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Percentages and Gen Times

HatCreature Member Posts: 3,298

So we probably have a new Meta of Thana and Dying, which I was doing way before it became popular. But in these days of speed penalties and percentages I wonder what they actually come down to in numbers.

My question is what does 1% equate to in seconds?

Thana has a max of 16% slower Gen speed but what does that actually mean when it comes to how long that takes for a Gen to be completed? I think 1 Gen without a toolbox with 1 person can be completed in 80 seconds but then BHVR comes in with percentages that no casual player would ever understand since there are no explanations and then we got 16% slower. But what does that mean, how many seconds is that? Do I just multiply 80 by 16%? I am not fluent in math so if the answer should be obvious please forgive me. I can go all day talking about psychology and sociology but ask me about the diameter of the sun in correlation to the size of the Earth and how many people would it take to form the mass to make up the difference in size so both can have the same diameter and I will say I don't know.

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  • Atrushan88
    Atrushan88 Member Posts: 2,084

    The obsession only gets a healing% increase now. They don't get a gen speed increase.

  • FireHazard
    FireHazard Member Posts: 7,314

    That's like nothing than... well, at least they don't get the debuff from Dying Light itself...

    I'll edit it above.

  • Atrushan88
    Atrushan88 Member Posts: 2,084

    Yeah, it's also unhook speed, LOL. That's why Dying Light + Ruin is becoming meta. Heck I even see people run those two PLUS pop a lot lately. Just had either a GOOD Nurse or a hacking Nurse(don't know if people can hack on PS4 but this Nurse looked like they were using range addons, despite having no addons. I know when I play Nurse I don't move halfway across the map in one blink though even fully charged without addons, though admittedly I don't play her much. However on PS4 you don't play much vs Nurse, until recently anyways, so I can't be 100% sure. Seen 2 Nurses in 2 days and both hit 95% of the time in one blink chain after finding a survivor, but that second one was hitting me from a mile away with one blink and I was like "Omegablink", but it supposedly wasn't. The first one WAS Omegablink though).

  • drimmalor
    drimmalor Member Posts: 909

    Speed calculations are often misunderstood, so here's how they work:

    A survivor doing an action without any penalty is doing it at 100%, or 1.00 charges per second.

    You can find how long it takes to complete an action by dividing the base time needed by the speed. For a generator at 100% speed: 80 seconds / 1.00 = 80 seconds.

    Now add in Thanatophobia, which at max is 16% slower. So: 100% - 16%; or 1.00 - 0.16 = 0.84.

    Now let's calculate generator times: 80 seconds / 0.84 = 95.2381 seconds.

    This is most evident with a 50% speed penalty - think old Freddy. If you do something at half the speed, you would do half of it in the same time it would take you to normally complete it. The math: 1.00 - 0.50 = 0.50. Then: 80 seconds / 0.50 = 160 seconds.

    1% is hard to equate to an exact time because the function is not linear, so each additional 1% in either direction has a different amount attributed to it.