Arcane Torrent is a brand new Diablo 3 Wizard skill which has no comparison to any Sorceress abilities seen in Diablo 2,but lots of players may not understand how to calculate the Arcane Torrent, Whirlwind, Rapid Fire and so on skills. Today Blizzard`s senior technical designer Wyatt Cheng give players a detailed explanation on this issue. We hope this explanation to be able to help you a deeper understand the Diablo 3 game.
Is the Arcane Torrent damage per missile fired, or per second?
It's per weapon attack period, which is the same for all skills that are in this vein whether it be Tempest Rush, Whirlwind, Disintegrate, Rapid Fire, or what have you.
So, if you have a 2.0 attack speed, then your weapon attack period is 0.5 seconds, so you are doing X% weapon damage every 0.5 seconds.
This is analogous to a more standard attack such as Magic Missile or Bash, which also list their damages as per weapon attack period. It just tends to be more obvious that is what's happening in those cases because your character animates over the course of the attack period to provide clear delineation points.
Could you explain how it works specifically with Arcane Torrent and a 1.0 attack speed one?
Arcane Torrent baseline says it does 210% weapon damage. This means it does 210% weapon damage for every attack period of your weapon.
If your weapon has a 1.0 attack speed, then it means your weapon goes through one attack period every second. Therefore your attack period is 1.0 seconds, and you'll do 210% weapon damage every 1.0 seconds or 210% weapon damage per second.
If your weapon has a 1.4 attack speed, then it means your weapon goes through 1.4 attack periods every second. Therefore your attack period is 0.714 seconds, and you'll do 210% weapon damage every 0.714 seconds or 294% weapon damage per second.
Arcane Torrent is a very cool looking skill, but most of its runes are not very useful. Cascade is the only rune which potentially makes Arcane Torrent more appealing to use for general purposes. You think so?For more information about game you you check out