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Overview[]

Inherent powers are permanent powers that a Hero or Villain automatically has without having to select them during training. There are Inherent powers that are Archetype-specific, Origin-specific, and open to all characters. Not all Inherent powers are available at level 1.

Origin-Specific Powers[]

Every character receives a minor ranged attack power that depends on his or her origin. For more information, see Origin Powers.

Archetype-Specific Powers[]

The following inherent powers are specific to the archetypes available in City of Heroes and City of Villains.

Inherent BlasterDesperation.png Assassination[]

A Stalker does his best work when attacking from ambush. 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. Assassin Strikes made from hide will Demoralize the Stalker's foes leaving them with a reduced chance to hit and has a chance to terrorize them. Additionally, a Stalker has a 10 percent base chance to critically hit, which is increased by an additional 3 percent per member in your party, against non-player enemies. Stalkers have a chance to land a critical hit against players if they are Held or Slept.

Type Archetype-Specific (Stalker)
Effects Always criticals from Hide
20% chance of critical on Held or Slept opponents

InherentPeacebringer CombatFlight.png Combat Flight[]

For hovering and aerial combat. This power is much slower than Energy Flight, but provides some Defense, offers good air control, costs little Endurance, and has none of the penalties associated with Energy Flight. Switch to this mode when fighting other flying foes. Also See: Hover

Level Gained Security Level 10
Type Archetype-Specific (Peacebringer)
Effects Self: Fly, + Defense

Inherent BlasterDesperation.png Conditioning[]

Soldiers of Arachnos undergo intense physical training before leaving "boot camp." Those that survive have greater than average healing rates and tire less quickly than others.

The increase in Regeneration and Recovery are not bonuses but are higher base values than other Archetypes.

Level Gained Threat Level 1
Type Archetype-Specific (Soldiers of Arachnos)
Effects Self: Increased Regeneration (0.50%) and Recovery (1.75%)

Inherent BlasterDesperation.png Containment[]

Controllers are the masters at locking down and controlling their opponents. Few can escape their will. Controllers do extra damage to any target that is already Held, Immobilized, Slept, or Disoriented.

Type Archetype-Specific (Controller)
Effects Self: Critical Damage (Special)

InherentPeacebringer InterSpacialLink.png Cosmic Balance[]

Kheldians naturally thrive off the energy and essence of their teammates. Peacebringers' metamorphic nature allows them to bring balance to their team. Your Damage will increase for each nearby Tanker, Mastermind, Corruptor or Defender teammate. Your Damage Resistance will increase for each nearby Scrapper, Brute, Stalker or Blaster teammate. Finally each nearby Controller or Dominator teammate will grant you limited protection from Control effects. You cannot put Enhancements in this power.

Type Archetype-Specific (Peacebringer)
Effects Auto: Special

Inherent BlasterDesperation.png Critical Hit[]

The Scrapper is a fierce melee combatant. In hand to hand, no other hero can compare. All Scrapper melee attacks have a chance to land a Critical Hit for up to double damage. The higher the rank of the target, the greater the chance for a successful Critical Hit.

The standard chance of a Critical Hit is 5% against players, pets, and critters of Minion rank and below, and 10% against critters above Minion.

Type Archetype-Specific (Scrapper)
Effects Critical Damage

InherentPeacebringer InterSpacialLink.png Dark Sustenance[]

Kheldians naturally thrive off the energy and essence of their teammates. Warshades' absorbing nature allows them to draw on the power of their teammates' power to increase their own. Your Damage Resistance will increase for each nearby Tanker, Mastermind, Corruptor or Defender teammate. Your Damage will increase for each nearby Scrapper, Stalker, Brute or Blaster teammate. Finally each nearby Controller or Dominator teammate will grant you limited Protection from Control effects. You cannot put Enhancements in this power.

Type Archetype-Specific (Warshade)
Effects Auto: Special

Inherent BlasterDesperation.png Defiance[]

Main article: Defiance

Blasters’ earliest abilities come so naturally to them, that they are accessible even in states that normally prevent them from using powers, such as being Held, Slept or Stunned. Additionally, each time the Blaster attacks with a primary or secondary power, they gain a stacking damage bonus for the next several seconds. The amount of the damage bonus and its duration is dependent on the exact power used, with single target abilities generally giving the largest bonus.

The current version of Defiance was released on December 11, 2007. Prior to that, it worked differently. See the main article for more details.

Inherent BuffEffects.png Domination[]

Nothing delights a Dominator more than inflicting pain. When a Dominator attacks, his sadistic nature grows. When your Domination bar is over 90% you can activate this power to unleash his true potential. Your control powers will typically last 50% longer and will more easily Dominate stronger opponents. Additionally, you will fully recharge your Endurance. Domination lasts for 90 seconds and recharges in 200 seconds. The recharge can be reduced by self and ally buffs, but cannot be slotted with enhancements.

