:alert: :tough: :fast: :strong: Combat Reference Guide [Updated w/ Weapon Effects]

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Hey all,

In response to asks for it, @CombatDevIl and I have whipped together an attempt at a big ol’ reference doc / post for you folks. Let us know if there’s any further questions or clarifications you’d like to see addressed and we can do our best to keep this updated for you. If anyone wants to help reformat for the wiki for those that don’t come to the forums feel free. We’re also looking into ways to better communicate this sort of stuff in game given the limited space in the ui. :slight_smile:

First of All - some high level definitions:

User team- a team composed by up to 6 fighters controlled by the player.
Enemy team- a team composed by up to 5 fighters or any number of walkers controlled by AI (artificial intelligence).
Turn- period which all members of a team has opportunity to perform an action.
Action- action is an action a fighter can perform, as of version 9.0, actions are: Attack, Defend, Adrenaline Rush, and Active Skill.

Understanding Turn Granularity

  • Start Turn Activation
  • Mid Turn
  • End Turn Activation

A combat flow follows this sequence:

  • User Start Turn Activation
  • User Mid Turn
  • User End Turn Activation
  • Enemy Start Turn Activation
  • Enemy Mid Turn
  • Enemy End Turn Activation
    . . . repeat until any Victory/Defeat is satisfied.

Mid Turn lasts until all fighters of the current turn has acted. Stunned fighters are accounted as acted.

General Combat Events
Attack
Deal damage to the specified target calculated from the relevant characters’ Attack and Defense stats

DamageDamage
Deal damage to the specified set of targets with a multiplier on the damage calculated from the relevant characters’ Attack and Defense stats. A character that would normally do 150 damage to their target performing a 300% damage action would deal 450 damage.

  • Trait Advantage results in the final damage being multiplied by 2
  • A Critical Hit multiplies the final damage by 1.5

Defend
Use the character’s action to grant the fighter a +50% Defense status for one turn. That status will stack with any other existing defense statuses. Some Specialist skills activate with the use of the Defend action.

HealHeal
Recover HP on a character up to a specified % of their max HP. Heal 40% on a character with 1000 Max HP will recover up to 400. If they are currently at 800/1000 HP, they will only recover the 200 damage, rather than overheal past their maximum.

Revive
Bring a dead character back to life with a specified % of their max HP. They may then act if they did not already act that turn.

RecoverCure
Remove the specified status type from the target character. This wording used for removing negative effects from allies.

DispelRemove
Remove the specified status type from the target character This wording used for removing positive effects from enemies

AP Generation (Mechanic)
Characters gain AP when they deal damage from a basic attack and when they take damage. Weapons that add a bonus to AP when attacking add a flat amount of AP generation to the base AP generation of 20. When a character takes damage the formula is kind of complex, but in simple terms, the higher a percentage of their max HP they take in damage, the more AP they will gain. Weapons that improve this effect lower the percent thresholds per AP point. Dealing 0 damage will result in no AP gain for either side. The AI gets a multiplicative increase to AP generation as a balance offset for going second in combat.

APUpAP Gain (ability)
Grant a relative amount of the character’s maximum AP to the target Character

APDown-AP
Remove a flat amount of AP from the target character

Multi Attack
Multi Attack is an Adrenaline Rush effect that allows a character to instead of dealing damage with a single attack, to instead make multiple standard attacks. These attacks allow for the character’s weapon effects to activate, unlike a normal AR’s damage.

Status Effect:
Stat Based Statuses

AtkUpAtkDownAttack Boost/Penalty

  • These Statuses Modify a character’s current Attack stat. They stack with modifications from Leader and Weapon Effects. A character can have both a buff and a penalty status applied at the same time. If a second buff or penalty is attempted to be applied, the stronger one will take priority.

