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Lightning is a creature spell in Dungeon Keeper, Dungeon Keeper 2, and Dungeon Keeper Online. It is a very powerful spell that fires a bolt of lightning from the caster.

General Information (Dungeon Keeper)[]

"This is a powerful magical weapon and casts a bolt of lighting from the creature."
— Dungeon Keeper Manual

Lightning is a ranged spell, at four tiles maximum. It travels instantly, making it impossible to dodge. Although the damage it deals per hit is relatively light (20 or less), each strike can hit its target multiple times and the cooldown is very short, meaning that users can cast it in rapid succession. This, combined with the fact it is a beam-type spell instead of a projectile, makes it perfect for quickly taking out those equipped with Rebound, such as Fairies, Wizards, and Ghosts, turning them from nuisances to ash in a short space of time.

Lightning only works at maximum effect against stationary targets. Moving targets won't sustain the spectacular, chain-burst discharge that makes this ability strong. The spell encourages tactics like drawing a battle line (where a fighter holds the enemy still while lightning-users pummel it from a safe distance) or running direct, caster-versus-caster duels (where whoever manages to throw more Lightning wins).

The Skeleton and Samurai attempt to close in for melee if there's room to do so. The Mistress, Fairy, and Priestess will attempt to stay at range and use this spell as their main attack, when they have it.

The Dungeon Keeper Goodies Disc contains wave files of Mentor dialogue that were cut from the game, one of which mentioning a 'Lightning Fork' spell being available.[2] This is presumably this spell, the Lightning Keeper spell, or an early version of one of them.

General Information (Dungeon Keeper 2)[]

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"Harness Nature’s own electrical energy and unleash a ferocious bolt of lightning with which to fry your opponents."
— Dungeon Keeper 2 Manual

In Dungeon Keeper 2, Lightning is only learnt by two creatures, the Mistress and the Fairy, who both have their own variants.

Dungeon Keeper Online[]

In Dungeon Keeper Online, this spell's name translates to Electric Shock, but is similar to its Dungeon Keeper 2 counterpart.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 黑暗女王 地下城守护者地下城生物之魔族生物大全 (Chinese). dk.178.com (31 March 2012). Retrieved on 19 April 2020.
  2. The Dungeon Keeper Goodies Disc.