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Champions Online Innate Talent Selection Guide

Posted Thu, Aug 13, 2009 by Sardu

The concept of character customization has been taken to unparalleled extremes in Champions Online. Not content to merely allow players to create the visual style of a hero to their liking, Cryptic has gone the extra mile to truly immerse players in nearly every aspect of what shapes their character’s overall role in a world threatened by countless supervillains.

One such means of shaping your hero is the use of Innate Talents, also known as Characteristics. While you have the option to select a pre-defined Framework for your character from the get-go, you may also build a custom framework which includes the ability to choose the exact characteristic you want your new hero to begin their adventures with.

To help demystify this process for the would-be heroes among you, we’ve put together a complete listing of innate talent options in Champions Online, as well as a brief look at the 8 core stats they’ll ultimately affect as described below. For a more in depth look at stats and how they relate to your character's overall power in-game, be sure to check out our beginner's guide, Feeling Mighty: Statistics in Champions Online.

Core Stats Defined

  • Constitution – Improves a hero’s hit points

  • Dexterity – Improves a hero’s critical hit chance and the chance to avoid attacks

  • Ego – Improves critical hit severity, hold strength, and breaking from intangible holds

  • Endurance – Affects a hero’s maximum energy and rate of energy generated from fighting attacks

  • Intelligence – Affects the damage done by a hero’s pet, power cooldown length, and stealth detection

  • Presence – Affects the amount a hero heals and the amount of threat they generate

  • Recovery – Sets the hero’s equilibrium and increases the rate of energy generated from fighting attacks

  • Strength – Improves knockback, knockback resistance, breaking from tangible holds, and the pick-up and throw ability


Custom Frameworks and Innate Talents

While character creation offers a robust list of suggested frameworks based on the 18 available power sets in the game, players can also opt to create a custom framework. Once you’ve selected an energy builder and base attack power from the available options, your next step will be to choose from a list of 9 innate talents that provide the basis for your starting stats.

The advantage here will be that you’ll be able to really fine tune your starting stats as opposed to each of the standard frameworks which come with the Prodigy innate talent that gives you a base increase of 8 to all but Endurance and Recovery which receive 6 each. Each of the core stats will still see an increase, though by shifting their focus to different specialties it allows for a more clearly defined character.

It’s also worth mentioning that by creating a custom framework, you’ll still have the same options available in terms of energy builders and attack powers, though you gain the benefit of picking the characteristic more suited for the type of hero you’re trying to create. For example, if you know you want to build a character focused on the Might power set you can start out by selecting Beatdown and Clobber for your initial powers, but then you can pair them with an innate talent like The Hard Target for a small boost to your starting hitpoints, energy, damage potential and avoidance.

The following chart lists each of the Innate Talent options available, along with which stats receive an increase and a basic description of what type of hero the talent is best suited for. Beneath the descriptions, I’ve also included suggestions of which core frameworks the talent synergizes well with.



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T
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NAME STATS DESCRIPTION and SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS

The
Hard Target

+10
Constitution
Dexterity
Endurance
Strength

+4
Ego
Intelligence
Presence
Recovery

DESCRIPTION:
High health and nimble feet combined with hard hits and the endurance to deliver makes this character a Hard Target in more ways than one

SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS:
Dual Blades
Fighting Claws
Single Blade
Martial Arts
Might

The
Heavy Hitter

+10
Constitution
Endurance
Intelligence
Strength

+4
Dexterity
Ego
Presence
Recovery

DESCRIPTION:
Mixing endurance and health to spare with a solid punch and a tactical mind, this character will hit you hard, hit you again, and won't stop 'til the job is done

SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS:
Gadgeteering
Power Armor
Might
Darkness

The
Intimidator

+10
Ego
Intelligence
Presence
Strength

+4
Constitution
Dexterity
Endurance
Recovery

DESCRIPTION:
Stronger than you and smarter than you, this character knows you better than you know yourself, and won't back down. Will you?

SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS:
Power Armor
Telepathy
Sorcery

The
Powerhouse

+10
Constitution
Endurance
Recovery
Strength

+4
Dexterity
Ego
Intelligence
Presence

DESCRIPTION:
More health, more endurance, more often - along with a good chance to knock you on your keister - makes this character the battery of the bunch

SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS:
Electricity
Might
Darkness
Supernatural

The
Perceptor

+10
Dexterity
Ego
Intelligence
Presence

+4
Constitution
Endurance
Strength
Recovery

DESCRIPTION:
A quick mind augments quick reactions and give this character all that is needed to tackle any situation with decisive efficiency

SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS:
Archery
Munitions
Telepathy
Sorcery

The
Prodigy

+8
Constitution
Dexterity
Ego
Intelligence
Presence
Strength

+6
Endurance
Recovery

DESCRIPTION:
The picture of balanced perfection, this character is the Jack-of-All-Trades, master of none, though often better than the master of one

SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS:
Each standard framework comes with this innate talent, though it can still be an excellent selection for players wanting to select their own starting powers yet want to keep their stats spread a bit more evenly across the board

The
Savant

+10
Ego
Intelligence
Presence
Recovery

+4
Constitution
Dexterity
Endurance
Strength

DESCRIPTION:
Thoughtful and calculating, this character makes short work of all problems, mighty and minute

SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS:
Fire
Telepathy
Sorcery

The
Stalwart

+10
Constitution
Dexterity
Presence
Recovery

+4
Ego
Endurance
Intelligence
Strength

DESCRIPTION:
Whether toe-to-toe or on the move, this character has the tenacity and resolve to never back down

SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS:
Fire
Ice
Supernatural

The
Untouchable

+10
Dexterity
Ego
Endurance
Recovery

+4
Constitution
Intelligence
Presence
Strength

DESCRIPTION:
Whether slipping free of holds or avoiding attacks altogether, this character is a difficult one to lay hand, paw, pseudopod, or power blast on

SUGGESTED FRAMEWORKS:
Electricity
Force
Ice
Munitions
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