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Critical hits, also known as crits for short, 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 most shotguns and weapons with Multishot, rolls its own chance to critically hit.

When a weapon deals a critical hit, the damage is displayed as a yellow, orange or red number on the HUD instead of the usual white coloring. However, 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 Chance[]

Chance that any given attack will do bonus Critical Hit Damage. Values over 100% have a chance to become Orange Critical Hits, and over 200% have a chance to become red.
—In-game Description

Each weapon has a base chance to critically hit, which can be increased through mods and various buffs.

Relative Increases[]

Most increases to crit chance are relative to the base chance. Multiple of these stack additively with each other:

Where the Relative Bonus is the sum of all applicable bonuses.

As an example, a Braton.png Braton with Mod TT 20px.png Point Strike and Mod TT 20px.png Argon Scope has a crit chance of:

12% × (1 + Mod TT 20px.png 150% + Mod TT 20px.png 135%) = 46.2%

Absolute Increases[]

A few effects grant absolute amounts of crit chance. This includes ArcaneAvenger.png Arcane Avenger, Mod TT 20px.png Cat's Eye and Covenant130xDark.png Covenant. These are applied after relative bonuses.

Where the Absolute Bonus is the sum of all applicable bonuses.

As an example, a Braton with Mod TT 20px.png Point Strike (relative) and ArcaneAvenger.png Arcane Avenger (absolute) has a crit chance of:

12% × (1 + Mod TT 20px.png 150%) + ArcaneAvenger.png 45% = 75%

Blood Rush[]

Mod TT 20px.png Blood Rush and the Gladiator Set Bonus are unique in that they scale off of Melee Combo, stacking additively with other critical chance mods:

As an example, a Gram.png Gram with maxed Mod TT 20px.png True Steel and Mod TT 20px.png Blood Rush, with a x7 combo multiplier :

15% × [1 + Mod TT 20px.png 120% + Mod TT 20px.png 40% × (7 - 1)] = 69%

Critical hit chance can surpass 100%, for further information read Crit Tiers.

Sources of Critical Chance Bonus[]

Covenant.png HarrowCovenant.png
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)
Misc:4.0x (headshot multiplier to bonus critical chance)
50/250 m (affinity range/open-world affinity range)

CathodeGraceModx256.png CathodeGrace130xWhite.png
Cathode Grace
Gain a brief burst of increased Critical Chance and Energy Regen, with each kill extending duration of Cathode Grace. Casting is on a cooldown.
Strength:x 25 / 30 / 40 / 50 % (weapon crit chance)
+ 25 / 30 / 40 / 50 % (ability crit chance)
1 / 1.15 / 1.3 / 1.5 EP/s (energy regen)
Duration:8 s (initial timer)
3 s (extra time per kill)
Misc:60 s (casting cooldown and max duration cap)

Critical Multiplier[]

Critical Hit Damage is multiplied by this value. The added Damage is doubled for Orange Critical Hits, and tripled for red.
—In-game Description

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.

As an example, a Braton.png Braton with Mod TT 20px.png Vital Sense has a crit multiplier of:

1.6 × (1 + Mod TT 20px.png 120%) = 3.52x

Sources of Critical Multiplier Bonus[]

ElectricShieldModU15.jpeg ElectricShield.png
Electric Shield
Volt deploys an obstacle of energy, providing cover in any situation.

Meters per Energy Drained: 4 m
Duration:10 / 15 / 20 / 25 s
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)

Crit Tiers[]

Crit Chance
Crit Tier &
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)
... ...

Three different color tiers of critical hits along with normal damage color

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.png Lenz with Mod TT 20px.png Point Strike has a crit chance of:

50% × (1 + Mod TT 20px.png 150%) = 125%

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:

As an example, a Lenz.png Lenz with Mod TT 20px.png Point Strike and Mod TT 20px.png Vital Sense will have an orange crit multiplier of:

1 + 2 × (2.0 × (1 + Mod TT 20px.png 120%) − 1) = 7.8x

In addition, each mod of the Vigilante Mod Set has a 5% chance to increase a Primary Weapon's 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 Headshots[]

This picture displays a headcrit dealing 4x regular headshot damage using an unmodded Lex.png Lex.

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 of 2.0x on top of the location multiplier and the crit multiplier:

As an example, a Lanka.png Lanka with Mod TT 20px.png Point Strike and Mod TT 20px.png Vital Sense, and a head shot multiplier of 2.0 will have an orange crit multiplier of:

2.0 × (1 + 2 × (2 × 2.0 × (1 + Mod TT 20px.png 120%) − 1)) = 33.2x

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 Damage[]

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.

As an example, a Paris.png Paris has an average damage multiplier of:

1 + 30% × (2.0 - 1) = 1.3x

Paris.png Paris with Mod TT 20px.png Point Strike and Mod TT 20px.png Vital Sense has an average damage multiplier of:

1 + (30% × (1 + Mod TT 20px.png 150%)) × (2.0 × (1 + Mod TT 20px.png 120%) - 1) = 3.55x

So for a Paris without any critical mods, the damage is multiplied by 1.3 on average; yellow crits of 2x for 30% of the shots. With the 2 base critical mods, the damage is multiplied by 3.55 on average; yellow crits of 4.4x for 75% of the shots.

See also[]

Patch History[]

Hotfix 28.0.4 (2020-06-12)

  • Fixed Critical Hits not triggering for Glaive mid-air detonations.

Update 21.0 (2017-06-29)

  • With Harrow's enhancement to Criticals, we have slightly tweaked the colour gradient in which Critical hits are displayed. Introducing: Orange Crits! These now occur in between Yellow and Red Crits. Before, Crits became Red when 100% Crit Chance was achieved. Now Crits will be ORANGE in the 100.01-200% range, and Red will start at 200.01%+! This is solely a visual change.

Update 14.10 (2014-10-08)

  • 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.