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Overview[]

Spines is one of the powersets. It is a Scrapper primary powerset in City of Heroes and a Stalker primary powerset in City of Villains.

Spines protrude from your body and can deal damage in melee or at very short ranges. Spines are hollow and hold a neural toxin that deals additional toxic damage and can slow or immobilize your enemies. The toxin is cumulative, and multiple hits will affect the target more strongly. Very few foes have resistance to Spine poison. All Spine attacks can sometimes land a critical hit for double damage for scrappers, while for stalkers, they can land a critical hit for double damage if they are properly hidden or the target is slept or held.

Power Tables[]

Scrapper[]

The Spines powerset is available as a primary set for Scrappers. The following table shows which powers are available and at what level:

Power Level Effect
Quills Swipe.png Barb Swipe 1 Melee, Minor Damage (Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), -Speed, -Recharge
Quills Lunge.png Lunge 1 Melee, Moderate Damage(Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), -Speed, -Recharge
Quills FlingQuills.png Spine Burst 2 Point Blank Area of Effect, Moderate Damage(Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), -Speed, -Recharge
Quills Bristle.png Build Up 6 Self +Damage, +Accuracy
Quills Impale.png Impale 8 Ranged, High Damage (Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), Immobilize, -Recharge, -Fly
Quills Taunt.png Confront 12 Ranged, Foe Taunt
Quills Quills.png Quills 18 Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect, Minor Damage (Lethal), -Speed, -Recharge
Quills BoneSword.png Ripper 26 Melee Cone, High Damage (Lethal), -Speed, -Recharge, Knockback
Quills QuillThrowing.png Throw Spines 32 Ranged Cone, Moderate Damage (Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), -Speed, -Recharge

Stalker[]

The Spines powerset is available as a primary set for Stalkers. The following table shows which powers are available and at what level:

Power Level Effect
Quills Swipe.png Barb Swipe 1 Melee, Minor Damage (Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), -Speed, -Recharge
Quills Lunge.png Lunge 1 Melee, Moderate Damage(Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), -Speed, -Recharge
Quills FlingQuills.png Spine Burst 2 Point Blank Area of Effect, Moderate Damage(Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), -Speed, -Recharge
Quills AssassinStrike.png Assassin's Impaler 6 Melee, Special Damage(Lethal)
Quills Bristle.png Build Up 8 Self: +Damage, +Accuracy
Quills Placate.png Placate 12 Ranged, Foe Placate, Self Stealth/Hide
Quills Impale.png Impale 18 Ranged, High Damage (Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), Immobilize, -Recharge, -Fly
Quills BoneSword.png Ripper 26 Melee Cone, High Damage (Lethal), -Speed, -Recharge, Knockback
Quills QuillThrowing.png Throw Spines 32 Ranged Cone, Moderate Damage (Lethal), Damage over Time(Toxic), -Speed, -Recharge

Powers[]

The following are powers in the Spines powerset.

Quills AssassinStrike.png Assassin's Impaler[]

A signature Stalker Attack. This atack does moderate damage on its own as a frontal attack. However, if it is executed while you are hidden, this attack will do temendous lethal damage, as you impale your unsuspecting foe. This attack may be interupted if you move or are attacked while executing this power.

This power is unavailable to Scrappers.

Damage Special
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level V archetypeicon stalker.png 6 (Stalker)
Effects Melee
Special Damage (Lethal)
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

Quills Swipe.png Barb Swipe[]

Shred your opponent with several quick swipes from your spines. Barb Swipe deals minor damage and damage over time. Spine poison slows affected foes.

Damage Minor
Recharge Very Fast
Minimum Level Archetypeicon scrapper.png 1 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 1 (Stalker)
Effects Melee
Damage (Lethal)
Damage over Time (Toxic)
-Speed
-Recharge
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 Slow powers.png Enhance Slow
TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy

Quills Bristle.png Build Up[]

Greatly increases the amount of damage you deal for a few seconds, as well as slightly increasing your accuracy.

Recharge Long
Minimum Level Archetypeicon scrapper.png 6 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 8 (Stalker)
Effects Self +Damage, +Accuracy
Self +Defense (Melee, Lethal)
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training ToHit Buffs.png Enhance ToHit Buff

Quills Taunt.png Confront[]

Challenges a foe to attack you. Useful to pull a villain off an ally who finds himself in over his head.

