New at level 30
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Congratulation for reaching level 30, now probably you are asking What Now?. At DCUO, reaching the level cap is like finishing your character tutorial and now you are ready to start playing the game.

At level 30, you only purpose is becoming stronger at PVP (Player Vs Player) and PVE (Player VS Environment). To acomplish that, every player should focus on:

  • Raising their Combat Rating (known as CR)
  • Gaining PVP and PVE marks
  • Buying PVP and PVE Sets
  • Getting more Skill Points and Feats

Raising Combat Rating


Combat rating measures your combat effectiveness based upon the best equipment in your possession. Combat rating is based on Item Levels you have in your inventory, equipped and bank.

Therefore, if you have 3 weapons: item level 50 equipped, item level 70 in your inventory, and item level 30 in your bank; combat rating will focus on your weapon item level 70 in your inventory. Once you reach certain Combat Rating, it won’t go down no matter if you sell or destroy your items.

In game, you will see Equipped Combat Rating and Combat Rating. Combat Rating statistic will show you the highest CR you have reached while Equipped Combat Rating displays the average of your equipped item levels. It is important to know that having equipped the highest CR items will improve your damage against PVE enemies

Combat rating is calculated by averaging the item levels of all players’ items in their possession. We have develop a Combat Rating Calculator for you to know what equipment is needed to reach your desire CR.

Gaining PVP and PVE marks


But how can players get powerful items to raise your Combat Rating? Well, they need to start doing PVP and PVE from their On Duty tab. This tab will give players shortcuts to their PVE Missions or PVP Fights where they can queue and join others with the same accessible content.

PVE Missions are: Challenge (1 Player), Duos (2 Players), Alerts (4 Players), Raids (8 Players). On the other hand, PVP Fights are: Arenas and Legends, both of them can be 1vs1, 2vs2, 4vs4, 5vs5 or 8vs8.

Each PVE Mission has its own requirements: Size (how many players), Required Combat Rating (needed to be queued), and Rewards (what mark you’ll obtain after completing the mission).


At PVE missions, Bosses will drop equipment with certain item level; also, finishing PVE mission will earn you Marks of Victory depending on what you queued for and your Combat Rating Relevancy. These marks are the currency to Tiers Set; however, you can mix your items (dropped from missions) and your Tiers Item (bought with Marks) to raise your Combat Rating.

At PVP Fights, players will earn Marks of Valor (currency for PVP Sets and PVP Style Tokens) or Marks of Legend (currency for Legends Characters ).

NOTE: Some content will be unlocked by buying some DLC Packs.

Buying PVP and PVE Sets


To summarize, you need Marks of Victory to buy PVE Sets and depending combat rating you will need to have access to some Episodes

Tier 1 – CR 46 Level 30 Free
Tier 2 – CR 56 Combat Rating 43 Free
Tier 3A – CR 62 Combat Rating 53 Lightning Strikes
Tier 3 – CR 70 Combat Rating 53 Free
Tier 4 – CR 78 Combat Rating 70 Free
Tier 5 – CR 85 Combat Rating 84 Origin Crisis
Tier 5A – CR 86 Combat Rating 84 Sons of Trigon
Tier 5B – CR 90 Combat Rating 85 War of the Light: Part 1
Tier 6 – CR 92 Combat Rating 100 Amazon Fury: Part 1
Tier 6A – CR 94 Combat Rating 102 Halls of Power: Part 1
Tier 6B – CR 97 Combat Rating 106 War of the Light: Part 2
Tier 6C – CR 99 Combat Rating 106 Amazon Fury: Part 2
Tier 7 – CR 108 Combat Rating 111 Halls of Power: Part 2
Tier 7A – CR 117 – CR 121 Combat Rating 113 Episode 15Episode 16

For PVP, players must obtained Marks of Valor from Legends or Arenas. They also must complete full set before the next Tier appear in vendor’s list. You must get: head, shoulders, chest, legs, back, hands, waist, feet, weapon, face, neck, both rings, and trinket (or Utility Belt). Once they have full set its combat rating will be increased to the next level and let PVP vendors to show next Tier

