Research:Heezlewurst's Elemental Buffer

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Do more crystals make the shield stronger? (Gas trap test)

I found a gas trap, so I decided to do some testing.

Spoiler: The trap is in the basement of the dwarf mansion, Ankh-Morpork.

This was done with a ma.sp.de bonus of over 500+, and all methods at 99+% to succeed.

No casts

In order to test, I first needed to see how much damage the trap did to me unshielded.

No shield test

Note: Every HP-entry below is a separate triggering of the trap, it's not a damage over time effect.

There is a loud hissing noise.  You choke on poison gas.
{-873 HP}
{-909 HP} 
{-698 HP} 
{-732 HP} 
{-505 HP} 
{-799 HP} 
{-862 HP} 
{-531 HP} 
{-597 HP} 
{-610 HP} 
{-871 HP} 
{-526 HP} 
{-500 HP} 

Mean: 693.3 damage. Highest: 909 damage. Lowest: 500 damage.

The first casting result

Casting HEB with all methods maxed and with one yellow crystal:

A small yellow crystal and the octogram seem to twist and merge into ribbons of yellow energy, which rise and surround you.

My look output:

He is surrounded by sparkling yellow energy.

And finally, the shields output:

 * You are protected by an elemental shield against:  
 * Gas (about an hour).

1 crystal shield test

There is a loud hissing noise.  You choke on poison gas.
{-419 HP}
{-585 HP} 
{-450 HP}
{-626 HP} 
{-209 HP} 
{-529 HP} 
{-579 HP}
{-413 HP} 
{-399 HP} 
{-639 HP}
{-519 HP} 
{-265 HP} 
{-599 HP} 
{-687 HP} 
{-294 HP} 

Mean: 480.8 damage. Highest: 687 damage. Lowest: 209 damage. There seems to be a reduction of damage, but not blocking entirely like TPA.

The second casting result

Cast the spell on 1 more crystal while already having the first shield active. Nothing changed, same messages. Casting was a bit slower.

2 crystal shield test

There is a loud hissing noise.  You choke on poison gas.
{-245 HP} 
{-432 HP} 
{-215 HP} 
{-507 HP} 
{-669 HP} 
{-555 HP} 
{-324 HP}
{-236 HP} 
{-207 HP} 
{-298 HP} 
{-502 HP} 
{-520 HP} 
{-431 HP} 
{-646 HP} 
{-421 HP}
{-539 HP} 
{-286 HP} 
{-469 HP} 

Mean: 422.3 damage. Highest: 669 damage. Lowest: 207 damage.

The third casting result

Tried casting on one more additional yellow crystal while having the previous two-crystal shield active. Worked as normal, same messages, nothing changed in shields output.

3 crystal shield test

There is a loud hissing noise.  You choke on poison gas.
{-391 HP} 
{-613 HP} 
{-501 HP} 
{-542 HP} 
{-372 HP} 
{-280 HP} 
{-251 HP}
{-555 HP} 
{-394 HP} 
{-648 HP} 

Mean: 454.8 damage. Highest: 648 damage. Lowest: 251 damage.

Conclusion

In my case, assuming my testing so far is correct:

  • The shield blocked about 31% of the damage with one crystal (using the mean values).
  • The shield blocket about 39% of the damage with 2 crystals (using the mean values.
  • Using 3 crystals did not seem to make the shield stronger.
  • The timer for the elemental shield does not seem to go down from blocking/absorbing damage.

Suggestions for further research

  • It is unknown whether the shield blocks a percentage of damage or a set amount of damage.
  • It is also unknown whether ma.me.elemental skills have any effect on the shield or if it is only ma.sp.de and the spell methods.


Dyne - 2021-05-28