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Erratic Lightning
Set: Rise of the Combiners
Number: 025
Rarity: Common
Weapon Upgrade
O
X
X

+-1   +3
Relevant Rulings
Taken from the Aequitas FAQ
Can I put this on an enemy character to lower its defense?
No. You can put Upgrades on your characters only.
Source: Wave 2 and 3 FAQ
If I play this on a character with 0 defense, and then later something gives it +1 defense, what will its total defense be?
0. Erratic Lightning won’t drop your character’s defense below 0, but the -1 applies again once your character’s defense is raised.
Source: Wave 2 and 3 FAQ
What happens if I attack with Optimus Prime - Battlefield Legend in alt mode with Power Punch attached, and I hit a Swap Parts and move the Power Punch to a new bot. What happens to the Power Punch? Also, what about a card like Erratic Lightning? if I move it on Optimus with Swap Parts would his attack bonus stay the same?
Power Punch stays on the other character. Erratic Lightning gives Optimus +3 attack.
Source: Rules Roundup 2019-03-15
For Erratic Lightning, does the -1 defense apply to defense flips, or only to base defense? For example, the upgraded character has 0 base defense, and flips 2 blue pips on defense. Does the upgraded character defend for 1 or 2?
It’s the sum of the flips, so you do all of the math first. The character in this scenario would defend for 1.
Source: Rules Roundup 2019-02-18
Recent Decks Using This Card
Drift Works maybe?
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Car Melee Specialist
40🂠 25★ in deck and 10🂠 7★ in sideboard Added by Silverghst22 Modified on Oct 28, '21

Bots
Wheeljack 9★
Weapons Inventor
Drift 7★
Noble Warrior
Cliffjumper 8★
Renegade Warrior

Stratagems
It Works! 1★
Used with Wheeljack, Weapons Inventor
Sideboard
Autobot Jazz 6★
Special Ops
Here's The Thing 1★
Used with Autobot Jazz, Special Ops
1 Matrix of Leadership
2 Fight For Position
1 Wedge Formation
1 Hold the Line
1 Master of Metallikato
2 Despite Any Difficulty
2 Reflector Cell
Actions
Regular Actions
1 Leap Into Battle
2 Supercharge
1 The Bigger They Are
1 Treasure Hunt
3 Confidence
2 Belligerence
1 Master of Metallikato
1 Take By Surprise
1 End Of The Road
2 Reverse Engineer
1 Will Of The Protocols
3 Start Your Engines
Upgrades
Weapons
1 Energon Axe
3 Grenade Launcher
2 Erratic Lightning
1 Noble’s Blaster
1 Energon Mace
2 Fusion Borer
Armor
1 Bashing Shield
3 Improvised Shield
Utilities
3 Turbo Boosters
3 Field Communicator
1 Spy Satellite Uplink
Deck Stats
19 action cards
  19 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
21 upgrade cards
  10 weapon cards
  4 armor cards
  7 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 15 cards
Wave 2: 10 cards
Wave 4: 3 cards
Wave 5: 12 cards
ATP-2: 2 cards
ATP-3: 2 cards
ATP-4: 2 cards
ATP-5: 4 cards
Energon Edition: 4 cards
ATP-1: 2 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
26 icons on 23 cards (58%)
10 icons on 10 cards (25%)
5 icons on 5 cards (13%)
6 icons on 6 cards (15%)
4 icons on 4 cards (10%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
18%
17%
7%
5%
5%
4%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 23%
Bashing Shield: 7%
Noble’s Blaster: 6%
Spy Satellite Uplink: 6%
End Of The Road: 6%
Reverse Engineer: 11%
ATP-5 Air Strike Patrol (Titan-1)
Deck Traits: Decepticon Air Strike Patrol Plane Ranged Leader
44🂠 25★ in deck and 0🂠 0★ in sideboard Added by Cameron Ehteshami Modified on Oct 27, '21

Bots
Raider Storm Cloud 4★
Infantry • Rainmaker
Raider Visper 5★
Infantry • Patrol Leader
Raider Nightflight 4★
Air Strike Patrol • Spy
Raider Tailwind 5★
Air Strike Patrol • Strategist
Slipstream 6★
Spy-For-Hire

