Research:Squirming black tentacle

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A Klein bottle bugfix has made it so that it is possible to attack with the hand holding the bottle and the tentacle arm together. This means that attack speed is the same as the lion paws now but some of the attacks are standard punch attacks (if attacking with both hands). Approximately 192hp damage including punches. - Toffee 10/05/20, EDITED 02/06/2020

A reputable source has confirmed that it is intended that the squirming black tentacle has lower damage than the lion paws and that is because the item is tradeable and the lion paws are not. - Toffee 16/02/20

With 14 str the tentacle seems to save me 1% burden when equipped (against the lion paws). - Toffee 15/01/20

A more thorough test between the squirming black tentacle and the lion paws was carried out (with the kind help of Pokey).

Approximately 100 hits were recorded with the tentacle attacks and 100 hits with the punch and claw attacks of the lion paws. Pokey had no defence skills active and no armour. The tentacle was charged 10 times before the fight. Also exact hp loss per hit was able to be recorded unlike the previous test.

The result was an average damage of 204hp per hit with the tentacle attacks and an average of 216hp (211hp without extreme flukes) per hit with the punch and claw attacks. The damage for the lion paws varied widely while the tentacle had much more consistent damage. The lion paws attacked faster than the single tentacle.

The tentacle seems to do slightly less damage than the lion paws but, as previously noted, should be overall better against most armour types and trolls due to being only blunt damage. - Toffee 12/01/20


Visiting an Igor with the huge black tentacle active won't change anything with your arm state - Toffee 09/01/20

It is impossible to wear anything on the player's hands with the huge black tentacle active (including iron gauntlets or dex gloves). - Toffee 09/01/20

It is possible to cast OBBK with one tentacle (possibly two) but the tentacle attacks don't trigger the OBBK boost to damage. - Toffee 09/01/20

Despite it's constant unique enchantment description line always reading "Writhing octarine light spills from it, barely contained by its physical boundaries.", it is possible to enchant the item. This was checked with a thaumometer and at max enchantment it radiates six thaums per second. Whether this increases damage is uncertain at the moment. - Toffee 04/01/19

Duration doesn't increase if the player stays wet - Toffee 04/01/20

Pommes very generously lent her time to test the huge black tentacle vs the lion paws with me (Toffee).

The tentacle was powered up before the fight.

My fi.un.striking bonus - 565, fi.sp.tactics bonus (using EFF) - 464, fi.sp.unarmed bonus - 377 26% burden Pommes was capped at 300 levels

These are the fight logs.

Lion paws

Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid hits you in the right arm with an uppercut. 
Hp: 2471 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 21154354 
You punch at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid but his floating Servo Skull swoops in and absorbs all of the blow. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid slices your stomach up with his claws. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid slices your left hand up with his claws. 
Hp: 1973 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 21154357 
You punch at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid but his floating Servo Skull swoops in and absorbs all of the blow. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid viciously boots you in the stomach. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid pounds you in the stomach with a straight knee strike. 
Hp: 1550 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 21154360 
You punch at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid but his floating Servo Skull swoops in and absorbs all of the blow. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid slices your stomach up with his claws. 
You punch at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid but his floating Servo Skull swoops in and absorbs all of the blow. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid slices your chest up with his claws. 
Hp: 839 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 21154363 
You punch at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid but his floating Servo Skull swoops in and absorbs all of the blow. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid hits you in the stomach with an uppercut. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid claws your stomach.
Hp: 444 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 21154366

Squirming black tentacle

Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid delivers an eye-watering slap to you in the left arm with a huge black tentacle. 
Hp: 2571 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15867734 
You thrust at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid with your Words but his floating Servo Skull swoops in and absorbs all of the blow. 
Hp: 2575 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15867737 
You thrust at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid with your Words but his floating Servo Skull swoops in and absorbs all of the blow. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid delivers an eye-watering slap to you in the neck with a huge black tentacle, making an amusing wet noise. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid crunches his knee into your stomach. 
Hp: 2096 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15867740 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid bashes you hard in the left leg with a huge black tentacle, creating a meaty wet noise. 
Hp: 1840 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15867743 
You thrust at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid with your Words but his floating Servo Skull swoops in and absorbs all of the blow. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid crunches his knee into your right arm. 
Hp: 1612 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15867746 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid delivers an eye-watering slap to you in the back with a huge black tentacle, making an audible wet noise. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid pounds you in the right arm with a straight knee strike. 
Hp: 1152 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15867749

Reset

You thrust at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid with your Words but his floating Servo Skull swoops in and absorbs all of the blow. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid slaps at you with a huge black tentacle, emitting an audible wet noise but you just parry the blow with your Words. 
Squelch. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid delivers an eye-watering slap to you in the right leg with a huge black tentacle, emitting an amusing wet sound. 
Hp: 2523 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15869084 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid delivers an eye-watering slap to you in the stomach with a huge black tentacle, causing an audible wet sound. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid pounds you in the chest with a straight knee strike. 
Hp: 2092 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15869087 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid delivers an eye-watering slap to you in the right foot with a huge black tentacle. 
Hp: 1877 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15869090 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid bashes you hard in the right hand with a huge black tentacle, creating an audible wet noise. 
Hp: 1664 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15869093

Reset


Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid bashes you hard in the left leg with a huge black tentacle, spraying slime all around. 
Hp: 2488 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15870534 
You thrust at Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid with your Words but his magical shielding absorbs all of the blow. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid crunches his knee into your chest. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid delivers an eye-watering slap to you in the stomach with a huge black tentacle. 
Hp: 2051 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15870537 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid viciously boots you in the chest. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid slaps at you with a huge black tentacle, causing an amusing wet noise but you just parry the blow with your Words. 
Hp: 1890 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15870540 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid delivers an eye-watering slap to you in the chest with a huge black tentacle. 
Exterminator Toffee d'Parranoid delivers an eye-watering slap to you in the left leg with a huge black tentacle, making an audible wet sound. 
Hp: 1562 (2700) Gp: 341 (341) Xp: 15870543

The most obvious take away is, that the tentacle requires a lot more tactics (uses more AP) than the lion paws. The damage is similar to the claw attacks although it was slighty lower at times, whether this was also a result of lack of tactics (or AP) I am not sure. Also the claw attacks on the lion paws do not always trigger but rather do (lower damage) normal punches sometimes, while the tentacle always has tentacle attacks (both have kick and knee attacks in addition). Also the blunt attacks from the tentacle should generally be superior against armour. - Toffee 04/01/20