This page is an indepth, highly technical explanation of how all the different pieces of Accuracy all work together for weapons in Deep Rock Galactic. What is described on this page explains how Accuracy works as if the player is standing still. There are additional penalties to accuracy while moving, but this topic is already complex enough without having to account for them.
Contents
Overview[]
In the most abstract terms, Accuracy has two moving parts: the "bounding region" section^{1} that governs where pellets can be fired when the trigger gets pulled, and the "recoil" section that determines how far the bounding region gets displaced from the Original Aim Axis. At the start of the firing sequence, there is no Recoil so the center of the bounding region is perfectly aligned with the Original Aim Axis.
For the majority of hitscan weapons^{2}, firing a shot causes the game to get the current horizontal and vertical sizes of the bounding region and use them to create an ellipse. All pellets fired per shot start with their trajectories perfectly aligned to the center of the ellipse, and then they get randomly displaced to anywhere within the bounding ellipse. The game does not favor putting the pellets closer to the center of the ellipse; it is a random roll for each individual pellet.
If the current Total Recoil is greater than zero, then the game displaces the center of the bounding ellipse from the Original Aim Axis before performing its random pellet distribution.
1. NOTE: what is referred to as the "bounding region" section is not referring to the crosshairs displayed onscreen in the player's HUD. Those are just approximations to help the player aim; they are not representative of internal values.
2. Autocannon, Boomstick, and Zhukovs are the three exceptions. They all use rectangular bounding regions, instead of ellipses.
Terminology[]
 Base Spread: This is the minimum bounding region (either ellipse or rectangle) across which pellets can be randomly distributed. It is the Spread value used when you fire the first shot while standing still.
 Current Bloom: This can only have a value between zero and Max Bloom, and is the current value of units that get added to Base Spread when the game fetches what the Horizontal and Vertical Spread values are.
 Spread per Shot: Every time a shot is fired, this value will be added to Current Bloom (cannot surpass Max Bloom).
 Spread Recovery Speed: If Current Spread is greater than zero (as in, at least one shot has been fired recently), then this is the value of how many Spread Units are subtracted per second from Current Spread until it returns to zero.
 Max Bloom: This value governs the maximum bounding region size such that neither its vertical nor horizontal values can surpass Base Spread + Max Bloom. If a shot gets fired and the added Spread per Shot would make Current Bloom exceed Max Bloom, Current Bloom instead just gets set to Max Bloom and some of the Spread per Shot is lost.
 Max Spread: This value is equal to Base Spread + Max Bloom, and is the largest region that can be used by the weapon's pellet distribution.
 Spread Curve: Certain weapons have a function that converts the Spread values from linear, intuitive functionality into nonlinear outputs. It can be conceptualized as changing "Total Spread = Base Spread + Current Bloom" to "Total Spread = Base Spread + SpreadCurve(Current Bloom)".
 Original Aim Axis (OAA): Before the first shot gets fired, the Original Aim Axis is the center of the player's screen (and by extension the center of the crosshair displayed on the HUD). As the gun recovers recoil, it constantly tries to return the center of the crosshair to where the OAA is. The OAA remains stationary relative to the player's HUD whenever Total Recoil is greater than zero such that moving the crosshair down to counteract recoil also moves OAA down, and when the Recoil is falling off the crosshair will fall back down to where the OAA has moved to.
 Recoil per Shot: Every shot fired by hitscan weapons has its own recoil that decays over time and displaces the center of the bounding region by a small amount from the OAA.
 Total Recoil: This is the total displacement of the center of the bounding region (and your view) from the OAA. It is a rolling sum of all Recoil per Shots as time progresses. If only one shot was fired, then Total Recoil would be identical to one Recoil per Shot. However, if shots are fired faster than the Recoil per Shot can recover, then Total Recoil will continue to rise until it reaches an equilibrium where the amount of recoil being shed by the sum of all Recoil per Shots is equal to amount of recoil being gained by the next shot. Due to this rolling sum, increasing the weapon's Rate of Fire will also increase the maximum Total Recoil value because the equilibrium won't be reached as quickly.
