Why is True Critical Element actually garbage?
So I've been under the impression that True Critical Element (TCE) is "way better" than regular Critical Element. I play a lot of Greatsword and Sword & Shield and what's really dumb is that when I test against enemies and the training dummy alike, I'm seeing almost no damage improvement on my TCE set vs CE.
For testing purposes I've made sure to hit the same spot on the test dummy with the draw attack for both weapons.
In my first test I used the Kirin Sword and Shield, Ephemeral Fulminator, with Critical Boost
After bonuses I have 370 attack and 570 lightning with white sharpness
With the Critical Element set I'm hitting for 97
With TCE I hit for 99
In my second test I used the Velkhana Greatsword, Winged Seraphyd, also with Critical Boost
After bonuses I have 1411 attack and 550 ice with purple sharpness
With CE I'm hitting for (uncharged) 251
With CE I'm hitting for (full charge) 550
With TCE I'm hitting for (uncharged) 255
With TCE I'm hitting for (full charge) 556
For reference, with no CE and everything else the same, I hit 241 uncharged, and 534 charged with Velk GS.
In conclusion, I'm really disappointed with the results with TCE on my Sword and Shield. But I will say even though the bonus is small it does add up, I guess, and I can get all the SnS skills I want on that set so might as well use it.
Additionally for Greatsword it's basically totally useless, and in some cases a detriment. It's a lot harder to get the correct skills with jewels/talisman and stonethrower is pretty much going to waste with GS (not that it's much more useful on SnS). In fact after these tests I'm thinking there's a raw damage set that's a more ideal solution for Greatsword.
Just wanted to put some numbers out there for people curious because I was really convinced using TCE was the "only" option to get huge dick damage, but clearly it is a pedestrian improvement at best over CE. As for the defense bonus of using the TCE 4 piece, that's a different story. But for damage output, there is certainly no reason to lock yourself into TCE, what do you think?
- 1 month ago
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