Blacksmithing Weapons and Secondary Effects
The damage type on most weapons is often primarily or all Physical damage. Therefore, Physical damage will manifest most strongly when NO elements are forged within a weapon's damage converter slot. Having no damage converter socketed into a weapon will increase the weapon's Chance to Inflict Open Wounds, which is the Secondary Damage Effect (and Detrimental Magic Effect) of Physical damage. If successful, the effect of Open Wounds is Physical Damage over Time. Forging damage converters into a weapon will actually lower the Chance to Inflict Open Wounds, as the weapon will then have a percentage of its physical damage converted into another element.
Physical Armor is naturally granted by most armor equipment, as well as by the skill Toughness. The Armor value against Physical damage can be further increased by the skill Armor Lore and by any item modifiers that increase Physical or Total Armor by either a percentage or a flat value. Damage Mitigation against Physical damage is another important modifier that will reduce the amount of Physical damage inflicted on the player.
Using Physical damage via weapon/ranged or spell versus an enemy who has tremendous Physical resistance can reduce a player's damage by a minimum of 50 percent! Therefore, players should always attempt to use Physical damage against enemies who have the least resistance to it, and switch to another damage type against Physically resistant enemies.
The player can increase the amount of Physical damage inflicted on Physically resistant enemies by using items with the modifier Opponent's armor: Physical - X%.
Physical damage can be a default damage type of some class's Combat Arts. Depending upon the chosen combat art, it may be mixed with other damage types. For example, the Inquisitor's Eruptive Desecration elemental damage type starting composition is 100% Physical. This means that each of the explosions hits with 100% Physical damage, and will be particularly powerful against any enemies with no resistance to Physical damage.
Certain Combat Arts may also improve the player's Physical resistance.