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 TnoGunblade 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.

Covenant HarrowCovenant
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)
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:

E.g. putting Mod TT 20pxPoint Strike and Mod TT 20pxCritical Delay on a Braton Braton results in:

Base Crit Chance × (1 + Relative Bonus)
= 0.12 × (1 + Mod TT 20px1.5 + Mod TT 20px0.48)
= 0.3576 = 35.76%

Absolute IncreasesEdit

A few effects grant absolute amounts of crit chance. This includes ArcaneAvenger64x Arcane Avenger, Cat's Eye and Covenant130xDark Covenant. These are applied after relative bonuses.

As an example, a Braton with Mod TT 20pxPoint Strike (relative) and ArcaneAvenger64x Arcane Avenger (absolute) has a crit chance of:

Base Crit Chance × (1 + Relative Bonus) + Absolute Bonus
= 0.12 × (1 + Mod TT 20px1.5) + ArcaneAvenger64x 0.3
= 0.6 = 60.00%

Blood RushEdit

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

Crit Chance = Base Crit Chance × [1 + Blood Rush Multiplier × (Combo Multiplier - 1) + Relative Bonus] + Absolute Bonus
= (0.05 × [1 + Mod TT 20px0.6 × (2 - 1) + Mod TT 20px0.6] + ArcaneAvenger64x 0.3)
= 0.41 = 41%

(Prior to Update 26.0, Mod TT 20pxBlood 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.

ElectricShieldModU15 ElectricShield
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)

E.g. putting a Mod TT 20pxVital Sense on a Braton Braton will result in a multiplier of:
Base Crit Multiplier × (1 + Relative Bonus)
= 1.6 × (1 + Mod TT 20px1.2)
= 3.52

Crit TiersEdit

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)
... ...

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.

E.g. putting a Mod TT 20pxPoint Strike on a Lenz Lenz will grant it a crit chance of:

Base Crit Chance × (1 + Relative Bonus)
= 0.5 × (1 + Mod TT 20px1.5)
= 1.25 = 125.00%

This means it will have a chance of 25% to trigger an orange crit, while all other hits (75%) will yield a yellow one.

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.

The critical damage multiplier for these can be calculated as follows:

1 + Crit Tier × (Modded Crit Multiplier − 1)

As an example, an orange crit for the Braton Braton with Mod TT 20pxVital Sense will instead get a multiplier of:

= 1 + 2 × (1.6 × (1 + Mod TT 20px1.2) − 1)
= 6.04

Critical HeadshotsEdit


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

Total Damage = Damage × Headshot Multiplier
× (1 + Crit Tier × (2 × Modded Crit Multiplier - 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.

See alsoEdit

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 14.10
  • 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.

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