Maybe it was the virus, maybe it was the radiation, or maybe it was some kind of manipulation of the basic genetic structure shared by all humans. Most likely, it was some combination of all these factors that created the different Mutation Paths available to the denizens of the Grand Canyon Province. These choices range from Telepathic to Empathy to Nano-Manipulation, and each one has its own unique abilities. For example, the Sonic Manipulation Path includes Equilibrium Shock, an attack that slows the target. The Patho-Transmission begins with Sapping Sickness, which is a Stamina-draining effect. Activating mutations costs Gamma, a representation of the character’s mental fatigue.
Each Mutation Path falls into one of three fundamental types: Augmentation, Restoration, and Destruction. The types describe the purpose of most, but not all, mutations in that path. So most Augmentation Mutations are primarily buffs but may also include a few attacks. Items in the Restoration type generally heal, resurrect, and give temporary boosts to Health. Mutations in a Destruction Path are offensive in nature and include attacks, debuffs, and more damages that occur over time.
Everyone begins with mutations in the Alpha Path (the “GlobalTech Standard Clone Upgrade Package”), which provides healing and regeneration, in addition to some attacks. The Alpha Mutation Path is always equal to twice the player’s Willpower. AP cannot be spent on it directly.
Later in the game, it is possible to learn other Mutation Paths by training and running missions. Players can get them from neutral sources or make their own through use of the Mutagenics Skill.
Each Mutation Path is associated with one stat, which, along with Willpower, determines both the base and maximum skill values for that path. For example, Empathic Mutations are determined by Charisma and Willpower, while Primal Mutations have a base value that is a combination of Strength and Willpower. Spending APs can’t raise a Mutation Skill above its max, so to get the highest possible skills, you’ll have to boost the associated attributes.
Remember, mutations augment your primary combat style—they don’t replace it. You won’t be able to wander the wasteland fighting your battles purely with mutations. Instead, you might use Patho-Transmission to weaken a creature or rely on Telepathy to buff your allies before having to come up with other attacks.
General Information Edit
Mutations are organized into one of ten mutation paths. These are specific types of mutations players can develop over time that each have a unifying idea. Each path grants activatable powers that are gained by using mutation injectors containing specific genetic information and chemicals. Each faction favors certain mutation paths and offers the means to develop them, but players can also make their own through the Mutagenics tradeskill, or get them from neutral sources.
Players must invest APs in each mutation path to get more advanced abilities. Each path is governed by two attributes that limit how high the player can advance in that skill, so the player must raise those two attributes to advance a mutation path to its highest levels. All mutation paths have Willpower as one of their two attributes.
Activating a mutation ability requires gamma, and the amount you have is determined by your Willpower and Intelligence. If a mutation has a duration, such as temporarily boosting your healing rate, it will normally drain gamma over time, rather than having a one-time cost. Gamma can be restored through rest or using certain items produced by the Mutagenics tradeskills.
Other Mutation Information Edit
Mutations are not designed to be a primary combat style. Players won't be able to just wander around the wasteland and fight all their battles purely through mutations. Instead, they are support abilities. For example, you may use Patho-Transmission to weaken a creature, or use Telepathy to distract someone, but you will be doing so to make your other attacks easier, as opposed to killing the creature with mutations alone.
- ↑ Fallen Earth Knowledge Base (Nov 14, 2011 07:37AM PST). Mutations - What are mutations?.
- ↑ Question of the Week: May 09, 2007 - Mutations. Fallen Earth Developers. Retrieved on 2007-07-18.
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