DCUO New Player Survival Guide
Every game has a learning curve but some games are definitely a little worse than others.
Every game has a learning curve but some games are
definitely a little worse than others. For new players looking to jump into
DC Universe Online,
you may find yourself a little lost in this non-traditional MMOG format. Rather
than work the newbie ropes the hard way, we have the ultimate New Player
Survival Guide that will put you in the know with the basics and save you
endless frustration. Be sure to keep this guide on hand for your first days in
DCUO for a quick reference to all things newbie and share with your DCUO
friends, in game and out.
Nothing is the same! Yeah, I know. For most MMOG
players, the UI will seem very different. DCUO is an action game first, a MMO second and this is very clear with
the interface. Dont panic, it will
take some getting used to but here are some quick shortcuts that will make
Why walk when you can fly? Use your super
- Shift or R key blocks incoming attacks and releases
crowd control effects. Block plus a movement to the right or left gives you a rolling
- Keys 1-6 are skill hotkeys. Hit K to see what you
have or change loadouts. Use the T key post level 10 to switch loadouts when not in
- Key 7 is your consumable. Equip your colas like
you equip gear by hitting I for inventory and dropping it into your consumable
- Key 8 is for a trinket which is a slot also
located in your inventory.
- Right and Left mouse clicks are your basic weapon
damage. Hit K to view your weapon skills and review mouse button combos for each
- Using mouse click weapon skills builds your power
for hotkeyed powers.
- Hit Tab to target or re-target. It is important to target ranged
enemies otherwise you might miss.
- Want to head back to your base but are a little
lost? Spot the green light in the sky that indicates the location of your
safehouse or find the house symbol on your map.
- Hit the M key to open your map. Locations and districts on the map can be selected to guide you to that
- Activate missions found via the J key to find
- Press your Num Lock key to auto-run.
- Use your
travel power! Getting around is much
faster with it. Press F to activate
your flight, acrobatics, or super speed.
- Spacebar to jump.
- There are Warp actions on your map. These are
very helpful if you get lost or stuck.
Chat and General
- Hold E key or click both mouse buttons
simultaneously to use items, zone, speak with NPCs, etc.
- Hit the / or O key to bring up the social window.
- /s or /say to talk in current general area.
- /g, /groupsay, /p, or /party to talk to your
- /t or /tell charactername for private chat.
- /r or /reply to respond to last private tell.
- /invite charactername to invite player to group.
- F2 brings up a menu of canned chat message just
in case you are too busy to type.
- F4 brings up the emotes menu.
- Hit the Enter key to activate the chat box. Type
to chat, Tab to scroll through chat tabs, and Page Up and Page Down or use mouse
scroll wheel to scroll through chat lines.
- F9 takes
screenshots and automatically removes UI from shot.
- F11 switches the game into windowed mode.
To see your main menu, press your Esc key. Along with the options list, you will also see icons at the bottom of the
- Utility belt icon takes you to your inventory.
- Mask icon takes you to your costume management.
Change styles and colors for your gear items here.
- Book icon takes you to your mission journal.
- Body icon takes you to your traits, powers, and
- Trophy icon takes you to your feats and
other cool stuff you have done.
- World icon takes you to your map.
- Fist icon takes you to the menu for PvP, Alerts,
Duos, and Raids. These all have level requirements to participate in.
- Chat bubble icon takes you to the chat menu.
- Cog icon takes you to the game options menu.
- Shopping cart icon takes you to the DCUO
Character Stats and Gear
You can view your characters 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 enemys
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.
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
- 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 youre cool enough to have these, you dont 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
DCUO focuses very heavily on storyline progression. Grinding is designed to be ineffective in this game and only really
helpful if youre 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 youre 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 youve 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
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 isnt
addressed here, feel free to
post it on our forums and someone will surely help
you out. Have a great newbie tip
youd like to share? Post it for
other players and do your part to ease new player pain.
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