Summon Ball Lightning by Verteiron
Skyrim » Magic - Spells & Enchantments
Added: 29/03/2012 - 07:29PM
Updated: 31/03/2012 - 10:55PM

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Last updated at 22:55, 31 Mar 2012 Uploaded at 19:29, 29 Mar 2012

Drawing upon the powers of both Conjuration and Destruction magics, draw raw energy from the Elemental Plains and channel it into an unstable ball of electricity that distracts, stuns, shocks, and knocks down your foes.

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Find the spell tome on Farengar's desk in Dragonreach.

This spell is VERY random. I've had it take out entire groups of enemies in seconds, and I've had it leave even weak monsters almost unscathed. Its initial cast cost is quite low but without the Destruction Master perk it will suck your Magicka dry in seconds. Generally I had the best luck dropping this in a room full of enemies, then backing away and letting them try to attack it. You can also drop it, then stand near it, kiting around and letting it deal damage for you.

This spell creates a Ball Lightning at the target location. Think of it as sort of a super-hazard, or possibly a bug zapper.

Ball Lightning is invulnerable to damage but has a duration of 30 or 60 seconds, based on the Elemental Potency perk.

The Ball Lightning will randomly strike nearby foes with Thunderbolt, draining 80 Magicka per strike (40 with Destruction Mastery). If you have Shock Augmentation,
foes will be staggered or knocked down.

Anyone that come in contact with the Ball Lightning has a high chance of being struck by lightning and flung a considerable distance. If this happens, they will also be stunned, dropping them out of combat. They'll also be blinded, permanently reducing their detection range.

Anyone stupid enough to attack the Ball Lightning will get zapped repeatedly.

The Ball Lightning will explode after its duration, causing a knockdown.

It will continuously drain your Magicka for its duration, but will drain less with Destruction Mastery. If you run out of Magicka, the Ball Lightning will explode immediately.

The Summoner perks correctly affect the maximum casting distance.
Augmented Shock level 1 causes a stagger of nearby foes with each strike.
Augmented Shock level 2 causes a knockdown of foes struck.
Elemental Potency increases the duration of the ball.
Destruction Mastery halves the Magicka drain and the cost of each strike.
The Disintegrate perk... well, works ;)

Stealth Magic will apply a damage bonus to the Thunderbolt strikes and sometimes will display "Stealth Magic Attack" inappropriately. It doesn't cause any actual problems, though.

Known Issues or Bugs
THIS SPELL IS VERY SCRIPT-INTENSIVE. That means you need a fast CPU (NOT graphics card!) for it to work right. Slow CPUs will result in casting glitches, particularly if you cast it repeatedly.

Sometimes the lightning bolts in the appearance animation get "stuck" and fire repeatedly throughout the duration of the ball. This doesn't cause problems but it does make a lot of noise. Doesn't happen often.

The more dead enemies there are, the less often the Thunderbolt fires. This is due to the fact that Game.GetRandomActorFromRef() does not distinguish between dead and living actors, so I have to filter it after the fact. There doesn't seem to be a way around this.

If the ball is cast an extreme distance away (farther than you'd be able to do so without using console commands) it can cause a CTD.

This spell uses a Summoned invisible actor to place a few statics at the target location. It places a series of mostly random invisible activators and uses these as both casters and targets. Because of an engine bug in how the lightning projectiles work, I have to cycle through a series of activators, rather than cast all the bolts from the actor. The script uses Game.GetRandomActorFromRef() to get a target, then only strikes if the target is not dead, a child (no sense targeting an invulnerable actor), in bleedout or the player. Otherwise it just creates a little Sparks bolt that deals minimal damage. In each loop, the script also checks for anyone within 100 units of the ball's center and PushActorAways them.


1. Extract this archive to any folder and then copy the contents to Skyrim's Data folder.
2. Start Skyrim, click Data Files, and enable the ElemBallLightning.esp file.

Or simply use Nexus Mod Manager. ;)


1. Start Skyrim Launcher, click Data Files, uncheck the ElemBallLightning.esp file(s).
2. Delete the files/folders associated with the mod.


Or just use Nexus Mod Manager.

Just overwrite everything, no problem.

0.5b, 2012/03/31 – Initial release to Nexus and Steam.


Thanks to Bethesda for creating Skyrim and the Creation Kit.
Thanks to Valve for providing an easy way to take my first baby steps in mod publishing.
Thanks to NexusMods for showing me the RIGHT way to publish mods.

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