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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:43 am 
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I saw where they can hold a two handed weapon in one hand, but they lose 20% physical power. Is this worth it for a breath wyrmic?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:46 am 
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Breaths scale only off strength. And the dual wielding should also incur a mindpower and spell power penalty.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 12:44 pm 
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It's more likely to be worth it for a wyrmic than any other class.

Wyrmics have the trees to take advantage of it and have them unlocked.
On weapon damage using talents you get about 20% more damage from a two handed weapon. This comes out not quite a wash (0.8*1.2=0.96) but closer than for anything that uses mindpower or spellpower. You will come out ahead with a size increase which you'll want anyways for swallow.
Breaths are, as Microbran already noted, unaffected.

You'll want to build towards weapon using talents rather than mindpower using talents to get an advantage from oversized weapons.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 1:22 pm 
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Atarlost wrote:
Microbran

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It's Micbran, no R or O.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 2:57 pm 
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Ok, i don't think I came across correctly.

Breaths use Strength, not weapons as far as I Know. So let's use Sand Breath for instance.

SB is strength based (so 2 weapons worth of bonus stats) but at a -20% penalty for physical power.

So my question is, if you're going to be a breath wyrmic, is it worth going for the dual wielding two handed weapons or two handed/one handed even though you'll take a -20% penalty?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:35 pm 
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Physical power ~= strength. So yes.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:06 pm 
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Thanks :)


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2015 5:07 pm 
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Micbran wrote:
Physical power ~= strength. So yes.


As long as I get more than 20 strength on my offhand right?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:13 am 
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No. Off-hand damage is halved except for mindstars and shields. Shields don't get used on normal attacks, though, so they don't add anything. If you would otherwise be building two handed don't bother with oversized grip. If you would otherwise be using a shield you can stack size and get an advantage.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:14 am 
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nintura wrote:
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Physical power ~= strength. So yes.


As long as I get more than 20 strength on my offhand right?


What??? Strength is a stat. Physical power is increased by strength, but it is not strength.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:20 am 
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Let's try this again.

Breaths run on strength right? So physical power has nothing to do with breaths right? Even physical breaths? So I should stack two weapons with as much str as possible?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:35 am 
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Sure, go for it.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:14 am 
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Two weapons aren't going to help you stack strength very much. +str on an off-hand weapon is rare. I think there's an artifact mindstar and there are some shields, but none of the mindstar or dagger egos boost strength AFAIK. If you want to use breaths oversized grip doesn't hurt you, but it also isn't helping much.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:34 am 
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Awesome, that was the answer I was looking for :) Thanks a lot!


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:42 pm 
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Atarlost wrote:
On weapon damage using talents you get about 20% more damage from a two handed weapon. This comes out not quite a wash (0.8*1.2=0.96) but closer than for anything that uses mindpower or spellpower.
That's not how weapon damage works. You're completely wrong about the ogre oversized penalty (it's not even close to -20% damage) and you're somewhat off on your 2H to 1H comparison as well.

Attack damage is produced by multiplying 3 things together -- your character's attack strength, which is (physical power + stat ratios used by your weapon), the weapon's own power multiplier, and a random bonus on each swing set by the weapon's "range." 2-handed weapons have better range and better power as well as better ratios. Longswords have 1.4x range. This means that if your listed damage is 10, a longsword will do 10-14 per hit. Greatswords have 1.6x range; if the damage is listed as 10, it's really 10-16. If we take the averages, we can say that longswords have a +20% range bonus to damage and greatswords have +30%. Weapon power ranges from about 100 % for an iron longsword for about 190% for a voratun greatsword of massacre. Generally, I find that a 2-handed has about +20% power compared to a similar 1-handed. For instance, a dwarven-steel longsword will generally have about 120% damage and a dwarven-steel greatsword about 140%. If you only look at range and weapon power, a 2-handed weapon does about 25% more damage than a 1-hander.

It also has a better stat ratio. It's more complicated to figure out how important that is, because it gets combined with physical power. Assume for the moment that we are not talking about ogres, just a human choosing between a greatsword or a longsword and shield. Suppose you're around level 30. You've got perhaps 80 strength, and also 5/5 in weapon mastery. You're a Wyrmic, so weapon mastery gives you +50 raw physical power. Once your stats are scaled down, you have 62 physical power. A longsword has a 100% strength ratio, so your (Ratio+Phys.Pow) = 142. A Greatsword has 120% strength, so (Ratio+Phys.Pow.) = 158. When you fold that in with the range and power stuff from before, you find that a human wyrmic deals at least 40% more weapon damage with a greatsword than a longsword. Now, let's look at an ogre. When an ogre wields a greatsword with a shield, they lose 20% of their physical power. Not weapon power, physical power. Physical power is scaled down and then added to a strength ratio before it multiplies with everything else. The human above had 130 raw physical power, which scaled down to 62. If they lost 20% of their physical power, then they'd have 104 raw power, 55 scaled. Thus, with a greatsword, their (strength ratio+power) would drop from 158 to 151. That's a loss of about 5% damage. An Ogre with a greatsword and shield can expect to deal about 5% less weapon damage than an ogre with just a greatsword and at least 30% more weapon damage than an ogre with a longsword and shield.

And as you continue to stack strength, it just gets more ridiculous. My level 50 ogre paladin has 148 strength and 96 physical power with just his maul equipped. When I equip my shield, my physical power would normally drop to 85 (I have +2 size, so it only drops to 90). (120%)(148)+96 = 274. I would lose 4% of my damage if I had no size boosters, but instead I lose only 2%. The only reason I even lose that much is that I'm wearing 2 artifacts that give +25 and +20 physical power but only +3 and +6 strength. If I could replace those with strength items, the damage penalty would go away almost completely.

TL;DR: In the long run, ogres lose almost no weapon damage by adding a shield to their greatsword unless they have large amounts of +physical power from class skills. They always gain significant weapon damage by replacing a longsword with a greatsword.


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