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  • Distorted Travesty 3's first major boss starts with a few stray bolts to supplement her fireballs, and quickly ramps up to calling down more lightning then should be considered fair in a platformer.
  • Killzone 2 gives us the VC5 Arc Rifle, a modified welding tool that shoots giant arcs of lightning at things. It can only be found in the single player campaign, during a single level. It requires no ammunition and, instead, draws charge from the surrounding air via a special ore.
  • Odin Sphere: Cornelius can use Lightning Attacks in the remake.
  • Ōkami has Gekigami, a Celestial God is a celestial tiger who fires arrows with a back-mounted bow and his tail.
  • Borderlands has a wide variety of elemental weapons with electric shock mods. Also, certain class mods can add bonus shock damage to shock elemental weapons. Electricity causes extra damage against shields, and in-game tutorials generally emphasize this point.
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  • Raidy in Lightning Warrior Raidy has this as her signature attack.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty features Fortune, who has a rail gun that in addition to flinging chunks of metal at insane speeds also has a tendency to let off arcs of electricity from the rails.
    • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater has Colonel Volgin, who can generate static electricity through his body and channels it through held rounds of ammunition. He can also launch said ammunition like a rail gun.
    • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker has Snake use an electric stun rod for incapacitating enemies.
    • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain allows you to equip a prosthetic arm that shoots lightning. In its base form it functions just like the the stun rod from Peace Walker. Upgrade it to Grade 4, and you gain a Charged Attack that allows you to call down lightning from the sky and knock out every enemy around your position, even through buildings no less. (It's been nerfed down somewhat however, thus you need to make sure you "center yourself" right as you act as the "eye of the storm", thunderstrom that is)
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  • The Jupiter class of adepts in Golden Sun use meteorological phenomenon such as lightning to attack, and indeed, lightning is some of their most powerful attacks. Jupiter lighthouse also features lightning puzzles.
  • Ratchet & Clank has the Tesla Claw in the first and second games, the Tesla Barrier and Plasma Coil in the second and third, the Spitting Hydra in the third, and shock mods from the second game on. Both PlayStation 3 entries feature the Lightning Ravager/Shockwave Ravager, a lightning whip!
  • The Final Fantasy games tend to have a lightning attack as a spell.
    • Golbez from Final Fantasy IV has the ability to shoot lightning out of his hands
    • Final Fantasy Tactics had the Blast Gun, a member of a trio of strangely named elemental-magic guns (the others were the Blaze Gun and Glacier Gun, which did exactly the opposite of what you would expect).
    • In the Final Fantasy games, lightning also tends to be the most powerful element. An example would be the Blast Gun, the most powerful one of the three, and the Thunder Spell in Final Fantasy XI. Byakko's Haidate (the most powerful leg piece in the game) is lightning-aligned and gives a healthy chunk of resistance against electric attacks.
    • Also, there's the summons Ramuh, Ixion, Quezacotl, Adramellech, and one incarnation of Odin. Ramuh's the one member of the Power Trio of summons most likely to be replaced.
    • Final Fantasy II's guest party member Leila starts out with a Thunder spell, which is more than most of your other guest party members, barring Minwu. The first time you fight the Big Bad, The Emperor, he will use Thunder spells almost to the point of exclusivity.
    • As you might expect from her nickname, Lightning uses the Thunder series of spells a little bit more than the others - she starts with Thunder, learns Thundaga, and has Odin (who is Lightning-based in that game) as her Eidolon.
    • Raijin, a Recurring Boss in Final Fantasy VIII, named after the Japanese God of Thunder. Appropriately, he's partnered with Fujin (God of Wind).
  • Treasure of the Rudra had this, which had a side effect of confusion if a certain Lightning Mantra was used.
  • In Sonic Heroes, all Flying-type characters had the Thunder Shoot ability.
  • The various Lighting Wave Cannons in R-Type count, and oddly, the series includes a Tesla weapon, Hyper Tesla Pile Bunker, which doesn't produce lightning.
  • Quake had the Thunderbolt. It could not could not be used underwater without killing yourself and everyone around you.
  • In the Destroy All Humans!! games, Crypto's basic sidearm is a Lightning Gun that doesn't need ammunition.
  • Samus's Wave Beam combo in Metroid Prime and Grapple Voltage in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption.
  • Lightning is the element produced from the Yellow Moon in Skies of Arcadia, and its spells can also sap power from opponents. Enrique, the prince of Valua (where the Yellow Moon orbits over - also, the Yellow Moon causes fierce thunderstorms to strike Valua most of the time), learns lighting spells faster than the other party members. The Valuan admirals that you fight also know most of the lightning spells. Vyse learns red spells the fastest, but his higher level killer moves have a strong lightning theme.
  • Soviet Tesla Coils in Command & Conquer: Red Alert.
    • Add-on pack Red Alert: Aftermath adds Tesla Tanks and Shock Troopers, who respond to you in Arnie-style zingers, including "Shocking! Hahaha!"
    • Tesla technology proved so popular with fans that the sequel Red Alert 2 used it a lot, including newer versions of the above and Tesla Bombs for the Kirov Airship. In one mission, the Soviets even turn the Eiffel Tower into a supersized Tesla Coil and lay waste to Paris in order to terrorize the European allies.
    • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 has taken this to its logical conclusion by having Tesla everything. That's Tesla Troopers, Tesla Tanks, Stingrays...even the Japanese have a Tesla Mecha...a really huge one at that. The terror drone now has a Tesla secondary fire for disabling vehicles while the Tesla Troopers got an upgrade, switching their Tesla cannons into EMP mode and disabling nearby vehicles.
  • The Tesla guns from Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
  • Unreal Tournament 2003 and Unreal Tournament 2004 have a more powerful version of the sniper rifle—the Lightning Gun. Despite the name, it's a fictional version of the Electrolaser. In exchange for being more powerful, it gives away your position. It also, if you land a headshot, sets the victim's neck stump on fire.
  • Painkiller has a gun that fires shurikens and lightning. Yahtzee was impressed.
  • Street Fighter:
    • Blanka and Necro can both generate electricity. And in later games in the series, Ryu has the Denjin Hadoken, which is an electric version of the Hadoken.
    • Urien, whose elements are earth and lightning. His two Super Arts, Temporal Thunder and Aegis Reflector, are lightning-based.
    • Crimson Viper wears gloves which allow her to electrocute her enemies whenever she punches them.
  • Castlevania:
    • In Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, there were Mjolnir and Gungnir. Mjolnir, named after Thor's hammer, looked more like a giant light bulb, but is apparently made out of lightning or something. It's the most powerful mace in the game and does damage over time.
    • Aria of Sorrow has two lightning weapons, Gungnir and Vajra, that are rather potent and deals multiple hits (like all lightning-based player attacks do in this game). There's also the Lightning Doll soul, which is very popular and almost gamebreaking because it has considerable range, deals high damage with multiple hits for a relatively low MP cost, and lets you feel like Emperor Palpatine (which might be helped by the fact that Soma is the reincarnation of the Dark Lord).
    • As part of the Fire, Ice, Lightning trio of elemental swords in Symphony of the Night, there's the Thunderbrand, which, according to its description, is the lightning sword of the Hindu God Indra.
    • Shanoa from Order of Ecclesia wields 2 magic glyphs the player finds in the game. Fulgur is a ball of lightning that travels a certain distance while blasting any enemy it comes across with multiple hits and Vol Fulgur fires a large thunderbolt that shoots straight to its target(s) and does multiple hits for a brief moment.
  • Raiden of Mortal Kombat. God of Lightning and all. Also, although his powers over water have been emphasized in some installments, Rain has always had the ability to call down lightning from above.
  • In the BioShock Franchise:
    • The Electro Bolt ability in BioShock and BioShock 2, which is the first ability you learn in both games. Doesn't tend to kill but stuns the enemy (and can do high bonus damage if shot in water while an enemy's in it). Upgraded versions in BioShock 2 include Chain Lightning and a continuous damaging arc of Tesla's delight.
    • In BioShock, the chemical launcher can shoot electric gel, and the shotgun can shoot electric shells. In BioShock 2, the final upgrade for the shotgun gives its normal shots a chance to shock the enemy.
    • In BioShock Infinite, Shock Jockey is the Columbia equivalent of Electro Bolt, expanded to be able to create lightning-making crystals.
  • In Dead Rising 2 and related games, the player can make a variety of weapons that utilize electricity, like a makeshift taser (that doubles as an ATM hacking device), a Blanka mask attached to a car battery, and a Lightning Gun.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Luigi gets to generate electricity in his hands as his specific power in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. The power returns in Mario Strikers Charged Football, where he can pull lightning from storm clouds.
    • Wario uses it pretty often in the spin-off games. Mario Power Tennis implies that he uses a special machine to do it.
    • From Wario Land Shake It, the Shake King has the ability to do this, shooting lightning bolts in an attempt to fry Wario (as well as just shooting giant laser beams and energy balls in general).
  • The Zap spell in a number of Dragon Quest games. Probably the rarest element, as The Hero is usually the only playable character that gets it. Monsters that use it are to be feared as unlike other spells they deal full damage with it, and it's rare for equipment to grant resistance to this element.
  • The Warslug monsters (which look like chubby, bipedal salamanders with horns) in the Disgaea series specialize in electrical attacks.
  • Some enemies in Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories use an attack that involves them tying up a player with an electric rope.
  • Victor von Gerdenheim of the Darkstalkers series is a Frankenstein's Monster whose body produces massive amounts of electricity, more than even a bolt of lightning. If you hold down any of his attack buttons, the attack will be charged with electricity.
  • Several examples in The Legend of Zelda:
    • In the Broadcast Satellaview The Legend of Zelda remake, beams from the Magical Sword are a little different from those of the Wooden and White Swords, which appear to explode in four directions after hitting something. Instead, beams from the Magical Sword explode into lightning.
    • If you're so foolish as to return to the shop in Mabe Village from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening after stealing from the place, the shopkeeper will sic his Force Lightning powers on you until you are dead, after which your save title will be renamed to "THIEF".
    • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has Barinade (a parasitic monster that unleashes powerful bolts like there's no tomorrow), Phantom Ganon and Ganondorf (these two throw electric balls at Link, who in turn has to throw them back in Tennis Boss form). Phantom Ganon retains this feature in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, while Ganondorf does in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess while possessing Princess Zelda's body.
