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Jordan Yang’s Luminous Blast Guide

Last Modified: July 28, 2010

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Just one point to note before we get started. Not only does a PB have more attacks than WSs, but they're more powerful than the WS too.

Gleaming Bolt

Gleaming Bolt
Gleaming Bolt

Like every other powerset, this is the short, quick, but low damage attack that's your first option. I would normally skip it, but I don't like the activation delay on Glinting Eye.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength168% of Brawl

Glinting Eye

Glinting eye
Glinting eye

Slower and slightly more powerful than Gleaming Bolt. I stuck with Gleaming Bolt personally.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength281% of Brawl

Gleaming Blast

Gleaming Blast
Gleaming Blast

A stronger version of Gleaming Bolt. Not relaly a lot more to say about it than that.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength463% of Brawl

Bright nova

Bright Nova form
Bright Nova form

I'd be surprised if you hadn't seen at least one of these. For many reasons, Kheldian players take the Nova_form. Those reason are usually the instant receipt of 4 powerful attacks (two of which are AOE) and better endurance recovery. It's like becoming and insta-Blaster.

Even if you plan to go all human at some point, having the Nova form is very helpful at low levels. You can use the extra attacks to speed up your attack chain. Later, after your first respec you can get rid of it to max out your human powers.

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My slotting for this is based on the fact that you aren't going to fly from place to place in Nova form, just battle. Therefore you don't need to max out it's fly capabilities. The endurance recovery is my attempt at using the Nova form as a type of "traveling rest" to build up my endurance between battles by flying in Nova form in missions. As yet, I don't have enough data to tell if this is working or not.

Here are the new powers you get. You might notice that each seems to have a corresponding attack in human form (which is true), but each of these is more powerful than the human counterpart.

Bright Nova Bolt

Bright Nova Bolt
Bright Nova Bolt

Same as Gleaming Bolt, only stronger.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength473% of Brawl

Bright Nova Blast

Bright Nova Blast
Bright Nova Blast

Same as Gleaming Blast in human form, only stronger.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength786% of Brawl

Bright Nova Scatter

Bright Nova Scatter at work
Bright Nova Scatter at work

Same as Proton Scatter. A quick, cone based attack with high damage.

Note: this power is not fun, it's damn fun. When you use it, little individual bolts of light energy fire from the tip of your tail to each enemy affected. Not only does this really make the spray of the power visable, there's a loud, satisfying "SHHHHHUNK!!" noise as it hits which is amplified for each target you hit. It always makes me smile when I take out an entire group of lowbies with this power.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength781% of Brawl

Bright Nova Detonation

Bright Nova Detonation taking out a bunch of guys
Bright Nova Detonation taking out a bunch of guys

Same as Luminous Detonation, only stronger. Targetted aoe with knockback. It makes short work of hunting groups of enemies for badges such as Skulls.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength668% of Brawl

Radiant Strike

Radiant Strike - A punch with PUNCH
Radiant Strike - A punch with PUNCH

This is a melee range punch that looks just like the Boxing power from the Fighting Pool. The difference is the blast of light and sound that accompanies it. It's a very satisfying power to drop into the gut of someone who looks at you the wrong way.

Note that this also has a chance of knockback

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength609% of Brawl

Proton Scatter

Proton Scatter. Like a cone version of Glinting Eye
Proton Scatter. Like a cone version of Glinting Eye

Like the Bright Nova version, just blasts a bunch of enemies in front of you in a cone and lowers their defense. It does the same damage as Glinting Eye, but to multiple targets.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancementCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength281% of Brawl

Build Up

Build Up - Same as for other powersets
Build Up - Same as for other powersets

Another reason to spend time in human form. Build up works just like it does for any other powerset: greatly increases your damage, but only for a short time. The Biggest problem with it is that the effect lasts such a short time, you barely have time to change forms and fire one or two attacks before it's gone.

On the other hand, if you just want to take out a problem enemy in human form quickly, this helps a lot.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: recharge enhancement
Unslotted Strength218% of Brawl

Based on my test, this slightly more than doubles attack power.

