Ice DPS Guide

Ice damagers Harness the power of storms to cause your enemies to ice over and freeze. This power is available for all players for FREE during Character Creation.

Ice DPS guide updated to GU56

Statistics Priority

  • Might: Might increases damage from super powers (yellow damage).
  • Precision: Precision adds damage to all weapon attacks (white damage).
  • Critical Weapon Attack Chance: The chance to perform a critical attack with a weapon
  • Critical Weapon Attack Damage: Increases the damage a critical attack with a weapon does
  • Critical Ability Attack Chance: Increases the chance to perform a critical attack with an ability.
  • Critical Ability Attack Damage: Increases the damage a critical attack with an ability does.

Power Points Build

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Ice Dps Loadout

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  1. Wintry Tempest: Freeze the area near your target. The icy crystals damage your target and nearby enemies. Also summon a fierce, localized storm to damage and knock down enemies near you. Inflicts Frostbite to make enemies vulnerable to freezing effects. Increases all damage 50%.
  2. Cold Snap: Rapidly cool your body temperature, damaging nearby enemies. While active, some incoming damage will be directed back at your attackers. Grants Chill Effect; Gaining five consecutive Chill Effects activates Ice Armor. Recover Power when activating Artic Gust, Avalanche, Ice Bash, Wintry Tempest, Bitter Winds and Cold Snap. Increases all damage by 35%
  3. Ice Bash: Infuse your weapon with the power of ice, increasing the damage of your weapon attacks, critical strike chance, and critical damage. Grants Chill Effect; Gaining five consecutive Chill Effects activates Ice Armor. Cause additional damage to enemies in an area when hitting with Artic Gust and Avalanche. Increases all damage by 40%.
  4. Avalanche: Unleash a barrage of ice and snow upon your enemies, causing damage. Enemies with Frostbite may be encased in place and form an Icy Field damaging nearby enemies. Causes additional damage if enemies are standing in an Ice field. Also causes additional damage while Ice Armor is active or when you have four or more Chill effects. Increases all damage by 45%. [Vulnerable to Interrupt] [Weapon Mastery Crit Excluded]
    1. Reflection: Surround yourself with the essence of ice, causing damage to nearby enemies. Some damage from the next three attacks will be directed back at your attacker. Grants Chill Effect; Gaining five consecutive Chill Effects activates Ice Armor; while imbued with Chill Effects enemies that hit you may become rooted, while rooted enemies may be encased. Increases all damage by 35%.
  5. Arctic Gust: Blast your enemies with a sustained cone of frigid air, causing damage. Enemies with Frostbite may be rooted in place and form an Icy Field damaging nearby enemies. Causes additional damage if enemies are standing in an Ice field. Also causes additional damage while Ice Armor is active or when you have four or more Chill effects. Increases all damage by 35%. [Vulnerable to Interrupt] [Weapon Mastery Crit Excluded]
  6. Ice Elemental (50% Supercharge Cost): Transforms you into the embodiment of Ice, greatly enhancing role-specific stats. Ice Elemental form provides new weapon combos, and renders you immune to most Control effects.
    • Use it only to enhance your role-specific stats. As soon as you can, come back to Normal Form to deal even more damage with Arctic Gust.

Ice DPS Rotation

  • MAIN ROTATION
    • Cold Snap [2]” (Grants Chill Effect; some incoming damage will be directed back at your attackers, Recover Power when activating “Artic Gust [5]”, “Avalanche [4], “Ice Bash [3]”, “Wintry Tempest [1], and Cold Snap [2]”)
    • “Wintry Tempest [1]” (Inflicts Frostbite to make enemies vulnerable to freezing effects, damage your target and nearby enemies, also damage and knock down enemies near you)
      • Clipped with “Ice Bash [3]” (Grants Chill Effect, increases the damage of your weapon attacks, critical strike chance, and critical damage. Cause additional damage to enemies in an area when hitting with “Artic Gust [5]” and “Avalanche [4]”)
    • Players may choose between these powers as a Burst attack:
      • Arctic Gust [5]” (channeled melee and mid-range damage , Enemies with Frostbite may be rooted in place and form an Icy Field damaging nearby enemies. Causes additional damage if enemies are standing in an ice field or while Ice Armor is active) [Vulnerable to Interrupt]
      • Avalanche [4] (if chosen)” (channeled long range damage, Enemies with Frostbite may be encased in place and form an Icy Field damaging nearby enemies. Causes additional damage if enemies are standing in an ice field or while Ice Armor is active) [Vulnerable to Interrupt]
  • IMPORTANT VARIANTS
    • As soon as “Cold Snap [2]” becomes active, players must use it in order to  Recover Power when activating “Artic Gust [5]”, “Avalanche [4], “Ice Bash [3]”, “Wintry Tempest [1], and Cold Snap [2].
    • Since GU57, “Arctic Gust [5]” deals greater damage than “Avalanche [4] (if chosen)”  espacially when “Arctic Gust [5]” is used within 7m of enemies.
    • Avalanche [4] (if chosen)” has a great crowd control effect which is very helpful for hordes of enemies when doing missions, challenges, or duos, plus it is affected by “Cold Snap [2]” Advanced Mechanics.
    • Some players prefer using “Reflection [4A] (if choosen)” to activate Ice Armor faster and causing damage to nearby enemies. This variant is great for alerts or raids where you have a controller to power up your character
    • Until “Cold Snap [2]” and  “Ice Bash [3]” are enable, repeat Main Rotation without them
    • Arctic Gust [5]” and Avalanche [4] (if choosen)are vulnerable to interrupt so be careful if your enemies are constantly interrupt your attacks
    • Weapon Mastery Combos are not necessary for the rotation. Burst attacks deals great damage that players just need to use them all the time

