I would like some understanding of this. If I Crit my fester for ~ 800 damage (did that several times this weekend) How does the parser look? I've never used one before so I assume I need to add my egi damage into my total DPS as well? Also, I asked someone to look at my DPS while I was on SCH using most of the same Actions/DoT and had an 88 DPS whihc was just slightly over the Pally. Is it all smoke and mirrors or do I haz da PAWA?
You need to combine the pet's dps with your own, the xivapp parser won't do that for you, and without you the pet wouldn't be there, so it's part of your output.
As for DoT calculations. That's a tricky one since individual DoT/HoT ticks don't show up in the combat log. In fact it gets even stranger when you realize that they also don't work the way you think they work.
Periodic effects in other games tick when their duration reaches a certain point.
For instance.. in WoW as a Shaman... I cast Flame Shock. Flame Shock has (made up numbers inc.) a 30 second duration and ticks every 2 seconds at 0 haste. That means that when Flame Shock's duration reaches 28, 26, 24, 22, etc seconds remaining a tick of damage fires off attributed to my Flame Shock. This continues until the duration expires.
In FFXIV though, ALL
DoTs and HoTs tick at the exact same moment, every 3 seconds, across the entire server. This is independent of their individual durations.
What do I mean?
As a Monk I have three DoTs: Fracture
, Touch of Death
, and Demolish
The global cooldown will prevent these from ever having the exact same duration-remaining at the same time. Yet, when they tick, they tick together.
You can see it if you look. DoT ticks appear as small, red, unmoving numbers in a slightly different font from the rest of the scrolling battle text. Only one number appears, and it's the combined effect of all DoTs on the target.
Because of this, calculating the contribution of a single DoT effect is nearly impossible and the parser has to make a guess. It would not surprise me if that guess is off by quite a bit.