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Last Update: 8/112019  (Internal links repaired.  Please notify me if any are still faulty.)

 

This is an index of Player Guides, for players, by players.  Thank you to everyone that contributes.

This is a resurrection of Zombie Man's pre-shutdown Guide to Guides.  You can find The undead Guide to the Guides  (Zombie Man 4-21-12, [i23]) on the web archive.  Its full of all the pre-shutdown guides that countless players wrote and an excellent resource.  This Index will be focused on the material written for the I26 Homecoming servers.

 

[glow=yellow,2,300]Mirrors to be found at <placeholder> and <web.archive placeholder>.[/glow]

 

Information on contributing is in section one, the first linked post.

This post contains the links to the Index subsections below, allowing quick navigation to the links to the guides.  Click the header to be on your way.

I. Introduction: The Guide Index.

II. Before You Start -Preparing to Play

Manuals, New Player's Guides, Account Information, Overviews.

Homecoming - What's new with City of Heroes

Homecoming Account Info

Beginner Guides

Tips

Guideposts for long range planning

Character Creation

Names and Titles

Rolling Role-Players

Origins

Alternative Characters

Costume

Hero/Villain Planners

III. Archetypes, Powersets, Powers and Builds

Guide to Archetype and Powersets

Heroes (Blaster, Controller, Defender, Scrapper, Tanker, Kheldian)

Villains (Brute, Corruptor, Dominator, Mastermind, Stalker, Soldiers of Arachnos)

New  (Sentinel)

Pool Powers

Travel Powers

Other Pool Powers

Ancillary/Patron Pool Powers

Specific Powers & Character Concepts

What Archetypes Can Do

Powers used by Several ATs

Character Concepts

In General

Incarnate System

General

Incarnate Powers and Slots

IV. Operating Your Game - How To Make Things Go

Commands

User Interface

Binds & Macros

How To Bind & Macro

Binds for Specific Purposes

Travel Binds

Remapping

V. Communicating With Others

Playing Nicely

Know Where and How to Speak

Understanding One Another

Sying it With Style

VI. Combat Mechanics

Introduction to Combat

Defense, Accuracy, and To-Hit

Damage, Experience, Rewards and Leveling

Health and Endurance

Other Combat Mechanics

Control, Aggro and Strategy

Pulling

Managing Aggro

VII. Foes

Combating the Environment (PvE)

Giant Monsters

ArchVillains and the Hero class

Foes in General and other Specific Foes

Combating Other Players (PvP)

VIII. Missions

Contacts, Difficulty, and Missions in General

Mayhem and Safeguard, Schemes and Policebands

Specific Missions

Trials, Raids, Events, and Task/Strike -Forces

Hero Content

Villain Content

Shared Content

Respecification Trials

The Hamidon Raids

Lord Recluse Strike Force

Miss Liberty Task Force

Ouroboros and Flashback

Going Rogue and Praetoria

Alignment System

IX. Teams, Groups, and Bases

Teaming

How to form a team

How to run a team- leader tips

Team Strategy

Knowing Your Teammates Capabilities

Voice Communication

Super (Villain) Groups and Bases

Creating a group

Creating a Base

Base Salvage and Crafting (Not applicable in the Homecoming fork.)

X Powers -Enhancements and Respecification

Enhancements

Respecification

XI. Inventions - Enhancements, Recipes, "Loot" and the Market

Inventions in General

Invention Salvage, Recipes, and Drops

The Consignment Markets and Economy

XII. Other Game Systems

Badges

Setting Badge Title

How to Get a Specific Badge

How to get a Specific Badge Set

Badge Lists

Badge Trackers

Arena and Gladiator

Day Jobs

Mission Architect

XIII. The In-Game World - Tale of Three Cities

Background, Storybook, and Lore

Areas and Zones and other Places

Finding Yourself

Hero Zones

Villain Zones

Praetorian Zones

Shared Zones

XIV. The Out of Character Experience

Community History, Customs and Culture

Leading by (Bad) Example

Comic Books and "The Industry"

XV. Looking Under the Hood - Advanced Mechanics

3rd Party Customization (maps, graphics, sounds, fonts, icons)

Screenshots, Demos, Videos

Computers & PeripheralsHomecoming Development

XVI. Getting Help and Other Resources

Official Channels

Using the Homecoming Forums

Other Websites with Guides and Further Information

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Update 8/8/19
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I. Introduction: The Guide Index

 

Player Guide Forum and the Guide Index Thread

This is an index of the Guides created for City of Heroes Homecoming, here in the Guide Forums.  This Index is primarily for new material created for I26: Homecoming and beyond.

