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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.

WeaponDamageHeadshot Bonus %Crit %Crit Dmg %Fire RateMagazineReload TimeAmmo TypeT:PBT:MRT:LR
Bobcat2450105012503.3Light1.53.57
Typewriter275010509503Medium1.53.57
  • 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)

WeaponBodyshotHeadshotHeadshot %Crit Dmg BonusCrit %Avg Dmg/HitDPSFire RateMag SizeEmpty MagCyclePerks
Bobcat45.36068.040145.15238100.518673.11012.00050.0004.1677.467(1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 30 Crit Rating, (2x) 135% Crit Dmg
Bobcat45.36095.25610022.6801097.5241011.66317.04050.0002.9344.820(1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 40% Headshot, (1x) 42% Fire Rate
Typewriter46.98070.470150.33638.0104.108608.4229.00050.0005.5568.556(1x) 30 Crit Rating, (2x) 135% Crit Dmg, (1x) 30% Dmg
Typewriter51.03076.54510025.51510.079.096835.47816.56050.0004.7344.734(1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (2x) 42% Fire Rate

 

Headshot Crossover Thresholds

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WeaponHeadshot %DPSPerks
Bobcat673.11(1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 30 Crit Rating, (2x) 135% Crit Dmg
Bobcat49747.689(1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 40% Headshot, (1x) 42% Fire Rate
Bobcat1001011.663(1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 40% Headshot, (1x) 42% Fire Rate
Typewriter0%608.422(1x) 30 Crit Rating, (2x) 135% Crit Dmg, (1x) 30% Dmg
Typewriter29%648.594(1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (1x) 30 Crit Rating, (1x) 135% Crit Dmg
Typewriter34%657.602(1x) 75% Reload Speed, (1x) 45% Dmg to Conditional, (2x) 42% Fire Rate
Typewriter100%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.


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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