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The next Meta Build for Lightning (2.3)

This guide is part of my article series on lightning builds. If this build is not to your likeing, have a look at the rest of my builds on the lightning build page. I have multiple builds for any taste available, IB, PvE, arena/ToS builds and F2P/cheap builds.

This article is on magic lightning. As you know, there are many water and earth mains, which makes lightning a strong team to master. Moreover, Lightning is surprisingly strong as a F2P or low-spender! If you are patient and smart about it, you can unlock Genghis Khan for free via events like Spring Fiesta + you can unlock Hammurabi through the KoH (needs to be maxed via Pearl shop tho). This makes our BiS lightning team one of the cheapest top tier marches.

Tokugawa is unlocked through the Conquest P2 seasonal rewards and in shop bundles post-P2 conquest. At the time of writing (15th Oct. 2022) we have P2 in the very oldest server group. Hence, Tokugawa is about to be released, but is not actually avilable to anyone yet.

This is a very strong build that works as an allround lightning build for the player who needs lightning to do everything. Beware, that you may struggle a bit on bosses. As such, you should check out my lightning boss build.


This setup is pretty standard and revolves around pumping big burst damage while maintaining “wounds” from Khan as well as to allow Tokugawa to shield and sustain the team.

Moreover, Louis and Khan adds a very nice DPS. This setup is NOT built as a counter to holy, you can do more to counter holy marches (see Lightning holy-counter guide).

This setup performs well versus all marches and especially kills earth teams (if your tech is too low for energy regen. You might need to setup your Khan with adrenaline so you get wounds off before water dragon heals).

Since Tokugawa has not been released yet, I have been using Charles to test things in his place. And oh boy does it work! This team wrecks everything. It deals so much damage from Khan and especially from Hammurabi. Moreover, having shields in lightning, means you are no longer the glass-canon type setup.

What are the differences from Charles testing and into Tokugawa? Tokugawa’s shield is not as strong as Charles’. First of all it is 300% where Charles’ is 400%. Moreover, Tokugawa’s shield is only defending against physical damage, which means you are VERY weak to big magic setups. This will kill you. However, Tokugawa adds insanely strong debuffs to the enemy, which both hamstring the enemy damage dealer AND improve you damage by as much as 60% from the added debuffs on your target boosting damage from Hammurabi, since you will be running 3-4 stacks of debuffs consistently whilst shields are up.

You want to run this passive loadout:

Hammurabi: Annihilation + Nova + Chase // concentration (based on your crit tech).

Genghis Khan: Death Breath + Anger + Energy Burst (Fighting Master to counter earth)

Louis: Fighting Will + Weakness + Energy Suppression

Tokugawa: Oaken Guard + Malice + Adrenaline Rush

Published: 15-10-2022