Picking Up Cool Perks in Champions Online

By Reuben Waters -

From the famous to the infamous, superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. While their duds might make them instantly recognizable in a sea of spandex-clad misfits and would-be saviors, it’s their deeds that make headlines and inspire scholars to scribe their mysterious monikers in the pages of history books.

Among other cool features, Champions Online boasts a team of tireless scholars who chronicle your character’s every move; from your very first meeting with the Mayor of Millennium City to your findings on Foxbat’s FoxBattle Bots, each and every detail is painstakingly scrutinized, categorized and ultimately fed into UNTIL’s massive database on superhuman activities. While we may never know the names of these cape-less crusaders, it’s thanks to their efforts that we’re able to earn a plethora of Perks.

Perks are a means of managing your achievements in CO, but Cryptic Studios has taken that core concept one step further by allowing players to use their accumulated points to purchase things like new costume pieces, upgrades and more. At any point during your adventures you can open your journal (the default hotkey is “J” on your keyboard) and click on the “Perks” tab to reveal a complete list of Perks you’ve completed as well as those you’ve discovered but haven’t quite met the requirements on yet. Much like superheroes, Perks can come in all shapes and sizes, though for our purposes we’ll call them categories; Exploration, Heroic and Rogues Gallery to name a few.

Below you’ll find a short list of cool Perks, handpicked and packaged in a virtual wrapper to not only lock in the flavor, but also provide you with some interesting details on how to go about unlocking some cool Perks of your very own when CO goes live on September 1st.

Brass Ring

Points Awarded: 25

Requirement: Take a ride on the Snake Gulch carousel

Description: Experience Snake Gulch’s premier attraction; the wonder of the West! The aerial carousel doesn’t get many visitors these days, but it still offers a commanding view of the whole canyon. Climb up and see for yourself!

Coolness Factor: The Brass Ring Perk is an awesome example of some of the cool things waiting to be discovered by the explorers out there. While there are many different Perks associated with more routine types of exploration, such as finding all the respawn points in a given zone, it’s the Perks like this one that will really make you smirk!

While this particular Perk is an example of a one-shot exploration event, there are some others hidden throughout the game with slightly more complex requirements, so be sure to occasionally check your journal for new entries. For example, the next time you’re in Burnside you might want to try jumping around in one of the campfires local ghosts have made around town to unlock a fun exploration Perk.

Healing Hands

Points Awarded:  10

Requirement: Heal 5,000 damage

Description: Your selfless care for your teammates has unlocked the Support Role.

Coolness Factor: Healing Hands is one of three Perks that unlock different Roles that you can then select when setting up your various Builds. “Tanker” requires that you receive 5,000 damage and unlocks the Defensive Role, and “Warrior” requires that you deal 5,000 damage and unlocks the Offensive Role.

You may be asking yourself, “How am I supposed to heal 5k damage when I don’t even have any healing powers?” Fear not, superhero! The small green healing ‘boosts’ you occasionally see falling from defeated villains will also count towards this total, so be sure to grab ‘em often and grab ‘em early.


Points Awarded: 10

Requirement: Deal 1,000,000 damage in PvP

Coolness Factor: You read that number right folks! After dealing one million damage in PvP, I’d consider you unsafe too… unless you’re on my team that is, in which case feel free to go about your business.

On a more serious note, Unsafe is a great example of some of the many awesome Perks awarded for your efforts in the Hero Games PvP arenas. Healers will be happy to note that not only are there similar perks linked to the overall amount of damage healed in PvP, but that amount is also factored into your team contribution during a given match, so you can still rank high on the scoreboard simply by keeping your teammates alive with your amazing healing capabilities!

What’s more is that not only will you earn Acclaim from your efforts in PvP that can then be used to purchase some of the nutty Luchador costume pieces, but you can be accumulating more Perk Points in the process to spend on even more cool rewards.

Vanquish Talisman

Points Awarded: 50

Requirement: Defeat Talisman

Coolness Factor:  Poor Talisman, she has it pretty rough. Not to mention the fact that her annoying twin sister, Witchcraft, is always trying to steal her place in the spotlight and occasionally succeeds thanks to being a member of the Champions. In fact, you should be vanquishing Witchcraft, not Talisman.

[Writer’s note: Talisman used some kind of mind-control spell to make me say that, honest!]

Vanquish Talisman is a great example of one of my personal favorite types of Perk, mainly because the only way to earn it is to defeat one of the tougher named supervillains in the game. Not only is there some great challenges waiting to be discovered with some of these encounters, but you’ll be awarded a nice chunk of Perk Points for your efforts to boot.

As these are some of the most wanted criminals in the Champions universe, don’t expect to see them roaming around Renaissance Center looking for quarters in the bottom of the fountain either. To take on Talisman, for example, a good place to start might be helping Witchcraft deal with the ghostly residents of Burnside. Who knows what kind of strange evidence you might come across?

Whoopee Cushion

Points Awarded: 10

Requirement: Defeat 100 FoxBattle Bots

Description: Servants, sidekicks and sycophants of the one and only Foxbat, genius gadgeteer, raconteur, and (self-proclaimed) World’s Greatest Supervillain.

Coolness Factor: What would the World’s Greatest Supervillain be without his hordes of Fanboys and wacky Stunt Doubles?  Whoopee Cushion is a great example of a Perk you can achieve by battling the lesser villains of the Champions universe as you unravel some of the many twisting plotlines which lead you to major showdowns and confrontations. Some of these will even be linked to the specific type of minions you select for each of the nemeses you create as you fill out your Nemesis Gallery, so be sure to mix things up to maximize the potential point rewards.
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