Champions Online – Building survivable DPS for Gravitar

Update 21st August 2014: Changed with new information from the forums and stat testing.

I was asked how to keep DPS alive in Gravitar, and after looking around for a bit, it looks like there’s a tactics guide but no building/gearing guide, so I’ll be covering that here.

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Champions Online – Healing F&I and Mecha-Arisa’s Build

Just showing it’s possible to heal Frosty without an “optimal” healer build – look at Mecha-Arisa’s totally ghetto Concentration form!.

Gear and stats are shown at the end of the video. Read on for Mecha-Arisa’s build.

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Champions Online Gear Comparison

UPDATE 1: Fixed a calculation error for crit damage. So much for trusting the formula >_>

Did a quick and dirty one in Excel to compare Justice Gear stats.

It doesn’t account for a few things like Exploit Opening and advantages like Tiger’s Courage but should give a good enough idea of what new gear will do for you.

Download the Gear Comparison Sheet here.

Note: For now only people with PTS access will be able to get the stats needed for this sheet, because Cryptic Math is too Cryptic to do simulations 🙁

And if you’re curious about how Crystal’s build will change:


Champions Online – Kitty’s Lightning Reflexes Build

Update: A revised build without reliance on Evasive Maneuvers can be found here.

Quick demo of a Lightning Reflexes build. 100% dodge is possible but knocks keep interrupting it so you can’t really maintain 100% on Gravitar 🙁 Still, very nice damage mitigation and an amazing passive for solo survivability. I wouldn’t recommend for tanking though, Thundering Kicks isn’t very good for drawing aggro. Especially when you’re backflipping every 8 seconds.

Gear stats are shown at the end of the video. Read on for Kitty’s build.

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Champions Online – Frosticus Solo Kill

Thought I’d upload a video of Champions Online’s new Fire and Ice Rampage Alert on the last day of its maiden run. Kenina died early so Frosty enraged at 35%. The party wiped at around 5%.

Oddly, Frosty might actually make it as a rapper – I set him to Krewella and Gareth Emery’s Lights & Thunder and it kinda fits o.o

Same principle as the solo Mega-D video applies here. The secret sauce is Sigils of Radiant Sanctuary and Shadow Form. When combined, Frosty can barely see Crystal in the sky. Also, unlike Gravitar, he can’t pull. So as long as I can maintain a minimum of 2 Sigils, I win :p

I’ll do a longer post to break down Crystal’s new build Soon™

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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