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Melee Damage is the type of Physical Damage delivered by a Melee Attack. When two units are locked in face-to-face combat, the attacker will deliver this damage to its target. Simultaneously, the target delivers Melee Damage against its attacker, in a process called a Counter Attack. The amount of damage delivered is based primarily on each unit's Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack Strength as indicated in the unit's details window.

As with all other types of Physical Damage, Melee Damage attempts to inflicts actual Icon Damage.png Damage Points on the target. To do this, the attacker must make Icon ToHit.png To Hit rolls to determine the accuracy of the attack, and the defender may make Icon ToBlock.png Defense rolls to try and block some of this incoming damage.

Much of the process is based on random rolls - and many of them. Therefore, a unit will not always deliver the same amount of Melee Damage with each Melee Attack or Counter Attack it makes. However, statistical calculations can reveal how much damage a unit is likely to deliver with each attack, and how much damage it can deliver in an exceptionally luck attack.

Effect Edit

Melee Damage is a simple type of Physical Damage. This means that it attempts to inflict actual Icon Damage.png Damage Points on the target, and involves both Icon ToHit.png To Hit rolls and Icon ToBlock.png Defense rolls to determine the final amount of Icon Damage.png Damage.

The maximum amount of Icon Damage.png Damage caused to the target is equal to the strength of the Melee Attack itself. This has to be calculated (see below) before the damage can be processed.

Rolling To Hit Edit

With all types of Physical Damage, the attacker is required to make Icon ToHit.png To Hit rolls, which determine how many hits are registered against the target. The number of rolls is equal to the strength of the Melee Attack itself. Each roll results in a value between 1 and 100, which is then compared to the attacker's Icon ToHit.png To Hit score (usually Icon ToHit.png 30, before modifiers are taken into account). Each successful roll registers one hit against the target.

Rolling To Block Edit

The target of Physical Damage is then allowed to make Icon ToBlock.png Defense rolls, which will help it block or dodge some of these registered hits. The number of rolls is equal to the target's Icon Defense.png Defense score, and again each roll results in a number between 1 and 100, which is compared with the defender's Icon ToBlock.png To Block score (usually Icon ToBlock.png 30, for nearly all units). Each successful roll blocks one of those registered hits.

Applying Damage Edit

Finally, any registered hits that were not blocked are immediately translated into actual Icon Damage.png Damage which is applied to the target's current Icon Hits.png Health. During this process, the target unit may lose one or more of its Icon Figure.png figures, and may end up being completely destroyed as a result.

Since Physical Damage requires both Icon ToHit.png To Hit and Icon ToBlock.png Defense rolls, the actual amount of Icon Damage.png Damage delivered to the target is almost always lower than the calculated maximum. It is even possible that no actual Icon Damage.png Damage will result, whether the attacker failed all his/her Icon ToHit.png To Hit rolls or the defender managed to succeed in a sufficient number of Icon ToBlock.png Defense rolls.

There are also complex rules regarding Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units making or suffering Melee Damage. The attack is stronger the more Icon Figure.png Figures there are in the attacking unit, and the defender unit has more chance to survive if it contains more Icon Figure.png Figures as well.

For a complete explanation of how Physical Damage works, including all the rolls it is required to make, see the article on Physical Damage.

Attack Strength Edit

The total amount of Melee Damage delivered by a Melee Attack or Counter Attack is determined primarily by the Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack strength of the attacking unit. This is indicated by a row of Icon Melee Normal.png Swords in the unit's details panel.

For each Icon Melee Normal.png Sword, the unit delivers 1 point of Melee Damage. Thus, a unit with Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Swords deliver 3 points of Melee Damage each time it makes a Melee Attack or Counter Attack.

This becomes somewhat more complex with Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units, since each Icon Figure.png Figure makes a separate Melee Attack upon the target. For example, a unit with Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Swords and Icon Figure.png 4 Figures makes 4 separate Melee Attacks, each delivering 3 points of Melee Damage. This is not the same as a single attack delivering 12 points of Melee Damage (see Physical Damage for a thorough explanation of why this is so).

The calculated Attack Strength indicates the absolute maximum amount of Icon Damage.png Damage that can be caused to the target. Again, due to the Icon ToHit.png To Hit and Icon ToBlock.png To Block rolls made in the process of calculating inflicted damage (see above), the actual results are usually lower than this maximum.

Immunities Edit

Melee Damage differs from other types of Physical Damage primarily by its delivery method (i.e. through Melee Attacks), but also by the immunities that can help the target block it more effectively.

Melee Damage is not blocked by Magic Immunity nor Missile Immunity. However, it will trigger a target's Weapons Immunity in some specific cases.

When Weapons Immunity is in fact triggered, it temporarily sets the target's Defense score at Icon Defense.png 10, usually making the target much better at blocking registered hits, and thus usually suffering less Icon Damage.png Damage as a result. This Defense bonus applies only when blocking Melee Damage.

Weapon Immunity is triggered whenever the attacker delivers Melee Damage through a Icon Melee Normal.png Normal Melee Attack. This includes the following:

Fantastic Units will never trigger a target's Weapon Immunity, since their weapons are considered "magical" by default (even though this isn't displayed in their details panel).

Sources of Melee Damage Edit

Virtually all units possess a Melee Attack, and this is the only source of Melee Damage found in the game.

The amount of Melee Damage delivered by a unit is affected by many different factors, and can be adjusted very easily by modifying a unit's Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack Strength. Even more importantly, the total amount of Melee Damage delivered by a Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure unit can change radically during combat as the unit loses or regains Icon Figure.png figures.

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