  • A character with 1000 base attack, a +30% Attack Leader Skill, a + 20% Attack Weapon, a +30% Attack Status, and a -20% Attack Status would reach their final value as such
    1000 * 1.3 = 1300
    1300 * 1.2 = 1560
    1560 * 1.3 = 2028
    2028 * 0.8 = 1622

DefUpDefDownDefense Boost/Penalty

  • These Statuses Modify a character’s current Defense stat. The math and the rules are the same as the attack status above.

CritUpCritical Chance Boost

  • This status increases a character’s odds that they will perform a critical hit when making an Attack. Adrenaline Rushes cannot become a critical hit. This number is not a % value. A score of +100 Crit does not mean the character will crit 100% of the time.

Mechanical Effect Statuses

L_BleedBleed -

  • A character under the effect of Bleed will take that exact amount of damage to their HP at the end of their team’s turn. Multiple Bleeds can stack with one another on the same character. Hemorrhage is a special variant of Bleed explained in the Specialist Skills section

BonusHPBonus HP -

  • A character granted Bonus HP will gain extra HP that is stored and displayed in a separate blue bar than their normal HP red bar of health. Bonus HP maxes out at an equal amount to the affected character’s max HP, and is granted in relative values. A character with 1000 max HP granted 25% bonus HP would gain 250 HP. Bleed, Burn, and Maim damage ignore bonus HP and affect the character’s actual HP directly. All other sources of damage will subtract from bonus HP before affecting actual HP.

L_BurnBurn

  • A character under the effect of Burn will take that exact amount of damage to their HP at the end of their team’s turn. Differently from the Bleed effect, Burn cannot stack with one another on the same character. When dying, if there are any turns remaining of the Burn effect and any adjacent fighter, Burn will pass on to a random adjacent target.
  • In the case that a character is afflicted with both Bleed and Burn, Bleed damage resolves before the Burn damage.

L_CamoCamouflage

  • A character under the effect of Camouflage becomes invisible to Walker enemies and will not be attacked or seen as a target to move towards while the Camouflage is active.

L_ConfuseConfuse -

  • A character under the effect of Confuse automatically performs a regular attack to a random target, with a 50:50 chance to attack an enemy or a teammate. If enemy team is protected by a Human Shield effect, the odds are 50:50 to attack the human shield specialist or a teammate. The confused attack will always act before regular teammate actions. Weapon effects that trigger when attacking can still activate when attacking while confused.

L_DecapitateDecapitate -

  • A character under the effect of Decapitate cannot be revived by any means.

L_DisarmDisarm -

  • A character under the effect of the Disarm status can no longer benefit from the effects of Special Stats on their Weapons (ex. Stun Chance when Attacking, Impair Chance when taking damage, +y% Def against opponents over x% health).
  • Basic stat improvements of Weapons still apply.

L_ElusiveElusive

  • A character under the effect of Elusive won’t cause enemies to receive any AP from the damage it causes when attacking, and any enemy attacking a character under the Elusive effect won’t earn AP from their attack either.

L_FocusFocus

  • A character under the effect of Focus cannot be forced to auto attack if under Taunt or Confuse, and they are able to target any fighter under a Human shield’s shield. Player controlled focused characters will display a blue ring glow around their character portrait.

L_HealOverTimeHeal Over Time

  • A character with a Heal Over Time effect will recover the specified amount of health at the beginning of their team’s turn. The initial healing happens immediately. For example, a character whose rush is “Heal one Teammate for 30% of their max HP for 2 turns” will immediately heal that ally for 30% and apply a Heal Over Time status. At the start of that character’s next turn, the affected character will receive another 30% heal, and the status will end.

L_HealBlockHeal Reduction

  • A character under the effect of Heal Reduction will have any healing provided to them reduced by that amount. For example, a character with 1000 max HP receiving a 40% Heal would regularly get up to 400 Health recovered. With a reduction of 40%, they would only receive 240 HP in healing. This applies to both Revival health and regular healing. A Heal Reduction of 100% will result in no healing received and also block revival while it is active.

