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It seems to me that only melee weapons and bows are subject to critical hits. Wands and staffs do not seem to generate them. If this is true, I'd like to add it to this article. Can anyone confirm one way or the other? --Squeg 06:31, 19 October 2005 (EST)

Ensign published results of some critical hit testing, 2 level 20s, one serving as a punching bag for the other, along with the raw data, in the thread here, and a linear fit gave a rate of y = 0.0144x + 0.0027, with y being the critical hit chance; roughly 1.44% per attribute level, and 17.5% or so at level 12. The excel file with his raw data can be found here, though the confidence intervals can be pulled in a bit by using +/- z(a/2)((p(1-p))/n)^0.5 instead. Ensign sampled nearly 8000 hits, so the data has a degree of accuracy surpassing most studies, and I feel confident correcting the page based on it. --Epinephrine 23:16, 16 March 2006 (CST)

Weapon Mastery 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Critical Hit Probability 1.0% 2.4% 3.7% 5.1% 6.5% 7.9% 9.2% 10.6% 12.0% 13.3% 14.7% 16.1% 17.4% 18.8% 20.2% 21.6% 22.9% ? ? ? ?

How do critical hits work with dual dagger attacks? Do both hits get a critical or are those independent too?

I've used Twisting Fangs and gotten a crit with one attack and not the other before. As long as dual strike skills follow the same rules for dual strikes due to points in dagger mastery, I'd assume that a dual strike simply causes another attack, with randomly chosen damage and another check for a critical hit. --Armond Warblade Warrior(talk) 18:33, 17 August 2006 (CDT)

The skill Critical strike produces two critical hits, but I think they are calculated as two attacks. After all, the first one can mis/be blocked/evaded, and the second could still hit.

How about adding this article to the Game Mechanics category?

The table is inconsistent with the formula. The critical hit rates from the table and the original data are closer to 0.013x + 0.01. -- Gordon Ecker 00:24, 30 September 2006 (CDT)

And the values on Ensign's original table are closer to 0.0133x + 0.01. I've corrected the tables. -- Gordon Ecker 00:51, 30 September 2006 (CDT)

Circumstances of critical hits?[edit source]

Do the chances for critical hits change when attacking moving foes? Knocked down foes? Foes from above? Foes from behind?

What I have found is that you are guaranteed a critical hit when striking a moving foe from behind. Don't know if this is considered fleeing, but anyway, it works regardless of which direction they are moving, as long as you hit them from behind. 80.202.245.195 19:08, 10 August 2006 (CDT)
What range of angles counts as "behind"? a civilian 20:26, 13 January 2007 (CST)
Skill level appears to mean the weilder's attribute level. Does the weapon's minimum attribute level have any effect; perhaps a 15-22 8-min sword may critical less often than a 15-22 11-min sword. Perhaps also wands do critical but since there is no attribute level associated with 'wands' that the chance is as for swords presuming attr level is zero, 1.3% or whatever. Or perhaps a fire wand criticals based on the wielder's attribute level in Fire. Oye 14:22, 12 December 2006 (CST)

Change to formula[edit source]

For now, I've reverted the anon edit for the simple reason that it did not contain justification, yet changed the formula without modifying the results. If the new formula was correct, it should be explained in the edit summary box. --- Barek (talkcontribs) - 19:03, 7 August 2006 (CDT)

0 axe[edit source]

Say you had 0 axe mastery and were using a req. 9 axe, and then got a critical hit. Would you still do the maximum damage of the weapon x √2? [[AOTT]] 00:05, 14 August 2006 (CDT)

Criticals don't simply deal weapon max times sqrt(2) points of damage. For criticals, damage is worked out like normal except the damage from the weapon's range is automatically the max and either the damage is scaled by sqrt(2) or your "attack rating" is raised by 20 (the two work out equivalently). --68.142.14.39 00:27, 14 August 2006 (CDT)
take a look at Damage, the full equation, including criticals is there --Honorable Sarah Honorable Icon.gif 00:29, 14 August 2006 (CDT)
You're doing the replying to me thing again. --68.142.14.61 18:53, 17 August 2006 (CDT)
After reading the Damage link, I think I get it AOTT 10:14, 18 August 2006 (CDT)

Grunting after being critted :)[edit source]

I'm pretty sure that the noises PCs make are caused by critical hits. Like when the female mesmer makes that funny highpitched "HA!" shriek after being cracked by a hammer. Can anyone else confirm?

