Positional damage is a mechanic that whilst not unique to wargs isn’t widespread in the game and thus it is something that many players may not fully understand or even know about. Here we will take a look at positional damage; what it is and how best to use it.
What Is Positional Damage?
Positional damage is a mechanic that causes your skills to hit harder when you attack your opponent from behind. When you hit an opponent from behind the base damage of your attacks is increased by 50%. It is as simple as that.
A few additional notes are in order though to help you better understand this mechanic. For starters the additional 50% damage applies to the base damage of the skill, it is not a critical damage multiplier. Secondly you do have to be behind the target, not at the side of them or slightly off centre from the front, but behind them.
Which Skills Benefit From Positional Damage?
All of our damage skills benefit from the positional damage mechanic. You will notice that some skills include a note about this on their tooltip, but through testing it seems that all of our skills that deal damage, whether their tooltips state sit or not, have positional damage.
Skills that deal extra damage from stealth will receive both the stealth damage boost and the positional damage boost if used from behind a target.
How Do I Best Use Positional Damage?
This is very simple and also very tricky. On the one hand to use positional damage you just have to stand behind your opponent. On the other hand that isn’t always an easy thing to do.
At the start of a fight you can of course start with a stun from behind, which will give you a few seconds to freely hit your opponent from behind and get the positional damage boost. A stunned opponent provides one of the few opportunities to make use of positional damage easily. The other opportunity is when your opponent is fighting more than one person and if not focused upon yourself you can position yourself behind your opponent.
Apart from those two situations you will have to work hard to get behind your opponent. Astute freeps will know about positional damage and deliberately try and minimise opportunities for you to get behind them such as turning constantly to face you or by placing their back to a wall, etc.
It is worth constantly trying to constantly get behind your opponent though, even if he is turning to face you constantly. The extra damage you will deal from behind is too big a boost to easily pass up.