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03-12-2012, 08:03 AM #1
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[DCUO] Basics Guide
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Q: Should I buy this game new or used?
A: It does not matter now. The game is free through PSN. You may play for free, but you will not earn trophies. You can upgrade to Legendary Access for the $14.99. This cost goes toward maintaining the servers on which the games are run, keeping up with glitches and other programming issues, as well as new content which should be arriving every few months.
Q: Do I have to be online to play this game?
A: Yes. You cannot do anything but stare at the opening loading screens (of Power Girl) unless you are connected to the internet.
Q: If I stop cancel my subscription and turn it back on later, do I lose all of my progress?
A: No. Your character is saved and tied to your PSN account. For example, if you quit for 6 months and then came back to the game, you would still have any characters you had previously created.
Q: How long does it take to platinum this game?
A: 120 hours to 180 hours, depending on skill, focus, and classes selected, so it’s entirely possible to platinum the game in the first free month, though you’d have to work hard and skip cinematics. Fire seems to be the fastest class to level right now, and if you’re going for speed do not create characters on a PvP server, as it will multiply the time to level greatly. Your focus should be on creating 6 characters with each of the six mentors. You also need to cover all of the travel powers and roles, so you’ll need to play these characters somewhat differently. None of the trophies should or can be boosted.
Q: Do I have to pay by credit card? Are there time-cards?
You pay through your PSN account, adding funds to the account just as you would normally. You can buy Playstation Network time-cards at a local store and use them to pay for your game time.
Q: Is there a lifetime subscription available?
A: No. While the PC version offers a $200 lifetime subscription, the PS3 version does not currently have this option. It has been said that this is because $200 is larger than the wallet size of a PSN account.
Q: Do PSN+ users get a discount on the monthly rate?
A: Not at this time. There are rumors that it may eventually happen, however.
Q: What is the difference between a PvE server and a PvP server?
A: A PvE server is standard play- you fight computer AI enemies (NPCs) and may see opponents from the opposite faction doing the same, but you can’t fight unless you “flag”. PvP servers don’t have flags because everyone is always flagged, leading to a lot more battles between opposing players.
Q: What are the classes in this game? What do they do?
A: There are currently six classes in DC Universe online:
FIRE, which is a damage and tank class.
ICE, which is a damage and tank class.
GADGET, which is a damage and controller class.
MENTAL, which is a damage and controller class.
SORCERY, which is a damage and healing class.
NATURE, which is a damage and healing class.
New classes are in development, such as the rumored Light, Atomic, Earth, and Electric sets.
Q: How many characters can I have?
A: Currently unknown, but it’s higher than 9.
Q: What does my mentor determine?
A: Your mentor isn’t a major influence on the game, only affecting your starting point in the game and some endgame armors you’ll have easier access to.
Q: What weapon should I choose?
A: You gain access to other weapons in the game and can change your main weapon, so don’t sweat this decision too much.
Q: What travel power should I choose?
A: Travel powers are mostly up to style and convenience. There are benefits to each power in gameplay, but they are very similar. (I’ve found Super Speed to be the best for extra benefits.)
There are also ingame items (typically found in vaults) that can be equipped and allow you to access other travel powers.
Q: Am I restricted to only 3 colors?
A: Yes. However, there are ways to get creative, such as using tattoos on skin and changing the color of make-up or skin. And you’re allowed to change what pieces are what colors individually. It isn’t as restrictive as it seems.
Q: What is the maximum level?
A: The level cap is currently 30, although there is still plenty to do:
-Hard Modes of several Alerts, such as Smallville, the Watchtower, Arkham Asylum, and Stryker’s Island.
-Level 30 versions of the Challenge Mode instances that become daily missions.
-Several different PVP events within the city.
-Other daily goals, like helping citizens or completing objectives.
-2 Massive raids in Kandaq and the Batcaves.
Q: Is there a way to check my EXP?
A: The purple bar beneath your skills indicates roughly how close you are to the next level.
Q: People keep stealing the objectives I’m trying to complete? How do I stop them?
A: Don’t worry about it. DC has a (confusing) dynamic system that gives you credit for some kills when you’re not in a group. And if you are fighting enemies to get to a certain object and someone else clicks on it- you’ll get credit for it, too
Q: What happens my character dies?
A: Death is a relatively minor problem in comics and the same applies for DCU Online. If you die in the main world (Metropolis/Gotham) while fighting, you’ll be teleported to a rally point (blue for heroes, red for villains) where you’re protected from any harm until you leave the area. You do not lose experience, but your equipment does suffer some minor damage. Over time it can become broken and you’ll need to repair it at a vendor or it will become ineffective.
