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  1. I only ever truly 'give up' on a character, as in delete it and banish it from my sight, if I realize I'm not in love with my concept AND I'm not in love with mechanics. If my character concept just isn't fun, or I struggle to invest in playing them, they're gone. My rule of thumb is "would I have fun in a light RP team with this character?" I feel like if I can't even manage that, then it's just going to be too much of an unpleasant experience. If I like their character OR their mechanics but not both, they get shelved indefinitely. This is the state of most of my characters. If it's a character I love with mechanics I hate, I'll save some costume designs and start re-rolling a bunch to try and hit something that clicks. The most I've gotten is like... 8-9 different versions at once, I think. These are characters I try to reboot ASAP, but if I bounce off the character too many times I'll get frustrated and walk away from them until I get the spark I need. If it's mechanics I love but a character I don't like, then they just sit there until something comes along that'll fit. These are less urgent characters to flesh out and are more placeholders for "hey, you liked playing this" and so I don't have to rework any slotting I've done on them. These'll get iced for months at a time, but still not deleted. I also have no problem in taking time away from a character if I suddenly stop enjoying them. Characters who I used to dedicate most of my playtime to I haven't touched in weeks or months. Crater Kate herself is one of those, actually. She's there with the others whenever I get the hankering for them again, but I don't feel like I force myself to play anything if I'm not having fun. Life's too short for that. But even so, I rarely delete.
  2. @Diantane - lots of other people have offered lots of great advice, all of which I'd second. Please understand, what follows is meant as constructive and helpful and in good faith, and isn't meant personally at all: I noticed that you're the person who started the thread about old-school playing a bit over a week ago. Between these two threads, the impression I'm getting is that you have a very particular way you feel like the game is meant to be played. And it's great that you have your preferences, I'm not trying to take those away from you! But IMO, the most important lesson you can learn about City of Heroes is this: there is no wrong way to play. Not everyone is going to share your preferences! The beauty of CoH is it's a very lenient system, which means you can play a casual leveling style... or you can play as hardcore as you want. You can have a character who never leaves Pocket D... or you can have a character who spends their life grinding AE. Similarly, you CAN play a tank that spams threat generation, and you CAN play a Defender that does nothing but heal... but you can ALSO play a tank that maximizes damage and sacrifices durability. You can do the same with a Defender. You can build a Tank for support, if that's your thing. You can even make a Defender built for durability! Anything can be successful if you want it to be 🙂 I advertise myself as a 'something of everything' player. This means I dabble in as many ways to play this game as possible (minus PVP). I've run with master of task forces, and I've run with teams on Matthew Habashy's arc. I spend time hardcore RPing, and I spend time grinding inf. I spend time base building, and I spend time hanging out in the general/help channels. I've built characters that are optimized on doing one particular thing, and I've built some that do a hodge podge of junk. My biggest takeaway from everything I've dabbled in is that ALL of these are deep and rich ways to engage in the game, and no one way is at all better than any other. They are ALL right. This isn't LOTRO or SWTOR or WOW. Welcome to City of Heroes, where a tank is not a tank is not a tank. And that's awesome.
  3. Ahh, but just because every character can get the mission, doesn't mean it does happen to every character. Just don't accept the arc in the first place. Boom. Never happened. 😉
  4. I mean... I get the sentiment, but when reverting this change is tantamount to rescinding support for solo'ers... it's not cool. I'd love more mechanics in missions as well! But not if me having access to more mechanics actively penalizes players who don't play the way I do. That goes directly against the spirit of what I like about this game.
  5. I think as long as we're talking Grandville contacts, it would be criminal (Ha HA!) not to mention Westin Phipps (40-44). His storyline isn't so much related to anyone else's so much as it's some of the nastiest, ugliest, most horrifying, skin-crawling villainy in all the Rogue Isles. I haaaate Phipps! 🙂 ---- GREAT work on this guide @Gulbasaur, I know you've been agonizing over it for a long time now, so seeing it finally come to fruition means a lot. Thank you!
  6. I LOVE 'End of the Line' from Boomtown. Kate's got that (she's a tanker), and I really like having a badge that's basically, "the buck stops right goddamn here." It feels really cool. I also really just like badging on what's appropriate. I don't really get flaunting a random hard badge just 'cause it's hard. In fact, if the perfect badge is easy to get, so much the better! It's really just about what makes the best tagline for my characters.
