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DCUO - Level 30... What do I do now?

Updated on January 6, 2012

To Do List

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.

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      Spencer Pearce 3 years ago from California

      ● What does DPS stand for? My brain wants to say Damage Per Second, but I feel like that doesn't quite make sense.

      + You're right, it means Damage Per Second but it is being used as a blanket term for someone who wants to do damage (not heal and not tank).

      ● I am currently PvE only because I'm a sore looser and I wanted to be able to hang before I constantly get beat up in PvP; now that I'm effing finally lvl 30, is switching without these tier armor and weapons a wise choice?

      + Whatever you enjoy the most is the wisest choice. The time you invest will benefit you later. Gear makes a difference but it is attainable one piece at a time so it's all good.

      ● I feel like now that I'm playing with the big kids, I need some sort of manual. ..a guide persae.... of what need be done first and foremost to become as acclimated as a noob can be... with the quickness.

      That being said. If any of you vets wouldn't mind emailing me said guide. That'd be mighty fellow gamer-ish of you. In your free time obviously. .. maybe waiting for DCUO to come back online as I am.

      + Unfortunately, I don't play DCUO anymore so I can't offer up a up-to-date guide. I stopped around the release of the Lightning Powers.

      ● If anybody wants to play together, my name on DCUO is SITH SAV. I know, kind of lame. .. but for some reason I seemed to play with this character the most. I made a SirSix the5th character, then realized I effed myself because now I can't change my name to that. SHIZA! lol

      ●I have a couple of cool characters I need to lvl up (DIGG TRACY, looks like a BA Dick Tracy)... (GENERAL WORLD.... the coolest Captain Planet you've ever seen).... (GABREIL KAIN... looks just like Spawn, but better...naturally).... (GAMBLE SAVAGE....I had to make a Gambit!) I made a Harvey Birdman and a Space Ghost, but deleted them for different highly medicated ideas. (I live in CO...its legal. =] )

      + Lol.... This one wins.

      ● IS there a fast way to lvl up after making a cool new character?

      + Just have fun. It's an MMO so it's going to be a grind no matter what. Just be consistent and keep at it and you'll get there.

      Cheers, wish I could be more helpful but I don't play MMOs much anymore.

      Note sure that this still applies or if the mechanics have changed but check out the other guide that I wrote up that covers some of the more technical gameplay.

      https://hubpages.com/games-hobbies/DCUOpvp101

      Explains the Damage Triangle that at one time (maybe still) was used.

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      Sir Six the 5th 3 years ago

      Alright fellas. I made an account with this donain just to ask many a noob question. Your crash courae guide was very informative so..kudos. Alas, I digress.

      It's 5:20am and DCUO is down as usual so I figured I'd take this time to attempt to learn something. I literally have basic knowledge of the game. I'm trying to retain the knowledge as I'm recently juggling work, a woman, DCUO, WatchDogs, and TitanFall. (Yes, on the XBox One) Again, I digress.

      I'm trying to remember all my questions. I know this maybe isn't the right place to go looking for answers but hey, yours is the first I came across via Google search, and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. So. .. here I go.. Please excuse my ignorance.

      ● What does DPS stand for? My brain wants to say Damage Per Second, but I feel like that doesn't quite make sense.

      ● I am currently PvE only because I'm a sore looser and I wanted to be able to hang before I constantly get beat up in PvP; now that I'm effing finally lvl 30, is switching without these tier armor and weapons a wise choice?

      ● I feel like now that I'm playing with the big kids, I need some sort of manual. ..a guide persae.... of what need be done first and foremost to become as acclimated as a noob can be... with the quickness.

      That being said. If any of you vets wouldn't mind emailing me said guide. That'd be mighty fellow gamer-ish of you. In your free time obviously. .. maybe waiting for DCUO to come back online as I am.

      ●I am a proud paying member(^5's all around), just so ya know. I'm not just freeloading over here, requesting.... stuff.

      ●Who else feels like we outta be reimbursed somehow from all this blasted down time? I pay to play!

      ●Yes, I'm aware of the significance the down time process provides. .. I'm not a døůç&əb@g ok? Lol. Im just sayin!

      ●I asked for an email so you wouldn't have to cramp up your post. But if nobody minds, by all means. A manual/guide on here is just as good.

      ● If anybody wants to play together, my name on DCUO is SITH SAV. I know, kind of lame. .. but for some reason I seemed to play with this character the most. I made a SirSix the5th character, then realized I effed myself because now I can't change my name to that. SHIZA! lol

      ●I have a couple of cool characters I need to lvl up (DIGG TRACY, looks like a BA Dick Tracy)... (GENERAL WORLD.... the coolest Captain Planet you've ever seen).... (GABREIL KAIN... looks just like Spawn, but better...naturally).... (GAMBLE SAVAGE....I had to make a Gambit!) I made a Harvey Birdman and a Space Ghost, but deleted them for different highly medicated ideas. (I live in CO...its legal. =] )

      ● IS there a fast way to lvl up after making a cool new character?

      ●Ok I think I'm done. Thank you for any help and insight you may provide.

      Good Day.

      ........I said Good Day!!

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      BekaS1974 4 years ago

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      Static arrow 5 years ago

      What's the best way to get MoTs just hit lvl 30 elec healer or do u only get the two or three MoT every duo?

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      New randy 5 years ago

      I have the free version and just hit 30 I'm and ice staff and tank where to you suggest I begin with armor and also can you only get your tier armor based off your mentor or can you can any you want

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      Grayson Hunter 5 years ago

      @The General

      In the main rooms of meta/magic/tech.