L_ImpairImpair -

  • A character under the effect of Impair can no longer gain AP or perform an Adrenaline Rush action while the Impair is active.

L_MaimMaim -

  • Maim damage is a specific type of damage that deals a flat amount of damage rather than being calculated with Attack and Defense stats. A character afflicted by Maim damage will have their max HP reduced by the same amount as the amount of Maim damage received. This affects the % calculations for how much healing they receive. Maim damage can be stacked, reducing max HP every time a new instance of Maim happens.

L_PainSplitPain Split -

  • A character that uses Pain Split will apply a status to their highest HP ally and themselves. A character can only have one Pain Split status applied at a time. For example, if Ally A has the highest HP, if Ally B uses Pain Split they will join with A. If Ally C then also uses Pain Split, then B’s status will be removed, and A+C will be given the status. While the status is active, if either character takes damage, the damage they would normally receive is split evenly across both linked characters. This damage is calculated as normal on the actual target, then divided by 2 and distributed equally across the two linked characters. Every instance is given a new background colour in its status bubble in order to differentiate split pairings in case multiple pain split pairs become active at once.

L_StunStun

  • A character under the effect of Stun can no longer perform any actions during their team’s turn while the Stun is active. If a character starts their turn stunned and is cured of Stun by an ally, then they can make their action for that turn. If they were stunned as a result of taking their action, curing the stun will not give them a new action that turn.

L_TauntTaunt

  • A character under the effect of Taunt automatically performs a regular attack against the character that gave them the taunt status. The taunted attack will always act before regular teammate actions. Weapon effects that trigger when attacking can still activate when attacking while taunted.

Specialist Skills:
BerserkerBerserker -

  • Whenever this character takes damage, they gain +20% Attack for two turns, in addition to any existing Attack increases, including prior activations of this skill.
  • This bonus stacks multiplicatively with any other Attack altering statuses
  • Any source of damage (Bleed, Reflect damage Weapons, Confused teammates, Battle Items, Attacks, and Damaging Adrenaline Rushes), may all trigger this effect

CollateralDamageCollateral Damage -

  • When this character performs a critical attack on an enemy, they will deal splash damage (50% damage) to up to two adjacent enemies.
  • This splash damage is equivalent to 50% of an attack the fighter would make against the adjacent target, not 50% of the damage dealt to the primary target.

CollateralDamage2Collateral Damage 2 -

  • When this character performs a critical attack on an enemy, they will deal splash damage (100% damage) to up to three adjacent enemies.
  • This splash damage is equivalent to 100% of an attack the fighter would make against the adjacent target, not 100% of the damage dealt to the primary target.

CommandCommand -

  • When this character defends, the previous ally to take an action this turn will receive a bonus action. That ally will be unable to act the next turn.
  • The specialist will get the extra defense status bonus from a normal defend action as well as triggering Command’s effect
  • The same character may not be given multiple extra Command actions on the same turn.

ConfoundingConfounding -

  • When this character performs a critical attack on an enemy, they will confuse them for 1 turn.

CutthroatCutthroat -

  • When this character performs an attack or damaging rush on an enemy, if the enemy is afflicted by any of the following statuses: stun, impair, taunt or confuse, their damage is increased by 30%.

DecapitateDecapitate -

  • When this character kills an enemy, they will put the decapitate status on the enemy, which prevents that enemy from being revived.
  • Ongoing damage such as Bleed and Burn caused by the specialist do not Activate Life Steal

DisarmingDisarming -

  • This character will never trigger a weapon effect that activates when an enemy character is defending.
  • When this character performs a critical attack on a human (or Shiva) enemy, that enemy will be given the disarm status for 2 turns.

EvasionEvasion -

  • Whenever this character takes damage, they will reduce the amount based on their current AP multiplied by 1.2
  • This reduction can not take the damage below 0 to result in a healing effect.

