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Iraklis is a DLC weapon available in Dragon's Dogma.

Description

"A longsword decorated with a bold-looking horn. Causes its wielder to take more damage and use more stamina, but at times deals crushing blows to enemies."

Iraklis increases stamina use and damage, but has a good chance to cause critical hits on enemies.

This sword is the matching weapon for the Hero's Armor Set.

In Dragon's Dogma it can be obtained through a purchase of the Weapon Pack: The Debilitator; in Dark Arisen as well as in the original game it can be bought from the The Black Cat.

Effects

Equipping Iraklis increases stamina use, both for skills and running, by 50%; and increases the damage the wielders takes by 50%.

Critical hit damage

Enhancement Critical multiplier
Unenhanced 2.5x
1* 3x
2* 4x
3* 5x
Dragonforged 6x
Silver Rarified 8x
Gold Rarified 10x

This longsword gives an 2 in 7 chance of inflicting a "crushing blow" (critical hit) against the foe - each critical hit multiplies the damage done by the sword. From unenhanced to gold rarified the multiplier increases from two and a half times damage to ten times damage.

Core Skills and other light attacks show the highest multiplier. Very strong attacks such as Indomitable Lash show lesser increases (2x in instead of 6x at 3* for example), whilst the most powerful skills like Arc of Obliteration show weak increases (+20%). It may be that the critical hit multiplier only affects the strength dependent part of the damage - whilst base damage is unaffected (Arc of Obliteration has very high base damage, and shows mimimal dependence on total strength)

Strength decimation

With Iraklis equipped, any strength boosting equipment has its effect reduced to one tenth (0.1) of the base value - this effect applies to worn equipment (e.g. Golden Belt) and even applies to the sword itself. As a result, Iraklis' effective weapon strength is under 100, less than a Rusted Greatsword of equivalent enhancement.

Thus the net effect of the sword is to make the offensive power of the wielder based almost completely on their core strength - in a sense the user fights almost naked, like the ancient hero Iraklis (Heracles) portrayed in Greek sculpture.

Tactics

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Once properly upgraded, the weapon's capability for powerful criticals enable it to rival even the highest tiers of longswords, as it can and will at times deliver surprising amounts of damage, often outright slaying a non-boss enemy every few attacks swung.

To enhance its capabilities to dish out a critical, attacks that hit multiple times are the most viable options. Other skills become much better to use and even skills that were once quite mediocre, become powerful and usable.

To maximise the likelihood of a critical hit fast and multi-strike attacks can be used - these include the jumping heavy attack, and the Indomitable Lunge. High damage skills such as Indomitable Lash might still be used, but there is a chance smaller foes will be dispatched before a critical strike, reducing the apparent utility of this weapon.

Stats

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N/A 30,200 G 104,000 G
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5,400 RC
Shattered Earth Tome x2
7,400 RC
Godly Analeptic x5
Strength 105 [10] † 157 [16] † 220 [22] † 304 [30] † 440 [44] † 698 [?] 885 [?]
Magick 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slash Strength 100%
Bludgeoning Strength 0%
Stagger Power 118 {118} ‡ 118 {118} ‡ 174(verify) {160} ‡ 261 {228} ‡ 325 {304} ‡ 339 {?} 401 {?}
Knockdown Power 118 {118} ‡ 118 {118} ‡ 174 {160} ‡ 261 {228} ‡ 325 {304} ‡ 339 {?} 401 {?}
Element -
Debilitations - - - - - - -
Weight 6.22 6.22 5.91 5.29 4.66 4.67 4.67
- the effective strength shown in square [] brackets.
- the Stagger and Knockdown values for Dark Arisen in curly {} brackets.

Damage

Damage and Strength

The base damage done by this sword does not follow the usual patterns - though the strength of the sword is listed as increasing from ~100 to ~300 at three star enchanced the actual damage done does not reflect these figures.

For example, with Arisen strength of 573 an unenhanced weapon (str=573+105) with a single hack can do damage of 1016 on an ox, at 1* (str=573+157) the damage is only slightly increased to 1024, and with a 3* weapon (str=573+304) the damage is 1044. Equivalent bladed weapons, e.g. Two-Hander (str 156) or a 3* Flamberge (str 301) show greater increases in damage with strength :

Iraklis Comparison Weapon
Enhancement Strength Damage Weapon Strength Damage
unenhanced 573 + 105 = 678 1016 - - -
one star 573 + 157 = 730 1024 Two-Hander 573 + 156 = 729 1174
three star 573 + 304 = 877 1044 3* Flamberge 573 + 301 = 874 1248
Damage measured on an Ox

In effect attacks and skills done with this sword have a dependency on strength that is one tenth (1/10) of that normally found - this makes the effective strength of the weapon between only 10 and 88.

Other equipment

This equipment strength reduction also applies to worn equipment - for example - if the Cyclops Veil and Golden Belt are worn strength is normally boosted by 26. Under the same conditions as above (with a 3* Flamberge) damage from hack on an Ox is increased by 36 when wearing these items. However, if the same equipment is worn with Iraklis equipped the damage boost is only 4.

The effect on real strength is not noted in any statistic in menus.

Enhancement Item Locations

Notes

  • Fall damage is not affected
  • In Dark Arisen, this weapon can be gifted to another Pawn.
  • Augments that boost strength such as Vehemence and Eminence still have a full effect with the longsword.
  • Dark enchanted weapons such as Rooted Gloom also have a 'Critical Hit' chance (actually works in the same way debilitations have 'chance')- giving a higher damage multiplier, but less often and dependent on the foes dark resistance.
  • Unlike debilitations the chance to critical with this sword appears to be genuinely random.
  • The Iraklis has a significantly higher-pitched swinging sound when compared to average longswords.
  • This is by far is the easiest DLC Weapon to be upgraded.
  • The word "Iraklis" is a Greek name (Ηρακλής), from the ancient mythological hero Herakles (Hercules). Herakles derives from the words "Hera" (the Greek goddess, "Ira" in Greek) and "kleos" (glory), meaning "glory of Hera". Sources : Wikipedia:Heracles, Iraklis or Herakles (www.greek-names.info), Heracles (wiktionary.org)

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