Yeah I believe there is a sound effect made by victim's of critical hits, including yourself. At least I've always assumed this was true but never paid enough attention to be sure. -- BrianG 01:32, 2 January 2007 (CST)
I'm not sure if every grunt indicates a critical hit, though. I'm being attacked by a Strider, whose damage usually ranged between 6-9. I got hit with a 6 and grunted. --Nova 16:46, 30 January 2007 (CST)

I think that grunt is just a sound you make when you lose a large portion of your health. When you are 55'ing and get hit for about 35 damage, you won't just grunt but you will make a very noticeably loud grunt. VegaObscura 17:01, 2 March 2007 (CST)

Wands[edit source]

I don't know about pets, but it's definitely possible to get a critical hit with wands. --Fyren 00:20, 8 September 2006 (CDT)

What about spells? Do any spells have a chance to critical? I'm sure that damage spells *without* projectiles such as Deathly Swarm cannot critical. But I think I've seen projectile spells such as Lightning Orb crit.

Pretty sure no spell can. --Fyren 19:31, 21 September 2006 (CDT)

Well, I removed the note completely, incidentally removing that pets cannot crit. I have no idea this is true. Gordon never responded to this after adding that wands can't and he's also the one that added that pets can't crit in pet. If he's (or anyone) is more sure about that, feel free to re-add the pets note. --Fyren 12:03, 25 September 2006 (CDT)

Isn't there a skill that makes your pet crit? --Armond Warblade Warrior(talk) 00:28, 8 December 2006 (CST)

I carry a starter wand on my assassin, funny when that criticals. Mass damage! — Skuld 12:08, 25 September 2006 (CDT)

---Do the noises differ from a regualar grunt? Guild Wars 23:07, 6 January 2007 (CST)

I just wanded two Practice Targets to death with 16 in the wand's attribute, and only got a single critical hit, which suggests a critical hit rate of around 2%. -- Gordon Ecker 02:57, 15 February 2007 (CST)

I did some further testing. With 12 Beast Mastery, a level 20 Hearty Phoenix against an AL 60 practice target with a hero spamming "Go For The Eyes!" the lowest damage value was 15 and the highest three damage values were 35, 34 and 33. With a 12 Beast Mastery, a level 20 PvP Elder Wolf against an AL 60 practice target with a hero spamming "Go For The Eyes!" the lowest damage value was 17 and the highest three damage values were 37, 38 and 40. If critical hits were being inflicted, the highest damage value would be roughly 40% greater than the second highest damage value. In both tests I killed about half a dozen AL 60 practice targets. -- Gordon Ecker 18:10, 22 February 2007 (CST)
I just did some more testing with "Find Their Weakness!". It was triggered by a 30 damage hit, a 35 damage hit and a 40 damage hit. -- Gordon Ecker 18:27, 22 February 2007 (CST)
I just did some further testing with wands. With the Dream Haunter and 16 Illusion Magic against an armor 20 practice target I got 4 critical hits in exactly 1000 attacks. -- Gordon Ecker 03:55, 27 February 2007 (CST)
And I did further testing on Churrhir Fields against the level 5 targets with the same setup. I got 16 critical hits in 39 attacks (~41%) against the AL 15 target, 24 critical hits in 54 attacks (~44%) against the AL 30 target and 25 critical hits in 84 attacks (~30%). Level is definitely a factor for the critical hit rate, although the data is insuffecient to determine whether or not armor is a factor. -- Gordon Ecker 04:25, 27 February 2007 (CST)