Q: Help! How do I get my character unstuck?
A: It is possible to get your character stuck in between objects in the world. If this happens, open up the start menu and go to the world map. At the bottom of the list of locations, select Warp HQ or Warp Rally to teleport to one of these areas.
Q: What is a tank/healer/controller?
A: Along with doing damage, these are the basic archetypes of the game.
Tanks focus on taking the majority of the damage and keeping enemies focused on them.
Healers keep the tank (and other) alive while the enemies are attacking.
Controllers incapacitate enemies and also serve as a power battery for the group.
Q: What does each stat do?
A: The major stats are as follows...
HEALTH: How much health (green bar) you have.
POWER: How much power (blue bar) you have.
PRECISION: How much damage your weapon does.
MIGHT: How much damage super-moves do.
RESTORATION: How much healing your heals give.
VITALIZATION: How much power you can restore.
DOMINANCE: How effective/long your stuns/roots (CC) will last.
DEFENSE: How much damage from NPC enemies you block.
TOUGHNESS: How much damage from player enemies you block.
Q: What stats does my role want?
A: Every character wants every stat, but some are better for certain roles.
Everyone wants Health and Power, since they are going to increase your options and survivability.
DAMAGE: Might and Precision
TANK: Defense and Health
HEALER: Restoration and Power
CONTROLLER: Dominance and Vitalization
If you plan on doing a lot of PvP, you’ll also want Toughness and some Dominance.
Q: How do I change my role?
A: Hit the up button on your controller. The first option under Toggle Stance says “Change Stance” and will switch you to whatever the other available role is. However, you cannot change your role/stance during combat. You gain access to other roles at level 10. (Thanks to cdrogers.)
Q: Is it true that there is a place where I can test out the powers of other classes?
A: Yes, but it doesn’t seem to be active yet. In the Watchtower, there is a Battle Simulator near Beast Boy. There is also one in the Hall of Doom.
Q: What is the best weapon?
A: All of the weapons are good. The differences are minor. Below are some recommendations based on those minor differences:
STAFF: All Roles, PvP (Best PvP weapon)
BOW: All Roles, PvP
BRAWLING: Damage, Controller (Most Versatile Weapon)
DUAL PISTOL: Damage, Controller, Healing (Best Damage Weapon)
DUAL WIELD: Damage, Controller, Healing (Best Controller Weapon)
HAND BLASTER: Damage, Controller, Healing (Best Combos)
MARTIAL ARTS: Burst Damage, Healing
ONE HANDED: All Roles
RIFLE: All roles (Best SuperCharge Full Weapon, Most Difficult Combos)
TWO HANDED: All roles (Best Interrupt Weapon)
Q: What are feats?
A: Feats are awarded when you accomplish goals within the game. These goals can be tied to exploration, missions, PvP, and all sorts of other things. However, feats are just for show. Every feat is worth a set number of points (usually 10). Every time you rack up 100 Feat Points, you’ll gain access to another Skill Point to spend on Movements or Weapons.
Q: I hit level 30 and didn’t get my movement power trophy! What happened?
A: There is currently a glitch that causes players to miss their movement power trophies if they are in a different form other than their natural one. It’s happened with Nature’s Shape-Shifting powers and Sorcery’s Arbiter of Destiny, but most commonly when completing the quests involving the Demon Etrigan at Gotham University where you are morphed into a zombie. Most players were completing this during Level 29, putting them either dangerously close to suffering from this glitch or learning about it the rough way. (Thanks to kyo daikun.)
Q: Help me please! I want other players to play with!
A: You’ll need people to play with at maximum level and it can be fun to have people to play with along the way. Try the Non-Boosting Thread instead of creating another new thread for this.
Q: How do I talk to other players?
A: Through a headset (while in group or league/legion) or by using a keyboard. Most people just shout right now, as there aren’t specific channels set up for anything. You really should invest in finding a keyboard for this game, as using the PSN keyboard can become cumbersome quickly.
Q: Why isn’t voice chat working?
A: Currently, you need to have your headset up and running before you start the game. If it’s not working and you did this already, try looking in the Settings within the Start Menu. In the social menu above the text feed there is an option to switch between text and voice options. (Thanks to cdrogers.)
Q: How do I join a league/legion (guild)?
A: Most servers have many people actively seeking guilds. Also, you might try the Non-Boosting Thread on this forum, which is mostly players looking for others to play with. Be sure to indicate your server. There are also the Official Forums which offer Recruitment.
