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Lightning Sith Sorcerer 5.x DPS Class Guide

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Gearing & Stats

The tables on this page were generated using optimizer scripts created by Bant aka Goblin_Lackey. The stats were calculated to give the maximum theoretical DPS/HPS/DTPS for each discipline, however you may wish to alter the builds depending on your play style or what content you are facing in SWTOR. Each table assumes you have a full set of the specified gear.

Suggested Best-in-Slot Stats

Tier 4: Legendary
Tier 4: Artifact
Iokath MK-5
Tier 3: Legendary
Iokath MK-2
Tier 3: Artifact
Eternal Commander MK-15
Tier 2: Legendary
Eternal Commander MK-13
Tier 2: Artifact
Mastery 6927 (1xC)6705 (2xC)6594 (1xA)6637 (1xA, 1xC)6385 (1xA, 1xC)6317 (2xA)
Power 396437763694369435063424
Critical 1889 (7xE, 1xC)1831 (6xE, 3xA)1806 (7xE, 2xC)1792 (4xE, 7xA, 1xC)1746 (4xE, 7xA, 1xC)1691 (7xE, 2xC)
Alacrity 1518 (2xE, 11xA)1428 (3xE, 8xA)1390 (2xE, 10xA)1363 (5xE, 3xA)1313 (5xE, 3xA)1256 (1xE, 11xA)
Accuracy 759 (1xE, 3xA, Stim)748 (1xE, 3xA, Stim)743 (1xE, 3xA, Stim)743 (1xE, 3xA, Stim)733 (1xE, 3xA, Stim)736 (2xE, 1xA, Stim)
Absorb 000000
Defense 000000
Shield 000000

"E" = Enhancement or Implant or Earpiece
"A" = Advanced _ Augment 45
"C" = Advanced _ _ Color Crystal (+41 ones)

Discipline Statistics

Tier 4: Legendary
Tier 4: Artifact
Iokath MK-5
Tier 3: Legendary
Iokath MK-2
Tier 3: Artifact
Eternal Commander MK-15
Tier 2: Legendary
Eternal Commander MK-13
Tier 2: Artifact
DPS 9,327 +/- 3048,973 +/- 2878,757 +/- 2768,692 +/- 2738,352 +/- 2588,092 +/- 246

DPS Rankings

DPS Standard
vs Average DPS
Imperial Class Republic Class
5 5 - 10,336 +/- 284 +3.46% Annihilation Marauder Watchman Sentinel
8 8 - 10,150 +/- 299 +1.6% Carnage Marauder Combat Sentinel
12 8 4 9,828 +/- 351 -1.63% Fury Marauder Concentration Sentinel
10 10 - 10,027 +/- 372 +0.36% Vengeance Juggernaut Vigilance Guardian
11 15 4 9,857 +/- 488 -1.34% Rage Juggernaut Focus Guardian
7 7 - 10,157 +/- 582 +1.67% Deception Assassin Infiltration Shadow
14 13 1 9,640 +/- 346 -3.51% Hatred Assassin Serenity Shadow
18 18 - 9,327 +/- 304 -6.64% Lightning Sorcerer Telekinetics Sage
16 16 - 9,520 +/- 268 -4.71% Madness Sorcerer Balance Sage
9 9 - 10,054 +/- 516 +0.64% Arsenal Mercenary Gunnery Commando
4 4 - 10,432 +/- 414 +4.42% Innovative Ordnance Mercenary Assault Specialist Commando
13 12 1 9,679 +/- 505 -3.12% Advanced Prototype Powertech Tactics Vanguard
15 14 1 9,556 +/- 383 -4.35% Pyrotech Powertech Plasmatech Vanguard
17 17 - 9,448 +/- 461 -5.43% Marksmanship Sniper Sharpshooter Gunslinger
3 3 - 10,441 +/- 270 +4.51% Engineering Sniper Saboteur Gunslinger
2 2 - 10,467 +/- 161 +4.77% Virulence Sniper Dirty Fighting Gunslinger
6 6 - 10,157 +/- 526 +1.67% Concealment Operative Scrapper Scoundrel
1 1 - 10,754 +/- 322 +7.64% Lethality Operative Ruffian Scoundrel

Note: DPS rankings assume best-in-slot 242-rating gear.

Suggested Best-in-Slot Gear & Items

Set Bonuses

Pieces Set Bonus
2Turbulence or Force Serenity and Thundering Blast or Force Leech increase damage dealt by 2% for 15 seconds. Cannot occur more than once every 30 of seconds.
4Reduces cost of Lightning Strike and Force Lightning or Disturbance and Telekinetic Throw by 2 and reduces the cooldown of Polarity Shift or Mental Alacrity by 15 seconds.
6Lightning Strike and Lightning Bolt or Disturbance and Telekinetic Burst reduce the cooldown of Recklessness or Force Potency by 1 second.

