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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Help understanding how weapon damage and leveling works

There's a couple things to consider when calculating damage. This guide will walk you through the points of how to level up your damage.

Auto Attack Damage = [0.15818*sqrt(Strength) + 0.061069*sqrt(Weapon Ability) + 0.96523] * Physical Damage + Elemental Damage

So you have to consider these things:

  • Strength - this is on your stats page. You get more strength as you level up and put points in it, or from gear that adds strength to your stats
    • You can get more strength by leveling up and putting more points in strength
    • You can equip gear that adds bonuses to strength
  • Weapon Ability - This is what we were talking about above. As your weapon ability increases through training, your damage will go up. Each weapon type has a different ability to train, so stick with one as you level and build that up as you go (staff, totem, wand, bow, dagger, sword, axe, blunt, spear, novelty, and hand to hand)
    • You level this up by using your weapon.
    • Make sure that you have the ability in the Abilities menu
      • If you don't, you may have to buy the ability from a trainer, or complete a quest to get it.
    • You can hit monsters, or training dummies.
    • An Elixir of Wisdom will help this value go up faster.
    • The Monolith of Power in the Otherworld is also a good mob to train your abilities on.
  • Physical Damage - Weapons add in physical damage (slash/pierce/crush). Look at your weapon to see what type it does and how much. Some gear will also add this in, but its rare to see it on anything but a weapon.
    • Upgrade your weapon to one that has more damage
  • Elemental Damage - All types of gear add in elemental damage (heat/cold/magic). Take a look at your gear to see what damage it adds in, and add it up. As you can see from the formula above, elemental damage has no modifiers. It just gets added to your base damage.
    • Equip gear that has elemental damage
    • Some rings have damage (Aggragoth and Hrungnir rings are examples)
    • Some gear has damage bonuses (Dragonlord and Exalted Dragonlord Armour are examples)

Now the other thing you need to consider is DPS (damage per second)
  • Take a look at your weapon speed. The speed is listed in milliseconds. So a weapon speed of 5400 hits every 5.4 seconds.
  • This is why attack speed rings are popular. They speed up your attack by 30%, so a 5400 weapon speed goes down to 3780, or 3.78 seconds.
  • This means that you can do more damage over time because you are hitting more often.
  • Haste Elixirs will speed up your attack also.
  • This is why single hand weapons are superior to two handed weapons. The attack speed on a 2h weapon is a lot slower than a 1h weapon. And with a 1h weapon, you can allso equip an offhand weapon to boost your damage and stats even further.

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