Ice DPS Tips

  • Using “Ice Bash [3]”, “Reflection [4A] (if choosen)” and “Cold Snap [2]” will grant you Chill Effects, and Gaining five consecutive Chill Effects activates Ice Armor. This will empower your “Arctic Gust [5]” and “Avalanche [4]”.
  • Ice Armor keeps a damage buff that increase all damage by 35% while it is active. However, if you are using Max Damage Tactical MOD it will replace Ice armor damage buff with 60% Mod buff
  • Clip “Wintry Tempest [1]”, “Cold Snap [2]” and “Ice Bash [3]”, in this order, together to share cooldown and ensure high DPS.
  • It is important that “Cold Snap [2]” always be active to recover Power when activating “Artic Gust [5]”, “Avalanche [4]”, “Ice Bash [3]”, “Wintry Tempest [1], and “Cold Snap [2]”
  • Arctic Gust [5]” and “Avalanche [4]” cause additional damage if enemies are standing in an Ice field. Also causes additional damage while Ice Armor is active or when you have four or more Chill effects
  • Arctic Gust [5]” deals more damage than “Avalanche [4]”. However, “Arctic Gust [5]” is recommended only for melee or middle range situations while “Avalanche [4]”is great for long range situations
  • Weapon Mastery combos are optional for this loadout. However, if you are low powered it is great to deal damage with your weapon using only “Cold Snap [2]” and “Ice Bash [3]”
  • Hitting a target as part of the advanced mechanic with “Arctic Gust [5]” and “Avalanche [4]” will grant supercharge regen for 4 seconds

Tactical MODS (Lair System Required)

  • Weapon: Blast Adapter
  • Neck: Escalating might
  • Back: Breakout Regeneration
  • Feet: Deadly Block
  • Chest: Core Strenght
  • Hands: Max Damage

Equipmend MODS

  • Red Socket
    • Might
  • Yellow Socket
    • Might & Power
  • Blue Socket
    • Might & Health (improve survival)
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251 thoughts on “Ice DPS Guide

  1. Max

    “Arctic Gust [4]” deals more damage than “Avalanche [5]”. However, “Arctic Gust [4]” is recommended only for melee or middle range situations while “Avalanche [5]”is great for long range situations

    The numbers are wrong here. 4 5.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Max for pointing this out. We just update the guide with the right numbers 🙂

  2. Gerald P

    Ice DPS is Might based right? Which means I’ll be using power a majority of the time. So why is Precision listed as second on the priority list? My cr is 159 with 128 skill points, and Duel Wield/Bow is my favorite combo weapon.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Gerald, Ice DPS is full might based. Precision is listed because when you have already unlocked all might statistics, precision is the best way to go for enhancing weapon attacks. However, if you like to get more power instead of precision that is a good idea also

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello GlitterFart, thanks for your comment. It is hard to show PVP loadouts because PVP matches is more about how you use your weapon attacks, blocking, and interrupting than using superpowers.

      We are waiting for upcoming Statistics Revamp which will change the game as we know by letting players access all powers at level 30 (no more power points). We may create an app where players can create their own builds and share them with the community

  3. Cryo Corvus

    Hey. I was wondering how the loadout would be affected if i replaced avalanche/reflection with bitter winds

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      It is a great replacement because it provides you a low power consumption shield. However, i would use Bitter Winds instead of Ice Elemental because having avalanche on your loadout can be helpful for very long range situations

    2. The Game

      you need to use ice elemental if you want damage. Ice Elemental is one of the best supercharges in the game.

      You can have both supercharges if you don’t have a 4th power.

  4. N Dub

    Thanks for the guide! I recently started playing and this guide has gave me a great experience with ice. I am now almost at 170 cr and grinding more skill points. But i noticed the tier 8 vendor will only get me to 173 cr so my question is, what gear do i need to aim at for current end game? Craftable, elite drops, or what?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello N Dub, thanks for your comment. We are glad our guides help you 🙂 T8 Vendor is selling the highest Tier in-game at the moment. However, you can get the highest CR equipment from Darkseid’s War Factory (Elite), A Rip in Time (Elite), and Kandor Central Tower.

      Craftable Equipment has a little more CR than T8 Vendor Equipment but Elite Equipment is much better than Craftable

  5. Agasu1234567

    Hi! I have a question about stats. Due to the fact that ice doesn’t need to use any weapon combo, you should choose the one that gives the better stats. So, why do many suggest using One Handed while the Dual Wield gives better stats (it gives more critical attack damage and chance) ? Or so i’ve read… Maybe this is about an old GU

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Agasu, it is recommended that you choose the weapon style that suits you. When you have low skill points it is nice to watch out where you spend your skill points but most players SP are lower than their Combat Rating and there is the real problem.

      If you maintain your Skill Points always higher than your Combat Rating, it wont matter what weapon you use. We recommend One Handed because it is a great balanced weapon that has excellent melee and range combos. At the end, choosing a weapon is more about how confortable you fell with it

    2. QuantumFutz

      Way to dodge the question in your usual illiterate manner, DCUO Bloguide.

      To actually answer the question that was asked: yes, if what you are looking for is to squeeze out the absolute best statistical advantage, you’ll want to match the weapon buffs to the role you intend to play. The only dilemma you’d have is if you just hate the “best” weapon for you. Then, you will have to decide whether a tiny statistical boost is more important than the fun factor.

