Impact Fist "Rework"

Impact Fist "Rework"
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really couldn’t have made this shorter huh

tl;dr’s are placed within each section so the post doesn’t suck as much to read


With the public Trello being given a plethora of new cards being added, Vetex expresses interest in once again adding Impact Fist into the game; albeit in a way dissimilar to its implementation in Arcane Adventures:


Why was Impact bad in the first place?
I want to better elaborate on my reasoning behind this idea by explaining what exactly went wrong with it back in AA/AR. As someone who was around when Impact Fist was originally implemented, I can say with absolute certainty that it absolutely sucked.

Legacy Impact Fist was unbalanced in the sense that you could charge it by mashing punch or kick for about five minutes, until you eventually had a miniature nuke atomically fused to your R key to instantly cheese whatever poor soul happened to rustle your jimmies. (~3,000 damage at level 200, why god)

It was also unengaging, both to the user and to others. Having to effectively “farm” the meter by basically doing nothing but pressing a button for a few minutes actively took you out of the action, and was equally as unfun to others when the fight just got immediately ended because the other person sacrificed half of their brain cells for a funny “fuck you, die” button.


legacy impact sucks because:

  • spam Q for funny instant win button; not engaging and very boring

  • i’m trying to play AO, not cookie clicker.

  • getting instantly nuked isn’t fun; punishes you for something entirely out of your control

… So how do we fix it?


As an attempted solution to this, I want to propose the idea of charging Impact’s meter by specifically using it to deal damage to enemies.

Lots of fighting games like Street Fighter or Guilty Gear (i think?) handle Super Meters in a very similar way. You deal damage to the enemy, and your super meter gets filled slowly over time. I thought a simpler application of this method would be best used for a style like Impact Fist, since… that’s what it does. You build the meter for a super move. That’s pretty much how it’s always worked.

The Meter

Charging + other basic functions

Successfully landing basic punches/kicks or normal skills would fill Impact’s meter by varying amounts based on the amount of damage those moves deal.

Normal attacks would be weaker than those from most other fighting styles, as the trello suggests, to make this more of a risk-reward fighting style. For the sake of making this easier to understand, let’s assume Impact Fist’s damage affinity happens to be 0.75 (equivalent to Poison Magic).

Lastly, there would almost definitely need to be some kind of visual effect to show others how full the meter is as well, like in AA.

Spending; "Charged Moves"

As for charged moves (a.k.a. actually spending the meter), this is just the term I’m using–for the sake of simplicity–for Impact’s original function of dumping the entire meter at once for a stronger attack for the sake of simplicity.

The concept of charged attacks could possibly be executed in a few ways, or whatever method Vetex prefers. These are just my ideas:

  • Charging any ability for a short time, after which the user’s fist/leg/whatever flashes white and may release the button for a stronger version of the attack

  • A checkable box in the skill creation UI to determine whether or not a skill should be considered a “Charge” or not (a.k.a. if the skill requires the meter)

  • Ultimate skills automatically spending the meter upon use (this is mostly just an addon to one of the other two because it would probably REALLY suck if meter usage was restricted entirely to ults)


new impact is epic because:

  • normal skills are kind of weak bc risk-reward is epic and cool (roughly as strong as poison without a debuff or clouds to make up for it)

  • build meter by doing damage w/ impact skills; very engaging and fun way to gain meter

  • visual effect shows others how full the user’s meter is, meaning it can more easily be seen coming and isn’t just out of nowhere

  • dump meter for da funny big damage :] (this makes up for the low damage affinity)

Rules & Restrictions

I know you almost certainly have a couple concerns regarding an idea like this, and the reason I know that is because dear god, so do I.

Meter Rules

First, how quickly can it build up? In other words; how much damage should I have to deal in order to fill it completely?

Since Impact would normally be weaker than other styles in this case, I’d like for players to still be able to build it up a decent amount in a fight for the reward to be worth the risk, but not so rewarding that you once again have a pocket nuke by the end of the bout.

After some deliberation, I think Impact’s meter scaling should cap off at around… 15 times the user’s level maybe? But the actual damage output of charges would end up being less than that; again, because of the damage affinity. Hear me out on this.

For example, at lvl 90, dealing a total of 337 damage fills the meter about 1/4th of the way, and you’d have to deal 1,350 total to fill it completely. (this value can be displayed above the meter)
And likewise, the damage output is translated pretty directly, aside from deductions due to damage affinity. At these values, a charged attack would only do ~250 and ~1012 damage respectively, which, I mean. It’s still a lot, all things considered.

These new numbers also do not take enchantments, stats or skill type into account, which seems like a pretty good deal on top of coming from an example based at only level 90. Someone who has some kind of strength-based gear or has stats put into melee would do more than that, too. Adding 50 strength turns these into 287 and 1050, for example. (50 x 0.75 = +37.5 damage)

assuming strength calculates the same way power does
… i don’t actually know how strength calculates

If you can only build it in combat, then you’d only really have to fill it up to about 1/6th of the way until you could maybe consider dumping it worthwhile in a hypothetical 1v1 scenario, and by the time it’s filled 60%, they’re likely already dead anyway and you wouldn’t really need to pop it at that point, assuming you’re also utilizing other, better sources of damage over the course of the fight.

Which you should. Impact’s low damage affinity makes it unreliable outside of charged skills.

My point here is that unless you’re either fighting multiple people at once or actively trying to use only Impact Fist and nothing else, I don’t think getting the meter past even 35% is going to be too unreasonably common an occurrence.

