Cost: 1.

Hero Action: Spend X resources → deal X damages to the villain and each minion engaged with you. This attack ignores tough statuses card if you have the Aerial trait.

"I say thee, nay!" — Thor
Thor #6. Thor #9-10.
Lightning Strike
FAQs (taken from the official FAQ or FFG's responses to the official rules question form)

Official Errata

Lightning Strike should say "This damage ignores" instead of "This attack ignores. Lightning Strike is not an Attack event.

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Lightning Strike might be the worst card in Thor's deck. It's horrifyingly inefficient if you aren't engaged with any minions (less than one damage per card/resource, ew), and not especially efficient with one engaged minion (if you can manage to pay 4, it's 8 damage for 5+card, which still isn't very good). It only starts becoming efficient if you can wrangle two or more minions: with two minions and 3, you get 9 damage for 4+card, which is respectable. But how often do you get two minions engaged with Thor? Probably not often, even with Defender of the Nine Realms, Get Over Here!, and Angela fetching more. Probably best in Aggression, where you can try to set up a The Bifrost -> Angela play on a turn when you happen to have another minion already. Or in Protection, where you could plausibly tank a small minion for a turn or two until you line up a Lightning Strike and an additional minion.

One upside is that this is not an attack, so you can still deploy it when you're Stunned or otherwise incapacitated. And some scenarios will throw extra minions at you more frequently, which will simplify the process of getting value out of Lightning Strike.

Fry · 242
As you say, its value really depends on the scenario you’re playing. I’ve recently played a few games with Thor vs Mutagen Formula (Standard 2, Expert 2, Goblin Gimmicks) and Lightning Strike was one of my most valuable cards. Managed to clear 8 minions with a Lightning Strike in one game. It’s becoming increasingly hard to evaluate cards in a vacuum. The value of a card is really dependent on the scenario, modular sets, difficulty level and whether you’re playing solo or multiplayer. — Ionichk · 10
How did you manage to acquire eight minions all on Thor at the same time? — Fry · 242
Like Ionichk said, this card scales up based on the amount pmof players in your game. However, his other cards does not which really makes him a fun but overall underwhelming hero — Bojkan9413 · 1
I can agree that it is one of the more passable cards in the kit, but when it matters it sure can be difference maker — TheMaskedHero · 80