Domination protects the villain from Knockback/Knockup, Repel, Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Immobilize, Fear, and Confuse effects, and can be activated even while suffering from them to break the villain free.

Domination doubles the magnitude of the villain's own Disorient, Hold, Sleep, Immobilize, Fear, and Confuse effects for their normal durations, then keeps them going at normal magnitude for half that amount of time longer. Debuffs and other secondary effects are not improved.

A Dominator's Domination level is shown by an orange bar between Endurance and Experience Points. It rises each time he attacks. It rises faster if the Dominator has more teammates. This is a mild effect with one or two teammates, but on a large team Domination can be brought from 0 to over 90% with fewer than ten attacks. The Domination level falls very slowly when not used. It's automatically reduced to zero 90 seconds after Domination is activated.

Type Archetype-Specific (Dominator)
Effects Self: Critical Control

InherentPeacebringer EnergyFlight.png Energy Flight[]

Energy Flight allows you to travel long distances quickly. If you attack a target while this power is on, your Flight speed will be temporarily reduced. Your Energy Flight speed increases with your Level. Also See: Fly

Level Gained Security Level 1
Type Archetype-Specific (Peacebringer)
Effects Toggle: Self Fly

Inherent BlasterDesperation.png Fury[]

As a Brute engages in combat, it unleashes his Fury. The longer he remains in combat, attacking and being attacked, the more damage he deals.

A Brute's Fury level is shown by an orange bar between Endurance and Experience Points. It rises each time he makes an attack or is attacked himself (regardless of hit or miss). The speed at which it rises is directly proportional to the recklessness of the Brute.

Type Archetype-Specific (Brute)
Effects Self: +Damage (Special)

Inherent BlasterDesperation.png Gauntlet[]

Although many try, few can withstand the irresistible force of the Tanker. Each time a Tanker attacks, he enrages the target, and those around him, enticing them to attack the Tanker. Each punch continues to provoke your enemies and allows the Tanker to do what he does best.

Gauntlet -- also referred to as "Punch-voke" -- causes the Tanker's AoE attacks and auras to taunt every PvE enemy they affect. Their single-target attacks taunt the enemy hit and up to four more around it. Gauntlet has reduced chances of affecting exceptionally high-rank foes like Giant Monsters, and even worse chances of affecting other players in PvP.

Brutes possess a smaller version of this power, occasionally labeled "Poke-voke". The Brute's Gauntlet doesn't apply in PvP, and their single-target attacks only taunt the one target hit.

Type Archetype-Specific (Tanker)
Effects Taunt

Inherent BlasterDesperation.png Scourge[]

The Corruptor is a dastardly villain indeed. As a Corruptor's foe health wanes, the Corruptor can start to land Scourge hits with his attack powers for up to double damage. The weaker the target is, the greater chance the Corruptor has of landing Scourge. Once a foe is weak enough, there is no escaping the Corruptor's wrath. A Corruptor shows no mercy.

Scourge offers no chance of critical damage until the target has less than 50% health. The chance then smoothly increases to 100% once the target has only 10% or less of its health remaining. These percentages are based on the target's base health -- targets with large health boosts from powers can effectively delay the point at which Scourge damage starts being possible.

Type Archetype-Specific (Corruptor)
Effects Critical Damage

InherentWarshade ShadowRecall.png Shadow Recall[]

You can Teleport one of your teammates to yourself. The target must be a teammate and can be selected from the Team Window. You can also rescue a fallen teammate who may be in a hostile location, as long as he is on the same map. Range is not infinite, but extremely long and can be enhanced. This power can be interrupted. Also See: Recall Friend

Level Gained Security Level 10
Type Archetype-Specific (Warshade)
Effects Zone Range Teleport Teammate

InherentWarshade ShadowStep.png Shadow Step[]

You can Teleport long distances. Shadow Step has no recharge time, and can be reactivated without pause as long as you have Endurance. Also See: Teleport

Level Gained Security Level 1
Type Archetype-Specific (Warshade)
Effects Self Teleport

InherentPeacebringer InterSpacialLink.png Supremacy[]

A good Mastermind knows how to manage his Henchmen. The Mastermind imparts a bonus to his Henchmen's Accuracy and Damage only if he is nearby and has line of sight.

Supremacy gives +25% Damage and +10% ToHit. It has a radius of 60'.

Type Archetype-Specific (Mastermind)
Effects PBAoE, Henchmen bonus, +ToHit, +Damage

InherentPeacebringer InterSpacialLink.png Vigilance[]

The Defender primary focus is to protect the team. When his allies are in danger, the Defender is able to look deep within him or herself and rise to the occasion. As a Defender's teammates are in danger of being defeated, the Defender gains an Endurance discount and can activate their powers at a reduced cost. The more teammates in trouble, the greater the discount.

