Increasing Combat Rating

DCUO CR Combat Rating is a statistic possessed by player characters representing the overall item level of equipment. which will unlock in-game content like Zones, Challenges, Duos, Alerts, Raids and Operations, missions, and more.

This guide provides a complete vision of the activities that players must do to make your character more powerful and unlock new in-game content. Next, we will list the steps to reach the highest combat rating and their requirements:

Combat Rating: Level 30 to CR 43 – T1 Guide

  • Total Free Access
  • Access to T1 Vendor with:
    • CR 46 EquipmentCR 42 WeaponsGenerator MODS 3.2

Combat Rating: CR 43 to CR 53 – T2 Guide

Combat Rating: CR 53 to CR 70 – T3 Guide

Combat Rating: CR 70 to CR 84 – T4 Guide

  • It is hardly achievable with Free Access
  • The Battle for Earth required to access 2 Raids
  • Hand of Fate required to access 1 Alert and 2 Raids
  • Home Turf required daily missions
  • Origin Crisis required for Challenges
  • Access to T4 Vendor with:
    • CR 78 EquipmentCR 70 WeaponsSynthetic MODS IVGenerator MODS 4.2

Combat Rating: CR 84 to CR 100 – T5 Guide

Combat Rating: CR 100 to CR 111 – T6 Guide

Combat Rating: CR 111 to CR 154 – T7 Guide

Combat Rating: CR 154 to CR 190 – T8 Guide

28 thoughts on “Increasing Combat Rating

  1. DrCox

    I just wanted to say that your guides/ blog is amazing, and it’s stunning how many comments you reply to. You are truly an admirable person

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      You are welcome DrCox. We try to the help DCUO Community as much as we can 🙂

  2. Joe

    Actually, if you get all of the Nuclear style gear (150 chest, legs, waist, and back, and 153 head, hands, shoulders, and feet) as well as the 156 weapon, trinket, rings, utility belt, and neck, you will have a CR of 175. That is attainable without running a single thing in Amazon Fury III. All of those pieces drop in Darkseid’s War Factory (chest, legs, waist, back), A Rip in Time (head, shoulders, hands, feet), and Kandor Central Tower (weapon, trinket, ring, utility belt, neck).

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Harlen, we are currently updating our cr calculator. However, when you are near the highest CR, importing your Character’s equipment item level may not be fully done because most of the latest gear information is not uploaded by DCUO to their Census Api.

      Our CR Calculator takes information from DCUO Census Api. If that Api is not updated our Calculator can’t import the information correctly 🙁

  3. Ben

    I have up to episode 17, and am curious what episodes I can purchase past this to reach the highest cr without buying all of them. Preferably, I’d like to buy only 5 episodes past episode 17. VVhich ones should I purchase, minimally?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Ben, it is a hard question to answer because you can simply collect full Equipment from tier vendor and reach CR 139 which allow you to enter Blackest Night & Wastelands Wonderland episode skipping all previous episodes but it will be very difficult to accomplish it with not enough content.

      In your case, i would by episodes that gives me Challenges, Duos, and Alerts which allow me to get Marks of Victory everyday skipping raids at all. So here is the list of the episodes you can get to reach the highest CR:
      * The Demon’s Plan & Deep Desires
      * Science Spire & The Phantom Zone
      * Harley’s Heist & Darkseid’s War Factory
      * And the latest, Episode available

      As you can see in our DLC Packs section, there is a vendor for each 3 new Episodes and you only need to have 1 of those episode to access all items from that vendor. I think that is the catch of raising CR without buying all episodes.

    2. John

      This is a really awesome guide. been using it through my first run through of the game. I’m nearing the end of the guide though. I play on xbox one and the CR there goes up to 175. any plans of adding to this? it would be a huge help!

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      We are currently working on our apps to better explained what to do according to your CR. At the moment, our CR Calculator tells you what Content is available for your character but we will improve this CR Calculator to also let players know where to find better items 🙂 Stay tuned to our Fanpage for more information

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Andrew, once you reach level 30, near your character’s name there will be displayed your CR and your LVL. You raise your combat rating by getting dropped equipments from T1 instances or buying tier armor from vendors. Check more about Tier Vendors here

  4. Marie Nicoll

    I have a CR of 138 dps with a 134 healer and 147 sp. My power is sorcery. I am looking for a dps loadout with high number potential. I am a hero.

