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I have to admit that the wingstick is my favorite quick-use item in Rage so far, the main reason being it has saved me from a savage beating many times while reloading my main weapon.

While I usually use wingsticks in situations much too tense to make any astute observations, I've noticed that their effectiveness seems to vary. At times, they will simply lodge into their intended target, killing it, but at other times they ricochet around the room, damaging multiple foes, potentially (I don't think I've actually managed to pull this off). I'm pretty sure I even managed to catch one that I threw in a very boomerang like fashion.

While I haven't been able to figure it out by myself yet, the varying effects seem linked to a multitude of factors, such as the first thing the wingstick hits (enemy/wall), the throwing angle, the type of enemy and so on.

If anyone could shed some light on this, I would be grateful.

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Wingsticks and Advanced Wingsticks are a semi-guided projectile weapon. They feature a lock on, but it seems to be intentionally imperfect (so you don't just play the whole game with them).

I have found that throwing them while the enemy is 20+ feet away usually results in getting the wingstick back and decapitation. When an enemy is too close it will almost certainly get embedded in them or break, lessening your chance of recovering them. If they hit an obstacle on the way to an enemy (wall, rock, whatever) they stand a good chance of breaking first.

With advanced wingsticks, they can hit several enemies before coming back to you. A good throw will result in 2 kills, a great throw 3 kills. If you see any enemies grouped, an advanced wingstick throw can make short work of them if they don't have helmets on. Advanced wingsticks also seem to be able to bounce off walls & such a few times and still have some killing power.

Wingsticks are also probably better than the crossbow for quiet kills, given that there is no zoom on the crossbow.

I hope you found something useful in the above ramblings.

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So useful, in fact, that I consider this the answer. – Aubergine Oct 18 '11 at 8:16
+1, 'cept the crossbow is better for quiet kills. Wingsticks seem to give away your location more often, even though they're silent too. – Keith Oct 18 '11 at 17:12
@Keith I've had too much trouble with the crossbow, there's no magnification and what should be killing shots with it only wound a lot of guys instead. – CyberSkull Oct 18 '11 at 18:06
@CyberSkull yeah - I often line up a shot with the pistol or sniper, then switch and fire without moving the crosshair. I've managed some really long range kills with the crossbow that way :) – Keith Oct 18 '11 at 22:34
@Keith I didn't think of that… – CyberSkull Oct 19 '11 at 1:14

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