ExecutionExecution -

  • When this character attacks an enemy that has 20% HP or less, the enemy will be immediately defeated.
  • This specialist skill is overridden by Tenacity, if relevant
  • This specialist skill can be blocked by a Guardian Shield
  • This skill does not apply to Adrenaline Rush attacks

GuardianGuardian -

  • When this character performs a critical attack on an enemy, they will apply a damage negating Shield on an ally with the lowest HP. The Shield will remain active until it negates 1 incoming attack against that ally.
  • A maximum of one Guardian shield can be applied to a team per turn with this skill
  • The shield will block and by consumed by incoming damage attacks / ARs
  • The shield does not block incoming effects that are statuses only
  • The shield will block and be consumed by incoming effects that are damage alongside a status
  • The shield is applied at the time of the Critical hit occurring
  • The Guardian specialists may give a shield to themselves as last instance, regardless their current HP.

Guardian2Guardian 2 -

  • Functions the same as Guardian, but applies shields to the two lowest HP allies.
  • A maximum of two Guardian shields can be applied to a team per turn with this skill

HemorrhageHemorrhage -

  • When this specialist lands a Critical Hit on an enemy, that enemy suffers extreme bleeding that worsens every turn. (+150 bleed damage per turn)
  • This special bleed can stack alongside normal bleeds, but only one instance of Hemorrhage can apply to a single target at a time
  • This can be cured with Bleed Cure abilities

HoldTheLineHold The Line -

  • For every dead teammate, this specialist receives +25% Defense and +25% Attack.
  • This status should refresh and update when a new turn begins or a teammate either dies or is revived
  • If the teammate is killed by an AoE damage that also hits the specialist, this buff is applied after damage is taken and the teammate’s death is processed
  • These bonuses stack with any existing buffs.
  • If you dispel the HTL Buff from the Specialist, it will be given back in the next skill update.

HumanShieldHuman Shield -

  • While this character is defending, all attacks from human enemies may only target them
  • This restriction can be bypassed by characters under the effect of Focus

IndomitableIndomitable -

  • While not Stunned, whenever this character takes damage, they gain +30% Defense until the start of their next turn, in addition to any existing Defense increases, including prior activations of this skill.
  • This bonus stacks multiplicatively with any other Defense altering statuses
  • Any source of damage (Bleed, Reflect damage Weapons, Confused teammates, Battle Items, Attacks, and Damaging Adrenaline Rushes), may all trigger this effect
  • Stunning the specialist will not remove current stacks, but simply prevent more from being generated.

LifeStealLife Steal -

  • When this character kills an enemy character, they will regain 20% of their max health.
  • This skill can be triggered off of a kill caused by a normal attack, Adrenaline Rush, weapon effect, or other specialist skill
  • Ongoing damage such as Bleed and Burn caused by the specialist do not Activate Life Steal
  • Kills caused by battle items will not trigger the effect.
  • If the specialist kills multiple characters with a single attack or ability, the specialist will receive 20% health for each character killed by that action
  • If killing a character who has the Parting Shot specialist skill, the Lifesteal effect should occur before Parting Shot’s effect is resolved.

LightningReflexesLightning Reflexes -

  • When this character is not stunned, and is targeted by an opponent’s Adrenaline Rush that causes damage, they will immediately counterattack.
  • This attack will occur before the opponent activates their Rush’s effect. If the target of the counterattack is killed, their rush will not get to actually take effect.
  • If the target of the counterattack is killed and has Parting Shot, their Parting shot will follow the counterattack.

NeutralizeNeutralize -

  • When this character attacks an enemy that has 90% Adrenaline or more, the enemy will be Impaired for 1 turn.
  • The AP generated by the Neutralize specialist damage is not taken into account to the 90% threshold.

OutlastOutlast -

  • When this specialist is defeated, their death is delayed for 1 turn and they may still act.
  • For the purposes of win/lose conditions and revives, the character is treated as living.
  • The character should be ignored in healing targeting
  • The character will actually die when the status wears out
  • The fighter may not be targeted by enemy attacks, however they can be affected by statuses.

