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Ranged Damage is a name used on this wiki and elsewhere to refer to the Physical Damage caused be any type of Ranged Attack.

As with all other types of Physical Damage, Ranged Damage attempts to inflict actual Icon Damage.png Damage Points on its target, and requires the attacker and target to perform multiple Icon ToHit.png To Hit and Icon ToBlock.png Defense rolls, respectively, in order to determine the final Icon Damage.png Damage amount.

Ranged Damage is only a collective name that's used for simplicity's sake. In practice, it is actually a group of three separate damage types, namely Ranged Missile Damage, Ranged Boulder Damage and Ranged Magical Damage, which are delivered by Icon Ranged Bow.png Missile, Icon Ranged Boulder.png Boulder and Icon Ranged Magic.png Magic attacks respectively. Each of these behaves slightly differently from one another, and from the rest of the Physical Damage types found in the game.

Effect Edit

Although Ranged Damage is actually a collective name for three different types of damage (see below), all three have a very similar effect on the target - as defined by the rules common to all Physical Damage types. This always involves both Icon ToHit.png To Hit rolls and Icon ToBlock.png Defense rolls to determine the final amount of Icon Damage.png Damage done to the target.

The maximum amount of Icon Damage.png Damage caused to the target is equal to the strength of the Ranged 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 Ranged 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.

Some types of Ranged Damage (as explained below) also modify the attacker's Icon ToHit.png To Hit score based on the distance to the target. This is always a penalty, and serves to reduce the number of registered hits when Ranged Damage is inflicted from a greater distance. This goes to offset the tactical advantages of Ranged Attacks, since the target is not allowed to retaliate (unlike with Melee Attacks).

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 Physical 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 Ranged Damage delivered by a Ranged Attack is determined primarily by the Ranged Attack strength of the attacking unit. This is indicated by a row of Icon Ranged Bow.png Bows, Icon Ranged Boulder.png Boulders or Icon Ranged Magic.png Bolts in the unit's details panel, depending on what kind of Ranged Attack the unit is using.

For each Icon Ranged Bow.png Bow, Icon Ranged Boulder.png Boulder or Icon Ranged Magic.png Bolt, the unit delivers 1 point of Ranged Damage. Thus, a unit with Icon Ranged Bow.png 3 Bows deliver 3 points of Ranged Damage each time it makes a Ranged Attack.

This becomes somewhat more complex with Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units, since each Icon Figure.png Figure makes a separate Ranged Attack upon the target. For example, a unit with Icon Ranged Bow.png 3 Bows and Icon Figure.png 4 Figures makes 4 separate Ranged Attacks, each delivering 3 points of Ranged Damage. This is not the same as a single attack delivering 12 points of Ranged 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.

Distance Penalties Edit

Two of the three types of Ranged Damage, namely Ranged Missile Damage and Ranged Boulder Damage, are subjected to Icon ToHit.png To Hit penalties based on the distance between the attacker and the target. The greater the distance, the higher the penalty. This influences the damage output of the unit's Ranged Attacks as explained above. This penalty is unique to these two damage types, and is not applied to any other attack found in the game; it doesn't even apply to Ranged Magical Damage.

The size of the penalty is based only on distance, as shown in the table below:

Range Icon ToHit.png To Hit Penalty
1 Tile (adjacent)*   No Penalty
2 Tiles No Penalty
3,4 or 5 Tiles Icon ToHit.png -10% Penalty
6,7 or 8 Tiles Icon ToHit.png -20% Penalty
Etcetera Icon ToHit.png -30% Penalty

* "Adjacent" means the attacker and the target are right next to each other (including diagonals).

Note that some units possess the Long Range ability. In this case, they will never suffer a To Hit penalty greater than Icon ToHit.png -10%. In other words, they will suffer exactly -10% when firing at any target that is at least 3 tiles away. Also note that the lowest the distance penalty can bring your to hit score is 10%.

Ranged Damage Types Edit

As mentioned earlier, the term "Ranged Damage" does not actually describe one specific Damage Type, but rather a group of three separate types, called Ranged Missile Damage, Ranged Boulder Damage and Ranged Magical Damage. They are all delivered by Ranged Attacks, and are similar enough that they can be safely explained together in a single article.

Each of these is defined as being delivered by a different kind of Ranged Attack. As you probably already know, there are three Ranged Attack Types in the game. The table below shows which attack delivers which kind of damage:

Attack Type Icon Ranged Damage Type
Ranged Missile Attack Icon Ranged Bow.png * Ranged Missile Damage
Ranged Boulder Attack Icon Ranged Boulder.png * Ranged Boulder Damage
Ranged Magical Attack Icon Ranged Magic.png Ranged Magical Damage

* Slingers have a Ranged Missile Attack marked with Icon Ranged Boulder.png Boulders. This is still a missile attack though.

The sections below explain how each of these "sub-types" differs from the others. In all other aspects, they are identical.

Ranged Missile Damage Edit

Ranged Missile Damage is always delivered by Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attacks. Its strength is thus based on the attacker's Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attack strength.

Ranged Missile Damage suffers from Distance Penalties, as described above. It is thus very important to try and get close to the target before firing, in order to avoid or at least minimize the Icon ToHit.png To Hit reduction caused by this effect.

Ranged Missile Damage will always trigger a target's Missile Immunity, if present. This increases the target's Defense score to Icon Defense.png 50, making that target impervious to all but the strongest Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attacks. However, it will not normally trigger any other kind of immunity, and so may be useful against Magic-Immune units.

Ranged Boulder Damage Edit

Ranged Boulder Damage is always delivered by Icon Ranged Boulder.png Ranged Boulder Attacks. Its strength is thus based on the attacker's Icon Ranged Boulder.png Ranged Boulder Attack strength.

Ranged Boulder Damage suffers from Distance Penalties, as described above. It is thus usually important to try and get close to the target before firing, in order to avoid or at least minimize the Icon ToHit.png To Hit reduction caused by this effect. Fortunately, several units possessing a Icon Ranged Boulder.png Ranged Boulder Attack also possess the Long Range ability, which limits that penalty to some degree.

Ranged Boulder Damage will not trigger any of the target's immunities, and thus can be effective against a wide variety of targets.

Ranged Magical Damage Edit

Ranged Magical Damage is always delivered by Icon Ranged Magic.png Ranged Magical Attacks. Its strength is thus based on the attacker's Icon Ranged Magic.png Ranged Magical Attack strength.

Ranged Magical Damage does not suffer from any Distance Penalties. Therefore, it is just as effective when the target is way across the other side of the battlefield as it is when the target is very close by. This allows Icon Ranged Magic.png Ranged Magical Attacks to be used early in the battle, and makes them very deadly throughout.

On the other hand, Ranged Magical Damage will always trigger a target's Magic Immunity, if present. This increases the target's Defense score to Icon Defense.png 50, making that target impervious to all but the strongest Icon Ranged Magic.png Ranged Magical Attacks. However, it will not normally trigger any other kind of immunity, and so may be useful against Missile-Immune units.

The reaction with the target's Magic Immunity means that Ranged Magical Damage is often lumped into another Damage Type known simply as Magical Damage - the damage delivered by most combat spells. There are slight differences, but it is usually fine to use the term Magical Damage instead of Ranged Magical Damage.

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