Grit, finesse, and moxie! Oh, my! (aka What do WildStar’s stats mean?)

Primary statsMMOs normally have the same type of stats (or attributes) on their gear. We all know the old standbys of strength, intellect, stamina, crit strike, etc. Even if they stray from the normal terms a bit, like endurance, willpower, or precision, it’s still pretty easy to tell what they mean. Get ready for the curveball that is WildStar attributes: brutality, finesse, moxie, tech, insight, and grit. If you are like me, you may be asking the question, “What do these stats mean?

When I received my first piece of new gear in WildStar and had to choose between finesse and moxie, that was a bit of a head-scratcher. This guide is intended to explain what the primary stats mean and which stats are important for each class. This is in no way a guide to min/maxing your performance or achieving the perfect end-game spec.

 The old Attribute names (Strength, Dexterity, Technology , Magic, Wisdom, Stamina) have been renamed for more WildStar-ian flair: Brutality, Finesse, Tech, Moxie, Insight, and Grit. –WildStar patch notes from Closed Beta Test 2 (May 15, 2013)

According to this patch note, the “WildStar-ian” attributes all line up with a traditional MMO stat. Grit is Stamina, Brutality is Strength, and so on. Unfortunately, WildStar attributes don’t seem to work the same way those traditional stats do. It seems that each stat provides a different benefit, depending on the class. This chart, created by Toskilate. does the best job of explaining the interactions.

Created by Toskilate from WildStar Echoes

So how do you know what gear to choose for your class? The WildStar website explains the primary and secondary stats on its class pages. I’ve compiled all of those pages into a short list to reference.


WildStar Primary and Secondary Stat Chart

Engineer

DPS: Primary stat = Finesse         Secondary stats = Brutality and Moxie

Tank: Primary stat = Tech             Secondary stats = Grit and Insight

Stalker

DPS: Primary stat = Brutality       Secondary stats = Finesse and Moxie

Tank: Primary stat = Tech             Secondary stats = Grit and Insight

Warrior

DPS: Primary stat = Brutality       Secondary stats = Finesse and Moxie

Tank: Primary stat = Tech             Secondary stats = Grit and Insight

Esper

DPS: Primary stat = Moxie             Secondary stats = Finesse and Brutality

Healer: Primary stat = Insight       Secondary stats = Finesse and Brutality

Medic

DPS: Primary stat = Tech               Secondary stats = Moxie and Brutality

Healer: Primary stat = Insight       Secondary stats = Moxie and Brutality

Spellslinger

DPS: Primary stat = Finesse           Secondary stats = Moxie and Brutality

Healer: Primary stat = Insight       Secondary stats = Moxie and Brutality


Hope this helps when you’re looking for the right stats for your WildStar toon!

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