View Full Version : How do Poison Strikes fit as a Poison type?

02-20-2014, 10:33 AM
I could use some information.

I'm looking over the DDO Wiki article on Poison (http://ddowiki.com/page/Poison), comprehensively updated with Update 19 and how poison can really, really kill you in several cases from some enemy attacks.

There are only a handful of classes that list melee attacks with a poisonous quality that aren't originating from a poison-typed weapon or equipped item (such as a Quiver of Poison). That is, the class can inflict poison damage, wearing no gear, and armed with just a Masterwork weapon with which they are proficient.

I'm well acquainted with Ninja Spies and Ninja Poison (http://ddowiki.com/page/Ninja_Poison)'s abilities. But I'm trying to understand how the Assassin's Poison Strikes enhancements (http://ddowiki.com/page/Assassin_enhancements#Tier_One) work fit into the Poison game mechanic. They're described as a poison, but as a "melee poison attack."

If you use any of these three attacks (Heartseeker, Ice Chill and Soulshatter), do you see the Poison damage indicator on an attacked enemy? Does your combat log show that you delivered "poison damage"?

I know that another enhancement for Drow and Assassins, Venomed Blades, provide an untyped poison attack. But what I'm unsure of is if any of the Poison Strikes generate true poison damage or generate its debuffs like poison but without poison damage.

Any Assassins care to comment? Your information will aid me in updating this DDO Wiki article to clarify it.

02-22-2014, 03:00 PM
Playing with a very young level 3 Assassin I made some time ago, I have one possible answer, but would appreciate any other Assassins to give supporting information.

The "Poison Strikes" don't give poison damage but deliver debuffing and stat-damaging characteristics as poison does, based on my test and the description. No Poison damage ever appeared with my use of Ice Chill Poison. So, for lack of a better name, the Poison Strikes are more of a spell-like ability than true poison.