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User Info: penguin_knight

7 years ago#1
Sorry... accidentally locked my previous topic... here is version 2.


Just want to use this thread to collect what I have been reading and analyzing on the many problem about stats. Hopefully these discussions can end some of your confusion.

How do strength and dexterity affect physical skills

Source of data: http://bozumemo.blogspot.com/2013/06/blog-post_8579.html

From the source I took the strength and dexterity data, as well as the damage for Kairikirenshin (Berserker God in SJ) as the outcome. There are totally 10 demons' data, and I did a regression analysis using strength, dexterity, and both to predict the damage. Here are the results:

1) Strength:
Damage = 98.79 + 2.05 x Strength
R^2 = 97.5%

2) Dexterity:
Damage = 88.37 + 2.31 x Dexterity
R^2 = 98.8%

3) Both strength and dexterity
Damage = 91.02 + 1.51 x Dexterity + 0.74 x Strength
R^2 = 99.4%

From this data, it looks like scenario 3 predicts the most of the damage pattern, and the coefficients 1.5 and 0.7 are also quite convincing. Additionally, there has been information (i) on the wiki saying that strength contributes some to the physical skill damage, while dexterity contributes a lot more.

We probably need more data, but at this point I'd suggest going for Dex because the return seems to be higher.

(i) http://www34.atwiki.jp/megaten4/pages/273.html

Codes for R in case if you'd like to try:

str <- c(37,63,49,68,35,33,53,20,18,83)
dex <- c(41,63,45,62,32,37,59,22,17,74)
damage <- c(180,230,200,240,160,170,220,140,130,260)


User Info: penguin_knight

7 years ago#2
About which status determines physical, gun, and magical damages

Source: http://bozumemo.blogspot.com/2013/06/blog-post_8084.html

Physical damage
Setting: Yoshtsune using Occult Flash

1a) Str 96, Dex 80, Mag 73 -- Damage: ~240
1b) Str 156, Dex 80, Mag 73 -- Damage: ~280
1c) Str 96, Dex 140, Mag 73 -- Damage: ~330
1d) Str 96, Dex 80, Mag 133 -- Damage: ~240

Analysis: 1b has 60 higher strength and you can see that damage is 40 higher. This agree with the 0.7 damage per strength hypothesis.

1c has 60 higher dexterity and the damage is 90 higher, aligning well with 1.5 damage per dexterity hypothesis.

Comparing 1d and 1a, magic appears to have no influence on physical skills.

Gun damage

Setting: Flynn using Riot Gun +8

2a) Str 142, Dex 247, Mag 115 -- Critical damage 940 (Normal damage ~ 627), Smirking + critical 1470
2b) Str 202, Dex 247, Mag 115 -- Critical damage1010 (Normal damage ~ 673), Smirking + critical 1580
2c) Str 142, Dex 307, Mag 115 -- Critical damage 1070 (Normal damage ~ 713), Smirking + critical 1690
2d) Str 142, Dex 247, Mag 175 -- Critical damage 940 (Normal damage ~ 627), Smirking + critical 1470

Analysis: 2b has 60 higher strength than 2a, and the normal damage is 46 higher. 46/60 is again about 0.7~0.8.

2c has 60 higher dexterity than 2a, and the normal damage is 86 higher. 86/60 is 1.43, close to 1.5.

2d has 60 higher magic than 2a, and damage remains unchanged. So magic has no say on gun damage neither.

Magic damage

Setting: Flynn using Antikhton +8

3a) Str 142, Dex 247, Mag 115 -- Damage: ~340
3b) Str 202, Dex 247, Mag 115 -- Damage: ~340
3c) Str 142, Dex 307, Mag 115 -- Damage: ~340
3d) Str 142, Dex 247, Mag 175 -- Damage: ~430

Analysis: Logically, only magic affects magical damage. The rate is about 1.5 points of additional damage per magic stat.

User Info: penguin_knight

7 years ago#3
Is the Strength 100 sword, Plasma Sword, such a BFD?

Source: http://bozumemo.blogspot.com/2013/06/blog-post_14.html

Here this report is on comparing plasma sword (the strongest weapon in the game that requires 100 strength to obtain) and a couple other weapons. I hope this can open up some alternative play style for those who wish to be physically focused.

Setting 1: MC with plasma sword

1a) Str 142, critical damage ~ 310, smirking critical damage ~ 500
1b) Str 262, critical damage ~ 370, smirking critical damage ~ 590

For physical strike with one hit, each additional strength point adds 0.3 damage (I'll cover this later, if interest is there.) And critical hit damage is 1.5 times of normal damage. So, the actual normal damages are ~ 207 and 247, 40 points more. The strength difference is 120, so the magic 0.3 again.