Do wands always get critical when they hit a moving foe? VegaObscura 17:05, 2 March 2007 (CST)

Only melee weapons get the auto-crit. --Fyren 17:08, 2 March 2007 (CST)

Minions[edit source]

Are Minions capable of a Critical Hit? If so, what's the rate? --Zinger314 15:17, 1 October 2006 (CDT)

The last time I tested it they couldn't get criticals. Details are in talk:minion. -- Gordon Ecker 18:11, 22 February 2007 (CST)
I just did some more accurate testing with "Go for the Eyes!", it turns out they can inflict critical hits. -- Gordon Ecker 07:30, 16 March 2007 (CDT)

Attacker/Target level difference[edit source]

The topic indicates that "Attacker and target levels are also factors," however there's no mention of the effect. Has anyone done any testing to see how this effects the critical percentage? Dfscott 10:45, 6 October 2006 (CDT)

You have a higher chance to crit against a lower level target. I don't know if you have a lower chance to crit against a higher level target. I have no idea about the exact numbers involved. --Fyren 15:50, 6 October 2006 (CDT)
I've found that when your fighting a foe with a level low enough you don't gain experience, you critical about 75% of the time. I figure there's some ratio for each suceeding level/ armor level. Equal level foes hit about 1/20 of the time with a maxed attribute or halfway and modest critical strikes.THIS IS UNCONFIRMED!Dark0805 22:14, 24 November 2006 (CST)
Testing with a Candy Cane Hammer, 12 Hammer Mastery and 12 Critical Strikes resulted in a critical rate of over 90% against level 5 practice targets. -- Gordon Ecker 03:22, 10 January 2007 (CST)
Beating up level 2-3 Mantid's outside of Shing Jea Monastary with 13 Critical Strikes gives me about a 99% chance of a critical. Might be 100%, I'm not sure. But I think I remember getting a single non-critical hit sometime between when I hit the first Mantid and when I landed the final blow to the last living creature on the entire island. :D Jioruji Derako 03:13, 11 January 2007 (CST)
One the same subject, I'm quite sure I didn't get anywhere near consistant damage ratings when I was a mere level 5 out there. I can run a bit of testing on that sometime, with 3 points in Critical Strikes so I can tell when I critical... I'm quite certain it has everything to do with the difference in level between the attacker and the target, though. Jioruji Derako 03:18, 11 January 2007 (CST)

This is a very very important factor for anyone choosing to play an assassin primary in end-game PvE. Monsters are level 28-30 in end-game, making an 8-10 level difference between you and your target. Does this lower your critical hit chance significantly? If so, does this render the attribute of critical strikes mostly useless at end-game with the exception of guarenteed crit skills like Critical Strike or Wild Blow? This question is especially important to non-dagger using assassins thinking of making assassin their primary ( ie - critical barrage or critical interrupt rangers, etc) The preceding unsigned comment was added by 68.184.124.227 (contribs) .

There's also the question of how relative level interacts with other critical hit factors. It could be a multiplier for all other crtical hit factors, a multiplier for the base critical hit rate from weapon mastery, or merely a percentage that's added to or subtracted from the critical hit rate. -- Gordon Ecker 22:10, 13 May 2007 (CDT)

Still a stub?[edit source]

This article has grown a lot since it was created. Does it still warrant the stub? There's really not all that much more we could add to it. --Armond Warblade Warrior(talk) 00:26, 8 December 2006 (CST)

Added Stoneflesh Aura to the list --Explosion2.jpg (-Da*Man-) Explosion2.jpg 19:46, 11 December 2006 (CST)

Removed Stub section. I too think it's far from being a stub right now. Feel free to revert, but do tell us why ^^ Light of Deliverance.jpg Finrod 01:45, 13 December 2006 (CST)

Scythes, Critical Hits and You[edit source]

While I was testing a build in the Isle of the Nameless, whenever I used any attack skill and it was a critical it was the same number on both the Practice Target and the Adjacent one. Could anyone help me do more testing in regards to this so we can get some clarification? IGN: Angel of Arnor Light of Deliverance.jpg Finrod 02:10, 13 December 2006 (CST)

