Champions Online: Millennium City Tutorial Guide

The tutorial zone in Champions Online is not your typical festival of "press this button to move forward" commands. No, there's a full-scale alien invasion going on right as you enter the game. William "JoBildo" Murphy has compiled this handy little quest guide to help you either get every last detail, or to burn through the tutorial and into the real world as quickly as possible. Take a look!

Millennium City, the sprawling and shining
metropolis of Champions Online, is under direct attack from the
Qulaar: an alien race whose motives remain unclear to even the Champions
themselves.  The call goes out to all able-bodied heroes to lend
a hand in helping to repel the onslaught and clean up the mess the Qulaar
are making. 


This is the Tutorial instance of Champions
Online.  It’s where you’ll learn the basic structure of quests,
combat, items, Open Missions, and even private instances.  But
before we dive into the quest details, here are a few helpful notes
to get you on your way in the alien-ravaged city:

  • The Millennium City tutorial
    is limited to just 25 players per instance of the map.  This is
    due to the relatively small size of the zone, and should not be taken
    as indicative of the entire game’s scope.  You’ll see many
    more people and much larger areas once you’ve defeated the Tutorial
    and first Crisis Zones (Desert and Canada).


  • There are a couple of optional
    quests in the tutorial that will give you some nice XP, and decent low
    level rewards.  Nothing in the tutorial is really enough to be
    afraid of, so if you see an exclamation point on your map, you’re
    probably better off checking it out.


  • Objects all over the game
    world can be picked up and used as weapons by your hero.  Some
    are too big except for those heroes who have super-strength, but every
    hero can pick up and toss debris, boxes, and the like.  Be sure
    to use these to your advantage as some enemies will fly just out of
    reach of melee attacks in the tutorial zone. 


  • Your first run-in with the
    Open Missions system happens near the end of the tutorial.  Grouping
    is not required, but as you’ll see there’s no need.  You’re
    all after the same thing (helping a hero named Ironclad), and the quest
    will complete for all of you in the area if you succeed. 


Optional Missions


The majority of the missions in the tutorial
are aimed at getting you to learn the basics and shove you off into
the real world.  But strewn about the city as you help the Champions
repel the invasion, you’ll find several additional quests that aren’t
necessary but offer a good amount of XP and a fun time in general.

Heroes Wanted 

CONTACT: Socrates

QUEST TYPE: Interaction

OBJECTIVES: Accept Mission.

DETAILS: By accepting this early
mission from the Socrates terminal, you’re granted 5 Hero Points. 
Hero Points basically make your hero more effective in combat. 
The max is 5, and they go down each time you are defeated in combat. 
If this happens, you can refill your Hero Points by fighting and completing

Gear Up 

CONTACT: Quartermaster Flume

QUEST TYPE: Interaction

OBJECTIVES: Talk to Quartermaster

DETAILS: Pretty simple stuff. 
Talk to Flume to get some decent newbie gear to parade around with. 
It’s not necessary to complete, but really… why wouldn’t you?

Vacation Salvation 

CONTACT: Griswold

QUEST TYPE: Collection

OBJECTIVES: Collect Griswold’s
Suitcase, Tickets, and Passport to help him get back on track with his

DETAILS: Griswold was headed on
vacation when the attack happened, and now he’s asking you to help
him get back on track to relaxation.  The big villain Qulaar in
the middle of the fountain (to the NE of Griswold) has his passport,
the tickets can be retrieved from any of the lesser Qulaar, and his
suitcase is found just a bit further down the alley to the NE.


Urbanites Incapacitated 

CONTACT: Pop-Up Quest / Chief

QUEST TYPE: Interaction

OBJECTIVES: Rescue 3 citizens
trapped beneath the rubble by the Qulaar.

DETAILS: At a point near the middle
of the tutorial you’ll be herded by an area with lots of Qulaar and
people trapped beneath the rubble of the broken city.  A quest
will pop up on the screen which is entirely optional to complete. 
Simply drive away the Qulaar and use the action key (default F or Z)
to free the incapacitated people, then return to Chief Surhoff for your

Speed in Need

CONTACT: Police Car


OBJECTIVES: Rescue Kinetik.