 

If you make a player guide, please place a copy in the forums, even if you are hosting a copy elsewhere.  It will help prevent dead links and will make backups through Archive.org (and any other mirroring) more consistent.

 

This Thread is the Guide Index, a collection of links to guides in the guide forum.

 

Writing Guides

If you have written a guide, please let us know by posting a line in this thread.  Do us a favor, and use 24pt size to call attention to it.  Listing what section you believe your guide belongs in would also speed its inclusion in the index.

 

Please do not post the guide itself in this thread.  Start a new one in this forum, then post a link to it in this thread.  When you title your guide, make sure its purpose is clear.  Puns are wonderful, but if anyone is going to find it, we still need to know what its about.  It will be helpful to list what issue the guide was written for.  Homecoming starts with [i26], but [i24] and [i25] servers are in the wild, and an [i27] isn't unlikely. 

 

Finding Guides

If you have general questions or requests for guides, please make them in the Architype or General forums.  This thread, and the Guides section are primarily archival in nature.

 

If you are looking for a specific topic, you don't need to rely on this thread's internal links.  Your browser search function (commonly brought up with ctrl+f) can find a specific topic or even cycle you through by Issue tag.

 

If that doesn't help, try using the search function of the forum.  Advice can be found all over the community.

 

As new guides are added to the thread, we'll try to get to adding them to the Guide Index proper.  But data entry is boring and CoH is right there.  So expect significant gaps between updates.

 

Reader Beware

These guides are for players, by players, so are filled with lots of opinion.  Many guides will contain factual information, but even though we have access to the program these days plenty of old myths still crop up from time to time.  Old information is often outdated and incorrect, pay attention to the Issue and date when looking for guides.  Particularly if you use the old Guide to Guide, its 7 years out of date!

 

Updating Guides

Going foreward we encourage everyone to revisit and update their guides.  Just checking once each issue to make sure nothing changed and updated your guide's Issue tag can help players be confident that they're getting updated information.

You may even find others have provided useful advice, builds and commentary in your thread that warrant inclusion.  Go ahead and create a brand new thread with your update, include the new material and give credit where credit is due.  Link your new guide here and in your old guide too.

 

If you want to update a guide that has gone inactive (including this one!) copy what you need to your own thread, give credit  (Thanks Zombie Man!), link back to the original (like this did), and link to it in the Guide Index.

 

 

 

 

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II. Before You Start - Preparing to Play

 

Manuals, New Players' Guides, Accunt Info, and Overviews

Official City of Heroes Manual Archived

Official City of Villains Manual Archived

Other Official Guides

(Thanks, Troo!)

Homecoming - What's New with City of Heroes

Homecoming Account Information

Beginner Guides

            The Holy Trinity Isn't.  Advice for veterans of other MMOs [i26] Zolgar

            "So What's Good?": Advice for NEw Players [i26] Zumberge

Tips

Guideposts for Long Range Planning

 

Character Creation

Names and Titles

Rolling Role-Players

Origins

Alternative Characters

Costume

Hero/Villain Planners

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III. Archetypes, Powersets, Powers and Builds

Guide to Archetype and Powerset

Heroes (Blaster, Controller, Defender, Scrapper, Tanker, Kheldian)

Invulnerability Tankers- the first 20 levels[i26] Call Me Awesome

Invulnerability Tankers - Soft Cap Defense [i26] Call Me Awesome

Fire/Storm (Controller) &nbsp;The Only Way to Burn [i26] Harlequin565

En/En (Blaster) The Murder Bunny  [i26] Harlequin565  

Villains (Brute, Corruptor, Dominator, Mastermind, Stalker, Soldiers of Arachnos)