      @DC Gamer The only way to raise your CR is by accumulating MoT's from daily solo's, duo's and alerts. Then purchase your tier 1 armour of choice. The more parts you have the better your CR.

      It will take a serious time investment, it is an mmo afterall.

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      DC Gamer 5 years ago

      I'm level 30, CR 33. I currently wear the blue pve renown armor. How can increase it aside from running T1? Will buying the Blue Pvp gear in reactor core raise it?

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      The General 5 years ago

      Yeah, But where are those vendors?

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      Spencer Pearce 5 years ago from California

      The blue pve armor is found in 3 separate places, with small differences in stats. They can be bought for a little money and a mark of triumph.

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      The General 5 years ago

      So where do i get the pve blue armor? Where os the vendor who sels it located? Is the glash vendor also selling that kind of armor?

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      Spencer Pearce 5 years ago from California

      @johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt

      I said that with regard to what I did but in reality, if you tank you want to stack defense. The PvP gear has some awesome stats but if you are getting hit in Alerts and stuff then you should consider stacking defense accordingly.

      @Cubs

      To get you central city you need a high cr so if you are below the threshold (like 51-54 cr, forget which) then you cannot enter it and you NEED the dlc to get there.

      @Just about everyone else

      Keep running your daily alerts and doing your daily quests to get as much t1/t2 as possible and jump into any khandaq or outer runs since those are the easiest. Getting to cr 51 takes a while but is easy to raise after that. So just keep doing your thing.

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      dc all the way 5 years ago

      so like any hlp with duos an stuff cuz i hv healer an dps an its hard as hell to do duos an alerts with no good plyer hlping an if u ply a lot of legends and is good add electricslidezz an stathian

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      rex enigma 5 years ago

      Im a level 30 player and have 88 dominence and 35 cr i don't know how to go past 35 is their a certain armo that i need to get if yes then what would it be.

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      akilleezmight 5 years ago

      how can i c my renown

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      akilleezmight 5 years ago

      if it is a faction vendors how do i c how much renown i have (Ps3)

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      akilleezmight 5 years ago

      and do pvp battlesuits give u cr lvl 30 28 cr :(

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      akilleezmight 5 years ago

      and do pvp battlesuits give u cr lvl 30 28 cr :(

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      akilleezmight 5 years ago

      what vendor? faction vendor?

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      Kai 5 years ago

      The diamond stuff are marks of Krypton you get them from the harder raids-just look at the rewards for completion- These raids are seriously hard.. Theres also T4 pve which are bought with marks of war you earn these from the last 2 raids.... they take like 2hrs to cmplete and u need cr 70+ to be able to complete them wiyhout dying a million times.

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      Yaya 5 years ago

      Awesome info! But hiw do i get the gear in the meta wing? The ones that are like diamonds and stuff..

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      smayx 5 years ago

      @johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt

      Buy the gear for the type you plan to run. Toughness is the gear stat for PVP. Defense is the gear stat for PVE. It seems like PVP is faster to gear up so I would spend more time in the beginning doing alerts and duos to upgrade your PVE gear. This increases your CR and allows you to access more content quicker. That is just my approach, others may have a different opinion.

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      smayx 5 years ago

      @FORTKNOX22

      T1 is available to all players. Central City is T2.5 and you must have 55CR to enter. T1 gear for PVE or PVP is available in the watchtower on the deck of your mentor. For example I can buy my T1 PVE upstairs of the Meta deck from the Original Flash.

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      johnjacobjingleheimerschmidt 5 years ago

      is it really advisable to buy the level 30 blue pvp gear to use for pve missions? wont i just be taking full damage coz i don't have any defense? sorry just looking for advice i just got to level 30.

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      @Fortknox22 - probably because it's a freemium MMO, and the devs know where all the good stuff is. It's like free trials - you're only limited to certain stuff until you pay to go past lv.20.

      Basically, they want those who pay to get (some) of their money's worth. ^^

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      FORTKNOX22 5 years ago

      lvl 30, superman, brawler, fire,39 cr. i was told that i have to go to central city to buy my t1 armour, i go to the pad and it seys to purchase lightning strikes to enter. just wondering is t1 gear not available to free players?

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      Cubs 5 years ago

      Hi, i liked it a lot, already have almost all mod but my CR is still stuck at 48, i am dps and need a better weapon, The only way to get it is hope that it falls on duos or alerts??

      If i have lightning dlc how can i get to coast city??

      Thanks

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      Guest 5 years ago

      Thanks!

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      Spencer Pearce 5 years ago from California

      You need a certain CR to get the higher rated gear. MoT gear is a good place to start. Run your daily duo, hard t1, and quests to get your t1 gear while working towards your t2 stuff.

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      iiHaveToFart 5 years ago

      so i can get pve for raising CR?

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      iiHaveToFart 5 years ago

      so i can get pve for?

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      @iiHaveToFart: Indeed, that is the case. You buy PvP items with MoCs.

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      iiHaveToFart 5 years ago

      so let me get this straight, all gear bought with MoT is PvE?

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      Spencer Pearce 5 years ago from California

      Thanks to the both of you. I could have used more slang but I opted to be more clear because a few of the people I have met in the game do not have as much mmo experience so the slang might be lost on them.

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Not a bad review of Endgame. I'm glad it's free 2 play, as I wouldn't pay for 30 levels, not to mention it doesn't play too well on my computer.

      But thanks anyway! You've got another follower - keep up the good work! ^^

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      MimiKat33 5 years ago from Northeastern NY State, USA

      Well written, I don't play that game but I was able to understand what you meant.