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City of Heroes (and Villains Too!) Game Guides

Welcome! On these pages, I will share with you the experiences I've had while playing this great game in order to hopefully provide some inspiration, help you be more efficient, and, most of all, help you have more fun!

There are several "character guides" which are the full writeups on my favorite characters (usually ones that are in my comic) and there are several others as well. Be sure to check out the character creation and customization guides for tips on how to make a Hero or Villain who's not only highly effective, but fun to play and show off 🙂

Character Guides

Each main character in the comic has their own guide. Click their picture to read all about their story, their powers, builds, and combos.

Screaming Gale
Storm/Sonic/Electric
Defender
Jordan Yen
Dark/Dark/Dark (d3)
Defender
Shazel
Fire/Fire/Fire
Blaster

Other Guides

Of course, you didn't expect that to be all I had here did you? Here are some of my other guides to various aspects of the game including one or two characters that aren't in the comic (yet).

Guest Guides!

Dark Armor / Energy Melee Tank Guide by Saist (i17)
Willpower / Stone Melee Tank Guide by Saist (i17)
Magic Desks Guide – Used for awesome superbase construction.

Under Construction

Personal SuperGroup

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Powerset

A power set is a set of powers (imagine that) that are available to a given hero. They come as Primary or Secondary powersets and consist of a series of powers that are related to each other and the hero type involved. For example, Dark Blast and Gloom are both attacks in the Dark Blast powerset for Defenders.

Knockback

Referring to effects that send foes flying. These powers need to be used carefully as a very common strategy for battles is to get the enemies to group close together which you can undo in a hurry with a single knockback power.

Repec

Character Respecification. Getting one of these allows you to relevel your character from level 1 to your current level instantly. You can choose all new powers and slotting choices (though you have to stick with the same primary and secondary power choices. You get these typically after new Issues or from the Respec Trials which are basically task forces with a respec as the award.

Powerset

A power set is a set of powers (imagine that) that are available to a given hero. They come as Primary or Secondary powersets and consist of a series of powers that are related to each other and the hero type involved. For example, Dark Blast and Gloom are both attacks in the Dark Blast powerset for Defenders.

Knockback

Referring to effects that send foes flying. These powers need to be used carefully as a very common strategy for battles is to get the enemies to group close together which you can undo in a hurry with a single knockback power.

Repec

Character Respecification. Getting one of these allows you to relevel your character from level 1 to your current level instantly. You can choose all new powers and slotting choices (though you have to stick with the same primary and secondary power choices. You get these typically after new Issues or from the Respec Trials which are basically task forces with a respec as the award.

Dark/Dark/Dark (D3) Defender

A D3 is a Defender that uses only dark powers for primary, secondary, and epic powersets. Jordan Yen (my main character both in game and in the comic) is one (see her in-depth guide here).

Warshade

One of the two types of epic archetypes for heroes that you can only access after getting any of your characters to level 50. Once you achieve 50 on any server with any character, Kheldian archetypes are unlocked for all servers on the same account.

Dark/Dark/Dark (D3) Defender

A D3 is a Defender that uses only dark powers for primary, secondary, and epic powersets. Jordan Yen (my main character both in game and in the comic) is one (see her in-depth guide here).

Warshade

One of the two types of epic archetypes for heroes that you can only access after getting any of your characters to level 50. Once you achieve 50 on any server with any character, Kheldian archetypes are unlocked for all servers on the same account.

Buff

To heighten or make greater. For example, a defense buff would increase your defense.

Debuff

To lower something. Accuracy debuff would be a power or effect that lowers accuracy for example.

Buff

To heighten or make greater. For example, a defense buff would increase your defense.

Debuff

To lower something. Accuracy debuff would be a power or effect that lowers accuracy for example.

Bind

A bind is a game command that attaches power activation, text, and actions in customizeable combinations to a key on the keyboard. One of my favorites is my Teleport bind that says a catchy phrase before TPing friends to me.

CoH/V

CoH/V is shorthand for "CoH or CoV" (or more simply, it means either City of Heroes, City of Villians or both)

TF

Task Force. Certain contacts give task forces and each requires a certain minimum amount of players to begin. They consists of a series of missions or tasks while you follow a small story plot.

They are typically excellent experience and let you see some places in the game you'd never get to otherwise.

Powerset

A power set is a set of powers (imagine that) that are available to a given hero. They come as Primary or Secondary powersets and consist of a series of powers that are related to each other and the hero type involved. For example, Dark Blast and Gloom are both attacks in the Dark Blast powerset for Defenders.

void

Void Hunter. Dark Black nasty things that are specially designed enemies for killing Kheldans