DETAILS: Nearby the debris-trapped
city-dwellers, you’ll see a cop car and as you near it a pop-up quest
will register.  It’s a distress call from a Speedster named Kinetik
who’s been trapped by the Qulaar.  Use your map to discover his
location, and fight off the baddies keeping him locked in a cage. 
The villain there can be a tough mamma-jamma, so it might help to bring
a friend if you can.

Student Buddies

CONTACT: Melanie

QUEST TYPE: Rescue / Escort

OBJECTIVES: Escort Melanie back
to her friend Breanna.

DETAILS: Nearby the debris-trapped
city-dwellers, you’ll see a cop car and as you near it a pop-up quest
will register.  It’s a distress call from a Speedster named Kinetik
who’s been trapped by the Qulaar.  Use your map to discover his
location, and fight off the baddies keeping him locked in a cage. 
The villain there can be a tough mamma-jamma, so it might help to bring
a friend if you can.

Mission Arc: Qulaar Invasion


The following is a chronological listing
of the missions that are required to be completed in order to finish
the Tutorial.  If you’re looking for the fastest way through
the early stages of the game, this is your ticket.

Meet Socrates

CONTACT: Sgt. McAvoy

QUEST TYPE: Interaction

OBJECTIVES: Talk to Socrates Computer

DETAILS: Directly behind McAvoy
is a computer terminal known as Socrates.  These guys will often
be a help for questing in Millennium City proper.  Talk to it for
your next quests. 

Seeding Frenzy

CONTACT: Socrates


OBJECTIVES: Destroy 3 Qulaar Pods.

DETAILS: To the south of Socrates
a mass of Qulaar Drone pods are preparing to hatch.  It’s your
job to wipe some of them out.  Destroy 3, and return to Socrates. 

Chip Off the Old

CONTACT: Captain Henry

QUEST TYPE: Block Training

OBJECTIVES: Block 3 incoming blasts
from the MC Police.

DETAILS: This one’s meant to
teach you how to block, a foreign concept in most MMOGs.  Talk
to the Captain and then to any one of the many police standing there
with guns at the ready.  When you see the icon above their heads
that means it’s time to block (Shift by default).  Do this successfully
three times in order to complete the quest. 

Millennium’s Mayor

CONTACT: Mayor Biselle


OBJECTIVES: Talk to Mayor Biselle,
under one of the riot tents.

DETAILS: Just talk to the Mayor,
and he’ll get you started on what he needs to help stop the invasion.

Mayor’s Mementos

CONTACT: Mayor Biselle

QUEST TYPE: Combat / Collection

OBJECTIVES: Fight your way through
the Qulaar in the wrecked building, and retrieve the Mayor’s belongings. 

DETAILS: The Mayor’s lost some
things in a building that’s now in ruins.  Once inside the ruins,
follow the path inside to the left and around in a circle.  On
the way you’ll have to fight some easy Qulaar, and you’ll see the
Mayor’s things loud and clear by the fact that they’re shiny and
glowing amid the dirt and debris.

Mail to the Chief

CONTACT: Chief Surhoff


OBJECTIVES: Take the note and
photos from the Mayor to Police Chief Surhoff.

DETAILS: The Mayor wants you to
take the reconnaissance information to the Police Chief.  Fight
your way along the city’s ruined streets to get to him.

Citizens Distressed

CONTACT: Chief Surhoff

QUEST TYPE: Combat / Rescue

OBJECTIVES: Deafeat the Qulaar
antagonizing local citizens and emergency workers (5)

DETAILS: Near the fountain to
the NE the Qulaar are harassing citizens.  Defeat them and rescue
the citizens in the process.

Prescription Retention

CONTACT: Chief Surhoff

QUEST TYPE: Combat / Collection

OBJECTIVES: Retrieve 3 stolen
medical supplies from the invading Qulaar.

DETAILS: To the SW, fight the
Qulaar and retrieve the stolen medical supplies for Chief Surhoff’s
ailing men and women.

