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I played radiation sonic for a while and felt very powerful as a second support, but had trouble carrying the load if I was the sole defender. Things like mobs being spread out or my anchor running away could lead to a dead teammate without feeling like there was much I could do. After grouping with a rad defender on my 50 and finding he had the same problems, even at that level, I started trying out other defenders as my support main (used strictly for grouping).


I tried a bunch of different "healer" supports that I felt could handle being the only support in a group and wound up enjoying thermal the best. Nature came close, but I don't particularly like that cone heal. I also liked dark, but felt it went too heavy on the control powers near the end of the power set. Thermal is an active healer that gives me two heals and a nice set of buffs/debuffs. Sonic I'm taking because of that awesome secondary that really helps in groups.


I plan to take almost everything out of the thermal tree (it all looks good) and only a few sonic powers (probably the three single target nukes and then howl to spread around -res to a group). But, when it comes to sets and regular/epic power pools I'm at a bit of a loss.

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I played a sonic/thermal corrupter back before game went down. I was happy to reroll this one as a defender because everything both sets have to offer love defender mods.


This build has softcapped ranged defense with a resist shield and enough recharge to forge 6-7 people. Spiritual Core Paragon is very important for this build.

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Level 50 Magic Defender

Primary Power Set: Thermal Radiation

Secondary Power Set: Sonic Attack

Power Pool: Speed

Power Pool: Leaping

Power Pool: Leadership

Ancillary Pool: Dark Mastery


Hero Profile:

Level 1: Warmth -- NmnCnv-Heal/EndRdx(A), NmnCnv-EndRdx/Rchg(3), NmnCnv-Heal/Rchg(3), NmnCnv-Heal(5), NmnCnv-Heal/EndRdx/Rchg(5), NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(11)

Level 1: Shriek -- SprVglAss-Rchg/+Absorb(A), Apc-Dam%(7), SprVglAss-Acc/Dmg(13), SprVglAss-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(15)

Level 2: Cauterize -- Prv-Heal(A), Prv-Heal/EndRdx(15), Prv-EndRdx/Rchg(17), Prv-Heal/Rchg(17), Prv-Heal/Rchg/EndRdx(19), Prv-Absorb%(19)

Level 4: Howl -- SprDfnBst-Acc/Dmg(A), SprDfnBst-Rchg/Heal%(13), SprDfnBst-Dmg/Rchg(25), SprDfnBst-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(27), SprDfnBst-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(27), SprDfnBst-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(33)

Level 6: Thermal Shield -- ResDam-I(A), ResDam-I(7)

Level 8: Plasma Shield -- StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(A), GldArm-3defTpProc(9), GldArm-ResDam(9)

Level 10: Power of the Phoenix -- Stp-Acc/Rchg(A), Stp-EndRdx/Stun(11), Stp-Acc/EndRdx(34), Stp-Stun/Rng(40), Stp-KB%(40), Stp-Acc/Stun/Rchg(43)

Level 12: Hasten -- RechRdx-I(A)

Level 14: Super Speed -- BlsoftheZ-ResKB(A), BlsoftheZ-Travel/EndRdx(33)

Level 16: Shout -- Thn-Acc/Dmg(A), Thn-Dmg/EndRdx(21), Thn-Dmg/Rchg(21), Thn-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(23), Thn-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(23), Thn-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(25)

Level 18: Forge -- AdjTrg-ToHit(A), AdjTrg-ToHit/Rchg(34), AdjTrg-ToHit/EndRdx/Rchg(39), AdjTrg-EndRdx/Rchg(37), AdjTrg-Rchg(40)

Level 20: Amplify -- RechRdx-I(A)

Level 22: Thaw -- UnbGrd-Max HP%(A)

Level 24: Combat Jumping -- LucoftheG-Rchg+(A), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(33), Rct-ResDam%(45)

Level 26: Heat Exhaustion -- Acc-I(A)

Level 28: Maneuvers -- LucoftheG-Rchg+(A), RedFrt-Def(29), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx(29), RedFrt-EndRdx(31), RedFrt-Def/Rchg(31), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(31)

Level 30: Assault -- EndRdx-I(A)

Level 32: Melt Armor -- Acc-I(A), RechRdx-I(34)

Level 35: Screech -- Stp-Acc/Rchg(A), Stp-EndRdx/Stun(36), Stp-Acc/EndRdx(36), Stp-Stun/Rng(36), Stp-Acc/Stun/Rchg(37), Stp-KB%(37)

Level 38: Dreadful Wail -- SprVglAss-Dmg/Rchg(A), SprVglAss-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(39), SprVglAss-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(39)

Level 41: Oppressive Gloom -- Stp-Acc/Rchg(A), Stp-EndRdx/Stun(42), Stp-Acc/EndRdx(42), Stp-Stun/Rng(42), Stp-Acc/Stun/Rchg(43), Stp-KB%(43)

Level 44: Dark Embrace -- ResDam-I(A), ResDam-I(45)

Level 47: Soul Transfer -- Stp-Acc/Rchg(A), Stp-EndRdx/Stun(48), Stp-Acc/EndRdx(48), Stp-Acc/Stun/Rchg(50), Stp-Stun/Rng(50), Stp-KB%(50)

Level 49: Vengeance -- LucoftheG-Rchg+(A)

Level 1: Brawl -- Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg(A), Mk'Bit-Dmg/EndRdx(45), Mk'Bit-Dmg/Rchg(46), Mk'Bit-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(46), Mk'Bit-Dam%(46), Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(48)

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 -- Clr-Stlth(A)

Level 1: Vigilance

Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A)

Level 4: Ninja Run

Level 2: Swift -- Run-I(A)

Level 2: Health -- Mrc-Rcvry+(A)

Level 2: Hurdle -- Jump-I(A)

Level 2: Stamina -- EndMod-I(A)

Level 50: Spiritual Core Paragon






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