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Piercing and Resistance is a battle system enhancer which is used in both Player vs. Player (including Guild Battles) and Monster Hunting.
Its impact in Monster Hunting is relatively minor, while it has been a game changer in regards to players' PvP strength.

In PvP, Piercing enhances your ability to win an offensive battle, while Resistance enhances your ability to successfully defend against an attack from another player.

There are 5 types of Piercing and Resistance:

  • Physical Pierce / Physical Resistance
  • Fire Pierce / Fire Resistance
  • Water Pierce / Water Resistance
  • Earth Pierce / Earth Resistance
  • Wind Pierce / Wind Resistance

You can get and increase your Piercing and Resistance values thanks to certain Heroes, Equipment or Gems.

Pierce and Resistance Calculator

You can calculate your own effective Attack and Defense stats enhanced by Piercing and Resistance thanks to this spreadsheet: CALCULATOR

Pierce and Resistance Basics

There are five elements of pierce and resistance in two broad categories. All five categories calculate independently for the battle and are added into a total battle amount.

  1. Physical - Physical pierce and resistance
  2. Fire, earth, water and wind are all considered ELEMENTAL and can be treated in a similar fashion.

As an attacker, if your piercing element exceeds your opponent's equivalent resistance element, you obtain an an increase in your attack value equivalent to the net element value, plus a threshold bonus. Similarly for a defenders resist vs an attackers pierce.

During a battle, the current belief on mechanics is as follows:

  • Each of the 5 types of pierce for the attacker, and resistance for the defender are totaled are calculated and a net number for each pierce/resistance number is calculated. Battle messages are produced for these values in web3 battle notes based on which number is larger indicating who had the better element.
  • It is not completely clear if in the calculation of the net, that the threshold bonus is applied before, or after the calculation of the net value. For this article, the assumption is that it is done after.
  • The 5 such increased net values are then added together to provide a total net value, and whichever side has the higher result obtains the entire net result as their bonus percent.
  • If the total net amount is pierce for the attacker, the attacker then receives that percent on their total effective attack in calculating battle results. For example, if the attackers total effective attack is 1000 and they receive 100 total net pierce, they get an additional 100 attack (1000 * 100/1000).
  • If the total net amount is resistance for the defender, the defender then receives that percent on their total effective attack in calculating battle results. For example, if the defenders total effective defense is 1000 and they receive 100 total net resistance they get an additional 100 defense (1000 * 100/1000).
  • Please note that this application of the final net to only one for the two players can be hugely significant, as a player with lower base stats, but higher pierce or resistance can win the battle.
Examples
Attacker Attack Attacker Pierce Physical/Elemental Defender Defense Defender Physical Resist Net winner and Eff % Bonus Net Attack Net Defense Winner
10,000 900 Physical

900 Fire

17,500 600 Physical

600 Fire

Attacker

300/300

79.48%

17,948 17,000 Attacker
10,000 900 Physical

300 Fire

17500 600 Physical

600 Water

Attacker

300/-300

6.8%

10,680 17000 Defender
10,000 600 Physical

900 Fire

17500 600 Physical

300 Water

Attacker

0/600

81.9%

18,190 17,000 Attacker
10,000 600 Physical

300 Earth

300 Fire

300 Water

0 Wind

17500 600 Physical

300 Earth

Attacker

300 Fire

300 Wind

17,268 17,500 Defender

Notes:

  • The threshold bonus for pierce appears to be slightly larger than the threshold bonus for an equivalent resistance.
  • The relative value of the physical bonus is based on this developer statement: "physical is 15-20% better than elemental in battle on average and for the equipment."
  • The threshold bonus being applied both to physical and elemental is supported by this question/answer:  "Does physical pierce and res work the same way as elemental pierce and res? Yes, they also get the threshold bonus"
  • The relative value of the threshold bonus between physical and elemental is supported by this statement: "if I have more physical pierce then you have physical resist, I get a very nice threshold bonus , The same with the elements as they are compared to each other the bonus is a bit lower than physical though so it will remain stronger as intended."
  • In order for the curve to meet the F(x) * N < F(N*X) at every point, all that is needed is a curve that always increases at ever point of x. In order to meet the graph concept that there is an asymptote, the asymptote must simply be a value at infinity.
  • This is the curve provided by the game Developers describing base pierce growth:

Ddfqrt5.png

Strategy for success

  • Physical Pierce and resistance are more valuable that equivalent amounts of elemental pierce and resistance. If you have to choose one or the other, physical will provide more value.
  • Higher Pierce and Resistance in any single type of the 5 types of pierce and resistance are more valuable than an equal amount shared across multiple elements. If you have to choose using two fire gems or a fire and water gem, two fire gems would be more valuable.
  • This can all be simplified greatly so that if you just add 16% to the net physical amount, add it to elemental, and multiply the result by 1.6. While this really only works in a defined range, its close enough typically in any battle. For exacting numbers, do the math.

The Pierce and Resistance formulas

Data point 1 - these two opponents "tied" in battle with 6 wins and 6 losses each in 12 battles:

  • Attacker: 12103 attack, 5326 defense, 520 physical, 10 fire, 15 water, 40 wind and 25 earth
  • Defender:17759 attack, 9512 defense, 145 physical, 86 fire, -15 water, 78 wind
  • Net pierce is 375, 30 Water, 25 earth. Net resistance is 76 fire and 38 wind "totaling" 316
  • 15,831.2 attack balances 24,417.4 defense which means that the total effective pierce is 542

Based on this result and the curve the game Developers provided, the formulas that are currently the best guess are:

  • Calculate NET physical (NPP) based on (Physical Pierce - Physical resistance)
    • if NPP > 0 then Net Effective Physical Pierce = arctangent(NPP/1000*4)/1.6 **Updated 3/1/18
    • if NPP < 0 then Net Effective Physical Resist = arctangent(-NPP/1000*4)/1.7 **Updated 3/1/18
  • Calculate Net Elemental (by element = NEP) based on abs(elemental pierce - elemental resistance)
    • If NEP > 0 then Net Effective elemental Pierce = arctangent(NEP/1000*1.5)/1.6 **Updated 3/1/18
    • If NEP < 0 then Net Effective elemental Resist = arctangent(-NEP/1000*1.5)/1.7 **Updated 3/1/18
  • Note that elemental bonus is less than the physical bonus, and the resist bonus is less than the pierce bonus.

