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Champions Online FAQ

Updated Thu, Feb 24, 2011 by B. de la Durantaye

What do you want to know about Champions Online? We've likely got the answer right here in our Ten Ton Hammer Champions Online FAQ. We have covered a lot of the questions you may have about the game, but it doesn't end there. This FAQ will continue to be updated right through launch, so be sure to check back often. Have a question about Champions Online that's not covered here? Ask in our forums, and we may just include it.

Tech

  • What are the required system specs?

    Minimum System Requirements

        * OS:Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
        * CPU:2.5GHz Single Core or 1.8GHz Dual Core
        * Memory:1GB RAM
        * Video:NVIDIA GeForce 7800 / ATI Radeon X700 or HD / Intel Graphics with Dual Core
        * Sound:DirectX Compatible Soundcard
        * HDD:5GB Free Disk Space
        * Network:ADSL / Cable Modem
        * Disc:DVD-ROM
        * Driver:DirectX 9.0c

    Recommended System Configuration

        * OS:Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7
        * CPU:2GHz Dual Core or Better
        * Memory:2GB RAM or Better
        * Video:NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or Better / ATI Radeon HD3850 or Better
        * Sound:DirectX Compatible Soundcard
        * HDD:5GB Free Disk Space
        * Network:ADSL / Cable Modem or Better
        * Disc:DVD-ROM
        * Driver:DirectX 9.0c

    To check if your computer meets the minimum system specifications:

       1. Click Start, then Run.
       2. In the Open box, enter dxdiag.
             a. Vista users will have to click through any approval dialogs which appear due to User Account Control settings
       3. Click OK to launch the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
       4. Click Yes.
       5. Review your system specifications by clicking on the related tabs:
              * System: Operating system, processor, and RAM. Note that Intel Dual-Core processors are named "Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU"
              * Display: Graphics card manufacturer and chip type
              * Input: Keyboard and mouse
    (Source)

  • How do I set up my Xbox 360 controller to use in game?

    Champions Online can be played either with a standard keyboard and mouse set-up, or with a wired XBox 360 controller. To utilize the controller, simply plug it into an open USB port on your PC, and the game will automatically recognize it as a control device, adjusting on-screen key prompts to reflect the use of a 360 controller.

Systems

  • When does the game launch?

    The North American PC launch for Champions Online is September 1, 2009. The European PC launch is set for September 4, 2009, with the option to purchase the downloadable version when it becomes available on September 1st. No firm release date has been announced for a console version, currently in development for the XBox 360, though it is expected to launch sometime in Q1 2010. (Source)

  • How many characters can you have?

    Currently, players are able to create 8 characters per account. There is a reward system, however, that will allow players to open up additional character slots on an account level by simply playing the game. (Source)

  • What is the level cap?

    The current level cap is set at 40.

  • When do you get your first power upgrades?

    You obtain your first 2 powers at character creation, with your first additional power selection becoming available upon reaching level 5, or roughly around the time you complete the Champions HQ instance at the end of the Millennium City tutorial zone. You 'level up' your character by visiting the Power House, located at either Project Greenskin in the Southwestern Desert or at Force Station Steelhead in Canada.

    Additionally, you obtain your first 2 Advantage Points upon reaching level 7. These can be applied to increasing the Rank (think of Ranks as inherent potential of a power) of a power or adding in a new Advantage (these typically add something new to how a given power functions).

  • How many powers can my character have?

    By the time you reach the current level cap of 40, you'll be able to learn a total of 14 standard powers and 2 travel powers.

    Standard powers can be selected from any of the 18 available power sets by visiting the local Power House provided you meet certain requirements which will be listed in the individual power descriptions.

    You obtain your first travel power at level 5, and can select a second one at level 35.

  • What kind of servers are available (PvP, PvE, RP)?

    Champions Online's server set-up is not like most other MMOGs.  Instead of operating on many named servers, the game is set up with one massive server with many different shards.  You and your friends will never have to worry about starting Heroes on the same server.  You will simply have to find out which instance your friends are in and go there.  This way all players will be able to play with each other at any time. (Source)

  • How many servers are there?

    The game will have a single server for both North American and European players. Each zone within the game will have a maximum number of concurrent users, and once that limit has been reached additional "copies" or instances of the zone will open up to accommodate more players. You can switch between instances by pressing the 'M' key on your keyboard which will present this as an option when available.

