Chosen during Character Creation, a player's Powers determine the player's abilities, combat strategy and role in groups.
Each power set has two ability trees that the player can specialize in. One tree focuses on Damage attacks, and the other tree focuses on the character's alternate role (Controller, Tank, Healer). Players get 1 point to spend in power trees every even level for a total of 15 power points at level 30. Additional active powers can be gained by spending skill points in the character's Movement Mode skill tree.
Fire, Ice & Earth – These are Tank roles with higher defense or health. In group content these characters are responsible for keeping the group safe by attracting enemies' attention and absorbing their attacks. A Tank in PVP has an advantage against Gadgets, Mental, Light and Quantum users.
Gadgets, Mental, Light & Quantum – These are Controller roles. In group content these characters Control the flow of battle by providing group power and incapacitating enemies. A Controller in PVP has an advantage against Nature, Sorcery and Electricity users.Sorcery, Nature, & Electricity – These are Healer roles. In group content these characters are responsible for keeping the group alive by distributing health to the group members. A Healer in PVP has an advantage against Fire, Ice and Earth users.
See Also: List of Quantum Powers
Manipulate time, control gravity and twist the very fabric of space itself! Characters using Quantum Powers can slow down opponents, change their density, or even teleport behind them by altering time, manipulating gravity, and folding space. Access to Quantum powers is included in the Origin Crisis DLC. Quantum powers have two distinct specializations:
Control the flow of time and control your enemies futures! Specializing in this tree grants +1% Critical Attack Chance and +35 Power
Bring your enemies to their knees by manipulating space and generating graviton fields! Specializing in this tree grants +5% Critical Attack Damage and +10 Vitalization.
See Also: List of Earth Powers
Characters that choose earth will rumble on to the scene and shake things up. Earth Powers can be used for both Tanking and Damage and features a Tanking mechanic that defers damage to a player’s summoned Golem. Access to Earth powers is included in the Battle for Earth DLC. Earth powers have two distinct specializations:
Geokinesis abilities give players the ability to shape Earthen constructs to crush enemies and reinforce allies. Specializing in this tree grants +1% Critical Attack Chance and +35 Health.
Seismic abilities allow players to call mighty, Earth-shaking forces to rattle and daze opponents. Specializing in this tree grants +5% Critical Attack Damage and +25 Health.
See Also: List of Electricity Powers
Characters that choose electricity will imbue themselves with lightning. Electricity characters use these powers to shock their enemies or revitalize allies. They also want to spread their electricity so they can do as much damage to groups as possible. Access to Electricity Powers is included in the Lightning Strikes DLC. Electricity powers have two distinct specializations:
Voltage powers will electrify your enemies and resuscitate your allies. Specializing in this tree grants +1% Critical Attack Chance and +2% Critical Healing Chance.
Amperage powers are based on electrostatic forces. Specializing in this tree grants +5% Critical Attack Damage and +5% Critical Healing Magnitude.
See Also: List of Light Powers
Characters with the light power will find themselves wielding the power rings of the Green Lantern or Sinestro corps, for heroes and villains respectively. Heroes wield the green power of Will, while Villains use the yellow power of Fear. Light characters can chain deadly and devastating combinations called Construct Combos by using a power followed by certain weapon combos. Access to Light powers is included in the Fight for the Light DLC. Light powers have two distinct specializations:
Assault your enemies with hard light constructs! Smash a train into your enemy, or even slice them with a chain saw, the light powers are great for assault. Specializing in this tree grants +1% Critical Attack Chance and +35 Power.
Support powers center on keeping you and your teammates in the fight. Specializing in this tree grants +5% Critical Attack Damage and +10 Vitalization.
See Also: List of Fire Powers
Players who choose to wield the wild and unpredictable forces of fire have to be tough. Fire characters like to get up front and blast away at enemies, and therefore they tend to draw a lot of attention. They also want to spread their flames so they can do as much damage to groups as possible. Fire powers have two distinct specializations:
Immolation powers cause flames to well up around your character, causing damage to anyone in the vicinity. Immolation abilities also bolster your will to win, adding an extra element to help in combat. Specializing in this tree grants +1% Critical Attack Chance and +25 Health.
