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Acid Shells is a Sobek-exclusive mod that causes enemies killed by the Sobek to explode, dealing a flat amount of Corrosive damage plus a percentage of the enemy's maximum health as Blast damage in an area of effect.
Explosion has linear damage falloff from 100% to 0% from the central enemy.
Explosion requires line of sight. Enemies can directly block other enemies from being affected.
The explosion itself cannot apply Corrosive procs.
The explosion caused by Acid Shells can proc into itself and create another explosion on kill, creating a chain reaction that lead to very large areas being cleared in lower level missions.
Enemies killed by Acid Shells will have their corpses disintegrate, good for Stealth gameplay if silenced due to no bodies being left behind.
Due to the nature of this mod, prioritizing heavy units will result in other enemies taking high damage or dying due to the resulting explosion, reducing the time to kill entire crowds significantly.
Modding the Sobek for Corrosive or Viral damage and punch through can be effective to soften up enemies at higher levels with procs before the explosion occurs, thus amplifying the damage inflicted by Acid Shells' burst.
Against the Infested, this mod scales tremendously well since most of them have no armor.
Garuda's Seeking Talons will cause the explosions to apply Slash effects, which are considered Sobek damage and thus can trigger Acid Shells again on kill. Because this combo scales with enemy health and ignores armor, it remains effective at any level as long as the Sobek can still kill an enemy to start the reaction.
The aoe affects breakable containers as well, giving an effect similar to Looter as long as there are enemies around to proc the explosion.
This mod, along with the other Executioner mods, are the second set mods to feature non-generic enemies on the mod card, the first being Vengeful Revenant.
At the time of Operation: Rathuum's announcement, this mod was referred to as Execution Shells, likely an earlier name for the mod. This initially caused confusion with players trying to look for the nonexistent mod.