Combat Encounter

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Combat Encounter is one of the Point of Interest (POI) in the Stash RPG. It can be triggered intentionally or as a result of an ambush.

Basic Information[edit | edit source]

Combat encounters are represented by a POI in the image of one of the enemies you will face in that Combat Encounter. The number of monsters in a given encounter is determined by the number of party members in a group. The Combat Encounter can be engaged by moving your character to the same square as the Encounter's POI node. Moving to the square includes moving over the square, even if you are attempting to move past it. Encounters can be found both inside of dungeons and on the overworld map.

Combat encounters have a chance to spawn a resource node. These resource nodes can be harvested at any time during a combat encounter as long as you have the proper gathering tool equipped to do so. If you attempt to harvest a node before all enemies have been defeated, you can earn double the amount of resources you gather. Once the last monster dies, if the loot rule of your party are set to "Free for All", you can still gather resources from that encounter at normal rate. After the chest is clicked, you exit the combat encounter and lose the chance to harvest any resources left behind, so only click the chest once all resources have been harvested. If the loot rule of your party are set to "Grab and Go", once the last monster dies, the chest does not appear and you exit combat instantly and lose the chance to harvest any resources left behind.

Encounter Difficulty[edit | edit source]

Hover
Mouse hover over enemy.

The difficulty of an encounter can be determined by the con color seen in the Point of Interest's surrounding base. You can also hover your mouse pointer over the enemy to see additional details about the encounter in the form of a tooltip. The tooltip will let you know that the Point of Interest is an encounter. This will be in the con color of the difficulty. The tooltip will also show you the name of the primary enemy for this combat encounter.

Difficulty Chart[edit | edit source]

This chart shows the color and the level of difficulty that the color represents.

Con Table
Color Level XP Modifier
Grey 5 or more levels below 0
Olive Green 4 levels below 20%
Green 3 levels below 40%
Blue-green 2 levels below 60%
Blue 1 level below 80%
White same level 100%
Yellow 1 level above 125%
Orange 2 levels above 150%
Red 3 levels above 175%
Dark Red 4 levels above 200%
Purple 5 levels above 225%
Deep Purple 6 or more levels above 250%

Combat Screen[edit | edit source]

Once a combat encounter triggers, playing character will be taken to a combat screen.


Combat Screen Interface[edit | edit source]

  • On the top of the combat screen you will see specifically ordered portraits of your character, of the enemies you will be facing and of all other characters in your party (if you have one). The order of the portraits is based on initiative rolls affecting turns order. The left-most portrait shows the character currently taking their turn. Once that character has finished their turn, their portrait will move forward to make way for the next one on the list.
  • The bottom of the screen is your Combat Action Bar which allows you to perform different actions during the encounter. You can either click on the icons or use assigned keyboard hot keys as follows:
    • Move.png Move: This action is used to character to an unoccupied square on the battlefield.
      • Each character has a set number of squares it can travel each turn (debuffable by Snare spell of gargantupine). ***Movement points should be used up before attacking, using potions, harvesting or bracing since performing these actions will automatically finalize turn.
      • Wisely used movement points can yield great tactical advantages while indiscretion can lead to fatal flaws. Mistakes may come at the cost of victory.
    • Atk.png Act: Clicking this will bring up combat bar which has to be clicked on nextly to execute a combat ability of choice. By default, using the first button in the combat bar will activate Basic Attack (melee weapons or fists, you will swing a bow like a club in melee), the remaining buttons will execute character specific abilities.
    • Use.png Use: Clicking this will bring up combat item use bar which has to be clicked on nextly to drink a potion of choice.
    • Hrvst.png Harvest: Clicking this allows harvesting defeated enemy carcasses and resource nodes spawned in the Combat Encounter. In order to successfully attempt harvesting a carcass or a resource node, a proper gathering tool has to be equipped prior to entering combat and cannot be changed during combat.
      • Move to a square adjacent to a carcass or node and click [4] "harvest", then click on target to finalize.
      • If the carcass is sparkling that means it yields some materials or seeds.
      • Harvesting a carcass will bury it.
    • Brace.png Brace: Clicking this will finalize turn. Your character will ambush the next enemy that moves adjacent, but not those who were adjacent prior to activating "brace".
      • This tactic can be employed to end combat without using normal attacks even with no mana left, specifically for the "Ya Special" Combat Objective.
    • Delay.png Delay: Clicking this forfeits your initiative roll and queues you to act lastly till the end of combat, thus is not actually delaying as we know it but completely giving up combat initiative to enemies. Delaying is useful for situations where acting lastly brings tactical benefits.
    • Skip.png End Turn: Clicking this finalizes turn, forfeits any other actions and proceeds the combat to the next turn. The only option when mezzed.
      • Can be beneficial when waiting for enemies to amass into dense formation for a compact AoE attack.
    • Run.png Flee: Tries to flee combat, this action consumes whole turn and cannot be performed if any actions committed in the current turn. Rewards you with XP debt after character level 5.
      • Fleeing may fail but you can try again next turn.

Tactical Effects[edit | edit source]

In combat you can notice some floating text that appears in certain conditions. Both players and monsters can take advantage of the following tactical effects:


Flanked[edit | edit source]

If you and an ally are on exact opposite grid squares of an enemy, that enemy is flanked and you and your ally both deal 10% more damage.

Flanked.png


Surrounded[edit | edit source]

You are surrounded if at least 2 enemies are in grid spaces adjacent to you. This cramps your ability to attack resulting in a -10% damage penalty. For each additional enemy surrounding you, you suffer an additional -10% damage penalty (up to a maximum of -70%).

  • This can be a very good tactic to use on bosses and lower their damage against your party (up to a maximum of -50%, max party size is 6).

Surrounded.png


Pinned[edit | edit source]

If you are in melee range with an enemy and there is an obstacle in the grid space opposite that enemy, they are pinned. If they attack you, they do 10% less damage.

Pinned.png


Combo[edit | edit source]

There can be combinations of tactical effects e.g.:

Combo.png


Combat Objectives[edit | edit source]

Combat Objective Objective.png is a rewarded result that a player or a group of players commits to achieve and is a way of making encounters more dynamic. It can be assigned randomly during a Combat Encounter. Completing a Combat Objective awards bonus XP based on its difficulty and is optional and not directly tied to the winning condition of an encounter. Starting at level 5, it has a random chance to appear in combat and can appear in several encounters in a row, with the same objective possibly assigned several times in a row. Failing a Combat Objective has no setbacks other than losing the reward for the failed objective.


List of Combat Objectives[edit | edit source]

The following is a list of Combat Objectives assignable in the Stash RPG:

  • Objective.png Death's Door:
    • Finish the battle with no more than 10% health
      • Reward: 80% bonus XP
  • Objective.png That Which Does Not Kill Me Makes Me Stronger:
    • Finish the battle with no more than 50% health
      • Reward: 60% bonus XP
  • Objective.png Watch Your Step:
    • Move less than 10 squares total as a party
      • Reward: 20% bonus XP
  • Objective.png Ya Basic:
    • Use only basic attacks - no special abilities or spells
      • Reward: 40% bonus XP
  • Objective.png Ya Special:
    • Do not use any basic attacks
      • Reward: 20% bonus XP
  • Objective.png You Can't Touch This:
    • Finish the battle with 100% health
      • Reward: 40% bonus XP