Luminous Detonation

Luminous Detonation
Luminous Detonation

A targeted aoe that does the lowest damage of all your AoE attacks. I use it a lot, but only last in an attack chain since it can also knock enemies back.

As a tri-form, this is very useful. If you're surrounded and in human or Dwarf form wanting to change to Nova without dying, blast this point blank to drop the enemies on their backs long enough to switch forms and unload those powerful Nova attacks.

/bind 1 "powexec_toggle_off white dwarf$$powexec_toggle_off bright nova$$powexec_name Luminous Detonation"

With this bind, any time I change to a human and have a targetted enemy, it fires the power blasting him and anyone nearby away so I can change to Nova or Dwarf (or run). It's good to note that while there are animation delays when changing to a non-human form, changing to human is instantaneous so it's like changing forms and firing an attack at the exact same time.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength255% of Brawl

Incandescent Strike

Incandescent Strike - or Ka-blam as it's known among my enemies
Incandescent Strike - or Ka-blam as it's known among my enemies

This is the strongest attack you have by far in any form (other than Dawn Strike). If you want to hit something and hit it hard, this is the one for you. Best used with Build Up for maximum damage.

Of note: it has a long activation time, causes knock down, drops fliers, reduces their defense, and stuns them temporarily.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancementCity of Heroes: damage enhancementCity of Heroes: damage enhancementCity of Heroes: damage enhancement
Unslotted Strength1118% of Brawl

Even if you save slots in your other human powers for other things, make sure of all attacks to slot this one all the way.

Pulsar

Pulsar - Stun enemies
Pulsar - Stun enemies

Fairly straight-forward. It's a control power if you want that. If you take it, make sure to slot two accuracy (there's no point if it misses).

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Glowing Touch

A heal for your team. Can help if you don't have anyone else around to treat the wounded or if your healer starts taking heat.
A heal for your team. Can help if you don't have anyone else around to treat the wounded or if your healer starts taking heat.

Concept-wise, it's cool for being the powerful alien helping to heal the human. It's good for getting the heal badges if you want those. And it's good because at times, your team may need some extra healing. It's also got a decent range.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: heal enhancementCity of Heroes: heal enhancement
Unslotted Heal Strength44% of life total
I have a hard time believing this, but these are the numbers I got. I was healing a level 10 hero though so who knows.

Solar Flare

Solar Flare - Holy crap, this power looks cool!
Solar Flare - Holy crap, this power looks cool!

Drops defense, damages, and knocks down (not back) any nearby enemies in a wide AoE. The same as the White Dwarf Flare power (and these two stack well by the way). Can only be used on the ground.

Most importantly, it's about as powerful as Radiant Strike, but hits multiple targets.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancementCity of Heroes: damage enhancementCity of Heroes: damage enhancementCity of Heroes: damage enhancement
Unslotted Strength600% of Brawl

Photon Seekers

Photon Seekers - Like pets only stupid and expendable
Photon Seekers - Like pets only stupid and expendable

They follow faithfully along side you until they find something to Kamikaze into. Supposedly, they do a lot of damage, but they die in the process. You don't get to pick the target, but if the enemies are close enough together, more than one will get hit.

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Unslotted DamageUntested

This is a great way to do extra damage at the beginning of a battle. If you want chaos and destruction, they'll help. Also note that you can summon them then switch to Nova or Dwarf form and they'll still be there to help out.

Dawn Strike

I love novas
I love novas

It's a nova. Nuff said. Note that it has a built in accuracy boost so you don't need to slot accuracy.

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Unslotted StrengthUntested

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2 Comments to “Jordan Yang’s Luminous Blast Guide”

  1. Nova form… I never slot fly into it EVER I run 3 to hit buffs and 3 end mods, THe hit buffs make it so that you never need accuracies in your attacks, just damages

  2. Huh… How does that work in practice? I don’t have access to my builder right now, but now that i think about it, the combination of Tohit and -Defense from your attacks should make it so you wouldn’t need as much accuracy… I never thought of that! At the worst, if I put the most accuracy into my opening move so I make sure everyone gets the -defense effect, then I can keep firing away without thought of more.

    Darn, I might have to respec back into nova on my PB. Of course, I could use my alternate build for that 🙂

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