# Critical hit

Critical hit.

A critical hit, also known as a critical strike, critical, or crit, is a mechanic that multiplies the strike damage of an attack. The chance of a critical hit is determined by the attribute Critical Chance, which scales up to the maximum 100 %, at which point every hit becomes critical. Critical hits deal 150% damage by default, and this multiplier, known as Critical Damage, can be increased by the Ferocity attribute. Critical hit damage is displayed in larger text than ordinary damage and is highlighted with a red splash. Some effects trigger specifically after a critical strike, including some from traits, sigils, or upgrade components as listed below. Only strike damage, not Condition Damage, can be a critical hit.

## Formula

The expected average damage output is determined by the following formula:

` Average damage = Base damage * ( 1 - Critical Chance ) + Base damage * ( Critical Chance * Critical Damage ) `

Re-factored, this simplifies to:

` Average damage = Base damage * ( 1 + Critical Chance * ( Critical Damage - 1 ) ) `

Example: given a critical chance of 25% and critical damage of 180%, average damage output is 20% greater than normal.

```Average damage = base * ( 1 + 0.25 * ( 1.8 - 1 ) )
= base * ( 1 + 0.25 * 0.8 )
= base * 1.2
```

## Related traits

See also: Critical Chance#Related traitsCritical Damage#Related traits

## Average damage increase

The table below shows the average increase in damage from critical hits based on the chance to hit critically (rows) and the bonus Critical Damage from that attribute (columns). For example: if your critical chance is 20% and your critical damage is 155%, the 1.110 means that, over time, you will end up doing 11% more damage than if both attributes were zero.

Critical Damage
Critical Chance
150 155 160 165 170 175 180 185 190 195 200 205 210 215 220 225 230 235 240 245 250
5% 1.025 1.028 1.030 1.033 1.035 1.038 1.040 1.043 1.045 1.048 1.050 1.053 1.055 1.058 1.060 1.063 1.065 1.068 1.070 1.073 1.075
10% 1.050 1.055 1.060 1.065 1.070 1.075 1.080 1.085 1.090 1.095 1.100 1.105 1.110 1.115 1.120 1.125 1.130 1.135 1.140 1.145 1.150
15% 1.075 1.083 1.090 1.098 1.105 1.113 1.120 1.128 1.135 1.143 1.150 1.158 1.165 1.173 1.180 1.188 1.195 1.203 1.210 1.218 1.225
20% 1.100 1.110 1.120 1.130 1.140 1.150 1.160 1.170 1.180 1.190 1.200 1.210 1.220 1.230 1.240 1.250 1.260 1.270 1.280 1.290 1.300
25% 1.125 1.138 1.150 1.163 1.175 1.188 1.200 1.213 1.225 1.238 1.250 1.263 1.275 1.288 1.300 1.313 1.325 1.338 1.350 1.363 1.375
30% 1.150 1.165 1.180 1.195 1.210 1.225 1.240 1.255 1.270 1.285 1.300 1.315 1.330 1.345 1.360 1.375 1.390 1.405 1.420 1.435 1.450
35% 1.175 1.193 1.210 1.228 1.245 1.263 1.280 1.298 1.315 1.333 1.350 1.368 1.385 1.403 1.420 1.438 1.455 1.473 1.490 1.508 1.525
40% 1.200 1.220 1.240 1.260 1.280 1.300 1.320 1.340 1.360 1.380 1.400 1.420 1.440 1.460 1.480 1.500 1.520 1.540 1.560 1.580 1.600
45% 1.225 1.248 1.270 1.293 1.315 1.338 1.360 1.383 1.405 1.428 1.450 1.473 1.495 1.517 1.540 1.563 1.585 1.608 1.630 1.653 1.675
50% 1.250 1.275 1.300 1.325 1.350 1.375 1.400 1.425 1.450 1.475 1.500 1.525 1.550 1.575 1.600 1.625 1.650 1.675 1.700 1.725 1.750
55% 1.275 1.303 1.330 1.358 1.385 1.413 1.440 1.468 1.495 1.523 1.550 1.578 1.605 1.633 1.660 1.688 1.715 1.743 1.770 1.798 1.825
60% 1.300 1.330 1.360 1.390 1.420 1.450 1.480 1.510 1.540 1.570 1.600 1.630 1.660 1.690 1.720 1.750 1.780 1.810 1.840 1.870 1.900
65% 1.325 1.358 1.390 1.423 1.455 1.488 1.520 1.553 1.585 1.618 1.650 1.683 1.715 1.748 1.780 1.813 1.845 1.878 1.910 1.943 1.975
70% 1.350 1.385 1.420 1.455 1.490 1.525 1.560 1.595 1.630 1.665 1.700 1.735 1.770 1.805 1.840 1.875 1.910 1.945 1.980 2.015 2.050
75% 1.375 1.413 1.450 1.488 1.525 1.563 1.600 1.638 1.675 1.713 1.750 1.788 1.825 1.863 1.900 1.938 1.975 2.013 2.050 2.088 2.125
80% 1.400 1.440 1.480 1.520 1.560 1.600 1.640 1.680 1.720 1.760 1.800 1.840 1.880 1.920 1.960 2.000 2.040 2.080 2.120 2.160 2.200
85% 1.425 1.468 1.510 1.553 1.595 1.638 1.680 1.723 1.765 1.808 1.850 1.893 1.935 1.978 2.020 2.063 2.105 2.148 2.190 2.233 2.275
90% 1.450 1.495 1.540 1.585 1.630 1.675 1.720 1.765 1.810 1.855 1.900 1.945 1.990 2.035 2.080 2.125 2.170 2.215 2.260 2.305 2.350
95% 1.475 1.523 1.570 1.618 1.665 1.713 1.760 1.808 1.855 1.903 1.950 1.998 2.045 2.093 2.140 2.188 2.235 2.283 2.330 2.378 2.425
100% 1.500 1.550 1.600 1.650 1.700 1.750 1.800 1.850 1.900 1.950 2.000 2.050 2.100 2.150 2.200 2.250 2.300 2.350 2.400 2.450 2.500

## Player chatter

When a character hits a foe with a critical hit, they will occasionally shout out one of the following lines, depending on their race and gender.

Race Gender
Male Female
Asura I've beaten you, but you don't know it yet.
For the record: you've been struck!
How does that feel? Excruciating?
Maximum pain!
I've got a lesson to teach you.
Charr Oh, that had to hurt. Feel the pain!
Did that hurt?
Human There's one to remember me by.
Oh, that had to hurt.
Hurts, doesn't it?
You'll be feeling that one for days.
BAM!
Norn HAH! Extra damage!
Sylvari Take that! Give up yet?
Characters will sometimes shout upon receiving a critical hit from an enemy.

## Notes

• As stated above, Condition Damage cannot critically strike.
• A character's chance of critical cannot become higher than 100%.