How can we compare these two skills? For starters:
Animation Time: ~3 seconds
Total Damage: 66 / 71 / 77/ 82 / 88 %
Cooldown: 30 seconds
Consumes 3 Aura
Animation Time: ~1 second
Total Damage: 17 / 19 / 21 / 23 / 25 %
Gains 1 Aura
Why is Bash better than Shield Cannon?
In consideration of animation time, three Bashes is slightly faster than one Shield Cannon. The difference is you are gaining 3 aura vs losing 3 aura. A level 5 Bash is roughly equivalent to a level 3 Shield Cannon, dishing out 75% damage with three Bashes. Bash has an instant cooldown over the 30 second cooldown of Shield Cannon. In Colosseum, if your goal is to last hit players, you have the ability to time your attacks.
Why is Shield Cannon better than Bash?
Initiating Shield Cannon on a moving target will allow you to complete the entire attack from the point of origin. You can increase your distance, or maintain a closed position. Level 3 or higher does more damage than three level 5 bashes at +2 / 7 / 13 %
Analysis: Shield Cannon is a split second slower than 3 bashes, meaning you can get about 3 1/3 bashes in as the time it takes to do 1 Shield Cannon. Therefore, Shield Cannon will only outperform bash at level 4 and 5.
With these facts in place. We can now discuss alternative methods and skill builds.
How are the alternative methods of consuming Aura better than Shield Cannon?
Consider Concentration to give you 20% more damage with each bash (and any other attack) for 45 seconds. That puts you above a level 5 Shield Cannon. However, you will be receiving 10% more damage.
Or maybe with that extra 3 aura you've gained from Bash, you could instead spend it on an Aura Strike dealing 45% damage in an instant.
I have not experienced Aura Heal first hand, however I do believe it provides you with 18% heal of your attack. Which puts a level 50 Knight in the range of 200-400 non-crit heal. Plus it has a 20 meter range.
The choice is up to you!
This is my ideal Knight build and I do plan to remove Shield Cannon completely.
Simply put, 5 points in Shield Cannon is not worth the minor increase in damage output every 30 seconds.
What are your thoughts on the two different skills? And what would you spend your 5 extra points on?
Edit: I want to add that this may be irrelevant to Female Knights. I have learned in bug reports section that numerous female characters experience slower bashes than their male counterparts.
Edited by ieatpasta, 03 July 2013 - 11:41 AM.