Melee devices are short-ranged weapons that don't require Power to function. On most weapons, Alt-Fire will create a small shield that blocks other Melee attacks for a small Power cost, and deals some damage to the attacker, whereas other melee weapons have secondary functions such as knockback.
Melee weapons typically have an additional effect if striking the target from behind - these bonuses are usually very useful!
The damage-per-second of most melee weapons is lower than that of Ranged weapons - melee should be used only when Power is an issue, or when Skills and Off-Hand Devices are used to significantly boost their damage.
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