Spread[]
Spread Variables Used[]
All of these variables can be found in the HitscanBaseComponent object associated with each weapon.
 MaxHorizontalSpread
 MaxVerticalSpread
 SpreadPerShot
 SpreadRecoveryPerSecond
 MinSpread
 MaxSpread
Spread Equations Used[]
Horizontal Base Spread = MaxHorizontalSpread
Vertical Base Spread = MaxVerticalSpread
Max Bloom = MaxSpread  MinSpread
Current Spread after firing a shot = min(Current Bloom + Spread per Shot, Max Bloom)
Current Spread(t) while Current > Base = max(Base Spread, Current Bloom  Spread Recovery Speed * t)
Converting Spread Units to Degrees[]
Similar to how the FoV setting in DRG can say "100 degrees" when in fact it's only 50 degrees deviation from the center, the Total Spread value is double of the useful value. That means a Base Spread of 3 would translate to 1.5 degrees, Total Spread of 12 would become 6 degrees, and so on. The halved values are far more useful for calculating the sizes of bounding regions at any given distance. As a result, in order to calculate the degrees of deviation from OAA, it's as simple as picking either Horizontal or Vertical Spread, getting the corresponding Base Spread value, add the Current Bloom (MinSpread < Current Bloom < MaxSpread), and then divide by 2 for ease of use in sin().
\[Degrees = \frac{Base Spread + Current Bloom}{2}\]
Spread Full Model[]
 The player presses the Fire button
 The game fetches the current values of Horizontal Base Spread + Current Bloom and Vertical Base Spread + Current Bloom, and uses them to form a bounding region (either ellipse or rectangle). If the weapon has a Spread Curve, it changes the lookup to Base Spread + SpreadCurve(Current Bloom)
 All pellets to be fired for this shot have their trajectories randomly displaced within the bounding region and then their hitscan collisions get checked
 The game tries to add the Spread per Shot to the Current Bloom value. If that causes Current Bloom to exceed the Max Bloom value, Current Bloom gets set to Max Bloom instead.
 If Current Bloom > 0 (equivalent to Current Bloom + Base Spread > Base Spread), then the game starts subtracting Spread Recovery Speed units per second from Current Bloom
 Repeat steps 15 for every shot in the magazine
 After enough time has passed, Spread Recovery Speed will reduce Current Bloom all the way to zero, bringing the Total Spread back down to Base Spread.
Recoil[]
DRG has modeled the recoil of their guns to use a Critically Damped Harmonic Oscillator function.
Recoil Variables Used[]
All of these variables can be found in the RecoilSettings property of the AmmoDrivenWeapon object associated with each weapon.
 Mass
 SpringStiffness
 RecoilPitch
 RecoilYaw
 CanRecoilDown
NOTE: CanRecoilDown is only true for Minigun, Autocannon, and Zhukovs. For all other weapons, the recoil can only go up, left, or right.
Recoil Equations Used[]
Natural Frequency[]
 Let Mass be represented by 'M'
 Let SpringStiffness be represented by 'S'
\[\omega_{n} = \sqrt{\frac{S}{M}}\]
Total Initial Velocity[]
 Let RecoilPitch be represented by 'V'
 Let RecoilYaw be represented by 'H'
\[v_{i} = \sqrt{V^{2} + H^{2}}\]
Recoil per Shot over time[]
\[R(t) = e^{\omega_{n}*t} * (v_{i} * t)\]
NOTE: this equation returns the degrees of deviation of how far the center of the crosshair should move away from the OAA for this shot.