PVP TIERS SET Style Location
PVP Set CR 96 Aeronaut Headquarters Wings
PVP Set CR 97 Logistics Officer Headquarters Wings
PVP Set CR 98 Vengeance / Punchline Halls of Heroes / Meta Wing
PVP Set CR 99 Elemental Android / Adaptive Android Halls of Heroes / Meta Wing
PVP Set CR 100 Gotham Knight / Vengeful Surgeon Halls of Heroes / Meta Wing

Getting more Skill Points and Feats


Feats are challenges that award feat points upon completion. For every 100 points achieved the player will receive an additional skill point for their character. Each feat has a star rating, which reflects the difficulty of accomplishing that feat:

Star Rating Difficulty Points Awarded
1 Star Easy 10 Points
2 Stars Medium 25 Points
3 Stars Hard 50 Points

A player must have at least 90 skill points for their characters role to work to its full potential. DCUO Bloguide has a compilation of some feats players might be interested so check it out here.

Guide Tips

  • Queue on Challenge, Duos to earn Marks of Victory for buying PVE Sets
  • Alerts and Raids will be harder to do with queue, so you might need to join a helpful League or make your own group to queue together.
  • At PVP, we suggest players start doing Legends instead of Arenas to get used to fight against other players and learning PVP basics (blocking, interrupting, and attacking with weapon or superpowers)
  • At PVP Arenas, all statistics will be balanced so no matter what tier you have equipped yours and your enemies statistics will be the same. However, having tons of skill points will improve a little your stats.
  • Reaching the maximun PVP Combat rating will let you buy the best Prefab MODS which are helpful to also improve your PVP statistics or to improve your PVE Equipment stats.

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29 comments on “New at level 30
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  1. bleepingpc

    any chance we ever are gonna get an update on this, and the one about increasing your cr from xx-xx?

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Bleepingpc, we will work on this guides these weekend. Thanks for your request and others, we are always trying to provide the best info 🙂

  2. What is the armour style shown along with the currency tab, looks awesome.

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Dinok, here is the list of the armour style:
      Head: Sector Agent (require Fight for the Light DLC)
      Chest: Sector Incendiary (require Fight for the Light DLC)
      Legs: Rapture
      Back: Hawk Wings
      Shoulders – Hands – Waist – Feets: Hera’s Strenght (T2 Hero set)

  3. Tiger Warbird

    As of GU37 or 38 you can no longer be walked into an instance. This needs to be updated.

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you Tiger for letting us know, we are currently update multiple guides 🙂

    • NerdGeist

      You sure? I recall having my new alt walk-in to HoD Armory somewhat around 2 months ago (when I got Legendary and re-rolled my alts from other accounts into my main account). Granted, my alt was already lv 30, but for sure wasn’t the recquired Cr for that, as we walked in as soon I hit 30. Didn’t even had that set wich costs 1 mark a piece.

  4. Edgar Lopez

    Excellent guide! 😀 Keep up the good job,

    I have only one question is it worth to start using the exobits on the armor of Tier 1 for example even tho you will end up buying a new Tier ?

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Edgar there is no need to use exobits at all while you are raising your combat rating. PVP vendors sell synthetic mods which help you to increase your CR as they were Exobytes MOD.

      I have raised my combat rating with no more than TIER, loot, and Synthetic MOD

    • NerdGeist

      If you have the marks to spend on synthetic mods, go for it. Way faster than gathering exobytes for that, and you can then trade those exos for stuff like auras, or just sell.
      It is so easy and fast to go from T1 to T3 that IO don’t reccomend synthetic mods: make Beta mods with exobytes, any that recquires just 1 exobyte of a certain color, just to increase a bit your CR. When you get a new better piece of armor, remove the mod with a recovery Alpha. This way you won’t waste a single exobyte ever.
      From T3 onward, tho, use betetr mods.

  5. WingedWay

    great job.

    • dcuobloguide Post author

      Thanks WingedWaty for your comment 🙂 We try to provide the best information to our community

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