Lightning Damage is a Damage Type in Dark Souls 3. It is one of eight damage types presented in the original game and one of the four Elemental-type damages.


Weapons, Items & Spells that cause Lightning Damage

Items & Spells that increase Lightning damage

Items & Spells that increase Lightning resistance


Enemy Lightning Damage Sources

Enemies susceptible to Lightning

Enemies resistant to Lightning

Enemies immune to Lightning

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  • In contrast to Lighting Urn description, there are knights resistant to lightning.
  • In line with Lighting Urn description, all dragons are weak to Lightning.
  • Lightning seems to be effective againsts bosses using sword/axe/halberd/scythe/vessel (excluding Dragonslayer Armour and Nameless King, as they attack mainly with Lightning) and enemies with no armor.


Damage Types
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    • Anonymous

      I used to have a yellowy color on my Dragonslater Greataxe's L2 but now it's a white color with a little bit of blue stripes here and there, anyone knows why ? (just curious cause the yellow lighting looks a lot better in my opinion)

      • Anonymous

        I am pretty sure there is something that multiplies lightning damage the closer you are to your target, but I don’t have a ton of evidence

        • Anonymous

          There is an item that increases lightning further that is not listed here. This is the Ariandel Whip’s weapon art: Awakening. It increases miracle spell damage by 25% which is a pretty massive boost to be left out of the “lightning boost items” section of this page.

          • Anonymous

            It seems no one has written anything about this, so here goes. I just discovered while PvPing in the Anor Londo Water Reserve that my Lightning Urns left a medium sized lingering AoE upon impact with the water. Makes sense that water conducts lightning, so I experimented a little. It seems that any lightning based projectile will leave the same lingering AoE upon contact with a surface submerged in water, including lightning miracles and Dragonslayer Lightning Arrows. The 2 things I've seen that don't leave the AoE are the Lightning Storm miracle and the WA of the Nameless King's Dragonslayer Swordspear. I'm guessing Lightning Storm isn't a projectile, doesn't touch the ground, or is already considered an AoE because Lightning Stake has the AoE, and that the WA doesn't count as a projectile, because Ornstein's Dragonslayer Spear WA does leave the AoE.

            I haven't tested anything with the Knight's Crossbow yet, but imagine Gael's Repeating Crossbow with Lightning Bolts... I can smell the salt already.

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