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Why are grenades more effective against reapers than HC-HE?


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#1 slickrcbd

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:57 AM

I'm confused by something here. It seems that I can usually drop a reaper with a human grenade that is rated at HE50, but it takes two hits with the heavy cannon high explosive round that hits for HE52.

What's the deal with that?

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

i think you've been dealing with injured Reapers

UFOpedia calculations say reapers have 148 health but the grenade does 75 damage max.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 08:42 PM

Don't forget that you get to hit the Reaper an additional three more times at -10 damage thanks to their size, so you're dealing a heck of a lot of damage with either weapon.

The only explanation I can think of is that you've just been stung by the random number generator a few times, and its given the grenades a lucky break. Also if the centre of the explosions weren't exactly on a part of the Reaper, you might find most of the damage is being soaked up by its directional armour rather than its undersides. Quite likely to happen with the HC-HE if it misses but gets the Reaper with its splash damage.

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Posted 25 December 2012 - 11:32 PM

thanks,

+1 rng then

#5 slickrcbd

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 12:16 AM

I know a few of the reapers took a hit or two from rifle bullet reaction fire, but I'd have to assume it's a combination of the random number generator and the front armor. Usually when I'm using the HC-HE, I'm shooting it right in the nose, while the grenade I tend to throw it so it goes off on it's rear end.
I target that because I'm thinking of "throw a grenade up it's a.."

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:12 PM

4 things comes to my mind
( some are mentioned earlier by others )

1.) luck roll
2.) previously weakened / wounded reaper
3.) 4x damage against 4 squares aliens

:D AND :D
4.) beginner level

my vote would be beginner difficulty level :P

yarrow

ps.
happy new year 2013!

Edited by yarrow, 31 December 2012 - 02:13 PM.