How Do Ability Rings Work?
Ability rings are kind of confusing. When you put them on, they all seem to do the same thing, such as “increase the damage of abilities.” But ability rings only apply to the ability that the ring is named after. For instance, a superb whirlwind ring applies 30% damage only to the whirlwind ability. It should be phrased much better. Ability rings give you the ability to further customize and specialize your character based on the abilities that you use the most — theoretically.
Can Ability Rings Be Stacked?
Ability rings cannot be stacked and it would certainly be helpful if the game, in any way, indicated that they can’t be. So if you put two rings on at once, you’re only going to get the effects of one. But you can match damage increase rings with, say, cool down reduction rings, for a double threat. You just can’t match identical rings.
Do Ability Rings Even Work?
…And there’s the complication. Ability rings don’t always work. In fact, they fail to work more often than they do work. They can stop working suddenly or they may not even work at all. Most players are avoiding them until they are certain it has been fixed and patched. It was not mentioned in Patch 3, so it appears that it still has not been fixed. But it may be fixed in the future. Maybe.
How Can I Tell If an Ability Ring is Working?
Ability rings do work occasionally. You can tell by looking at the amount of damage your ability does in the ability selection screen. It will go up if the ring is active. (You need to compare with and without the ring.) But for the most part, the rings are simply bugged and unusable for now. Which is a shame, because they add a fun component to equipment.
How Could No One Have Noticed This!?
I have no idea. I mean, I don’t want to question Bioware, necessarily, but — weird?