Every so often during lightning storms I see what looks like static shooting of of me for a few seconds and then I explode and die. What is happening and how can I prevent it?

Electric static on Link

A few seconds later you will end up with a screen filled with light:

Lightning explosion


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The reason you are exploding is because metal weapons and armor attract electricity in a lightning storm. Wearing an item that has the electrical discharge effect (such as the weapons in the figure below) will cause charge to build up until you explode. Un-equip those items and you won't build up charge.

Metal Weapons with static charge

  • You can usually get away with one metal item equipped. Mar 6, 2017 at 22:26
  • @JeffMercado I once picked up a metal item in a storm which equipped automatically, and was promptly struck by lightning before I could switch it. So I wouldn't risk it...
    – Kat
    Apr 24, 2017 at 17:38
  • @Kat: I need to rephrase, you can get pretty far with a single metal item equipped and never get struck, but you're not completely safe. Just odds of getting struck is significantly better the less you have. Apr 24, 2017 at 20:37

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