  6. Mysterious

    Hi there l, when using the supercharge, ice elemental, it shows a different kind of loadout but what kind of loadout should I use for ice elemental?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Mysterious, Ice Elemental should only be used to increase your statistics so in that loadout “Return to normal” have to be in order to switch back to your character current loadout for dealing enhanced damage

  7. Tsunagi

    For some reason my ice armor doesn’t work in dps role. Is it because of the max damage or is my character bugged? Its kind of frustrating. Makes me want to change powers but then again i don’t becuase i love ice. Please help

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Tsunagi, thanks for your comment. Max damage MOD overwrites damage increasement with its 60% boost while ice armor only gives you 35% increased damage buff. This MOD also prevents Ice Armor animation.

      You shouldn’t worry about ice armor animation, you still gets 60% damage increasement from Tactical MOD

  8. Markx

    Ive noticed you list [Frost Snipe] but you do not use it in the loadout or rotation alternates…. and it does not unlock anything else….. so why buy it?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Markx, thanks for your question. You need Frost Snipe to continue unlocking superpowers from Cryogenics tree. Furthermore, there are some situations like Assault & Battery: Raid or Throne of the Dead: Raid where you need to taunt only 1 target and there is when you have to replace Inescapable Storm with Frost Snipe

  9. FrozenCorvus

    Hey, I was wondering if the loadout would be okay if I replaced the ice elemental supercharge with the iconic power neo-venom boost.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Frozen thanks for your question. Ice elemental provides damage increasment more time than Neo-Venom Boost. However, you can save that last skill points for activating both when needed if you save in your armor the power distribution with only 14 points spent

  10. Darthblade

    Hey love the guide I’ve been using ice for 3 years , so my question is why don’t you put the powers in the load out in the rotation. Just wondering keep doing you.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Darthblade, thanks for your question. Can you please give us more details about your idea? We try to explain Builds and Loadouts inside these guides with images displayed so players can check what powers are in the loadout and then know more about the rotation.

      We are also working on new apps for our Anniversary so listening your ideas can be great addition to our future apps 🙂

  11. Astroblaze

    Hello, thank you for your guides are great. I have a problem for some time with my dps glance, I have an important mana loss that does not allow me to do more than 2 or 3 rotations …. I can not seem to understand the problem while I am the letter before your explanations and I did not have mana problem. Sorry for my English I Fancais. Thank you

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Astroblaze, thanks for your question.

      For challenges, missions, and duos, you should avoid using Wintry Tempest in the rotation so you don’t spend that amount of power and you can deal more damage with Arctic Gust or Avalanche.

      Let us know how it goes 🙂

  12. Stamdemic

    Hey, love these guides! I just have a question on the chest mod. Why is core strength better to choose over penetrating attacks? Thanks in advance.

    Reply
  13. Shad0wfire99

    I have a question about Ice Elemental. When using Ice Elemental in this Loadout, do you simply activate it and immediately return to normal just for the stat buffs? If I spend any time at all in elemental form, my power goes dry very quickly.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Shadowfire, you have to inmediately return to normal form after using Ice Elemental. This superpower will enhance your statistics to deal even more damage with Arctic Gust. Staying in Ice Elemental is not recommended because it will make you slow and disable your normal weapon attacks

    2. DanTheMan

      I see the same problem on the xb1. Returning back to normal form takes another 3-4 critical seconds, and depending on the operation, the reduced mobility isn’t a crucial disadvantage. However whenever I stay in elemental form it’s like my powers are more expensive and maybe coldsnap AM isn’t working. I have literally had only a single Arctic gust which proceeded after the wt-cs-ib buffs, cause a 100% power drain and I have to pop a soda at full health.

      Thus, I am always forced to return to normal form.

      Thinking of switching to earth, as ice dps blows, or earth is just too op with the pet. I’m getting out DPSed by pet/precision builds (earth and sorcs) by 50-100%, when cr is equal and I know they have only maybe 10 more skill points than me. I don’t like that the apparent optimal ice dos build doesn’t use weapon attacks at all (except when at zero power, but with no power to pop an emergency reflection, I think it’s best to cower and hold block until troll or soda come Around). These earth/sorc op builds seem to be getting their awesome dos from pets and the ability to deal good damage with wm combos in the middle of the rotation.

      ….or, am I doing it wrong by going 100% might and using super powers only? Tbh, me having a troll in an alert is rare. In power starved operTions, should I have an armory setup with WM Setup….instead of 3-4 AGs, have only 2 and follow with a WM combo??

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello DanTheMan, thanks for your comment. Ice AM is all about spamming Artic Gust or Avalanche while Cold Snap. Using Ice Elemental will increase your power cost which is why you should save it for bosses fight and use it before the fight begin so you have time to go back to normal form and deal heavy damage with your statistics enhanced.

      If you dont like spamming 2 superpowers you should try Earth or Sorcery where most of the damage is dealt by the pet while you use weapon mastery combos.

    4. Monarch Mobius

      It’s better to use arctic gust with the recent updates its damage overall better than avalanche. I know for my loadouts I use this for duos and solos: Cold Snap, Wintery Tempest, Ice Bash, Bitter Winds, Shatter Restraints or Hibernation, finished with Arctic Gust. Use that rotation left to right. And for alerts and raids I use: Wintery Tempest clip with cold snap then bitter winds clipped with Ice Bash then Arctic Gust, then Ice Elemental. I use Ice Elemental ONLY on boss fights to do max damage to them. On Ice Elemental Load out should only be snow devil as well as return back to normal . If you want you could throw in another supercharge but, I use Snow Devil for extra damage then return back to normal with a supply drop and max mods you can melt through most of the enemies and do a considerable amount to the boss.

