Air Elementalists: A bizap pattern not commonly mentioned


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Post Monday, 25th September 2017, 10:44

Air Elementalists: A bizap pattern not commonly mentioned

(Note: For all aspiring air elementalists, there's are some of the most basic patterns mentioned, for instance, here, by Siegurt.)

For what it's worth, I started to pay more attention to my early game AEs again, trying to review my movement habits. I discovered a pattern that I haven't really used much before; but once I started to look out for it, it comes up so often that I regard it as one of the basic patterns. I havn't seen it mentioned before, so I'm posting it here, in case I'm not the only one who missed it (as a basic pattern to look out for, that is).

The basis is this (aiming at the single wall tile):

  Code:
   @
   *
   *
   *
   #


Since Shock has a reach of 7, all the *s are double zapped without afflicting the player. One way in which this comes up quite often is in corners and T-sections of tunnels:

  Code:
   # #           #######
   # ####           *   
   #***@         ###*###
   ######          #*#
                   #@#
                   # #



As with all bizap patterns, this becomes intuitive with practise. This one allows to get up to three bizaps in before the monster has a chance to hit, without any hassle and without much moving around:

  Code:
1. # #      2. # #     3. # #
   #M#         # #        # #
   # #         # #        # #
   # #         # #        # #           
   #@####      XM####     # ####         
   #           #   @      X M @
   ######      ######     ######


(Aiming at the X.) Also, occasionally it comes up while chancing on a pack after opening a door. In this case it may do up to 6d9 damage per MP.
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Post Monday, 25th September 2017, 11:34

Re: Air Elementalists: A bizap pattern not commonly mentione

I have found that occasionally when aiming broadside at a wall, it will bounce like I'm aiming at a corner. I don't recall exactly, I think it's something like this:

  Code:
####
...#
##.#
##M#
##@#

In which I expect that aiming upward will broadside off the horizontal surface and come back down for a bizap, but instead it goes off diagonal to the left. If I were diagonal to the corner, sure, but I'm aiming at the side of the last wall segment before the corner perpendicularly and I expect it to come back at me.
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Post Monday, 25th September 2017, 11:54

Re: Air Elementalists: A bizap pattern not commonly mentione

No, that one comes straight back, bizapping the monster in front of you. You probably mean something like this:
  Code:
  ......
  ....##
  .....#
  .....#       
  ....@#       
  .....#       

(Aiming straight up.) That's because the wall tile straight up doesn't count as part of a horizontal wall. You get something similar for instance with diagonal walls. It's a bit weird, but one gets used to it.
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Post Monday, 25th September 2017, 12:45

Re: Air Elementalists: A bizap pattern not commonly mentione

I think you're right. It also happens in corridors that have a dog-leg in them.
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Post Friday, 29th September 2017, 21:19

Re: Air Elementalists: A bizap pattern not commonly mentione

There's also the ####.#### If you're above or below it at the proper angle, and aim for the wall where the gap is located; it will bounce back and forth between the two walls where the . is indicated. This also seem to apply to any interstection or turn in a path.

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Post Saturday, 30th September 2017, 10:33

Re: Air Elementalists: A bizap pattern not commonly mentione

IIRC miltizap is capped at two zaps now.
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