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Bug Zapper one of the 9 perks that can be chosen at the beginning of the game on any hero. Selecting this perk gives three effects:

  • You are permanently affected by Empower.
  • Every 8 seconds, you have a 60% chance to fire a single Corona beam and a single Mjölnir Protocol discharge.

For reference, here are the numbers (assuming no talents):

  1. Empower:
    1. Range: 9
    2. Damage: 70
    3. Period: 1.5 seconds
    4. DPS: 70 dmg / 1.5 seconds = 46.667 DPS
  2. Corona
    1. Range: 6
    2. Damage: 160 (-75% against buildings)
    3. DPS: 160 dmg * 0.6 proc / 8 seconds = 12 DPS
  3. Mjlnir Primary
    1. Range: 5
    2. Damage: 90 (+25 against light)
    3. DPS: 90 dmg * 0.6 proc / 8 seconds = 6.75 DPS
  4. Mjlnir Secondary (3 forks from primary target)
    1. Range: 4 (from primary target)
    2. Damage: 35 (+15 against light)
    3. Max DPS (3 targets): 35 dmg * 3 targets * 0.6 proc / 8 seconds = 7.875 DPS
  5. Total DPS = 73.292

Bug Zapper is an effective perk on most heroes, but it is especially effective on front-line tanks like Predator and certain Tassadar builds; all of Predator's damage comes from either passives or spells, so this is an amazing boost to his damage output. The three spell effects (Empower, Corona, and Mjölnir Protocol) can be improved by their relevant upgrades, and all of them are affected by Weapons Research Mastery.

Bug Zapper can also be effective on middle or back-line heroes who are not in the line of fire, as the extra free shots can be used to extend Massacre kill streak bonuses. At present, Bug Zapper is inferior to toxic waste, hell divers, and air support in terms of the dps boost.

Bug Zapper has also been covered in part 1 of the official Perk Detail Overview on BlacKcuD's blog, listing some more details on how it works.

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