  14. TundraTJ

    I seem to become power starved when I use the the normal rotation of clipping Wintry Tempest, Cold Snap, and Ice Bash followed by Avalanche or Arctic Gust. I’ve tried clipping Cold Snap and Ice Bash first and then using Wintry Tempest and then Avalanche or Arctic Gust. I can’t seem to figure out why I keep running out of power. Any ideas?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello TundraTJ, thanks for your question. You are doing exactly what i was going to recommend using ColdSnap at first. Maybe the problem is that you need more CR Equipment. This shouldnt bother you when you reach high combat rating. In fact, Ice AM has the best refund power system compared to others Advanced Mechanic

  15. Devlin

    I recommend this rotation specifically for solos, challenges and duos.
    1. clip cold snap and hard bash (keep active all times during combat)
    2. avalanche x 2 for adds. avalanche times one for bosses
    3. wintry tempest
    4. arctic gust
    5. can repeat with avalanche or arctic gust until wintry tempest recharges.
    if you use avalanche (without wintry tempest active) you can juggle adds and inflict major damage and they cannot attack you. I am able to juggle the toughest adds in duos twice and they cannot attack. bosses usually interrupt juggle half way thru first avalanche. if wintry tempest is active, it will root the enemies but they can still attack. this loadout may do less damage initially, but it will improve survival because enemies will not be able to attack.

    In raids and alerts, I recommend following the dcuobloguide loadout. Also, I tried the new loadout with Ice Elemental instead of Blizzard (never really like Blizzard). On 126 sparring partner, I spike at 25k damage once per arctic gust without Ice Elemental (wintry tempest, cold snap, hard bash ACTIVE) . With Ice Elemental, I spike at 35k 3-5 times per artic gust so it does do significant increased damage (wintry tempest, cold snap, hard bash ACTIVE)

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Devlin, thanks for sharing your thoughts with the guide. It is great to have experienced players improving guides information with their ideas 🙂

  16. warlock

    Thanks for this great guide. Quick question — why do you shift out of ice elemental after activating it? Why not just set ice elemental to use same load out and rotation? I presume the elemental buffs last for some time after shifting back.

    Also, I’ve seen some comments about snow devil. Yes snow devil is a long cooldown–so why not put it on the ice elemental loadout–and activate it before swapping back, so that you don’t use the normal dps loadout space with snow devil–but you still get to use it?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Warlock thanks for your question. You can stay in Ice Elemental form but most players prefer to switch back to normal form because they are able to move more freely without ice elemental movement restriction plus elemental buffs last for some time after shifting back as you mentioned.

      Using Snow Devil with your ice elemental loadout is a great variant and some players use it. However, you will sacrifice 3 power points only to unlock Snow Devil superpower, you can go for it but at least 1 of your recommended iconic ability will be lost

    2. Warlock

      My son plays ice, and I’d like to level a class that really synergizes well with ice for duos (and alerts). I’d really appreciate your input–what I play to get some real bang for the buck. For example, would Devices Fear Gas on targets frostbitten by Wintry Tempest encase–and then Resonating Gale (replacing Avalanche on loadout) be worth it? Or could I handle frostbite via Fear Gas–and he could drop Wintry Tempest from loadout freeing up a slot for something like Frost Blast (Troller can inflict burning) or Impaling Ice?

      These are just a few examples I am looking at, but given you know the game much better, would appreciate your insight (and it can be any class–I just mentioned Gadgets as one option to demonstrate my thinking). Thanks!

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Warlock thanks for your question. I think gadget is the only power that interacts with Frostbitten targets so you are right about having Ice and Gadgets as synergized powers 🙂

  17. yedai22

    Hey

    What do you think about ice devil or robot sidekick for ice dps? is it really useless or not significant to be part of your loadout? And, if I want to put devil in that loadout what power you would choice to get out?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Yedai22, having ice devil or robot sidekick in your loadout is a good variant. However, ice devil has long cooldown time and robot sidekick can be one shot in alerts and raids.

      Robot sidekick is more viable than ice devil for challenges, duos, or missions. However, alerts and raids will need you to avoid using robot sidekicks or it will be dead almost all the time in bosses fights

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Snqw, all weapons are great once you master them. However, we always recommend One Handed because it deals great damage, is faster and easy to learn

    2. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Yes Snqw, in fact most players use One Handed or Brawling for PVP. However, it doesnt mean other weapons are bad. As i said before, all weapons are great once you manage to master them

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Brawling is a great for tank because it deals heavy damage with every hit but it is slow. Brawling: Doom Spin Mastery and Brawling: Shuriken Storm Mastery combos are very useful for aggroing enemies

    4. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      I personally like One Handed for DPS and Tank. One Handed combos deal damage to multiple enemies which is great for getting aggro

  18. Kepa

    Hi! I really like this blog, its a perfect guide for everything. All I am wondering about if this guide updated to GU56?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Kepa, we are currently checking all our power guides for needed updated. We will post in our fanpage when they get updated 🙂

  19. Nikos

    Hello,
    Where is the ice armor?
    It doesn’t work any more after i reached level 30
    And less power back than before level 30.

    New update?

