Bionic Dues:Mechanics

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Vision & Sensors

Vision of basic exos is 16. sniper exo has a vision of 20. this is basically the range in which stuff around you is actually visible on the map and more importantly caps your attack range. what that means is that you can't target your weapons outside of your vision range. so no use in giving your weps more than 16 att range, or 20 att range for sniper exo. the only exception here is the epic siege exos shadow torpedo. this weapons is able to target any tile you have revealed with your sensors within it's 50 attack range. btw: awesome weapon to sniper away support bots.

Sensors allow you see map details beyond your vision range. while they are shrouded in fog of war, you'll still be able to determine map layout, enemy bots, traps, terminals, etc. Sensors range is capped by doors and false walls. so get rid of them to reveal more of the map. Sensor Range is also your whistle range, so the higher it is, the more enemies you can lure into your trap.

Shields & more

Shields: basically the total health your exo has. if it's zero you are dead. -> worth mentioning since there is no armor or alike to keep you alive after shields are down.

Dmg Reduction: flat damage reduction is applied to each source of damage dealt to you. can be very useful to stack this up. reduction maxes out at 90% of original dmg. so 10% damage will always go through.

Regen: rather odd type of regeneration. makes you regenerate 1/5 of the regen value while you don't get hit. so far so good. however regen value itself determines how much damage can be recovered in total.

some examples to clarify:

  • your exo has 400 shields, 200 regen. it takes 100 dmg before killing the threat. now the exo will recover 40 shields per turn. till max of 100 shields are recovered. your exo now has 400 shields again and no permanent shield loss occurred.
  • your exo has 400 shields, 200 regen. it takes 300 dmg before killing the threat. now the exo will recover 40 shields per turn. till max of 200 shields are recovered. your exo now has 300 shields. so 100 shields are lost permanently.
  • your exo has 400 shields, 400 regen. it takes 300 dmg before killing the threat. now the exo will recover 80 shields per turn. till max of 300 shields are recovered. your exo now has 400 shields again and no permanent shield loss occurred. Since Regen is as high as Shields, you will never have to suffer any permanent shield loss.

Stealth

stealth allows you to sneak up on enemies, or get past them. there are tons of ways to make use of it and it will save your exos life countless times. also it's fun to use. Ninja Exos can even shoot while remaining cloaked. this is powerful when you wanna gun down annoying bots in your way. as for all other exos, their cloak will be disrupted after you fire while cloaked.

EMP blast from EMPbot won't decloak you.

Hacking

required for opening hackable doors (->loot & refills) and activating terminals.

Virus

allows you to turn enemy bots permanently to your side. need to stand directly in front of a bot for it though -> stealth will help here alot ;)

Sentry Turrets

well, well... these little buggers are basically your gateway to your own stationary army of killer turrets... turrets stats are modified by your trap skill. base stats at trap skill level 0 are

  • shields:300 (+60 per trap skill level)
  • attack:150 (+30 per trap skill level)
  • range:6 (+1 every 3 levels, capped at trap skill level 15, so 11 range total)
  • ammo:10 (fixed, no way to increase it)

so for example at a modest trap skill level of 25 each turret you place will already have

  • shields:1800
  • attack:900
  • range:11
  • ammo:10

now imagine having 20-30 or even more at your disposal...

Mines

I honestly couldn't figure out how mines damage is calculated... they seem to be affected by trap skill and days remaining but since I hardly every use them I figured it's not so important

Overload

turn yourself into a not necessarily self-sacrificing bomb with a fixed blast range of 4, and when you explode you yourself take "only" 25% damage. -> now why on earth would this be a significant asset? but still, it's fun. =)

since I figured out Regen I wonder if you could maybe create a combo with overload? basically it would allow you to keep bombing enemies around corners and such and afterwards recover from the damage as long as Shields & Regen value is higher than the 25% dmg dealt to yourself... will try this some time -> could possibly save some valuable ammo...

Damage Calculation

it was a pain to determine, but now that I figured it out, I'm relieved and more than happy to share my findings. so here is the formula to determine actual damage dealt by a weapon.

TD...Total Damage per Shot

a...Wep Base Damage

b...Sum of +% Att Power Bonus

c...Sum of +% Att Power to all Wep Bonus


  • TD = a * (1 + b + b*c) * (1+c)


here is an example to clarify:

a...Wep Base Damage = welding laser = 300

b...Sum of +% Att Power Bonus = +80% = 0,8

c...Sum of +% Att Power to all Wep Bonus = +25% = 0,25


TD = 300 * (1 + 0,8 + 0,8 * 0,25) * (1 + 0,25)

TD = 750


another example to show how significant the additional damage can be:

a...Wep Base Damage = welding laser = 300

b...Sum of +% Att Power Bonus = +300% = 3

c...Sum of +% Att Power to all Wep Bonus = +150% = 1,50


TD = 300 * (1 + 3 + 3 * 1,50) * (1 + 1,50)

TD = 6375 ...not bad for a ninja's simple welding laser. just imagine what it would look like on a kinetic burst weapon, or a plasma cannon? =D


so what does that mean for you?

the moment you use +% Att Power bonus and +% Att Power to all Wep bonus at the same time, you'll trigger a hidden dmg multiplier. it also means the more you stack both of them up, the harder your exo can hit. this explains why you end up with a significantly higher damage bonus than you'd expect. enjoy blasting away some bots in new ways through your new found knowledge. =D




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