    • In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, a large part of the bestiary in Lanayru Province can trigger this with their attacks. This is also why it's advised to never bring the iron shield to this area. Also in this game, the second half of the battle with the final boss is fought amidst a thunderstorm, which the Big Bad uses to electrify his sword and fry Link. Link can do the same, by charging a Skyward Strike when the sky flashes.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has Shock Arrows that Link can fire from his bow, which stuns enemies, disarms them, and can create splash damage if the arrow is fired into a pool of water, in a rainstorm, or at a metal crate. The Zora race can't touch Shock Arrows since Zoras are people of water and they don't mix well with electricity. In addition, there is the Lightning Rod (and its more powerful version the Thunder Rod) which fire balls of Lightning, and Sword, Great Sword, and Spear variants for melee use.
    • Hyrule Warriors: Lightning-elemental weapons include Link's Gauntlets and Spinner, Sheik's Harp, Lana's Book of Sorcery, Zelda's Baton, Ganondorf's Trident, Linkle's Boots, and Yuga's Picture Frame.
  • The indie game Shadowgrounds has a Lightning Gun as your final weapon. You can upgrade it to have more bolts and give it a slowly recharging ammo supply. The alt-fire shoots a REALLY powerful blast of electricity.
  • Arc Charger in Resistance: Fall of Man.
  • The Xenophobe arcade game had a Lightning Rifle.
  • Galford D. Weiler in Samurai Shodown is a lightning user, while Kafuin Nocotin is both a lightning and a fire user.
  • In the Tales Series:
    • A recurring powerful attack is "Indignation," generally reserved as a charater's ultimate attack; the move is a bolt of lightning called down from the heavens. While it generally only lands one hit, that one hit is extremely powerful. It even uses a similar incantation every time.note 
    • In Tales of Destiny, although more specializing in multiple elements, Philia Felice's Swordian Clemente is designed as the 'Lightning Swordian'.
    • Shing Meteoryte of Tales of Hearts is technically Light-tilted, but a lot of his techs that deal light damage have "lightning" in the name somewhere and/or create waves and bolts of lightning. The exceptions have "star" in the name instead. Spark Web is also one of the Light spells, and the favored move of a late-game Light monster. Lightning is apparently a subset of Light here.
    • Tales of Symphonia has the Super Lightning blade as a weapon, while two of the game's boss fights - Yuan and Kvar - use the lightning element exclusively. Although Colette prominently uses Angel-aligned powers, she also uses plenty of lightning-based powers as well, such as Para Ball, Torrential Para Ball, and Grand Chariot.
  • Saki Tsuzura of Arcana Heart has Bhanri, Arcana of Lightning, as the default Arcana.
  • Benimaru Nikaido of The King of Fighters. And from one of the series it derived from, Kim Dong Hwan of Garou: Mark of the Wolves.
  • Ky Kiske of Guilty Gear rides the lightning. His half-Gear son Sin in Overture has similar powers though he refuses to acknowledge that he has anything in common with Ky.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • The franchise in general has the Zio family of lightning spells, plus some thunder-based physical attacks, weapons, and the high level spells Thunder Gods and Thunder Reign (the latter particularly noticable as the signature move of Thor in the Persona sub-series). Curiously enough, the Heroine of Shin Megami Tensei, Hiroko and Beth of Shin Megami Tensei II, and Isabeau of Shin Megami Tensei IV all have Zio spells.
    • Persona:
      • Akihiko Sanada in Persona 3 has an Emperor Arcana Persona that specializes in Lightning. Later, you get Ken Amada, a Justice character who can use Lightning and Light.
      • Kanji Tatsumi in Persona 4 is more of a physical person, but most of his magic is Lightning based. Like Akihiko, his Persona is also of the Emperor Arcana. The Player Character starts off with Izanagi, a Persona with electric attacks.
      • An unusually high amount of the Persona 4 protagonist's high level Personas, such as Yoshitsune and Kohryu, learn more lightning spells than any other element, and his initial persona Izanagi has Zio right from the start. Although the main character can equip Personas of any elemental affinity, half of most players' final Persona lineups will have Ziodyne.
      • Ryuji Sakamoto in Persona 5 serves as the team's lightning user, but his low Magic stat means he'll generally favour using his hard-hitting physical attacks instead, much like Kanji.
    • Cielo and Roland in Digital Devil Saga.
  • Warcraft:
    • Far Seers have Chain Lightning spells.
    • Naga sea witches (neutral heroes from The Frozen Throne), Lady Vashj in the Blood Elves campaign.
    • And the shaman class in World of Warcraft. Especially when specialized in elemental combat.
    • Some raid bosses have lightning abilities, Lady Vashj from Serpentshrine Cavern and Akil'Zon from Zul'Aman, to name a few.
    • Druids get the Hurricane spell, but that's the only one for them that has lightning.
    • Hunters have two pets with lightning-based racial attacks: Wind Serpents and Chimaeras (paired with Frost in the Chimaera's case).
  • Touhou:
    • Iku Nagae in the spinoff fighting game Scarlet Weather Rhapsody uses lots and lots of lightning attacks.
    • Soga no Tojiko from Ten Desires shoots "thunder arrows" in her Mid-Boss fight. Mononobe no Futo from the same game uses the same arrows as part of one of her spellcards.