    Kind regards, Nikos
    Great blog 😉 <3 <3

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Nikos thanks for your comment. Ice armor is disabled when you equip HAND TACTICAL MOD: Max Damage because it overwrites Ice Armor effect from 35% to 60% damage increasement. There shouldnt be less power back. However, it is probably that your CR affects how much you recover power 🙂

  20. rpac

    Hi

    In the weapon traits does a ice dps should use his sp’s on power heal critis , critical healing chance & magnitude or they are just for trolls and healers roll?

    I use my sp’s like u recomend in ur statistics priority but after those i go for power and heal stats.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Rpac you should go for Power or even Dominance in some cases. Dont unlock heal crits chance or magnitude because you wont be using them at all

    2. The Game

      As far as DPS goes, the only things you should be focused on is might, critical attack, power and health.

      I have health over power just to survive longer but most choose power.

  21. KaosKontrol

    Hey there. I’ve been running this Ice loadout for a long time now. However, I recently discovered a much stronger loadout which I figured I’d share in case it was missed.

    The loadout:

    Storms tree: Two left, four middle
    Cryogenics tree: four middle, one right
    Iconics: Powerful resistance, Wisdom of solomon, both Weapons expert and tactical genius

    Loadout:
    1.Wintery Tempest
    2. Cold snap
    3. Reflection
    4. Ice Bash
    5. Arctic Gust/Avalanche
    6. Ice Elemental

    The way you use it is straight forward:
    Clip 1, 2, 3, 4. Use 5 until 1, 2, and 4 are off cooldown. Then repeat original rotation when 3 is up.
    When supercharge is available: pop 6, then quickly hit 6 again to leave transformation and use original rotation to profit from critical hit chance increase while in normal form.

    With this rotation the damage increase is considerably larger. Around 10 to 20k depending on how often you can use Ice Elemental.

    Substitute Gust for Avalanche if you want long range. And change order to 2, 1, 3, 4 if you want to conserve energy on duos.

    Presto.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much KaosKontrol for sharing this amazing comment with the guide. It is great to have your experience shared with the community 🙂

    2. rpac

      Ur right when u say that increase ur dmg but wont u ge the same or even more on blizzard… i say this because elemental gives that increase but for very lil time, and bettwen the time u activate and then deactivate again it past 2 or 3 sec that u could be doing same or more dmg with normal loadout or even with the blizzard, that i personally dont use … i just go with last 2 for artic gust and valanche and combo them all the time, breaking them when too close or far…

    3. The Game

      rpac you hit elemantal when you are not too far away from enemies. Elemental is the best.

      The only thing I can’t figure out is how to get ice armor.

    4. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello TheGame, you get ice armor from Gaining five consecutive Chill Effects. However, this effect is replaced when you have Max Damage Hand Tactical mod

  22. Silverio

    Also what should I focus on as a new player should I collect briefings as soon as I can. I just have no idea where to start lol

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Silverio, thanks for your question. You should focus on getting level 30 as fast as you can, meanwhile, you should collect all briefings, investigations, collectibles you find. Once you reach level 30, you can check our Collectible guides to find those items you didnt collect while leveling. Reaching level 30 is like finishing the tutorial check this guide when you get there http://dcuobloguide.com/guides/new-at-level-30/

  23. Silverio

    Hello

    First of thanks for the guide. I just finished downloading DC universe today first time player, just wanted to know what weapon and movement I should use, and does certain mentors help for certain builds?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Silverio, i personally like one handed and flight for all my characters because it is great for new players and one handed deals great damage 🙂

      You can choose whatever mentor you want, it doesnt affect your gameplay at all. Mentors only define what content you will encounter while leveling to 30

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Jklands, thanks for your comment. To activate Ice Armor you should Gain five consecutive Chill Effects. However, if you are using Max Damage Hands Tactical mods, ice armor is override by this tactical mod effect increasing all damage by 60%.

      Maybe this is why ice armor is not being displayed 🙂

    2. Jose

      Hi,

      Can some1 confirm what DCUO Bloguide said below. “By using Max Damage Hands Tactical mod, ice armor is override by this tactical mod effect increasing all damage by 60%” I am having this tactical mod and I have had difficulties activate Ice Armor. Maybe this is really the reason.

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Jose, if you want to test it, take off your hands equipment or replace Max Damage for another Hands tactical MODS and you will see how ice armor is displayed on your character again

  24. Koke Koke

    Hi I was just wondering why your guide has both Avalanche and Artic gust. Surely it is better to only have one as you can spam cast them both which would then free you up a spare place for a move like resonating gale increasing your damage and chance of causing frostbite. Also I was wondering therefor what move could you add in instead of Avalanche or Artic gust so as to maximize: damage, frostbite chance and crowd control. To add to that (sorry I know I’m rambling ) which move is better Avalanche or Artic gust as Artic gust provides mobility but shorter range and Avalanche provides longer range larger range but less damage. Final question ( I promise) what’s better out of bitter winds and wintry tempest? Thanks 🙂

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Koke, thanks for your question. We provide recommended guides for any situation: melee, range, mid-range, missions, and even PVP. We make our guides this way to help players learn about the power. However, most experience players will find as yourself that replacing some powers depending the situation will be more beneficial but we cant explain that much in a simple guide 🙂

      All the powers mentioned are the best for Ice which is why it is hard for me to tell replacements for powers 🙁

    2. Koke Koke

      Thank you, I understand now as I originally thought this guide was to maximize the damage of ice. All the guides on this website have been a great aid to me as I have leveled up different powers and I wish to thank you and any people who have helped write these as it helped me develope builds of my own and gain a greater understanding of how to be most efficient with my abilities. 😉

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much Koke for your words. We are very glad our website help you to understand your power and be great with your character. We are really happy to know our website is helpful and this motivates us to keep doing our job 🙂

  25. kevin

    Hey,

    Thanks for the last post, it was very informative and took away confsion. My other question is, for my base mods in the generator. For the 4 slots, what should I put in as im ice dps. I accidently put dominance and restoration in the first and second slots of support and put precision in the 2nd slot of offensive ( by accident).