What kind of testing would be needed? It seems to me that when a scythe does a crit, it does it to all the targets (instead of having separate chances to crit for each target). Remember that scythes attack all foes adjacent to you (or something like that). I'm willing to help, though. --Armond Warblade Warrior(talk) 00:43, 14 December 2006 (CST)
Well, I just wanna prove it. I know it works that way, and I think it's important enough to mention in the main article.. Light of Deliverance.jpg Finrod 12:05, 18 December 2006 (CST)
Take wild blow and hit the target a lot of times. "A lot" depending on what'll satisfy you. --Fyren 12:23, 18 December 2006 (CST)
Wild Blow seems to be referenced here a lot... But is there a spot where you can stand in the middle and be surrounded by targets, as opposed to a target surrounded by targets? Been too long since I've been there. --Armond Warblade Warrior(talk) 23:43, 20 December 2006 (CST)
You don't need a bunch of targets; two is enough. Use dummies on the isle of the nameless. --Fyren 00:00, 21 December 2006 (CST)

Residual Plot[edit source]

Did anyone plot the residuals and see if the graph warranted a linear equation? High r^2 means shit in statistics. 67.34.59.40

Does it actually say that it's linear? At one point it even goes down and then back up. --Armond Warblade Warrior(talk) 11:26, 22 December 2006 (CST)
Someone has tried to fit it into a linear table. My stat skills are limited to sociology, but a high r^2 has always been important there. In fact, we get excited if we get r^2 of 0.4. I don't see why a high r^2 means crap here, but in strictly theoretical applications, it might. Residuals, ummm... thinking. Can't remeber. Don't r^2 include residuals? What is the relation between r^2 and linear regression? I'm pretty sure a linear regression is a correlation based on residuals, in a way. No? Maybe not, I'm kinda foggy on this stat, I just remeber what I have to. The rest the computer does, or I look up.--Windjammer Icon1.jpgWindjammer 02:19, 10 January 2007 (CST)
The idea he is suggesting is to look for a trend in the residuals. If the regression is good they will be distributed evenly. In defense of the idea of a linear fit, nearly everything in GW is linear, and simply plotting the data looks pretty linear. More data could be useful, especially for the rare events areas; it's likely much more accurate on the higher end of the curve, but estimating exact rates of critical hits on the low end requires many more trials. Think about it, there is 1 recorded critical for an attribute of 0; had he been unlucky it would have been a 0, had he gotten even one more it would have doubled to a 2%.
To be fair, most will only care about crit rates from attribute 9 and up, and more specifically for 12+. The fact that a single critical hit difference on the lower end greatly swings the value makes it hard to trust the bottom end of the curve. And of course, he is wrong, R^2 means a great deal, given that it is the measure of the strength of a fit. --Epinephrine.jpg ~ Epinephrine 09:59, 24 February 2007 (CST)

^Quoting the above

"And of course, he is wrong, R^2 means a great deal, given that it is the measure of the strength of a fit."

lol. Stop reading wiki and go back to class.

Anyone who had taken even stats 101 would know that r^2 means nothing without a look at the residuals. More important would be a peek at the Z and F stats, or the P-Value of the model. Without data, without a resid plot, without critical values and test statistics, all we have is his word that this is a valid model. For all you know, the data needs to be restated in exponential terms, more factors need to be added in, or any of a number of things.

But honestly, r^2 means jack shit. In an mlrs all you need to do to puff your r^2 is add more variables, as the damn thing is meaningless. Using that as proof of a good model is like using the sky as proof that you wake up in the morning. Sure, it is there, you can see it, and it looks nice, but that doesn't mean it is a reliable indicator of anything worthwhile. But that's okay; these days, you can be an expert on everything so long as you have the power of teh intarweb.

