An Uncomfortable Look in the Mirror
How powerful are you, really? Not very when you’re just starting out but we’ll soon remedy that!
The real answer to that question is in the numbers. When you clear campaign locations and dungeons the change will be reflected in your experience level. When you equip or level up your gear, upgrade runes, or evolve abilities it will improve your power score. These and many other stats describe how powerful your hero has become.
Many a hero has been laid low thinking that all they needed to dominate in the dungeons was some fancy gear. If these paper dragons had studied their stats their true strengths (and weaknesses) would have been obvious. If you want to conquer campaign locations and dungeons, clear higher floors of the Tower, compete in the Arena, and make a name for yourself in your guild you must understand and develop every aspect of your hero. To do this you need to watch your stats.
Your Statistics – Pay Attention!
Base Damage and Armor
Base Damage and Armor are shown to the right of your hero’s image. They are determined by the quality and leveled condition of your weapons and armor. Runes and abilities will multiply these values so you want your base values high as you can get them.
Level and Offense Stats
Pressing the “i” above your hero’s image will hide your inventory and display the rest of your hero’s statistics. These numbers determine how you will perform out in the field. Your General and Offense stats are:
- Gear level
- Skill level
- Attack speed
- Damage per second (DPS)
- Critical Chance %
- Critical Damage %
Each one of these is described below. Don’t worry, this won’t hurt a bit!
XP, Item Level, & Skill Level
These three numbers are a great way to quickly assess a hero. Gear and skill levels should be as high or higher than your experience level. If they are not, these things are being neglected. That’s okay for other players. It’s not okay for you or the players you hire, enlist, or accept into your guild.
Attack Speed & Damage per Second
Upgrading rings and gloves will increase your attack speed and, by extension, your damage per second (DPS). The faster you strike, the more damage you will do. Attack speed is one half of a deadly equation. I get excited just thinking about it!
Critical Chance % and Critical Hit Damage %
Every so often your hero will score a critical hit that will do a lot more damage than a non-critical hit. Your critical chance % lets you know exactly how often this will happen. This percentage is dictated by helmets, amulets, and critical hit runes. The maximum critical chance value is 30%.
Your critical hit damage % is the factor by which your damage will be multiplied when you land a critical hit. This value is determined by your gear (breastplates and shields for warriors).
Scroll down to see your Defense statistics. They are:
- Damage Reduction %
- Dodge Chance %
- Effect Reduction %
I’m going to explain these, too.
Armor and Damage Reduction %
Your armor value is the same as the armor value shown to the right of your hero’s image. It is determined, oddly enough, by the quality and level of your armor! Your Damage Reduction % indicates how much damage your armor will absorb when you are hit. The better your armor, the less damage you will take.
Evasion and Dodge Chance
These values will help you to automatically dodge incoming attacks. You’ll notice that during battles you will occasionally see the word “dodge” appear over your hero. This is your evasion rune doing what it is supposed to do. Dodging attacks is even better than absorbing attacks with your armor because you will take no damage at all. Evasion runes are good things to maintain. Your evasion runes are active during both manual and auto play.
Resistance and Effect Reduction %
Resistance determines how long you will stay down after getting hit by a power attack. Power attacks are the enemy attacks that are telegraphed in orange a moment before the attack begins. These attacks include orc clubs, giant kicks, wolf charges, wraith lightning strikes, and many others. If you are knocked down by one of these attacks you will hear the sound of birds tweeting merrily while your enemies are stomping the life out of you. These values are important and are determined by the status of your resistance runes and gear, like rings, that contribute to your resistance score.
Defense Stats at a Glance
The designers of this game have helpfully provided a color-coded indicator for your armor, evasion, and resistance stats. If these values are good they will be displayed in green, if adequate they will be off-white, if inadequate they’ll be yellow, and if they’re red you’ve got some serious work to do.
Why did My Stats Go Down?!
So, you’ve been grinding away for weeks, upgrading your gear, runes, and abilities when you notice that your Damage Reduction, Dodge Chance, and Effect Reduction percentages are lower than the last time you checked them. Frustrating, isn’t it? Let me explain what has happened.
If you click the “i” next to your offense or defense stats you will see how you compare to a monster of a certain level. The strength of this hypothetical monster, and the strength of the actual monsters you encounter in the game will increase as you complete dungeons and as your power score increases. The game gets harder and your statistic drop. Your are more powerful, but your enemies are too. Welcome to the grind!
It’s not so bad. Upgrade your gear, runes, and abilities. Gain experience by defeating enemies. Your power will continue to grow. And every so often the monsters will adjust to keep things interesting. If this didn’t happen the game would be too easy, right?