Setting 2: MC with skull scepter
2a) Str 142, critical damage ~ 125 x 4, smirking critical damage ~ 200 x 4
2b) Str 262, critical damage ~ 190 x 4, smirking critical damage ~ 300 x 4

Notice that skull scepter always deliver four hits at multiple enemies (low hit rate, however). The total damage is higher than plasma sword, which only delivers one hit.

Setting 3: MC with head-hunting spoon
2a) Str 142, critical damage ~ 120 at first, 70 after x 3-6 hits, smirking critical damage ~ 170 first, 120 after x 3-6 hits.
2a) Str 262, critical damage ~ 180 at first, 120 after x 3-6 hits, smirking critical damage ~ 270 first, 180 after x 3-6 hits.

Head-hunting spoon hits 3 to 6 times, the first hit has higher damage (also has low hti rate, however). The 0.3 damage per strength is actually lower in subsequent hits if your weapon hits multiple times.

Analysis: Plasma sword is the strongest weapon in power, but when compounded with hit #, there are other option. Now, as a strength-based MC, the decision would be if you'd like to focus on one-hit or multiple-hit. If you'd like to use skull scepter or head-hunting spoon, you'll have to remember balance your Agility (which improves hit rate) and/or Luck (which improves critical hit.)

In the blog, the writer comments that he is a luck type player (his MC has 400+ luck that he failed to get any normal damage data) so he favors skull scepter, which can cause critical in any of the four hits. He comments that head-hunting spoon seems to lack that perpetual critical hit capability.

Lastly, he also listed the damage of Riot Gun:

Setting 2: MC using Riot Gun
2a) Str 142, Dex 247, critical damage ~ 950, smirking critical damage ~ 1480
2b) Str 262, Dex 247, critical damage ~ 1070, smirking critical damage ~ 1690

which pretty much tops the chart. However, it doesn't say that if he has equipped the gun damage magnifying accessory.

User Info: penguin_knight

7 years ago#4
Does any of the stats affect HP/MP growth?

No, you'll get about 7 HP and 3 MP for each level. The growth is linear.

Source: http://gamers-high.com/megami4/data/human.html

User Info: penguin_knight

7 years ago#5
Damage modifiers

This is not really about stats... but I'll just throw them all here.

Source: http://www34.atwiki.jp/megaten4/pages/207.html

This data are damage modifications under different condition. The poster use Ancient Day to cast Thunder Reign 10 times for each condition, then compared them to the vanilla damage to come up with the modifiers.

Nothing modified: 100%
Smirking: 160%
Target has cold status: 101%
User used Panic Magic: 125%
User used Concentrate: 249%
User used Reima Shuuchuu (beefed up Concentrate): 297%
Tarukaja x 1: 121%
Tarukaja x 2: 140%
Tarukaja x 3: 160%
Rakunda x 1: 120%
Rakunda x 2: 141%
Rakunda x 3: 160%
Tarukaja x 3 & Rakunda x 3: 255%
Pleroma: 126%
Giga Pleroma: 150%
Double Pleroma: 188%
All of the above: 4432%

Notice that the actual output should be about 7200% in the last one... something around 1.6 is ruled out when all of the above happened.

An it seems to be about either of this three:

Double Pleroma & Tarukaja x 3 & Smirking: 298%

The actual should be around 460%... the smirking multiplier seems to be omitted when some other multiplier is in effect.

My hypothesis (really wild guess here) is that smirking status may actually be a temporary ~kaja +3 bonus. When kaja is already maxed out, smirking or not has no effect (however smirking will still null the character's weaknesses, which is still wonderful). Probably more experiments are needed.

User Info: QuadForce878

7 years ago#6
So Str 142, Dex 307, along with a Riot +8 would be ideal for min/maxing Gun Damage?

User Info: penguin_knight

7 years ago#7
QuadForce878 posted...
So Str 142, Dex 307, along with a Riot +8 would be ideal for min/maxing Gun Damage?

Nope, if you have 142 + 307 = 449 pts and you'd like to max gun damage, dump them all to Dex. This person just tinker around his/her character to see the effect of upping/lowering each stat on different types of damage. The actual stats don't carry specific meanings.