    Basically, what should I put in those slots as a dps and is It possible to overwrite em?
    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Kevin, you should put MODs according to the your power. In your case, Might, Power, Dominance, and precision are great mods because it will empower your tank and dps role. To overwrite them you just need to place another MOD over the previous MOD

  26. javier

    Well ive recently learned that going into ice elemental and then changing out of it quickly will give you a big boost in burn. Its such a huge boost and im positive that is the best way to do damage with ice. Unfortunately it does not work well for ps3 users since it takes a while to load when going into and out of ice elemental form. Every ps4 user with ice should use it though.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks for your suggestion Javier, im sure many players reading this will try it out 🙂

  27. KEVIN

    Hey, I’m sort of new to this AM thing. So I’ve been using your rotation and still confused about some things.

    So when im starting out I use wintrey tempst then do the rest of the abilities but I’ve noticed I don’t really get much power back at all when using wintrey tempst but u did mention its not a recovered power. So do I only use wintrey tempest the first time and then just rotate with cold snap etc or include wintrey tempst again. If im like fighint just mobs or enemies, will it truly be necessary for wintry tempst? also avalanche is used for range but are all the other rotations necessary as well when doing it or can u just do avalanche. Sorry if this was confusing. Just mainly confused on the power drop from wintery tempst and if I press it a second time after I did it intitally or just press it once. and if I get ineruptted would it be jus alright to start from cold snap?

    thank yiu

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Kevin, Ice Advanced Mechanics is based on using Cold Snap before other superpowers. When you use Cold Snap, you will Recover Power when activating Artic Gust, Avalanche, Ice Bash, Wintry Tempest, Bitter Winds and Cold Snap.

      If you use Wintry Tempest before Cold Snap, it wont refund power to you. You can use Wintry Tempest anytime but you must use it while Cold Snap is active to recover power back. If you see your power regeneration is not too fast you should use some weapon attacks until you have enough power to continue with the rotation.

      You can stick to Avalanche for all situations but Arctic Gust deals more damage for melee and mid range situations.

      Hope this clear your doubts 🙂 Let us know how it goes

  28. kundo

    Hello, what happens is that I have a character gadgets lvl 11 dual wield , I like but I see that others of my lvl ( between 11 and 15) do more damage for example in area 51 , it’s about to learn well the sequence skills ? And in most pvp I see videos used much more than weapons skills , if I change say dual wield a martial arts or browling is good option in pvp ? Thanks for your answer , Greetings

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      All Powers have its own advanced mechanics that let them deal greater damage. At high level content, using advanced mechanics is the best way to deal damage rather than only using weapon attacks. For PVP, most players use One Handed, Brawling, or Martial Arts. I personally prefer One Handed for PVP but all weapons are great when you get use to manage them.

      You can try multiple weapons with no problem. You can reset skill points in Headquarters anytime you want with in-game cash

    2. kundo

      Thank you very much now that you told me that you can reset to the martial arts skills and proves ‘ll choose the one that best suits me

  29. kundo

    Hi, I ‘m new to this game I like gadgets and ice, for a beginner you recommend that is balanced in both PvE and PvP ? In arms which I liked what I recommend melee of arts or marcials browling ? In your personal opinion, what are the best powers and more balanced for PvP and PvE ( the free, I’m testing the game) and excellent page.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Kundo thanks for your question. If you want to test the game, i recommend you to pick Ice with One Handed or Brawling. In PVP Instances, you may need to practice combat mechanics because knowing how to interrupt, block, using weapon attacks, and Advanced mechanics are the key to win PVP matches

  30. javier

    I lately removed the blizzard for snow devil and have seen my damage go up. The blizzard only pops up rarely, and the damage from it i feel isnt enough. Plus if you get countered while youre about to throw it, it can be canceled and you lost out on the supercharge. Snow devil on the other hand pops up often. It also takes aggro from a boss or npc’s at times too.

    I did Dc elite recently with my snow devil load out. I was up against another ice with 135cr/190 sp, while i am 136cr/240sp. Naturally the 50 sp and 1 cr will give me an advantage, but i shattered him by almost 4 mil. Snow devil is the way to go for me.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much Javier for sharing your experience with the guide. Im sure many ice players will be happy to read about this 🙂

  31. Heisenberg915

    I switched to ice when it was beefed. It took awhile to produce the best load out but I believe I’ve found it. Before I get into my load out id like to inform everyone that using the max dmg mod will take away ur ice armor ability. I personally use empowered channeling instead for my build. I see 3 15k crits per arctic gust.
    I also use 2handed weapon due to the might skills that are available with the cross weapons that go with it.
    Now into my load out:

    Cold snap
    Ice bash ——-these 3 activate your ice armor. Snap n bash will cool down then activate them again
    Reflection—– not only helps on a faster ice armor activation also is great for te pickups.

