Chain lightning is currently 30d6/15d6, and better compared to acid storm (20d6 aoe). Curiously, it seems to still be 20/15 without a trust mark. i wonder how many other spells have nontrust nerfs.
FIREBRAND VS. CHAIN LIGHTNING: SIDE-BY-SIDE
FIRE BRAND 15d6 every target, up to [caster level] targets
CHAIN LIGHTNING 20d6 first target. 10d6 every subsequent target, up to [caster level] targets.
THREE TARGETS, TOTAL DAMAGE FB 45d6 CL 40d6
TEN TARGETS, TOTAL DAMAGE FB 150d6 CL 110d6
TWENTY TARGETS, TOTAL DAMAGE FB 300d6 CL 210d6
- If you're shooting at more than a mated pair, FIRE BRAND does more damage overall. The gap grows larger for every additional target.
SPELL LEVELS FB is 5, CL is 6. FB is a "cheaper" spell, but loses to CL in the DC calculation.
KEEP THEM BOTH - Different elemental damage. Diversify. - CL is great for a boss-led fight. Punch the boss for full damage, hit his underlings for half. - CL will target/damage placeables. This can be good or bad. - Being different levels, the two spells layer nicely: [Base/Emp/Max] FB 5/7/8 CL 6/8/9