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For the spells in other games, see Chain Lightning (Origins) and Chain Lightning (Dragon Age II).


Chain Lightning is a mage spell from the Storm tree in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Information Edit

  • Distance: 5 meters
  • Number of Hits: 4
  • Electric Damage: 250% Weapon Damage
  • Shocked duration: 8 seconds
  • Cooldown Time: 8 seconds
  • Cost: 50 mana
  • Friendly fire possible (if enabled in the settings)

Upgrade Edit

Chain Lightning (Inquisition) Arcing Surge
Upgrade Chain lighting arcs farther and hits more targets.

Distance Bonus: 4 meters
Additional Hits: 2
Chain Lightning (Inquisition) Never Strikes Twice
Upgrade
Requires: Trespasser
Chain Lightning never strikes the same target more than once, but it deals more damage with each new target it reaches.

Damage Bonus: 100%

Items Edit

Crafting materials Edit

Name Tier Effect Acquisition
Fade-Touched Onyx (Chain Lightning) 1 10% chance to inflict Chain Lightning damage at 50% weapon power.
  • Found in the Hinterlands (Mage Hideout, Templar Encampment, Grand Forest Villa).
Fade-Touched Obsidian (Chain Lightning) 2 10% chance to inflict Chain Lightning damage at 75% weapon power.
Fade-Touched Silverite (Chain Lightning) 3 10% chance to inflict Chain Lightning damage at 100% weapon power.

Weapons Edit

Name Damage Enhancements Upgrades Requires Acquisition
Agony
Item Level 20
Unique Dagger
124
124–128
(319–329 DPS)
+3% Attack
+3% Critical Chance
+31% Critical Damage Bonus
10% chance to inflict Chain Lightning damage at 50% weapon power
Empty Rune
Empty Rune
Level 17
Rogue only
Level 17
Acquired in the central chamber of the Solasan temple in the Forbidden Oasis as a reward for the quest A Prideful Place.
Note: Requires the completion of The Spirit Calmed, The Cold Endured and The Fire Captured.
Magister Lightning Staff
Item Level 16
Rare Staff
047
47–48 Electricity
(76–78 DPS)
+34% Barrier Damage Bonus
+5% Stagger on Hit
10% chance to inflict Chain Lightning damage at 50% weapon power
Empty Rune
Empty Rune
Level 13
Mage only
Level 13

Random loot from tier 2 chests.

Stormbreak
Item Level 8
Unique Staff
031
31 Electricity
(50 DPS)
+2% Attack
+13 Magic
+2 Willpower
10% chance to inflict Chain Lightning damage at 50% weapon power
Empty Rune
Empty Rune
Level 4
Mage only
Level 4
Can be purchased from the Crossroads Merchant in the Hinterlands and the Invisible Merchant in Skyhold for
0000000439
439 Currency (Inquisition).
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.
Thunderstrike
Item Level 23
Unique Mace
148
148–153
(216–223 DPS)
+35% Armor Penetration
+7 Strength
10% chance to inflict Chain Lightning damage at 50% weapon power
Empty Rune
Empty Haft
Empty Rune
Level 20
Warrior only
Level 20
Randomly sold by the Caer Bronach Merchant in Crestwood for
0000008572
8572 Currency (Inquisition).
Note: Requires The Short List Inquisition perk.

Notes Edit

  • Shocked enemies can be put to Sleep via the Weaken effect (see special combos) with upgraded Rift Mage spells: Punching Down for Veilstrike, Shatterstone for Stonefist, or Shaken Veil for Pull of the Abyss. Weaken can also be inflicted with basic attacks when Maker's Will is an active passive ability, or with an upgraded Walking Bomb
  • The Weaken effect must be applied after the Shocked effect in order to combo into Sleep. Using Chain Lightning on a pre-existing Weaken will not work
  • With friendly fire enabled, this spell can target allies, and does so rather unpredictably. When two enemies or more are within the bolt's "arc" range, it will usually jump without incident. Without additional targets in range, the arc will default to hitting allies, making this spell a poor choice against lone enemies such as bosses

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