Example plot using Subata's default variables:
Maximum Recoil per Shot[]
\[Max = R(\frac{1}{\omega_{n}})\]
\[R(\frac{1}{\omega_{n}}) = e^{\omega_{n}*\frac{1}{\omega_{n}}} * (v_{i} * \frac{1}{\omega_{n}})\]
\[R(\frac{1}{\omega_{n}}) = e^{1} * (\frac{v_{i}}{\omega_{n}})\]
\[R(\frac{1}{\omega_{n}}) = \frac{1}{e} * (\frac{v_{i}}{\omega_{n}})\]
\[Max = \frac{v_{i}}{e*\omega_{n}}\]
Time for Recoil per Shot to reach 0.1[]
\[End = \frac{W_{1}[\frac{\omega_{n} * 0.1}{v_{i}}]}{\omega_{n}}\]
NOTE: the \[W_{1}[...]\] is shorthand for the LambertW function using k=1
Recoil Full Model[]
 A shot is fired
 RecoilPitch is fetched and chooses between the up and down direction (if CanRecoilDown=True, else only up direction can be chosen), and RecoilYaw is fetched and chooses between either left or right direction.
 Using RecoilPitch, Mass, and SpringStiffness a Recoil(t) function is made to track the vertical recoil of the shot that was just fired. Similarly, RecoilYaw is used in a Recoil(t) function to track the horizontal recoil.
 The Total Vertical Recoil and Total Horizontal Recoil values start tracking their new Recoil(t) functions, respectively, and add the current degrees of deviation to their totals.
 When Recoil(t) falls below a certain value (modeled as 0.1), the two Total Recoil trackers discard that function from their running sums.
 The player's HUD is moved off of the OAA vertically by Total Vertical Recoil degrees and horizontally by Total Horizontal Recoil degrees. This has the added effect of moving the weapon's crosshair center off of the OAA too.
 Repeat steps 16 for every shot in the magazine
 After enough time has passed, all of the individual Recoil(t) functions will have fallen below the threshold (0.1 in this model) and both Total Recoil values will return to zero, also returning the HUD to the OAA.
Internal values per weapon[]
Table of baseline values[]
Disclaimer: these values were last updated using Update 34, Hotfix 5.
Weapon Name  MaxHorizontal
Spread 
MaxVertical
Spread 
Spread
PerShot 
SpreadRecovery
PerSecond 
Min
Spread 
MinSpread
WhileMoving 
MinSpread
WhileSprinting 
Max
Spread 
RecoilPitch  RecoilYaw  Mass  Spring
Stiffness 
CanRecoil
Down 

Subata  1.5  1.5  1.5  7.5  0  0.5  3  3  30  10  1  60  False 
EPC  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  30  30  1.6  150  False 
Shotgun  12  6  0  12  6  2  8  8  55  40  4  75  False 
SMG  3  3  1.5  10  0  1.5  4  4  [35, 40]  7  1  40  False 
Minigun  4.5  4.5  0.2  1  0  0  0  3.5  10  10  1  150  True 
Autocannon  22  8  0  5  0  0  0  0  30  40  1  200  True 
Revolver  1.5  1.5  7  6  0  1.5  4  8  130  10  2  65  False 
BRT  2.25  2.25  1.2  5  0  1  3  4  30  10  1  70  False 
GK2  0.9  0.9  1.4  8.1  0  1  4.1  4.2  35  5  1  50  False 
M1000  1  1  3  8.5  0  1  5  5  50  5  4  70  False 
Boomstick  35  10  0  5  0  0  0  5  120  10  2  100  False 
Zhukovs  33  5  0  30  0  0  0  20  20  20  1  100  True 
Tables of mods' and overclocks' effects[]
Disclaimer: these values were last updated using Update 34, Hotfix 5.
