This is a weird one. Executioner sword can cleave through cleave resistant units such as stormvermin and maulers.
But sometimes it fails against stormvermin. I heard there is bug about the animation stopping when hitting shoulders, but the damage/stagger does stop too.
Issue with this bug is that it is hard to reproduce. In controlled environment like modded it works like a charm. It stops working in official for some reason.
Here are some clips.
Without any boosts executioner sword should cleave through stormvermin. (12.5 mass vs 7.46+tank modifier). Merc even has 25% extra mass reduction. So 19.89 mass cleave against stormvermin. Not sure if more the merrier (10% boost from 2 enemies) applied to that attack in case it calculates at start of swing.
You could say it went “over” the clanrat, but from playing merc hundreds of hours I would say it hit. But thankfully I have another clip
Here there is no doubt. Again normal official cataclysm game. Hit stops at stormvermin and doesn’t damage nor stagger the clanrat that proceeds to hit me.
When you go to test this stuff on modded, you get results you expect. Swings going clean through the SV.
The secondary enemy is a slave rat in this clip, but that is just for easier spawning, what the next enemy is doesn’t matter in terms of cleave, only if mass is left. And all regular infantry enemies have stagger threshold of 0, so any stagger hit will at minimum flinch them. So clan rat vs slave rat “stagger resistance” doesn’t matter here.
This same issue seems to happen with bretonnian long sword at times, but it is harder to notice and because of the diagonal swings you assume the swing went under the enemy. But I am quite sure it is affected by same thing now.
For greatsword this seems not to be an issue. Maybe the issue is double dipping mass or something and it just overpowers through it with its massive cleave stats.
Another thing is that this issue seems to never happen against maulers. They work perfectly, cleanly slicing through them to the mass cap like it should.
Please fix. I like slicing rats through SV with my big sword(s).