Shield resistance is pretty straightforward: If your weapon’s shield penetration rating is greater than the target’s shield resistance, you apply the weapon damage to the shield. If it is less, the weapon bounces off the shield for zero shield damage.
How in the world then do you determine armor resistance? I’m at a complete loss. It seems that the more armor modules my ship has, the greater chance it has of reflecting weapon damage. Is armor damage reflection cumulative or is there some obscure way the game determines whether armor will reflect damage or not? Unlike shields, as armor weakens its ability to reflect weapon damage drops (at least I think so). So I assume the formula depends on the ships cumulative maxdamageabsorbable value for all the armor modules. But then what about the effectiveness penalty you get from using multiple armor modules? Does the game add the maxdamageabsorbable for all modules, then multiply the sum by the effectiveness penalty, then do the armor resistance calculation?
And what exactly is the calculation for armor resistance? I assume it’s something like this:
armorresistance=(sum(maxdamageabsorbable from each module) * effectivenesspenalty * hullarmorboost)/(some unknown value)
As the armor takes damage and is reduced, the armorresistance will also lower. What value does the game divide by to calculate a ship’s armor resistance? Or am I even on the right track with my formula?
The reason I ask is because I was playing around with the scavenger mod and found that the Brocken Cruiser hull (100% armor boost) equipped with 6 armor modules is virtually invincible.