Well, they debuff the type of damage specified but still hit for thrust/slash/crush depending on the arrow. So bows only still good if u are using the same type of spear to follow up. Already debuffed oppenents are lovely in melee. BTW....the spirit and matter spears...OMG! Most ppl neglect these resists on their template...I'm hitting for xxx (+xx) even before the debuff procs.