Ever since my Smuggler got this attack it has NEVER hit for min-max dmg. I've talked to other Smugglers in my bracket (25-35) that are hitting with theirs for 1-1.2k crits, but MY backblast, which should be doing a minimum of 650-ish damage, rarely ever hits for 500. Whether my opponents are PC's with mitigation or NPCS doesn't seem to matter. At the moment my backblast is hitting consistently for 450 dmg, even though the tooltip says I should be doing at minimum 650. I really am at a loss. On the one hand, one of the attacks I rely on the most does negligible damage. On the other, most other Smugglers I have played with/ against tell me their attacks are just fine.
What I want to know is what the title of the thread asks. Could Backblast be broken? I stack nothing but Cunning... i thought, if anything, it would be getting MORE powerful.
generally, i find any attack ability which does 'kinetic' or 'energy' damage, does not hit for it's tooltip damage.
this comes down to your targets armor and overall damage mitigation.
very loosely, you can expect your kinetic/energy damage attacks to do about 60-80% of the tooltip's damage. exceptions to this are if your target has 0 armor and 0 mitigation (mobs with 'Weak' status), or if you have a 100% armor penetration, which only sentinels/marauders have in their middle trees.. afaik.