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What does AIM do to agent?

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What does AIM do to agent?

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Irase
02.25.2013 , 02:26 PM | #1
Hi guys,

First, I am new to agent. now read the question below.
If you go to your character window, you can see that AIM gives Bonus damage and critical chance to agent. Does this mean I can use AIM instead of Cunning in my armor/weapon?

Thanks.

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Tatami
02.25.2013 , 02:29 PM | #2
No, you want cunning. Look closer at the bonus info in your character sheet and compare cunning to aim. Cunning gives a massively larger boost. Aim gives a minor one. Negligible.
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Irase
02.25.2013 , 02:35 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by Tatami View Post
No, you want cunning. Look closer at the bonus info in your character sheet and compare cunning to aim. Cunning gives a massively larger boost. Aim gives a minor one. Negligible.
Not really, They both give the bonus damage at 5:1.
For instance, my new agent, he has
139 Aim, it gives 27.7 bonus damage. 139/27.7 = 5.018
1623 Cunning, it gives 324.7 bonus damage. 1623/324.7 = 4.998
They are about the same. Do the math then tell me, if AIM is same as Cunning.

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malispar
02.25.2013 , 02:37 PM | #4
Your primary stat also adds critical strike chance, on top of increasing your damage done by a %

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Irase
02.25.2013 , 02:41 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by malispar View Post
Your primary stat also adds critical strike chance, on top of increasing your damage done by a %
All primary stats give 1% crit for every 140 (at level 50)
So if I use AIM as primary stat, I would get same critical chance.

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ViridianVex
02.25.2013 , 03:47 PM | #6
What you are missing is that aim only affects ranged attacks. Cunning affects ranged and tech. Almost all of an operatives damage, and a chunk of a snipers damage (depending on spec) comes from tech, so you really want cunning instead of aim. You should still get both the cunning and aim datacrons, but on gear you want cunning.

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Irase
02.25.2013 , 05:54 PM | #7
Thank you.
Now it makes sense.

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Infalliable
02.25.2013 , 07:02 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by ViridianVex View Post
What you are missing is that aim only affects ranged attacks. Cunning affects ranged and tech. Almost all of an operatives damage, and a chunk of a snipers damage (depending on spec) comes from tech, so you really want cunning instead of aim. You should still get both the cunning and aim datacrons, but on gear you want cunning.
+1

They provide the same numerical benefit to the things they (both) benefit. Cunning just benefits a lot more things (e.g., tech damage which depending on spec, can easily be near 1/2 your damage output).

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Stressfire
02.27.2013 , 11:15 AM | #9
Nothing major, but doesn't hurt to pick up the datacrons for Aim. I just wouldn't bother with equipping gear with it. Any benefit from it just isn't as good as you would get from the same gear with Cunning

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Eternalnight
02.27.2013 , 11:31 AM | #10
I don't know why stuff like that pops up so often.

SERIOUSLY just press C to open your character page and move your mouse over your stats and READ THE TOOLTIPS that appear when you hover mouse over the stats.
Am I the only one in the whole world who does this?

For Agent:

Cunning gives: Ranged bonus damage, Ranged critical chance, Tech bonus damage, Tech critical chance.

Aim gives: Ranged bonus damage, Ranged critical chance.

Numerical values you get are the same. (note also that for other classes with different primary stat it is again their own primary stat that benefits 2 types of abilities while others affect only one)

So then why would you ever even consider replacing a stat that increases BOTH ranged and tech damage with a stat that increases ONLY ranged damage, but not tech damage?

Shouldn't be that hard to figure out.

And yes of course you want to pick up aim datacrons since they are not going to replace anything that you could have cunning in, but that is a different matter.