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2) If 10 ranks of a lore 'almost adds one crit rank', what is the actual threshold for actually adding one crit rank?
Dark Catalyst's (719) Elemental Lore bonus is a bit convoluted. I will tell you this: at 10 ranks of the appropriate lore, it almost adds one crit rank to the relevant damage cycle, at 50 lore ranks it adds 2 crit ranks, and at 100 lore ranks it adds 3 crit ranks. It's a flat modifier and the warding margin is not a factor. If you're wanting to crit kill with Dark Catalyst, the lore benefit is pretty good, although admittedly, you don't receive much other benefit with those ranks (at least until the Elemental Lore Review for the Minor Elemental spell circle).
Below are all of the old GM posts that I saved, including the "polynomial equation" post.
Dark Catalyst Updated · on 9/30/2003 11:22:12 PM 3169
Dark Catalyst has been updated to take into account the effects of Elemental Lores. More specifically, it does more damage for a particular critical type if you have training in the appropriate Lore skill. The spell functions exactly the same as it did before for players with no lore training.
Note: Lightning criticals are solely effected by Air lore as opposed to Air and Water lore like wizard bolts.
Re: Has anyone testing the lores and 719 yet? · on 10/2/2003 7:49:37 PM 23563
Elemental Lore training does not add extra flares.
Re: Has anyone testing the lores and 719 yet? · on 10/2/2003 8:29:45 PM 23565
No, DC flares are very powerful. Adding additional flares would be overpowering, adding to the damage/critical strength of existing flares is not.
Re: elemental lore and DC · on 7/14/2005 8:21:04 AM 5567
Elemtan Lore helps with both damage and crit.
Re: elemental lore and DC · on 7/14/2005 1:17:06 PM 5577
>Nilven, thank you for responding. Do you care to explain a bit more? Does it always help, is there a random roll? I how does it help with crits? I would love to have my DC be more powerful, but nearly every sorcerer tells me not to train in elemental lore fire or otherwize. They tell me it was tested alot and the effects are not noticable.<
1) It always helps. 2) It ups the critical rank on a diminishing returns basis.
Re: elemental lore and DC · on 7/17/2005 3:50:54 PM 5612
The spell's bonus works off ranks. Benefit starts to be seen from 3 ranks and onwards. Diminishing returns kick in at 10 ranks.
Re: Elemental Lore - Seed · on 11/11/2005 12:08:41 AM 7029
The elemental lore formula for Dark Catalyst doesn't follow any of the lore summation charts. It use a polynomial equation.