Piercing damage

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Piercing damage is a damage type in Ashes of Creation.[1][2]

Skill Icon Origin Description
Fissure Mage Spell 7.png Mage Call forth a line of jagged earthen spikes in a line in front of you, dealing (175%🢆) pierce damage, applying Staggered, and launching each enemy hit.[3]

Damage types

Different damage types are mitigated by the defensive stats (resistances) on different types of armor.[4]

Certain damage types will be strong or weak against certain enemy types. So you'll have to be somewhat smart about who you're bringing where, or what abilities or specs. Obviously, you'll be able to do the content, but you'll have an easier time with certain contents if you're using a certain spec over others.[5]Tradd Thompson
  • Players will be able to counter resistances with resistance penetration stats.[10]
When there's a lot of different complexity that exists between the multi-layered interactions of damage mitigation, resistances, damage penetration... those things stack up over time and there's an opportunity for that subtlety to be more expressed when the receiving target is, let's say, weak to that or... chosen not to spec into any resistances against that. That keeps things fresh and it also keeps a healthy level of itemization progression that's necessary for the player as well.[11]Steven Sharif
  • There is also non-mitigated damage.[4]
Not every monster is going to have unique resistances. They'll share groups of types of resistances based on whether that monster is a particular elemental affinity or a particular heavy armor, particular weapon type, stuff like that. So there will be resistances groups that are shared by certain types of monsters and their location and as it relates to their lower background and stuff like that.[10]Steven Sharif

See also