Black Lightning is Electricity warped and transformed by the powers of Darkness, making it as black as the darkest night. Black Lightning tosses aside Electricity's more defensive and supportive capabilities in their near entirety, focusing almost exclusively on offense and destruction. As such, most techniques center around raw power, hindering the opponent, and giving attacks the highest chance possible to strike the enemy.
Black Lightning does little against entities created from darkness, and may in some cases empower them. However, if one is experienced or talented enough even this can be bypassed. Black Lightning does not carry the weaknesses of base Electricity, but is affected largely the same by the Dark versions of the original elements. However, most Black Lightning and the other Dark element(s) will more often than not cancel one another out, while Black Lightning reacts violently to any elements derived from Light.