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The Overload Burst is a Good karma power in Infamous. After taking several seconds to power up, Cole MacGrath can fire a powerful lightning bolt from his hand that chains off conductive surfaces, striking anyone near a metal object. It becomes available after Cole completes at least five Good karma Side missions. It does not use up any battery cores.


After completing five Good karma side missions and being at least at a Guardian rank, Cole has access to this power.

After completing ten Good karma side missions and being at least at a Champion rank, Cole can double the damage inflicted by Overload Burst.

After completing fifteen Good karma side missions and being at Hero rank, Cole does increased damage and charging time is reduced.


  • The Overload Burst is one of two powers in Infamous that only becomes available through the completion of Karma side missions, the other being the Evil karma power Arc Lightning.
  • The most unique aspect of this ability is that any other offensive abilities can be used while charging up this one. This allows Cole to fire all his other attacks while aiming for a specific target.
  • Kessler's bolt attack is similar to the Overload Burst in that it is more powerful than Cole's Lightning Bolt and also takes a little bit of time to charge up.
  • A new Good Karma power in Infamous 2 named Magnum Bolt shares similar traits to Overload Burst.