User Info: penguin_knight

7 years ago#8
On magical skills: Base power of some magical attacks

Source: http://www34.atwiki.jp/megaten4/pages/284.html

As we have previously covered in this thread, only Mag affects the magical damage output. The general factor is 1.5 point more damage for each addition point of Mag. The final number is then added to the base power of the spell's. That forms the foundation damage, which will then be adjusted by many factors such as ~kaja, ~kunda, Pleroma, and +# etc.

Here are the base powers of most of the damage-based magical skills (may not be complete and the translation may be slightly off because I play the JPN version).

Single target elemental
Agi, Bufu, Zio, Zan: 26
Agirao, Bufula, Zioga, Zanma: 46
Agidyne, Bufudyne, Ziodyne, Zandyne: 70
Trisagion, Killing Wind: 100

Hit-all elemental
Maragi, Mahabufu, Mahazio, Mahazan: 20
Maragion, Mahabufula, Mahazioga, Mahazanma: 40
Cold World: 50 (plus instant death, which relies on Luck)
Charming Bolt: 50 (plus confusion, which relies on Luck)
Maragidyne, Mahabufudyne, Mahaziodyne, Mahazandyne: 60
Thunder Reign: 80
DLC elemental of the four arch-angels (Divine Fire, Divine Hail, Divine Lightning, Divine Twister): 100 (plus piercing, these skill ignores all resist/null/absorb of the enemies, but they can be reflected by Makarakarn)

Multiple target elemental
Fire Breath, Ice Breath, Shock, Wind Breath (small damage 1-4 hits): 63
Ragnarok, Glacial Blast, Floral Gust (mid damage 1-4 hits): 103
Refrigerate (small damage 1-8 hits): 120
Plasma Shock (small damage 1-8 hits): 80
Breath (mid damage 1-5 hits): 123

Megido: 53
Holy Wrath: 53 (x1.5 against Chaos)
Judgment: 53 (x1.5 against Neutral)
Sea of Chaos: 53 (x1.5 against Law)
Onteki Choubuku: 66 (x1.25, always hit the target as if it exploits weakness)
Medidola: 80
Babylon Goblet: 80 (plus confusion, which relies on Luck)
Megido Plasma: 90
Megidolaon: 106
Gaea Rage: 113
Damnation: 116 (plus poison, which relies on Luck)
Great Logo: 126
Shining Brand: 130 (plus branding, which relies on Luck)
Antikhton: 133 (plus all three ~kunda effects)

Analysis: So, the base damage of Agi used by someone with Mag 100 is (26 + 100 * 1.5) ~ 176. Hypothetically, at Mag 999, Agi +0 can cause 1525 damage (1549 if +8), while Trisagion +0 can cause 1598 damage (1622 if +8). As Mag grows higher, which skill to use does not matter as much.

As the demon's HP formula goes, HP of the HP-type demon (tank?) = 1.35 * (7 * Lv + 70). A lever 99 HP-type demon has about 1030 HP. If you use Antikhton, which takes 133 away, you'll still have 897HP to deduct. 897/1.5 = 598. So, hypothetically, if Mag reaches ~560, the MC and OHKO everything in random encounters.

With Concentrate... it's much lower. Concentrate increase the final damage by 2.5 times. So the base damage just needs to be 412. (412-133)/1.5 = 186 Mag needed. With about Mag 200 and Concentrate, MC can annihilate most stuff in one turn (use passing to let MC act twice.)

Just a hypothesis here... if you wonder when should you stop dumping into Mag, the range around 190 seems to be the answer. With 190 you can deal with most random encounters using Antikhton. Going higher for the sake of boss fights is probably sensible as well (?).
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(edited 7 years ago)

User Info: Zelloss

7 years ago#9
Just to clarify and make sure I'm reading this right: +x adds +3 damage each to the base power of spells? Is that correct? Or does it change based on what spell it is?
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User Info: penguin_knight

7 years ago#10
The three patterns of demon's HP/MP growth

Source: http://www34.atwiki.jp/megaten4/pages/299.html

If you pick a demon and its HP:MP ratio is:
1) 5:1, a HP-type
2) 2:1, a balanced type
3) 1:1, an MP-type

All HP/MP growths are linear.

For HP-type:
Max HP = 1.35 * (7 * Level + 70)
Max MP = 1.8907 * Level + 17.942

For balanced type:
Max HP = 1.00 * (7 * Level + 70)
Max MP = 3.153 * Level + 30.493

For HP-type:
Max HP = 0.67 * (7 * Level + 70)
Max MP = 4.571 * Level + 44.508
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