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In fiction, movement over long distances and movement over short distances - which can be dubbed "combat distances" - tend to be remarkably different for different characters, resulting in serious discrepancies when considering their overall speed. On this wiki, we therefore differentiate between various types of speed, including reaction speed.

Reaction speed is defined as a single movement in a defined timeframe, which a character has been shown capable of. A series of movements in similar timeframes makes this combat speed, so this term should only be applied for a single, quick movement. Examples include ducking backwards to dodge bullets and diving away to dodge extremely fast vehicles. 

When measured in terms of a single movement of often undefined, small distance, humans have displayed between 300 millisecond (subhuman) to 100 millisecond (peak human) reactions. Autonomous body reactions for humans can also reach as high as 40 milliseconds, but this is oftentimes inapplicable to reaction speed and shouldn't be used.

Rules Regarding Reaction Speed and Scaling

  1. Reaction speed has both a distance and a timeframe component, so all calculations that are completed for reaction speed cannot simply be a timeframe by itself. Do not randomly assume a 1 meter distance for each timeframe and use that speed for the reaction speed.
  2. If only a timeframe is known (for example, characters who do not need to move to attack or defend), then it is still possible to list that timeframe in parenthesis in the speed section of the character profile. It may also be listed in the skills section of the profile or as a feat.
  3. If character A can blitz character B, A's movement speed may be scaled to B's reaction speed.
  4. If character A is considered an equal in combat to character B, then reaction speed may be scaled if there is no discrepancies or showings that suggest the opposite.
  5. All other scalings of reaction speed are circumstancial and must be discussed with the staff.

Reaction Tiers for Reaction Timeframes Only

Normal Human perception: 0.3-0.129 seconds

Athletic Human perception: 0.129-0.102 seconds

Peak Human perception: 0.102-0.08 seconds

Superhuman perception: 0.08-0.0291 seconds

Subsonic perception: 0.0291-0.00583 seconds

Subsonic+ perception: 0.00583-0.0032 seconds

Transonic perception: 0.0032-0.00265 seconds

Supersonic perception: 0.00265-0.00117 seconds

Supersonic+ perception: 0.00117-0.00058 seconds

Hypersonic perception: 0.00058-0.000294 seconds

Hypersonic+ perception: 0.000294-0.000117 seconds

High Hypersonic perception: 0.000117-0.0000588 seconds

High Hypersonic+ perception: 0.0000588-0.0000294 seconds

Massively Hypersonic perception: 0.0000294-0.00000294 seconds

Massively Hypersonic+ perception: 0.00000294-0.0000003336 seconds

Sub-Relativistic perception: 0.0000003336-0.0000000667 seconds

Sub-Relativistic+ perception: 0.0000000667-0.00000003336 seconds

Relativistic perception: 0.00000003336-0.00000000667 seconds

Relativistic+ perception: 0.00000000667-0.000000003336 seconds

Speed of Light perception: 0.000000003336 seconds

FTL perception: 0.000000003336-0.0000000003336 seconds

FTL+ perception: 0.0000000003336-0.00000000003336 seconds

Massively FTL perception: 0.00000000003336-0.000000000003336 seconds

Massively FTL+ perception: anything less than 0.000000000003336 seconds

Start a Discussion Discussions about Reactions

  • Combat versus Reaction Speed

    2 messages
    • Sorry I'm a little new so I'm still not sure quite how we determine whether speed is reaction only. For instance, Lara croft can do...
    • We hardly ever care enough to make the difference but most of the time reactions=Combat speed
  • Reaction Speed Calcs?

    9 messages
    • OK then.
    • Pretty sure it's an absolute no go unless the blitzed character has a specific stated speed an d he was going that speed otherwise it...