The Lightning Rod is placed by its namesake support power from the Shield Command, which provides European forces additional power for emergency uses to return the power grid to a normal state if an enemy succeeds in compromising base power by destroying enough Power Plants.
It also complements well with the Force Shield; using this support power will allow the commander to activate a Force Shield in the most desperate of times, such as a superweapon activation while the base is underpowered.
Additionally, the Lightning Rod will allow Thor Gunships to use their weapon more effectively due to a continuous stream of lightning strikes being "captured" by the rod, thus increasing their firepower.
Despite all this, it is still unable to save a commander from a power sabotage from enemy espionage units. Additionally, the Lightning Rod has a limited lifespan and will self-destruct after a period of time. Due to the way power works, the power produced by the Lightning Rod will reduce gradually as its hit points go down.
Unused by the AI.
- The Lightning Rod is first usable in the campaign in Puppet Master.
- In Backbitten, three Lightning Rods are providing protective energy for Supercharged Paradox Battery and the defenses around. Destroying these Lightning Rods is the first mission objective.
- The Lightning Rod is the only support power that can be deployed when the base is on a low power state.