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All About Origins

Last Modified: July 28, 2010

There are five origins in the game each of which describes a different way that your hero gained their powers. Information about the significance of origin selection is very hard to find so here's a nice consolidated explanation:

  • Later in the game, you will get enhancements that are dual origin and single origin. If you want to get useful enhancements from the enemies you're fighting, you'll want to take missions from certain contacts and fight certain kinds of enemies.

    For example, if you are of magic origin, fighting CoT will give you magic enhancements, but not fighting nemesis. You'll find that you fill up on enhancements very quickly when you never get any you can use during a mission. Therefore, you'll often want to follow contacts and story lines that match with your origin.

    Note that this hardly matters if you use IOs and ignore standard enhancements like i do

  • Your origin determines your initial contact who will direct you to missions that are aligned with that origin. While later on, you can make choices that change the way you play the game, origin does determine, to a small degree, the story arc you take through the game and the first enemies you'll fight. See here for the full listing of early enemies as well as their resistances and weaknesses.

  • Recently, the devs added a temporary power based on your origin that you keep until level 10. They are designed to help you during the early part of the game and could accent your character design (powers described below).

About the only for most of these powers after level 10 is if you are Badge hunting and need to be able to Aggro an enemy that's extremely below your level without killing him. Otherwise, i would never pick any character based on this alone.

The origins are:

natural origin Natural

A natural hero is either highly trained or is a member of an elite group or alien race where all of their kind have this type of power.

Temp power – throwing knife. Does a small amount of ranged damage.

Early enemy – Council. Especially at low levels, council are a simple type of enemy to fight. They are good for beginners to face off against, but might not be as fun to fight as some of the other groups.

science origin Science

A science experiment or accident caused the manifestation of powers. If you get creative, this one can work well. For example, i had one hero who was a robot, but rather than technology, i said he was science because he was actually a human who's persona was transferred to the robot during a laboratory "accident" which was actually a failed assasination attempt.

Temp power – tranquilizer dart. Minor damage plus sleep.

Early enemy – vhazolik. This enemy type can be very tough for Squishies so you might want to choose something else to avoid missions with them.

magic origin Magic

The magic of this hero can come from within, from training, or from a powerful artifact, but either way they have tapped into the forces of the universe and learned to control it. This is one of my favorite types only because i like writing the back-stories of magic heroes.

Note that in later levels, the enemies that drop SO enhancements are CoT and Carnies. Carnies are very tough on squishies and cot are the #1 hated enemy in the game because of status effects like holds, sleeps, slows, reduced accuracy and such.

Since my first magic character was a "regen" scrapper, i didn't have any problem with these groups. This is because scrappers are tough enough for carnies and the "regen" powerset has a power that makes you all but immune to all knockbacks and status effects.

Temp power – apprentice charm. Minor damage and lowers RES.

Early enemy – hellions. Basically just a street gang. The toughest thing you'll fight at low levels is a fire user or two, but they're basically just a knives and guns type of crowd. The biggest advantage to fighting them early is they're everywhere in galaxy city and atlas park so hunting missions will be easy since they're not hard to find.

mutation origin Mutation

This hero was born with a mutation that makes them different from the others around them. For reference, all x-men are mutant heroes.

Temp power – mutagen. Does minor damage, reduces damage potential of the enemy and has a slight chance to choke the enemy for a few seconds.

Early enemy – skulls. Another gang that won't give you much trouble. The toughest early enemies are "bone daddies" who have basic darkness attacks.

technology origin Technology

Again, not super, but has super gadgets. They could be the brilliant person who created the technology or they could have recieved the tech from somewhere else.

Temp power – taser dart. Minor damage and chance to hold the enemy temporarily.

Early enemy – clockwork. They are fun to fight because they're the most interesting of the early enemies, but they can be harder to find for hunting missions. They do have some status effects so they'll be harder than council, hellions, or skulls.

Origin titles

I recently found out that your origin affects the titles you can choose for your character later in the game. There's a full listing here.

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DO

Dual Origin Enhancements. These are significantly more powerful than training enhancements and will work for two different origins (thus dual origin). For example, there are Magic/Mutation enhancements that anyone of either origin can use. A technology character would only benefit by selling a Mag/Mut DO.

SO

Single Origin enhancements. The strongest type of enhancement you can get. Generally, a single SO enhancement increases a power's attribute by 33%.

Circle of Thorns

Circle of Thorns is a cultist group of demon worshipers. Usually abbreviated because it takes too long to type the full thing.

Note that they are one of the most hated enemy types because many types of the CoT use status effect powers such as stuns, accuracy debuffs, holds, slows, etc.

If you're just starving for deep, detailed, information about the CoT, click the link below:

IO - Invention Origin

IO stands for Invention Origin and refers to the new enhancement type introduced as of Issue 9. They are typically stronger than standard enhancements and have the awesome advantage of never becoming outleveled. Further, there are sets of IOs that provide special bonuses or powers when arranged properly.

Badge

Badges are special medal like things you get for accomplishing certain tasks. Some are related to finding remote locations, some for reading a series of historical plaques, and some for killing a certain number of a type of enemy.

Collecting badges earns several rewards. Gladiators for Arena battles and custom titles are two. The last are accolade powers that you get for certain combinations of badges (Hero accolades, Villain accolades).

Aggro

Aggro is short for aggression and means that an enemy is paying attention to you. Controlling aggro means to keep enemies too busy to attack other team members. Taking aggro is when you are getting hit because you were noticed. Taking too much aggro is what happens right before you die.

Council

Council are a military organization of sorts. I don't remember much else.

Squishy

Easy to kill.

SO

Single Origin enhancements. The strongest type of enhancement you can get. Generally, a single SO enhancement increases a power's attribute by 33%.

Circle of Thorns

Circle of Thorns is a cultist group of demon worshipers. Usually abbreviated because it takes too long to type the full thing.

Note that they are one of the most hated enemy types because many types of the CoT use status effect powers such as stuns, accuracy debuffs, holds, slows, etc.

If you're just starving for deep, detailed, information about the CoT, click the link below:

Carnies

Carnival of Shadows. An enemy type that based on a circus theme. They're a bit goofy, but they're very tough for more squishy characters to handle alone. This enemy type isn't often seen until about level 40 or so.

RES

Resistance. Refers to a character's ability to absorb or avoid certain kinds of damage. The defense is based on the type of damage such as fire, cold, energy etc.