  • Can I alter my costume after character creation?

    You can adjust any aspect of your character’s costume at any time by visiting your friendly neighborhood tailor. Tailor NPCs can be found at Renaissance Center in Millennium City, Project Greenskin in the Southwest Desert or Force Station Steelhead in the Canadian Wilderness.

    To alter your costume, simply speak to the Tailor which will bring up the full costume editor where you can fine tune any of the visual elements of your hero. Each adjustment you make will add to the overall cost of the alteration, which also scales depending on your current level. Any costume parts you unlock during normal gameplay will be automatically added to the list of available options, and will be highlighted to help you find them more easily.

  • Is there crafting in Champions Online?

    Players can select a crafting profession from one of three available schools; Arms, Mysticism and Science. Each of these schools allows players to create upgrades, devices and even special items that can alter or enhance the visual effects of certain powers.

    To begin your crafting career, speak with either Justicar (located at Force Station Steelhead in the Crisis in Canada zone) or Robert Kaufman (located at Project Greenskin in the Desert Disaster Zone) to obtain the quest “A Crafty Contrivance” which will get you started.

  • Does the game have PvP?

    Beginning at level 10, players can participate in PvP matches by speaking to the Hero Games organizers in Millennium City, or by simply clicking on the appropriate icon located along the left side of the mini-map to bring up a list of available PvP matches. You can queue for PvP from anywhere in the world and will be alerted by an on-screen message once a new match becomes available.

  • What types of PvP are available?

    There are three main types of PvP in Champions Online, some being officially sanctioned by the Hero Games organizers located in Millennium City while others are ‘unsanctioned’ free-for-all events.

    The three main PvP match types open up at different levels as described below:

    Ultimate Tournament of Champions – Sanctioned PvP arena matches that open up at level 10
    B.A.S.H. – Unsanctioned free-for-all PvP matches that open up at level 20
    Apocalypse – Sanctioned PvP arena matches that incorporate PvE elements and open up at level 30

  • What are nemeses?

    The Nemesis system allows players to create and customize a unique supervillain which opens up a series of dynamic mission arcs beginning at level 25. Not only will you be able to choose the exact look of your Nemesis, but you can also select exactly which power set they use and even what type of henchmen accompany them during missions and beyond. While the ultimate goal will be to defeat your Nemesis and have them shipped off to Stronghold, their henchmen have a nasty habit of showing up when you least expect, often dropping clues that lead you to more complex, interesting missions that advance the overall Nemesis storyline. (Source)

  • How do I create my Nemesis?

    At level 20 players will begin finding a series of clues that will eventually point them towards creating their Nemesis at level 25. To do so, head to the Millennium City Police Department (located NE of City Hall) and speak to MCPD Captain Martin who will offer a quest to enter the data for your Nemesis on the nearby Crime Computer.

    From there you’ll be able to use the complete costume editor to fine tune the exact look you want for your Nemesis. You can also select their personality, power set and what type of minions will accompany them as your Nemesis begins sowing seeds of destruction across Millennium City and beyond.

Social

  • How do I find my friends in the game?

    You can add friends to your Friend List in one of the following ways:

    - Through the Social screen, which can be accessed by pressing F10 on your keyboard (or the 'Back' key on your 360 controller)

    - By running the /friend CharacterName command

    - By using the Search screen

    You can view your Friend List by clicking on Friends in the chat window. On the Friend List, you can view your friends and their current level and location. The Friends window also includes a Search screen. On this screen, you can search for players by name, league, account, location, level, and LFG status. After searching for a player, you can right-click on a name and send a tell, invite to a team, invite to your guild, or add to your friend list.

  • How do I create a Guild, or Super Group?

    Upon completion of either the Desert Disaster or Crisis in Canada crisis zones, players will be able to form their own Super Group by speaking to Red Talon or Cyber Hive. In the Canadian Wilderness they will be centrally located at Force Station Steelhead, and in the Southwest Desert you can find them stationed near the massive statue of Grond at Project Greenskin.

    In order to create a super group, you need to have 5 players in a team, all on the same map as the super group contact, and none of them already in a super group. These team members will become the new super group, with the player who spoke to the super group contact as the leader.

    From there the process is pretty straight forward; select a name, colors and emblem for your Super Group and you're good to go!


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