    Wintery Tempest —produces more dmg than Bitter winds so I choose it instead.
    Arctic Gust—-the main attack. Spam until cold snap,wintery tempest,or snow devil cool down.
    Snow Devil —Great overlooked pet power. Gets attention of enemies and hits 4k dmg

    Some times you just need to find what works for you individually. I only have 104sps currently and I’m dishing out a 45k rotation. It satisfies me. Hope this helps anyone. Great forum by the way.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much Heisenberg for sharing your experience with the guide 🙂 Im sure this will help ice players to improve their damage in latest content

  32. BigHal Jordan

    I do not use Alvache as it is a worthless ability for Ice. My loadout includes the SC and I use it sparring, when I cand drop a supply drop for the damage buff.

    My rotation is bitter wind, clip cold snap, wintery tempest, clip Ice Bash, than I use AG x3…rinse and repeat.

    I have no power issue when using this loadout.

    Reply
  33. KaosKontrol

    Hey there. I’ve been running this Ice dps set-up for a while now, and it is a favorite. However, I found that the damage it puts out is rather mitigated. I now run Winter Tempest(1), Ice Bash(2), Resonating Gale(3), Cold Snap(4), Blizzard(5), and Arctic gust(6).

    Basically the rotation is clipping 1 – 2, 3 – 4. then 6(3 times) mixed with Blaster combo Hold then Tap between the Arctic Gusts. Then repeating the combo when everything is off cooldown and starting over.

    Basically with this combo is mid-range and provides a lot more damage at the sacrifice of a shield. You can also swap Gust with Avalanche to sacrifice damage for range.

    What are your thoughts? Which set-up do you think works better?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello KaosKontrol, thanks for sharing your experience. We try to provide neutral and recommended builds and loadouts for each power. Resonating Gale is not recommended because it doesnt get benefited from Ice Advanced Mechanics. However, if you consider that this improves your damage you can use it with no problem. Our guides also focus on dealing great damage in Alerts and Raids, these loadous can be used for melee and mid-range situations but some players prefer to switch some powers to kill enemies faster

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Nick, unfortunately we dont ahve Video guides for this loadout 🙁 but if you read description it tries to explain players all steps to deal heavy dps

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Nick , it is hard to say because pvp depend more on interrupting, blocking, and weapon attacks but i will say:
      * Rage (its advanced mechanics is the fastest to activate)
      * Ice (its also fast to activate and you can use its AM to break blocking and deal great damage)
      * Light (your Construct Combos will inflict great damage with low power consumption)
      * Gadgets (has great crowd control and using Distract + EMP Pulse is a great killing shot)
      * Earth & Sorcery (your pet will do all the damage while you can focus on interrupting and blocking)

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      For PVP, i personally use One Handed because it is a balanced weapon. Ice is great at pvp when you manage Advanced Mechanics correctly to break your enemies block 🙂

  34. Gabriel

    Also have to put that to the effect of the socket handle (MAX DAMAGE), the ice armor does not appear, why the effect of max damage, overwrites the ice armor.

    I wonder if with this, we could not aproveiar the ice armor with another effect of the socket of the handle.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Gabriel, Max Damage overwrites ice armor because it applies 60% increased damage rather than 35% of ice armor. For DPS, having 60% increasement is the most recommended way. You can get Ice armor back if you put another Hand Tactical Mod instead of Max Damage

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Sodane, this build and loadout can be used for PVP. However, using your weapon attacks, blocking, and interrupting plus the right use of your AM will grant you the victory. You should use Bitter Winds instead of Wintry Tempest for protection and saving power

    2. Hyperman

      For a DPS Ice, I saw some player’s videos who put pure precision into red soket … What do you think about that ?

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Hyperman, using precision for Ice DPS is not recommended because most of its damage comes from its Superpowers Advanced Mechanics which is improved with might MODS

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Breydan, for tanking it is recommended that you use weapons that hit multiple targets at the same time. Staff, One Handed, or Dual Wield are great choices

  35. bagofboom

    I just today switched from Ice WM to AM. I’m a bit hazy on how it works but the chatter in the community is AM is the way to go. I succumbed to peer pressure I guess. Anyway, if anyone is willing to help in game I’m VERY open to suggestions. Dcuo name is bagofboom3. PLEASE HELP!!!!

    Reply
  36. Radium

    Hey Blo, a little tip for Ice AM is to use a ranged tap and clip it quickly with Ava or Gust. With a bit of practice you won’t even see the weapon move.

    Reply
  37. lawrence

    Could you explain Ice’s Advance Mechanics to me? I’ve been using this blog for a long time and really appreciate all the work you guys do and the feedback you get from all your readers, and the other guides and powers seem to have more obvious advanced mechanics compared to ice. Could you enlighten me a bit?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Lawrence, we have updated this guide to explain better the ICE ADVANCED MECHANICS. The whole AM focus on Cold Snap that makes you Recover Power when activating Artic Gust, Avalanche, Ice Bash and Cold Snap. As you see most of the superpowers in the loadout activates this effect. Artic Gust and Avalanche deals greater damage if enemies are standing in an ice field or while Ice Armor is active.

      If you have any other question regarding ICE AM we will be happy to help you 🙂

  38. Alround

    heey Iam new in dcuo and dont want a dps or tank. I want an alrounder, something what is between this two

    Reply
    1. Alround

      HeeyI am new in dcuo and I dont want a dps or tank. I want an alrounder, something between tank and dps. what should i do and HOW could i do this.

    2. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Alround, in DCUO it is hard to be good at both roles at the same time. That is why we make guides for ICE DPS and ICE TANK.

