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Chain Lightning

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Name: Chain Lightning
School: Evocation (Electricity)
Level: Sor/Wiz 6
Spell Point Cost: 25
Components: VerbalVerbal: A verbal component is a spoken incantation. You cannot cast spells that require this component if you cannot act or speak. This has no gameplay applications in DDO, as all characters can always speak and there are no effects which prevent you from doing so., SomaticSomatic: A somatic component is a measured and precise movement of the hand. You cannot cast spells that require this component if you cannot move causing arcane spell failure resulting in a ruined spell. Spells without a somatic component may be used with disregard to Arcane Spell Failure chance. Note - that characters make the same arm gestures for most spells in DDO, so you can't tell which spells require this component by watching your character's animations., MaterialMaterial: A material component is one or more physical substances or objects that are annihilated by the spell energies in the casting process. You must have the required items in your inventory. If you run out of the components, the game will not allow you to cast the spell and will instead inform you of what component is missing.
Metamagic: Embolden, Empower, Enlarge, Eschew, Heighten, Maximize, Quicken
Range: Standard AOE, see text
Target: Foe, Directional, Breakable
Duration: Instantaneous
Saving Throw: Reflex save takes half damage
Spell Resistance: No
Cooldown: 4.5 seconds (Wiz), 2.75 seconds (Sor)
Description:

An electrical discharge strikes a primary target for 1d3+3 electrical damage per caster level, up to a maximum of 20d3+60 at caster level 20. It then arcs to up to 4 other nearby targets hitting each of them with a similar lightning bolt. A successful Reflex save reduces the damage by half.

Testing on 15.2 confirmed that Chain Lightning is capped at caster level 20. See:

http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?p=4706609#post4706609

Certain thin terrain obstacles can be penetrated by Chain Lightning, when few other attacks will work.

Note: This spell has a far more limited AOE (roughly the standard AOE area) than other similar level AOE nukes such as Delayed Blast Fireball. That combined with its target limit, can greatly reduce its effectiveness versus very large groups of enemies. However, you can reliably strike most groups of enemies if you use it with Enlarge.

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