: 2% Less Mana Consumption Per Level
Static Field: 2% Less Mana Consumption Per Level

Chain Lightning

Difference from the LoD version
Improved damage. More bounces.
Pros
The bolt "bounces" many times against a mob.
Cons
Not good against a single target. Unstable damage because of Min Damage = 1.
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Min Lightning Damage1+0
Max Lightning Damage (ES)90+10+20+40+60+60
Max Lightning Damage (LoD)40+11+13+15+15+15
# of Bounces (ES)5.2+0.6
# of Bounces (LoD)5.2+0.2
Mana Cost9+1
Synergies
Charged Bolt: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning Inferno: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level
Lightning Hydra: +4% Lightning Damage Per Level

Time Stop

A new ES skill
Stops the enemies in the screen for a moment. Despite being a Lightning skill, Time Stop can't stop cold immune monsters. This is because it uses "Freeze" effect to stop the enemies due to the restriction of D2.
Pros
A very defensive skill. Especially helpful with the "toe to toe" skills like Lightning Inferno and Immolation.
Cons
Can't stop bosses, champions and cold immune monsters. Shorter duration in Hell.
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Duration (second)4+0.12 (Capped at 11 seconds)
Mana Cost40+5

Lightning Mastery

Difference from the LoD version
Much less damage increase per level. Oskill Lightning Mastery grants less damage increase.
Pros
Boosts all Lightning Damage including on-weapon Lightning damage. Just 1 point provides a big boost.
Cons
With high +skills, investing additional hard points may be less valuable than investing in synergies.
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Lightning Damage Increase% (ES)
(with any actual point)
60+6
Lightning Damage Increase% (ES)
(with no actual point)
6+6
Lightning Damage Increase% (LoD)50+12

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