Diablo® III

elemental arrow runes

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Reading the description of the runes i wasnt clear on the ball lightning rune - does it add extra 155% damage to each bolt or is it only converting the fire damage from runeless elemetal arrow into lightning arrow? also what is the advantage of ball lightning over nether tentacles since they are also giving 155% with the adding effect of life leach?
Is elental arrow worth using over chakram as a hatred spender?
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lightning ball has a really huge aoe. if anything gets within like 5-10 yards of it they get zapped. It's better at clearing groups than nether tentacles IMO, but not as good on bosses. It's also a much slower moving orb than fire arrow.

Elemental arrows/nether tentacles is basically the best hatred move we have.
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So for hitting a single target - frost rune is better than lightning/nether rune because it is hitting for 170% + slow whereas other 2 are hitting for 155%?
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Lightning Ball only does like, 77% weapon damage. :|

Nether Tentacles is still probably better even for single target, since it has a (rather high) chance to hit twice on one cast.
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Nether tent and ball lightning hit multiple times as they pass through a target. Ball lightning, however, ticks for half its stated damage (with the assumption being it ticks at least twice per target) and so is about equal to frost arrow. Nether tent, on the other hand, ticks for its full damage and so does absurdly high dps, outpacing every other ability we have (except maybe cluster bombs, but the range on that is awful, and the hatred cost is obscene).
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05/30/2012 10:48 PMPosted by masterkaran
So for hitting a single target - frost rune is better than lightning/nether rune because it is hitting for 170% + slow whereas other 2 are hitting for 155%?

No, because lightning bolt goes so slow that it generally hits each target twice if fired directly at it.
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NT usually hits twice but dealing 155% each time. Ball Lightning is roughly 75% each time it strikes, usually twice.

Which makes NT much stronger. On bigger targets and how you angle your shots, NT can hit 4 times.
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Twin Chakrams are awesome though as far as AoE, on some pulls they will do more damage than lightning ball, but you still have that con that if a mob is in there blind spot the Chakram will miss, but that's where the Hatred cost comes into effect, fairly cheap if you compare Hatred to Damage
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05/30/2012 11:01 PMPosted by Windchimes
NT usually hits twice but dealing 155% each time. Ball Lightning is roughly 75% each time it strikes, usually twice

Wait what NT hits for 155% 2 times? Are you sure on this? actoring in the life leach also this would make it far better than any other rune...
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100 Blood Elf Death Knight
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It is far better than any other rune, hell, any other ability.
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