Destiny Impact vs Attack Analysis
Destiny Impact vs Attack Analysis by ShadowRock9
Hi everyone! Seeing as to how there hasn’t been a clear guide on the effects of the impact and attack stats on damage, I decided to run a few tests with a few guns to, hopefully, solve the “mystery” once and for all. If you’re only interested in the conclusive results (Ctrl + F, “Overall Conclusions”), then scroll all the way to the bottom. Otherwise, read on. :)
Test 1: Same impact, different attack.
The following table shows how much damage each rifle did per shot. Headshot damage is in bold.
|Galahad-E @ 230 Atk||Galahad-E @ 224 Atk||Cydonia AR3 @ 150 Atk|
|Level 2 Dreg||37 / 110||37 / 110||37 / 110|
|Level 28 Dreg||47 / 141||46 / 136||34 / 101|
In the same vein, I used the Eclipse V/MX2 @ 224 Attack vs Sahara AR3 @ 178 Attack. Again, they have the same impact and the comparative picture can be found here.
|Eclipse @ 224 Atk||Sahara @ 178 Atk|
|Level 2 Dreg||19 / 55||19 / 55|
|Level 28 Dreg||23 / 68||17 / 51|
So, dealing the same damage to lower levelled enemies, but not when the enemies are of a higher level than me? Obvious conclusion here, then.
Conclusion based on test 1: Attack stat does not affect damage per shot unless fighting against an enemy of a higher level.
Test 2: Same attack, different impact. This time, I pitted the Galahad-E @ 224 Attack against the Eclipse @ 224 Attack. Comparative picture here.
|Galahad-E @ 224 Atk||Eclipse @ 224 Atk|
|Lv 2 Dreg||37 / 110||19 / 55|
|Lv 28 Dreg||46 / 136||23 / 68|
So, different damage values all around despite having the same attack stat? Yep, the conclusion to draw here is also fairly obvious.
Conclusion based on test 2: It is the impact stat that affects damage per shot, and not attack.
It’s fairly straightforward then: it is impact that affects damage per shot, and the attack stat acts mainly as a damage modifier for enemies that are of higher level. Technically, I have accomplished what I had set out to find out, and can end my experiment here. However, when I saw that the vast difference in impact (easily 5x more) only translated into roughly 2x more damage per shot, I was compelled to find out the correlation scale between impact and damage; i.e. if impact increases by x, how much does the damage increase?
Test 3: correlation scale between impact and damage.
So, at this point, I brought in two more weapons: the exotic Bad JuJu pulse rifle @ 267 attack and the Regulator Mk. 56 hand cannon @ 230 attack. These will go up against the Eclipse and Galahad rifles, with the latter as the point of reference.
|Lv 2 Dreg||37 / 110||19 / 55||28 / 83||83 / 329|
|Lv 28 Dreg||47 / 141||23 / 68||42 / 126||113 / 425|
It’s interesting because Despite having 10x impact more than the Eclipse, the Regulator does only less 3x the amount of damage per shot. A similar pattern is also observed in all rifles; e.g. despite the Galahad having over 2x the amount of impact over the Bad Juju, it still only does about 1.5x damage over the latter per shot.
Conclusion from test 3: The scale of increase in impact as to the increase in damage is decreasing; i.e. if you gain x impact, the damage gained per shot will be less than x, and as x increases, the damage gain decreases. (See overall conclusions if I have done a bad job at explaining this.)
- It is the impact stat that will always affect your damage per shot.
- The attack stat will only affect your damage per shot in enemies that are of a higher level than you.
- Ten times more impact on Gun A as compared to Gun B does not correlate to ten times more damage per shot from Gun A.
EXTRA – Some Observations from the damage values:
- Precision hits from auto rifles and pulse rifles deal roughly 2.9x damage more than a normal hit. Scout rifles are untested, though I would believe they would have the same multiplier.
- Special weapons use an entirely different impact scale from primary weapons. A low impact sniper rifle dealt 232 damage from a non-precision shot on a dreg.
Yup, so there you have it. The “attack vs impact” debate settled. Hope it helps and see you online! :)