Lightning Bolt
Spell nature lightning
  • Lightning Bolt
  • 30 yd  range
  • 1.75% of base mana
  • 2.5 sec cast
  • Fires a bolt of lightning at the target, dealing x Nature damage.
Usable by
Casting time2.5 sec cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required1
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Shamans know that lightning can strike twice in the same place.

Lightning Bolt is a core shaman ability learned at level one. It is a Nature-based direct damage spell.

Modified by

Spell nature lightning Elemental abilities
Spell nature lightningshield Enhancement abilities
Spell nature magicimmunity Restoration abilities


  • It uses the lightning animation instead of the normal nature animation.
  • Has traveling time, so can be combined with [Chain Lightning] or a Shock which are instant for spike damage.


  • This is a good spell to start fights at lower levels. Untalented and 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 third Lightning Bolt finishes casting to max out damage against a pulled, incoming mob.
  • It is also more likely to be used during combat because of its 2.5 second casting time as opposed to other classes' similar function spells and is fairly mana-efficient.

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.3 (17-Oct-2015): Damage has been increased by 4%.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Lightning Bolt can no longer be cast while moving by default. Effects like Spiritwalker’s Grace can still make the spell able to the cast while moving.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.3.0 (21-May-2013): Lightning Bolt can now be cast while moving.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.3.0 (29-Nov-2011): Lightning Bolt has a new spell effect.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Cast time reduced to 2.5 (from 3.0 where applicable), mana costs reduced, benefit from spell damage have been modified to maintain the DPS of the the previous, longer casting time.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.11.0 (20-Jun-2006): Mana cost reduced approximately 17%.

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