Stratagems
Target Acquired 1★
Used with Raider Tailwind, Air Strike Patrol • Strategist
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Supercharge
2 Treasure Hunt
3 Focus Fire
3 Reckless Charge
3 Wedge Formation
1 Disassemble
2 Knack
2 Must Die Someday
2 Seek And Destroy
Secret Actions
2 Hold the Line
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
1 Backup Beam
1 Enforcement Batons
2 Erratic Lightning
1 Scoundrel's Blaster
2 Sturdy Javelin
1 Paralyzo Box
Armor
3 Improvised Shield
3 Bashing Shield
1 Emergency Barricade
Utilities
1 Pocket Processor
1 Spy Satellite Uplink
1 Absorption Core
Deck Stats
23 action cards
  21 regular action cards
  2 secret action cards
21 upgrade cards
  11 weapon cards
  7 armor cards
  3 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 11 cards
Wave 2: 14 cards
Wave 4: 8 cards
Wave 5: 6 cards
ATP-4: 1 cards
ATP-5: 7 cards
Wave 3: 2 cards
ATP-3: 1 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
30 icons on 27 cards (61%)
4 icons on 4 cards (9%)
7 icons on 7 cards (16%)
27 icons on 25 cards (57%)
7 icons on 7 cards (16%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
11%
10%
6%
5%
5%
5%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 29%
Backup Beam: 6%
Bashing Shield: 17%
Enforcement Batons: 6%
Focus Fire: 17%
Scoundrel's Blaster: 6%
Pocket Processor: 6%
Wedge Formation: 17%
Disassemble: 7%
Hold the Line: 12%
Paralyzo Box: 5%
Spy Satellite Uplink: 6%
Absorption Core: 6%
Knack: 11%
Must Die Someday: 12%
Seek And Destroy: 12%

Notes from Cameron Ehteshami:
"

"
Beginner Deck - Air Strike Patrol (COPY)
Deck Traits: Decepticon Air Strike Patrol Plane Ranged Leader Beast Melee
40🂠 25★ in deck and 0🂠 0★ in sideboard Added by Cameron Ehteshami Modified on Oct 27, '21

Bots
Raider Storm Cloud 4★
Infantry • Rainmaker
Raider Visper 5★
Infantry • Patrol Leader
Raider Nightflight 4★
Air Strike Patrol • Spy
Raider Tailwind 5★
Air Strike Patrol • Strategist
Fangry 6★
Sky Tracker
Kreb 1★

Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Supercharge
2 Treasure Hunt
3 Focus Fire
3 Reckless Charge
1 Scrounge
1 Swindled
3 Wedge Formation
1 Disassemble
Secret Actions
2 Hold the Line
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
1 Backup Beam
3 Enforcement Batons
3 Erratic Lightning
1 Scoundrel's Blaster
Armor
3 Improvised Shield
1 Scrapper Gauntlets
3 Bashing Shield
1 Emergency Barricade
1 Holomatter Projector
Utilities
1 Pocket Processor
Deck Stats
19 action cards
  17 regular action cards
  2 secret action cards
21 upgrade cards
  11 weapon cards
  9 armor cards
  1 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 12 cards
Wave 2: 19 cards
Wave 4: 6 cards
Wave 5: 7 cards
Wave 3: 2 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
36 icons on 33 cards (83%)
2 icons on 2 cards (5%)
2 icons on 2 cards (5%)
20 icons on 20 cards (50%)
4 icons on 4 cards (10%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
22%
16%
7%
7%
6%
5%
4%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 10%
Backup Beam: 5%
Bashing Shield: 15%
Enforcement Batons: 17%
Focus Fire: 16%
Scoundrel's Blaster: 5%
Scrounge: 6%
Pocket Processor: 6%
Wedge Formation: 17%
Disassemble: 6%
Hold the Line: 11%
Holomatter Projector: 5%

Notes from Cameron Ehteshami:
"A great wide-aggro deck that shows how wide aggro decks play out. Many aggro/orange decks play a lot of similar staples like Grenade Launcher, supercharge, improvised shield, and Wedge Formation. Many of the cards in this list can be put into other orange decks, creating a very cross-functional list to start learning the game. Also teaches stealth as a mechanic.