This shows up as the following graph, which is similar to the Dev issued graph:

Graph of Pierce vs % bonus pierce
Pierce.jpg
Developer Graph provided
Ddfqrt5.png

The resultant values at different levels of Pierce or Resistance would then be:

Pierce Value Physical Bonus

Effective Physical

Elemental Bonus

Effective Elemental

25 +6.35% 26.6 2.39% 25.6
50 12.57% 56.2 4.77% 52.4
75 18.55% 88.9 7.13% 80.3
100 24.22% 124 9.48% 109
150 34.40% 202 14.09% 171
200 42.96% 286 18.55% 237
250 50.00% 375 22.84% 307
300 55.77% 467 26.92% 380
350 60.51% 562 30.78% 457
400 64.44% 657 34.40% 537
500 70.48% 852 40.97% 704
600 74.87% 1049 46.65% 879
700 78.16% 1247 51.55% 1060
800 80.72% 1446 55.77% 1246
900 82.75% 1644 59.41% 1434
1000 84.40% 1844 62.57% 1625
Resist Value Physical Bonus Effective Physical Elemental Bonus Effective Elemental
25 4.98% 26.2 1.87% 25.4
50 9.87% 54.9 3.74% 51.8
75 14.57% 85.9 5.6% 79.2
100 19.03% 119 7.44% 107
150 27.02% 190 11.07% 167
200 33.74% 267 14.57% 229
250 39.27% 348 17.94% 294
300 43.8% 431 21.14% 363
350 47.53% 516 24.17% 434
400 50.61% 602 27.02% 508
500 55.36% 776 32.18% 661
600 58.8% 952 36.6% 819
700 61.4% 1129 40.5% 983
800 63.4% 1304 43.8% 1150
900 65% 1618 46.7% 1320
1000 66.3% 1663 49% 1491

Some notes:

  • Game Developers indicated that effectively physical pierce and elemental pierce use the same curve, but elemental pierce is not quite as far down the table yielding about a 15-20% difference between them. This is really two different curves when plotted on the same pierce values as shown in the graphic above.
  • Please note that the physical curve factor of 4, and the elemental curve factor of 1.5 is used in order to provide a curve with this overall variance, and the assumption that the asymptote hits 2 maximum.
  • Note that the higher the values, the difference between physical and elemental becomes less, but it is always better.
  • In deriving the formula, several other formats for the graph have been tried including:
Formula Type Curve Asymptote Comments
1-1/x Reasonable Exists Fails due to no asymptote

Fails at 0

Log(x) Too flat None Fails due to no asymptote

Fails at 0

1-exp(-1/x) To sharp Exists Can not generate a 15-20% difference between

total elemental and total pierce though it can generate

a 15-20% difference in the bonus amounts.

Did not conform to the battle tests however.

Note that in these formulas, x can be x, x to a power, or x times a factor which adjust the slope of the curve but not the actual curves involved. All of these formulas were rejected for the reasons indicated.

Examples of specific situations

Attacker Pierce Defender Resistance Total Attacker Pierce Total Defender Resistance Winner of pierce/resistance Result Pierce /resist
100 Physical 25 Fire Resist

25 Water Resist

25 Wind Resist

25 Earth Resist

124 102 Attacker 2.2% to

attacker

50 Physical 55 Fire Resist 56 57 Defender .1% to

defence

500 Physical 550 Fire Resist 852 791 Attacker 6.1% to

attacker

Note that this example assumes that both attacker and defender are exactly equally matched on total effective attacking total effective defense, and would encounter an exact tie if there were no pierce or resistance. You can see with this example that total pierce or resistance matter, and while a 50 physical vs 55 elemental loses, simply ratcheting it up to 500 and 550 actually reverses who would win the battle

History & Obsolete Constructs

Prior to July 2016, the pierce and resistance system had other constructs:

  • Elemental impacts used to be about half of physical, they are now roughly 80% though the value is not consistent at different levels of elemental.  
  • The varying elements used to work against each other (e.g. fire resistance reduced water pierce, etc) which is no longer in effect. Elements now stand on their own and do not influence other elements.  
  • There was a time when Pierce was always considered adding 0.1% per point (1000 = 10%) this is no longer the case with the addition of threshold bonuses which theoretically can almost double the amount of actual pierce.  
  • At one time, resistance did not come into play unless there was an equivalent non-zero pierce value for that element. This is no longer the case as all pierce and resistance values are now utilized.  
  • In the past, negative pierce was treated as zero. Now it is a benefit to the defender.
  • In the past, negative resistance was treated as a benefit to the attacker, and remains that.

Generals

Some generals have abilities that specialize in piercing (also called offense) and resistance. All information below are based on level 4 stats.

