Shocking staff/tesla rod skill

Discussion in 'Arcanum Hints & Tips' started by DokEnkephalin, Jan 2, 2009.

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  1. DokEnkephalin

    DokEnkephalin New Member

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    Apparently a melee master can't use them accurately, but it's never made clear exactly what skill they depend on. Max electrical expertise doesn't help, either. They can't be firearms, can they? Bows?
     
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    Dark Elf Administrator Staff Member

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    It's Firearms. I believe it says in the Firearms skill description that it covers guns as well as other technological weaponry, but that's not very obvious in the case with the staffs.
     
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    DokEnkephalin New Member

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    I assumed some sort of aiming ability would be needed, but to associate a rod that shoots lightning bolts with a 'Firearm' is a stretch I never would've made.

    Hm. Do electrical attacks have the same problems penetrating high magick targets that guns do?
     
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    I don't know. Suppose they do. If not, they're affected by the target's electrical resistance and not its technological aptitude.
     
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    DarkFool Nemesis of the Ancients

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    You know... I'ven't ever used it... I really should. Does it truly throw lightning bolts? Can I barbecue guards in thier armor?
     
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    DokEnkephalin New Member

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    The Tesla Rod throws something that looks like a pinkish purple ball of static that, since I only had 24% accuracy with, mostly misses targets that it's very much bigger than. I hit once for miserable damage, but it looked like it might be dealing a close range burst, so maybe it can hit multiple targets.
     
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    I'm pretty sure the shocking staff is melee skill, but the Tesla Rod is most certainly Firearms. I never liked it all that much, to be honest. It isn't that powerful, the range isn't that great, and it hits your allies.
     
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