Some non-budget options that would be great additions to this deck are the following:

Counterespionage
Belligerence

"
build-a-bear
Deck Traits: Decepticon Constructicon Melee Ranged Leader
40🂠 25★ in deck and 0🂠 0★ in sideboard Added by Valravn49 Modified on Oct 27, '21

Bots
Bonecrusher 4★
Demolitions
Hook 4★
Surgical Engineer
Longhaul 4★
Transport
Mixmaster 4★
Materials Fabrication
Scavenger 4★
Mining and Salvage
Scrapper 5★
Constructicon Foreman

Stratagems
Malevolent Architect 0★
Used with Scrapper, Constructicon Foreman
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
2 Treasure Hunt
3 Reckless Charge
3 Constructicon Enigma
3 Work Overtime
Other Actions
3 Take The Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Flamethrower
3 Grenade Launcher
3 Static Laser of Ironhide
2 Enforcement Batons
3 Erratic Lightning
3 Power Punch
Armor
3 Improvised Shield
2 Bashing Shield
Utilities
3 Builder's Tools
1 Energy Pack
Deck Stats
14 action cards
  11 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
26 upgrade cards
  17 weapon cards
  5 armor cards
  4 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 14 cards
Wave 2: 13 cards
Wave 2A: 15 cards
Wave 3: 1 cards
2021 Promos: 3 cards
TROP: Phase 1: 1 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
40 icons on 34 cards (85%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
7 icons on 7 cards (18%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
35%
18%
14%
10%
3%
3%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 14%
Bashing Shield: 11%
Enforcement Batons: 12%
Constructicon Enigma: 17%
loud engine noises
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Truck Melee Tank Ranged Decepticon Beast
42🂠 25★ in deck and 2🂠 15★ in sideboard Added by ScorpX7 Modified on Oct 24, '21

Bots
General Optimus Prime 11★
Infantry • Leader
Captain Impactor 7★
Special Ops • Wrecker
Fangry 6★
Sky Tracker
Parsec 1★

Sideboard
Optimus Prime 12★
Legendary Warrior
Heroic Spotlight 1★
Used with Autobots
2 Heroic Resolve 1★
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Leap Into Battle
2 Roll Out!
2 Reckless Charge
2 Reprocess
2 Wedge Formation
2 Belligerence
1 Counterespionage
2 Precision Fire
Secret Actions
2 Sabotaged Armaments
1 End Hostilities
2 Hold the Line
Other Actions
2 Take The Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
2 Erratic Lightning
2 Noble’s Blaster
2 Sturdy Javelin
Armor
2 Emergency Barricade
3 Improvised Shield
Utilities
1 Data Bank
2 Matrix of Leadership
2 Enhanced Power Cell
Deck Stats
23 action cards
  16 regular action cards
  5 secret action cards
19 upgrade cards
  9 weapon cards
  5 armor cards
  5 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 11 cards
Wave 2: 6 cards
Wave 4: 11 cards
Wave 5: 19 cards
2021 Promos: 2 cards
Wave 3: 1 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
29 icons on 24 cards (57%)
12 icons on 12 cards (29%)
5 icons on 5 cards (12%)
9 icons on 9 cards (21%)
7 icons on 7 cards (17%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
9%
8%
7%
6%
4%
4%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 23%
Noble’s Blaster: 13%
Reprocess: 12%
Wedge Formation: 11%
Counterespionage: 6%
Hold the Line: 12%
Darkmount Tanks - T1
Deck Traits: Decepticon Tank Ranged Beast Melee
40🂠 25★ in deck and 0🂠 0★ in sideboard Added by Christian Young Modified on Oct 22, '21

Bots
Darkmount 9★
Cruel Overlord
Demolisher 6★
Devoted Decepticon
Fangry 6★
Sky Tracker
Kreb 1★

Stratagems
Anti-Air Battery 2★
Used with Demolisher, Devoted Decepticon
Straxus Lives! 1★
Used with Darkmount, Cruel Overlord
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Hunker Down
2 Roll Out!
3 Supercharge
2 Treasure Hunt
1 Reckless Charge
1 Belligerence
2 Magnetic Dysfunction Ray
1 Take By Surprise
3 Armored Assault
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
1 Enforcement Batons
2 Erratic Lightning
2 Scoundrel's Blaster
1 Sturdy Javelin
Armor
2 Force Field
3 Improvised Shield
1 Scrapper Gauntlets
1 Bashing Shield
3 Composite Armor
Utilities
2 Pocket Processor
1 Spy Satellite Uplink
Deck Stats
18 action cards
  18 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
22 upgrade cards
  9 weapon cards
  10 armor cards
  3 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 21 cards
Wave 2: 7 cards
Wave 4: 6 cards
Wave 5: 6 cards
ATP-2: 1 cards
ATP-3: 3 cards
ATP-1: 2 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
32 icons on 29 cards (73%)
7 icons on 7 cards (18%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
7 icons on 7 cards (18%)
6 icons on 6 cards (15%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
17%
11%
6%
6%
6%
6%
5%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 15%
Bashing Shield: 6%
Enforcement Batons: 6%
Scoundrel's Blaster: 12%
Pocket Processor: 12%
Spy Satellite Uplink: 5%
Superion
Deck Traits: Autobot Aerialbot Plane Ranged Helicopter Specialist
40🂠 25★ in deck and 0🂠 0★ in sideboard Added by danlomb Modified on Oct 21, '21

