Lightning Bolt


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oldschool 93/94 Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) Uncommon
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) Uncommon
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Uncommon
Premium Deck Series: Fire and Lightning (PFL) Common
2011 Core Set (M11) Common
2010 Core Set (M10) Common
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Beatdown Box Set (BTD) Common
Anthologies (ATH) Common
Fourth Edition (4ED) Common
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Common
Revised Edition (3ED) Common
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Common
Unlimited Edition (2ED) Common
Collector's Edition (CED) Common
International Collector's Edition (CEI) Common
Limited Edition Beta (LEB) Common
Limited Edition Alpha (LEA) Common
Promo Set (000) Common
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) Common
Magic Online Promo Cards (MOP) Uncommon

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Lightning Bolt


Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker.

Lightning Bolt Discussion

DreadKhan on [RG Echo] Silence the Echo

1 day ago

Have you considered Goblin Grenade as a finisher, for the last few points of damage, when it no longer matters if you have goblins left? I could see that being more effective than Goblin War Strike. Goblin Patrol was a card I used in highschool, when I mostly played Yugioh. It won me a fair number of games, since nobody had removal, but it's still a playable card, maybe for a sideboard? Oh, Goblin War Buggy is useful, sideboard material too maybe.

I usually like to use Lightning Bolt when I play red, and I wonder if you could toss a Fireblast or two in to close games out.

Deck looks very fun, I loved echo, I think it got ignored because of how good the rest of it's block was, making it look bad in comparison. People who were poor though, we had to learn to love Echo, because we couldn't afford the borked stuff WotC was printing then.

Silverdrake on Orzhov Vampire

3 days ago

Hey DarrockHawk, good start to this deck!

If you want to play this deck in modern, you'll have to cut the Swords to Plowshares since that card isn't modern legal. You're also running a much higher amount of removal than normal for an aggressive creature deck like this - hell, most control decks don't even run this much removal! Right now you're running 14 removal spells - a good spot of an aggresive creature deck is 6-8. I would go down to 4x Path to Exile, 2x Go for the Throat, and 1-2 Anguished Unmaking. The Extirpates are also an interesting choice - do you usually/always play against graveyard combo decks? If not, I'd move those to the sideboard (if you're going to play them at all).

As for what to add, Vicious Conquistador , Kalastria Highborn , Bloodghast , Gatekeeper of Malakir , Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet , Mavren Fein, Dusk Apostle , and Captivating Vampire are some powerful vampire cards that you're missing. If you wanted to throw red into the deck, it opens up Stromkirk Captain , Olivia, Mobilized for War , and Olivia Voldaren as well as things like Lightning Bolt , Terminate , and Bedevil .

I can give more specific suggestions if you're interested, but in the meantime I think you should play around with it to see what you like! Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it!

Sombertone on Torbran Turboslug

4 days ago

Torbran, Thane of Red Fell is my favorite deck right now. I've found it very hard to keep him out, as I run more 'all creatures' damage. He's also super hungry for mana.

I like to run Pyrohemia and Sword of Fire and Ice / Sword of Sinew and Steel to protect him. My favorite play ever with Torbran is having him, Repercussion , and Pyrohemia out. Paying a red to do 3 damage to each opposing creature and 5 damage to each opponent for each creature they control is nasty, and you only do 1 damage to you and your creatures each time. Those are the kinda things that make this deck so fun, it's just not very consistent. Maybe you've had better luck?

Have you considered Extraplanar Lens and running Snow-Covered Mountain ?

I've had good luck with Embermaw Hellion . Having another source of additive damage has been valuable on multiple occasions, but I go heavy into the doubling effects too with Furnace of Rath and Dictate of the Twin Gods .

I didn't know about Immolation Shaman ! My playgroup wants to punch me in the face when I play Harsh Mentor , I didn't know he had a lizard brother!

Today is a good day.

I definitely expected the first incarnation of this deck to play more as burn and was surprised by the stax-y vibe it has in practice.

I took a pretty hard turn from single target spells like Lightning Bolt . I haven't run into too many hard choices between hitting everything or keeping my board, but I run less creatures. There have definitely been times I've /wanted/ to have a single target spell.

Anywho, awesome deck and I hope it does well for you. I'm definitely going to see what cards I could see playing from yours that I'm not in my own.

My Torbran Here

Gidgetimer on Will Copying a Spell Cause ...

5 days ago

Since it is an ability making a copy you will not get a trigger for the ability, but will for making the copy. Using Lightning Bolt as an example again, you will get two total triggers one for casting the Lightning Bolt and one for making the copy. Since the thing making the copy was not an instant or sorcery, you will not get a Ral trigger from the Riku trigger, but you will get one for the copy being created.

Gidgetimer on Will Copying a Spell Cause ...

5 days ago

Depending on how you copy it you will either get 2 or 3 total Ral triggers.

If you use an ability such as -2ing Ral, Storm Conduit and then casting Lightning Bolt you will get 2 triggers. One for casting Lightning Bolt and one for making a copy.

If you copy via an instant or sorcery such as casting Lightning Bolt and then Fork it you will get 3 total triggers. One for casting Lightning Bolt , one for casting Fork , and one for making a copy.

maxbiatch on Aria of flames

5 days ago

Very cool idea. I think, Aria of Flame is a quite underrated card. You could play some Lightning Bolt , Skewer the Critics and maybe Snapcaster Mage for even more damage and Karn's Bastion to Proliferate even more. Aside from that I'd cut some lands to maybe play 7/5/7 (or try to include fetch or shocklands), so you have more space for damaging spells.

triproberts12 on Mr. Lightning Bolts V.2.0

6 days ago

I mean, if you want to be "Mr. Lightning Bolts" in Izzet, you've gotta have the Lightning Bolt , Reset , Reiterate , Firemind's Foresight combo.

Jace_Nalaar on Thousand-Year Kess ~Help Needed~

1 week ago

Oh! I almost forgot one of my absolute favorite cards! Finale of Promise ! For starters, casting it midway through the storm will let you re-cast so many spells (provided they're X or less), and each spell it lets you cast from graveyard counts towards your TYS count. If you stack the triggers right, it'll basically win you the game. Also, Lightning Bolt . Because what's better than giving a 1 CMC, 3 damage spell storm and then recasting it from the yard again?

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Lightning Bolt occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 1.35%


All decks: 1.64%

Red: 14.35%

RG (Gruul): 40.72%

UR (Izzet): 20.02%

Rakdos: 10.95%

RW (Boros): 34.02%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Red: 0.27%