Q: What are some of the chat commands in this game?
A: There are some pretty basic commands you can use:
/invite - Allows you to invite another player to your group.
/tell - Allows you to speak privately to another player.
/reply - Send a tell to the last person you received one from.
/say - Says something to those immediately around you.
/shout - The basic means of communication to all (for now).
/league - Speak to others in your league.
/kick - Kick a player from your group.
/group - Speak to others in your group.
/leave - Leave your group.
Q: How do I unlock other Legends to play as?
A: Legend Exobyte Data is available in both HQs from vendors in their respective Reactors. However, purchasing legends costs Marks of Legend which are won through completing PvP matches or objectives. Batman is currently only available to those who pre-ordered the game.
Q: If I’m on a PvE server, how do I flag for combat?
A: Hit the up button and scroll down to “Flag for PvP.” To turn this off, select the same option and wait five minutes without participating in PvP. If and when you die, your flag will be removed.
Q: Why do people keep incapacitating me in PvP?
A: You may need to preform a breakout by pressing R1. Sometimes there are other instructions for special breaks, such as hitting action buttons. If this doesn’t work, it may be that an opponent has a very high Dominance rating.
Q: What character type should I focus on killing first in PvP?
A: The rule of thumb in PvP is that you need to take out the healer first. However, this becomes a little more complicated, as certain roles are typically better suited for going after and taking out other roles. In a good PvP match, it will take all players playing their roles very well to win.
It works a bit like Paper, Rock, Scissors:
-A Controller can effectively shut down a Healer.
-A Healer counters a Tank.
-A Tank can counter a Controller.
Q: What are the goals in the PvP matches?
A: The goal is always to kill the enemy, but sometimes there is an added element...
ACE CHEMICALS- Stand on a node to capture it. If nobody is on a node, it becomes neutral again, so stay on nodes if you want to keep them in your control. Sometimes nodes will vanish, which is your cue to get out of there because either Chemo will become enraged or the area will fill with toxic poison, killing you.
ARKHAM ASYLUM- There are three nodes within the area you want to capture. Once you’ve captured, you’re free to leave the point- it will stay under your team’s control until an opponent takes it. However, there are occasionally unlocks you can access near these points. They will enable special effects based around the powers of different inmates. These can turn against you, so be careful!
BATCAVE- Defending one point in the room is the point here. There are defense turrets which you can also use to help you defend. If you’re attacking, take these out quickly. Also, the Batcomputer can be used to launch an array of helpers. One special note: you can also grapple to the area beneath the node to block your opponent’s progress on capturing it. However, it is only advantageous to do this when you want to stall, such as when your team is in the lead and time may soon be up.
MOON- This is capture the flag, but instead of flags there are “elements” of different colors. To win, you must grab (Hold Circle) the element from one of the stations and bring it back to the other station. However, you must control both at the same time, so offense and defense are both critical. You also score points for killing opponents.
STAR LABS- This is another node control challenge. There are three nodes on the map, but usually only two are active. You have to stay on a node, as they are not permanently captured, but controlled. Also, you score points for killing opponents.
(More coming soon.)
Q: Why are different items different colors within my inventory?
A: Each color is meant to indicate the rarity of the item. Following another MMO’s scheme...
GREY = Trash
WHITE = Common
GREEN = Uncommon
BLUE = Rare
PURPLE = Epic
ORANGE = Legendary
Q: Where can I get really good items or Tier 1 / Tier 2 sets?
A: Various tasks at maximum level reward “Marks.” Collecting these marks will yield various rewards.
Marks of Allegiance are for Cosmetic gear. You get 1 for each Challenge Mode daily and from Stryker Island dailies.
10 Marks of Allegiance = 1 Mark of Triumph
Marks of Triumph are for Tier 1 gear. You get 2 from completing a duo and 1 from each Hard Alert boss you beat (per day).
40 Marks of Triumph = Tier 1 Back
45 Marks of Triumph = Tier 1 Gloves, Belt, Boots
50 Marks of Triumph = Tier 1 Shoulders
55 Marks of Triumph = Tier 1 Head
60 Marks of Triumph = Tier 1 Chest, Legs
Marks of Distinction are for Tier 2 gear. You get these from each boss killed in a raid and also one from completing Alerts marked with a star.