  • City of Heroes has a variety of electric power sets, including ranged attacks, melee attacks, armor, crowd control (which included a pet made of electricity), and support (as part of a weather control set) among its many Stock Superpowers. At higher levels, all characters from any class could optionally learn electric attacks via various tertiary power sets. In addition, the Mu enemy group used red lightning exclusively.
  • Champions Online downgrades this to a single Electricity power set, mostly ranged attacks plus a couple of electric fields.
  • Pokémon:
    • Electric Pokemon, on the whole, tend to favor high Special Attack and Speed stats, making them great for Special Sweeping in competitive play. Pure Electric-types only have Ground attacks as a weakness, but Ground attacks are so ubiquitous that it keeps it from being a total gamebreaking typing. The notable exception of electricity-wielding Electric Pokemon is Voltorb/Electrode. Despite being Electric-type, it did not learn any Electric-type attacks naturally until Gen III...at which point it was presented with 2, one of which was a mere stat-boosting move.
    • Pikachu, the series' mascot, is an Electric-type. Every successive generation has introduced another Electric-type rodent as well.
    • The Gym Leaders Lt. Surge of Kanto, Wattson of Hoenn, Volkner of Sinnoh, Elesa of Unova, and Clement of Kalos as well as Trial Captain Sophocles all specialize in Electric-type Pokémon. As is usual for this trope, most of them have blond hair, and they tend to be engineers.
    • A handful of Legendary Pokémon are Electric-Type: Zapdos from Gen I, Raikou from Gen II, Zekrom and Thundurus from Gen V, and Tapu Koko and Zeraora from Gen VII.
  • The electric-oriented Robot Master from Mega Man series,
    • The first game features Elec Man, who is the first electric-oriented Robot Master.
    • Spark Man from Mega Man 3
    • Cloud Man from Mega Man 7
    • Even though he doesn't look the part, the Robot Master Clown Man from Mega Man 8 can launch an "elastic" beam of electricity.
    • Dynamo Man from Mega Man & Bass
    • Plug Man from Mega Man 9
    • Sheep Man from Mega Man 10
    • Fuse Man from Mega Man 11
    • Mega Man Battle Network applies the lightning descriptor to Magnet Man, Bright Man, Flash Man, and new Navi Thunder Man as well as Elec Man and Spark Man themselves. Toadman's song is also electric elemental. Rock himself can use an electric Style, Thunder Soul, Magnet Soul, or Elec Cross, depending on game, and electricity-based paralysis control folders popped up every metagame during the series run.
    • The electric-oriented Mavericks like Spark Mandrill, Volt Catfish, Web Spider, Squid Adler, and a host of others in the Mega Man X series.
    • Rockman 4 Minus Infinity Game Mod gave Bright Man the ability to use electricity.
    • The Zerker form in Mega Man Star Force 2 rewards you for taking lots of electrical attacks with a twenty-point power increase to each shot. Including, with a particularly swish counterattack, the Thunder Bolt (TB) Blade, which is a very unpleasant experience for everything on the screen except you.
  • Escape Velocity: Nova:
  • Syphon Filter has the much beloved Air Taser, which sends electrical shocks down a long-ranged probe and into a poor Mook's body until they combust.
  • Crono, the main character of Chrono Trigger, though his powers being "Lightning" are a change caused by Nintendo's "no religious references" policy—in Japanese, it was "Holy", but in the DS remake, this was partly reverted back to "Light".
  • Both Sonia/Chris Ryan and Might in the Psychic Force series.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Borrowing from Final Fantasy's magic system, Thunder spells are available to the heroes and some enemies. It's one of the more useful ones, too, with good area damage.
    • The Ax-Crazy Larxene from Chain of Memories specializes in lightning attacks.
  • Knights of the Old Republic, as expected given the source material, allows you to shoot Force Lightning at people. Combining this with a stun power is great for wiping out rooms full of mooks...
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: the Sith Inquisitor class can use several different versions of this. The Sith Warrior class has at least one attack like this. The Sith Inquisitor in particular gets multiple opportunities to shock people in conversations.
  • For a post-Old Republic Star Wars example, Starkiller from The Force Unleashed makes excessive use of Force Lightning, primarily because it's got a very useful stun effect.
  • The Lightning Bolt and Lightning Arrester psychs from The World Ends with You.
  • Tien Wu, goddess of lightning, in Bikini Karate Babes.
  • Cole McGrath, protagonist of In FAMOUS, commands all manners of electricity based attacks, from grenades and shields to localized lightning strikes. You'll need all the powers you can get as the enemies are NOT pushovers. There's also unique electric powers for the good and bad skill trees, and rail grinding and levitating to boot. There is even a Trophy labeled "Shock and Awe" in the sequel, where you Thunder Drop onto a group of five or more enemies.
  • The Titans of the Heroes of Might and Magic series, the traditional ultimate unit of the Wizard/Academy/Tower faction since the second game, are giants that fling lightning bolts at their unlucky foes. The Titans of the fifth game take it even further; the default Titans can call lightning from the sky to strike their enemies (useful in situations where a ranged attack wouldn't be as effective) and the alternate upgrade, the Storm Titan, can summon stormclouds on the battlefield. And the more magic oriented Heroes can make good use of the lightning bolt and chain lightning spells available in most of the games.
