What does Close Range Weapon Damage mean in Outriders

Let me start by saying that I have been playing Outriders non-stop since it’s official launch. It is definitely my most favorite game at the moment, and this is coming from a person who has thousands of hours in games like Destiny 2, Warframe, the Borderlands series, etc. You got a Looter-Shooter? Throw at me and I will play it till oblivion.

Same is the case with Outriders. I have already sunk in 62 hours in the game, and I am only going to play more. Sure there are plenty of issues with the game at the moment. But since I didn’t get affected much, I am not sure if I am eligible to comment on that topic right now.

Let’s not deviate from the main topic now. You are here to know about “Close Range Weapon Damage”, and that is exactly what you will get to know.

What is Close Range Weapon Damage?

I think the term itself is pretty much self-explanatory. It is the damage you deal with your weapons when you are at a close proximity to your enemies. Now this might sound simple but it isn’t. Till now, I have seen a lot of people asking about this, and most of them are confused about how it really works.

When Outriders first came out, people were thinking that “Close Range Weapon Damage” is something that you can only achieve using “Close Range” weapons like Shotguns and SMGs. But it became pretty clear after a while that it can be achieved with any weapon type. You just have to be within a certain distance from your enemy. 10 meters to be precise. Well, at least that is what the game says.
Outriders - Close Range Weapon Damage

You can check this information by simply going to your Inventory, and then by pressing Shift or whatever your Stats button is. Your “Player Stats” window should pop up. Take your mouse pointer on CLOSE RANGE WEAPON DAMAGE, and you should get the full information.

Now, a lot you might ask, “How far or how long is 10 meters in Outriders?”. Which means how close a player has to be to his/her enemies to get the Close Range Weapon Damage boost in Outriders. Since I am a Trickster main, most of the time I am rushing the enemies at their faces with my weapons or teleporting behind them using my Hunt The Prey ability. So, If I find this important, I am sure many other Trickster mains would find this important as well.

It is very hard to say how long is 10 meters distance exactly in Outriders. But I have made a video that should give you a clear idea.

You should mainly see two damage numbers in the video. The first one is 2932 and the second one is 4104. 2932 is when I am not in “Close Range”, and the 4104 damage number is when I am in “Close Range” to my enemy. As a result I am getting that sweet close range weapon damage boost. Also, before I made the video I made sure that I didn’t have any perks that might influence the damage.

As you can see, you have to be quite close to your enemies to get the boost. Though it isn’t that big of a deal in front of the small enemies, the Elites and the Bosses are the main issue here. Most of them would probably ground slam you to another dimension. So you have to make sure that you have got your healing on point. Otherwise, you would find yourself mopping the floor quite often, begging for a revive from your teammates. Just slap in some Weapon Leech in your build, and you should be good.

There you go! I am sure that whatever question you had regarding “Close Range Weapon Damage” has now been answered. If not, then you can feel free to post your question in the comment box below. I will make sure that I answer all of them. Happy gaming!


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