The explosive damage from this mod cannot be increased with base damage, such as Serration, and elemental mods such as Hellfire, but it will be increased by Bane mods, like Bane of Infested.
The explosions are silent.
Arrows fired at terrain and other surfaces still explode, but not arrows fired at teammates or other allies.
When the explosion occurs, the projectile of the arrow causing that is actually "dissolved". Thus any subsequent mechanics relating to the projectile will not happen, such as punching through or the spore coming after the arrow of Mutalist Cernos.
Pair with a high-rank Multishot mod for maximum effect. Calculating per shot, there will be a 48.9% chance of at least one explosion with both Split Chamber and Thunderbolt at max rank. The chance for two explosions is 8.1%. With Split Chamber, Vigilante Armaments, and Thunderbolt there is a 58.4% chance of at least one explosion, a 15.3% chance of at least two explosions, and a 1.4% chance of three explosions.
When facing groups of enemies at medium-to-long range, maximize splash damage by aiming for a nearby surface rather than directly at an enemy.
Since explosive damage is unaffected by the amount of time the shot has been charged, rapid shots can be more effective at quickly taking out large groups of enemies.
This mod pairs well with the Attica or Zhuge due to the high volume of fire of crossbow-type primaries compared to other bows, ensuring a very high chance of bolts exploding within a short period of time. Combined with the higher ammo capacity, using Thunderbolt on these weapons is very effective for dealing with crowds.
Combining the Attica or Zhuge, especially modded for fire rate, with Mirage while using her Hall Of Mirrors ability can create an extremely large number of explosions over a wide area, since arrows fired by Mirage's clones can also proc Thunderbolt.
We are getting rid of Self Damage and replacing it with something else: instead of Self Damage, it’s now ‘Stagger’. This change completely removes the chance of killing yourself, and instead now creates scenarios where you will interrupt yourself - or ‘Stagger’ - to varying degrees if you aren’t careful.
The degrees of Self-Interrupt start with a small stumble all the way to full knockdown depending on how close you are to the center of explosion. Any Mods referring to Self Damage will be converted to acknowledge Stagger.
With this Self-Interrupt system, we have added dozens of new recovery animations that harness a ninja-like recovery experience. By pressing ‘Jump’ at the correct time, you can execute a ninja-skill-based knockdown recovery to ALL in-game knockdowns. This ninja recovery window is indicated by a glowing FX on your Warframe.