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A high-level overview of the damage calculation process could be:

Damage = Base Damage
        × (1 + Sum of Critical Damage Bonus)
        × (1 + Sum of Regular Damage Bonuses)
        × (Product of (1 - Damage Reductions))

Base Damage[]

A weapon's base damage numbers can be viewed on its own wiki page's Statistics section:

Base Damage Bonuses[]

The following types of damage bonuses are base damage bonuses:

  • Any weapon aspects / Daedalus Hammer upgrades that replace the weapon's move with a new one. The new base damage number is displayed in the in-game tooltip. Notable examples:
  • Any hammer upgrade that replaces Attack / Special with a charging attack

Critical Hit[]

Critical Hit Chance[]

Certain boons and weapon aspects can grant the ability to do critical damage:

The critical chance from different sources are additive. e.g.:

  • An Attack from a rank 5 Heart-Seeking Bow's Aspect of Zagreus has +15% crit chance.
  • A Pressure Point boon of Epic rarity grants +4% crit chance
  • Together, they grant 19% crit chance per attack.

Only when the critical hit check succeeds, the critical hit damage bonus actually applies.

Critical Damage Bonus[]

The base value of critical damage bonus is +200%. Other possible sources of critical damage bonus are:

Regular Damage Bonuses[]

Most +% damage bonuses fit in this category. Examples:

All the regular damage bonuses are added together first before being multiplied with in the formula. Thus they are called "additive" bonuses among the communities.

Damage Reduction[]

Damage reductions are multiplicative. Example: a player has the following sources of damage reductions:

The player will take (1 - 10%) × (1 - 30%) = 63% damage from foes. It is a 37% damage reduction.

The theorical maximum can reach near 95% damage reduction.

Irregular Factors[]

The following factors can also affect the damage calculation. They're omitted from the formula for simplicity but they do exist.

Rounding Floating-Point Number to Integer[]

In a computer, a decimal number is actually "emulated" with binary number (see the industry standard of floating-point number, IEEE 754). When rounding a decimal number to integer, loss of accuracy may happen. Rounding could happen in any step of calculations to introduce inaccuracy.

Self-damage Damage Modifier[]

When the attacker and victim are the same unit, there is an extra step of damage modification (i.e. "multiplicative") between base damage and critical damage.

For now the only case of self-damage is Hazard Bomb: it reduces damage down to 1%.