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Vaal Lightning StrikeVaal, Attack, Melee, Strike, Duration, Lightning, Projectile
Level: (1-20)
Souls Per Use: 20
Can Store 1 Use(s)
Attack Damage: (105-163)% of base
Effectiveness of Added Damage: (105-163)%
Requires Level 12Infuses your melee weapon with electrical energies as you swing. In addition to converting some of your physical damage to lightning damage, the stored energy becomes an orb attached to the enemy you hit, or the ground if you don't hit an enemy. The orb will periodically fire projectiles at other nearby enemies for a duration, which will also damage the enemy the orb is attached to.Per 1% Quality:1Superior1% increased Damage
1% increased Projectile Speed
Deals (105-163)% of Base Attack Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Lightning Damage
Base duration is 6 seconds
Fires (4-8) additional Projectiles
(1-9) to (13-179) Added Lightning Damage
Can't be Evaded
Modifiers to Skill Effect Duration also apply to this Skill's Soul Gain Prevention
Corrupted
Place into an item socket of the right colour to gain this skill. Right click to remove from a socket.
Vaal Lightning Strike skill icon.pngVaal Lightning Strike inventory icon.png
Acquisition
Area level: 12
Vendor Offer
1x Scroll Fragment
Metadata
Item class: Active Skill Gems
Metadata ID: Metadata/Items/Gems/SkillGemVaalLightningStrike

Vaal Lightning Strike skill screenshot.jpg

For the non-Vaal counterpart, see Lightning Strike.

Vaal Lightning Strike (often referred to as VLS) is a vaal melee attack with the secondary effect of launching projectiles periodically from the target struck or from the ground if no enemy is hit. These projectiles deal lightning damage based on the player's weapon damage.

Skill functions and interactions

  • The pulse rate of the lightning beams produced by Vaal Lightning Strike's orbs can be modified by increases to attack speed such as Faster Attacks.

Gem level progression

LevelRequired LevelRequired DexterityRequired IntelligenceDamage
Effectiveness
Attack
Damage
# ProjectilesLightning DamageExp.Total Exp.
1122114105%105%4N/A00
2152517108%108.1%4N/A1524915249
3193021111%111.1%4N/A4151756766
4233524114%114.2%4N/A81983138749
5274128117%117.2%4N/A147968286717
6314632120%120.3%6N/A250557537274
7355136123%123.3%6N/A405086942360
8385538126%126.4%6N/A4477181390078
9415941129%129.4%6N/A6153182005396
10446344133%132.5%6N/A8346392840035
11476747136%135.5%6N/A15707604410795
12507149139%138.6%6N/A16339876044782
13537552142%141.6%6N/A21510308195812
14567955145%144.7%6N/A281218911008001
15598358148%147.7%6N/A509936016107361
16628760151%150.8%8N/A940073125508092
17649062154%153.8%8N/A1527336640781458
18669264157%156.9%8N/A2628658267068040
19689566160%159.9%8N/A62890590129958630
20709868163%163%8N/A212046017342004647
217210070166%166.1%8N/AN/AN/A
2274N/AN/A169%169.1%8N/AN/AN/A
2376N/AN/A172%172.2%8N/AN/AN/A
2478N/AN/A175%175.2%8N/AN/AN/A
2580N/AN/A178%178.3%8N/AN/AN/A
2682N/AN/A181%181.3%10N/AN/AN/A
2784N/AN/A184%184.4%10N/AN/AN/A
2886N/AN/A187%187.4%10N/AN/AN/A
2988N/AN/A191%190.5%10N/AN/AN/A
3090N/AN/A194%193.5%10N/AN/AN/A
3191N/AN/A195%195.1%10N/AN/AN/A
3292N/AN/A197%196.6%10N/AN/AN/A
3393N/AN/A198%198.1%10N/AN/AN/A
3494N/AN/A200%199.6%10N/AN/AN/A
3595N/AN/A201%201.2%10N/AN/AN/A
3696N/AN/A203%202.7%10N/AN/AN/A
3797N/AN/A204%204.2%10N/AN/AN/A
3898N/AN/A206%205.7%10N/AN/AN/A
3999N/AN/A207%207.3%10N/AN/AN/A
40100N/AN/A209%208.8%10N/AN/AN/A

Item acquisition
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Upgrade paths

This item can be acquired through the following upgrade paths or vendor recipes:

AmountIngredientGeneral
Notes
Type
9Volatile PowerVolatile Power9Superior Vaal Gem
Quality: +20%
Corrupted
Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it.
random corrupted superior Vaal gem with 20% qualityAutomatic
1Gemcutter's IncubatorGemcutter's IncubatorAdds an incubated Quality Gem item to an equippable item
Item drops after killing # monsters
Quality GemRight click this item then left click an item to apply it. The Incubated item drops after killing a specific number of monsters.
random superior gemAutomatic
6The FoxThe Fox6Level 20 Gem"Masters of wit, strength and cunning. To survive the harsh winters, you must be like the fox."
- Ezomyte Proverb
random level 20 gemAutomatic
3Gemcutter's PromiseGemcutter's Promise3Superior Gem
Quality: +20%
"I swore to use my position to help the people. What good is power when it just accumulates on the already-powerful?" - Erasmus, Imperial Gemcutter
random superior gem with 20% qualityAutomatic
1The VoidThe Void1Reach into the Void and claim your prize.random divination card set exchangeAutomatic

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Version history

Version Changes
3.15.0
  • Now deals 163% of Base Damage, and has 163% Effectiveness of Added Damage at gem level 20 (previously 130%).
3.14.0
  • Now deals 105% of base Attack Damage at gem level 1 (previously 80%) and 130% of base Attack Damage at gem level 20 (previously 98%).
  • Now has a base duration of 6 seconds (previously 8).
  • Now stores 2 uses (previously 1).
  • Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 8 seconds (previously 10).
3.7.0
  • Now adds 1 to 13 lightning damage to attacks at gem level 1, up to 9 to 179 at gem level 20.
  • Now gains 1% increased projectile speed and 1% increased damage per 1% gem quality (previously gained 1% increased lightning damage per 1% gem quality).
2.1.0
  • It is now a Dexterity Gem
1.1.0d
  • Vaal Skill soul counts were initially balanced for Merciless difficulty, where there are more monsters. We want them to be easier to use in Normal and Cruel difficulty. We have halved the number of souls required for each skill. In Cruel difficulty, skills require 50% more souls to uses. In Merciless difficulty, they require 100% more (which is the same as before the patch).
1.1.0
  • Introduced to the game.
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