In several respects Dark is the opposite of Holy - generally enemies weak to Holy will be strong to Dark, and vice versa.
Damaging Dark attacks accumulate with every hit to the enemy, and will eventually cause a "critical hit" should their Dark threshold be breached - for example, Dark-enchanted Magick Bolts: Successive (non-blocked) hits will eventually result in a critical hit, inflicting up to 9x damage (the multiplier can be between 2x and 9x for more powerful enemies).
The size of a monster may also be a factor. A Cyclops takes over a dozen successive hits to breach the threshold, whilst an Ox usually is critically hit after under six strikes; some small creatures such as spiders or snakes have no resistance to critical strikes and take a critical hit on every strike.
Neither Magick nor Strength nor Defense alter the critical hit multiplier. Neither does dark resistant equipment reduce the chance of a critical hit, though it does reduce the damage.. Only the innate 'species' resistance is a factor. Boosting potions and periapts do not increase the critical hit chance.
Both physical (Kunai, Rooted Gloom) and magickal attacks (Stagnant Surge) from dark enchanted weapons can inflict critical damage. If a weapon enchantment spell is used to give a weapon a dark magick enchant the frequency of critical strikes is related to the tier of the enchantment (see Elemental Debilitation). A few dark based spells such as Great Sacrifice or Necromancy also give critical hits.
A critical hit is indicated by tendrils of dark 'anti-energy' flashing through the target.
Spells, Skills and Equipment
- Spells and Skills
- List of Armor and Clothing Sets with Dark resistance
- List of Head Armor with Dark resistance
- List of Torso Armor with Dark resistance
- List of Leg Armor with Dark resistance
- List of Arms Armor with Dark resistance
- List of Leg Clothing with Dark resistance
- List of Chest Clothing with Dark resistance
- List of Cloaks with Dark resistance
- There are no known items that give protection against dark critical hits.