Vigilance was introduced on September 20, 2005. As a Defender's teammates lose health, the Defender gains an Endurance discount. This power does not need to be activated. The more injured the Defender's teammates are, on average, and the larger his team is, the greater the discount Vigilance provides. The Defender's own health does not affect Vigilance, nor do teammates who are on other maps or who are too far away.

Vigilance can be monitored as "Endurance Discount" in the Combat Attributes window. The formula for calculating your total discount is Cost/(1 + bonus). So a 100% discount would halve the cost of powers. A simple chart can be found here. There is debate on what the maximum amount of discount Vigilance will accrue [source].

Type Archetype-Specific (Defender)
Effects Endurance Discount


Booster Pack Powers[]

CyborgSelfDestruct.png Self Destruction[]

Some situations call for the ultimate sacrifice...self-destruction. This causes damage to those around you and sends your character to the hospital.

Self Destruction is not affected by enhancements or any buff except Knockback, ToHit, and Accuracy. It should be noted that its recharge is not affected by buffs. It is permanent, available at character creation, and does not have usage charges.

Recharge Very Long (60min)
Effects PBAoE 40ft
Extreme damage
Knockback
Self defeat

City of Heroes Collector DVD/Hero Kit Bonus Power[]

Inherent Sprint.png Prestige Power Slide[]

Forms a frictionless field of energy beneath the user that allows rapid transit while remaining close to the ground. This power is mechanically identical to Sprint.

Effects Boost Run Speed
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Running Speed.png Enhance Running Speed
TO Training Jump.png Enhance Jump
Set Categories IO Jump.png Leaping
IO Run.png Running

City of Heroes pre-order Bonus Power[]

Inherent Sprint.png Prestige Power Rush/Dash/Quick/Surge[]

Creates an effect behind the user while they use enhanced speed. The exact effect depends on the power. All are mechanically identical to Sprint, Slide, and each other.

Effects Boost Run Speed
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Running Speed.png Enhance Running Speed
TO Training Jump.png Enhance Jump
Set Categories IO Jump.png Leaping
IO Run.png Running

Convention Costume Powers[]

Temporary ResonanceDisrupter.png Freakshow Boss Costume[]

Freakshow Boss Costume
Need description

Effects Costume change
Incompatible with stealth toggles

Temporary ResonanceDisrupter.png PPD Hardsuit Costume[]

PPD Hardsuit Costume
Need description

Effects Costume change
Incompatible with stealth toggles

Temporary ResonanceDisrupter.png Carnival Harlequin Costume[]

Carnival Harlequin Costume
Need description

Effects Costume change
Incompatible with stealth toggles


Good vs. Evil Bonus Powers[]

Flight JumpJet.png Jump Pack[]

This Jump Pack grants you the ability to not only jump great distances, but also jump and gain altitude in mid air! The Jump Pack will automatically shut down after 30 seconds of continuous use.

Effects Self Toggle
+Jump
+Fly
Special

Teleportation Pocket D.png Pocket D VIP Pass[]

You've been given a VIP Pass to Pocket D. It will allow you to access Pocket D from anywhere. It is usable once every 30 minutes.

The pass has a very long interrupt time before it operates.

Effects Teleport to Pocket D


Universal Inherent Powers[]

Inherent Brawl.png Brawl[]

When all else fails, you have only your two fists to depend on.

Damage Minor
Recharge Fast
Effects Foe Minor Smashing Damage
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
Set Categories IO Damage.png Melee Damage

Inherent Rest.png Rest[]

Activate Rest to heal Hit Points and recover Endurance. While Resting you cannot attack, and you are extremely vulnerable to attack and damage. Activation of Rest can be interrupted, and the power must be active for a few seconds before you start to recuperate.

Heroes and Villains receive this ability on advancing to Security/Threat Level 2.

Minimum Level 2
Effects Self Heal Recover
-Defense
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Modification.png Enhance Endurance Modification
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Heal.png Enhance Heal
TO Training Interrupt Time.png Reduce Interrupt Time
Set Categories None

Inherent Sprint.png Sprint[]

Sprint allows you to run slightly faster than normal, while slightly draining your Endurance. You may have to Toggle this off in combat to conserve Endurance.

Effects Boost Run Seed
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Running Speed.png Enhance Running Speed
TO Training Jump.png Enhance Jump
Set Categories IO Jump.png Leaping
IO Run.png Running

Veteran Reward Powers[]

Veteran Rewards powers are additional inherent powers that a player may claim once his or her account has been active for a certain length of time. For more information, see Veteran Reward Powers.

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