  • The Arc Welder weapon in Red Faction: Guerrilla, a flamethrower that shoots lightning instead of flame and can kill a vehicle's pilot without damaging the vehicle.
  • Emitter-class weapons in Sword of the Stars. Emitters shine when facing large groups of small, evasive, fast-moving enemies, like the Swarm, targets that are otherwise quite capable of dodging weapons fire from conventional ballistic or energy weapons, and too numerous to tackle with slow-firing missile weapons. The 'crowd control' potential from the accuracy and the chaining means an entire cloud of bugs can be wiped out with only a few blasts.
  • Tesla towers in Defense Grid: The Awakening can chain to nearby aliens. They also charge up when not firing to unleash a stronger attack, making them good rear guard towers.
  • Breath of Fire III:
    • Aside from Squishy Wizard Nina, Rei uses lightning magic. You won't use it a lot, though...
    • It's also the trademark move of Balio, a recurring antagonist in the early portion of the game.
  • Any .hack spell with the word "Rai" in it. (Rai Rom and its upgraded forms are one of the more impressive variations, creating a lightning tornado.)
  • KamuiPacificators fighters use homing lightning extensively as attacks.
  • R-Type has the R13 line of fighters, which all have a lightning-based Wave-Motion Gun.
  • Suikoden's Flik The Blue Lightning comes with the Lightning Rune by default, and he's got a pretty damn good magic stat for a Knight-type character, which means his magic will hit hard. It's been a while, but IIRC, you can't remove the Lightning Rune from him (why would you?).
  • Rachel Alucard from BlazBlue.
  • Comes loaded onto the Die Spinne 'Piranha' fighter in Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge.
  • Alphonse in Visions & Voices is the only playable character who can use Shock spells.
  • The titular character in Otto Matic has a weapon called Supernova which electrocutes everything in sight. Also used to activate doors and teleporters in one level, and it activates automatically if you step in water, but that won't do you much good because water makes you die.
  • Mass Effect:
    • Mass Effect 2:
      • The Arc Projector heavy weapon is a chain-lightning gun used to overpower non-armor defenses.
      • The Soldier and Infiltrator can shoot "lightning bullets" by using Disruptor Ammo, and some of the Engineer and Sentinel classes can use Overload, which delivers a powerful electromagnetic pulse that makes short work of rob...pardon me, SYNTHETIC enemies.
    • Mass Effect 3:
      • There are "lightning bullets" called Disruptor Ammo.
      • The Engineer and Sentinel classes can use Overload, which delivers a powerful electromagnetic pulse at a specified location.
      • There are several quarian-designed electrical weapons, such as:
      • Arc Pistol
      • Reegar Carbine
      • Adas Anti-Synthetic Rifle
      • Certain classes (such as Infiltrator Shepard) have electrified omniblades — which is lightning added to a disposable monomolecular glowing orange blade.
  • Super Robot Wars:
  • Kirby:
    • Plasma/Spark Kirby can generate electricity by moving around to use for attacking.
    • The Beam ability allows Kirby to attack with a shocking whip.
    • There's also Kracko, a recurring boss who is a lightning cloud.
    • In Kirby Star Allies, Zan Partizanne, the eldest of the Three Mage-Sisters, uses electric magic.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Lightning is one of the elemental magics a mage can use in Dragon Age: Origins. The spell combination of Spell Might + Blizzard + Tempest (in that order) = Storm of the Century, which summons a massive lightning cyclone that will probably kill anything without full boss-level hp that's stuck in it for the entire spell duration. Morrigan comes with both lightning and ice magic by default, making her a natural user of this combo.
    • Dragon Age II groups earth and lightning spells together in the "Primal" tree.
    • Named lightning mages are more common in Dragon Age: Inquisition than fire or ice. Dorian is usually shown using lightning in promotional materials despite displaying no particular preference in-game. Grand Enchanter Fiona and Warden Commander Clarel both use lightning magic when seen in battle. Morrigan also returns, wielding a lightning staff.
  • Yellow Pikmin are immune to electricity in the second game and can conduct it in the third game. Several enemies can also produce electricity, like the Anode Beetle, the Electric Cottonade, and the Bearded Amprat.
  • Borderlands: Scoring a Critical Hit on a humanoid target with a Shock weapon overloads their entire body with electricity until it has nowhere else to go but to melt the victim's face and blow out a piece of their skull!
  • Jaster Rogue in Rogue Galaxy has the ability to make electricity generate from his sword and deal lightning damage during the duration of the spell. Useful for taking out mechanical Mooks.
  • Ginchiyo Tachibana in Samurai Warriors 2 has a sword with a serrated blade which generates powerful pulses of lightning that electrocutes her foes as she slashes them, and can also call down waves of lightning from the sky as a special ability. Her musou attack allows her to create a powerful electromagnetic shield which damages all enemies in her immediate vicinity.
  • Grand Theft Auto 2: The electric gun. All that's left of the poor sap you fried is a blueish skeleton.
  • Semi-obscure PC fighting game One Must Fall features the Electra, a several-stories tall robot whose fighting style largely centers around the fact that, in place of hands, it possesses spikes which are conductors for its electrical attacks. These include small sparks fired by arcing electricity between them, forming ball lightning, just touching the opponent with both hands (and thus completing the circuit), and, finally, firing an electrical blast into the sky that summons lightning to destroy its opponent. Blatantly unrealistic, but definitely one of the most awesome kills to watch.
