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Each rank of this skill grants a bonus to melee damage, cumulative with other bonuses from Truxican Wrestler, Skirmisher, or Warmonger class mods. Furthermore, each melee attack has a 35% chance to be a Lethal Strike, receiving an additional, much greater damage bonus, and making a characteristic sound reminiscent of a steel blade scraping roughly against a target.
When a Lethal Strike takes place against a critical hit zone of a target, there is a chance for the lethal strike damage bonus to be doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled; such a strike, however, will not be a critical hit proper, will not be announced with "Critical!", and will not receive any further critical damage bonus. Otherwise, a regular critical hit will occur, amplifying the regular lethal-strike-enhanced damage by the appropriate amount for the critical made.
Contrary to the in-game skill description, each rank of this skill grants a 150% damage increase to lethal strikes.
|Melee damage bonus||+10%||+20%||+30%||+40%||+50%|
|Lethal strike damage||+150%||+300%||+450%||+600%||+750%|
Additional levels may be acquired through the use of an Assassin or Truxican Wrestler class mod.
|Melee damage bonus||+60%||+70%||+80%||+90%|
|Lethal strike damage||+900%||+1050%||+1200%||+1350%|
Gunslinger boosts Mordecai's melee attacks into an effective secondary form of attack. While the constant percentage boost to melee damage is not that significant, a lethal strike (per the skill's name) from Lethal Strike is extremely damaging, especially when slicing through an enemy's critical hit location with a bladed weapon such as a Razor.
This skill well complements a Hunter who specializes in the use of close-range weapons such as pistols or shotguns. If a melee attack is triggered during a reload, but after the weapon's magazine ammo counter is updated to full, the melee attack will cut the animation short but the reload will still have completed.
- Against the tentacles of The Destroyer, Lethal Strike triggers with every melee attack.