Subata[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T1.A "Improved Alignment"  x0 MaxHorizontalSpread x0 MaxVerticalSpread 
T3.B "Recoil Compensator"  0.5 SpreadPerShot x0.5 RecoilPitch x0.5 RecoilYaw 
OC "Automatic Fire"  x2.0 MaxHorizontalSpread x2.0 MaxVerticalSpread x3.5 RecoilPitch x3.5 RecoilYaw 
Shotgun[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T2.C "Choke"  x0.5 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.5 MaxVerticalSpread 
T3.A "Recoil Dampener"  x0.4 RecoilPitch x0.4 RecoilYaw 
OC "Magnetic Pellet Alignment"  x0.5 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.5 MaxVerticalSpread 
OC "Cycle Overload"  x1.5 MaxHorizontalSpread x1.5 MaxVerticalSpread 
OC "Mini Shells"  x0.5 RecoilPitch x0.5 RecoilYaw 
SMG[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T2.B "Recoil Dampener"  x0.5 RecoilPitch x0.5 RecoilYaw 
OC "SuperSlim Rounds"  x0.8 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.8 MaxVerticalSpread 
OC "EM Refire Booster  x1.5 MaxHorizontalSpread x1.5 MaxVerticalSpread 
Minigun[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T1.C "Improved Platform Stability"  x0.25 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.25 MaxVerticalSpread 
OC "Exhaust Vectoring"  x2.5 MaxHorizontalSpread x2.5 MaxVerticalSpread 
OC "Bullet Hell"  x6.0 MaxHorizontalSpread x6.0 MaxVerticalSpread 
Autocannon[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T2.A "Tighter Barrel Alignment  x0.7 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.7 MaxVerticalSpread 
OC "Big Bertha"  x0.7 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.7 MaxVerticalSpread 
OC "Combat Mobility"  x0.7 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.7 MaxVerticalSpread 
Revolver[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T1.B "Perfect Weight Balance"  x0.3 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.3 MaxVerticalSpread 
T2.B "Floating Barrel"  5.6 SpreadPerShot x0.75 RecoilPitch x0.75 RecoilYaw 
T5.A "DeadEye"  1.5 MinSpreadWhileMoving
4 MinSpreadWhileSprinting 
OC "Six Shooter"  x1.5 MaxHorizontalSpread x1.5 MaxVerticalSpread 
OC "Elephant Rounds  x0.5 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.5 MaxVerticalSpread +5 SpreadPerShot +4 MaxSpread x1.5 RecoilPitch x1.5 RecoilYaw +3.5 Mass 
BRT[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T1.B "Floating Barrel"  x0.7 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.7 MaxVerticalSpread x0.6 SpreadPerShot 
T2.A "Recoil Dampener"  x0.5 RecoilPitch x0.5 RecoilYaw 
OC "Micro Flechettes"  x0.5 SpreadPershot x0.5 RecoilPitch x0.5 RecoilYaw 
OC "Lead Spray"  x4.0 MaxHorizontalSpread x4.0 MaxVerticalSpread 
GK2[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T1.A "Gyro Stabilization"  x0 MaxHorizontalSpread x0 MaxVerticalSpread x0.5 MaxSpread x0.5 MinSpreadWhileSprinting 
T3.A "Floating Barrel"  x0.5 RecoilPitch x0.5 RecoilYaw 0.65 MaxSpread 
T5.B "Battle Cool"  Sets SpreadRecoveryPerSecond = 100 for 1.5 sec after kill 
OC "Compact Ammo"  x0.7 RecoilPitch x0.7 RecoilYaw 
OC "Overclocked Firing Mechanism"  x2 RecoilPitch x2 RecoilYaw 
OC "AI Stability Engine"  x10 SpreadRecoveryPerSecond x0 RecoilPitch x0 RecoilYaw 5 MinSpreadWhileWalking 
M1000[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T2.B "Better Weight Balance"  0.9 SpreadPerShot x0.8 MaxSpread x0.5 RecoilPitch x0.5 RecoilYaw 
OC "Hipster"  0.3 SpreadPerShot x0.85 MaxSpread x0.5 RecoilPitch x0.5 RecoilYaw 
Boomstick[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

OC "Shaped Shells"  x0.5 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.5 MaxVerticalSpread 
Zhukovs[]
Upgrade Name  Upgrade Effects 

T3.B "Better Weight Balance"  x0.4 MaxHorizontalSpread x0.4 MaxVerticalSpread 
OC "Gas Recycling"  x1.5 MaxHorizontalSpread x1.5 MaxVerticalSpread 
List of all known Spread Curves[]
Minigun[]
Revolver[]
GK2[]
M1000[]
