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Unit Stats play a bigger role in Metal Slug Attack than they did in its predecessor, Metal Slug Defense, even though stats did not undergo much change in terms of core mechanic. Here stats can be influenced by the player in a number of ways under Customize Unit in Build Up.

Current stat values (C) are determined by the following formula (simplified):

C = ⌊ ⌊ B × T × L + I1 + ... + Im ⌋ • (1 + S1 + ... + Sn + F + R1 + ... + Ro )⌋

Variable Description Note
B Base value of the stat.
T Unit Tier-based multiplier. 1 if not affected or if in the (I) Iron tier.
L Unit Level-based multiplier. 1 if not affected or if Level 1.
Ip
p∈[1,m]
Item-based stat increments. 0 if not equipped.
m Number of items that can be equipped and affect the stat. If there are several items that increase the same stat, their increments stack.
Either used as an addition or multiplication depending on the stat to increase. +: Time Production, Movement, Load.

×: HP, Attack Damage, Distance.

Sq
q∈[1,n]
Unit Skill-based multipliers. 0 if not unlocked ("released").
n Number of skills that can be unlocked and affect the stat. If there are several skills that increase the same stat, their multipliers stack.
F Faction multipliers (HP only). 0.10 if all units in the deck belong to the same faction, otherwise 0.
Rq
q∈[1,o]
Support Unit Skill-based multipliers. 0 if not present in the deck.
o Number of skills unlocked from Support Unit that affect the stat. If there are several items that increase the same stat, their multipliers stack.

Basic Stats

Level

Serves to indicate how far a unit has moved in terms of progression. Unit level also determines which tier of Items can be equipped, and how far Skills can be upgraded. It can be increased by Powering-Up using MSP, and doing so improves HP and Attack Damage for the unit in concern.

AP

Shows the AP cost to deploy a unit in combat. This can be reduced via Evolution using corresponding unit parts, and in some cases, Team Bonuses.

Health Points

Shows how much base damage a unit can soak up before being put out of commission. Can be improved by Powering-Up using MSP, Evolving with unit parts, or by equipping certain Items.

Some units are capable of increasing the health of their allies (either through Skills or Team Bonuses). There is also a flat 10% health increase if the player's deck contains units of only one faction. Attribute Resistances may furthermore increase or decrease the amount of damage a unit can withstand from certain sources.

Production

Determines how soon a new instance of a unit becomes available after a previous one has been deployed in combat. This stat is displayed as a negative number and the closer it is to zero, the less time it takes for units to ready. Production speed can be increased by equipping items. The Production time is calculated as such:

Production (B, U) = B × U

Variable Description
B Base Production Speed Level multiplier.
U Current Unit's Production value (frame).

Resistance

Influences how easily a unit is staggered by attacks, and is directly countered by the Lower Resistance stat attacks have - whenever it's reduced to zero, the unit is knocked back and regains its initial resistance value again. Resistance can be improved by equipping certain Items.

A unit is immune to damage while staggering. Depending on the function of the unit, this may be desirable (blockers live longer) or undesirable (attackers are interrupted). Some units cannot be knocked back (eg W.Soldier), and some units perform a counter attack instead of staggering (eg Leona).

Movement

How fast a unit moves across the screen. This stat is displayed as a multiplier of the base value (assumed to be shared by all units). Movement can be improved by equipping certain Items, and a few units are capable of increasing the speed of their allies.

Attribute Resistance

Determines how good a unit is at resisting damage of different natures:

  • Attribute pistol Kinetic (melee, firearms, energy weapons, etc.).
  • Attribute grenade Explosive.
  • Attribute fire Incendiary (fire-based).

The game uses symbols to represent the modifiers:

  • ◎ - Increased (-20% damage taken)
  • ◯ - Normal
  • △ - Reduced (+20% damage taken)
  • × - No resistance (+50% damage taken)

Attribute resistances cannot be changed.

Attack Stats

There are at most three types of attack displayed for any given unit:

  • Short (close range)
  • Long (long range)
  • Special

Extra Attacks, not shown within their stats, may also consist of:

Attack Damage

Represents raw offensive strength that can be improved upon by Powering-Up using MSP, Evolving with unit parts, and by equipping certain Items. Actual damage dealt may be modified by the Attribute Resistances of enemy units.

Distance

Influences how far an attack can reach, and can be increased by equipping certain Items.

Lower Resistance

Counters the Resistance stat of the target. When the unit's resistance is completely drained, they are knocked back, making them temporarily immune to attacks. Some units specialize in this and have Skills that can knock enemy units back regardless of their resistance - this cannot be improved upon. However, some units have a unique trait of counterattack, giving them immunity against knock backs with lower resistance while attacking back.

Speed

Influences how long a unit must wait after executing an attack before performing another action. This stat is counted in frames and is displayed as a negative number - the closer to zero, the shorter the delay. Speed can be increased by equipping certain Items.

Critical

Absent by default, critical attacks can only be unlocked via Skills (except in rare cases such as Clone Tarma, who has a 100% critical rate on all attacks at all times). These affect either close range, long range, special, or all attacks, adding a chance of a more powerful strike. When a critical triggers, attack damage is increased by 50% and targeted enemies may not activate any evasion abilities.

Critical damage during attacks is indicated by a yellow numbers against enemies, and purple numbers against allies.

Load (Special Attack only)

Influences how quickly a unit readies their first special attack, and has no relation with the following specials' recharge time. This stat is counted in frames and is displayed as a negative number - the closer to zero, the shorter the charge period is. Load can be improved by equipping certain Items.

Type

Determines how good an attack is at dealing with crowds. Even though attacks can be extravagant and work differently, they are broken down in two types:

  • Single means that the closest enemy will absorb the entirety of a fired projectile, and the latter will not go through the target.
  • Spread means that all enemies within the area of effect will take damage, even behind ranks.

Attack type cannot be altered.

Attribute

The nature of an attack's damage, determining its effectiveness against the Attribute Resistances of a given target. Additionally, the attribute of a killing blow may affect death animations (if multiple choices are available). Attributes cannot be altered.

  • Attribute pistol Kinetic (melee, firearms, energy weapons, etc.).
  • Attribute grenade Explosive.
  • Attribute fire Incendiary (fire-based).
  • Attribute chemical Healing (negative damage, only affects allies).

Debuffs

Some unit attacks are capable of debuffing enemies. These status each last a few seconds:

  • Attack Damage: Lowers the Attack Damage of afflicted enemies (e.g Destroy Weapon, Strong Acid, etc).
  • Attack Speed: Decreases the Attack Speed of afflicted (e.g Freeze, Mucus, etc).
  • Silence: Prevents afflicted units from activating special attacks (e.g Solution, Jamming, etc).
  • Stun: Completely locks targets into place, preventing them from moving, attacking, or even staggering.
  • Poison: Poisoned enemies lose fractions of their health over time. This can damage otherwise invulnerable units (e.g Odette during her special attack) if inflicted while they're vulnerable.

See Also

Metal Slug Attack
Game Modes Another Story | Attack!List of Standard MissionsList of Elite Missions | Battle and Team Battle | Combat School | Extra OpsList of Extra Ops | Online | P.O.W. Rescue | Special Ops
Features Level and EXPVIP | Build UpUnitsby IconTeamsStatsItems | GuildList of Guild Raid Stages | Daily LoginDaily QuestsEvents | Power-Ups | Mystery CrankTreasure Hunt | Shops
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