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DCUO New Player Survival Guide - Page 2

Updated Tue, Dec 28, 2010 by Savanja

Character Stats and Gear

You can view your character’s current stats by hitting your I key to view your inventory then clicking on the stats tab. Here is what you have, what it means, and what you do with them:

  • Health – Like in any game, this is how many hit points you have.
  • Power – This is consumed by your powers and regenerated by your melee skills. Supercharged skills will require more power to be available in order to use
  • Defense – Known as armor class or mitigation, this is how well you are protected from damage from non-player enemies. At level 1, 15 defense gives 1% damage reduction. The ratio grows as you level.
  • Might – Increases your powers damage. +4 to Might gives a 1% increase to base damage.
  • Restoration – Increases your healing potential. +4 to Restoration gives a 1% increase to base healing
  • Vitalization – Increases power regeneration. +10 to Vitalization gives a 1% increase to power generation.
  • Precision – Adds to weapon attack damage. +10 to Precision adds +1 to weapon DPS.
  • Toughness – A PvP specific stat that reduces damage from player enemies. Works like Defense with a level 1 ratio of +15 Toughness gives a 1% damage reduction from other players.
  • Dominance – This controls how much damage a control effect will do to an enemy before it breaks. The more dominance, the more damage and at higher levels this number must be higher than an enemy’s Willpower in order to be effective. +2 to Dominance give 1 additional damage point before control effect breaks.

Tanks (Fire and Ice) should focus on Defense, Might, and Precision. Control classes (Mental and Gadgets) should focus on building Dominance, Power, and Vitalization. Healing classes (Sorcery and Nature) should focus on Restoration, Power, and Vitalization. Powersets that rather focus on damage should work on the Might and Precision stats.  These stats mean a little less to you starting out because you really need to just equip anything that keeps you from playing naked.  If given the option between two items, use this info to pick gear that will benefit your role in game.

Fly! Don't walk.
Go into mission instances prepared.

Gear and item quality, like most games, is told by its color. For quick reference:

  • Gray – vendor junk. Save it long enough to sell it.
  • White – Low quality item. Use it if you have nothing better, upgrade it ASAP.
  • Green – Reasonable quality item with decent stats. Use these or sell.
  • Blue – Good quality item with nice stats. Definitely use these or sell.
  • Purple – Very good quality with excellent stats. Hope to own these or sell your soul to buy it.
  • Orange – Forget about it. If you’re cool enough to have these, you don’t need this guide.

Advice for Those Starting Out in DCUO

Take your time in the tutorial and pay attention. The mission and silly things the game asks you to do are made to introduce you to DCUO's unique style of gameplay.  Picking these skills up here and remembering what you learn will save you headaches and will be the key to taking on more difficult enemies later on.

DCUO focuses very heavily on storyline progression. Grinding is designed to be ineffective in this game and only really helpful if you’re in a pinch and in need of some cash and loot before moving on to difficult missions and instances. To keep the experience bar moving, be sure to look around your current mission area for NPCs that might have related missions for you to do.

If you’re having a hard time in a mission instance, go back and do lower level missions to get leveled up! One level can make a huge difference between struggle and success. If you’ve run out of missions for your level range, remember that you can always switch back and forth between Metropolis and Gotham via the Hall of Doom or the Watchtower for a whole fresh set of things to do. For a break from missions, hit your J key and scroll through your missions to find the Alerts which are level appropriate group instances. With all of these options, every moment in game should be packed with action.

Wanted posters are found in the safehouses.  Grab these and watch your chat box for other players looking to take down the same enemies that you have a mission for.  The targets are always group orientated so don't even attempt to go after these known offenders alone unless you are out-leveled for the mob.

Keep colas in your inventory and for the love of Batman, never sell them!  You can really never have enough of these and they are pretty spendy early on so get what you can.  Some of your missions will reward with colas, so definitely do those if only for the reward alone.  You should have a small stack available and already equipped in your inventory when you enter mission instances.  Another good tip is to remember to keep your gear in good condition.  Getting knocked out (DCUO's version of death) degrades your gear so you need to visit a merchant to repair especially if you tend to die often in the early levels like I do.

This is the info that will get you started right in DCUO. If you have a question that isn’t addressed here, feel free to post it on our forums and someone will surely help you out. Have a great newbie tip you’d like to share? Post it for other players and do your part to ease new player pain.

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