Suggested Utility Skills


Suggested PvE Utility Build


Suggested PvP Utility Build


Lightning Discipline Abilities

Name Description Type
Blasts the target with a quick flash of lightning, which deals <<1>> energy damage and grants Force Flash, which reduces the activation time of your next Crushing Darkness by 0.5 seconds. This effect lasts up to 12 seconds.Instant
Delivers an arc of lightning that deals <<1>> energy damage to up to 8 targets within 8 meters of the primary target.Casted
Hurls a bolt of lightning at the target, dealing <<1>> energy damage and slowing the target by 30% for 3 seconds. Replaces Lightning Strike.Casted
Sends a thundering blastwave at a single target that deals <<1>> internal damage. Thundering Blast automatically critically hits targets affected by your Affliction.Casted

Sith Sorcerer Advanced Class Abilities

Name Description Type
Immediately heals the target for <<1>>, plus an additional <<2>> over 9 seconds.Instant
Immediately restores <<1>> health to you. Cannot be used on others.Instant
Revives an incapacitated ally. This ability is usable while in combat. When used, all group members can neither use nor be the target of an in-combat revival for the next 5 minutes.Casted
Your connection to the Force shifts, granting 20% alacrity and immunity to pushback and interrupts for 10 seconds.Instant
Summons a dark cloud of energy to crush the target, instantly dealing <<1>> kinetic damage and an additional <<2>> kinetic damage over 6 seconds.Casted
Activating this ability marks your current location for 10 minutes. When this ability is activated again, if you are within 60 meters of the marked location, you instantly return to the marked location. Phase Walk goes on cooldown for 60 seconds when used to return to the marked location.Casted
Wipes your enemies' thoughts, instantly lowering your threat by a moderate amount.Instant
Casts a powerful Force affliction upon the target that deals <<1>> internal damage over 18 seconds.Instant
Lowers the target's threat by a moderate amount and, if the target is a group member, pulls the target to your location.Instant
Consumes the dark energy around you, restoring 40 Force. Utilizing Consuming Darkness makes you Weary, reducing your Force regeneration rate by 2 for 10 seconds. This effect can stack up to 4 times.Instant
Deals <<1>> energy damage to the target and consumes 40 Force over the duration of the channel. Also slows the movement speed of the target by 50% and immobilizes weak and standard enemies.Channeled
Calls down a Force storm over the target area, consuming 60 Force and dealing <<1>> energy damage to up to 8 targets within 8 meters over the duration of the channel. Standard and weak targets have a 33% chance to be stunned by the storm each second.Channeled
Fires a charge of lightning at the target, deals <<1>> energy damage.Casted
Cleanses a friendly target of up to 2 negative mental or Force effects.Instant
Projects a Force Barrier around you, granting immunity to all control, damage, and negative effects while channeled. This ability does not respect the global cooldown and can be used while controlled. While you are protected by Force Barrier charges will build up and grant Enduring Bastion, a shield that absorbs an amount of damage based off the charges that are present when Force Barrier ended. Enduring Bastion also grants immunity to interrupts.Channeled
Surrounds the target in a lightning shield that lasts 30 seconds and absorbs a high amount of damage. The target becomes deionized and cannot benefit from Static Barrier again for 20 seconds.Instant
Heals a friendly target for <<1>> health.Casted
Increases mastery, endurance, and presence for you and your Operation group members within 40 meters by 10%. Lasts 10 seconds.Instant

Sith Inquisitor Class Abilities

Name Description Type
Deals <<1>> energy damage and knocks back up to 8 enemies within a 15-meter cone in front of you. Standard and weak enemies are additionally knocked down for 3 seconds.Instant
Grants 2 charges of Recklessness, which increases the Force critical chance of your direct attacks and heals by 60%. Each time a direct Force ability critically hits or each time a channeled Force ability is activated, 1 charge is consumed. Lasts 20 seconds.Instant
Shocks the target for <<1>> energy damage. Standard and weak targets are additionally stunned for 3 seconds.Instant
Deals <<1>> kinetic damage and slows the target's movement speed by 50% for 6 seconds.Instant
Traps the target in a whirlwind for 8 seconds. Non-player, non-standard, and non-weak targets heal rapidly while trapped. Damage causes this effect to end prematurely.Casted
Increases movement speed by 150% for 2 seconds. Does not break Stealth.Instant
Interrupts the target's current action and prevents that ability from being used for 4 seconds.Instant
Electrocutes the target, dealing <<1>> energy damage and stunning it for 4 seconds.Instant
Summons the unbreakable will of the Sith, immediately purging incapacitating and movement-impairing effects.Instant
Deals <<1>> weapon damage spread across a flurry of 3 melee attacks.Instant
Increases the target's Mastery by 5% and internal and elemental damage reduction by 10% for 60 minutes. If the target is a group member, all other group members are also affected.Instant
Seize the moment, restoring 2% of your maximum health every 3 seconds. Requires an active companion. Lasts 60 seconds.Instant



Thundering Blast > Filler > Filler > Filler > Filler > Filler > Filler

Filler: Crushing Darkness (10%) / Lightning Flash (10%) / Chain Lightning (17%) / Shock (10%) / Lightning Bolt (53%)

Minor Rotation: 7 GCDs
Major Rotation: 56 GCDs


References: Keyboardninja, DarthCognusSion

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