Damage Types

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Damage Types are damage modifiers that apply to all Marine and Alien weapon/ability damage, which determine the amount of damage inflicted on players, units, and structures' Health and Armour values.

Health

Icon health.gif Health is the primary indicator of a player, unit, or structure's well-being. Players and units spawn with full health, and lose health when hit by attacks from enemy players or structures such as Sentries, Hydras, and Whips.

Unbuilt structures start with a low amount of health that gradually increases as the structure is being built. Unbuilt structures will only be healed or repaired if they receive damage, otherwise health will increase along with the building progress.

Death

Once the player, unit, or structure's health reaches to 0, regardless of the amount of armor still intact, the player, unit, or structure will collapse and die. A Marine will then respawn at an Infantry Portal and an Alien will hatch as a skulk from an Egg.

Armor

Icon armour.gif Armour is the secondary indicator of a player, unit, or structure's integrity. Armour reduces the amount of damage dealt to health by 70% by default for players. The only exceptions to this rule are Fade swipes against structures (90%) and crush (increases armor percent by 7% per level).

Players and units spawn with full armour, and lose armour when hit by attacks from enemy players or structures.

Unbuilt structures start with a low amount of armour that gradually increases as the structure is being built. Unbuilt structures will only be healed or repaired if they receive damage, otherwise armour will increase along with the building progress.

Effective Health

Due to the nature of different damage types, armour can be considered an extension of health. For example, using the Normal damage type, that causes 1 armour point to absorb 2 points of damage, a Marine with 100 health and 30 armour can be considered to have an effective health of 100 + 2(30) = 160 EHP against most attacks.

Other Effects and Exceptions

Some abilities and units change the way damage is dealt or received.

  • Mucous Membrane negates all damage a unit receives until a threshold is reached.
  • Exosuits only have armor and only die when their armor reaches 0.
  • ARCs only have armor when undeployed.
  • Nanoshield reduces all damage by 32% while active.
  • Babblers cannot take more than 5 damage per instance, even from a fully charged railgun shot.
  • Clogs cannot take more than 50 damage per instance.
  • Umbra reduces all damage an affected unit takes from bullet weapons by 25%
  • Spores and the poison from the Lerk#Poison_bite bypass armor.
  • Bone Shield reduces damage from the front of an Onos by 80% for most damage sources
  • Map hazards such as the lava falls on ns2_refinery reduce armor and health directly by a percentage.
  • Self damage from a marine grenade deals only 33% damage

List of Damage Types

Armor typically absorbs 70% of incoming attacks, and the remaining 30% affects health. Damage types typically do not affect this damage distribution.

Basic Damage Types
Type Affects Armor/Health
ratio
Armor damage inflicted Frontiersmen Kharaa
Normal Icon health.gif vs. all

Icon armour.gif vs. all
70/30 1 Armour point absorbs 2 damage
Light Icon health.gif vs. all

Icon armour.gif vs. all
70/30 1 Armour point absorbs 4 damage
Heavy Icon health.gif vs. all

Icon armour.gif vs. all
70/30 1 Armour point absorbs 1 damage

N/A


Special Damage Types

All Special Damage Types affect Armour the same way as the Normal basic damage type, unless otherwise specified in the conditions column.


Special Damage Types
Type Affects Armor/Health
ratio
Conditions Frontiersmen Kharaa
Biological Icon health.gif vs Marine

Icon armour.gif vs Marine
70/30
  • Vs. Marine = 100% damage
  • Vs. Exosuit, Robots & Structures = 0 damage

N/A

Corrode Icon health.gif vs Robots & Structures

Icon armour.gif vs Frontiersmen
70/30
  • Vs. Robots & Structures = 100% damage
  • Vs. Marine = 12% damage to armour only
  • Vs. Exosuit = 40% damage to armour only

N/A

Flame Icon health.gif vs Kharaa

Icon armour.gif vs Kharaa
70/30
  • Vs. non-flammable targets = 100% damage
  • Vs. Structures = 200% damage (Flamethrower direct damage - 112.5%)
  • Vs. Flammable targets = 250% damage (multiplicative with Structural bonus, up to 500%)
N/A
Gas Icon health.gif vs Marine 0/100
  • Vs. Marine = 100% damage to health only
  • Vs. Exosuit, Robots & Structures = 0 damage
N/A
Nerve Gas Icon armour.gif vs Kharaa 100/0
  • Vs. Kharaa = 100% damage to armour only
  • Vs. Frontiersmen = 0 damage
N/A
Puncture Icon health.gif vs all

Icon armour.gif vs all
70/30
  • Vs. Players = 200% damage (Machine Gun = 150%)
  • Vs. Non-Players & Structures = 100% damage
StructuresOnlyLight Icon health.gif vs all

Icon armour.gif vs all
70/30 vs Players
90/10 vs Structures
  • Vs. Players = 1 armor point absorbs 2 damage
  • Vs. Structures = 1 armor point absorbs 9 damage

N/A

Splash Icon health.gif vs ARC & Structures

Icon armour.gif vs ARC & Structures
70/30
  • Vs. ARC = 100% friendly fire damage
  • Vs. Structures = 100% damage
  • Vs. Players & Units = 0 damage
N/A
Structural Icon health.gif vs all

Icon armour.gif vs all
70/30
  • Vs. Structures = 200% damage
  • Vs. Players & Units = 100% damage