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Overview[]

Dark Armor is a Scrapper and Sentinel secondary powerset in City of Heroes as well as a Brute and Stalker secondary powerset in City of Villains, and as of Issue 12 a Tanker primary powerset in City of Heroes.

Dark Armor allows you to tap into the powers of the Netherworld for protection. Many Dark Armor powers drain your foes to strengthen you. Dark Armor offers very good resistance to Negative Energy damage, and is one of the only defensive sets that offer some resistance to Psionic damage. However, its resistance to Energy is weak and it offers no protection to Knockback.

Power Tables[]

Tanker[]

As of Issue 12, the Dark Armor powerset is available as a primary powerset for Tankers. The following table shows which powers are available and at what level:

Power Level Effect
DarkArmor TouchOfDeath.png Death Shroud 1 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Minor Damage over Time(Negative)
DarkArmor DarkEmbrace.png Dark Embrace 1 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Smash, Lethal, Negative, Toxic)
DarkArmor DefractingCloud.png Murky Cloud 2 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Fire, Cold, Energy, Negative, Endurance Drain)
DarkArmor ObsidianShield.png Obsidian Shield 6 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Psionic, Sleep, Hold, Disorient, Fear)
DarkArmor DarkRegeneration.png Dark Regeneration 8 Point Blank Area of Effect, Minor Damage(Negative), Self: +Health
DarkArmor CloakOfDarkness.png Cloak of Darkness 12 Toggle: Self Stealth, +Defense, +Perception, +Resistance(Immobilize)
DarkArmor FearfulAura.png Cloak of Fear 18 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Fear, -To-Hit
DarkArmor OppressiveGloom.png Oppressive Gloom 26 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Disorient, Self: -Health
DarkArmor SoulTransfer.png Soul Transfer 32 Self Rez, Special

Scrapper/Brute[]

The Dark Armor powerset is available as a secondary powerset for Scrappers and Brutes. The following table shows which powers are available and at what level:

Power Level Effect
DarkArmor DarkEmbrace.png Dark Embrace 1 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Smash, Lethal, Negative, Toxic)
DarkArmor TouchOfDeath.png Death Shroud 2 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Minor Damage over Time(Negative)
DarkArmor DefractingCloud.png Murky Cloud 4 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Fire, Cold, Energy, Negative, Endurance Drain)
DarkArmor ObsidianShield.png Obsidian Shield 10 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Psionic, Sleep, Hold, Disorient, Fear)
DarkArmor DarkRegeneration.png Dark Regeneration 16 Point Blank Area of Effect, Minor Damage(Negative), Self: +Health
DarkArmor CloakOfDarkness.png Cloak of Darkness 20 Toggle: Self Stealth, +Defense, +Perception, +Resistance(Immobilize)
DarkArmor FearfulAura.png Cloak of Fear 28 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Fear, -To-Hit
DarkArmor OppressiveGloom.png Oppressive Gloom 35 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Disorient, Self: -Health
DarkArmor SoulTransfer.png Soul Transfer 38 Self Rez, Special

Stalker[]

The Dark Armor powerset is available as a secondary powerset for Stalkers. The following table shows which powers are available and at what level:

Power Level Effect
DarkArmor Stealth.png Hide 1 Toggle: Self Stealth, +Defense(Melee, Ranged, Area of Effect)
DarkArmor DarkEmbrace.png Dark Embrace 2 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Smash, Lethal, Negative, Toxic)
DarkArmor DefractingCloud.png Murky Cloud 4 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Fire, Cold, Energy, Negative, Endurance Drain)
DarkArmor SelfBuffDefense.png Shadow Dweller 10 Auto: Self +Defense(All), +Resistance(Immobilize), +Perception
DarkArmor ObsidianShield.png Obsidian Shield 16 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Psionic, Sleep, Hold, Disorient, Fear)
DarkArmor DarkRegeneration.png Dark Regeneration 20 Point Blank Area of Effect, Minor Damage(Negative), Self: +Health
DarkArmor FearfulAura.png Cloak of Fear 28 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Fear, -To-Hit
DarkArmor OppressiveGloom.png Oppressive Gloom 35 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Disorient, Self: -Health
DarkArmor SoulTransfer.png Soul Transfer 38 Self Rez, Special

Sentinel[]

The Dark Armor powerset is available as a secondary powerset for Sentinels. The following table shows which powers are available and at what level:

Power Level Effect
DarkArmor DarkEmbrace.png Dark Embrace 1 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Smash, Lethal, Negative, Toxic)
Tenebrous regeneration.png Tenebrous Regeneration 2 Auto: Self +Regen
DarkArmor DefractingCloud.png Murky Cloud 4 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Fire, Cold, Energy, Negative, Endurance Drain)
DarkArmor ObsidianShield.png Obsidian Shield 10 Toggle: Self +Resistance(Psionic, Sleep, Hold, Disorient, Fear)
DarkArmor DarkRegeneration.png Obscure Sustenance 16 PBAoE Minor DMG(Negative), Self +Regen, +Recovery
DarkArmor CloakOfDarkness.png Cloak of Darkness 20 Toggle: Self Stealth, +Defense, +Perception, +Resistance(Immobilize)
DarkArmor FearfulAura.png Cloak of Fear 28 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Fear, -To-Hit
DarkArmor OppressiveGloom.png Oppressive Gloom 35 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Foe: Disorient, Self: -Health
DarkArmor SoulTransfer.png Soul Transfer 38 Self Rez, Special