         The Homecoming of Sandolphan's &nbsp;MM Numpad binds [i26] Warlawk

         Lobsters Guide to Picking a Dominator Secondary  [i26] lobster

         Lobster's Guide to Mastermind Epic Pools   [i26] lobster

         More Than Just a Ninja: A Guide to Stalkers  [i26] Croax

New!  (Sentinel)

        Sunsette's Guide to the Energy Blast Sentinel [i26] Sunsette

Collabrative Project: A guide to Sentinel Sets   [i26] Community <Work in Progress!>

Pool Powers

Travel Powers

Other Pool Powers

Ancillary/Patron Pool Powers

Specific Powers & Character Concepts

What Archetypes Can Do

Powers used by Several ATs

Support Set Overview[i26] Inco

List of Thematic Powers [i26] LaconicLemur

Character Concepts

         Farm Fresh Builds! &nbsp;Farming focused builds [i26] Warlawk

In General

Incarnate System

General

Early Incarnates Mini Guide [i26] LKMarleigh

Incarnate Powers and Slots

Hybrid Slot, Assault Radial vs. Core [i26] Cheli

Homecoming Incarnate Guide a.k.a Incarnates made easy [i26] jimjimjimmeh

Edited by KnightSoul
Update 8/8/19

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IV. Operating Your Game - How To Make Things Go

Commands

User Interface

Silencing/Modifying specific game sounds [i26] Oubliette_Red

Advanced Buff Bar Filtering [i?] Adeon Hawkwood

Fixing that Tiny Text in the Information Window (A Guide Comparison) [i26] Dallayna

Reconfiguring your alt's HUD [i26] Shenanigunner

Binds & Macros

How To Bind & Macro

Macros for the Masses (and keybinds too!) [i26] TrexelCat

Binds for Specific Purposes

The Inspiration Maker's Guide [i26] Microcosm

PnP Macro/Keybind setub [i26] hooliganj

Priority targets - quite possibly the most useful macro you will ever make  [i26] Zolgar

Ninja Run Bind file set. [i26] Ashlocke

Travel Binds

Remapping

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V. Communicating With Others

Playing Nicely

Know Where and How to Speak

Understanding One Another

Sying it With Style

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VI. Combat Mechanics

Introduction to Combat

        How notto Visit the Hospital -Layered Resilience in CoH. [i26]marcussmythe

Defense, Accuracy, and To-Hit

        The Best Defense - Beginner's Advice for IOs, Builds, and Survivability [i26] Cheli

Damage, Experience, Rewards and Leveling

Health and Endurance

        A Guide to Health & Regeneration and how they work [i26]  Harlequin565

Other Combat Mechanics

        Recharge and you [i26] The math of recharge  Zolgar

Control, Aggro and Strategy

Pulling

Managing Aggro

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VII. Foes

Combating the Environment (PvE)

Giant Monsters

ArchVillains and the Hero class

Foes in General and other Specific Foes

Combating Other Players (PvP)

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VIII. Missions

Contacts, Difficulty, and Missions in General

Incredibly Useful Contacts/Mission ARcs You Won't Want to Miss [i26] Amidamaru

Blueside Critical Path [i26] Almafeta

Basic Guide for leveling in CoH [i26] Foxfyre

Loyalist <-> Resistance... switching alignments EVERY TIME for Praetorians [i26] Redlynne

Mayhem and Safeguard, Schemes and Policebands

Specific Missions

Trials, Raids, Events, and Task/Strike -Forces

Hero Content

Villain Content

Shared Content

Respecification Trials

The Hamidon Raids

Comprehensive Guide to Hami Raiding [i26] Foxfyre

Lord Recluse Strike Force

Miss Liberty Task Force

Ouroboros and Flashback

Ouroboros Flashback Badge Guide [i26] Almafeta

Going Rogue and Praetoria

Alignment System

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IX. Teams, Groups, and Bases

Teaming

How to form a team

How to run a team- leader tips

Team Strategy

Knowing Your Teammates Capabilities

Voice Communication

Super (Villain) Groups and Bases

Creating a group

Creating a Base

Base Salvage and Crafting

(Not applicable in the Homecoming fork.)