PartingShotParting Shot -

  • If this character is killed by an enemy attack, they will immediately perform a guaranteed critical attack against the enemy.
  • This skill will not trigger when being killed by another Parting Shot
  • If the damage from Parting Shot kills the enemy, the enemy’s death is counted as occurring before the specialist’s death.
  • If this skill kills the last enemy during a PvP match or the final wave of a PvE stage, resulting in all characters being dead, the specialist’s team will be the winner.
  • If before the fatal attack the Parting Shot specialist is stunned, it will not trigger parting shot.

RetributionRetribution -

  • When this character is defeated, all of the character’s surviving teammates will immediately receive up to 25% of their max AP.
  • If teammate has full AP, it may not receive any AP.

Retribution2Retribution 2 -

  • Same as standard retribution, but teammates gain 50% of their max AP

TenacityTenacity -

  • If this character’s health is above 10% and they take damage that would kill them, their health will be reduced to 1 HP instead.
  • It will not trigger in case of damage being Maim type.

WasteNotWaste Not -

  • When this specialist kills an enemy with an Attack or Adrenaline Rush, any excess damage is dealt to one adjacent target.
  • This calculation occurs after any reductions from Evasion, Weapon Effects, etc
  • The difference between damage and HP is dealt as a new instance of flat damage to a random adjacent ally of the Target
  • This damage is flat and thusly does not need to account for the attack or defense stats of the involved fighters
  • This logic does not apply again if the overflow damage kills the secondary target

Weapon Effects:
Understanding Weapon Effects and their triggers:

  • When an effect states “When attacking…”, that effect has chance to trigger when the fighter performs a regular attack (Multi Attack ARs are considered as consecutive regular attacks).

  • When an effect states “When defending…”, that effect has chance to trigger when the fighter is not stunned, and is being targeted (must be the primary target, Collateral Damage or Splash Damage extra targets do not trigger defensive weapon effects) by a regular attack (Multi Attack ARs are considered regular attack as consecutive regular attacks)…

  • When an effect states “When killing…”, that effect has chance to trigger when the fighter kills the target (must be primary targeted, Collateral Damage or Splash Damage extra targets do not trigger killing weapon effects) .

  • Keep in mind that during an attack routine both ‘when attacking’ and ‘when defending’, effects are calculated immediately. That being said, if an on attack stun gun stuns the target, the target still has a chance to trigger its own defending effects for that attack. Same story for on killing and defending stun gun. If the attacker kills the target and the target stuns the attacker, it still can trigger its on killing effect.

Weapon Effects … and some survival road walkers effects.

Generic +x(%) [ATK/DEF/HP/CRIT]
Increases the equipped character’s relevant stat. This stacks with leader skills. (Multiplicative for %, Additive for non % [Crit])

Bonus AP when Attacking
Add a flat amount of AP to AP gained when making a successful attack.

Bonus AP when taking damage
Increases the ratio of AP gained per % of Max HP taken as damage

Conditional (Attack/Defense/Crit) Bonus
A wide variety of weapon effects fall under this umbrella (ex. “35% Def when taking damage from enemies with more than 60% of their HP”), and simply grant their described bonus to stats for the relevant attack instance. Once the attack is resolved, the relevant fighters’ stats go back as they were before the effect.

Conditional Status/Action
A wide variety of weapon effects fall under this umbrella. (ex. “When killing an enemy, a better chance to revive a teammate with 40% HP and +100% Def for 1 turn”, “When attacking, a better chance to impair the enemy for 3 turns”, “Receive +20% AP at the beginning of each wave”) These effects simply wait for the trigger condition, do a check against their odds to activate (if relevant), and then resolve the described action much as an Adrenaline Rush or Active Skill that applied the same effect would.

