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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Mobile


For similarly named killstreak in Call of Duty: Black Ops, see Napalm Strike.

The Lightning Strike is a Scorestreak reward featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

"Launch a coordinated Lightning Strike on three locations."
— Scorestreak description


The Lightning Strike is similar to the Mortar Team Killstreak from Call of Duty: Black Ops in that one chooses three target points to deliver a payload on the map. Three FA38 fighter jets rapidly drop bombs on the selected locations, thereby killing its targets much quicker than the mortar team and making it near impossible for the enemy to escape.

When calling in the Lightning Strike, there will be a single UAV sweep shown on the targeting map, to allow players to more accurately use the streak. This UAV sweep will only work the first time the Lightning Strike is used, so if the player selects the Lightning Strike to be used, but then puts it away, the second time the player uses it, there will not be a UAV sweep. Players who are using Ghost with its effect currently active during the time of the UAV sweep will not be shown. Only one bomb is dropped per FA38, so it is possible to survive the explosion even if players are in its radius. 

After the 1.04 patch (For PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 users), a 750 millisecond delay was added between the targeting of the bombing areas and the strike itself. This significantly lessened the scorestreak's effectiveness. 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III

"Launch a coordinated and rapid airstrike on three locations."
— Description


The Lightning Strike returns to Call of Duty: Black Ops III. As before, the player selects three locations on the map, and three F-85B Bullshark fighter jets will quickly airstrike the locations.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

"Launch a targeted lightning strike on three locations."
— Description


The Lightning Strike returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. As before, the player selects three locations on the map, and three fighter jets will quickly airstrike the locations.

Call of Duty: Mobile

"Launch a coordinated airstrike on three locations."
— Description


The Lightning Strike returns in Call of Duty: Mobile. It was added as part of the Season 8: 2nd Anniversary update.

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Trivia

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

  • The Lightning Strike can be destroyed with EMP Systems or a Power Core. Doing so gives the TKO Medal.
  • In theater mode, when the FA38 is inside map boundaries, it is possible to go into the cockpit of the jet, but it is not detailed.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

  • When a Lightning Strike is ordered, the markings on the aircraft are those of the Egyptian Air Force.
  • When playing on the Winslow Accord Black Ops side, Lightning Strike callsigns vary from either:
    • Anvil 1-2
    • Casino 2-4
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