Zombie Hunter University, Fairview

Dr. Raglan's Scientific-Minimalist School of Dead Frontier Weapons, Builds & Boss-Hunting

A Lesson in Reloading: Greyhawk vs VLock

Not to keep anxious students in suspense: The point of this lesson is that a Greyhawk revolver with 107 in Reloading delivers as much Damage Per Second as a VLock automatic pistol with 124 in Reloading.

Why is that significant? Because there is an unfortunate school of thought among some Dead Frontier "experts" that Reloading is a relatively insignificant stat, which can be short-changed in favor of Accuracy or Endurance. As the Greyhawk vs VLock comparison shows, this is not true.

What follows involves some complicated math. Before proceeding, students should read a much simpler comparison between the Alpha Bull revolver and the VSS Vintorez rifle in our Introduction to Weapons. That comparison is relatively easy to grasp because the Alpha Bull and the VSS have the same firing rate and, when optimized, virtually the same DPS; the only significant difference is ammo capacity, which results in the Alpha Bull having to reload more frequently. Consequently, a VSS with fewer points in Reloading can keep pace with the DPS of an Alpha Bull with maximum Reloading.

The distinction between a Greyhawk and a VLock is more complicated, because the Greyhawk is a revolver and the VLock is an automatic pistol, with different ammo capacity, firing speed, Damage Per Hit, and Damage Per Second. So let's take a look at the differences:

  • The Greyhawk holds 12 rounds, fires 1.5 times a second, delivers 116 damage points per Critical Hit and 146 damage points per second.
  • The Vlock holds 18 rounds, fires 2 times per second, delivers 90.7 damage points per Critical Hit and 152 damage points per second.

When both weapons are optimized, the Vlock is clearly superior, delivering more knock back and DPS because of its higher firing rate. However, as mentioned at top, if the Vlock's Reloading is only 107, a Greyhawk with 124 in Reloading delivers the same DPS.

This is absurd. The Vlock is far more expensive to purchase and operate (because of its lower DPH, it costs more to supply the weapon with ammo). Shortchanging the Reloading stat renders this luxury item no more effective than the much cheaper Greyhawk - a waste of cash for students who who fall for the myth of Reloading Insignificance. Students who want to get their money's worth will invest stat points in Reloading.

It is not necessary to take our word for it. Check out the math below.

The Greyhawk, firing 1.5 rounds per second, empties its 12 chambers in 8 seconds. With an average DPH of 97.44, it delivers approximately 1,169 Damage Per Clip. 

The Vlock, firing twice per second, empties its 18-round magazine in 9 seconds. With an average DPH of  76.21, it delivers approximately 1,371 Damage Per Clip.

We mentioned the official DPS of both weapons above, but it is worth remembering that the effective DPS is lower because of pauses to reload. The actual DPS of a Greyhawk with maximum Reloading is 141.73. The actual DPS of a VLock with maximu Reloading is 148.30. During short bursts, this distinction is statistically insignificant, but it makes a difference during prolonged firing (as when killing a powerful boss zombie, for instance).

Now, let's take a look at a relatively simple comparison, to see how Reloading stat affects the relative effectiveness of the weapons.

Because of their different firing rates and ammo capacity, we need to find the equivalent of a common denominator for the two weapons, a point in time when we can clearly compare them to each other. Since the Greyhawk reloads every 8 seconds, and the VLock reloads every 9 seconds, let's multiply those two numbers together and see what happens after 72 seconds of continuous firing.

At this point, the Greyhawk will have reloading 9 times; the VLock will have reloaded 8 times. If both weapons have maximum reloading (which results in a .25-second pause to swap in a new clip), the Greyhawk will have spent 2.25 seconds reloading (9 X .25), and the Vlock will have spent 2 seconds reloading (8 X .25).

Add this up, and we see that it takes 74.25 seconds total time for 72 seconds of firing time for a Greyhawk; it takes only 74 seconds total time for 72 seconds of firing time from the VLock. Again, not significant in the short term, but this adds up during lengthy firefights. 

What happens if we shave points off the VLock's Reloading stat?

Because the VLock has Fast Reloading Speed, each point subtracted from the Reloading stat adds. 0.02 seconds of time per each reload. If we stick to our 72-second comparison, the VLock will reload 8 times, adding 0.16 seconds to its reload time, for a total of 2.16 seconds after 72 seconds of firing - still less than the Greyhawk.

Shaving off another point in Reloading adds another 0.16 seconds for a total of 2.32 seconds total reload time after 72 seconds of firing. Although this is slightly more than the Greyhawk, the VLock will still deliver more DPS.

How much more reload time does it take to lower the VLock's effective DPS to that of the Greyhawk? Recall that, with maximum Reloading, the actual DPS of the Greyhawk is 141.73; the actual DPS of the VLock is 148.3.

The math looks like this:

141.73/1 = 148.3/X
141.73X = 148.3
          X = 148.3/141.73
          X = 1.04

In other words, for every second both weapons are firing, we need to add 0.04 seconds of reload time to the VLock. Dealing with such a small number makes it hard to see the significance, so let's scale things up and imagine a situation in which a student is firing for 100 seconds continuously, whether grinding during an outpost attack or hunting a boss.

During these 100 seconds, the Greyhawk will deliver 14,173 damage points; the VLock will deliver 14,830 damage points. To get the VLock's damage down to the level of the Greyhawk, we need to make it take 4 seconds longer to deliver its damage; we do this by adding 4 seconds to the reload time.

It works like this:

Vlock fires 208 rounds in 104 seconds (2 rounds per second). Math tells us the weapon will Reload approximately 11.5 times during this period. The situation is easier to grasp without the half-reload, so let's double the numbers and say the VLock fires 416 rounds in 2018 seconds.

During that time, the weapon will reload just about 23 times. We want to add 8 seconds to the weapon's reload time, averaged over those 23 reloads.

8/23 = .34 per reload. In order to raise the VLock's reload time by .34 seconds, we need to shave off 17 points from the maximum of 124. That lowers the weapon's Reload stat to 107.

At this point, the VLock's effective DPS approximately matches the Greyhawk's. A weapon that can currently be purchased in Secronom Bunker for just over $2-million (for a God-Crafted version) will perform as well as a weapon that costs $13-million for a God-Crafted version.

In effect, losing those 17 points turned a $13-million weapon into a $2-million weapon. In a sense, "saving" those points in Reloading cost $11-million dollars - which is hardly any kind of savings at all.

Think about that the next time an "expert" declares that Reloading is insignificant.





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