This power is unavailable to Stalkers.

Recharge Fast
Minimum Level Archetypeicon scrapper.png 12 (scrapper)
Effects Ranged
Foe Taunt
Enhancements TO Training Taunt Effectiveness.png Enhance Taunt Effectiveness
TO Training Range.png Enhance Range
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate

Quills Impale.png Impale[]

You can throw a single large Spine at a targeted foe. This Spine does minor damage, but carries a large amount of the Spine toxin that can completely Immobilize most foes, as well as slowing them.

Damage High
Recharge Moderate
Minimum Level Archetypeicon scrapper.png 8 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 18 (Stalker)
Effects Ranged
Damage (Lethal)
Immobilize
-Recharge)
-Fly
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Range.png Enhance Range
TO Training Immobilization Duration.png Enhance Immobilization Duration
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy

Quills Lunge.png Lunge[]

Lunge forward stabbing and poisoning a targeted foe with a large Spine on your arm. Lunge deals moderate damage. Spine poison slows affected foes.

Damage Moderate
Recharge Fast
Minimum Level Archetypeicon scrapper.png 1 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 1 (Stalker)
Effects Melee
Damage (Lethal)
Damage over Time (Toxic)
-Speed
-Recharge
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 Slow powers.png Enhance Slow
TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy

Quills Placate.png Placate[]

Allows you to trick a foe into no longer attacking you. A successful Placate will also hide you. This hide is very brief, and offers no defense bonus, but it will allow you to deliver a critical hit or an Assassin's Strike. However, if you attack a placated foe, he will be able to attack you back.

This power is unavailable to Scrappers.

Recharge Long
Minimum Level V archetypeicon stalker.png 12 (Stalker)
Effects Ranged
Foe Placate
Self Stealth/Hide
Enhancements TO Training Range.png Enhance Range
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate

Quills Quills.png Quills[]

When you activate this power, you will constantly fire dozens of Quills in all directions. These Quills do minor damage, but can poison all foes in close range. Spine poison slows affected foes.

This power is unavailable to Stalkers.

Damage Minor
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level Archetypeicon scrapper.png 18 (Scrapper)
Effects Point Blank Area of Effect
Toggle
Damage over Time (Lethal)
-Speed
-Recharge
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 Slow powers.png Enhance Slow
TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy

Quills BoneSword.png Ripper[]

You can unleash a spectacular slashing maneuver that attacks all villains in a wide arc in front of yourself. Ripper deals massive damage and poisons multiple targets. It can even knockdown foes. Spine poison slows affected targets.

Damage Moderate (Lethal)
Moderate Damage Over Time (Lethal)
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level Archetypeicon scrapper.png 18 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 26 (Stalker)
Effects Melee Cone
Damage (Lethal)
Damage over Time (Toxic)
Knockback
-Speed
-Recharge
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training KnockBack Distance.png Enhance Knockback Distance
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Slow powers.png Enhance Slow
TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy

Quills FlingQuills.png Spine Burst[]

You can fling dozens of Spines in all directions. These Spines only travel a short distance, but they can deal moderate damage and poison any target close to you. Spine poison slows affected foes.

Damage Moderate
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level Archetypeicon scrapper.png 2 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 2 Stalker)
Effects Point Blank Area of Effect
Damage (Lethal)
Damage over Time (Toxic)
-Speed
-Recharge
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 Slow powers.png Enhance Slow
TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy

Quills QuillThrowing.png Throw Spines[]

You can throw dozens of Spines in a wide cone in front of you, impaling foes caught within the range. Spine throwing deals moderate damage, and poisons any targets it hits. Spine poison slows affected foes.

Damage Moderate
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level Archetypeicon scrapper.png 32 (Scrapper)
V archetypeicon stalker.png 32 (Stalker)
Effects Ranged Cone
Damage (Lethal)
Damage over Time (Toxic)
-Speed
-Recharge
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Range.png Enhance Range
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Slow powers.png Enhance Slow
TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy

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