Powers[]

DarkArmor CloakOfDarkness.png Cloak of Darkness[]

A shroud of Netherworld darkness envelops you, making you difficult to spot at a distance. You can be seen only at close range, or if you attack a target. Even if seen, the Cloak of Darkness grants you a bonus to Defense to all attacks and some protection from Immobilization. This Netherworld Cloak also allows you to see things in a new light, allowing you to better see Stealthy foes. Unlike some Stealth powers, Cloak of Darkness has no movement penalty. Cloak of Darkness will not work with any other form of concealment power such as Shadow Fall or Steamy Mist.

Recharge Slow
Minimum Level V archetypeicon brute.png 20 (Brute)
Archetypeicon scrapper.png 20 (Scrapper)
Archetypeicon tanker.png 12 (Tanker)
Sentinel logo.png 20 (Sentinel)
Effects Toggle: Self Stealth, +Defense
Self: +Perception, +Resistance(Immobilize)
Enhancements TO Training Defense Buff.png Enhance Defense Buff
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
Set Categories IO Defense Buff.png Defense

DarkArmor FearfulAura.png Cloak of Fear[]

You can wrap yourself in a nightmarish Cloak of Fear. Foes close to you are treated to visions most horrific, forcing them to tremble in terror, only attacking if attacked, and even then, with a reduced chance to hit.

Recharge Fast
Minimum Level V archetypeicon brute.png 28 (Brute)
Archetypeicon scrapper.png 28 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 28 (Stalker)
Archetypeicon tanker.png 18 (Tanker)
Sentinel logo.png 28 (Sentinel)
Effects Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect
Foe: Fear, -To-Hit
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Fear Duration.png Enhance Fear Duration
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training ToHit DeBuffs.png Enhance ToHit Debuff
Set Categories IO Fear.png Fear
IO To Hit Debuff.png ToHit Debuff

DarkArmor DarkEmbrace.png Dark Embrace[]

You tap into the energy of the Netherworld to protect yourself from damage. This Dark Embrace shrouds you and grants resistance to Lethal, Smashing, Negative Energy and Toxic damage.

Recharge Fast
Minimum Level V archetypeicon brute.png 1 (Brute)
Archetypeicon scrapper.png 1 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 2 (Stalker)
Archetypeicon tanker.png 1 (Tanker)
Sentinel logo.png 1 (Sentinel)
Effects Toggle: Self +Resistance(Smash, Lethal, Negative, Toxic)
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Damage Resistance.png Enhance Damage Resistance
Set Categories IO Resist Damage.png Resist Damage

DarkArmor DarkRegeneration.png Dark Regeneration[]

You can tap the dark essence of the Netherworld to drain a small amount of life from all enemies nearby, thus healing yourself. The more foes affected, the more you will be healed.

Damage Minor Damage(Negative)
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level V archetypeicon brute.png 16 (Brute)
Archetypeicon scrapper.png 16 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 20 (Stalker)
Archetypeicon tanker.png 8 (Tanker)
Effects Point Blank Area of Effect
Self: +Health
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Heal.png Enhance Heal
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Taunt Effectiveness.png Enhance Taunt Effectiveness(Brute/Tanker only)
Set Categories IO Damage.png PBAoE Damage
IO Healing.png Healing
IO Taunt.png Taunt(Brute/Tanker only)

DarkArmor TouchOfDeath.png Death Shroud[]

You become a focus point for the Netherworld, allowing its Negative Energy to seep from your body. This will continuously damage all foes in melee range.

Damage Minor Damage over Time(Negative)
Recharge Fast
Minimum Level V archetypeicon brute.png 2 (Brute)
Archetypeicon scrapper.png 2 (Scrapper)
Archetypeicon tanker.png 1 (Tanker)
Effects Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Taunt Effectiveness.png Enhance Taunt Effectiveness(Brute/Tanker only)
Set Categories IO Damage.png PBAoE Damage

DarkArmor Stealth.png Hide[]

Hide makes you almost impossible to detect. When properly 'Hidden', a Stalker can pull off Critical Hits with his attacks, and even land a massive 'Assassin's Strike' with an assassin's power. When you attack or are damaged while using this power, you will be discovered. Even if discovered, you are hard to see and retain some bonus to Defense. Unlike most Stealth powers, Hide can be used at the same time as other concealment powers, giving you even greater Stealth capability.

