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Lightning Spell

"Electrocute your enemies with bolts of lightning!
Cast this spell at the enemy village to damage buildings and units inside a small area."


  • Summary
    • The Lightning Spell is the first spell unlocked from the Spell Factory, and is automatically unlocked once the Spell Factory has finished construction.
    • When this spell is used, a number of lightning bolts drop from the sky, damaging all Buildings and enemy Troops randomly within a circle 7 tiles wide. The only spot that receives the full damage of the spell is the one-tile area onto which it was targeted.

  • Offensive Strategy
    • One useful strategy is to use one's entire grip of Lightning Spells on the enemy village's Dark Elixir Storage to easily steal Dark Elixir. This is extremely expensive, though, and is generally only worth it against mid-high level storages which appear at least half full.
    • Lightning Spells are often used to take out an enemy's strong defenses, such as Mortars, Wizard Towers, and Air Defenses. Two Lightning Spells are usually enough to destroy a Mortar or Wizard Tower, unless the target is much higher level than the Lightning Spell. Air Defenses always require at least three Lightning Spells.
    • Another major use for Lightning Spells is to take out enemy Clan Castle Troops. When they are bunched up, a single spell can completely destroy the an entire group of Tier 1 troops with ease.
    • If you need to destroy just one more building to reach 50% destruction, a single Lightning Spell can be used to destroy a Builder's Hut, the Barbarian King or Archer Queen Altar and a Barrack(if its level is not higher than your Lightning Spell).
    • A good Trophy-hunting strategy is to use Lightning Spells to take out an Air Defense then deploy Dragons. It takes no less than 3 Lightning Spells to take out an Air Defense of any level, and higher level air defenses require higher level Lightning Spells to take them down. Jorge Yao stated in his interview that he used this tactic to help him reach number one on the top players' list.
    • Lightning Spells can also be used as pseudo-Wall Breakers if necessary. Often your troops will have partially damaged a wall during a raid before being wiped out by the defenses. As a result, other troops may be targeting buildings other than the ones you intended, because a path wasn't opened for them. If the wall is lower level or sufficiently damaged, you may be able to use one or more Lightning Spells to finish off the wall and open the path. Beware, however, that higher level walls have a great deal of hitpoints, and may require several Lightning Spells (or have too much health entirely).
    • Dropping a pair of lightning spells directly between two Defensive Buildings (e.g. a Wizard Tower and a Mortar) which have been placed adjacent to one-another can actually destroy both structures if the Lightning Spells are of sufficient level.

  • Trivia
    • The Lightning Spell used to take 2 hours to make, but it was reduced in an update to 1 hour. The update on 17 Apr 2013 further reduced the creation time to 30 minutes.
    • Supercell posted a teaser on it: Lightning Spell Video
    • The Lightning Spell's total damage goes up by 30 points after every upgrade.
    • It takes 2.4 seconds for all the lightning bolts to strike.
    • Currently, the Lightning Spell is the only available spell that can damage buildings directly. Every other spell either enhances your own Troops or alters defensive building behavior without actually causing damage.
    • Although the Lightning Spell can be upgraded to level 2 in the level 1 Laboratory, only Troops and Spells that are already unlocked will appear in the Laboratory upgrade interface. The Lightning Spell will not appear in the Laboratory until the Spell Factory is built (which requires Town Hall level 5). Most players already have a level 3 Laboratory by that time; if so, the first three upgrades will be available as soon as construction of the Spell Factory finishes.
    • Similar to the Bomb and Giant Bomb, the Lightning Spell leaves black scorch marks where the lightning hit, which remain for a few seconds.
    • During the 2013 and 2014 Halloween event, the spark effect which the Lightning Spell normally produced was temporarily replaced with a swarm of bats.
    • Five level 6 Lightning Spells can take out a level 4 or lower Town Hall; however, this isn't a recommended strategy.
Radius Random Radius Number of Strikes Time Between Strikes Time to Create Spell Factory Level Required
2 tiles 3.5 tiles 6 0.4s 30 minutes 1
Level Total Damage Damage per Strike Cost Elixir Upgrade Cost Elixir Upgrade Time Laboratory Level Required
1 300 50 15,000 N/A N/A N/A
2 330 55 16,500 200,000 1 day 1
3 360 60 18,000 500,000 2 days 2
4 390 65 20,000 1,000,000 3 days 3
5 420 70 22,000 2,000,000 4 days 6
6 450 75 24,000 8,000,000 14 days 8
Upgrade Progression
Troops
Tier 1 BarbarianArcherGiant
Tier 2 GoblinWall BreakerBalloonWizard
Tier 3 HealerDragonP.E.K.K.A
Dark Elixir Troops MinionHog RiderValkyrieGolem (Golemite) • Witch (Skeleton) • Lava Hound (Lava Pup)
Heroes Barbarian KingArcher Queen
Spells Lightning SpellHealing SpellRage SpellJump SpellFreeze SpellSanta's Surprise

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