40 Marks of Distinction = Tier 2 Back
45 Marks of Distinction = Tier 2 Gloves, Belt, Boots
50 Marks of Distinction = Tier 2 Shoulders
55 Marks of Distinction = Tier 2 Head
60 Marks of Distinction = Tier 2 Chest, Legs
Influence is used to purchase Tier 1 PvP gear and is obtained through all PvP.
75 Influence = Tier 1 PvP Ring
100 Influence = Tier 1 PvP Neck
150 Influence = Tier 1 PvP Trinket
175 Influence = Tier 1 PvP Boots, Belt, Back, Gloves
200 Influence = Tier 1 PvP Shoulders
250 Influence = Tier 1 PvP Weapons, Head
275 Influence = Tier 1 PvP Chest, Legs
Marks of Victory are available from completing PvP matches at level 30. You’ll receive 2 if you win, but only 1 if you lose. It is also important to note that if your faction wins the Ring War in Metropolis, a vendor sells some other items for PvP which may be better for your role.
35 Marks of Victory = Tier 2 PvP Ring
45 Marks of Victory = Tier 2 PvP Neck
65 Marks of Victory = Tier 2 PvP Trinket
80 Marks of Victory = Tier 2 PvP Boots, Belt, Gloves
90 Marks of Victory = Tier 2 PvP Back
100 Marks of Victory = Tier 2 PvP Shoulders
120 Marks of Victory = Tier 2 PvP Weapons, Head
130 Marks of Victory = Tier 2 PvP Chest, Legs
Marks of Legend are used to purchase Legends characters and are obtained from completing PvP matches.
Q: Wow. So where should I begin on all of the endgame content?
A: First, decide what your endgame goals are. Do you want to work toward completing raids as a team with others, or do you want to become a powerful PvP opponent? Some people may even do both. One of the best things to do as soon as you hit level 30 is to go to all of the vendors in the Watchtower and other HQs and buy any level 30 equipment you can to upgrade yourself.
If you decide tackle PvE aspects first, then try to complete Hard Mode Alert and duos, perhaps starting with the ones that have a star next to them each day. Don’t repeat the same Hard Mode Alert in the same day, as you’ll only get a Mark of Triumph for the first time you kill each. Once you’ve assembled more than half of the Tier 1 PvP gear, move work toward assembling or joining an 8-man team for the endgame raids. Keep collecting Marks of Triumph and Distinction as you move toward building Tier 2. Then it’s simply a matter of awaiting new content, new raids, and Tier 3.
If you decide to go after PvP gear first, then you may want to begin with Legends Arenas. These are slightly more forgiving to players because Harley and Robin are both very effective characters if played intelligently, and because gear and level do not matter in a Legends match. You’ll get Marks of Legend, allowing you to unlock your favorite characters to play as, but also learn the basic aspects of PvP in DCUO as well as how to capture or control objectives. The first piece of gear you should buy with your influence is the PvP trinket that will allow you to break out of control effects. Once you’ve purchased more than half of the Tier 1 PvP gear and feel confident about your skills, move into normal Arenas (and still queue for Legends). Keep at it, and before long you’ll be collecting a powerful set of armor to go with the skills you’ve mastered.
If you’re going for both, always do the starred Arenas, Legends Arenas, Hard Mode Alerts, and Duos, as these will move you toward Tier 2 PvE more quickly.
03-12-2012, 10:32 AM #2
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I was planning on getting this game but watched a game play of it and can see that it's like any open free roam anywhere like GTA kind of game. I can imagine it getting boring real fast. Am I right?
03-12-2012, 11:13 AM #3
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- Jul 2008
considering i played gta4 and was bored with it hours later i would say no. not everyones gonna like the same shit. im a fan of 3rd person games. thas just me tho, i dont like fps, nvr have.
03-12-2012, 11:17 AM #4
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- Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government.
i agree with aids, i personaly have never played this game, but you have to be a fan of the type of game to like it.
from what ive seen from it, you shouldnt get it if your into only call of duty type games
if your a boss gamer who grew up on third person shooters and aventure games then this title is mostlikley suited for you
03-12-2012, 12:48 PM #5
The game is personally great. My current addiction.
12-26-2012, 05:42 PM #6
bumpity for the newfags of the ps3 scene .
12-26-2012, 05:43 PM #7
This game looks and sounds amazing, I'm going to try and pick it up next I visit Eb Games.
12-26-2012, 05:55 PM #8
Re: [DCUO] Basics Guide
12-26-2012, 05:56 PM #9
12-26-2012, 06:09 PM #10
[DCUO] Basics Guide
Ok nevermind I found it.
Last edited by Vintage; 12-26-2012 at 06:13 PM.