|This staff conjures forth deadly arcs of electricity, which deal damage to any number of creatures in a straight line.|
A staff of lightning can be used as your primary means of attack, even in the deepest depths of the dungeon when a number of scrolls of enchantment have been used on it. Hovering over a creature will tell you how much damage the staff will inflict relative to the target's current health; examining the staff will tell you the proportion by which the staff's damage will increase if it is enchanted.
Staves of lightning generate with 2, 3, or 4 maximum charges.
Unlike firebolt, no monster in the game is immune to lightning. However, reflective monsters will deflect the bolt and not take damage around 50% of the time.
Lightning can pass through multiple creatures, and thus its usefulness can be magnified by leading multiple enemies into a corridor or any other situation where a number of enemies line up.
The damage ranges for Staffs of Firebolt and Staffs of Lightning follow the same formulae:
Minimum damage = 0.75 * (enchantment level + 2) rounded down
Maximum damage = (2.5 * enchantment level) + 4 rounded down
This gives the following damage ranges for each staff level:
|Enchantment Level||Minimum Damage||Maximum Damage||Average Damage|
|\ Staves \|
|Blinking · Conjuration · Discord · Entrancement · Firebolt · Lightning · Obstruction · Poison · Tunneling|