City of Heroes Wiki


Contact Small Professor Topffer

Professor Topffer is the fifth contact for the Invention System tutorial. He is located in the Laboratory, Second Floor inside the University in Steel Canyon.

About this contact

University Professor

Professor Topffer is a card. He loves Engineering and spends hours in the Laboratory creating everything from coffee-makers to advanced molecular nanobots. He was the first faculty member hired at Paragon University. His passion is evident in everything he does and word around campus is that he's the spitting image of, and loves to quote, Dr. Helmut Brun from The Future is Back.

Initial Contact

You're late! Have you no concept of time? No excuse for tardiness!

I'm Professor Topffer! Now come on and let's teach you a little something about Invention Enhancements.


Look at the Invention Enhancement Information


Invention Enhancements are a brand new type of Enhancements that you get to make. They're like traditional Enhancements but with more... kick. They can be slotted at three levels higher than yours, but, if my calculations are correct, and they always are, they can't be combined with other Enhancements.

Now this, THIS will put some gas in your car! They don't expire as you level! And wait, there's more! Their effectiveness is constant and based on the level of the Recipe.

There are even new 'sets' of Invention Enhancements. Individual Enhancements make up these sets and they work like normal Invention Enhancements, but as you gather and slot your single Power within this 'set', it grants you bonuses. At any level! Imagine the bonuses if you had the WHOLE SET!!

Now go sift through those brown Storage Cylinders and see my instructions and Invention Enhancement samples. I want a report on those samples! I want to know what you think!

Go on! Hurry up! We've got so much to cover and you're just standing around!

Mission Objective

  • View Enhancement Information

You sift through the manifest and read through the material.

Icon clue generic
Container Manifest
The manifest in this container details the new Invention Enhancement samples.
Icon clue generic
Invention Enhancements
Invention Enhancements are a new 'type' of Enhancement that provides exceptional bonuses to players. They can be slotted at 3+ a person's level; however, they cannot be combined with other Enhancements.

Invention Enhancements do not expire as you increase in level.

The bonuses on any given Invention Enhancement is constant and based on the level of the Recipe at the time it was built.

There are new 'sets' of Invention Enhancements. Each 'set' is made of single power Enhancements that, working together, give excellent bonuses as long as the single Power enhancements are part of the same 'set'.


Well, you've passed my class with flying colors. It looks like your last stop is the Guidance Counselor.

New contact

Now that you've completed your classes, Counselor Jones can give you some ideas on what to do with your skills.

Contact Small Guidance Counselor Jones Guidance Counselor Jones

Guidance Counselor Jones is your man when it comes to completion of your education and what to do once you've graduated.

He is located in the Administration area.


Professor Topffer's looks, and reference to Dr. Helmut Brun from The Future is Back is a homage to Dr Emmet Brown from the movie Back to the future with Michael J. Fox