Image General Obtained From Physical Pierce Fire Offense Water Offense Wind Offense Earth Offense Physical Resistance Fire Resistance Water Resistance Wind Resistance Earth Resistance
Aesir.jpg Aesir Oracle (Favor General) +40
Hero alloken.jpg Alloken the Fallen Nightfall Chest +13
Annika.jpg Annika Oracle (Favor General) +50
Aravoss.jpg Aravoss Phoenix Chest +8 +25
Hero astrid.jpg Astrid Hrothbeort Nightfall Chest +10
Azriel.jpg Azriel Onslaught Chest Based on Divine Power
Bogo.jpg Bogo Oracle (Favor General) +13
Hero emeria.jpg Emeria Jade Nightfall Chest Based on Sand Dragons Owned Based on Sand Dragons Owned
Brakus.jpg Brakus Oracle (Favor General) +35 +10
Ender.jpg Ender Phoenix Chest +50 -10 -10
Erynion.jpg Erynion Oracle (Favor General) +20 +10
Feredir.jpg Feredir Oracle (Favor General) +20 +10
Frost.jpg Frost Oracle (Favor General) +20 +10
Gale.jpg Gale Phoenix Chest +8 +25
Hero Queen Guinevere.jpg Guinevere Oracle (Favor General) +60
Hero hemdoor.jpg Hermóðr Oracle (Favor General) +25
48xp Kanbe Oracle (Favor General) +20 +10
Katherine.jpg Katherine Oracle (Favor General) +55
Kendra.jpg Kendra Oracle (Favor General) +35 +10
Hero king.jpg King Hrothbeort Nightfall Chest +30
Kitsune.jpg Kitsune Phoenix Chest +5 +5 +5
Kraxus.jpg Kraxus Duel Champion (1,000,000 points) +50 +20 -12
Odin.jpg Odin Arena VII +50
Petrus the Elusive.jpg Petrus 100v100 Donation Reward (Fall)  +8  +13
Ravendor.jpg Ravendor Oracle (Favor General) +35 +10
Hero remiel.jpg Remiel Oracle (Favor General) Based on Divine Power
Hero rose.jpg Rose Hrothbeort Nightfall Chest +20
Hero straticus.jpg Straticus Nightfall Chest +35
Succubus Nightmare.jpg Succubus Arena IX +5 +10
Vanathan.jpg Vanathan Oracle (Favor General) +50
Vanir.jpg Vanir Oracle (Favor General) +40
Vivian the Eternal.jpg Vivian 100v100 Donation Reward (Winter) +8 +13
Zolthar.jpg Zolthar Oracle (Favor General) +35 +10
Hero hera.png Hera Legendary Chest +36 +36 +36 +36
TimeKeeper.jpg The Time Keeper Colosseum +60
Web hero zeus.jpg Zeus Arena XIII * * * *
Hero winter dragon.jpg Winter Dragon Colosseum V +36? +36? +36?
Storm dragon general 1.jpg Storm Dragon 12th Anniversary *

Notes:

  • If the generals' levels are equal, Aesir and Vanir will cancel each other out. This will result in their abilities not having any impact in the final calculation when determining the winner in PvP.
  • If the generals' levels are equal, Feredir and Erynion's Wind element cancel each other out.
  • If Ender is defending, the player will be at a greater disadvantage against Fire and Water Offenses due to the general's negative resistances to the two elements.
  • Kraxus gains a small, increasing amount of Physical Resistance after level 4.

Equipment

With the introduction of the Conquest Path Shop, some equipment now provides innate piercing and resistance power without needing any additional items forged onto them.

Remember that the following equipment must be equipped for the pierce/resistance property to be useful.

Weapons

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge Slots (Pierce) Others
Astaroth Blade.jpg Astaroth Blade 150 150 +140 2
Maw of the Void.jpg Maw of the Void 150 125 +125 3 +80 Earth Pierce

-35 Wind Resist +200 Poison Damage

Cronus Blade.jpg Cronus Blade 100 100 +120 1
Envenomed Glaive.jpg Envenomed Glave 125 125 +100 2 +55 Earth Pierce

-25 Wind Resistance

Hydra Blade.jpg Hydra Blade 70 70 +100 1
Divine Sky Breaker.jpg Divine Sky Breaker 0 425 +85 3 -35 Fire Resistance

+5% Divine Favor

Mithril Sky Breaker.jpg Mithril Sky Breaker 0 300 +75 2 -25 Fire Resistance
Elite Warbringer Longblade.jpg Elite Warbringer Longblade 60 50 +60 1
Fang Trident.jpg Fang Trident 125 70 +50 2 +15 Earth Pierce

-25 Wind Resistance

Eq chen weapon.jpg Conquering Devil Stick 70 65 +50 2
Aqua Glaive.jpg Aqua Glave 35 35 +45 1
Warbringer Longblade.jpg Warbringer Longblade 39 37 +40 1
Fang Glaive.jpg Fang Glave 125 120 +35 2 +35 Earth Pierce

-25 Wind Resistance

Sky Breaker.jpg Sky Breaker 0 225 +35 2 -15 Fire Resistance
Windcaller Spear.jpg Windcaller Spear 80 80 +30 1  -20 Wind Resistance.

+20 Attack to Aurora when equipped

Flamebound Halberd.jpg Flamebound Halberd 110 80 +25 2 +10 Fire Offense -15 Water Resistance
Legion Skyslicer.jpg Legion Skyslicer 100 90 +25 2 +10 Wind Offense -15 Earth Resistance
Avarice Blade.jpg Avarice Blade 30 20 +15 1
Aetherfury.jpg Aetherfury 30 30 +10 1
Demonic Blade.jpg Demonic Blade 13 5 +6 1 +6 Fire Offense
Death Touch Scythe.jpg Death Touch Scythe 55 25 +5 1 +20 Attack to Lotus Ravenmoore
Eq dwarf arena weapon.jpg Hammer of Thane 55 27 2 +70 Earth Offense
Eq legendary aetherfury rank2.jpg Titan Aetherfury 80 80 2 +25 Wind Offense

+25 Whirlwind Damage

Elite Retribution Hammer.jpg Elite Retribution Hammer 36 45 +30 1
Retribution Hammer.jpg Retribution Hammer 36 38 +20 1


