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I have some questions about Lightning Rods – Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Lightning Rod

The official wiki page for lightning rods is very small, almost a stub, I would say. I know how to craft one and its general function, but I’m trying to plan my farm and I don’t know how many to use.

  1. Does using more than one rod increase the chance of lightning strike?
  2. Does a lightning rod process lightning immediately, or is there a time that it takes before another strike can be processed?
  3. If a lightning rod is making or holding a battery pack, can it still attract lightning? In other words, will it still protect my farm if it is in use?
  4. Is it safer to use more than one rod at a time?
  5. What are the chances of lightning striking my trees, crops, buildings, animals, paths, fences, equipment, and how much does a lightning rod change those odds? (again, how do multiple rods play into effect)

The information I have available right now barely explains anything about lightning strikes and I just want to know how to best protect my farm, as well as make use of electric power.

The first answer

I think the way it works is that, any time lightning would hit something on your farm, it gets redirected to a free lightning rod instead. Mine are right by the farm entrance, so I’ve seen them actually get hit nearly every day I’ve had a thunderstorm.

A lightning rod only seems to be able to “hold” one strike at a time; once it’s been hit, you have to wait for the battery to be finished (and probably collect it) before it can block another. When I only had three, I was still seeing paths get destroyed; I’ve got six now, and that seems to be enough to handle a whole day.

Second answer

  1. As far as I know, the chance of a lightning strike occurring is independent of the presence of any Rods.
  2. The rod starts processing immediately, but it takes ~24 hours to complete and give you a battery.
  3. Each rod can only process one at a time. Although I haven’t tested it thoroughly, I’m fairly sure that you must remove the finished battery before it can process another strike.
  4. It is pretty well required if you want to minimize lightning damage. I generally have anywhere from 16-30 lightning rods on my farms. I’ve had 15 or more strikes out of a single storm and I like to have extra Rods in case of storms on consecutive days.
  5. I can’t answer the exact numbers. Lightning rods seem to have a high (but not guaranteed) chance of intercepting strikes. I don’t believe having multiple Rods changes the interception odds directly, but since a particular rod can only process 1 strike at a time, multiple are necessary to provide continued protection throughout the entire day.

Third answer

Luck is a factor in a lot of it, so you’re going to get mixed reports. Personally, I have:

  • woken up to a storm and discovered all my lightning rods already holding a charge; conversely, I’ve come home after a stormy day and seen only one rod holding a charge
  • discovered a fruit tree damaged by lightning: it basically roasted the tree, discharging small wisps of smoke, and the fruit turned into coal. The condition went away after about 4 days, but that’s from the day I discovered the tree in such a state
  • seen a lightning rod offer up a battery completely randomly (i.e., no lightning storms for days prior). I don’t trust myself to know for sure whether this was truly random or that I just wasn’t paying attention to the rod.

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