Draconic Bloodline sorcerers gain Elemental Affinity at level 6. I was wondering if the sorcerer's bloodline was that of a lightning dragon do they gain the EA bonus to thunder damage spells as well as lightning damage spells?



Draconic Ancestry explicitly tells you the damage type "associated with each dragon type [which] is used by features you gain later." (PHB p.102, emphasis mine)

So you've gotten lightning damage type from your ancestry. No mention of thunder. When you gain Elemental Affinity, lightning is the damage type.


Per your comment about sorcerer guides, I believe you're conflating Draconic Sorcerers and Storm Sorcerers. The latter was added in the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide (SCAG) as an additional sorcerous origin. One of its abilities is called Heart of the Storm, which deals bonus damage when you deal thunder or lightning damage (SCAG p.137).

Draconic's Elemental Affinity bonus damage clearly states that only the damage type associated with your ancestry is boosted (PHB p.102). Lightning and Thunder are further listed as distinct types under the Damage Types section (PHB p.196).

Both Storm's Heart of the Storm and Draconic's Elemental Affinity are gained at level 6, so that probably lent itself to your confusion.

If you look more closely at the arguments in that forum, you'll see they're mostly debating as to whether having both thunder and lightning affected is more useful/common than a single, chosen damage type.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I went ahead and asked the author to clarify a couple things in his guide. You may be correct and I myself mistook what he was saying and he corrects me. But just for the sake of argument he does have a reason I would more than happily share his reasoning here and keep this question open. Otherwise i'll just delete the question. Originally thought the answer was pretty obvious from RAW. I'm new to D&D and the guide confused me and my expectation was to ask here from more enlightened and experienced players. \$\endgroup\$ – Felslayer Jan 4 '17 at 18:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ In that case it's better to list out what you've looked at and why you're confused. The original question could've included the info you later added as a comment as well, which would make it a better question. As originally asked, the answer was pretty clear from just reading the PHB. I suspect most people downvoted because it seemed you hadn't checked the handbook at all. Pretty much always you should state what you've looked up already and why you need clarification. \$\endgroup\$ – JBC Jan 6 '17 at 3:05

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