Chaotic Stab

This ability will allow you to do minimal backstab damage on your backstab attempt, even if you are not positioned behind the monster.
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# Mar 03 2010 at 12:54 PM Rating: Default
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i wish you would of done this last night. i just got chaotic stab and it ruined my soloing rogue. i went from doing max bs damage from front to 126 everytime. if what you are saying about the max damage from front being a bug i wouldnt be sooo upset. i looked everywhere for some good info about 10 hours ago and there was none,then i get up and there is excellent post /sigh
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# Mar 12 2010 at 6:44 PM Rating: Decent
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someone reported this same thing occurring on the test server. he tested backstab before chaotic stab, at 70, and was hitting for 1k from the front. after he bought chaotic stab, his damage went down to 142 max.
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# Mar 03 2010 at 12:54 AM Rating: Decent
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I have noticed an apparent bug that is allowing my 51 rogue to do NORMAL low AND high backstab dmg w/o this aa, so i did a little research.

A fairly old rogue page says in its backstab section that "if you use the backstab attack from the front, it counts as an extra, normal pierce attack, but it will not trigger double attack and/or dual wield. You also will not gain skill points in backstab using it from the front."

Another old site further elaborates, and defines backstab as "an extra attack that does damage as a MULITPLE of the damage stat of [the rogue's] weapon." It goes on to say that "the rogue must be behind the mob when hitting Backstab to do this damage, otherwise the extra attack does only normal damage"

So before obtaining Chaotic Stab AA there is no backstab MULTIPLIER when backstabbing from the front. BUT when you DO get Chaotic Stab, then you will gain the MULTIPLIER when backstabbing from the front of the mob, though it will only do minimum MULTIPLIER damage (which should still be higher than the damage of a regular attack).

i.e. If you have not obtained Chaotic stab aa, then pressing backstab from the front WILL do damage, but only as much as a regular, non-backstab, weapon swing. AFTER you obtain Chaotic Stab pressing backstab from the front will do more damage than a regular weapon swing, but pretty much always less damage than if you were pressing backstab from the back.

Regardless of how backstab is SUPPOSED to work in the first place... i am still seeing max backstab damage from the front at 51 w/o chaotic stab ><.
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