I heard from another player today that Reload stance does not affect lances. After some testing, they did not appear to fire any faster when in Reload stance, so I think he was correct. This is very confusing for me, but after studying the tooltip for Reload stance I think I'm even more confused now. The part of the tooltip for Reload stance that refers to weapons reads:
-Weapons and maneuver skills reload speed +25%
-Standard weapons rate of fire +40%
First of all, I think it's very confusing that Lances are not considered "weapons". The Reload tooltip should absolutely specify that it does not apply to Lance weapons (or at least whatever part of it doesn't apply, if some of it does).
So what exactly is the difference between rate of fire and reload speed? I only see each weapon has a "reload time" value, so I assume if the weapon is not a lance that this value is reduced by either 25% or 40% (not sure which is intended).
Can anyone help me to understand all this?