Though many of the Exobytes have found their way to human hosts, more have gone dormant and begun to decay; turning into Exobits. Research and Development (R&D) is a new system, brought on by breakthroughs in nanite technology, that will allow Heroes and Villains to find and utilize these unclaimed Exobytes and create powerful Equipment Mods and Consumables.
- Main article: Exobit
In Gotham City, Central City and Metropolis, players can find Exobits laying around rooftops, on streets, and on beaches. 8 of an Exobit of a certain type will allow the player to create an Exobyte of that category.
- Main article: R&D Vendors
R&D Vendors are special NPC that can be found in each of the three wings (Meta/Meta, Tech/Tech and Magic/Magic) of the Watchtower and the Hall of Doom.
They allow players to purchase essential parts for creating items:
- Basic plans
- Equipment Interfaces of all levels, which are the basic elements to mix with Exobytes to obtain Equipment Mods or supply consumables.
- Main article: R&D Station
An R&D station is used to modify items, salvage items out of old items, and create new improved items, through the use of Exobytes.
In order to create new items and modifiers, players need to obtain Research and Development Plans from R&D Vendors. Some end of level bosses will also drop plans amongst their loot.
- Main article: Equipment Mods
Each gear, or armor, features a socket that can incorporate a modification item (equipment mod) to boost the gear's stats.
In addition, if the modification item matches the color of the socket, a bonus stat boost will also occur. The bonus stat boost is listed on the gear.
The mod color and the socket color do not need to be a perfect match (E.g. Placing a Red Mod in a Yellow Socket) but matching allows an extra affinity bonus to be achieved as described in the armor. The mod color is based on the types of exobits used in its construction.
- Main article: R&D Gear
For gear dropping as loot from Episode 15 to Episode 26 it is possible to assemble missing gear by buying R&D plans from episode vendors and collecting R&D parts by salvaging unneeded gear from the according episodes.
Levels of plansEdit
- Main article: Plans (Research and Development)
- Alpha - Level 1-19 plans dropped by bosses in level 1-19 content.
- Beta - Level 19-30 plans dropped by bosses in level 19-30 content.
- I - Tier 1 plans dropped by bosses in Tier 1 alerts and duos
- II - Tier 2 plans dropped by bosses in Tier 2 raids and alerts.
- III - Tier 3 plans dropped by bosses in Tier 3 raids, alerts and duo.
- IV - Tier 4 plans dropped by bosses in the Themyscira:Gates of Tartarus raid.
- V - Tier 5 plans dropped by bosses in the Tier 5 operations
- V Expert - Tier 5 Expert plans dropped by bosses in the Tier 5 raids
- VI - Tier 6 plans dropped by bosses in the Tier 6 alerts and raids.
- VI Expert - Tier 6 Expert plans dropped by bosses in the Tier 6+ raids
- VII - Tier 7 plans dropped by bosses in the Tier 7 alerts and raids.
- VIII - Tier 8 plans dropped by bosses in the Tier 8 alerts and raids.
- Olympian - Olympian plans dropped by bosses in Amazon Fury Part III content.
- Special Forces - Special Forces plans dropped by bosses in Age of Justice content.
- Goons of Gotham - Goons of Gotham plans dropped by bosses in Riddled with Crime and Earth 3 content.
- Research and Development was introduced in game update 8.
- Research and Development becomes available to players once they reach level 8.
- Game update 9 added two new Soder Cola recipes that are superior to Soder Cola Extreme. The recipes are purchasable on the Research and Development vendors.
- High level and wealthy players are usually willing to trade large amounts of cash or valuable items for exobits.
- The appearance of the R&D Stations are based off of The Atom's scientific table in The Watchtower as seen in the Young Justice episode #26: Auld Acquaintance'.
- DCUO R&D Exobit Quick Guide by Magmus Khan -- A Research and Development Spreadsheet that will calculate the number of exobits needed for your plans.