Off-Hands

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge Slots

(Pierce or Resistance)

Others
Eq demon defender.jpg Demon Defender 80 120 +120 3 +50 Fire Resistance
Eq destroyer defender.jpg Destroyer Defender 70 100 +90 2 +40 Fire Resistance
Flamebound Destroyer.jpg Flamebound Destroyer 70 80 +90 2 +25 Fire Resistance -25 Water Resistance
Eq specter defender.jpg Specter Defender 60 80 +60 2 +30 Fire Resistance
Flamebound Defender.jpg Flamebound Defender 60 75 +90 1 +25 Fire Resistance -25 Water Resistance
Gorgons Heart.jpg Gorgons Heart 60 70 +80 1
Flamebound Guard.jpg Flamebound Guard 50 65 +40 1 +10 Fire Resistance -25 Water Resistance
Elite Retribution Aegis.jpg Elite Retribution Aegis 45 60 +30 1
Legionnaire Skyguard .jpg Legionnaire Skyguard 50 50 +20 1 +10 Wind Resistance -25 Earth Resistance
Retribution Aegis.jpg Retribution Aegis 45 55 +20 0
Eq chen shield.jpg Conquering Devil Calabash 35 50 +15 1
Apeps Guard.jpg Apeps Guard 40 30 +10 0 +10 Earth Offense, -15 Wind Resistance
+1% Critical Hit chance to Sahar
Shield of Endless Cycles.jpg Shield of Endless Cycles 30 70 +50 0 +25 Earth Pierce-10 Water Resistance
Elite Warbringer Shield.jpg Elite Warbringer Shield 45 30 +30 1
Gorgon Protector.jpg Gorgon Protector 38 40 +25 1
Warbringer Shield.jpg Warbringer Shield 38 26 +20 0
Nightfel Katara.jpg Nightfel Katara 75 22 +8 1 +20 Attack to Deshara


Armors

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge Slots (Resistance) Others
Thanatos Plate.jpg Thanatos Plate 150 150 +140 2
Dracolich Plate.jpg Dracolich Plate 100 100 +120 1
Dragon Armor.jpg Dragon Armor 70 70 +100 1
Flamebound Armor.jpg Flamebound Armor 80 80 +80 2 +15 Fire Resistance

-25 Water Resistance

Deathmantle.jpg Deathmantle 65 60 +75 3
Mithril Guardian.jpg Mithril Guardian 0 200 +70 2 -25 Fire Resistance
Hordeslayer Plate.jpg Hordeslayer Plate 60 50 +60 2
Dragonscale Chestguard.jpg Dragonscale Chestguard 125 125 +40 3 +100 Wind Resistance

-25 Earth Resistance

Elite Retribution Plate.jpg Elite Retribution Plate 30 60 +30 1
Hydrascale Chestguard.jpg Hydrascale Chestguard 100 110 +25 3 +90 Wind Resistance -25 Earth Resistance
Shalazars Mantle.jpg Shalazars Mantle 32 32 +25 1
Stormscale Chestguard.jpg Stormscale Chestguard 100 90 +20 2 +85 Wind Resistance

-25 Earth Resistance

Retribution Plate conquest.jpg Retribution Plate 30 42 +20 1
Sunlight Coat.jpg Sunlight Coat 45 40 +10 1 +15 Fire Offense -25 Wind Resistance
+20 Defense to Anya when equipped
Wormhide Breastplate.jpg Wormhide Breastplate 60 125 +75 1 +25 Earth Pierce-10 Water Resistance
Elite Warbringer Plate.jpg Elite Warbringer Plate 40 40 +40 1
Leviathans Plate.jpg Leviathans Plate 28 30 +30 1
Warbringer Plate.jpg Warbringer Plate 38 36 +20 1
Suffering Plate.jpg Suffering Plate 50 40 +10 2 +10 Fire Offense


Helmets

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge Slots (Resistance) Others
Elite Retribution Helm.jpg Elite Retribution Helm 90 85 +60 2
Retribution Helm conquest.jpg Retribution Helm 55 63 +40
Eq legendary god helm rank2.jpg Divine Helm of Zeus 80 85 +10 2 +20Wind Offense

+45 Heal amount

Helm of Zeus.jpg Helm of Zeus 30 35 +10 +10 1
Mithril Helm.jpg Mithril Helm 0 160 +10 2 -20 Fire Resistance
Judicars Helm.jpg Judicar's Helm 55 65 +8 1 +20 Defense to Meekah
Helm of the Sorcerer-King.jpg Helm of the Sorcerer-King 100 90 +50 2 +15 Earth Pierce

-5 Water Resistance

Helm of the Dragon-God.jpg Helm of the Dragon-God 100 100 +40 3 +40 Wind Pierce

-15 Earth Resistance

Elite Warbringer Helm.jpg Elite Warbringer Helm 58 50 +40 1
Sea Kings Helm.jpg Sea Kings Helm 75 75 +25 1
Helm of the Dragon-Emperor.jpg Helm of the Dragon-Emperor 100 90 +20 3 +30 Wind Pierce

-15 Earth Resistance

Helm of the Dragon-King.jpg Helm of the Dragon-King 90 80 +20 2 +30 Wind Pierce

-15 Earth Resistance

Warbringer Helm.jpg Warbringer Helm 52 50 +20
Flamebound Helm.jpg Flamebound Helm 80 80 +20 2 +10 Fire Offense -15 Water Resistance
Archdemon Helm.jpg Archdemon Helm 45 32 +10 1 +10 Fire Offense


