Lightning Damage is one of three elemental damage types and is encountered infrequently when compared to other forms of damage types. It can often cause more damage because comparatively few armor sets provide high resistance against it.
Lightning Damage is effective against a wide range of enemies, especially when compared to Fire Damage. Lightning Damage is said to be effective against Dragons and those that are heavily clad. However, there are exceptions, such as Silver Knights and those that inflict it themselves. Notably, it is ineffective against Gwyn, Lord of Cinder or Dragon Slayer Ornstein.
Reducing Lightning Damage is accomplished through raising the Lightning Defense Stat.
To lower Lightning Damage received, it is necessary to raise the Lightning Defense stat.
At lower levels, increasing all stats while leveling up will raise Lightning Defense to some degree, but with diminishing returns at higher levels. Increasing one's liquid Humanity level will also raise it by a small amount.
Certain Armor sets give good resistance to Lightning but in general good Lightning resistance is harder to secure than other types of resistance.
Individual armor pieces that have the highest Lightning Defense when fully upgraded are the Big Hat, Dingy Robe, Smough's Gauntlets and Maiden Skirt. Although Smough's Gauntlets and the Maiden Skirt have other alternatives with equal Lightning Defense, these pieces have the highest Physical Defense among them.
No shield gives 100% damage reduction to Lightning, and very few boast anything higher than 70%. The Dark Hand has 80% block for lightning, and the Eagle Shield is a decent heavy shield for blocking Lightning at 75% while also giving good defense for other damage types. The best shield in terms of blocking Lightning is the Effigy Shield, which blocks a full 90%.
Players may harness the power of Lightning in a multitude of ways.
The following Miracles deal 100% Lightning Damage.
For a limited amount of time, Lightning Damage can be applied directly to weapons through weapon augmentation by enchanting Standard, Raw and Crystal weapon, along with some exceptions, with Gold Pine Resin and the Sunlight Blade miracle.
Weapons that permanently deal Lightning Damage can be obtained through the Lightning ascension path at the Giant Blacksmith in Anor Londo. An already ascended Lightning Spear can be found, which is dropped by a Mimic in Sen's Fortress.
It is also possible to obtain weapons that are innately imbued with Lightning.