Bots
Air Raid 5★
Fearless Flyer
Alpha Bravo 5★
Airborne Special Ops
Fireflight 5★
Sky High Recon
Silverbolt 5★
Aerialbot Leader
Skydive 5★
Air Warfare Specialist

Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Bombing Run
1 Incoming Transmission
1 Leap Into Battle
1 Repair Bay
1 Supercharge
3 Aerialbot Enigma
1 Escape Route
2 Field Repair
1 Pep Talk
1 Rest and Relaxation
1 Steady Shot
1 Two-Pronged Attack
1 Fight For Position
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Handheld Blaster
1 Piercing Blaster
1 Primary Laser
2 Aerialbot Formation
1 Backup Beam
1 Erratic Lightning
1 Anticipation Engine
Armor
1 Armored Plating
1 Force Field
3 Improvised Shield
1 Reinforced Plating
1 Bashing Shield
1 Compact Shield
Utilities
2 Aerial Recon
1 Crash Landing
1 Minor Medic Kit
Deck Stats
18 action cards
  18 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
22 upgrade cards
  10 weapon cards
  8 armor cards
  4 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 20 cards
Wave 2: 19 cards
Wave 3: 4 cards
Wave 4: 2 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
17 icons on 14 cards (35%)
18 icons on 15 cards (38%)
4 icons on 4 cards (10%)
7 icons on 7 cards (18%)
5 icons on 4 cards (10%)
1 icons on 1 cards (3%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
12%
6%
5%
5%
4%
4%
4%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 19%
Aerialbot Enigma: 18%
Backup Beam: 7%
Bashing Shield: 6%
Escape Route: 6%
Rest and Relaxation: 6%
Trypticon
Deck Traits: Decepticon Titan Ranged Tank Car Melee
40🂠 37★ in deck and 0🂠 0★ in sideboard Added by danlomb Modified on Oct 20, '21

Bots
Trypticon 24★
Assault Base
Brunt 4★
Artillery Drone
Full-Tilt 4★
Base Recon
Wipe-Out 4★
Devoted Minion

Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
1 Backup Plan
1 Swap Missions
1 Bad Attitude
2 Pep Talk
2 Rest and Relaxation
1 Swindled
1 Underhanded Tactics
1 Frag Toss
1 Squish them like Bugs
1 Steady Shot
3 Battlefield Incursion
2 Energy Transfer
1 Fight For Position
1 Head-On Collision
1 Relentless Invasion 1★
Secret Actions
1 Battlefield Report
2 Dampening Field
1 Hidden Fortification
Upgrades
Weapons
1 Erratic Lightning
1 Handheld Blaster
1 Scoundrel's Blaster
1 Crude Club
1 Sturdy Javelin
Armor
1 Improvised Shield
1 Guarded Posture
1 Increased Durability
1 Medic's Protective Field
3 Terrifying Resilience
Utilities
1 Decepticon Crown
1 Security Console
1 Stealthiness
1 Pocket Processor
Deck Stats
24 action cards
  20 regular action cards
  4 secret action cards
16 upgrade cards
  5 weapon cards
  7 armor cards
  4 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 3 cards
Wave 2: 13 cards
Wave 3: 6 cards
Wave 4: 18 cards
Wave 4A: 4 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
14 icons on 13 cards (33%)
12 icons on 11 cards (28%)
10 icons on 10 cards (25%)
8 icons on 8 cards (20%)
6 icons on 6 cards (15%)
1 icons on 1 cards (3%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
7%
5%
5%
4%
4%
3%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 45%
Decepticon Crown: 7%
Rest and Relaxation: 14%
Scoundrel's Blaster: 7%
Battlefield Incursion: 22%
Pocket Processor: 7%
4-Wide Seekers
Deck Traits: Decepticon Seeker Plane Melee Ranged Specialist
43🂠 28★ in deck and 9🂠 15★ in sideboard Added by Christian Young Modified on Oct 26, '21