  • Electricity is a powerup in Backyard Sports: Rookie Rush.
  • Electricity is the main attack of the Vortigaunts in Half-Life (and the Voltigores in Opposing Force). You can play as a Vortigaunt and use this attack yourself in the bonus level of the PlayStation 2 expansion pack, Half Life: Decay.
  • In Castle Crashers, the Red Knight's magic is based around lightning.
  • Haschel and the purple dragon in The Legend of Dragoon.
  • Bug gets the power to zap his enemies when he picks up a limited-use Zap Cap Power-Up. And then there were the lightning bugs in Splot, who fired electricity from their plug-like butt to electrocute Bug.
  • Baldur's Gate, as a Dungeons & Dragons adaptation, has lightning spells, of which the most accessible is the Level 3 Lightning Bolt. note 
  • Viewtiful Joe's girlfriend and sidekick, Sexy Silvia, can use lightning based attacks such as Cool Blue Kick.
  • We have RuneScape's Saradomin Strike attack. It summons a nice, harmless thunderbolt...
  • Modnation Racers has the Bolt Power-up that can level up from a linear attack, to a bolt that does splash damage, and then to a lightning storm attack that shocks every racer in front of the user.
  • Devil May Cry has Trish, whose powers are greatly shown In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and in DMC 2, Lucia and Dante have access to the lightining elemental heart. One of the bosses in Devil May Cry 3 is a demon who fights with lightning and bats. After she is defeated, she becomes a Devil Arm that takes the shape of a guitar scythe.
  • All three games in the MOTHER trilogy feature the PSI attack PK Thunder. Unlike most examples, this attack cannot be controlled and targets a random enemy. And as of Mother 3 it is one of the two PSI attacks not affected by PSI Shields or PSI Counter Devices. Super Smash Bros. reverses this by making PK Thunder the most controllable move Ness and Lucas can use, and it's just as easy to block as any other projectile.
  • Asura's Wrath has Lord Deus, who seems to be channeling the likes of Zeus in that he's the most powerful of the Seven Deities and commands lightning.
  • In Dark Souls, lightning is associated with Gwyn, the Lord of Sunlight. It's effective against many enemies and is particularly effective against dragons. Awesomely depicted in the opening cutscene when Gwyn and his entire army fling lightning bolts to bring down a swarm of dragons. The miracles offered by the Warriors of Sunlight covenant allow a player to do the same thing. A player can also forge weapons with a lightning enchantment, enchant a normal weapon with lightning via the Sunlight Blade miracle, or use a gold pine resin to temporarily charge it up.
  • Fire Emblem:
  • Alisia Dragoon has the protagonist fighting with auto-targeting Thunder Magic, and one of her familiars has a total-screen-kill lightning attack.
  • Klarann from Ninety-Nine Nights, although it's referred to as "Spirit" rather than "Lightning".
  • In Lunar: The Silver Star, one of the main characters is Nash, who specializes in Thunder magic.
  • In the first Jet Set Radio, some of the enemies at Grind Square continuously spread electricity through some of the rails. In Jet Set Radio Future, every time you get into an encounter with the cops, they will put up electrified fences to make sure you can't escape.
  • Um Jammer Lammy has Teriyaki Yoko, an insect-like idol who will make lightning come down from the ceiling and shock Lammy or PaRappa if they are playing badly. The skull faces on each side of the stage also have electricity shoot out of their eyes and zap the entire audience.
  • Gilius Thunderhead uses lightning magic in Golden Axe 1. In part 2 he has switched to Dishing Out Dirt though.
  • Plants vs. Zombies 2 has the Lightning Reed, which attacks nearby zombies with lightning bolts.
  • WildStar has Stormtalon, a massive dragon-creature that uses electricity and wind to produce lightning, deadly static discharges, and summon massive tornadoes.
  • The short range "lightning" weapon in NeonXSZ is a burst-fire variation on this trope.
  • In A Witch's Tale, Dorothy's doll ability is to cast a powerful Thun spell.
  • In Azure Striker Gunvolt, the titular Gunvolt possesses the coveted Azure Striker Septima, and his main method of attacking is to shoot lightning rods from his gun to tag enemies and then create a "Flashfield" of electricity that arcs towards them. This power can also heal his body, increase his attack and defense, activate machines, magnetize certain platforms and cause other reactions on things such as plant and buglife. Last but not least, Gunvolt can use special attacks that fill the screen with even more voltage than usual, such as floating spheres, lightning bolts, giant swords, and a swarm of chains. The final boss mirrors nearly all of Gunvolt's abilities on account of being another Azure Striker. Yes, including that.
  • In Akatsuki Blitzkampf, the titular Akatsuki and the Elektrosoldats wield lightning powers. So do, to a lesser degree, Adler and the Big Bad Murakumo. This is because of the Blitz Engines and probably some good ol' Playing with Syringes.
  • Black Aura spells in A Blurred Line include two electrical attacks (PowerDrain and ShortCircuit), as well as the ability to control machines. The rest, though, is Dark Is Evil nastiness, like Infect, summoning a Final Lich or LifeForStrength (an Action Bomb attack where Talan dies to cause great damage.)
