Atomic Tank Guide
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Atomic manipulates the subatomic structure of enemies to inflict damage, shields allies and heals himself.  This power is available by buying it from Marketplace with 600 Station Cash.Earth players calls forth tremors to affect the world around them. This power is available by buying it from Marketplace with 600 Station Cash.

Atomic Tank guide is updated to GU73. You can check videos from DCUO Youtubers below to learn more about other loadouts and rotations.


Every tank has its own mechanics to survive NPCs attacks. These are the mechanics for Earth Tanking:

  • In Tank role, you gain the following benefits
    • +90% Defense while not blocking
  • Molecular Charges (granted by Atomic Combos) heal you for an amount equal to 40% of your max Dominance.
  • While your Quark-Gluon Aura is active you gain:
    • +15% Control Resistance
    • +25% Damage Absorption while not blocking
    • Your attacks heal you for an amount equal to 2% of your max Health

This Loadout is focused on Superpowered Playstyle allowing your character to improve Super power attacks and granting 25% Power Regeneration. Players must unlock these stat points after unlocking required Weapon Combos and Movement Innates (7 Skill Points)

  • Focus: Superpowered– Use 1 Skill Point
    • Unlock Weapon Combos, and Movement Abilities before unlocking this Stat
  • Critical Attack Chance – Use only 10 Skill Points
  • Critical Attack Damage – Use only 10 Skill Points
  • Dominance – Use 175 Skill Points
    • Primary Stat for empowering your Molecular Charges healing while not Blocking and Shield
  • Health – After Unlocking Dominance
    • Increase your survival after Full Dominance
    • Secondary Stat for empowering Quark-Gluon Aura Healing
    • Spend 5 Skill Points before going Full Dominance to gain Health percentage increase
  • Might and Power – After unlocking Dominance
    • Increase your damage and power pool after Full Dominance and Health
    • Spend 5 Skill Points before going Full Dominance to gain Might and Power percentage increase


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  • Use Atomic Reorganization [1A] to drag your target and nearby enemies
  • Use Atom Splitter [2] to pull enemies toward you. This is very helpful when multiple NPCs are hitting you and your tank needs a break
    • Atomic Combos x2 (Tap Melee) – Each Atomic Combo grants you a Molecular Charge
    • Second Atomic Combo will refresh Quark-Gluon Aura
  • Thermochemical Explosion [3] damages enemies in front of you
    • Atomic Combos x2 (Tap Melee) – Each Atomic Combo grants you a Molecular Charge
    • Second Atomic Combo will refresh Quark-Gluon Aura
  • Proton Remedy [4] heals you over time. Recovery time is sped up if you have Molecular Charges or if your Quark-Gluon Aura is active when this is used
    • Use this immediately after Atomic Combos x2 to activate Quark-Gluon Aura
  • Neutrino Blast [5] is your Group Breakout ability. It heals you and provides immunity to control effects to you and up to seven teammates.
    • Use this immediately after Atomic Combos x2 to activate Quark-Gluon Aura
  • Density [6] grants you a Shield for a short time allowing you to absorb incoming damage.


  • Atomic Reorganization [1A] is the main tank superpower for getting NPCs aggro
  • For some instance mechanics, Atomic Tanks will need to use Particle Beam [1B] to taunt a single target (bosses or sub-bosses). The effect is more powerful and will not be broken by a standard Tank Role taunt
  • If you want to have both superpowers Atomic Reorganization [1A] and Particle Beam [1B], you can replace it with Thermochemical Explosion [3]. However, this is not recommended.


  • When engaging battle, start with Atom Splitter [2] + Atomic Combo (x2) plus Proton Remedy [4] to grab enemies aggro and immediately activate Quark-Gluon Aura
    • It is important to always have Quark-Gluon Aura to improve healing effects and grants damage absorption while not blocking
  • Atomic Tanks are considered the best Battle Tanks because they use Atom Splitter [2] and Thermochemical Explosion [3] to inflict heavy damage to enemies while controlling them and healing themselves everytime they use Atomic Combos or any attack with Quark-Gluon Aura
  • For those instance mechanics where 2 tanks are needed. Communicate with your tank partner and coordinate who will be using the Single Taunt ability.
    • Having both tanks with the Single Taunt will let the group vulnerable for NPCs to attack them without the tank being able to drag multiple targets

Tactical MODS

    • Absorption Adapter: Weapon attacks have a chance to activate a shield, reducing damage by 75% until damage equal to 30% of your Health is prevented
  • NECK
    • Fortified Assault: Increases your Defense by an additional 10% while not blocking
  • BACK
    • Breakout Protection: your Defense and Toughness is increased by 10% for 4 seconds after using the Breakout ability
    • Breakout Regeneration: Gain Health regeneration for 4 seconds after using the Breakout ability
  • FEET
    • Deadly Block: Your Block Counter causes additional damage equal to 5% of your Precision
    • Quick Healing: Gain an additional 2% bonus to Healing Received
    • Max Damage: Using super powers increases damage by 2% for a short time

EquipmenT MODS

    • Dominance & Might
    • Dominance & Power
    • Dominance & Health


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  1. Hi so this tank guide , should I use it in order and how much time should I spend between each power? Should I keep using then one after the other beacause in one of your tips I saw that it said I should use density when I’m low on health

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Jim, for tank, healer, and controller guides we cant provide a rotation of how to use the power. However, i can tell you that you should have Quark-Gluon Aura to receive amount equal to 2% of your max Health for each attack.

