The caster conjures a large stake made of Lightning, and then plunges it into the ground. The spell has a very short range, but inflicts damage in an area around the impact point.
The stake can inflict up to four instances of damage, depending on how long any valid targets are standing within the impact radius. In quick succession, the stake will deal 0.9, 1.45, 1.45 and 0.8 times the Spell Buff of the catalyst as Lightning damage to any enemies that are immediately in front of the caster. While short-ranged, the combined total damage will exceed that dealt by Great Lightning Spear.
The large impact radius allows Lightning Stake to hit multiple enemies in the immediate vicinity of the impact point, though targets caught in the dead-center will take notably more damage.
The animation when casting Lightning Stake is very similar to that of Lightning Spear, prior to it being slammed into the ground, which in terms of PvP, can be used to deceive players and have them roll towards the caster to evade it, but instead get struck by the stake itself.