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  • dagrommit
    Original poster 501 posts

    This is an unofficial explanation of how item power is calculated. It has been created due to ongoing confusion about minimum rolls vs item power. The information is current as of July 2021 and has been since Title Update 10.1.

    From the TU10.1 patch notes:

    Increased minimum item power and chances for higher power items for several difficulties, resulting in higher average rolls overall


    On SOTG #165, this graph was presented to illustrate the loot power distribution for heroic content - note the 60% minimum average roll:



    When asked on twitter about an item that had less than 60% rolls, Nikki Kuppens (the designer involved at the time) responded:



    In other words, item power is not the same as minimum rolls. For example, these knee pads have a headshot damage roll that looks less than 60%



    To calculate item power:

    • Weapon Damage = 100%
    • Armor Regen = 89% (4413/4925)
    • Headshot Damage = 49% (4.9/10)


    Item power = 79% (the average of 100+89+49)

    This item power system allows for items like this backpack:



    That's an 88% item = (1 + 0.66 + 1)/3 which can be recalibrated to a 100% item. The utility of a 100% blue backpack is a topic for another day 👀

    Why are the bars the "wrong" size?

    In the example above, the status effect roll is 6.6% vs a maximum of 10%. Or 66% of the maximum. Yet the bar is less than half? 😕

    This is because the bars don't start at zero, but at the minimum roll for a given attribute. 💡

    If the minimum roll is 5% at L40, then the bar can show a maximum range of 5% (10% maximum - 5% minimum). To calculate how big the bar should be: 1.6/5 = 0.32 or 32%

    What about Skill Tier?

    Items that roll skill tier as the core attribute ignore that when calculating item power (as it is always maxed).

    For example:


    • Status Effects = 100%
    • Skill Haste = 66% (8/12)


    Item Power = 83% = (100 + 66) / 2

    Sources

    TU10.1 patch notes: https://forums.ubisoft.com/showthread.php/2249829-Title-Update-10-1-Patch-Notes-Updated-11-00-AM-CEST-July-20
    State of the Game #165:


    State of the Game #168:

    Gear 2.0 attributes (for minimum/maximum rolls): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vTJEX5DerCvOj3a_m36TRy1gPBAUvrduOIdmXI9j1Y0MpQk1wIXaZ9KOcPa7HzXzp_N5qGmjDj6yEfL/pubhtml

    Addendum

    Nikki later clarified that the 60% average for heroic content was an example, but has never revealed the actual %

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  • LateNiteDelight
    335 posts

    This should be pinned 👍

    I'm just now realizing the folks who claim they're getting <50% rolls are probably just looking at the bars 🙃

  • N3mB0t
    262 posts

    good job on laying out all this explanations , im sure this will help a lot of people , upvote from me.

  • dagrommit
    Original poster 501 posts

    @latenitedelight yep, it's why asking for a screenshot should be the first response to any thread about loot quality - if only to ensure everyone understands the context.

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