Amulets

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge Slots (Pierce) Others
Doom Heart.jpg Doom Heart 85 85 +90 1 +30 Fire Offense
Astaroth Amulet.jpg Astaroth Amulet 80 80 +85
Cronus Amulet.jpg Cronus Amulet 60 60 +70
Hydra Amulet.jpg Hydra Amulet 50 50 +50
Elite Retribution Amulet.jpg Elite Retribution Amulet 32 45 +30
Retribution Amulet.jpg Retribution Amulet 32 33 +20
Eq chen amulet.jpg Conquering Devil Buddha Beads 60 60 +20 1
Phantom Glorious Amulet.jpg Glorious Amulet 70 70 +60 1
Phantom Pristine Amulet.jpg Pristine Amulet 55 55 +40
Phantom Amulet.jpg Phantom Amulet 45 45 +20
Elite Warbringer Pendant.jpg Elite Warbringer Pendant 50 38 +30
Caged Heart.jpg Caged Heart 65 55 +25 +25 Fire Offense
Warbringer Pendant.jpg Warbringer Pendant 41 38 +20
Pendant of Greed.jpg Pendant of Greed 30 25 +10
Mark of Paxadrian.jpg Mark of Paxadrian 80 70 +25 Earth Offense

-10 Water Resistance

Mithril Band.jpg Mithril Band 0 150 -15 Fire Resistance
Eq dwarf arena amulet.jpg Dwarf King Amulet 18 18 1 +12 Earth Offense


Gloves

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge Slots (Pierce) Others
Eq demon gauntlet.jpg Demon Gauntlet 150 90 +100 3 +50 Water Resistance
Phantom Shiny Glove.jpg Shiny Glove 120 95 +90 3
Deathgauntlet.jpg Deathgauntlet 38 35 +75 3
Eq destroyer gauntlet.jpg Destroyer Gauntlet 120 70 +75 2 +40 Water Resistance
Phantom Pristine Glove.jpg Pristine Glove 90 60 +60 2
Hordeslayer Gauntlet.jpg Hordeslayer Gauntlet 30 30 +60 2
Eq specter gauntlet.jpg Specter Gauntlet 90 50 +50 2 +30 Water Resistance
Phantom Glove.jpg Phantom Glove 80 50 +30 1
Elite Warbringer Gauntlets.jpg Elite Warbringer Gauntlets 35 17 +30 1
Sandworm Gloves.jpg Sandworm Gloves 60 40 +25 2 +15 Earth Pierce

-5 Water Resistance

Warbringer Gauntlets.jpg Warbringer Gauntlets 17 17 +20 0
Flamebound Gauntlets.jpg Flamebound Gauntlets 80 25 +20 2 +10 Fire Offense -15 Water Resistance
Legion Gauntlets.jpg Legion Gauntlets 60 50 +10 2 +20 Wind Offense -15 Earth Resistance
Pain Bracers.jpg Pain Bracers 20 18 +9 1 +9 Fire Offense
Thanatos Gauntlet.jpg Thanatos Gauntlet 80 80 +85 2
Dracolich Gauntlet.jpg Dracolich Gauntlet 60 60 +70 0
Dragon Glove.jpg Dragon Glove 50 50 +50 0
Elite Retribution Gauntlets.jpg Elite Retribution Gauntlets 15 30 +30 1
Retribution Gauntlets.jpg Retribution Gauntlets 15 15 +20 0


Boots

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge Slots (Resistance) Others
Elite Warbringer Greaves.jpg Elite Warbringer Greaves 8 3 +30
Elandal Crushers.jpg Elandal Crushers 25 25 +25 1 +25 Earth Pierce

-10 Wind Resistance +3% Evade

Warbringer Greaves.jpg Warbringer Greaves 5 3 +20
Elandal Greaves.jpg Elandal Greaves 20 20 +15 1 +25 Earth Pierce

-5 Wind Resistance

Elandal Stompers.jpg Elandal Stompers 15 15 +15 +25 Earth Pierce

-5 Wind Resistance

Flamebound Boots.jpg Flamebound Boots 15 8 +15 +10 Fire Offense -10 Water Resistance
Legion Boots.jpg Legion Boots 10 15 +10 +15 Wind Offense -10 Earth Resistance
Bleeding Greaves.jpg Bleeding Greaves 10 6 +7 +7 Fire Offense
Elite Retribution Greaves.jpg Elite Retribution Greaves 4 10 +30
Retribution Greaves.jpg Retribution Greaves 4 5 +20
Eq demon greaves.jpg Demon Greaves 50 50 3 +50 Earth Resistance +50 Wind Resistance
Eq destroyer greaves.jpg Destroyer Greaves 35 35 2 +40 Earth Resistance +40 Wind Resistance
Eq specter greaves.jpg Specter Greaves 20 20 2 +30 Earth Resistance +30 Wind Resistance
Assassins Greaves.jpg Assassin's Greaves 38 9 +5 Wind Offense

+10 Attack to Strider

Jezales Heels.jpg Jezales Heels 5 10 +10 Earth Offense -10 Wind Resistance

-75 Energy to +50 Defense +10 Defense to Jezale when equipped.


Magic

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge Slots Others
Metal Storm.jpg Metal Storm 0 125 +10 -15 Fire Resistance
Spirit of Ouroboros.gif Spirit of Ouroboros 55 55 +5 +10 Earth Pierce

-5 Water Resistance

Succubus Kiss.jpg Succubus Kiss 2 11 +5 +5 Fire Offense
Magmaflame.jpg Magmaflame 65 65 +50 Fire Offense
Eq zeus magic.png Lightning of God 60 60 2 +30 Fire Offense
Pureflame.jpg Pureflame 65 65 +25 Fire Offense
Sparkflame.jpg Sparkflame 60 60 +10 Fire Offense
Windflame.jpg Windflame 50 50 +10 Wind Offense
Greater Devout Barrier.jpg Greater Devout Barrier 40 35  +5 Earth Offense

