Gear Basics - The Stats
Gear is one of the most common ways to improve your character in an MMO. New armor and weapons often unlock new abilities and provide stat bonuses that make your character stronger in a number of ways.
DC Universe Online is no exception. There are many stats in the game that provide different benefits, and the importance of those stats will depend on the type of character you're making. Let's take a look at what is available.
Defense - This is a PvE only stat that impacts the amount of damage your character takes when hit in combat. This stat only impacts damage from non-player characters. The amount of defense you need to have in order to mitigate damage by 1% scales depending on your level. You will need 71 points of defense to decrease damage taken by 1% at level 30.
Dominance - This stat determines the amount of damage an opponent under your control effect can take before the control effect ends. 2 points of Dominance equals one point of additional damage taken before control breaks. Dominance is countered by Willpower.
Health - As you might expect, this is your hit point stat. When you're out of health, you die. A high health stat is most helpful to tanks, but it's beneifical to everyone.
Might - This stat increases the damage of your offensive powers. 4 points of Might equals 1% extra base ability damage. This is a very important stat for characters focusing on a DPS role.
Power - This is basically mana. All powers require Power to be used. If you have no Power, you can't use abilities. Having more of this stat is never a bad thing.
Precision - Another DPS stat, Precision provides additional DPS for weapon attacks (instead of abilities). 10 points of Precision will boost your DPS rating by 1. This stat is normalized; it provides the same DPS bonus no matter the weapon used.
Restoration - This is exactly the same as Might, but it improves healing instead of damage. 4 points improves your healing by 1%. Obviously, healers want to have a lot of this stat on their gear.
Toughness - This is exactly the same as Defense, but it is used to mitigate damage from players instead of NPCs. This is a crucial stat for PvP combat.
Vitalization - Increases the rate at which you regenerate power. 10 points improves your power regeneration by 1%. Everyone can benefit, but this stat is most important for controllers, who have the ability to provide Vitalization bonuses to their teammates.