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[Education] Typewriter vs Bobcat, Physical vs Physical, Generic Hero Loadouts, Best in Slot Perks

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The following write-up seeks to compare the latest event weapon (Typewriter) with a slightly less recent event weapon (Bobcat)

 

The basic characteristics (that most people will care about) are listed here.

Weapon Damage Headshot Bonus % Crit % Crit Dmg % Fire Rate Magazine Reload Time Ammo Type T:PB T:MR T:LR
Bobcat 24 50 10 50 12 50 3.3 Light 1.5 3.5 7
Typewriter 27 50 10 50 9 50 3 Medium 1.5 3.5 7
  • T: Number of tiles (distance from target)
  • PB: 100% of damage
  • MR: 70% of damage
  • LR: 20% of damage

 

I probably should note that (from the tooltips)

  • Bobcat: lower range than most assault weapons
  • Typewriter: Mid ranged assault weapon

 

Personally it seems weird to me that 1.5 tile range would constitute a 'mid ranged assault weapon'. If you're 3.5 tiles out from a target you've already lost 30% of your potential damage just due to distance which you can read more about here but I digress.

 

The following scenario will assume

  • A generic hero loadout (no hero skills to boost damage).
  • Conditional status are satisfied if required (e.g. targets are always snared).
  • Player has 100% accuracy (no missed shots) and is firing at maximum possible fire rate.
  • No vulnerabilities (e.g. debil shots) are applied to the target.
  • Distance to target will always be close enough to obtain maximum damage.
  • Weapon is using Element: Physical, against Physical targets
  • Perk combinations are assuming the goal is maximum dps
  • Ore type weapons are used

Numbers and stuff using best possible perks (for dps builds)

Weapon Bodyshot Headshot Headshot % Crit Dmg Bonus Crit % Avg Dmg/Hit DPS Fire Rate Mag Size Empty Mag Cycle Perks
Bobcat 45.360 68.040 145.152 38 100.518 673.110 12.000 50.000 4.167 7.467 (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 30 Crit Rating, (2x) 135% Crit Dmg
Bobcat 45.360 95.256 100 22.680 10 97.524 1011.663 17.040 50.000 2.934 4.820 (1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 40% Headshot, (1x) 42% Fire Rate
Typewriter 46.980 70.470 150.336 38.0 104.108 608.422 9.000 50.000 5.556 8.556 (1x) 30 Crit Rating, (2x) 135% Crit Dmg, (1x) 30% Dmg
Typewriter 51.030 76.545 100 25.515 10.0 79.096 835.478 16.560 50.000 4.734 4.734 (1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (2x) 42% Fire Rate
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Headshot Crossover Thresholds

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Weapon Headshot % DPS Perks
Bobcat 673.11 (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 30 Crit Rating, (2x) 135% Crit Dmg
Bobcat 49 747.689 (1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 40% Headshot, (1x) 42% Fire Rate
Bobcat 100 1011.663 (1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 40% Headshot, (1x) 42% Fire Rate
Typewriter 0% 608.422 (1x) 30 Crit Rating, (2x) 135% Crit Dmg, (1x) 30% Dmg
Typewriter 29% 648.594 (1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 30 Crit Rating, (1x) 135% Crit Dmg
Typewriter 34% 657.602 (1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (2x) 42% Fire Rate
Typewriter 100% 835.478 (1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (2x) 42% Fire Rate

Discussion

Some simple things first

  • Bobcat is light ammo, Typewriter is medium ammo, light ammo is cheaper to craft (you get more per craft)
  • Bobcat uses less durability per shot than the Typewriter (and hence the weapon lasts longer before breaking). These values are listed at stormshield.one

 

In general, if you're paying a 'premium' (more costly) for a product you'd generally hope it out peforms the cheaper alternative in a significant way. The Typewriter fails pretty heavily at that

 

On a generic hero loadout the Typewriter is inferior to the Bobcat in pretty much every way that matters. It 'might' be different if you use a Soldier (and get some hero skills to buff certain things) but I wouldn't get your hopes up. The only 'redeeming' factor for the Typewriter really is how low the %headshot is before you can transition from a crit-build into a non-crit build and get maximum damage. The problem is that the dps output is shockingly bad in comparison to the Bobcat. Even just 'spraying' into the body (0% headshots) the Bobcat will do about 10.6% more DPS and it is cheaper to operate whilst doing so and this gap just widens the better you are at hitting headshots.

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Closing

Inevitably all weapons cannot be equal, some weapons will be worse than others. Some may be close enough that the handling characteristics make up for it. As much as I'd like to have a longer discussion point you only get 3 weapon slots to work with in save the world and well, the Typewriter really isn't that good

 

The Typewriter

  • Is more costly to operate than a Bobcat (more expensive ammo, breaks sooner)
  • It's a CQC weapon that requires you to be within 1.5 tile distance for maximum damage
  • It puts out less DPS than the Bobcat (which, dps is probably important for a CQC weapon that you fire on full auto)

 

I didn't have the gold to buy a Typewriter and (after looking at the numbers) don't plan to get one. It 'might' get buffed in the future (and there's really no way to know this) so if you want to take the gamble and have the gold then go ahead.


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