I have another question on "Added Cold Damage Support". As you can see from the screenshot below: enter image description here It says that supported skills have 6 to 9 added cold damage. This support gem is linked to Burning Arrow gem: enter image description here I am having troubles understanding my resulting damage for Burning Arrow: enter image description here Why is main hand cold damage 16-24? What exactly was enhanced by this support gem? This is what is equipped on me: enter image description here This my skill tree: enter image description here From the skill tree you can see that I have 71% increased projectile damage and 10% increased attack physical damage (does this damage even apply to rangers?)

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    Please try to make your question title more specific. Maybe "how is main hand elemental damage calculated", or similar.
    – Orc JMR
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 3:33
  • Do you create a new question everytime your cold damage changes in the profile screen? The first answer to your first question already told you how to calculate that, so please read and use that.
    – Tom
    Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 8:16

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Physical Attack damage applies to all physical attacks including bow attacks, however cold is elemental not physical so we ignore the 10% you have for the calculation.

Burning Arrow has 155% effect of added damage. Since added cold damage obviously adds damage we multiply what it gives by 155%:

6-9 * 1.55 = 9.3 - 13.95

You have 71% increased projectile damage. This increases all the damage of your burning arrow (because it is a projectile) which includes the 9-14 damage we got in the last calculation:

9.3-13.95 * 1.71 = 15.9-23.85.

The game rounds to the nearest whole number so you see 16-24 on your character sheet.

As for your Physical and Fire damage these are the calculations. Starting with the 9-37 physical damage from your bow.

Again Burning Arrows damage effectiveness affects your bows damage:

9-37 * 1.55 = 13.95-57.35

Your passive skill tree has 71% projectile damage and 10% physical attack damage. Since these are both increases they are added together for a total 81% increase:

13.95-57.35 * 1.81 = 25.2-103.8 physical damage

Burning arrow converts 50% of this physical damage to fire damage:

25.2-103.8 * .5 = 12.6-51.9 rounding to 13-52 for both physical and fire damage.

  • Thank you very much, very good explanation. However, from your explanation, it seems that Burning Arrow is supporting the "Added Cold Damage Support" gem by 6-9 * 1.55 = 9.3 - 13.95. I thought that the support is one way, from support gem to supported gem. Am I missing smth? I thought that 155% affects whatever the base damage you have from your weapon, and the support gem will add 6-9 (plus 71%) on top of that. Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 5:42
  • Just to clarify i thought that base damage is equal to main hand physical damage, but from your explanation it seems that base damage also includes the cold damage, is this correct? Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 5:59
  • Base damage is any whole number damage amount. Added cold damage support has base damage of 6-9. That is added to your bows base damage of 9-37. Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 6:28
  • @RustamIssabekov Damage effectiveness is present on all skill gems "which serves to limit the potential of base damage added from other sources". So yes, burning arrow is modifying the effects of the support gem in a sense. Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 6:29
  • Also while you are here, can you please explain why my "Main hand physical damage" is 13-52 and why my "Main hand fire damage" is 13-52? Commented Aug 10, 2017 at 6:43

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