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Slayer Instruments?

Discussion in 'UO Bard' started by Tabby Kapak, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. Tabby Kapak

    Tabby Kapak Seasoned Veteran
    Stratics Veteran Campaign Benefactor

    Jun 23, 2008
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    Hello bards! We keep reading different things in different places, regarding the effect of Slayer Instruments. We particularly get confused about whether or not Slayer instruments used on random other critters (so not the correct group but also not the opposite group) drop the success chance by 20%?

    The FAQ here states: "Regardless of the name on the instrument (Dismissal, Slaughter, Slaying, Ban, etc.) the instrument adds the same 20% chance to succeed when used against the correct monster. That is a very important point, as using an enchanted instrument against any creature the instrument is not meant for reduces the chance to succeed by 20%!"

    So it gives the impression it does drop success chance against random critters? Same as the UOGuide page seems to indicate on the Provocation page. "A Slayer Instrument adds 20% to your success chance if the creature type matches, or removes 20% if it doesn't match."

    BUT, Stratics mentions: "Slayer Instruments will decrease your success chance by 20% when used on the creatures from its opposing group." So only the opposing group then? Also when using the Barding calculator it seems a Lizardman slaying instrument has the same result as a normal instrument on a lich? So that made us wonder, can only Super Slayer instruments be opposing and thus useful for training purposes? Just wondering whether to throw out all the triple, fourth etc. extra slayer instruments like Lizardman and Troll etc...
  2. Grace of Minoc

    Grace of Minoc Journeyman
    Stratics Veteran

    Oct 3, 2012
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    Can't help you with "official" numbers regarding this, however:

    I have fought relatively hard foes of a few different slayer groupings/non slayer creatures and would use
    the slayer of the "hardest" foe that was in the area. Would think I would notice if doing so would drop the
    success rate of everything else by 20% in the room and not just the opposing slayer group if one was in the mix.

    For instance, doing the Renowned Wyvern spawn, when the Wyvern comes out I would switch to a dragon
    slayer instrument, but did not notice a huge drop on success rates for the pesky Servants that are there as
    compared to using an exceptional instrument.

    I would still fail occasionally on a Servant with 120 pure bard using an exceptional instrument. Would switch
    to a dragon/reptile slayer when Wyvern spawned and did not notice a huge difference in success rate for the Servants.
    (plus 10% success bonus down to a negative 20%)
    and would only notice a small difference on them.

    Hope that helps.