The reasoning for which, I will explain now.

Drain/Negative Penalty

In AA, one of the major problems with Impact is that you could save up the meter for whenever a fight happens to occur. Even with drain implemented at the time, it drained pretty slow. So that was still a pretty common strategy among the few people who still decided it was worth the hassle.

I like Guilty Gear.

(the specifics aren't too important since i simplify it anyway, but here it is if you're curious)

(yoinked from Dustloop Wiki)

The solution I’ve thought up, based on this funny little system up here, is simply having it drain while the user is considered not in combat. But like really, really quickly. As in “your entire meter just fucking vanishes from full over the span of 10 seconds” quickly.

Listen, right. I’m aware the Trello mentions being able to release that built up power “whenever they please”, but please. God. Not that freely. The last thing I want is for people to rely on Impact Fist and just walk around with nukes all the time. We all know how that went before, and it was annoying and not fun. Above all else, I want to push the idea of Impact Fist being a very risk/reward oriented fighting style.

If someone is running away from a fight (or isn’t even in a fight at all), they certainly aren’t taking any risks at those moments, and therefore should not be given the reward that comes with said risks.

  • can only be filled by landing attacks with impact fist

  • meter size = (player level) x 15

  • charged damage translates directly with damage built up in meter x0.75 because funny damage affinity, can also be influenced by gear/stats

  • not very powerful without charge, mostly meant to be used in between better sources of damage

  • meter is better regulated for smaller fights via negative penalty; instant kills in 1v1s is just kind of unnecessary

  • negative penalty = meter drains almost instantly when not in combat because free pocket nukes are for losers; no instawin for you, fucker.


Legacy Impact’s meter was bad both in it’s engagement and fun value.

Mashing a button is not engagement, especially if the exact manner of doing so effectively forces you out of combat. Tying meter gain to damage actively promotes usage specifically in combat, and weakening its’ normals means there is an active risk to trying to build meter too quickly, in the sense that you’re basically sacrificing the higher damage of your other tools (be it magic, weapons, etc.) for the potential of a larger reward later.

so tl;dr this is good and actually has a solidified role in combat whereas the original didn’t or something

That’s about it, really.

I don’t know how to conclude this.

Make it so you charge the impact fist by damaging enemies using the Q move.


Best description of impact fist


Couldn’t I just enter a fight with a player and run away to punch a couple NPCs to death and then immediately pocket nuke them?
Even with the drain, doing this would just not drain it because I don’t ever leave combat.

I’ve pvp’d in this game before (unwillingly) and I know just how desperate players are to chase you to the ends of the earth for that funny kill number.

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Man we already know vetex isn’t gonna fuck up the same way he did 3 years ago.


Most ways to interpret the concept of impact fist is a fuck up.
This method might even be a fuck up based on what I just said.

no you don’t understand
if he made it that short it’d be closed for low effort
gotta hit those sentence quotas

I kinda liked old impact fist (spam Q for pocket nuke), but I didn’t take PvP very seriously in AA. I doubt it’s coming back, and this seems like a reasonable alternative.

I don’t really see anything wrong with this scenario - don’t fight an impact fist player if they’ve just pumped themself up fighting NPCs. If you stop fighting a player to go charge your impact fist against NPCs, you’re either going to:

  • A: Get killed, because you’re not fighting the actual threat who’s killing you.
  • B: Lose your target, because they just ran off in the other direction.
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Impact fist shouldn’t be like AA at all in my opinion. If I were vetex, I’d make impact fist charge at maximum of 5 and then release it in a shockwave or something, so it can actively be used during combat instead of just charging it outside and one shotting some poor fella with it

You see, I wouldn’t use impact fist to hunt targets, I’d use it defensively.
If I lose the ‘target’ then good. If I manage to charge myself up and pocket nuke the guy chasing me to get them off my back, even better.

Again, fine by me. RKers shouldn’t pick fights with impact fist players who’ve got easy targets nearby to pump themselves up against.

It’s like “don’t pick fights with Ice users in the rain” or “don’t pick fights with wind users next to insta-death lava”. Some environments favour certain players, and if you’re RKing you need to be aware of that.

  1. Impact fist players in AA could 1 shot you. Even if you go out of your way to actively avoid them, they can still kill you instantly.
  2. Impact fist players’ environment is any place that has NPCs. You pretty much cannot fight an impact fist user.

Except impact fist would work anywhere on the map, imagine a guild leader impact fist

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This is a very well thought out idea. Take the vote.

AO will probably have far fewer NPCs. Between 90% of the map being water, and no more random spawns, there’s going to be far more places where the nearest NPC is an impractically long walk away.

Not to mention my first point: “oh no I’m under attack, time to go punch some NPC that’s standing still on the ground” is a really bad survival strategy. Your opponent will just blast you, or run away, depending on if they want to fight or not.
A guild leader with reworked impact fist wouldn’t be a threat at all. You could just walk away.

Obviously you’d want to stay well clear of an impact user who’s just beat up some NPCs, but just like Ice users in the rain, it’s not something they can proactively hunt you with.

So if someone starts fighting NPCs, they should just become invulnerable to other players?

“Invulnerable” is a strong word.
I wouldn’t say an Ice user is invulnerable the moment it starts raining - I just wouldn’t want to fight them if I could avoid it.

take into consideration that there was NO BLOCKING in AA and AR. imma pefect block it every time easy .

If you are fighting someone else, they have a fully charged impact fist, and they know how to play the game, you’re dead.

Discourse please stop.

GER moment