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XI. Inventions - Enhancements, Recipes, "Loot" and the Market

Inventions in General

Guide to Cost Effectiveness of IOs vs SOs [i26] Erydanus

Nic's Guide to IOs With IMPACT! [i26] Nic Mercy

A quick and dirty crash course in Enhancement Converters [i26] Zolgar

Attuning/Catalyzing Enhancements [i26] Venture

Invention Salvage, Recipes, and Drops

The Consignment Markets and Economy

"I can't afford enchancements." A simple guide for making money at lower levels. [i26] Zolgar

Enhancements, Inventions, and Consignments.  Oh my! [i26] khy

How to Make Millions on the Market in Minutes [i26] Robotech_Master

A P2W Store Primer

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XII. Other Game Systems

Badges

Setting Badge Title

How to Get a Specific Badge

How to get a Specific Badge Set

Badge Lists

Badge Trackers

Arena and Gladiator

Day Jobs

Mission Architect

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XIII. The In-Game World - Tale of Three Cities

Background, Storybook, and Lore

Areas and Zones and other Places

Finding Yourself

Hero Zones

Villain Zones

Praetorian Zones

Shared Zones

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XV. Looking Under the Hood - Advanced Mechanics

3rd Party Customization (maps, graphics, sounds, fonts, icons)

Give your UI a facelift: replacing the CoH fonts with your own [i26] GM Capocollo

Ashlocke's Handy Menu Ashlocke

Silencing/Modifying Specific Game Sounds [i26] Oubliette Red

Screenshots, Demos, Videos

Computers & Peripherals

Homecoming Development

Edited by KnightSoul
Update 8/8/19

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And the Guide Index is open for business.  There's bound to be mistakes I missed, so please point them out, I don't have an editor.  I spent 5 minutes trying to get a link to work right only to discover a line above was missing its close tag, so my a'brain is a'pudding.

 

If the amount of guides grows, I'll really want to go with the old Guide to Guides method of having other people maintain separate AT guides and link to them.  But two Invulnerability Tanker guides is well within what I can cope with. 

 

At this point the Guide Index should cover all the guides in the Guides section of the forum.  If there are any in the AT sections, I ain't looking!

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You can add my guide to Silencing/Modifying specific game sounds into the XV. Looking Under the Hood - Advanced Mechanics

 

Also, it appears that you redirect hyperlink are not sending users to the proper post within your thread, it just send you to the top of the thread. Redirects within a thread were a pain in the Legacy forums, they are a lot easier now.

 

To re-direct within the thread, rt-click on the posted time for the desired post and 'copy link location', then paste it when adding a link to any text. So if you click on my link above to XV. Looking Under the Hood - Advanced Mechanics  it will redirect you up to the XV post rather than the top of the thread

 

Edited by Oubliette_Red

Dislike certain sounds? Head down to Silence/Modify specific sounds in Guides.

"You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means."

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Please add the following threads

III. Archetypes, Powersets, Powers and Builds > Mastermind

Numpad binds for Masterminds

 

III. Archetypes, Powersets, Powers and Builds > Specific Powers & Character Concepts (Farmer builds)

A collection of Farming focused builds


Numpad binds for Masterminds - A collection of Farming focused builds - MM /Time guide for all primaries

@Zen Warlawk on Indomitable, @Warlawk#1697 in discord.

Currently struggling with health problems. Gaming time nonexistent.

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I was waiting to see what was going on with the new forums before changing things.  All the internal links broke during the change over.  Doesn't look like we'll be getting further chaos.  I hope.

Since there are submissions, I'll get about to putting them in this weekend.  > Inserted all the new work.  Thank you all for recommending the topics, it made it smoother than it would otherwise have been.

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