As one of the most popular powersets in DC Universe Online, the Fire powerset offers a lot and appeals to many. Not only do you get some stellar defense and excellent damage potential, but Fire wielders also get minor health skills that lend to this powerset's versatility. Whether you play solo, aim to lead up groups, or spend your time player killing, it is likely that there is a spec that will make the most of the powers that Fire has to offer.
Like all powersets, Fire is broken down into two trees in which you may choose from. Both Immolation and Ignition offer damage over time, area of effect, stuns, and heals. Neither tree will solely offer everything that you need so you'll probably find yourself cherry picking from both trees. You will want to give consideration to which powers you pick based a bit on what weapon skill choice you make. Ignition leans towards long ranged abilities whereas Immolation deals with more short ranged powers. If you've chosen weapon skills such as Hand Blast that will allow you to spend more time fighting from a distance, you'll want a solid portion of your powers to mesh with that by picking plenty of ranged abilities. On the other hand, if you have picked up a melee weapon skill, having the close ranged powers available would be very helpful.
Pew, pew. Feel the burn!
For most people who choose the Fire powerset, they are looking to achieve an impressive amount of damage while enjoying defense as a backup. Deciding on a loadout can be complicated, though, because your damage powers aren't the only ones you need.
One slot should either have Backdraft or a movement skill to draw your enemies to you. You can get it from a variety of sources, including Lasso from the Iconic Powers line or Grapple Line Attack from the acrobatics line. Being able to pull mobs to you when you need to battle close range is important.
Another slot should be a healing power. Fire powerset gets Reignition at level 8, Consume Objects at level 12, Stoke Flames and Burning Determination at level 16. Stoke Flame is an outright heal over time while the others are either reactives or damage/heal combinations.
Your other four slots should pack as much damage into them as you can manage. First up is Absorb Heat. If you don't have this power, get it. At lower levels it can nearly one shot a mob if you aren't interrupted and at higher levels it still does an amazing amount of damage. Snuff Out is a good all-around damage choice. Fiery Weapon is another great option to have, especially for melee players. It increases your damage and critical strike as well as gives a chance for a healing effect if your target is burning. Fireball Barrage is a supercharge power and makes a nice additional particularly for those who rely more on their weapon skill combos and less on their powers. Volcanic Calamity is a 100% supercharge and does a sinful amount of damage. You should have at least one of the supercharge powers on your loadout.
Like melee players, ranged players will also want to keep a slot free for one of the healing powers and another for a supercharge power (Volcanic Calamity or Fireball Barrage).
After those are filled, the goal is to keep your enemies at a distance by making good use of the knock backs that you have available to you. Absorb heat does awesome damage plus it stuns your target. Flashpoint gives a great AoE damage plus an AoE knockback. Fireburst does nice damage plus additional if you have used a burning power plus it knocks down the target. Snuff Out is the perfect finishing move. It blasts your enemy and adds heavy damage if that target is less than 35% health.
Looking for defensive advice? Keep reading on page two!
Front Line Heroes
It's all about the big kaboom.
First and foremost, the Fire powerset is a defensive role. For players who intend to do a lot of grouping, having a defensive loadout is essential. If you intend to use the Fire powerset for tanking purposes, it makes good sense to not pick a ranged weapon skill to go with it. Instead, stick with melee weapon skills to compliment your role and rely on your combos for damage and attention getting when you are in the fray of battle.
Like melee damage focused players, front line defenders are also going to want an ability or power to snag and yank enemies close. If you have no other options, take Backdraft or Lasso in the Iconic Powers then plunk that puppy down in your first loadout slot.
Immolation, the first power on the immolation tree is a good first step. As a defensive player you'll want to do as much passive damage as you can while you're pounding mobs. Fiery Weapon also increases your damage in a fairly unobtrusive manner and is good for melee battle. Burnout is a perfect defensive option. This power knocks backs enemies, gives you and three teammates immunity against control effects. Eternal Flame is another must have. It's a supercharge power that doubles your health and offers control effect immunity with a healing reactive effect. In any free slots you may have left, pick on of the big damage dealers such as your supercharge powers or Absorb Heat so you have a little kaboom to go with your badass wall of defense. If you are having trouble staying alive, skip damage powers and go for the heals. In a defensive role, staying alive is just more important than being top damage dog.
Overall, Fire is a fun powerset with some of the coolest visual effects in game. The nature of the powerset allows players to mix and match from a wide range of powers giving the perfect canvas for creating a very personalized character regardless of what role you choose to play. Have you found magic in a Fire powerset loudout? Are there powers that you simply could not live without? Share your expertise with other players on our forums to let them know what loadout works for you.