many other aspects of Champions Online
itemization blends familiar elements from previous MMOGs with a unique
take on the concept, custom tailored to suit the unparalleled
customization options present in the game. To help give you a better
understanding of how these items, called Upgrades or Devices, fit into
the grand scheme of things we’ve put together a handy guide
full of useful information for your super-heroic enjoyment.
Upgrades Pt. 1
Upgrades are items that your character can gain in a number of
different ways, including but not limited to: loot drops, crafting,
quest rewards, PvP rewards and Perk rewards. Think of these items as a
means of enhancing your character in ways similar to obtaining new
gear, only in most cases they won’t affect the visual theme
you’ve no doubt painstakingly pieced together at character
creation. In other words, you gain the benefits from equipping a new
piece of equipment, only you don’t end up looking like a hobo
rather than a hero in the process.
So think of upgrades as new elements that you’re adding to
your preexisting costume that increase its overall effectiveness in
some way without altering the appearance. There are, however, certain
upgrades, such as some of the above mentioned PvP rewards, that will
‘unlock’ new costume options. Equipping the upgrade
itself won’t automatically alter your appearance, but rather
allow you to utilize the new costume piece by visiting your friendly
There are three main categories that Upgrades can fall under:
– This type of upgrade make your attacks more
powerful or allow you to alter the way in which your offensive powers
work in some way. For example, you might obtain an Offense Upgrade that
adds a brief stun component to your attacks, or may even have
additional benefits such as increased health or reduced endurance decay.
– This type of upgrade can make your hero tougher and
can grant special defensive abilities. An example might be a damage
shield that has a chance to activate whenever you become damaged by an
attack in combat.
– This type of upgrade will often add a special
ability that is not directly related to combat, such as the ability to
see enemies on your mini-map or making your hero harder to detect.
Within these three categories, upgrades will come in one of two
distinct flavors which can be slotted in either a Primary or Secondary
upgrade slot. To equip an upgrade simply press the
“I” key to open your inventory, and then drag the
upgrade to its associated slot which by default will be located at the
lower right corner of the screen. The UI will intuitively highlight the
specific slots that an upgrade can be placed into once you begin to
drag the item. Alternatively, you can also right click on an item and
select ‘equip’ from the dropdown menu.
In the above image, Primary Upgrades will fill the three leftmost slots
along the bottom row, while the two rows immediately above will be used
for your Secondary Upgrades. You’ll also notice that the
primary upgrade slots are mapped to the 8-0 keys on your keyboard. The
main reason for this is that throughout your travels you might come
across certain upgrades that can be used similar to your other powers,
such as granting a small heal or allowing you to throw smoke bombs that
can confuse your enemies.
A last thing to note on the difference between primary and secondary
upgrades is simply that secondary upgrades typically grant smaller
bonuses to your stats or resistances, and won’t have an
active power or benefit associated with them that can be manually
triggered via hotkeys.