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Just nabbed a poison weapon for the first time. I've been looking at the old school wiki and using my previous limited knowledge to try and understand, but I can't figure out why I'm not getting any poison damage on anything.

As far as I understand it, you simply need to do damage, whether it's 1, 9, or whatever and then it will have poison applied 100% every time, refreshing duration with additional hits. Yet I've tried it on four different enemies already thus far, and no matter what I do I'm not getting any green splats. On Outlaws, Guards, Spiders all clustered around the GE, as well as other Goblins. For the Guards and Outlaws I kept stabbing them until they were at 2-5 health left, waited 45 seconds, and they still were not taking any additional damage. Testing on spiders and goblins, whether I hit 1, 2, 3, or 4 - never got an additional tick of damage. I even waited so long that a spider regenerated 2 health just while I was waiting. I'm using an 'Adamant dagger(p)', what am I doing wrong here? 

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Poison is not applied 100% of the time. There is some sort of probability (a rather low one honestly, around 25% I think) that an enemy will get poisoned when you use a poisoned weapon against it. In most cases, you will kill the monster before the poison is applied or its damage activates against the target.



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