Feeling Mighty: Statistics In Champions Online
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
thats only where swords and boards are concerned. The whole
idea of statistics gets flipped on its head when were 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? Lets run down the list and
see if we cant 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 heros 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 youve 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: Heres a stat
you dont 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 its 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, Thats fantastic! Now I know what Im 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 thats what Im saying after
writing it. But theres more to stats than just their basic
definitions. None of the above will actually directly increase
your characters damage output. Thats the purpose of what
Cryptic is calling Super Stats.
Over the course of your career
as a hero in Champions Online youll pick two of the above stats as
Super Stats. Theyll grow as you level, and theyll
directly affect your damage output. This way, you dont ever
need Strength to do damage, if you want your hero to be a super
smart nerd who builds lots of insane weaponry. Instead youd
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. Dont 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.