Game Update 5.5 Class Changes Roundup

I’ll keep this updated as more changes are revealed!

Game Update 5.5 is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday the 10th of October. Classes are arranged alphabetically by Imperial Advanced Class.

Note: All changes below are currently in development and are subject to change before being released.

Assassin/Shadow

Assassin

Deception

  • Reduced the damage done by Ball Lightning by 5.15%
  • Amped Voltage no longer increases the damage of Discharge, but retains the rest of its effects
  • Dominating Slashes no longer increases the damage of Assassinate and the damage bonus it gives to Lacerate and Voltaic Slash has been reduced from 10% to 5%
  • Reduced the critical damage bonus given to Discharge and Ball Lightning by Crackling Blasts from 10% to 5%
  • Reduced the low-health damage bonus given by Sith Executioner from 5% to 3%

Shadow

Infiltration

  • Reduced the damage done by Psychokinetic Blast by 5.15%
  • Fracturing Force no longer increases the damage of Force Breach, but retains the rest of its effects
  • Prevailing Strikes no longer increases the damage of Spinning Slash Strike and the damage bonus it gives to Whirling Blow and Clairvoyant Strike has been reduced from 10% to 5%
  • Reduced the critical damage bonus given to Force Breach and Psychokinetic Blast by Deep Impact from 10% to 5%
  • Reduced the low-health damage bonus given by Judgement from 5% to 3%

DevNotes: The Deception / Infiltration discipline was overperforming, so we made multiple changes to bring their DPS down to target levels. We reduced the damage of Ball Lightning / Psychokinetic Blast in addition to changing a couple passives to reduce the damage of other abilities.

Additionally, we reduced the critical hit damage on Discharge / Force Breach and Ball Lightning / Psychokinetic Blast through a passive and slightly reduced the magnitude of the damage bonus given when enemies are at low health. These changes put Deception / Infiltration at their DPS target.

Juggernaut/Guardian

Juggernaut

  • The damage done by Chilling Scream due to the Piercing Chill utility has been reduced by 60%

Rage

  • Force Lash now deals 100% more damage
  • The bonus critical chance given by Brutality to Vicious Throw and Furious Strike has been increased from 5% to 10%

Vengeance

  • Increased the bleed damage bonus given by Bloodmaster per bleeding effect from 3% to 5%, now stacking up to 15%
  • Increased the melee bonus damage given by Ravager from 3% to 5%
  • Draining Scream now deals 45% more damage

Guardian

  • The damage done by Freezing Force due to the Persistent Chill utility has been reduced by 60%

Focus

  • Force Lash now deals 100% more damage
  • The bonus critical chance given by Swift Slash to Dispatch and Concentrated Slice has been increased from 5% to 10%

Vigilance

  • Increased the burn damage bonus given by Burnmaster per burning effect from 3% to 5%, now stacking up to 15%
  • Increased the melee bonus damage given by Master Focus from 3% to 5%
  • Burning Blade now deals 45% more damage

Rage/Focus DevNotes: Chilling Scream / Freezing Force was doing too much damage with the Piercing Chill / Persistent Chill utility. It was being used as a single-target rotational ability when its intended use was multi-target AOE, so we reduced the damage it deals with Piercing Chill / Persistent Chill. To make up for the DPS loss, we increased the damage of Force Lash by 100%. Additionally, we increased the critical chance on two key abilities through a passive to give the discipline some additional damage potential and bring them in line with the DPS target.

Vengeance/Vigilance DevNotes: Chilling Scream / Freezing Force was doing too much damage with the Piercing Chill / Persistent Chill utility. It was being used as a single-target rotational ability when it’s intended use was multi-target AOE, so we reduced the damage it deals with Piercing Chill / Persistent Chill. To make up for part of the DPS loss, we increased the damage of Draining Scream / Burning Blade by 45%. Then to make up for the rest of the DPS needed to bring Vengeance / Vigilance in line with its DPS target, we increased periodic damage and overall melee damage through two passive abilities.

Marauder/Sentinel

Marauder

Annihilation

  • Reduced Deadly Saber’s damage by 6%
  • Juyo Mastery now gives bleed effects an additional 1% critical hit chance per stack of Juyo Form, down from 2%,
  • The temporary bleed damage bonus applied by Annihilate due to the Devious Wounds passive has been reduced from 5% to 3%

Sentinel

Watchman

  • Reduced Overload Saber’s damage by 6%
  • Juyo Mastery now gives burn effects an additional 1% critical hit chance per stack of Juyo Form, down from 2%,
  • The temporary burn damage bonus applied by Merciless Slash due to the Smoldering Burns passive has been reduced from 5% to 3%

DevNotes: The Annihilation / Watchman discipline was overperforming, so we made some changes to bring its overall DPS in line with its target. Deadly Saber / Overload Saber made up a large part of its damage, so we brought that down slightly to level its damage out with some of the discipline’s other abilities, while still maintaining its place in the rotation.

Additionally, we slightly lowered the effectiveness of some other damage over time abilities through changes to a couple of passives which brought the discipline’s DPS to where it needed to be.