Absolute Defense
While not stunned, whenever this character is targeted by a regular attack, there is a chance of reducing that damage to 0. The odds is a flat percentage chance not affected by defense, attack, statuses, or anything else. It doesn’t prevent Execution.

Double Attack
When performing a regular attack, there is a chance of making a second attack causing 150% of regular damage. This second attack doesn’t generate AP. The odds is a flat percentage chance not affected by defense, attack, statuses or anything else. It may cause the Indomitable skill to trigger twice.

AP at start wave
At the start of a wave, before the activation of the user’s team, the relevant character may receive some AP if not impaired.

Splash Damage
When performing a regular attack, there is a chance of giving additional damage to the target’s adjacent allies causing 80% of the damage a regular attack against those adjacent characters would do.

Stronger Trait
When performing a regular attack, there is a chance the damage will be modified to the trait type advantageous over the opponent’s trait. Can still technically trigger if there is already advantage, but doesn’t give double effectiveness.

Reflect Damage
While not stunned, whenever this character is targeted by a regular attack, there is a chance of dealing 80% of the incoming damage back to the attacker. The odds is a flat percentage chance not affected by defense, attack, statuses or anything else. In the case that a Parting Shot attacker dies from the reflect damage, it won’t trigger Parting Shot on the target.


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Tl:dr

But seriously, adding this to my notifications tab so I can read it later


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#6

Absolutely one of the most helpful references you could have provided. Thanks so much for this.


#7

HP or AP? looks like a typo


#8

I’m dumb


#9

Typo, @Agrajag, fix, please.


#10

@Agrajag @CombatDevIl You guys are awesome! Thanks for the information!


#11

tenor (2)


#12

This wasn’t originally the case. Has it been tweaked since 5* alert Duane was originally released?


#13

Visually they may appear simultaneously, but mechanically I’m pretty sure all damage gets calculated first, then the teammate dies, then the buff is applied.
@CombatDevIl can verify


#14

Only reason I bring it up is Duane was a real pain back in the old 5* meta. I used one of those 1-turn teams where Victor and then Sandy popped 1st round and wiped out everyone…except for Duane.

It’s like the game would register his teammates’ deaths and give him the HTL buff before processing his own damage. Not really an issue these days, but a little oddity my faction mates and I noticed.


#15

Yes, let’s say an AoE AR will kill the 5 members of a Team (HTL specialist including), the AoE’s damage calculated for Hold The Line specialist won’t have 100% (25% * 4) Defense Buff. Only after the AoE is resolved and if the Hold The Line is alive, it will receive their buff.


#16

A few questions to ask: Does heal over time take priority over burn and bleed or occur after the fact?

If I hit a toon with Pain Split that causes both the Primary and Secondary(Shared Split) Target to die, does Pain Split work on both?

Does Waste Nots damage when carried from one target to a Pain Split Second target get divided?

Does burn or bleed get affected by Pain Split?

Is Waste, if you kill two targets in a line for example, able to go off twice and compound damage on another nearby target?

Edit: Does Evasion reduce incoming Pain Split, Waste Not, or any damage from bleed or burn?

Edit 2: If your Red Hp Bar goes to 0 via bleed or burn but you have bonus hp still, is the char considered alive or dead?


#17

gonna read them all and point out confusions if there are any, awesome job & kudos to @CombatDevIl @Agrajag.


#18
  • Heal over Time happens at the Start Turn Activation.

  • Burn/Bleed happens at the End Turn Activation.

  • Yes
  • Yes, if you killed the primary target, and let say you would have 50 Waste Not damage to spread, if the Waste Not target is Pain Split, it would receive 25, and its pain splitter 25. If the primary target was its pain splitter, than 25 damage is wasted. :stuck_out_tongue:
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Pain Split and Waste - Yes
  • Bleed and Burn - No
    Evasion role of thumb is it needs an attacker to trigger.

#19

Dead, and if revived, bonus HP is cleared.


#20

Thank you. All thouggts of rare but not improbable circumstances i had.