      Atomic tank allows you to inflict attack enemies and also heal back a portion of your health. However, on bosses you should activate your Quark-Gluon Aura and then block until you need to refresh the aura with another atomic combo. This way you will received healing for your atomic combos and your aura.

      Density should be saved for emergency because it will give you time to restore a portion of your health and healers to heal you as fast as they can 🙂

  2. Personal preference: I would replace chest mod with Quick Healing. Reserve Tank just gives you more mana/power.

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Leetra, it is a great replacement and can certainly use it to improve all healing received 🙂 However, some tanks prefer to have more power so they can use more superpowers 🙂

  3. hi 1st of many

  4. This comment was originally posted on the DPS guide, but I wanted both guides to have it…

    the DPS info in the comment can be ignored if on ly interested in tanking use contact info and I can and will help anyone with Atomic
    I am currntly on Live with Atomic DPS and Tank Loadouts and Mothods that I solely created, from scratch and when DPSing in Endgame content such as Blackest Day “Elite” I am hitting so hard with Gieger Bomb, that my crits are constantly between 215k to 230k. And my loadout is very similar, the one big DPS breaker is your reccomendation to clip Beta Surge with Atom Powered Assault.. if you do so, your first rotation will be missing a very important increase in damage on Gieger Bomb.. the attack buff Atom powered Assault must be used first and alone no clipping…. then the 3 powers you use to maximize the damage of Geiger Bomb
    always have a power point in Gieger Beam, for ranged damage, and one power point for Mass Density Supercharge/full group shield… Use the loadout with G-Bomg as often as posible..
    When using G-Bomb, put the group shield Mass Density SuperChagre power in loadout where G-Beam “weak and for long range” put Mass Density ….

    Must use tips, forst and foremost you need to craft Chronomectric Emitters, and Personal Dampening, the T 7 mods… not the older versions

    Put Crometric Emitters in your first consumable slot on your utility belt, and hit it on any adds that lunge/attack/and inturtiption

    Chrono will Qauntm stuun the ADDS just long enougj to allow safety and time to activate Atom Power Assault and most cases a full ro rotation ending with Geiger Bomb

    now Dampenig fiedls you should have them in you inventory where it is near the top left, so that you can fire and orbotal s and then quickly open inventory to select the Damp Fields….

    Uses that benift Atomic Dampening Fields : Evertime you go to revive another player who is down, activate Dampening Field first, then pick them up this will alllow you to be safe from damage and CC’s for a short amount of time also if you have a DOT on you, (damage over time….) SO safer pickups in the hardest spots to pick ppl up..

    Dampening field Damage Increasing with Atomic DPS…

    when in a boss fight and you need to get close for max dps, use Damp Fields whenever they are available to activate again , and again, etc. While the Field is up, you absorb any damgae done to you when close up to the boss and in the dangerous areas, still able do fire your rotation off no problrm, sew

    I have another DPS loadout and build, anyone who would like to get more comfortable and hands on help with your new Atomic powers, I am on USPC sever my toons names are REFLEKT, Will Centurion , Hopes Centurion , on villian side toon is Parallax Centurion… just send me an ingame email or add me to friends list and holler at me with a tell iand I will help you no problem… I espially like sharing my other custom DPS beast mode build… Also have two build for TANKING Atomic style that I can share with anyone and demoonstrate using it in actual content that is at my CR level

    hope to see you fellow Atom Bombs in game, and hit me up please for anything, I am also interested in comparing my builds with others… see yall on the battlefield. REFLEKT

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much Reflekt for sharing this amazing post with us. Im sure other players will enjoy reading and use your experience to play atomic better 🙂

    • Atomic Presence

      Sooo, what exactly is your loadout?

      Atom-Powered Assualt (1) > Beta Surge (2) > Neutron Bomb (3) > Nuclear Blast (4) > Geiger Blast (5) > Mass Density Supercharge (~)


      Atom-Powered Assualt (1) > Beta Surge (2) > Neutron Bomb (3) > Nuclear Blast (4) > Geiger Beam (5) > Mass Density (~)

      Sorry, your post was a little confusing.

  5. Are atomic is good to tank many adds??

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Hr.Tank, all tank powers are great at the moment and atomic is also a good tank mixing Ice with Fire mechanics. Density is a must use power which will absorb all incoming damage, this will give you time to your healer restore your health and you to use superpowers and atomic combos to heal yourself too 🙂

    • Atomic Presence


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