  • In Dex, there’s the electricity damage inflicted by certain weapons/attacks, and Dex can be augmented with Electrostatic Conductors to make her immune to electrical damage.
  • There's the electrical damage type in Mercenary Kings. It can be applied to certain weapons you use, and there are a couple of enemies (like the memorable Electrocutioner) who specialise in electrical powers. Lastly, there are Yellow versions of Patrols, Guards and Shield Guards are electrical in nature and so are immune to it (as well as having much greater health than the regular versions), and similarly upgraded electrical version of Walker boss.
  • League of Legends:
    • Kennen incorporates electricity into all of his abilities, including one where he turns into a mass of lightning and can damage units by running through them.
    • Volibear possesses power over lightning that he obtained after getting struck by a magical bolt of lightning on a trek up a mountain. Unlike Kennen, he only uses this ability in his Limit Break, where he buffs his basic attacks to electrify his target and other units nearby.
  • The Ampeelnote  in Subnautica uses this, similar to a real-life electric eel.
    • The Ghost Leviathan is stated to have electricity-producing organs left over from a common ancestor with the Ampeel, but it sacrificed its actual electric attack for increased mobility at its larger size at some point when the rubbery membrane that gives the Ghost its name covered the organs in question.
  • Dragon's Crown:
    • After investing points in the Grand Smash skill, the Dwarf will be able produce lightning from his power smashes and hammer throws.
    • One of the spells available to the Sorceress is the Thunderhead spell, which conjures a thunder cloud that floats around the battlefield while randomly zapping things with lightning.
    • The Wizard has his own lightning spell in the Thunderbolt, which calls down several lightning bolts around him.
  • The Shantae series has the Storm Puff, a buyable item/spell that Shantae uses to summon a small, floating thundercloud that zaps enemies under it after some delay.
  • The Monster Hunter series has the various Thunder-element monsters:
    • From the first generation, there's the blind, serpentine Khezu and the Elder Dragon Kirin (the Oroshi subspecies, introduced in the fourth generation, is An Ice Person instead).
    • From the second generation, the horned ape Rajang and especially the variant Furious Rajang.
    • Several monsters introduced in the third generation, such as the aquatic Leviathan Lagiacrus as well as its cousins Ivory Lagiacrus and Abyssal Lagiacrus, the wolf-like Zinogre (the subspecies Stygian Zinogre relies on the dark-themed Dragon element instead), and subspecies like Crimson Qurupeco and Baleful Gigginox (their respective normal counterparts rely on Playing with Fire and Poisonous Person instead). Lastly, Alatreon (an Elder Dragon) has electricity among its attack repertoire.
    • The fourth generation has Astalos (a Flying Wyvern) and its Boltreaver deviant. It also introduces the deviant Thunderlord Zinogre.
    • The fifth generation has Fulgur Anjanath, the first Brute Wyvern in the series to employ electricity.
  • In Destiny, "Arc" is a form of Light that can be wielded by Guardians, taking on the form of lightning. The lore indicates that Arc Light is not so much electricity as it is a form of magic that manipulates the materials and forces making up atoms, which is expressed destructively in the form of lightning.
  • Evolve gives us the Kraken, which can zap anything that gets too close or summon devastating lightning strikes at a distance.
  • Hit someone hard with a Mishima character (Jinpachi, Heihachi, Kazuya, Jin/Devil Jin, or Lars) in Tekken and you'll see an aura of lightning around their limb. This doesn't actually do any electrical damage, however (although Lars has some attacks that seem to produce an actual current, though to what extent is unknown).
  • Iji: In Version 1.7, Iji projects electricity out of her hand when she attempts to crack or activate technology. But, it isn't an attack by itself.
  • Grohk the Lighting Orc from Paladins is a weird blue orc shaman who shoots beams and balls of lightning from his staff, with his ultimate calling down a small storm that zaps enemies and heals allies.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Throughout the series, Shock-based attacks are one of the primary forms of the Destruction school of magic, rounding out the Fire, Ice, Lightning trio. While it varies depending on the game, ranged shock spells sometimes strike instantly (similar to a Hitscan attack) and sometimes drain Magicka in addition to damaging health.
    • Storm Atronachs are a form of unaligned lesser Daedra who are essentially the Elemental Embodiment of Shock magic. They appear throughout the series, typically being immune to Shock damage while dishing out powerful Shock spells of their own.
    • Aurorans are another form of lesser Daedra, associated with the Daedric Prince Meridia. They are "infused" with lightning magic, which allows them cast Shock spells while also resisting them.
    • Spider Daedra, as their name might imply, are a Spider People form of lesser Daedra. They are Magic Knights equally formidable in melee combat as well as when casting spells. They are known to favor various shock spells, in addition to poison spells.
    • Dreugh, a semi-intelligent race of aquatic humanoid octopi, undergo a process known as "karvinasim" where, for about one year of their lives, they transform into an unintelligent land-based creature in order to breed. These Land Dreughs come with a natural shock-powered melee attack.
    • In Daggerfall and Morrowind, Daedroths, a crocodilian form of lesser Daedra, are capable of using Shock spells. Later appearances would drop this trait and replace it with Playing with Fire, either giving them the ability to cast Fireballs or breathe fire.