Recharge -
Minimum Level V archetypeicon stalker.png 1 (Stalker)
Effects Toggle: Self: Stealth
Self: +Defense(Melee, Ranged, Area of Effect)
Very low endurance cost
Enhancements TO Training Defense Buff.png Enhance Defense Buff
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate

DarkArmor DefractingCloud.png Murky Cloud[]

You create a Murky Cloud enshrouding you. This cloud can absorb all forms of energy, making you more resistant to Fire, Cold, Energy, and Negative Energy attacks, as well as Endurance Drain effects.

Recharge Fast
Minimum Level V archetypeicon brute.png 2 (Brute)
Archetypeicon scrapper.png 2 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 4 (Stalker)
Archetypeicon tanker.png 2 (Tanker)
Sentinel logo.png 4 (Sentinel)
Effects Toggle: Self +Resistance(Fire, Cold, Energy, Negative, Endurance Drain)
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Damage Resistance.png Enhance Damage Resistance
Set Categories IO Resist Damage.png Resist Damage

DarkArmor DarkRegeneration.png Obscure Sustenance[]

You can tap the dark essence of the Netherworld to drain a small amount of life essence from a nearby enemy, thus increasing your regeneration rate.

Damage Minor (Negative)
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level Sentinel logo.png 16 (Sentinel)
Effects PBAoE Minor Damage(Negative)
Self: +Regen, +Recovery
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Heal.png Enhance Heal
Set Categories IO Damage.png PBAoE Damage
IO Healing.png Healing

DarkArmor ObsidianShield.png Obsidian Shield[]

You can create a special Obsidian Shield that grants good resistance to Psionic damage. With your mind enshrouded in darkness you are protected from Sleep, Fear, Hold and Disorient attacks.

Recharge Fast
Minimum Level V archetypeicon brute.png 10 (Brute)
Archetypeicon scrapper.png 10 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 16 (Stalker)
Archetypeicon tanker.png 6 (Tanker)
Sentinel logo.png 10 (Sentinel)
Effects Toggle: Self +Resistance(Psionic, Sleep, Hold, Disorient, Fear)
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Damage Resistance.png Enhance Damage Resistance
Set Categories IO Resist Damage.png Resist Damage

DarkArmor OppressiveGloom.png Oppressive Gloom[]

The Netherworld has many mutable properties, such as the Oppressive Gloom. This power allows you to use your own Hit Points to keep enemies near you Disoriented and unable to use any powers. Endurance cost for this is minimal, but the power can be dangerous to use.

Recharge Moderate
Minimum Level V archetypeicon brute.png 35 (Brute)
Archetypeicon scrapper.png 35 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 35 (Stalker)
Archetypeicon tanker.png 26 (Tanker)
Sentinel logo.png 35 (Sentinel)
Effects Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect
Foe: Disorient
Self: -Health
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Disorient Duration.png Enhance Disorient Duration
Set Categories IO Stun.png Stuns

DarkArmor SelfBuffDefense.png Shadow Dweller[]

You are a true Shadow Dweller of the Netherworld. Your affinity for the shadows grants you an inherent bonus to all Defense, as well as an increased perception and a resistance to Immobilization. Your perception bonus and resistance to Immobilization improves over level. Shadow Dweller is an auto power. It is always on and costs no Endurance.

Minimum Level V archetypeicon stalker.png 10 (Stalker)
Effects Auto: Self +Defense(All)
+Resistance(Immobilize), +Perception
Enhancements TO Training Defense Buff.png Enhance Defense Buff
Set Categories IO Defense Buff.png Defense

DarkArmor SoulTransfer.png Soul Transfer[]

Should you fall in battle, you can perform a Soul Transfer, sucking the life force of all foes around you to bring yourself back from the brink of death. The more foes nearby, the more life is restored to you. Drained foes are left Disoriented. The dark effects of this Soul Transfer will actually leave you invulnerable for a brief time, and protected from XP Debt for 20 seconds. There must be at least one foe nearby to fuel the transfer and revive yourself.

Damage Moderate
Recharge Very Long
Minimum Level V archetypeicon brute.png 38 (Brute)
Archetypeicon scrapper.png 38 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 38 (Stalker)
Archetypeicon tanker.png 32 (Tanker)
Sentinel logo.png 38 (Sentinel)
Effects Self Rez, Special
Enhancements TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Modification.png Enhance Endurance Modification
TO Training Heal.png Enhance Heal
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Disorient Duration.png Enhance Disorient Duration
Set Categories IO Damage.png PBAoE Damage
IO Healing.png Healing
IO Stun.png Stuns
IO Endurance Modification.png Endurance Modification

Tenebrous regeneration.png Tenebrous Regeneration[]

Tenebrous forces from the Netherworld sustain your body, increasing regeneration rate, in addition to protecting you from immobilization effects. This power is always on and cost no endurance.

Minimum Level Sentinel logo.png 2 (Sentinel)
Effects Auto: Self +Regen
Enhancements TO Training Heal.png Enhance Heal
Set Categories IO Healing.png Healing

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