SWGOH Leadership Skills
This is a Team Instinct Strategy Article discussing the SWGOH Leadership Skill benefits of Captain Phasma vs Darth Sidious.
Since the release of the New Order characters, many players have been considering if it is more beneficial to use Sidious or Phasma as the leader in squad arena or other game formats.
Assuming that you are already using both of them in the squad, we have done the math. And the answer you’ve all been waiting for is………
WHAT?! No, that’s not a cop-out answer. As we will outline below, there are two key drivers that determine which leadership skill will be more beneficial:
- Average base crit chance of your team
- Number of First Order characters on your team
As you can imagine, there are certain characteristics that make Sidious’s Unlimited Power more beneficial than Fire at Will, and visa-versa.
If your team already has a high base crit chance, then the crit bonus damage from Unlimited Power will contribute more than if your team has a low base crit chance.
As a starting point we will examine a standard team with no SWGOH leadership skills, and look at the expected damage output as a function of chance of critical hit. This calculation assumes the standard crit damage of 150%.
With a crit chance of 0%, the expected damage output of a team is simply 100%. As the crit change increases, the expected damage output increases linearly. With a 100% chance of crit, the expected output would be 150%.
The chart below shows the BASE CASE curve for damage output as a function of crit chance.
Now let’s look at how Unlimited Power Changes things. Sidious increases both crit chance and crit damage bonus. Assuming the BASE CASE crit damage of 150%, the following chart shows the effect.
Now let’s look at how Phasma’s leadership affects things. Phasma offers extra attacks, as simple as that. With a 16% change to trigger an attack at 85% of base damage, it doesn’t depend on crit chance or crit bonus damage. The chart below shows how Phasma’s extra damage stacks up against Sidious’s leadership.
So give the assumptions outlined here (BASE CASE crit damage, no other bonuses), the Phasma benefit outweighs Sid’s until Base crit chance rises above the 45% level.
But wait! There’s more!
This doesn’t assume that you have any First Order (“FO”) characters on your team apart from Phasma. As you include more FO characters, the power of Phasma’s skill just gets better.
As you can see, the double bonus with FO characters can really add up, stacking the damage on higher and higher.
One base assumption that can skew the results is the crit bonus damage. There are several characters whos crit damage is greater than 150% of Base damage. In those instances, the Sidious leadership has a higher value to multiply, and can provide more value.
However, even at an average crit damage of 175%, the Phasma bonus still wins out, as shown below.
So whose SWGOH leadership skill is better? While we can’t say that the Phasma leadership skill is STRICTLY better than that of Sidious, as we have laid out, in most cases the damage output from Phasma will prove to be the best option.
Some other non-quantified benefits of Sidious would be teams that have on-crit triggers (eg Luke, HK-47, etc). In those instances, Sidious provides some niche utility that would be above and beyond the values presented here.
Hopefully you have enjoyed this Team Instinct Strategy Article.