Critical hits are otherwise normal weapon strikes that randomly deal increased damage on enemies. The likelihood that an attack will be a critical hit is based on the weapon's critical hit chance, and the additional damage dealt by a critical hit is determined by the weapon's critical damage multiplier. Each attack, or each pellet in the case of shotguns (and similar weapons such as the Redeemer), rolls its own chance to critically hit.
When a weapon deals a critical hit (or "crits"), the damage is displayed as a yellow, orange or red number on the HUD instead of the usual white coloring. Bear in mind that critical hits on shields are still blue and attacks benefitting from the stealth damage bonus are always yellow, even when they don't crit.
Critical ChanceEdit
Each weapon has a base chance to critically hit, which can be increased through mods and various buffs.
ENERGY 100 KEY 4 | Covenant Protect nearby allies with an energy force that absorbs all damage and converts it to a Critical Chance bonus for all those under the Covenant. Headshots are amplified even further. | Strength:1.50% (critical per 100 damage) | |
Duration:3 / 4 / 5 / 6 s (invulnerability time) 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 s (critical chance time) | |||
Range:N/A | |||
Misc:4.0x (headshot multiplier) 50 m (affinity range) |
Relative IncreasesEdit
Most increases to crit chance are relative to the base chance. Multiple of these stack additively with each other:
- $ \text{Total Crit Chance} = \text{Base Crit Chance} \times (1 + \text{Relative Bonus}) $
As an example, a Braton with Point Strike and Critical Delay has a crit chance of:
Absolute IncreasesEdit
A few effects grant absolute amounts of crit chance. This includes Arcane Avenger, Cat's Eye and Covenant. These are applied after relative bonuses.
- $ \text{Total Crit Chance} = \text{Base Crit Chance} \times (1 + \text{Relative Bonus}) + \text{Absolute Bonus} $
As an example, a Braton with Point Strike (relative) and Arcane Avenger (absolute) has a crit chance of:
Blood RushEdit
Blood Rush and the Gladiator Set Bonus are unique in that they scale off of Melee Combo, stacking additively with other critical chance mods:
- $ \text{Total Crit Chance} = \text{Base Crit Chance} \times (1 + \text{Relative Bonus} + \text{Blood Rush Multi} \times (\text{Combo Multi} - 1)) + \text{Absolute Bonus} $
As an example, a Skana with Blood Rush, True Steel, and Arcane Avenger has a crit chance of:
(Prior to Update 26.0, Blood Rush and Gladiator Set Bonus provided a multiplicative increase in critical chance after all other mod bonuses and even after absolute ones.)
Critical hit chance can surpass 100%, for further information read Crit Tiers.
Critical MultiplierEdit
When a critical hit occurs, that hit's damage is increased and the damage value's color is changed to yellow. The stat describing by how much a crit is strengthened is displayed in the arsenal as a multiplier.
- $ \text{Modded Crit Multi} = \text{Base Crit Multi} \times (1 + \text{Relative Bonus}) $
ENERGY 50 KEY 3 | Electric Shield Volt deploys an obstacle of energy, providing cover in any situation. Meters per Energy Drained: 4 m | Strength:N/A | |
Duration:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 s | |||
Range:N/A | |||
Misc:50% (damage bonus) 200% (critical damage bonus) 6 m x 4.25 m (static shield) 2 m x 3 m (current shield) 6 (shields limit) |
As an example, a Braton with Vital Sense has a crit multi of:
- = 1.6 × (1 + 120%)
- = 3.52
Crit TiersEdit
Modded Crit Chance | Crit Tier & Coloration | |
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x = 0% | No hit can crit | Tier 0 |
0% < x < 100% | Chance for a yellow crit | |
Tier 1 | ||
x = 100% | All hits yellow crit | |
100% < x < 200% | Chance for an orange crit | |
Tier 2 | ||
x = 200% | All hits orange crit | |
200% < x < 300% | Chance for a red crit (tier 3) | |
Tier 3 | ||
x = 300% | All hits red crit (tier 3) | |
300% < x < 400% | Chance for a red crit (tier 4) | |
Tier 4 | ||
x = 400% | All hits red crit (tier 4) | |
400% < x < 500% | Chance for a red crit (tier 5) | |
... | ||
... | ... |
When a weapon achieves a crit chance higher than 100%, every attack will crit but it also gains a chance to deal an even stronger crit. As the critical hit chance increases, the tier of critical damage does so as well.