  7. Using one of the above? Savage or Kat / Bio. Those are the only ones I'd consider to be placeable in the "OP" (or, alternatively, top tier / best of the best) category. TW / Bio is of course the Crown Prince. WM / Bio's not far behind that. But Sav and Kat are easily the best sets from the ones you listed and pair great with Bio, which, let's be real: we're doing if you want crazy strong. ----- But... if you want my 2 cents... play what sounds fun. If this is your first Scrapper out of 40 characters, just pick something that you think will grab you. Worry about being OP later 🙂
  8. As long as we're talking Elude, something I would like to see (in its place? In addition to a weaker version of what's already there? idk), would be SR's T9 giving not only another small boost to Recharge and Speed, but also inflict a PBAOE -Rch -Spd as well. It'd be a cool take on the "speedster in a slowmo scene" thing that movies like to do, and emulates that feeling of "I'm reacting faster than anyone else possibly can." But yeah, I generally agree with what's said previously. T9s kind of need to do something special for the set. ESPECIALLY for a set as linear as SR is, that T9 needs to provides something flashy, useful, and DIFFERENT. There has to be a really really tasty draw that isn't just "I give this set more of what it already does amazingly well." I also don't think T9s should have crashes unless they are truly absolutely stellar. Absolutely stellar as in, better than anything we already have on any set. Blast sets aren't punished for using their T9s. Neither are control sets. Neither are support sets. And neither are melee sets. Only armor sets are. If you want to make them tactical, just keep 'em on a long cd.
  9. Please take this in the good spirit it's meant, but all I could think of was
  10. ooooh. This is tasty. Edit: and replying to @00Troy00and/or @11Troy11(there's two of you?), Mystic Flight is mainly personal pref, but enabling an extra health slot for Preventive Medicine via Spirit Ward is also a plus - it essentially converts a power choice (that I wasn't using) into an extra slot.
  11. This character is the result of a lot of tinkering over time, so I didn't track costs, but it's a lot. I'm using very few sets that even run under 4-5mil/piece. You're probably talking close to a billion inf ballpark, maybe less. You can shave the costs down a whole bunch by dropping Winters and purples in favor of more Mako's Bites, Touch of Deaths, and the like. That'll still get you a very good build that'll sit around 51% defenses with hide up, with better resists and health. I was running something like that for a long time and it was very very serviceable. And then you can work on Winters as you can afford it.
  12. Sounds a lot like you have similar goals to mine when I was building my StJ/SR. Hero Plan by Mids' Reborn : Hero Designer https://github.com/Crytilis/mids-reborn-hero-designer Click this DataLink to open the build! Tiger Moth: Level 50 Magic Stalker Primary Power Set: Street Justice Secondary Power Set: Super Reflexes Power Pool: Sorcery Power Pool: Fighting Power Pool: Speed Power Pool: Leadership Ancillary Pool: Body Mastery Hero Profile: Level 1: Initial Strike -- Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg(A), Mk'Bit-Dmg/EndRdx(3), Mk'Bit-Dmg/Rchg(3), Mk'Bit-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(5), Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(39), Mk'Bit-Dam%(46) Level 1: Hide -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(37), ShlWal-Def/EndRdx(48) Level 2: Sweeping Cross -- SprAvl-Acc/Dmg(A), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(5), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(7), SprAvl-Dmg/EndRdx(7), SprAvl-Rchg/KDProc(9), FuroftheG-ResDeb%(9) Level 4: Focused Fighting -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def(25), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(31) Level 6: Assassin's Strike -- SprStlGl-Acc/Dmg(A), SprStlGl-Dmg/Rchg(11), SprStlGl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(11), SprStlGl-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(13), SprStlGl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(13), SprStlGl-Rchg/Hide%(15) Level 8: Build Up -- GssSynFr--ToHit(A), GssSynFr--ToHit/Rchg(15), GssSynFr--ToHit/Rchg/EndRdx(17), GssSynFr--Rchg/EndRdx(17), GssSynFr--ToHit/EndRdx(19), GssSynFr--Build%(19) Level 10: Focused Senses -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def(31), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(34), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg(40), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(42) Level 12: Agile -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def(36), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(36) Level 14: Mystic Flight -- WntGif-ResSlow(A) Level 16: Practiced Brawler -- EndRdx-I(A) Level 18: Spinning Strike -- SprAssMar-Acc/Dmg(A), SprAssMar-Dmg/Rchg(21), SprAssMar-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(21), SprAssMar-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(23), SprAssMar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(23), SprAssMar-Rchg/Rchg Build Up(25) Level 20: Dodge -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(48), LucoftheG-Def(50) Level 22: Kick -- OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg(A), OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg/End(46), OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg/End/Rech(46) Level 24: Tough -- GldArm-3defTpProc(A), StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(45), UnbGrd-Max HP%(45) Level 26: Shin Breaker -- AchHee-ResDeb%(A), SprBlsCol-Acc/Dmg(27), SprBlsCol-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(27), SprBlsCol-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(29), SprBlsCol-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(29), SprBlsCol-Rchg/HoldProc(31) Level 28: Quickness -- Run-I(A) Level 30: Weave -- Rct-Def(A), Rct-Def/EndRdx(36), Rct-EndRdx/Rchg(37), Rct-Def/Rchg(37), Rct-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(43), Rct-ResDam%(43) Level 32: Crushing Uppercut -- Hct-Dmg(A), Hct-Dam%(33), Hct-Dmg/EndRdx(33), Hct-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(33), Hct-Acc/Rchg(34), UnbCns-Dam%(34) Level 35: Evasion -- RedFrt-Def/EndRdx(A), RedFrt-Def/Rchg(40), RedFrt-EndRdx/Rchg(40), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(42), RedFrt-Def(42), RedFrt-EndRdx(43) Level 38: Superior Conditioning -- PrfShf-End%(A), PrfShf-EndMod(48) Level 41: Physical Perfection -- PrfShf-End%(A), PrfShf-EndMod(50) Level 44: Hasten -- RechRdx-I(A), RechRdx-I(45) Level 47: Spirit Ward -- Prv-Absorb%(A) Level 49: Assault -- EndRdx-I(A) Level 1: Assassination Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A) Level 1: Quick Form Level 1: Prestige Power Dash -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Slide -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Quick -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Rush -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Surge -- Empty(A) Level 1: Sprint -- Run-I(A) Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A) Level 4: Ninja Run Level 2: Swift -- Run-I(A) Level 2: Health -- Pnc-Heal/+End(A), Mrc-Rcvry+(39), NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(50) Level 2: Hurdle -- Jump-I(A) Level 2: Stamina -- PrfShf-EndMod(A), PrfShf-End%(39) Level 50: Musculature Core Paragon Level 50: Vorpal Core Final Judgement Level 50: Assault Core Embodiment Level 50: Rebirth Radial Epiphany Level 1: Combo Level 1 Level 1: Combo Level 2 Level 1: Combo Level 3 Level 50: Vanguard Core Superior Ally Level 50: Degenerative Core Flawless Interface ------------ Incarnate Softcapped defense, or so close it doesn't really matter (59/57/58) Enough End management to solo a GM with only a single blue Hasten is not perma, but is only a second and a bit off. Given that I have Practiced Brawler on autofire *anyway*, I've never felt like it matters. If not tanky enough for you, you can easily swap out Assault and the 2 slots in Kick for 3-slotted Rune of Protection.