Mercenary/Commando

Mercenary

Bodyguard

  • Healing Scan now heals for 6.45% less
  • Progressive Scan now heals for 7% less
  • The heal-over-time provided by Proactive Medicine is now 50% less effective, but its armour-increasing effect remains unchanged
  • The healing bonus given to Emergency Scan and Rapid Scan by Empowered Scans is now 3%
  • The healing bonus given to Kolto Missile, Kolto Pods, and Progressive Scan by Peacekeeper is now 3%
  • The critical healing bonus given by Warden is now 5%
  • Bodyguard (the passive skill) now increases the healing each charge of Kolto shell does by 3%

Commando

Combat Medic

  • Advanced Medical Probe now heals for 6.45% less
  • Successive Treatment now heals for 7% less
  • The heal-over-time provided by Preventative Medicine is now 50% less effective, but its armour-increasing effect remains unchanged
  • The healing bonus given to Bacta Infusion and Medical Probe by Field Medicine is now 3%
  • The healing bonus given to Kolto Bomb, Kolto Pods, and Successive Treatment by Frontline Medic is now 3%
  • The critical healing bonus given by Potent Medicine is now 5%
  • Probe Medic now increases the healing each charge of Trauma Probe does by 3%

DevNotes: The Bodyguard / Combat Medic was overperforming in HPS output, so it needed some changes to various abilities.

First, we reduced the effects of Proactive Medicine / Preventative Medicine, in addition to reducing the overall healing done by Healing Scan / Advanced Medical Probe and Progressive Scan / Successive Treatment. Finally, we reduced the healing and critical healing bonuses given to the discipline through passives, which brought the Bodyguard / Combat Medic to its target HPS.

Operative/Scoundrel

Operative

  • Kolto Infusion no longer applies a heal over time; instead, the initial heal now heals for 44.51% more
  • Curative Agent now changes Kolto Infusion back to its heal over time version, and the rest of Curative Agent’s effects are unchanged

Medicine

  • Each tick of Recuperative Nanotech now heals for 12% less
  • The critical chance bonus given to Diagnostic Scan by Prognosis: Critical is now 10%
  • Accomplished Doctor no longer affects Surgical Probe, and the critical healing bonus it grants to Kolto Injection and Kolto Infusion is now 10%, while its other effect remains unchanged
  • Medical Therapy no longer increases the healing done by periodic effects, but its other effects remain unchanged
  • Durable Meds no longer increases the healing done by each tick of Recuperative Nanotech, but still increases its duration
  • Surgical Precision no longer increases the healing done by Surgical Probe, but its other effects remain unchanged
  • The chance of getting a Tactical Advantage from a Kolto Waves, Kolto Probe, or Recuperative Nanotech tick granted by Medical Engineering is now 10%

Scoundrel

  • Kolto Pack no longer applies a heal over time; instead, the initial heal now heals for 44.51% more
  • Sly Surrender now changes Kolto Pack back to its heal over time version, and the rest of Sly Surrender’s effects are unchanged

Sawbones

  • Each tick of Kolto Cloud now heals for 12% less
  • The critical chance bonus given to Diagnostic Scan by Prognosis: Critical is now 10%
  • Accomplished Sawbones no longer affects Emergency Medpac, and the critical healing bonus it grants to Underworld Medicine and Kolto Pack is now 10%, while its other effect remains unchanged
  • Homegrown Pharmacology no longer increases the healing done by periodic effects, but its other effects remain unchanged
  • Puissant Poultices no longer increases the healing done by each tick of Kolto Cloud, but still increases its duration
  • Emergent Emergencies no longer increases the healing done by Emergency Medpac, but its other effects remain unchanged
  • The chance of getting an Upper Hand from a Kolto Waves, Slow-release Medpac, or Kolto Cloud tick granted by Medpac Mastery is now 10%

DevNotes: The changes made to Medicine / Sawbones bring the discipline to the target HPS while relatively improving its burst-healing capabilities. Overall, the majority of the healing reduction was aimed at the Operative’s / Scoundrel’s heal-over-time abilities, which are usually more prone to over-heal.

The changes to Kolto Infusion / Kolto Pack and Curative Agent / Sly Surrender give the Operative / Scoundrel a quick, bursty heal in their baseline toolkit, while still allowing players who prefer a more proactive HoT-based playstyle to preserve that gameplay by taking the Curative Agent / Sly Surrender utility. On the whole, Medicine Operative / Sawbones Scoundrel HPS has been brought in line with that of Corruption Sorcerers / Seer Sages, but its baseline ability to burst heal is comparatively better than it was before these changes.

Sorcerer/Sage

Sorcerer

Lightning

  • Fixed a bug where Forked Darkness and Forked Lightning’s secondary attacks weren’t doing 25% of the original ability’s damage
  • Reduced Reverberating Force’s critical damage bonus from 10% to 5%
  • Convulsing Currents now gives Shock a 35% damage increase when the enemy is affected by Crushing Darkness, up from 20%

Sage

Telekinetics

  • Fixed a bug where Mental Momentum and Telekinetic Momentum’s secondary attacks weren’t doing 25% of the original ability’s damage
  • Reduced Reverberation’s critical damage bonus from 10% to 5%
  • Magnifying Vibrations now gives Project a 35% damage increase when the enemy is affected by Mind Crush, up from 20%

DevNotes: To bring the Lightning Sorcerer / Telekinetics Sage to their DPS target, we reduced the critical damage bonus given from Reverberating Force / Reverberation by 5% and increased the damage dealt by Shock / Project while Crushing Darkness / Mind Crush is on the target. We also fixed a bug where the secondary attacks from Forked Darkness / Mental Momentum and Forked Lightning / Telekinetic Momentum were not properly calculating their damage. These changes levelled out their damage more consistently and brought them to their target DPS.

Sniper/Gunslinger

Sniper

Marksmanship

  • Honed Shots now grants a 3% bonus to critical hit chance and damage done by Snipe per stack, down from 5%

Gunslinger

Sharpshooter

  • Honed Shots now grants a 3% bonus to critical hit chance and damage done by Charged Burst per stack, down from 5%

DevNotes: Marksmanship / Gunslinger Sharpshooter was slightly overperforming, so we reduced the critical hit chance and damage of Snipe / Charged Burst by a small amount through a passive, which brought the discipline in line with its DPS target.


Class utility adjustments will be starting with Game Update 5.6.

 

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