Earth Tank Guide
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Earth players calls forth tremors to affect the world around them. This power is available by buying it from Marketplace with 600 Station Cash.

Earth 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
    • Defense equal to 65% of your Dominance while not blocking
  • Jackhammer and Upheaval grants you Stone Skin increasing your Defense by 55% while not blocking. Does not stack with Earthen Bond.
  • Brick Golem grants you Earthen Bond transferring a portion of your incoming damage to Brick while not blocking. Does not stack with Stone Skin.

This Loadout is focused on Hybrid Playstyle allowing your character to use a mix of Weapon and Super power attacks. Players must unlock these stat points after unlocking required Weapon Combos and Movement Innates (7 Skill Points)

  • Focus: Hybrid – 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 Shields and Defense while not Blocking
  • Restoration – After Unlocking Dominance
    • Increase your healing effects after Full Dominance
    • Spend 5 Skill Points before going Full Dominance to gain Restoration percentage increase
  • Health – After unlocking Dominance
    • Increase your survival after Full Dominance
    • Spend 5 Skill Points before going Full Dominance to gain Health percentage increase


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  • Use Earthen Grip [1A] to drag your target and nearby enemies
  • Use Epicenter [2] to pull enemies toward you. This is very helpful when multiple NPCs are hitting you and your tank needs a break
  • Gemstone Shield [3] grants a protective Shield preventing a portion of incoming damage. Tap Melee (x3) to increase the percentage of absorbed damage; the final hit will damage enemies
  • Soothing Sands [4] is your Group Breakout ability. It heals you and provides immunity to control effects to you and up to seven teammates.
  • Brick Golem [6] uses super powers to restore Health and defend himself. You gain Earthen Bond transferring a portion of your incoming damage to Brick while not blocking
  • Fortify Golem [5A] fortifies your summoned Golem, shielding it from damage and restoring Power to it over time.



  • Earthen Grip [1A] is the main tank superpower for getting NPCs aggro
  • For some instance mechanics, Earth Tanks will need to use Pebble Blast [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 Earthen Grip [1A] and Pebble Blast [1B], you can replace it with Epicenter [2]. However, this is not recommended.
  • Players can use Jackhammer [1C] is great for Battle Tanking your enemies. They can use this instead of Earthen Grip [1A] for Alerts.
    • Superpowered Focus is recommended for using Jackhammer [1C] and still regenerate power while not using weapon attacks
    • Jackhammer [1C] Stone Skin effect wont be activated if Brick Golem [6] is active with its Earthen Bond effect which is why using Fortify Golem [5A] is still necessary to keep your Brick Golem [6] powered


  • Players can choose between Fortify Golem [5A] or Totem [5B] to help their Brick Golem.
    • Fortify Golem [5A] keep your Golem powered all the time to inflict damage and heal himself. Plus, you grant him a Shield everytime you use this superpower
    • Totem [5B] damages and knocks down nearby enemies. Brick receive healing over time inside area of effect


  • When engaging battle, start with Earthen Grip [1A]Epicenter [2], or Totem [5B] (if choosen) to grab enemies aggro
  • Use Fortify Golem [5A] to keep your Brick Golem [6] powered all the time and shield him. Brick will use its own superpowers to deal damage and heal himself.
  • This loadout focus on tanking with Earthen Bond effect, transferring a portion of your incoming damage to Brick [6] while not blocking
  • Some players prefer Totem [5B] to keep Brick [6] healed over time and also taunt nearby enemies. However, Brick [6] healing superpowers heal him more effectively than Totem [5B] plus inflicting damage to enemies which is why we recommend Fortify Golem [5A] (it also has a lower cooldown than Totem [5B])
  • 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
    • Regenerative Shielding: Heal yourself when using a Shield super power

EquipmenT MODS

    • Dominance & Might
    • Dominance & Power
    • Dominance


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88 comments on “Earth Tank Guide
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  1. Foolia

    How long does damage shift last? There isn’t any info about it in the weapon tree.

    Also, do you have guide for legend PVP? Thanks.

    • Foolia

      I meant power tree, not weapon tree.

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Foolia thanks for your comment. When you activate damage shift your pet and yourself will get an aura animation surrounding you. While both have this aura, damage shift is active. However, to ensure damage shift is up, keep using it every time you can.

      We havent done any legends pvp guides. However, i recommend you to use Atrocitus or Bizarro

    • Sbroscious

      Damage shift stays active from the instant you cast until either your golem dies or you see as loading screen

    • Foolia

      Thanks, guys. I really like Earth tank. Like it better than the last time I tried Ice tank.

    • DCUO Bloguide Post author

      We are glad to be helpful Foolia 🙂

  2. Ultra Shieldy

    Great setup thanks for all the work. Had a question on weapons how would a shield or a two handed weapon work for your setup

    Thank you for any input on this.

    • dcuobloguide Post author

      Hello Ultra Shieldy, thanks for your comment. We are now working on Weapon mastery guides to update our Power Guides later with weapon mastery and super-power rotations. However, use weapons that makes damage to multiple enemies with their combos.

  3. Which weapons can i combine?

    • dcuobloguide Post author

      Hello Gok, thanks for your comment.

      As Earth tank, we suggest to use: Staff, Dual Wield, or One handed. These are the best weapons for Tanking because its damage affects multiple enemies

  4. Why no powers that bestow immunities?

    • dcuobloguide Post author

      As Earth Tank, you need to transfer damage to your pet and also keep healing it. Thats why no bestow powers were selected. This loadout is focus on grab agro, play with your pet side by side.

  5. I’m new to earth so your guide is a very helpful foundation. I would like to know which powers I should try clipping. I don’t want to stress out my healers because of long cast animations. Any advice?

    • dcuobloguide Post author

      Hi Superpanda91

      Gemstone Shield and Damage Shift can be clipped after long animation powers. You can clip Epicenter ->Gemstone Shield -> Tap Melee -> Tap Melee -> Tap Melee to get agro and protect yourself against enemies. Also you can clip Totem -> Damage Shift to heals and transfer your incoming damage to nearby golem.

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