Updated Thu, Jul 23, 2009 by JoBildo
In most of our online games,
statistics are usually cut and dry. We know what strength and
agility do simply through rote repetition from game to game. But
that’s only where swords and boards are concerned. The whole
idea of statistics gets flipped on its head when we’re talking about
Superheroes. In Champions Online, your hero will have the usual
culprits of strength and dexterity, but he or she or it will even have
a numerical value attached to their ego and heroic presence. But
what do these numbers do for you? Let’s run down the list and
see if we can’t give you a little guidance before rushing off to clobber
criminals, shall we?
STRENGTH: Governs ability
to knockback enemies, knockback resistance, lifting objects, throwing
DEXTERITY: This stat
governs your hero’s chance to critically strike an enemy, as well
as the amount of damage avoided when you successfully dodge and incoming
CONSTITUTION: Like in
most RPGs you’ve played constitution determines the amount of hit
points you have and also your hit point recovery rate.
a little different than in other games. Instead of just giving
you more mana to cast spells with it reduces the cost of all powers,
increases your ability to detect stealthed enemies, and can significantly
boost your pet DPS if you have such powers.
EGO: Here’s a stat
you don’t often see in your online games. Ego is just how much
swagger your hero has. It governs the severity of your critical hits,
how well your snares work, and your own ability to free yourself from
PRESENCE: Threat or
agro is big deal in just about any MMOG, and it’s no different in
Champions. Presence determines how well you can tank in a defensive
role, and conversely how well you can keep away from acquiring aggro
in an offensive role. Also, it can increase the effectiveness of buffs
and your pets’ HP.
RECOVERY: This stat
will help your hero withstand knockdowns, help them get back up when
they are knocked down, and the amount of energy your hero generates
with attacks that are intended to do so.
ENDURANCE: This stat
increases the amount of energy your hero has in total, and increases/determines
the amount of energy generated by your fighting attacks.
SUPER STATS: You might
be saying, “That’s fantastic! Now I know what I’m looking
at on my character sheet, and instead of just staring blankly at the
screen with drool dribbling from my lip, I can pretend I know what all
these numbers mean!” Okay, maybe that’s what I’m saying after
writing it. But there’s more to stats than just their basic
definitions. None of the above will actually directly increase
your character’s damage output. That’s the purpose of what
Cryptic is calling Super Stats.
Over the course of your career
as a hero in Champions Online you’ll pick two of the above stats as
“Super Stats”. They’ll grow as you level, and they’ll
directly affect your damage output. This way, you don’t ever
need “Strength” to do damage, if you want your hero to be a super
smart nerd who builds lots of insane weaponry. Instead you’d
set your Super Stats as Intellect and maybe Ego if those stats coincide
with his power-set to make his attacks far more powerful. And
yet, he could still be a scrawny little brainiac while doing so.
So those are the basics of Stats as they apply to your fledgling heroes in Champions Online. The choice in how you wield them, and which ones will dictate what kind of hero you are, is up to you. Don’t be afraid to experiment, because you can always try again by rolling a new hero, or spending some credits to re-apply your stats and talents.