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I had a fully mature fruit tree get hit by lightning one day, destroying the tree and leaving behind a useless stump.

Can placing lightning rods near trees prevent them from being hit by lightning? If so, how close does the rod have to be to the tree?

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Originally, Lightning rods are for harvesting purposes only and have no ability to prevent lightning from damaging crops/trees. Source is from this Feb 4th tweet by ConcernedApe (the dev).

As of Patch 1.7, this was changed:

Lightning is more likely to strike trees and crops, but lightning rods now have a very good chance of intercepting lightning strikes (if they aren't already processing a lightning bolt)

So, Lighting Rods can now draw lightning strikes in assuming they aren't charging from a strike already. In this 1.7 patch beta thread, the developer Concerned Ape notes that rods can intercept from anywhere.

  • It's worth noting that, in that same patch, lightning strikes have a "special effect" on fruit trees, and won't destroy them anymore. – Wrigglenite Apr 8 '16 at 19:42

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