Arc Lightning


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Uncommon
Planechase (HOP) Common
Battle Royale Box Set (BRB) Common
Urza's Saga (USG) Common
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Arc Lightning


Arc Lightning deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three target creatures and/or players.

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Arc Lightning Discussion

Ninja_T0-_-0 on Wizards Modern

1 week ago

I'd be tempted to splash red burn into this and capitalize on the card Willbreaker. Would certainly speed up the frustration of your opponent. Just a thought :)

The likes of Twin Bolt and Arc Lightning tend to be super effective with that synergy.

AllenChou on Modern Atogs Turn 3 win

4 months ago

Thanks. I use Arc Lightning, which is better. But thanks for the feedback!

Neotrup on Questions about Heroic in different ...

11 months ago

Also for #2, it's only being targeted by Arc Lightning once (even though you're assigning the full damage to it), so it of course only triggers once. Less intuitive would be Seeds of Strength which would actually target the creature multiple times (if you chose to do so). Even in this case, Heroic only triggers once because the event of casting a spell that targets Satyr Hoplite is only happening once, even though the event of targeting Satyr Hoplite happens three times.

Ryjo on Questions about Heroic in different ...

11 months ago
  1. Casting Arc Lightning, targeting Satyr Hoplite will cause the heroic trigger to go on the stack, which will resolve, giving the Hoplite +1/+1 before getting pinged by the Lightning.

  2. It would only count as 1 target, so heroic would only trigger once.

  3. Equipping an equipment is not a spell. Instants, sorceries and auras would be the spells that can cause heroic.

  4. Heroic triggers for each creature that is targeted. So your Hoplite will get +1/+1 when you cast Prey Upon targeting it. If you cast Solidarity of Heroes and Strived to target 2 Satyr Hoplite, then both creatures Heroic triggers would activate.

  5. Heroic would go on the stack after Prey Upon, so it would resolve first.

phrosen63 on Questions about Heroic in different ...

11 months ago

Hello. I apologize if this thread is in the wrong section. This section seemed the most suitable.


  1. Let's assume I have a Satyr Hoplite (1/1, no counters or other buffs yet) on the battlefield, and an Arc Lightning on my hand. I play Arc Lightning and choose to deal 1 damage to my Satyr Hoplite, and two damage to the opposing player. Will my Arc Lightning kill my Satyr before his Heroics effect triggers (which puts a +1/+1 counter on him)? Or will the Heroics effect trigger first and make him survive?

  2. (#1 cont.) If the answer to the above question is Yes: Will assigning all three of the damage points trigger Heroic three times? Or will it only work once per Arc Lightning?

  3. Does equipping trigger Heroic? (Such as: Grappling Hook)

  4. Let's say I have another Satyr Hoplite on the battlefield, and the opponent has some random creature out as well. I cas Prey Upon from my hand, and choose my Satyr and the opponents creature as targets. -Will this (Prey Upon) trigger Heroic, causing my Satyr to become stronger?

  5. If the answer to the above question is Yes: Will my Satyr become stronger in time for the fight? (Meaning of the opponent had an 1/1 creature out; my Satyr would kill the other creatuer and survive)

Thanks in advance. =)

Bezter on Burning Tree

1 year ago

Not being the most experienced player my self, I can't say too much with confidence. I was gonna say Harnessed Lightning might not be the best choice for lack of energy, but it looks like you'd have enough to do some damage. The other two cards mentioned are pretty much equally as good in the right situation(from what I think). Wish I had more experience/knowledge to help you out! I know Arc Lightning isn't that great of a card, but maybe having more options to target would add some versatility? Also I guess it isn't Standard Legal either. Just a thought.

If you'd wanna check out and maybe up-vote a deck of mine you like, or give some suggestions, it would be much appreciated!

Babykiller98 on Mono Red Dragon Burn

1 year ago

You know what pinecone2k3 I actually really like how this card works with this deck. I could take out the 3 Arc Lightning and add 3 Dragonmaster Outcast

lursthegreat on thopter budget

1 year ago

I always love seeing dirt-cheap yet fun decks, like this one. I would change some things, though.

Welkin Tern and Flamerush Rider seem really out of place, and even just bad. Maybe add either Pia and Kiran Nalaar or Pia Nalaar? I think Reclusive Artificer would be a better choice than Arc Lightning, too.

Overall, awesome deck. Nice job.

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