Champions Online Lightning Arc Ranged DPS Guide


Lately I’ve been adjusting Aeria’s build a little. Thematically she’s Crystal’s straight-laced sister and rival mage. She’s been built around Stormbringer and high crit Hurricanes ever since the Wind set was released, with a few short-lived forays into Infernal, Fire and Lightning.

Aeria in my Character Select

Ultimately, I really liked the damage of Lightning Arc and the ease of use of Hurricane, and Stormbringer was the perfect passive to bring those two together with a fitting visual for her theme. Other than the core powers of Stormbringer, Hurricane and Lightning Arc though, the rest of her build was always in the air. Her build has gone through enough iterations that I felt it warranted a guide.

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Crystal Solos a Mega-D Terminator

…I figured I’d give it a shot :p

This video showcases the stealth synergy between Shadow Form and Sigils of Radiant Sanctuary. Terminator couldn’t see me so it went for the Sigils one by one until it could. Cue epic LOS abuse when that happens.

My keyboard was pretty unresponsive while recording, even though framerates were decent, and my usual ping is >300 so I overcompensated quite a bit as far as ducking behind the wall goes. As a result, the Terminator took ages to kill. Sorry if you get motion sickness from all the camera turning :p

At least you get to see the Mega-D Terminator’s full arsenal of attacks! It has a lot of knocks. The hold at 5:50 might be killer too.

Ice Powerset Demo

I have been using an Ice build on Crystal for a month now, and I’m really liking how it performs.

Simply looking at my DPS chart, it may appear to be an average powerset, but there are few tricks it can pull, as this video shows:

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Champions Online – Secondary Gear Comparison

Just a short comparison of the effects of different secondary gear on a character with the Shadow Form passive. This post compares the effects of the Cyber set vs. the Armadillo set offensively, and the Cyber set vs. the Armadillo set vs. the Vigilante set defensively.

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Aeria Solos Gravitar

Gravitar wipes have been rare lately, but here’s a video of Aeria soloing a Gravitar run that almost wiped because two members got kicked out due to the party queue bug.

Note that her energy builder, Lightning Arc and Ball Lightning are greyed out despite the short range. That means there’s no line of sight between the two characters, so Gravitar can’t attack her. Aeria’s point blank AoE is wide enough to hit her though!

The rest of the video is pretty straightforward – enjoy 1 minute of Gravitar eating Hurricanes :p

Champions Online DPS Chart

Update 8/8/14: A more updated version is currently being maintained by Flowcyto HERE

This is an updated version of the original DPS chart posted on I have added the new powers added in the Night Avenger update, as well as more recent adjustments to powers like Two-Gun Mojo. The test character used was a Level 40 character in Hybrid mode with no gear and no talents.

This chart reflects direct, unconditional damage dealt by a power. Hence, I have taken the liberty to omit low damage utility powers like lunges and pulls, and highly conditional powers and DoTs, as it would be difficult to represent them fairly in such a list. However, there were some notable exceptions that made it in due to having high enough damage to compete with pure damage dealing powers, like Heat Wave and Seismic Smash.

The version on this blog only shows the Energy per Second (EPS), Damage per Second (DPS) and Damage per Energy per Second (DPES). A link to download the full version is provided at the end.

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