68.218.106.162

And for those of us that understood every word in that rant except for the important ones? --Armond Warblade Warrior(talk) 22:01, 3 May 2007 (CDT)

I'd like to ask again if anyone took a look at the residual plot. Someone said that it's most likely linear since everything else in Guild Wars is linear but isn't weapon damage not linear with increases in your weapon mastery? Like it increases a goodly about up to 12 then increases much more slowly. And I would think critical related to weapon mastery would be similar to damage related to weapon mastery.

And as for the R^2 not meaning anything, well I can't attest as to that (I thought it meant something and I was certainly taught that it played a role in my AP Stats class, though not an all-important) but I know that it says absolutely nothing about whether or not the data is linear. Again, you would need to look at the residual plot for that. - 12.218.0.130 19:51, 7 July 2007 (CDT)

Weapon Mastery Rate increases[edit source]

The chance to score a critical hit is approximately 1% per weapon mastery attribute point (assuming equal character level of attacker and defender). source: http://www.guildwars.com/competitive/articles/pvpprimer/20070221-gameeffects.php Tsukan 21:14, 26 February 2007 (CST)
Hmm... that doesn't actually help much. Tsukan 21:22, 26 February 2007 (CST)

This figure is simply speculative, is not ANet's word, and has no backing. Evidence > an author who made that many mistakes. I haven't seen an article on mechanics in this series that wasn't plagued with misinformation. Stick with empirical evidence. --Epinephrine.jpg ~ Epinephrine 11:23, 27 February 2007 (CST)

Stacking[edit source]

I was just wondering about whether multiple skills stack in a simple additive way, or do they interact like two 20% recharge mods? From what I can tell reading the wiki the consensus seems to be that Critical Eye + Way of the Assassin + "Go for the Eyes!" means you will have a greater than 100% chance to critical (with sufficient attribute levels). However my understanding is that blocking and the HCT or HSR mods work independently, so there will always be a chance neither will have an effect regardless of how many are active. Has anyone done testing to confirm this either way? RossMM 10:58, 12 March 2007 (CDT)

I am curious about this as well, some info on this would be greatly appreciated --Lupercaleb 00:12, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
Last I heard, the bonuses were multiplicative; I think there's a discussion on the subject at talk:Way of the Master and/or talk:Way of the Assassin. Total critical hit chance was coming up pretty high with all of them active, but I think you've still got a decent chance of a non-critical mixed in there. --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 00:23, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
I was checking this earlier today and with 16 in critical strikes, critical eye, way of the assassin, and way of the master applied, I also had a bow with 12 in marksmanship and I landed a critical hit every time, I figured this because I was dealing the same amount of damage every time and I was getting +3 energy every hit from critical strikes, and critical eye. So I think that the critical hit percentages are added not multiplied, and critical strikes stacking has no limit. I figure my overall chance to critical was 104% + 12 marksmanship critical chance. SpartanCam 21:08, 19 October 2007
I tested with way of the master, critical eye, way of the assassin up with high crit strikes rank and didn't seem to crit everytime. You can tell when you crit not just from damage always the same, but there is a sepcial sound and animation like a golden bubble/circle flashes. I reckon there is a maximum chance, ie you can't get 100%. same way IAS only stacks to 33%, I think crit chance only to stacks to 80/90%. 89.241.239.3 23:42, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

If you read the Skill Descriptions, there is a noticeable difference in wording from blocking skills like Aegis and Critical Defenses. IIRC every skill that increases Crit Hit chance says "you have a +**...**% chance to strike with a critical hit." I do believe it stacks additively. I have had times when I should have had "More" than 100% Crit chance but didn't actually hit with one. However everytime that happened it was against a higher level(22-24)opponent, and if I remember right the critical hit rate goes up or down along with the difference in lvls(That's why I target spirits when trying to gain energy and health with my sin). However to my knowledge I have never ever not make a critical hit to a lvl 20 character with "over 100%" C.H. chance. And I have been playing assassin from day one(I bought factions first, the day it came out) Kael Drake 10:00, September 10 2008 (Central Time)

The increase chance of critical are non-exclusive, that means there's a chance that both Critical Eye and Way of the Assassin "proc" at the same time. In these cases, P(Eye or Way) = P(Eye) + P(Way) - P(Eye and Way). This is the same way that 2 HRT 20% only gives 36% HRT instead of 40%. Critical.

