flap wrote:Ok. So would you call a boss fight with nothing more than usual attacks and a mid-fight level up a spike ? (Xp spike ?)
Mid fight level up IS an XP spike
Monsters are XP powerups which are difficult to pick up. Popcorn = effortless XP powerup. Pick enough of them up, you turn XP into a health and mana refil, and health and mana -> damage. It's no different than storing up potions or gobs of piety to use during the boss fight, except it takes more setup but requires fewer kingdom unlocks.
Regen fighting, mid fight dings and stuff was discovered before the unifying theory of spiking which you can use do classify just about anything (by means, fuel, focus, yadda yadda...). Or rather mid-fight leveling was, regen fighting was always sketchy because of a DD original 4th wall breaking graph/math joke.
One of the first things you learn in DD is that fights were divided by exploration which you use to refuel between them. A fight is when you use your 1 full health bar and mana bar, and maybe a dab of blackspace, but no other resources (more or less). But the reason a "spike" is a "spike" is that you come to think of refueling through blackspace as "the flatline" or part of it - it's when no damage happens, the "silence" which even lets you register "noise".
Except it isn't really. In steps the monk, grabs the flatline, rips it out of the graph and bludgeons the boss dead with it! And then when you see it, jaw dops to the floor, brix are shat, because you're playing a game where you can actually beat stuff up with a graph function
EDIT1: Also the debate of whether to chug potions or not while leveling is the debate about whether use a series of small potion spikes to reach the end fight status easier, or save the potions spike for the final kitchen sink. Kitchen sink = spike with all you got!).
EDIT2: In that vein, the only guy with a proper CP spike is the Transmuter who litterally turns CP into temporary bursts of damage. Oh, and the goblis who can fuel or enchance and XP spike with CP. Halflings and Gnomes also qualify, but they don't have to time it if they're looking to use their potions for the end fight, but if you spike stuff when you level you're pretty much running around fueling smaller spikes with CP.