  5. cretos

    You do NOT have to be legendary to make it cr126. You at least have to be premium and al that takes is a $5 or so purchase in the store. Ive been playing since it was offered free To Play. I make it a Point to buy the DLC packs as they come out, so I own them regardless of my legendary,prem, or Free status. You do have to learn to budget your money because of your $2000 limit is vender spending.

    To survive you will have collect sodas, crap & extra gear you dont need in alerts. spend time collecting farming exos(is spend 15 mins a day, do daily alerts everyday. I NEVER use replay badges These will keep you going and keep your gear repaired. Forget about using the auctions($2k limit again). Make friends and join a league.

    The only thing that held me back for a while was obtaining interfaces’ that cost over 2k. Then i had friends buy me a stack or when i needed one, of late my league has a stack in league bank. I did buy bank/inventory slot increases a few times during sales, as well as a 1 week unlock escrow token im saving for special occasion, which i will use and buy everything from every vendor that i can. my sorc healer/dps is now cr 124. Ive spend a total of maybe $100 on this game since 2011

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Cretos for sharing your experience. In fact, we also play DCUO as you mentioned. Never have access to legendary but since Lightning Strikes we have been buying all Episodes. When we say Free to Play we mean that players must buy Episodes to access the latest content.

  6. NerdGeist

    I’m currently a Premium with no Episodes (had Legendary for just a month and will occasionally get another month again). On my higher CR character I managed to buy 2 pieces from the vendor in Ranx before ending my Legendary status, wich are CR 90 stuff, and all else I have is around 83-85. My current CR is 89, and I’m trying to improve with mods (I have 2 or 3 Expert V, all else is just temporary crap).

    So, wich are the highest pieces available for me now? Or am I stuck untill I get Legendary again? I’ll get some station cash, just enough for Lair System and Utility Belt System; AND one episode. Yep, for the moment, just one. So, wich Episode you reccomend for me now, with such CR?

    As always, thanks in advance. 😉

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello NerdGeist, if your CR is 89 you still need to get it up to 100 to access T6 Content (AF1, HOP1, WOTL2, AF2) so the highest Equipment will be the one sold at Ranx Vendor and the equipment dropped at WOTL1. You have 2 options: buy WOTL1 only to reach CR 100 and thats your limite or be legendary and play that way until you reach the highest CR in game.

      I personally started playing DCUO since it begins so i am premium and have all DLC Packs. With recent changes and for new players, being premium can be more hard and expensive than it was when i started playing DCUO, and the only viable way for enjoying all game content is being Legendary 🙁

  7. Bradley Paterson

    Would love to know when you Tier 6 guide will be released, I know we are no where near Tier 7 yet, however I have recently become Legendary with DCUO’s Legend 3-month deal and I’m currently clueless with T6 tasks.

    Emerald Lad (EUPS)

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Bradley, we are currently working on “Combat Rating: CR 100 to CR 108” guide, we will try to post it as soon as we can 🙂

  8. Nathaniel Washington

    When you say impossible with free access do you mean just free without dlc or non sub because of caps and limitations?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Nathaniel, impossible with free access means that you cant access this content without DLC and caps and limitations. Some of the Tier cost more than 1500 cash which is the limit for free access player and even the TIER 5 needs you to have Origin Crisis DLC pack to access it

  9. Midnight

    I would like to challenge the assertion that CR 84 to CR 100 is impossible to achieve with Free Access…I’ve had a CR 87 Fire Tank (image on my Twitter) until I bought my first DLC last night (Hand of Fate, no less). The Arcane battlesuits in the Magic Wing of the Watchtower have a base item level of 78 – add the also available Synthetic IV mods (I even had a couple of Vs from the Atlantean vendor in the Meta Wing) before you’re asked to fight Lecherous Cultists and only DLCs short of T5 content. 😀

    I must ask why Battle for Earth was included in the list at the bottom though…I got Hand of Fate for the Utility Belts and War of the Light is a bridge to T6 but the instances challenge lower tiers. If it ups the rate of Marks of Triumph collecting then that makes sense. 🙂

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Midnight for your comment, we want to congratulate you, you have achived a difficult task 🙂
      We try to define Combat Rating Phases needed to access a new Tier Content.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      For PVP i will go to Watcher because it is always good to have Watcher watching your back (remember to power it up) anyplace you are than depending on Soul Well that will only heal you if you are over it.

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