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DCUO - Level 30... What do I do now?
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Congrats! You're now level 30 and have done a lot of questing to get here. Well now the "Endgame" begins, reaching 30 is just a small portion of the game, getting gear and skill points is the other. Tired of running Bludhaven and Oolong for crappy gear that you have already upgraded? Well, you're in luck! Now you can begin gathering the good stuff. Running alerts, duos, and dailies will get you prepared to raid. To get gear you need to have both money and marks, each mark has a different purpose and ways to get them. I will go into more detail about that in a bit, first I would like to get you started.
Do feats (achievements) on your free time!!!!! I can't stress that enough, you get 1 free Skill Point (SP) per 100 feat points you complete. They encourage you to both PvE and PvP because SPs make a HUGE difference. It's a good idea to look and see what you need to do in a dungeon before you enter so you can knock out as many feats in one go as possible. There is anywhere from 1 to 5 feats per dungeon so do your homework, 5 minutes of hunting through your missing feats can save you from needing to repeat the same place over and over again. Be observant of the name of the place to get the feat done too because some of the feats call for one place but the actual name of the place is slightly different, wish they had cleaned that up but with a keen eye and a sharp mind you'll be able to figure those out.
If you're into PvP (Player versus Player) more than PvE (Player versus Environment) then you want to buy the lvl 30 blue set that has toughness on it. Each set can be bought inside either the Hall of Doom (Villains) or the Hall of Justice (Heroes). This will give you enough to get started in the arena's, however I recommend that you do Legends PvP until you can afford a few pieces of the tier 1 purple set of armor. There are 3 tier 1 pvp sets (a set per mentor) and can be bought for Influence points. While you are spending your influence on pvp armor be saving your Marks of Conquest (MoC) for your first tier 2 pvp weapon (120 MoC, yeah... expensive). Alternatively, you could buy a tier 1 pvp weapon from either the Ring Wars vendor or Diamond Heist vendor, assuming you won the last event, for 775 Influence. I recommend saving for the tier 2 weapon and buying the tier 1 armor with your influence.
Important: Buy one COMPLETE set at a time since you get 50 feat points per set and a bonus 50 points for the first set. So once you finish your first set of armor you get an ENTIRE skill point. Another reason to focus on buying the tier 1 armor and tier 2 weapon.
For those who would rather PvE. Buy the level 30 pvp blue armor from the vendor as it gives you 34 combat rating (cr), which is enough to start doing the Hard t1 Alerts. This is the only pvp armor that gives you more than 30 cr because they don't want you using pvp gear as pve gear. Do your toyman dailies and grind out as many duos/alerts that you want to do to get enough Marks of Triumph (MoT) for your tier 1 armor. Keep in mind that there is one set per role so choose what you want to do before you start buying all the gear. Not a big deal if you decide that you don't like Healing and would rather DPS since you can always buy your tier 2 dps set. Once you get 43 cr you can start running tier 2 alerts and raiding.
*Toughness = PC (Player Character) Defense / Defense = NPC (Non Player Character) Defense*
Ok, so the breakdown for those who don't like huge blocks of text.
Getting the Marks
Marks of Triumph - Dailies, duos, and tier 1 alerts.
Marks of Distinction - Reward for completed tier 1 daily dungeon, 43 cr raids, and tier 2 alerts.
Mars of Momentum - Rewards for completing Central City dailies and the tier 2 duo.
Marks of Krypton - Reward for completed tier 2 daily dungeon and 53 cr raids.
Marks of Conquest - Reward for participating in pvp (arenas, legends, and the world events).
Marks of Legends - Reward for participating in Legends pvp.
Getting the Gear
Tier 1 PvP armor - Bought with Influence and money from the vendor for each mentor. The 3 sets look different but have the same or similar stats. Pick your preference.
Tier 2 PvP armor - One set for each faction (Heroes/Villains). Bought with MoCs and money. (Villain vendor's name is Requisition V2).
Tier 1 PvP weapons - Bought with Influence and money from the Ring Wars vendor and Diamond Heist vendor. *Note: You must have won the last even to see the vendor.
Tier 2 PvP weapons - Bought with MoCs and money from the HoD or HoJ (Villain or Hero, respectively).
Tier 1 PvE armor - Bought with MoTs and money from the vendor for each mentor. The 3 sets look different but have the same or similar stats. Pick your preference.
Tier 2 PvE armor - Bought with MoDs and money from the vendor for each mentor. Again, pick based on "coolness" factor.
Tier 2.5 PvE armor - Bought with MoMs from the vendor in Central City (Must have Lightning Stries DLC and 53+ cr to go there).
Tier 3 PvE armor - There are 4 terminals in the same area that sell the armor based on role. Bought with MoKs.
PvE weapons, you must pve and get lucky enough for them to drop and win the roll, however, with a high enough cr (53 and 68) you can get weapons from Central City in those two tiers. Not sure how they equate to the tier system but I would guess tier 2 and tier 3 weapons from the 53 cr and 68 cr brackets. Again, you need the DLC to get to the vendor.
Cheers and Happy gaming folks. I hope this helped. Please give me feedback because I really want to give you high quality information in a way that you can appreciate it.