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Combat in Godwars is fast-paced and real-time. Whether you want to hands on pay attention and be aware in case of a last second flee when your front line ends or sit back and relax until you hear the victory(or defeat) music are both perfectly good options. Due to the large amount of strategy settings, you will feel far more control over battles than you might expect. By setting up a “front row” of aggressive tanks defending “avoidance” high dps units, you'll literally see your front line clash with the monsters. Below are some of the better details about combat and how it works. It is not required to know but for those of you who want a better understanding, it is provided.
Every 5 seconds a player generates “initiative roll”. This is not reflected in combat due to how much text it would create so it is “underneath the hood”.
All initiative rolls are 1 to 400 plus the follower's speed value. When a member has an accumulative initiative value of 400+fatigue modifier, they get an action. Each speed point increases a follower's speed by about 0.25% over the base amount. It is possible to get a large amount of actions over opponents with higher speeds. Also read the combat_morale section on how morale affects initiative rolls.
Fatigue is a factor that determines how fast monsters and followers take their action in combat. When a combat first starts, everyone has equal fatigue but as actions are taken, fatigue rises by 10(slowing actions about 2.5% per turn). Spellcasting is especially draining causing an extra +10 fatigue anytime the caster casts a spell.
Fatigue has 5 stages -
Warming Up - -2 Defense Rolls on Armor Deflection Checks, Actions about 150% slower
Winded - -4 Defense Rolls on Armor Deflection Checks, Actions about 200% slower
Tired - -6 Defense Rolls on Armor Deflection Checks, Actions about 250% slower
Exhausted - -8 Defense Rolls on Armor Deflection Checks, Actions about 300% slower
Every follower and monster generates a “threat” in combat. Threat is controlled by setting a combat strategy such as Aggressive, Normal and Avoidance. Opponents whom you want to not be targeted tend to be set to avoidance while aggressive is your top-tier tanks. Normal strategy is useful for mid-range warriors or archer type units. Spellcasting still uses the threat when determining targets but avoids defenders.
Ranged weapons will automatically target “reverse” threat so avoidance followers and monsters are attacked first.
Defending is a highly useful strategy that is desired for tanks to defend fragile units such as mages whom have a higher DPS but lower armor statistic. By defending a target, 75% of attacks directed towards that unit are forwarded to the defender instead. Combining an avoidance strategy with an aggressive defending unit is a great way to protect your mages until your front line falls. When multiple units are defending a single unit, threat is also used to order the targets used.
Levels and Base Modifiers
Each level of a member increases damage dice and “attack checks” by 1. These, unlike skill checks, are automatically the maximum modifier. So a level 1 Squire with a basic donation box short sword would deal 1-7 damage instead of 1-6.
As of 4/9/2014 - All dice have a MINIMUM that may be higher than 1. This applies to followers AND monsters. For followers it has to do with the follower's CLASS. For monster's this has to do with monster LEVEL and ATTACK type.
Spells, unlike physical attacks, have less avoidance checks however prepare about an extra 800 initiative(1 turn) to prepare each spell.
When a spell is casted at an opponent, the caster's casting ability for that field is added to the damage dice of the spellbook. An absorb damage check is made by the defending unit which is their base magic resistance plus element resistance. Unlike physical attacks, this number cannot be reduced below 1 through dodge or blocking.
Spellcasting interruption Explained - There is a 25% chance anytime a spellcaster is hit by a physical attack(including ranged attacks) that the spell preparation must be restarted. This makes range attackers who tend to focus “avoidance” style followers/monsters quite useful!
Physical damage has a few checks.
First there is an automatic dodge check. This is a check rolled 1,1000 compared to the defender's dodge statistic. Each “dodge” basically grants an additional 0.1% dodge change for that target. If the attack is dodged, it is an automatic miss and no further checks are taken.
Secondly, there is the armor deflection check. This is a roll of 10+attacker's weapon skill vs (10+defender's armor value)-fatigue modifier). If the attacker's roll is EQUAL or HIGHER than the defender's roll - the attack is considered a “hit” if not, it is a MISS with no damage. RANGED WEAPONS SKIP THIS CHECK. They are similar to a spell except physical damage and go straight to absorption rolls if the automatic dodge check fails.
SPECIAL NOTE on Melee vs Spellbook OR Ranged Weapon “Deflection Checks” - Followers equipped with a spellbook or ranged weapon have a 50% defensive penalty when defending against melee attacks for purposes of the “armor deflection” check. The defending caster or archer will still receive the full armor absorption. This makes it even more important for spellcasters and archers to be in avoidance and behind aggressive or defending units. This penalty also applies to monsters who use spells or ranged attacks.
Now we process the damage by checking for a CRITICAL HIT. This is, like dodge, a 1 to 1000 roll compared to the attacker's critical skill. This is about .1% chance per critical point plus a base 5% critical chance. If a critical hit is made, damage dice are doubled.
Now there is a damage roll of the attacker which is a 1 to (damage dice size) which is compared to an absorption roll of 0 to (armor value). The damage dice are reduced by the absorption roll at this point and cannot be subtracted below 1.
Elemental Damage for some monsters and weapons also exist which add upon the damage dice size. These rolls are 0 to “elemental damage” rolls and, like spells, compare vs the defender's base magic resistance/2+elemental defense. Each of these checks are added upon the final damage total.
Special note on Fliers - Some monsters fly. Attacking these monsters with a melee attack results in a 25% reduction on “hitting” the monster.
Damage is given a description based upon the weapon(blunt/slicing/etc.) when describing damage inflicted against the MAXIMUM hitpoints of a target. So if you deal 1 damage to something with 5 HP(20%), you may see your sword “nicks” an opponent. However if you deal 1 damage to something with 100 HP(1%), you will see “barely scratches”. The damage messages are colorized from orange being least critical to a dark red being the highest.
Monster Elemental Families
Besides normal magic resistance and elemental resistances that monsters have - a large part of their resistance unlike Followers is made from their “elemental family”. This is both a “major” and “minor” family which can be different or the same(with enhanced effects.)
Elemental damage is ENHANCED or REDUCED by 75% from MAJOR family and 20% from MINOR family. So using “fire spells” against a MINOR fire monster would be reduced by 20% where against a MAJOR fire monster would be 75%. IF BOTH MAJOR and MINOR are set to fire, then it would be a whopping 95% damage reduction for fire. A major and minor monster of a specific element is both incredibly resistant but ALSO incredibly susceptible to spells of an opposing element that it may be weak to(use the table above.) So for a FIRE major/minor monster, it would receive 95% EXTRA damage against WATER spells or weapons.
ADDITIONALLY, the “Stronger” element in any situation gains RESISTANCE against that element as if it was the same element family so a WATER monster also takes reduced damage FROM fire. THIS only applies to Water, Fire, Life, Earth and Lightning. LIGHT AND DARK are NOT strong resisting their counterpart.
Fleeing a fight is an important part of retaining action points. General good times to flee are when you lose your front line defending units or at the start of any combat you know you're outmatched. At a minimum, restoring a fallen member costs 2AP and this cost increases dramatically each condition past so its always a huge risk to lose more than you have to. EVERY loss prevented is a key strategy.