-75 Energy to +50 Defense

+20 Attack to Sanna when equipped

Dragon Form.jpg Dragon Form 35 25 +5 Fire Offense
+2% Critical Hit chance to Sorkan


War Banners

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge slots (Pierce or Resistance)

Others

Arcane Warbanner.jpg Arcane Warbanner 35 75 +40 1 +4% Attack & Defense to aggressive generals, +6% Enrage
Mystic Warbanner.jpg Mystic Warbanner 35 75 +40 1 +4% Defense to aggressive generals, +4% Enrage
Chromus Warbanner.jpg Chromus Warbanner 35 50 +30 1 +3% Defense to aggressive generals
Elite warmonger.jpg Elite Warmonger Warbanner 60 25 +25 1 +5% Attack to aggressive

generals

Elite Deliverance Warbanner.jpg Elite Deliverance Warbanner 50 50 +25 1 +5% Attack & Defense to balanced generals
Elite oakforce.jpg
Elite Oakforce Warbanner 25 35 +25 1 +5% Defense to defensive generals


Medals

Image Item Attack Defense Physical Pierce Physical Resistance Forge slots (Pierce or Resistance)

Others

Warrior Spirit Medal.png Warrior Spirit Medal 60 20 +50 1
Veteran Feat Medal.png Veteran Feat Medal 40 40 +25 +25 1
Guardian Shield Medal.png Guardian Shield Medal 20 60 +50 1


Ingots & Gems

You will have to go through both Alchemy and the Forge in order to use Ingots and Gems. You will alchemize certain ingredients to create special gems with piercing and resistance properties, and will then go to the Forge to augment certain items with these properties. See Forge for a more in depth guide.

Remember that the following items must be forged into a weapon or armor and said weapon or armor must be equipped for the pierce/resistance property to be useful. Even if the item is the player's best item for that equipment slot, they must manually equip it on the Equipment page (or through loadouts) for the piercing or resistance properties to be used.

The gems listed here are the gems with standard values for Pierce or Resistance. There are also much more powerful Chaos Gems available. Please review the Chaos Campaign page for further details

Image Gem Physical Pierce Fire Offense Water Offense Wind Offense Earth Offense Physical Resistance Fire Resistance Water Resistance Wind Resistance Earth Resistance
Bronze Ingot of Physical Piercing.jpg Bronze Ingot of
Physical Piercing
+25
Bronze Ingot Stack of Physical Piercing.jpg Bronze Ingot Stack of
Physical Piercing
+35
Silver Ingot of Physical Piercing.jpg Silver Ingot of
Physical Piercing
+45
Electrum Ingot of Physical Pierce.jpg Electrum Ingot of

Physical Pierce

+55
Bronze Ingot of Physical Resistance.jpg Bronze Ingot of
Physical Resistance
+25
Bronze Ingot Stack of Physical Resistance.jpg Bronze Ingot Stack of
Physical Resistance
+35
Silver Ingot of Physical Resistance.jpg Silver Ingot of
Physical Resistance
+45
Electrum Ingot of Physical Resist.jpg Electrum Ingot of

Physical Resist

+55
Dull Gem of Fire Fury.jpg Dull Gem of
Fire Fury
+15 +15
Dull Gem of Fire Protection.jpg Dull Gem of
Fire Protection
+15 +15
Dull Gem of Water Fury.jpg Dull Gem of
Water Fury
+15 +15
Dull Gem of Water Protection.jpg Dull Gem of
Water Protection
+15 +15
Dull Gem of Wind Fury.jpg Dull Gem of
Wind Fury
+15 +15
Dull Gem of Wind Protection.jpg Dull Gem of
Wind Protection
+15 +15
Dull Gem of Earth Fury.jpg Dull Gem of
Earth Fury
+15 +15
Dull Gem of Earth Protection.jpg Dull Gem of
Earth Protection
+15 +15
Cloudy Gem of Earth Fury.jpg Cloudy Gem of
Earth Fury
+15 +15
Cloudy Gem of Earth Protection.jpg Cloudy Gem of
Earth Protection
+15 +15
Shining Gem of Earth Fury.jpg Shining Gem of
Earth Fury
+25 +25
Shining Gem of Earth Protection.jpg Shining Gem of
Earth Protection
+25 +25

Effects in Monster Hunting

Many Target Areas Monsters in Castle Age possess Physical and/or Elemental Resistances which can decrease the player's damage output directly or sometimes through the spawn of a minion, and/or possess Elemental weaknesses which can allow dealing extra damage.

Many Monsters' areas combine several of those aspects at once.

Monsters' Physical Resistance: Damage reduction

Some Monsters' areas have Piercing defense.gif Physical Resistance and require you to have a certain amount of Piercing attack.gif Physical Piercing in order to reach maximum damage.

Example: Urmek's Head, +15 Piercing defense.gif Physical Resistance → Have at least +15 Piercing attack.gif Physical Piercing so your damage won't be reduced.

Even if you don't have the full amount of Physical Piercing required, any amount you have will decrease the damage reduction received from the Monster's Physical Resistance.

This is similar to how the Divine Armor system works, but unlike with Divine Power, you have to equip the items and heroes with Physical Piercing.

Monsters' Elemental Resistance: Damage reduction and Minions spawns

Some Monsters' areas have an Fire defense.gifEarth defense.gifWater defense.gifWind defense.gif Elemental Resistance and require you to remove any piece of equipment or hero you may have with the corresponding Fire attack.gifEarth attack.gifWater attack.gifWind attack.gif Elemental Piercing to avoid having your damage reduced.

Example: Urmek's Right Arm, +5 Earth defense.gif Earth Resistance → You must not have any Earth attack.gif Earth Piercing or your damage will be reduced.


In addition, some of these Monsters' areas will require you to have a certain amount of the same Fire defense.gifEarth defense.gifWater defense.gifWind defense.gif Elemental Resistance in order to avoid the spawn of a minion which would reduce your damage output unless you kill it.