Silver Avenger Sandwich

CONTACT: Mayte Sanchez


OBJECTIVES: Talk to Mayte Sanchez.

DETAILS: The Silver Avenger Mayte
Sanchez is pinned down amid the noise and confusion.  The Chief
wants you to go and help her with anything you can.

Signal to Noise

CONTACT: Mayte Sanchez

QUEST TYPE: Combat / Item Use

OBJECTIVES: Use Sonic Pacifier
on 3 Enraged Drones, and destroy the Communications Console.  Then
take the Pacifier to Dr. Silverback’s hologram outside the Champions

DETAILS: The Qulaar drones are
being agitated by something, and this Pacifier will temporarily stun
them and take readings of their brain activity.  Use it on three
enraged (noted by their massive size) drones, and then destroy the Communications
Console to the NW of Mayte Sanchez.  After you’ve done both,
head to the SE to fine Dr. Silverback in holographic form. 

Full Metal Jacket

CONTACT: Dr. Silverback

QUEST TYPE: Open Mission

OBJECTIVES: Complete the Battle
of the Ironclad Open Mission.

DETAILS: If this is your first
time through an Open Mission in Champions Online, you’ll find
them something new altogether.  Simply walk up the hill behind
Silverback, and you’ll see the Open Mission’s objectives in the
upper-right of your screen.  No need to group with other players
if you don’t want to.  Just lend in hand in completing each objective
until the quest updates as completed.  Rewards are given out at
the end of each Open Mission, based on players’ participation and
time spent in the area during that mission.  It will reset after
about 40 seconds, so feel free to stay and try again! 

Homestead Security

CONTACT: Dr. Silverback

QUEST TYPE: Instanced Mission

OBJECTIVES: Enter the Champions

DETAILS: Dr. Silverback has determined
that the signal attracting the Qulaar is coming from inside the Champions
HQ.  He wants you to go inside and find and eradicate whatever
is causing that signal to be broadcast.  Before entering the building
though, make sure you’ve completed any other missions you might have
open, as you won’t get a chance to do so after this instance.

Champions HQ
– The Ironclad Defense


Dr. Destroyer has infiltrated the Champions
HQ and is using a high-frequency beacon to attract the Qulaar. 
It’s up to you to shut down the beacons, defeat the enemies inside,
and let the Ironclad Defense weapon be launched to drive away the Qulaar. 

The Ironclad Defense

CONTACT: Dr. Silverback

QUEST TYPE: Instanced Mission

OBJECTIVES: Find Defender

DETAILS: Once inside Dr. Silverback
will contact you about what’s going on at the HQ, and instruct you
to find Defender and help him get to the bottom of this invasion. 
Fight your way through the Qulaar and the Trooper Bots to find Defender. 
Once you do, talk to him, and he’ll lead you to the next step… defeating
Black Talon: one of Dr. Destroyer’s sinister villains. 

Black Talon (Boss Fight) 

About halfway through the fight, Defender
will be knocked out, and you’ll have to finish Black Talon on your
own.  If you’re coming into the zone less than level 4, he could
be hard.  So use caution, and when you see lasers start to shine
on the floor, get your block up.  The rest of the time beat the
living snot out of him with whatever you have left.  When he falls,
you’ll not only get a new Perk, but you’ll also likely get some
decent gear too.

Shut Down Beacons 

The final step of the tutorial is rather
anti-climactic.  Just follow Defender around the room where you
fought Black Talon, defeat the robots, and disable the beacons. 
Then he’ll lead you to the room where the Ironclad Defense can be
launched.  Congratulations… because you’ve just saved the city
with the help of a ninny in white tights who was more a tour guide than
a help.  But we won’t hold that against him.

Head out of the HQ and be prepared to
be greeted with a very warm welcome.  From here, you’ll have
two new contacts to follow.  One will lead you to the Desert Disaster
and the other will take you to the Crisis in Canada.  It’s
up to you which you choose, but we’ve got you covered with guides
for both! 

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