  13. Wish granted - our defaults are now Young Male Face 5 and Young Female Face 15
  14. I do a lot of name-based names (ie Crater Kate), which allow you to get great alliteration going, sound very super, and give a lot of flexibility with concept. However, I do have a handful (on Everlasting) that I am super proud to have: Tiger Moth Crowning Glory Snowfire Thunderstreak (The) Consciousness Soul Sister Tanager Checkerboard
  15. Not when you build for it, it wouldn't. SR is an INCREDIBLE set on Tankers, and a big part of that is the sheer amount of freedom the set gives you on little investment. When you also have the Storm Kick +def, you can do some disgusting things on minimal investment, things that few other combos can even dream of. For instance, if you so desired, you can build a Tanker that very blindly chases +Dam: Hero Plan by Mids' Reborn : Hero Designer https://github.com/Crytilis/mids-reborn-hero-designer Click this DataLink to open the build! Level 50 Natural Tanker Primary Power Set: Super Reflexes Secondary Power Set: Martial Arts Power Pool: Speed Power Pool: Experimentation Power Pool: Fighting Power Pool: Leadership Ancillary Pool: Energy Mastery Hero Profile: Level 1: Focused Fighting -- RedFrt-Def(A), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx(3), RedFrt-Def/Rchg(3), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(9), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(45), RedFrt-EndRdx(46) Level 1: Thunder Kick -- Mk'Bit-Dam%(A), Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg(13), Mk'Bit-Dmg/EndRdx(13), Mk'Bit-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(15), SprMghoft-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(15), SprMghoft-Dmg/Rchg(17) Level 2: Storm Kick -- OvrFrc-End/Rech(A), OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg(17), OvrFrc-Dmg/End/Rech(19), SprGntFis-Rchg/+Absorb(19), SprMghoft-Rchg/Res%(31), SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(31) Level 4: Focused Senses -- RedFrt-Def(A), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx(9), RedFrt-Def/Rchg(11), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(11), Rct-ResDam%(43), RedFrt-EndRdx(50) Level 6: Practiced Brawler -- Empty(A) Level 8: Hasten -- RechRdx-I(A), RechRdx-I(39) Level 10: Agile -- RedFrt-Def(A), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx(34), RedFrt-Def/Rchg(34), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(36), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(45), RedFrt-EndRdx(48) Level 12: Evasion -- RedFrt-Def(A), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx(37), RedFrt-Def/Rchg(37), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(37), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(45), RedFrt-EndRdx(48) Level 14: Speed of Sound -- Clr-Stlth(A), Clr-RunSpd(42) Level 16: Dodge -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A) Level 18: Lucky -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A) Level 20: Dragon's Tail -- Arm-Dam%(A), Arm-Dmg/EndRdx(21), Arm-Dmg(21), OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg/End(23), OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg/End/Rech(23), OvrFrc-Dam/KB(25) Level 22: Crane Kick -- Mk'Bit-Dam%(A), Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg(25), Mk'Bit-Dmg/EndRdx(27), Mk'Bit-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(27), SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg(29), SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(29) Level 24: Kick -- Mk'Bit-Dam%(A), Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(43), Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg(46), Mk'Bit-Dmg/EndRdx(46) Level 26: Quickness -- Run-I(A) Level 28: Tough -- GldArm-3defTpProc(A), StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(36), UnbGrd-Max HP%(36) Level 30: Weave -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(31) Level 32: Toxic Dart -- Apc-Dmg(A), Apc-Dmg/Rchg(33), Apc-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(33), Apc-Dmg/EndRdx(33), Apc-Dam%(34), GldJvl-Dam%(48) Level 35: Crippling Axe Kick -- AchHee-ResDeb%(A), Hct-Dmg(40), Hct-Dmg/Rchg(40), Hct-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(40), Hct-Dmg/EndRdx(42), Hct-Dam%(42) Level 38: Focus Chi -- GssSynFr--Build%(A), RechRdx-I(39), RechRdx-I(39) Level 41: Adrenal Booster -- AdjTrg-Rchg(A), AdjTrg-EndRdx/Rchg(43) Level 44: Assault -- EndRdx-I(A) Level 47: Conserve Power -- RechRdx-I(A) Level 49: Physical Perfection -- NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(A), NmnCnv-Heal(50), NmnCnv-Heal/EndRdx(50) Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A) Level 1: Gauntlet Level 1: Prestige Power Dash -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Slide -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Quick -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Rush -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Surge -- Empty(A) Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A) Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A) Level 4: Ninja Run Level 2: Swift -- Empty(A) Level 2: Health -- Pnc-Heal/+End(A), RgnTss-Regen+(5), Mrc-Rcvry+(5), Prv-Absorb%(7), Prv-Heal(7) Level 2: Hurdle -- Empty(A) Level 2: Stamina -- PrfShf-End%(A) Level 50: Musculature Core Paragon Level 50: Assault Core Embodiment Level 50: Degenerative Core Flawless Interface Level 50: Rebirth Radial Epiphany ------------ ... running you a passive +56% damage, with Adrenal Booster and Focus Chi on top of it. Hasten is near perma, and with Storm Kick, you are still hitting incarnate softcap in defense and stacking decent resists behind it. This is a VERY aggressive +dam chase on a first pass, and the end result is STILL decent at Tanking. Freedom is the name of the game here.
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