It doesn't appear that having a higher level weapon has any effect. Since my engineer is my last alt that I play and I have played her like 0 real hours since she hit 80 a few weeks ago, can anyone confirm the difference with a white upgradable weapon of low level is any better than a fully blown exotic level 80 when you have a kit, like Flamethrower, in use?
The way i read it is there is no reason to buy anything if you are an avid kit user, you get max level effect with anything.
I'm at 2% on the update so no real info yet, but you are reading it wrong. the way it goes means the kits have a base damage of the highest available damage to the player, AND weapon extra stats (the +x power, +y precision, etc) take effect now.
for bullet 1:
-if you had an exotic berserker's rifle, you would get +179 power, +128 precision, and +9% critical damage. all weapon stats like this apply to kits now, so when you pull out a kit you won't lose any stats you'd have on your rifle.
for bullet 2:
-the base damage stat (that rifle's 986–1,205 damage on a tooltip) for a kit is now of the highest rarity available to the player at his current level. so, at level 80, since kits replace your whole bar, I would assume they count as 2 handed weapons now, and would also get that base damage stat of 986–1,205. I could be wrong here, they might just count as a pistol, which would be lame.
so, yes buying a weapon is worth it now other than just being a sigil holder, because your weapon stats count on the kits.
Edited by matsif, 28 January 2013 - 09:53 PM.