Giantkiller

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The Giantkiller is a melee weapon which always deals critical hits to Elites and Bosses. This item is exclusive to the Rise of the Giant DLC.

Details[edit | edit source]

  • Special Effects:
    • Deals ~3.66x damage (465 critical DPS) to Elites and Bosses.
  • Breach Bonus: 1 / 1 / 1 / 1
  • Base Breach Damage: 50 / 70 / 200 / 300 (180 / 238 / 900 / 960)
  • Base Breach DPS: 253 (930)
  • Combo Duration: 2.45 seconds
  • First Hit: 0.45 (0.3 + 0.15)
  • Second Hit: 0.45 (0.3 + 0.15)
  • Third Hit: 0.8 (0.6 + 0.2)
  • Fourth Hit: 0.75 (0.45 + 0.3)
  • Tags: HeavyWeapon, UnlockInPublicEvent, NoBackpackItem

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The base critical DPS of Giantkiller is the third highest in the whole game, with the first highest damage dealing item being Scythe Claw Icon.png Scythe Claw.
    • However, to truly take advantage from Giantkiller's very high damage, the player needs to land the third and fourth hit of the attack combo, which puts them at a risk of getting hit due to their slow wind-up. Therefore, using Giantkiller against normal enemies is relatively inefficient compared to other gear (even the Broadsword can easily take its place) but extremely strong against Bosses and Elites.
  • The Giantkiller is the only single-slot weapon in the entire game that cannot be stored in the backpack.
    • This is for balancing reasons to prevent the player from easily defeating bosses while still able to wreak havoc on normal enemies.
      • This can be partially circumvented by dropping the Giantkiller and replacing it with the other desired weapon for the level before returning and equipping it while placing the other weapon in the backpack.
    • The Cursed Sword Icon.png Cursed Sword, by contrast, needs no such limitation, since the core tradeoff of that weapon (very high damage and fast attack rate, at the cost of being cursed) isn't compromised by the backpack mechanic: the curse downside still applies even when the weapon is stored away.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to v1.2, the Rise of the Giant Update, this weapon was only available in Daily Runs.
  • The Giantkiller may have initially been conceived as a spear, like the one originally used to "kill" the Giant, but was changed to a sword at some point before being added to the game files.
  • The in-game model for the Giantkiller appears to be a sword with a long, straight-edged blade, with a white glow. This model is currently also used for the Seismic Strike Icon.png Seismic Strike.
  • For some reason, this weapon's name is spelled in-game as "Giantkiller", possible due to a coding bug.
  • The flavor text is a reference to the phrase "The bigger they are, the harder they fall".
Weapons
Melee
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Ranged
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Shield
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