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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 13
10-18-2010, 03:03 PM
Something I don't believe was mentioned is that attack patterns and other effects that increase weapon damage also increase the damage on various science powers. Using tractor beam repulsors while under the effect of Attack Pattern Alpha, for instance, will increase the repulsor's damage significantly. The same is probably true of various hull resistance debuffs (attack pattern beta, attack pattern delta, and for science captains especially sensor scan). That's a bit harder to test though, as you can't just look at the tooltips.

Certain science powers, however, don't seem to deal damage the normal way: Charged Particle Burst and Tachyon beam aren't affected at all by attack patterns or hull resistance debuffs. They "drain shields", they don't "deal damage."

Powers affected by damage % increase:
Photonic Shockwave:
Tractor Beam:
Going from 15 to 20 dps has little effect, of course. Oddly, the tooltip display says the turn rate debuff is also increased, I do not know if this is a display bug or relevant if it actually happens.
Tractor Beam Repulsors:

Photonic Shockwave and Tractor Beam repulsors can also crit, I'm fairly certain.

Powers not affected by damage % increase:
Charged Particle Burst
Tachyon Beam

I haven't looked at gravity well or tyken's rift. I'm really, really curious how feedback pulse is affected, but that's hard to see without a controlled test in kerrat or something.