Daggers[edit source]

Someone else please go to Isle of the Nameless with a bunch of daggers, 12 dagger mastery, 3 critical strikes, and no other effects and tell me I'm not crazy for thinking that daggers do way more crits than they should (I got around 75 before I got 212 non-crits). --Armond Warblade Warrior(talk) 23:07, 18 March 2007 (CDT)

Fact Check[edit source]

Is anyone able to verify the veracity of the following:

With Martial weapons at least, a critical hit will always be achieved on a target running from you.

--Warwulf 12:14, 23 March 2007 (CDT)

Talk:Critical hit#Circumstances of critical hits? --Armond Warblade Warrior(talk) 12:31, 23 March 2007 (CDT)

hit damage table[edit source]

maybe it would be a good idea to have a table listing a max damage weapons crit damage and would help those rubbish at maths Dstroyer 666 16:23, 5 May 2007 (CDT)

It varies depending on the weapon mastery attribute and the foe's armor, but, for critical hits with weapons, it's always ~40% higher than the maximum non-critical damage against the same target. It's harder to determine critical hits with pets and minions, as their critical hits have damage ranges which overlap their non-critical damage ranges. -- Gordon Ecker 20:40, 5 May 2007 (CDT)

Crits and Throwing Skills[edit source]

I've found that Critical hits work with the Assassin's throwing knife skills, allowing for some decent damage. I'm going to try the elementalist's stone throwing skills to see if those are effected as well. The preceding unsigned comment was added by 71.146.153.33 (contribs) .

No, spells can't crit. If you saw different damage than usual, it was because of something else. --Fyren 18:35, 31 May 2007 (CDT)
If they cant, what was making them do double damage at random? The preceding unsigned comment was added by 71.146.153.33 (contribs) .
"Something else." Crits for a weapon don't double damage. Frenzy? --Fyren 19:51, 31 May 2007 (CDT)
If it's against Warriors, it's probably Frenzy or Healing Signet, if it's against Torment creatures it's probably Call to the Torment. Critical hits increase damage by roughly 40%, and, for Assassin primaries with at least 3 ranks of Critical Strikes, provide energy. -- Gordon Ecker 21:29, 31 May 2007 (CDT)

AL effect[edit source]

Recently, people have noticed that crits rate seems to change against different AL. Also people have noticed that with a supposed 100% crit chance, you can not crit, leading people to belive that crits are multiplicatively combined rather than additively. I'll start some testing on this I suppose. -(єronħ) no u 11:03, 25 August 2007 (CDT)

I make some Tests on the isle of the nameless. Testconditions where
* 1 sword with 0 Swordmastery -> 0%
* 15 Attributs in Critical Strikes -> 15%
* Way of the Master -> 33%
* Way of the Assassin -> 35%
* Critcal Eye ->15%
I hit the 60, 80, 100 and 60 AL until Way of the Assasine runs out(I hit 15 times with 1,33 Attack per second) and count the non-critcal hits. So the result for 10 tries on every AL was: 21(60) 21(80) 27(100) 21(60), which makes 90/(4*15strikes*10Times) = 15% non critical hits. So i think the critical hit percentage is an average between the multply and the additive thing. --84.179.247.125 22:07, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
I'm sorry to say, but that isn't a very large amount of data to make a good conclusion off of --Gimmethegepgun 22:09, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, fifteen hits leaves a huge margin or error. Try 100 hits. Felix Omni Signature.png 22:13, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Plus, you can't get an 100% chance to critical with just skills and attribute points (Critical Strikes and Mastery) because critical hit rates stack multiplicatively. I think the only ways to do so would be against fleeing foes or by using auto-critical attack skills. I don't believe that Armor affects your critical hit rate, just the damage you do, but I'm unsure whether your critical hit rate is decreased against higher leveled foes, and not just increased against lower leveled foes. We should ask someone who works for Guild Wars. =P -Mike 22:29, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
Come on I did between 560-600 Hits and 90 were non-critical. Also just more as you think. And my result says it is not multiply. When it will be multiply there would be a 0,85*0,85*0,67*0,65= 31% non-critical hit chance, but my test says (90/600)=15%!!! Test this today again and get the same result on 560-600 Hits, 90 non-critical. --84.179.231.223 20:23, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Kiting Foes = Increased Crit Rate?[edit source]

