Thunderstorm is an Elite Affix that spawns on random Elites, Champions, and some Uniques in Diablo III and Reaper of Souls. It was added to Diablo 3 in Patch 2.0.1, released around the time of Reaper of Souls.
The Thunderstorm effect calls down repeated lightning strikes in the same spot, each one creating a nova-effect on the ground that covers about a 10 yards radius. Thunderstorm pulses about half a dozen times in the same location, and characters who keep on their toes can see it starting and move aside, taking little damage. It's much harder to avoid during an intense battle, especially for melee characters who are locked in place during the fight.
Ranged attackers find this Affix annoying, since it will often appear right on top of them, even if they are a good distance from the boss with the property. That said, the overall damage is not very high, and this is considered one of the less deadly of the Elite Affixes.
- Monster Level Minimum: 10
- Available to: Random Elites, Champions, and some Uniques. (Not minions.)
- Damage Type: Lightning
- Additional Resistances: Unknown.
- Can Not Spawn With: Unknown.
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Alert players can spot the Thunderstorm when it first begins and move out of the way. The strikes all occur in the same location, so only one dodge is required. Elites will generally cast another Thunderstorm a few seconds after the first one, and Champions with this ability can all cast them at once, creating overlapping effects.
Lightning resistance is, of course, the best way to limit the damage of this attack.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- BlizzCon 2013 Monster Affixes Report - IncGamers.Com, 10/11/13
|Monsters of Diablo III Beasts Beasts: Superunique Demons Demons: Superunique Humans Humans: Superunique Undead Undead: Superunique Objects Bosses Boss Mods Monster Info Fanmade|
Bat - Beast - Blood Hawk - Demonic Hellflyer - Electric Eel - Khazra - Lacuni - Lamprey - Quill Fiend - Rockworm - Sand Monster - Sand Shark - Sand Wasp - Scavenger - Spider - Spiderling - Swarm - Withermoth - Wood Wraith -
|Primary Quest Uniques||
Act One Bosses:
Skeleton King -
The Warden -
Strong CC (Limit 1): Knockback -- Nightmarish -- Vortex -- Jailer
|Act One Uniques||Araneae - Web Spit||Leoric - Summon Skeleton, Teleport Strike, Triple Cleave||The Butcher - Smash, Grappling Hook, Spear, Frenzy Charge|
|Act Two Uniques||Maghda - Forcefield, Summoning Ritual, Punish, Moth Dust, Teleport.||Zoltan Kulle - Fiery Boulder, Time Bubble, Ceiling Collapse, Energy Twister,Vanish, Creepy Laugh||Belial - Phase One: Triple Fireball, Summon Vipers. Phase Two: Poison Meteors, Ground Pound, Lightning Strike, Lightning Breath.|
|Act Three Uniques||Ghom - Acid Slime, Sneeze, Gas Cloud, Chomp.||Siegebreaker - Triple Hit, Charge, Leg Stomp, Grab and Throw.||Cydaea - Pain Bolts, Web Trap, Spider Pits.||Azmodan - Bellyflop, Laser Attack, Falling Corpses, Demon Gate, Pool of Destruction, Globe of Annihilation.|
|Act Four Uniques||Rakanoth - Cleave, Teleport Strike, Blade Strike, Volley, Summon Minion.||Izual - Frost Nova, Frozen, Summon Minions.|| Diablo - Phase One: Claw Rip, Charge, Hell Spikes, Shadow Vanish Grab, Curse of Destruction, Ring of Fire, Ground Stomp, Curse of Anguish, Curse of Hatred. |
Phase Two: Shadow Clone. Phase Three: Overdrive, Lightning Breath.