  • The Aranea and Wurm enemies from Sundered both use electricity to attack the player character. Araneas envelop themselves in electricity before charging at you, while Wurms leap out of the ground and release an electrical discharge upon landing. Lith’ Wurms also generate a constant electrical halo around their heads, making it dangerous to attack them head-on.
  • Zero K: Bantha, Panther, Scorpion, and Zeus sports a Lighting Gun that shocks and stuns targets.
  • In Dungeons II, one of the earliest spells the Horde can research is Lightning Bolt, useful to fry troublesome intruders to ashes. After further research, you can deploy electrical traps that shocks any intruder who goes too near.
  • Square from The Adventures Of Square can use a defibrillator as melee weapon. It deals hefty damage to enemies, and knocks them away. Using it in underwater is probably not a good idea.
  • Video Game/Fallout: While lightning isn't classified as a separate element from normal energy damage, several electrical weapons do exist throughout the games:
    • Fallout 3 adds the Tesla Cannon in it's Broken Steel DLC. It will kill a Vertibird in one hit, and is arguably the game's Infinity +1 Sword.
    • ''Fallout: New Vegas's Old World Blues DLC has the Laser Assisted Electrical Rifle, and a prototype Tesla Cannon.
    • Fallout 4:
      • The Automatron DLC adds the Tesla Rifle, which has the Chain Lightning effect. Automatron robots can also have alightning gun as an arm weapon. The Tesla Cannon returns in the Creation Club, and is game-breakingly powerful.
      • Many melee weapons have an upgrade that adds electrical damage.
      • The game gives the player the ability to mod power armor to deal electric damage to nearby enemies, as well as to add bonus electrical damage to the player's punches.
    • The Medic model of Protectron uses its defibrillator pads in combat.
  • Warframe: Electricity is one of the four base elemental types, and has a chance to stun and arc to nearby enemies. Any weapon can be modded to deal electricity damage, many guns come with it by default, and the warframe Volt uses it almost exclusively.
  • As a staple of Star Wars canon, the Force Lightning power is naturally available in the Dark Forces Saga. In Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy, it's a Magikarp Power—at Level 1 you can only project a single low-damage bolt, but at Level 3 you can swiftly clear entire rooms of Stormtroopers with a sustained blast of electric death.
  • Smite: This MOBA features several real life thunder gods as playable characters (note that all PCs are a mythological character of some sort), such as Zeus (who also doubles as Jupiter), Thor, Chaac, and Raijin. Susano is a general storm god, but in-game has no moves that utilize this trope. It's only referenced in a machinima and the splash art for his Scarlet Storm skin. More creatively, Ratatoskr has a move that wreathes him in lightning and his acorns also surge with it; he has no association with this trope in the source material.
  • Phantasy Star Online has the Zonde spell line which is one of the more useful spell lines. (Though Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors is very important in this game.)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 also has the zonde spell line with more spells included. Despite Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors being largely downplayed compared to it's predecessor it's generally considered less useful compared to putting class points into the Foie spell line.
  • In Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, this ability is generally associated with beings from the Fountainhead Palace and the Divine Realm. It can be countered by leaping into the air before the lightning strikes you and redirecting it at an enemy before you land.
    • Wolf's first encounter with lightning attacks is atop Ashina Castle, when Lord Genichiro sheds his armor to wield the Lightning of Tomoe, which he channels through both his sword and his bow. It's later revealed that he learned this technique from Tomoe herself, who came to Ashina from the Divine Realm.
    • The final boss of the non-Shura endings, Sword Saint Isshin, will channel lightning through his spear in his final phase.
    • Several of the Okami Warriors guarding Fountainhead Palace (specifically, the ones dressed in purple and wearing a black cap) can channel lightning through their weapons, whether it be sword, naginata, or kemari ball. One of their leaders, Shizu, is particularly deadly with her lightning balls, to the point where the Great Lake is straight-up impassable until you kill her, as her vantage point atop a giant sakura tree allows her to strike you down no matter where you are in the lake, even if you're underwater and on the other side of the map. If that's not enough, the dogs residing in and around the palace can also shoot lightning.
    • The only way to defeat the Divine Dragon is to grapple to a root that's being hit by lightning so you can redirect the electricity towards it.
  • In Earth and Sky, one of the powers Emily gains from her skysuit is a directed lightning attack.
  • Fable I: Lightning is the first spell the Magic Knight Hero learns, and it remains a Simple, yet Awesome option for the rest of the game — not only does it have a Knockback effect, it can be trained to a higher Spell Level to deal extra damage and strike more targets.
  • In the Grow games:
    • The King from Grow RPG have electricity powers and use them on a dragon.
    • The kid in Grow Cannon can find a thunder staff in a chest.
  • Mike Shadow: I Paid for It!: Lightning attacks. Lv.1 is a large thunder summoned from the sky. Lv.2 connects the machine to a ginormous shockwave with Mike's punch. Lv.3 summons a thunderstorm that electrifies him and makes him strike the machine like a humongous thunderbolt.
  • Many classes in the Etrian Odyssey series have access to electricity-based skills, often alongside fire and ice. There are also enemies and bosses that attack this way, such as the Volt Squirrels and Megavolt Marmots (enemies) in Beyond the Myth, as well as the Bugbeast (boss; it also has ice attacks) in Nexus.

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