First, the following tests have all been done with a Level 2 Berserker with no skillpoints or stat points invested on the dummy in the Estherian Enclave. Critical hits and fumbled attacks are completely excluded from every calculation aswell as attacks from both claws at the same time.
Secondly, this was an interesting thing to test and I'll have to explain a few things/assumptions before I get on with the more related results:
How random is the damage ?
Assuming a constant environment I would assume a constant damage result. This is however not the case, and thus all results by me (and others) will be subject to 'random' fluctuations. I tested this with a
45 dps claw (36 physical damage every 0.8s) which gave me a weapon damage of
39-39. I used no offhand and proceeded to hit (regular attack) the dummy like a madman. I hit either
34, 35 or 36 while i would have expected to hit 35 all the time.
How to account for armor?
In Torchlight 2, every damage you do is decreased by an amount based on the armor value of your enemy. Since all the damage in my tests was Physical Damage, we can focus only on physical armor, but there's no way of knowing the armor of your enemy as far as I know.
When I hit the dummy with my regular claws (
13 - 19 weapon damage) I had hits variating between
17. Removing 1 claw gave me
12 - 18 weapon damage and hits between
16. I then equiped my high dps claw which gave me
39 - 39 weapon damage and got hits between
From this I concluded the damage decrease done by the dummies armor for this range of damage is between
Note that I by no means claim that armor removes a linear amount of damage nor that it doesn't scale with your damage, level, ...
Is everything an
That would be nice, but sadly: no. A lot of calculations gave fractions/floating point numbers as a result. Since it's not very nice to display those everything has to be rounded to an integer. I do not know how it is programmed, but I assumed everything is rounded to the nearest integer. This seemed to be most of the time the case.
Now, let's get on with the real results!
Scenario 1: 1 claw, no offhand
With 1 claw in your righthand and no offhand, this does exactly as it says: it takes your claws dps, takes 88% of it and deals that amount as damage (the final result still has to include armor!). So the higher the dps of your claw, the higher the damage of Eviscerate will be.
45 dps claw I mentioned above, my Eviscerate hit for
37 - 39 (avg.
38). Indeed, 88% of 45 is
40. Giving this an armor penalty of
2 gives us the average Eviscerate damage.
Important to note is that this is an increase of damage compared to a regular attack. (an increase of
3 damage in this case)
Scenario 2: 2 claws, equal dps
Now, how does the damage compare to scenario 1? Does it increase because of dual-wielding, is it the same, does it decrease?
Tada ! An increase. But by how much and why? I will return to this at the end of scenario 3.
Scenario 3: 2 claws, different dps
This is the part where it really becomes interesting.
So it's of the most benefit to ALWAYS put your highest dps weapon in your right hand.
Now with that last result in mind, we return to scenario 2, where we got the same damage as with a 22 dps claw in our offhand (twice an average of
18). So the stats of our offhand are not important, as long as it's a weapon (see later: shields) you will gain an increase in damage because of dual-wielding.
So how much is the increase for dual-wielding? I don't know but from these results it would seem like the increase is equal to
floor(dps of righthand / 10):
22 dps claw gives an average of
16 damage per Eviscerate hit
22 dps claw with an offhand weapon gives an average of
18 damage per Eviscerate hit
45 dps claw gives an average of
38 damage per Eviscerate hit
45 dps claw with an offhand weapon gives an average of
42 damage per Eviscerate hit
In the first case we see an increase of
2 and in the second case an increase of
4 which could be explained by the formula.
So we can just equip a shield as offhand for better survivability?
No, the damage output will be the same as if you had only a claw in your right hand (a la scenario 1).
But the increase of damage by dual-wielding is very little, why is it worth to dual-wield then?
This was done at level 2 and with no multipliers, skills... so the damage increase by dual-wielding should scale better at higher levels, better gear/skills...
I hope this answers most of your questions!