A magical rod that can shoot balls of electricity. Its gem contains lightning from the Hyrule Hills. It's not recommended to use as a melee weapon.
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Lightning Rods are one-handed Weapons. They are weaker counterparts to Thunderstorm Rods. Lightning Rods are not made of flammable materials and can safely be used around open flames or Scorching Climates. Lightning Rods are also not made of magnetic materials and cannot be manipulated with Magnesis. Lightning Rods do not conduct electricity, and will float in sufficiently deep bodies of water.
Lightning Rods are imbued with Electric elemental energy, generating a ball of lightning that advances when swung. However, Lightning Rods are fragile and will break easily if they make direct contact with objects or enemies. Lightning Rods will also break simply from extended use. If Link executes a Spin Attack while wielding a Lightning Rod, he will loose five blasts at once in different directions. Lightning Rods will temporarily lose their magical properties if used excessively, requiring a brief cooldown period before they can be used again.
In Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Lightning Rods are tools that can be wielded by all Warriors in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, as well as Electric Wizzrobes. Located on the left bumper wheel as the Fire Rod, Ice Rod, and Apple, Lightning Rods are limited charge attack items that will shock anything in its attack radius, and can help whittle away at exposed Weak Point Gauges. This attack radius can be widened if enemies are near metal crates or are in water. The Lightning Rod need electric-elemental energy as fuel for its attacks, and the amount of charges the Rod has carry over into future battles, meaning completing battles with an empty Lightning Rod will have the Lightning Rod remain out of charge. The energy needed to power the Lightning Rod can be found by either slaying Electric Monsters such as Electric Wizzrobes or smashing open crates.
The Lightning Rod is first obtained by slaying the player's first Electric Wizzrobe, with the first one being found in the Scenario "Road to the Ancient Lab". The Lightning Rod help make the weak point gauges of certain monsters such as Waterblight Ganons drain faster, as well as being hit by the Lightning Rod while near/in a conductive surface, allowing to chain Weak Point Smashes more consecutively.
While the Lightning Rod innately has three charges, completing the "The Research of Rods" and "It Takes Two" Quests each rewards Warriors one additional charge to all Rods, the Lightning Rod naturally included.