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Chain lightning was an evocation spell that blasted a target with lightning then jumped on to more targets.[7][2][3][5]


This spell created a lightning bolt that traveled from target to target doing successively less and less damage. Distance between targets was more important then what type of target they where.[3][2][5] Depending on the caster's skill, the chain lightning would "jump" between targets more and more.[3][5]

Older versions of the spell could be stopped by it striking a grounded target like an iron bars, which would send the lightning into the ground.[5]

The post-Sundering version cast a bolt that struck a target then split on to three different bolts that struck different targets. If used at a higher spell level, an additional bolt would leap from the first target.[citation needed]


The spell required vocal and somatic components, plus a bit of fur; a piece of amber, glass, or a crystal rod; and one silver pin for each level of the caster's power.[3] The post-Sundering version needed the same except only three silver pins in total.[7]


  1. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 207–211,221. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rob Heinsoo, Andy Collins, James Wyatt (June 2008). Player's Handbook 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 167. ISBN 0-7869-4867-1.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 208. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  4. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 62–66. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 David "Zeb" Cook (April 1995). Player's Handbook 2nd edition (revised). (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 0-7869-0329-5.
  6. Sam Witt (January 1994). The Complete Sha'ir's Handbook. (TSR, Inc), p. 126. ISBN 978-1560768289.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 221. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.

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