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Zeus's Lightning Bolt (a.k.a. Thunderbolt, a.k.a. Master bolt) is the signature weapon and symbol of power for the Olympian god of thunder; Zeus. It is said to be the most powerful and feared weapon on Earth and in the Heavens. It was created for him by the Cyclopes and Hecatoncheires in Tartaros, in conjunction with Poseidon's Trident and HadesHelm of Darkness to defeat the Titans.



During the Titanomachy, when Zeus was at war against Cronus and the Titans, he released his brothers, Hades and Poseidon, along with the Cyclops and Hecatoncheires. In turn, the Cyclopes gave Zeus the thunderbolt, a weapon of lightning that was imbued with the power over the sky. The thunderbolt became a popular symbol of Zeus and continues to be today. Zeus and Zeus alone uses the thunderbolt (unlike the Trident which is used not only by Poseidon, Amphitrite and Triton).

Later Use[]

While Typhon and Zeus are doing battle, Zeus throws a lightning bolt at Typhon which threw him to a mountain. Zeus, quickly regaining strength, tossed one hundred Lightning Bolts at Typhon, killing him. He then threw his remains into Tartatus.

Power and Abilities[]

The Bolt itself is charged with electricity, and could have power over the skies and storms.

  • Divine Energy Weapon
    • Indestructible Item
    • Divine Magic
      • Unparalleled Electrokinesis
      • Unparalleled Atmokinesis
      • Highly Advanced Smiting
      • Divine Slaying


  • Sometimes, the bolt is thought to have been one of many stored in a sack or a bucket.


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