Lightning Dust

Lightning Dust ID S3E7

Lightning Dust in Wonderbolts Academy

Lightning Dust filly ID S7E7

Lightning Dust as a filly in Parental Glideance

Kind Pegasus
Sex Female
Occupation Wonderbolts trainee (formerly)
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Eyes Brilliant gamboge
Mane ¤ Brilliant amber with brilliant gold stripes
Coat Light turquoise
Nicknames Li (The Periodic Table of My Little Pony)
Cutie mark
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Voice Britt Irvin (English)
Taru Tikkanen (Finnish)
Nadine Zaddam (German)
Jenny De Cesarei (Italian)
Agnieszka Fajlhauer (Polish)
Agatha Paulita (Brazilian Portuguese)
Gabriela Codrea (Romanian)
Larisa Brokhman (Russian)
María Fernanda Morales (Latin American Spanish)
Lightning Dust is a female Pegasus pony who appears in the episode Wonderbolts Academy and in the IDW comics' Friendship is Magic Issue #8 and Siege of the Crystal Empire. Her cutie mark consists of a lightning bolt and three stars. She leaves a blue and yellow thunderbolt streak behind her when she flies, similar to Rainbow Dash's rainbow streak and the Wonderbolts' trail of lightning clouds.

Development and design

Friendship Games Sporty Style Shadowbolts dolls
Lightning Dust shares her eye color and rarely her cutie mark with Sassaflash, whose coat and mane colors are vaguely similar to hers. She also resembles Indigo Zap, who has a similar hairstyle, wears the same goggles, and has the same eye color, and she slightly resembles "Whoa Nelly", being similar in coat and iris colors and partly-stars cutie mark.

According to the My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Friendship Games DVD/Blu-ray audio commentary, Lightning Dust was originally going to appear in film, but she was replaced by Indigo Zap.

On Twitter in mid-December 2015, IDW comics writer Jeremy Whitley was asked, "Was there meant to be more done with Flim, Flam, Iron Will, and Lightning Dust that got cut? They just kinda...disappeared.", and replied, "I'd actually like to do a ff[sic] with LD and IW. I stand by Flim and Flam as unrepentant opportunists".[1]

Depiction in the series

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"Try me, ma'am."

Lightning Dust is shown to be a vigorous and highly competitive flyer who loves to test her limits. With her strong attitude, speed, and love for flying, she quickly forms a friendship with Rainbow Dash.

However, because of her competitive spirit, Lightning Dust is also very reckless and shows little concern for anyone who becomes a victim of her actions. This is shown when she ignores Rainbow Dash's injury during a team exercise and again when she brushes off the fact that her tornado put Rainbow Dash's friends in danger. She also appears to have a bigger ego than Rainbow Dash.

Lightning Dust's recklessness and utter disregard for the safety of others eventually lead to her team leader status being taken away and given to Rainbow Dash.

Lightning Dust is mentioned by Scootaloo in Parental Glideance. She also appears in the same episode as a filly in flashback.

Other depictions

IDW comics

In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Issue #8, Lightning Dust appears on page 16 and cover A, in both appearances behind Princess Luna and multiple other characters in Ponyville. She also appears in Issue #34 being recruited by Radiant Hope to attack the Crystal Empire. During the attack, she antagonizes Rainbow Dash and Rarity with water balloons, but she is eventually captured. King Sombra frees her in Issue #35, and she and the other recruited villains defeat the Mane Six, but she harbors second thoughts about her actions by Issue #36. In My Little Pony: Deviations, Lightning Dust appears on pages 13-15 fighting against Nightmare Moon in an alternate timeline.


Lightning Dust is an available character in Gameloft's mobile game. She was added to the iOS version of the game on December 9, 2013 and on the Android version on December 17, 2013.


Lightning Dust is mentioned in the chapter books Applejack and the Honest-to-Goodness Switcheroo and Fluttershy and the Fine Furry Friends Fair.


In the Signature My Little Pony magazine issue 69 comic Daring friends and the missing story!, Lightning Dust appears at the Canterlot Magic Fair.[2]

The Elements of Harmony Vol. II guidebook

LIGHTNING DUST is a highly competitive flyer and Rainbow Dash's good friend. She flies recklessly, and doesn't always see how her actions will affect other ponies. She might have an even bigger ego about her flying than Rainbow Dash, and was actually removed from her leadership role in the Wonderbolts because of it.


A mini-figure toy of Lightning Dust has been displayed at the 2014 American International Toy Fair.[3]

On pages 20-21 of the book Winning Style, "Rainbow Dash and Lightning Dust can't wait for the flying competition at the Equestria Games. They work on their speed and agility while flying through the clouds."[4]

Lightning Dust is shown on Acidfree's first art print.[5]


"Let me show you what I've got, ma'am."
— To Spitfire, Wonderbolts Academy
"Ma'am, can you put the Dizzitron on maximum speed? I wanna push my limits."
— To Spitfire, Wonderbolts Academy
"They should make us Wonderbolts right now."
— Wonderbolts Academy
"Hey, you snooze, you lose! Besides, Wonderbolts are supposed to be able to recover from a spinout. You saw them on the Dizzitron. They could use the practice. I mean, it's not our fault we're so much better than those other guys. Not every pony is destined to become a Wonderbolt. Only the best of the best, right?"
— To Rainbow Dash, Wonderbolts Academy
"Kicking all that tail has made me hungry."
— Wonderbolts Academy


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Lightning Dust image gallery

See also


  1. Jeremy Whitley (2015-12-17). Jeremy Whitley on Twitter: "@Godzillawolf1 I'd actually like to do a ff with LD and IW. I stand by Flim and Flam as unrepentant opportunists". Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 December 25.
  2. MLP Comic - English. Imgur (2017-03-23). Retrieved on 2017 May 27.
  3. ASM's Toy Fair 2014 Gallery/hasbro/my-little-pony/IMG_0465. Retrieved on 2014 February 24.
  4. My Little Pony Winning Style: Stories, Activites, and Tattoos. Retrieved on 2013 October 21.
  5. My Little Pony by Amy Mebberson. Acidfree Gallery (2014-07-03). Retrieved on 2014 July 6.