Because I have too much free time, because @thefabricant
's PC exploded, and because Edgy heard rumors from the Drider server, I checked out information on the two most wanted items from the latest lockbox: the Swarm legendary combat power and the Razorwood pet.
Happy now Edgy? Grammatically correct or not, I don't care if you get tilted, I write however I please.
Swarm:Yes, the 5% buff and 5% debuff are working correctly.
Normally, I'd trust the Russian server because the Russian server is stupidly good, but I was curious to see if it was just a math error.
Done in Caer Konig on the latest preview patch of the writing, used HR with 1000 fixed damage weapons, no feats and no other gear. Dorrian was naked (because ugly lizard skin), had unspecced all feats, and was using a 1000 damage test weapon.
Clean ACT Version
972.99 was the reference hit done without using the swarm.
Then, I applied Swarm and attacked the swarmed target (to check the debuff), then quickly attacked an unswarmed target (to check the buff).
1021.64 was the damage with the buff applied. 1021.64/972.99= 1.050000, which indicates the buff is correct.
1072.71 was the hit with the debuff and the clean ACT picture clearly shows the 105% effectiveness. If you prefer math, if the swarm debuff and buff were both applied, then 1072.71 would be 1.1025x larger than 972.99.
972.99 * 1.05 * 1.05 = 1072.721475. There are some rounding errors, but the damage is close enough to what is observed. The buff is personal, but the debuff is party wide
105% effectiveness doesn't lie.
(Aside note: to all the GFs out there, this active power mount applies Crushing Pin. I know this because Durian forgot to unspec it during the testing).The debuff can stack.
What would happen is Dorrian would attack, then apply swarm, then I would follow up and attack, and apply swarm, then either one of us would hit to check if the debuff stacked.
110% effectiveness indicates that the debuffs do indeed stack (1+ (0.05 + 0.05)).
As a personal note, I found the animation to be noticeably quicker to apply than the Tenser's active power, though I do not know how to record gifs and cannot provide an exact comparison.
Less information and testing I wanted to do. The main thing I wanted to know is if the 25% CA bonus was affected by the Drow Ambush Tactics boon.
Used a testing GF with no feats, only picked Defense -> Lifesteal -> Drow Ambush Tactics for Underdark boons, a 1000 damage testing weapon, 17 STR, 3 points in Crushing Surge, 11 CHA, and no other gear equipped.The Razorwood pet is affected by the Drow Ambush Tactics boon
Clean ACT version
The Enforced Threat was to apply a marking effect that grants CA. Then, I attacked once without having the Razorwood equipped. Then, I quickly equipped Groot, and then attacked once more.
Seeing as the hit with Groot yields more damage than the hit without Groot, we can deduce the pet works in some capacity. Now I want to see if the pet is affected by Drow Ambush Tactics.
Ignoring the debuff, look at the base damage of the hit, which was 3483.5. To see if it works, I just need to do some math for comparison.
According to my calculations (which were pretty close to reality), I would only get 3483.5 only if Groot's CA Bonus was multiplied by Drow Ambush Tactics.
Special thanks to @sirjimbofrancis
for loaning me the items to test, @dungra34
for assisting me in the testing, and @flensburger99
for providing moral support.