Lightning Bolt
Spell nature lightning.png
  • Lightning Bolt
  • Level 1 shaman ability
  • 40 yd range
  • 1% of base mana
  • 2.5 seconds cast
  • Hurls a bolt of lightning at the target, dealing (95% of Spell power) Nature damage.

    Elemental Generates 8 Maelstrom.
  • Rank 2: Reduces the cast time of Lightning Bolt by 0.5 sec.
Usable by
Class Shaman
School Nature
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 1
Rank levels 6 (rank 2)
Shamans know that lightning can strike twice in the same place.[1]

Lightning Bolt is a level 1 shaman spell. It is one of the primary damage spells for Elemental shaman.



Tips and tactics

  • This is a good spell to start the fight and pull enemies until level 12 when you can learn [Lava Burst]. Used against a foe with no speed boosting abilities at max range, you can cast 3 Lightning Bolts in the span of time it takes for a mob to reach you. You can even cast a Shock just as the 3rd Lightning Bolt finishes casting to max out damage against a pulled, incoming mob.
  • It is also more likely to use during combat because of its 2 second casting time as opposed to other classes' similar function spells ( [Shadow Bolt], [Fireball]).


Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): No longer instant cast for Enhancement.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Damage increased by 40%.
  • Legion Patch 7.2.5 (2017-06-13): Lightning Bolt damage reduced by 15% for Enhancement.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-01-17): (Elemental) Lightning Bolt damage increased by 9%.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Damage increased by 50%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-09-23): Lightning Bolt (Elemental) damage increased by 23%.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-08-22): Lightning Bolt (Enhancement) damage has been increased to 30% Spell Power (was 25%).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Cast time reduced from 2.5 sec to 2 sec for Elemental and Restoration, instant for Enhancement. Damage increased by 25% for Elemental and generates Maelstrom, and by 74% for Restoration. Damage for Enhancement depends on Maelstrom used. Mana cost removed.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.2.3 (2015-11-17): Damage has been increased by 4%.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.3 (2014-10-28): Now costs 50% less mana.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Can no longer be cast while moving by default.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2013-09-23): Lightning Bolt's damage has been increased by 10%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Lightning Bolt can now be cast while moving.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-09-20): Lightning Bolt damage has been increased by approximately 8%. This also applies to Overload Lightning Bolt and Echo of the Elements Lightning Bolt.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Lightning Bolt has a new spell effect.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): cast time reduced to 2.5 (from 3.0 where applicable), mana costs reduced, benefit from spell damage reduced appropriately.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.11.0 (2006-06-19): Mana cost reduced approximately 17%.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Cast time reduced, damage and mana cost reduced accordingly, replacements adjusted.

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