One of the things i’ve noticed when checking more closely with maim with interactions vs guardian shield, it has 2 behaviors.
Behavior 1 always happens to targets with no guardian buff and that is when maim is dealt, the new lower maximum is set and the maim damage dealt is also subtracted from the current health. The second part is what debuffs the guardian shield.
Behavior 2 happens when there is guardian buff. The fixed damage is blocked and debuffs guardian shield but the new lower maximum is still set.
Examples detailing it further
When the opponent is full health with a guardian shield is hit by maim damage…
- Behavior 1 debuffs guardian shield
- HP damage is dealt by forcing to conform to the new maximum hp
When an opponent has 4k maximum hp but only has 500 hp left. When struck by 1600 maim damage.
- Behavior 1 debuffs guardian buff
- New lower maximum is lowered to 2400 hp but does no active hp since that part was blocked.
So all in all, there are 2 parts to maim.
Maim does active hp damage to target which is the physical hit damage which debuffs guardian shield
The maximum hp is lowered on the opponent which is the debuffing part.
It also means that maim damage does actual hp in 2 different ways.
the direct physical part against opponents with no guardian buff
Active hp is forced out to conform to the new lower maximum hp
Behavior 2(debuff) part of maim is what also affects bonus hp when it’s at 100%. So if bonus hp damage is dealt, it’s only by this method.
More simplified version
Maim damage does two things
[physical damage part]Maim damage value as physical damage dealt to hp (part that debuff guardian shield)
[debuff part] Maim damage value subtracted from Maximum opponent hp value
Another thing to note for the way it acts vs an opponent with a guardian shield buff.
The shield is debuffed by the physical part of maim which is blocked but the debuff part still occurs.
So another words the debuff part happens first, then the physical part of the maim damage occurs.
This may or may not be the bug here. Since with other things attack hits first and if it doesn’t connect, the debuff never occurs.
Only straight debuffs and negative statuses can bypass guardian shield. So I’m not sure if this is a special rule for maim or not.