Example: Vorak's Left Wing, +15 Wind defense.gif Wind Resistance → You must not have any Wind attack.gif Wind Piercing or your damage will be reduced. In addition, have at least +15 Wind defense.gif Wind Resistance to avoid the spawn of a minion (a Wind Elemental).

Monsters' Elemental weakness: Deal extra damage

Some Monsters' areas have an Fire weakness.gifEarth weakness.gifWater weakness.gifWind weakness.gif Elemental weakness and with the corresponding Fire attack.gifEarth attack.gifWater attack.gifWind attack.gif Elemental Piercing you will deal extra damage.

Example: Urmek's Right Arm, -5 Wind weakness.gif Wind Resistance → Have at least +5 Wind attack.gif Wind Piercing to deal extra damage.

Even if you don't have the full amount of Elemental Piercing required, any amount you have will decrease the damage reduction received from the Monster's corresponding Elemental Resistance.


Monsters

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Fenix, Risen From Ashes

Resistances: Physical, Fire

Physical Resistance Fire Resistance Water Resistance
Head +10
Talons +5 -5
Fire Shield +5 -5
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Kessaran, the Undying

Resistances: Physical

Physical Resistance
Head +20
Blade arm +10
Spell arm +10
  • Kessaran has 315 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine armor.


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Urmek, Protector of Gaia

Resistances: Physical, Earth

Physical Resistance

Earth Resistance

Wind Resistance
Head +15 +5* -10*
Stone armor +15 +5 -5
Left arm +5 -5
Right arm +5 -5

* Wind weakness is activated and earth resistance is deactivated when stone armor is dispatched


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Poseidon, Atlantean King

Resistances: Physical, Water

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Fire Resistance
Main +15 -10*
Trident +15 +5
Water Elemental**

* Fire weakness is activated when Trident is dispatched
** Water Elementals appear randomly to attackers before the Trident is dispatched if the attacker doesn't have Water Resistance


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Vorak, Devourer of Skies

Resistances: Physical, Wind

Physical Resistance Wind Resistance Earth Resistance
Main +15 -10*
Left Wing +15 +15
Right Wing +15 +15
Wind Elemental**
  • Vorak, Devourer of Skies also has 330 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine armor.

* Earth weakness is activated when Wings are dispatched
** Wind Elementals appear randomly to attackers before the Wings are dispatched if the attacker doesn't have Wind Resistance


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Abomination, Ancient Slime

Resistances: Physical, Water, Earth

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Earth Resistance Fire Resistance Wind Resistance
Main 1 +15 -10*
Main 2 +15 -10**
Stomach +15 +5
Tentacle +15 +5
Water Slime***
Earth Slime****
  • Abomination, Ancient Slime also has 340 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine armor.

* Fire weakness is activated when Stomach is dispatched
** Wind weakness is activated when Tentacle is dispatched
*** Water Slimes appear randomly to players attacking Main 1 or the Stomach without Water Resistance equipped
**** Earth Slimes appear randomly to players when attacking Main 2 or the Tentacle without Earth Resistance equipped


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Baal, Stealer of Souls

Resistances: Physical, Water

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Fire Resistance
Head +15 +10* -10*
Soulcage +15 +10** -10**
Arm +15 +5
Soul Shield +15 +5
Dark Souls***
  • Baal, Stealer of Souls has 360 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine armor.

* Fire weakness is activated and water resistance is deactivated when Arm is dispatched
** Fire weakness is activated and water resistance is deactivated when Soul Shield is dispatched
***Dark Souls are randomly summoned to players that are attacking all areas targets (Head, Soulcage, Arm or Soul Shield), and do not have Water Resistance.


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Lord of Darkness

Resistances: Physical, Fire, Wind, Water, Earth

Physical Resistance Fire Resistance Wind Resistance Water Resistance Earth Resistance
Head +18 +15* -10*
Nether Void +18 +15** -10**
Left Arm +18 +15
Right Arm +18 +15
Nether Shades***
Nether Shades****
  • Lord of Darkness has 550 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine armor.

* Water weakness is activated and fire resistance is deactivated when Left Arm is dispatched
** Earth weakness is activated and wind resistance is deactivated when Right Arm is dispatched
*** Nether Shades are randomly summoned to players that are attacking Lord of Darkness' Head and do not have Fire Resistance, or his Left Arm and do not have Water Resistance.
**** Nether Shades are randomly summoned to players that are attacking Lord of Darkness' Nether Void and do not have Wind Resistance, or his Right Arm and do not have Earth Resistance.


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Svarog, the Magmapede

Resistances: Physical, Fire, Earth

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Earth Resistance

Water Resistance

Wind Resistance

Head +18 +20* -10*
Underbelly +18 +20** -10**
Carapace 1 +18 +15
Carapace 2 +18 +15
Fire Centipede***
Earth Centipede****
  • Svarog, the Magmapede has 600 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine armor.

* Water weakness is activated and fire resistance is deactivated when Carapace 1 is dispatched
** Wind weakness is activated and earth resistance is deactivated when Carapace 2 is dispatched
***Fire Centipedes are randomly summoned to players that are attacking Svarog's Head or Carapace 1 and do not have Fire Resistance.
****Earth Centipedes are randomly summoned to players that are attacking Svarog's Underbelly or Carapace 2 and do not have Earth Resistance.


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Lothorewyn, the Corrupted

Resistances: Physical, Water, Earth

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Earth Resistance Fire Resistance Wind Resistance
Trunk +18 +20* -10*
Roots +18 +20** -10**
Thorny Bark +18 +15
Branch +18 +15
Zealous Treant***
Demonic Treant****
  • Lothorewyn, the Corrupted has 630 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine armor.

