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Chain Lightning
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  • Chain Lightning
  • 30 yd  range
  • 1% of base mana
  • 2 sec cast
  • Hurls a lightning bolt at the enemy, dealing x Nature damage and then jumping to additional nearby enemies. Affects 3 total targets.

    Enhanced Chain Lightning (Level 92+)
    When your Chain Lightning or Lava Beam strikes 3 or more targets, the your next Earthquake is instant and its damage is increased by 300%.
Usable by
Casting time2 sec cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required28
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The air crackled with electricity as the bolt leapt from body to body, leaving the scent of charred flesh in its wake.

Chain Lightning is a core shaman ability learned at level 28. It deals direct damage to up to three targets.

Modified by

Elemental Elemental abilities
Enhancement Enhancement abilities
Restoration (Shaman) Restoration abilities


  • All three hits are calculated individually. As such, it is possible (and fairly common) that only one or two hits critically hit.
  • Chain Lightning has a fairly high chance of triggering [Elemental Focus] (elemental spec) due to hitting multiple targets.
  • Be careful when using this spell if more mobs are nearby that aren't meant to be aggroed. While Chain Lightning may be more tempting to use for its lower cast time and higher damage output, it can easily cause adds.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (17-Oct-2015): Damage has been increased by 4%.
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (24-Feb-2015): Enhanced Chain Lightning now makes Earthquake instant cast, and increases the damage done by the next Earthquake by 300% when Chain Lightning or Lava Beam strikes 3 or more targets (instead of increasing Earthquake damage by 60% for each target struck).
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Chain Lightning’s damage has been increased by 50%.
  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.2.0 (5-Mar-2013): Chain Lightning will now deal the same damage to subsequent targets as it does to the first.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Cast time was reduced to 2.0 (from 2.5), mana costs reduced, benefit from spell damage reduced appropriately.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): Chain spells cast on PvP targets by an unflagged Shaman will now properly bounce to other PvP targets.

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