Flames burst forth, searing your opponents and their nearby allies. The damage from ignition powers become multiplied when used in tandem with other fire powers in clouds of smoke. Specializing in this tree grants +5% Critical Attack Damage and +35 Health.
See Also: List of Ice Powers
Characters that choose to master subzero temperatures make for challenging foes. During combat, ice wielders have the ability to lock down opponents who come within their chilling reach. These characters want to armor up and keep their enemies on ice through two unique paths:
Ice forms around you and enemy attacks don't seem to land. By using your powers to create defenses for yourself, you are a master of mitigating damage. When the occasional attack does strike true, the cold is passed on to your attacker, often freezing them in their tracks. Specializing in Cryogenics grants +1% Critical Attack Chance and +35 Health.
Icy winds dance at your command, allowing you to push and pull enemies around the battlefield. No one can escape your arctic blasts, which allows you to control the direction of the fight. Specializing in Storms grants +5% Critical Attack Damage and +25 Health
See Also: List of Mental Powers
Characters with the mental superpower are masters of mind over matter. Using their unique abilities, they can move objects with a thought to defend themselves or damage an enemy. They can also use the force of their will in more subtle ways, such as creating illusions to disorient and confuse. Mental characters love to be where the action is and control the battlefield with their minds. Mental powered characters can travel two mind-bending paths:
With the brute force of your will, you can create force fields that encase enemies or send them flying down the street. Specializing in Telekinesis grants +1% critical attack chance, and +35 Power.
By using your mental powers it is easy to make an enemy think you are someone else, creating opportunities for surprise attacks. Such power can even make an opponent think they see something that isn't there. Specializing in Illusion grants +5% critical attack damage, and +1 Stealth.
See Also: List of Nature Powers
Characters that choose the nature power will find themselves masters over primal forces. Nature characters draw upon these forces to keep their allies alive or wither their enemies away. When the battle gets really tough, they can also let the call of the wild surge through them and actually become a beast full of rage, cunning and animal instincts. Nature powers grow along two distinct branches:
Wield poisonous botanical powers to restrain and overwhelm your enemies and to soothe the wounds of allies! Specializing in this tree grants +5% critical attack damage and +2% critical healing chance.
Become a variety of frightening and fantastic animals to dominate enemies and aid allies in a particular form! Specializing in this tree grants +1% critical attack chances and +5% critical healing magnitude.
See Also: List of Sorcery Powers
Characters who wield the unseen forces of the universe hold the power of life and death in their hands. Sorcerers can doom enemies to failure or ensure their allies have the power to carry on the fight. They are ideal for combat support, often tipping the balance of a fight with their spells. Arcane powers often fall into two categories:
Drawn to your mystical power, fantastic arcane creatures never leave your side. Choose wisely which pet you summon, for each will behave according to the mystic forces that created it. Whether attacking, defending, or performing some other fantastic feat, legions of powerful minions are at your service. Specializing in Summoning grants +1% of critical attack chance and +2% critical healing chance.
The fate of many rests in your hands as you change the course of battle. Generate good or bad karma for you, your allies, or foes. Gathering these positive and negative energies allows you to elevate or enfeeble those around you. Specializing in Destiny grants +5% critical attack damage and +5% critical healing magnitude.
See Also: List of Gadget Powers
Characters with the gadget power will find themselves pulling out all manner of devices from their pockets and pouches. On the front lines, a well-placed gadget will help you control not only the enemy but the battlefield itself. Gadget characters are crafty and use their heads to place their devices strategically to achieve victory. The gadgeteer has two unique paths to follow:
Tricks are devices that you place in plain sight to deceive the enemy. By placing tricks, you cause the enemy to waste time and create openings for you and your team to seize victory. Specializing in Tricks grants +1% Critical Attack Chance and +35 Power.
Traps are devious devices that remain hidden until sprung. Stealthy devices that appear out of seemingly nowhere, Traps cause devastating damage. Specializing in Traps grants +5% Critical Attack Damage and +1 Stealth.
See Also: Iconic Powers
Iconic Powers are special powers, which are uniquely associated with specific DC Universe characters. Examples of iconic powers are Heat Vision, Word of Power, and Neo-Venom Boost, which are associated with Superman, Captain Marvel, and Bane, respectively. All characters can purchase iconic powers, regardless of the power set they chose at character creation.