* Fire weakness is activated and water resistance is deactivated when Thorny Bark is dispatched
** Wind weakness is activated and earth resistance is deactivated when Branch is dispatched
*** Zealous Treant are randomly summoned to players that are attacking Lothorewyn's Trunk or Thorny Bark and do not have Water Resistance.
**** Demonic Treants are randomly summoned to players that are attacking Lothorewyn's Roots or Branch and do not have Earth Resistance.


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Alperon, the Corrupted

Resistances: Physical, Water

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Fire Resistance
Head +18 +15* -10*
Soulheart +18 +15** -10**
Arm +18 +15
Soulshield +18 +15
Demonic Cultist***
  • Alperon, the Corrupted has 670 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine armor.

* Fire weakness is activated and water resistance is deactivated when Arm is dispatched
** Fire weakness is activated and water resistance is deactivated when Soulshield is dispatched
*** Demonic Cultists are randomly summoned to players that are attacking Alperon and do not have Water Resistance.


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Aspect of Death

Resistances: Physical, Fire, Water, Earth, Wind

Physical Resistance Fire Resistance Water Resistance Earth Resistance Wind Resistance
Head +18 +15* -10*
Beacon +18 -10** +15**
Scythe +18 +15
Wings +18 +15
  • Aspect of Death has 700 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.

* Water weakness is activated and fire resistance is deactivated when Scythe is dispatched
** Fire weakness is activated and water resistance is deactivated when Wings are dispatched


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Bonegnasher, Death Rat Horde

Resistances: Physical, Fire

Physical Resistance Fire Resistance
Head +25 +20 / -15*
Rat Horde +25
  • Bonegnasher, Death Rat Horde has 720 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.

* Fire weakness is activated when Rat Horde is dispatched


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Verminarch, Death Rat Horde

Resistances: Physical, Fire

Physical Resistance Fire Resistance
Head +25 +20 / -15*
Rat Horde +25
  • Verminarch, Death Rat Horde has 740 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.

* Fire weakness is activated when Rat Horde is dispatched


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Ogrimus, Death Rat Horde

Resistances: Physical, Fire

Physical Resistance Fire Resistance
Head +30 +20 / -15*
Rat Horde +30
  • Ogrimus, Death Rat Horde has 760 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.

* Fire weakness is activated when Rat Horde is dispatched


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Rodenom, Death Rat Horde

Resistances: Physical, Fire

Physical Resistance Fire Resistance
Head +35 +20 / -15*
Rat Horde +35
  • Rodenom, Death Rat Horde has 780 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.

* Fire weakness is activated when Rat Horde is dispatched


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Cassandra

Resistances: Physical, Earth

Physical Resistance Earth Resistance Wind Resistance
Head +35 +20* -15*
Snakes +35
  • Cassandra has 810 divine armor on top of her physical resistances. This entry only lists her resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.
  • Cassandra has also some Item Requirements that you must have in your inventory to get full damage on her.

* Wind weakness is activated and earth resistance is deactivated when Snakes are dispatched


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Thanatos, the Reborn

Resistances: Physical, Water, Fire, Wind, Earth

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Fire Resistance Wind Resistance Earth Resistance
Head +18 +15/-10
Wings +18 +15/-10**
Arms +18 +15
Legs +18 +15
  • Thanatos, the Reborn has 700 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.

* Fire weakness is activated when Arms are dispatched
** Water weakness is activated when Legs are dispatched


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Land of Mist Legendary Mine: Ouroboros

Resistances: Physical

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Fire Resistance Wind Resistance Earth Resistance
Body +100 -50


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Chromus

Resistances: Physical

Physical Resistance
Head +400
Power Core +400
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Phantom of Fire

Resistances: Physical

Physical Resistance

Water Resistance Fire Resistance Wind Resistance Earth Resistance
Head +10 -10
Left Arm +10 -10
Right Arm -10 -10
  • Phantom of Fire has 300 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.


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Phantom of Lightning

Resistances: Physical

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Fire Resistance Wind Resistance Earth Resistance
Head +250 -50
Left Arm +250 -50
Right Arm +250 -50 -50
  • Phantom of Lightning has 800 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.


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Phantom of Shadow

Resistances: Physical

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Fire Resistance Wind Resistance Earth Resistance
Head +500 -100
Left Arm +500 -100
Right Arm -100 -100
  • Phantom of Shadow has 1300 divine armor on top of his physical resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.


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Draculia, The Blood Dominator

Resistances: Physical, Earth, Wind
Weaknesses: Fire

Physical Resistance Water Resistance Fire Resistance Wind Resistance Earth Resistance
Main
Wing
Hand
Bat Swarm 1
Bat Swarm 2
  • Draculia has a maximum of 810 divine armor on top of his resistances. This entry only lists his resistance effects. See Divine Items for more information about divine power.

Notes

  • You can use this spreadsheet to calculate your effective Attack and Defense with Pierce and Resistance: CALCULATOR
  • Article important updates:
    • 9/23/2016 with data to drive accuracy
    • 9/29/2018 with additional examples and update to the resistance formula
  • The current mechanics of Pierce and Resistance were first discussed on the forums in this thread: Proposed Elemental Combat Change V2
  • The system was first introduced with the release of the oracle special generals, Aesir and Vanir.
  • When elemental resistances were first introduced, if a player or monster had a certain form of elemental resistance, then the attacking player needed to have the same kind of elemental offense in order to inflict maximum damage. For example, Fenix's fire resistance meant that players should have fire offense equipped, otherwise they would deal less damage. It was changed to the current system some weeks later.
  • Fenix, Risen From Ashes was the first monster to use the Piercing/Resistances systems.
  • Kessaran, the Undying was the first monster to use both Divine Armor and Piercing/Resistances systems.


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