Why is a dagger better then a straight sword for backstabs? Because 136 critical.

But what does that mean? I seek to find out what these differences in numbers actually mean, and I already have a small theory.

http://tinyurl.com/cxvb87s

So the weapons in the left hand, Mail Breaker and Dagger, each hit about the same amount on a backstab... the weapons on the right hand also hit about the same amount as each other, but the rapier does more damage...

If we adjust their crit rates on a percentage grade...

Rapier = 220/224.8 damage...

Bandit Knife = 240.24/243.36 damage...

Which can then be calculated into defense, and the rapier should in most cases inch ahead due to having less defense to mitigate.

similarily, the other two weapons similarily add up.

Mail Breaker = 187.2/190.8

Dagger = 201.74/204.36

In both cases, the daggers are weaker then their rapier counteparts due to defense, as BLAINS analysis on real defense contributions indicates could be expected to happen... and so I can easily indicate why Rapiers do more backstab damage...

Today, I hope to further examine this value by taking another slashing weapon, likely a straight sword, and finding out how much AR is neccesary for it to backstab for the same damage value as a bandits knife hits. Presumably, I believe it will need only 56% higher AR to backstab the precise same value... but if memory serves me correctly, a +5 lightning short sword does not hit the same damage as a +5 lightning dagger, and according to my calculations... those would have the same AR. This forces me to need to take a more in depth look at the backstab mechanic in order to find out how much damage it would cause under certain circumstances.

Any suggestions on tests I could do?

But what does that mean? I seek to find out what these differences in numbers actually mean, and I already have a small theory.

http://tinyurl.com/cxvb87s

So the weapons in the left hand, Mail Breaker and Dagger, each hit about the same amount on a backstab... the weapons on the right hand also hit about the same amount as each other, but the rapier does more damage...

If we adjust their crit rates on a percentage grade...

Rapier = 220/224.8 damage...

Bandit Knife = 240.24/243.36 damage...

Which can then be calculated into defense, and the rapier should in most cases inch ahead due to having less defense to mitigate.

similarily, the other two weapons similarily add up.

Mail Breaker = 187.2/190.8

Dagger = 201.74/204.36

In both cases, the daggers are weaker then their rapier counteparts due to defense, as BLAINS analysis on real defense contributions indicates could be expected to happen... and so I can easily indicate why Rapiers do more backstab damage...

Today, I hope to further examine this value by taking another slashing weapon, likely a straight sword, and finding out how much AR is neccesary for it to backstab for the same damage value as a bandits knife hits. Presumably, I believe it will need only 56% higher AR to backstab the precise same value... but if memory serves me correctly, a +5 lightning short sword does not hit the same damage as a +5 lightning dagger, and according to my calculations... those would have the same AR. This forces me to need to take a more in depth look at the backstab mechanic in order to find out how much damage it would cause under certain circumstances.

Any suggestions on tests I could do?