I have heard in places that if you strike a foe that is running away from you that the attack will auto critical or have a higher chance of critical. Is this True? Ebon Vanguard Sniper Support.jpg Huynh Sanity 23:26, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Yes, you should be able to critical every time against fleeing foes unless they're protected/you're hexed with a anti-critical skill (although I'm not sure exactly what they mean by fleeing; it could be moving foes, foes moving away from you, or foes moving away from you while facing the opposite direction). In PvE, this doesn't mean much as the monsters don't run away very often (except maybe AoE scattering), but in PvP, this makes methods of slowing your opponents/moving faster than they can very effective (whether it be via cripple, IMS, or our beloved Siphon Speed which was recently trashed).-Mike 23:40, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
I believe the exact system is, there's a range where if you're hitting the foe from behind, you'll always critical. The foes doesn't even need to be moving. Generally, a fleeing foe is showing their back, which means lots of pain if you hit; someone backing up instead, maybe not so much. If you go and start hitting a foe from the front, then switch to the back, you should see a big difference in critical hit ratio. --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 01:34, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
I think it's only if the attack comes in from the direction you are moving from that you get auto-crits, being able to double your damage against anyone by moving around them would be stupid. (Body-block also causes a couple people to 100% crit? nuh-uh.)Entrea SumataeEntrea Sumatae [Talk] 01:39, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
Alright, did a test.
Hits from behind do the same as from the front; no critical bonus. Same goes for the sides.
Hits from behind on a moving foe are always criticals. Hits on a moving foe from any other direction (i.e., they're walking backwards or sideways away from you) makes for no effect; same as standing still (as far as I can tell).
So fleeing foes = always critical. If they're smart, they'll either have a speed boost (so you don't hit them), or they'll walk sideways/backwards, so you don't get auto-criticals. I did all my testing against 60AL targets, using a req9 scythe on an assassin; nine points in Scythe Mastery, three points in Critical Strikes. On average, I'd say I got a critical hit 1/10 times (more or less). (with the obvious exception of fleeing foes, which made it 1/1.) --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 02:30, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
Just to double-check, I did the test again using a Bow with the same attributes (Marksmanship instead of Scythe Mastery, of course); hitting moving foes from behind doesn't work the same as with melee weapons (no criticals). So that uses a different system to figure critical hits, at least for this scenario. --GEO-logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 02:38, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
Then shouldn't there be something in this article mentioning this? Ebon Vanguard Sniper Support.jpg Huynh Sanity 03:46, 4 April 2008 (UTC)
There probably should be, but it would also be helpful to test the range (from which angles) of auto-crits. -Mike 11:07, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Additional damage?[edit source]

How is additional damage from skills handled on crits? If I use a skill that does +x damage, is the crit formula (weapon max damage+x damage)√2, (weapon max damage*√2)+x damage, ((weapon max damage*√2)+(+x damage*√2)), or some other formula? --Belker 23:33, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

Did a little testing on the Isle, seems like the crit only effects the base weapon damage, damage from skills is added afterward. Used a candy cane axe, 12 axe mastery, and Cyclone Axe. Normal attacks do 10 damage, crits do 14. Normal shots with Cyclone Axe do 20, crits do 24.--Belker 23:57, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
(weapon max damage*√2)+x damage. It should only affect base damage; additional damage is added in later. -Mike 23:58, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
That's what I thought, thanks. =) --Belker 23:59, 28 April 2008 (UTC)