Although the coloration remains red after a certain point, crit tiers continue to increase.
As an example, a Lenz with Point Strike has a crit chance of:
- = 50% × (1 + 150%)
- = 125.00%
This means it will have a 25% chance to trigger an orange crit, while all other hits (75%) will yield a yellow crit.
The critical damage multiplier for these can be calculated as follows:
- $ \text{Crit Multi} = 1 + \text{Crit Tier} \times (\text{Modded Crit Multi} - 1) $
As an example, a Lenz with Point Strike and Vital Sense will have an orange crit multiplier of:
- = 1 + 2 × (2.0 × (1 + 120%) − 1)
- = 7.8
In addition, each mod of the Vigilante Mod Set has a 5% chance to increase a critical hit's tier by 1. This effect stacks with other Vigilante Mods installed, up to a 30% chance with all six Vigilante Mods equipped.
Critical HeadshotsEdit
Certain body parts on enemies, most notably heads, will receive additional damage when struck. This location-based damage increase is usually a 2.0x multiplier, but if the strike is a critical hit, then it receives an additional damage bonus. For yellow crits, this is another 2.0x multiplier on top of the location multiplier and the crit multiplier but in general, it uses the formula:
- $ \text{Total Crit Multi} = \text{Headshot Multi} \times (1 + \text{Crit Tier} \times (2 \times \text{Modded Crit Multi} - 1)) $
The Headshot Multiplier is 2.0x in almost all cases. The bonus damage from headshot crits is specific to heads and not generalized to all special body parts. The MOA, for example, has a "fanny pack" which normally receives 3.0x damage, but does not receive any additional multipliers from a critical hit. The Jordas Golem, however, has a 1.0x multiplier on his engines, but still receives quadruple damage if critically hit. Corpus humanoids do not receive headcrits, instead only taking the normal 2.0x headshot damage even after their helmets are removed.
Average DamageEdit
When comparing builds it can be helpful to calculate how much damage the weapon will deal on average, which is effected by how often critical hits occur and at what critical multiplier. The following equation accounts for critical hits.
- $ \text{Average Damage Multiplier} = 1 + \text{Total Crit Chance} \times (\text{Total Crit Multi} - 1) $
As an example, a Paris has an average damage multiplier of:
- = 1 + 30% × (2.0 - 1)
- = 1.3
Paris with Point Strike and Vital Sense has an average damage multiplier of:
So for a Paris without critical mods, the damage are multiplied by 1.3 on average; yellow crits of 2x for 30% of the time. With the 2 base critical mods, the damage are multiplied by 3.55 on average ; yellow crits of 4.4x for 75% of the time.
See alsoEdit
- Hunter Munitions, a chance to apply Slash on critical hit for primary weapons.
Patch HistoryEdit
- Changed Critical Chance logic by allowing it to occur on Radial Explosions (both friendly and enemy where applicable). This fixes an issue with the Torid’s gas cloud not allowing for criticals.
Damage Mechanics | |
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Offense | Critical Hit • Damage • Enemy Body Parts • Multishot • Punch Through |
Defense | Armor • Health • Shield |
Damage Types | |
Physical | Impact • Puncture • Slash |
Elemental | Cold • Electricity • Heat • Toxin |
Combined | Blast • Corrosive • Gas • Magnetic • Radiation • Viral |
Unique | Tau • True • Void |
Critical Hit Mods | |||
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Rifle | Chance | Point Strike • Critical Delay • Argon Scope | |
Damage | Vital Sense • Hammer Shot • Bladed Rounds | ||
Shotgun | Chance | Blunderbuss • Critical Deceleration • Laser Sight | |
Damage | Ravage ( Primed) • Shrapnel Shot | ||
Pistol | Chance | Pistol Gambit ( Primed) • Creeping Bullseye • Hydraulic Crosshairs | |
Damage | Target Cracker ( Primed) • Hollow Point • Sharpened Bullets | ||
Melee | Chance | Blood Rush • Maiming Strike • Sacrificial Steel • True Steel • True Punishment | |
Damage | Gladiator Might • Organ Shatter ( Amalgam) | ||
Weapon Augment | Deadly Sequence |