Bolter does not crit properly (Sharpshooter)

Issue Description:
Bolter gun is not affected by % crit chance perks or feats (only tested on sharpshooter). If this is working as intended then I do not believe the bolter gun should be able to roll % crit chance perks

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. Load into Meat Grinder as Sharpshooter
  2. Use bolter gun with Dead Shot (Feat) + Surgical (Perk)

Mission Name (If Applicable):
Meat Grinder


Player ID:
Lord Waffles

Approx. Time of Issue & Timezone:
[12/2/22 @1:30AM] [EST]

Reproduction Rate:
Constant (100%)

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Thank you for your report. Out of curiosity, how did you do your tests to come to this conclusion?

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I can also confirm bolter crit chance is bugged, with veteran’s ADS crit talent and 4% crit stack up to 5 perk on a bolter after a long time of shooting crushers while maintaining stamina for every shot, almost no crits at all.

But if you step within 5m range of the target, BAM! crit works.

Edit: This seems to be the case for only elites and specials. normal enemies can be critted at longer ranges. * After further massacre of heretics, i think only the killing shot can crit on bolter.(at ranges further than 5m)


Me and a few friends were testing out different weapons and max crit. I know using this bolter I should be getting close to a 50% crit rate when using ADS (before stamina is depleted) in combination with the perk and feat.

So when I went in to see the biggest damage number I could get, I noticed I never got any yellow crits.

Very rarely you will see yellow damage numbers. Like maybe one in 50 some shots?

I verified this with my other sharpshooter friend by having him try out a different bolter and our conclusion was the same. The bolter just doesn’t seem to be affected by crit. I believe the 25% crit rate for ADS feat also doesn’t work for the plasma gun, but i’m not sure if thats intended or not since its more of a charge than aiming.

There is a chance that this is simply a bug with displaying damage numbers or just with the Meat Grinder alone, but the fact it does crit (just very very low chance) makes me believe it’s not a bug with the damage numbers.

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Yes! That’s actually where I think I noticed crits.

I don’t notice anything point blank but every crit it does get does appear to mostly be a killing shot.

Actually when within 5m of the target you do get a lot more crits than you do if standing in the center. I have uploaded a video showing the extremely low crit chance from standing medium+ distance away

aye, a bit wierd why crit works sub 5m and after that only if the shot kills the target it can crit. Hadron has been providing us with faulty bolters, we must warn the inquisitor of her tracheary!

The issue is that the beyond 5 meters the bolters make a secondary attack. (the bolt rocket gets armed after 5 meters and explode on impact) This secondary attack does not crit and that makes the damage number get the wrong color.

This is an issue with the color of the damage numbers in the psykanum and does not effect gameplay at all. The damage number color will get fixed in a future patch but rest assured that the omnissiah’s blessings works and that Hadron is not at fault.