Bots
Dirge 7★
Feared Fighter
Thrust 7★
Boisterous Brawler
Thundercracker 8★
Volant Virtuoso
Skywarp 6★
Troublesome Teleporter

Sideboard
Starscream 12★
Covetous Crony
Villainous Spotlight 1★
Used with Decepticons
1 Null-Ray of Starscream
2 Roll Out!
2 Energy Pack
2 Supporting Fire
2 Nothing To Lose 1★
Actions
Regular Actions
2 I Still Function!
3 Supercharge
2 Treasure Hunt
3 Reckless Charge
1 Swindled
2 Belligerence
2 Magnetic Dysfunction Ray
1 Take By Surprise
3 Armored Assault
1 Dogfight
Secret Actions
1 Withdrawal Protocol
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
3 Erratic Lightning
1 Scoundrel's Blaster
2 EM24 IR Laser Launcher
1 Sturdy Javelin
Armor
2 Force Field
1 Scrapper Gauntlets
2 Bashing Shield
3 Improvised Shield
Utilities
1 Crushing Size
1 Crash Landing
1 Stealthiness
1 Spy Satellite Uplink
Deck Stats
21 action cards
  20 regular action cards
  1 secret action cards
22 upgrade cards
  10 weapon cards
  8 armor cards
  4 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 17 cards
Wave 2: 12 cards
Wave 3: 4 cards
Wave 4: 1 cards
Wave 5: 11 cards
ATP-2: 3 cards
ATP-3: 5 cards
ATP-4: 4 cards
ATP-5: 1 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
34 icons on 31 cards (72%)
1 icons on 1 cards (2%)
4 icons on 4 cards (9%)
4 icons on 4 cards (9%)
4 icons on 4 cards (9%)
6 icons on 6 cards (14%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
28%
16%
8%
7%
5%
3%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 17%
Bashing Shield: 11%
Scoundrel's Blaster: 6%
Spy Satellite Uplink: 5%
GhostTitan - Full Con
Deck Traits: Decepticon Beast Melee Ranged Autobot
41🂠 25★ in deck and 10🂠 3★ in sideboard Added by Christian Young Modified on Oct 7, '21

Bots
Fangry 6★
Sky Tracker
Grax 3★
Horri-Bull 6★
Ground Trooper
Starscream 8★
Fiendish Ingrate
Infinitus 2★

Sideboard
Doomshot 3★
1 Bashing Shield
1 Scoundrel's Blaster
2 Erratic Energy Grenade
2 Belligerence
1 Counterespionage
1 Hold the Line
1 Holomatter Projector
1 Lock-On Lasers
Actions
Regular Actions
2 Reckless Charge
2 Heat of Battle
3 Camien Crash
3 Master of Metallikato
1 Mission Briefing
3 Precision Fire
2 Take By Surprise
3 Show Of Mastery
Secret Actions
1 Hold the Line
2 Withdrawal Protocol
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
1 Enforcement Batons
2 Erratic Lightning
1 Scoundrel's Blaster
3 Fusion Borer
Armor
1 Bashing Shield
2 Force Field
3 Improvised Shield
Utilities
1 Escape Capsule
1 Spy Satellite Uplink
1 Absorption Core
Deck Stats
22 action cards
  19 regular action cards
  3 secret action cards
19 upgrade cards
  10 weapon cards
  6 armor cards
  3 utility cards

Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 3 cards
Wave 2: 9 cards
Wave 3: 6 cards
Wave 5: 28 cards
ATP-2: 3 cards
ATP-4: 8 cards
Battle Icons in Deck
29 icons on 26 cards (63%)
4 icons on 4 cards (10%)
6 icons on 6 cards (15%)
7 icons on 7 cards (17%)
16 icons on 16 cards (39%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
11%
9%
8%
5%
5%
5%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 27%
Bashing Shield: 6%
Enforcement Batons: 6%
Scoundrel's Blaster: 7%
Hold the Line: 5%
Mission Briefing: 6%
Spy Satellite Uplink: 6%
Absorption Core: 6%