      I recommend you to start playing with ICE DPS. The best way to get used to DCUO is by playing DPS instead of the alternate role

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Alround, in DCUO it is hard to be good at both roles at the same time. That is why we make guides for ICE DPS and ICE TANK 🙁

  39. Shocker

    Hi I’m 112 cr dps with 76 skill points how much damage should I do? I see hits averaging about 3500 using advance mechanics I’m not sure if that’s a lot.. What’s the best load out and how should my skill points be placed? My might is 6100 and precision 2400

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Shocker, it is hard to define how much damage you should do with your CR and SP. However, if you run some T6 Raids and Alerts and you see that other players deals greater damage than you then you have a problem. The first thing i can see is that your skill points are very slow. It is recommended that your SP always be higher than yout CR. At 112, having 150 skill points is good enough but there are players at 114 that already reached 200+ skill points so those players will always deal greater damage than you

  40. Ilkka Vasara

    Your loadout has seven abilities for the rotation. I don’t understand, I only have six! I’m new to the game, please help!

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Ikka, thanks for your comment. When you see 2 superpowers vertically align it means that depending the situation you should choose one of them

  41. Will

    any idea on how I should set my skill points for ice pvp? I can’t find anything anywhere and thanks for all the guides they’re a big help

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Will, thanks for your comment and support. I personally unlock my skill points for my role and that build works for PVP and PVE. However, if you want to improve your chances in PVP, you should focus on Health (improves survival), Precision (increase your weapon damage), Might (increase your superpower damage), and Power (allows you to use more superpowers).

  42. Cold as Ice

    Im looking for a good AM for ice, I use Wintry Temp- cold snap- ice bash- artic gust- avalanche and blizzard……. But even when I don’t use Wintry Tempest the amount of power I get back is not good. don’t get near as much as quantum or even munitions……….. So im just curious what the design loadout for it is?? Thank You

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Cold as Ice, Ice AM is completely different as Quantum or MUnitions. Only Recover Power when activating Artic Gust, Avalance, Ice Bash and Cold Snap so by using Wintry Tempest you wont get any power back from it. AM power restoration works only on described Superpowers. The loadout you are using is correct you just need to avoid using powers that dont belong to the AM if you dont have a controller near you.

  43. Shao Kahn_NML

    Hi, i was reading over this guide and the loadout seems fine, i just wanted to point out that if you are using weapon mastery, if you check the power description on the powers,Arctic Gust & Avalanche, you will see that these powers are “Excluded” from Weapon mastery benefits.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Shao for your comment, you are right with advanced mechanics weapon mastery crit are excluded that is why weapon mastery combo is optional for the main rotation

  44. bob

    what’s good stats for ice DPS? Might and Precision? what type of damage numbers should I look for? I’m a 109 cr with 70SP…

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Bob you should have more than 6000 might and 2800 precision for dealing great damage at T6 Content. You should focus on your skill points, they should always be higher than your combat rating

  45. Iceornah

    Hey i have a Question is the loadout good for the recent updates or any changed and what weapon to use cause i use dual wield i be running tier6 stuff i be far behind in damage.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Iceornah, Ice DPS hasnt received any further updates since GU43. That is why this build and loadout are still recommended for DPS in new content. Dual Wield is a great weapon and Ice Advanced Mechanics is the loadout that gives you most damage output. Maybe you are running T6 Content with people more equipped or soda boosted or more skill points.

    2. Rick Castle

      Thanks for the good loadout! BUT this is not possible:

      Reflection (45%) clipped with Cold Snap (35%) clipped with Ice Bash (40%)

      Reflection is not clippable, honeys :-).

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Rick, thanks for your comment what we try to say is that you should use Reflection Cold Snap Ice Bash together in this order by pressing their buttons simultaneously

  46. jgal

    Long time reader first time commenting. Thank you for all your build advice. It really gives newbies a fighting chance. I have built one character going based on your and it is one of the most fun and fluid things I have done. I am going to start PVP soon and build a character based entirly on PVP. I am going to comb through your site in a bit to find good info on that. Thanks.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much Jgal for your comment, we really appreciate it 🙂 We try to provide the best and most recommended builds and loadouts for players to understand how to manage their power. Thanks for your support, and we will happy to help you

    2. Bob

      I am a cr 108 ice with 68 sp is there anyway I can dish high damage with the skill points I currently have? Or do I need 90+ skill points?

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Bob, it is highly recommended that your skill points always be higher than your combat rating. This low quantity of skill points will affect your DPS in T6 Content so try our Feats section for getting some skill points http://dcuobloguide.com/feats/

  47. EAZYBUTTON

    Should I take weapon mastery out? If I respect my toon and take weapon mastery out will it increase my damage? or should I keep weapon mastery?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Eazybutton, with ICE Advanced Mecchanics there is no need for weapon mastery combos inside your rotation because it wont give you the crit bonus. However, having weapon mastery will be great for solo, duos, or missions.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Onur, you can only get 6 powers when we show 2 superpowers vertically align it means you must choose 1 of them depending the situation

  48. EAZYBUTTON

    So what your saying is don’t use weapon mastery? straight powers? only use weapon mastery for solos and duos? so basically don’t use weapon at all unless your low on power… my rotation is straight powers never weapon unless low on power right…

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Yeap Eazybutton, Ice dps is might based in PVE. In PVP, depending the arena you can deal great damage with your advanced mechanic rotation by being far from enemies like in 5vs5 or 8vs8, but mostly in 1vs1 and 2vs2 your weapon attacks define your winning or loosing. I think precision is a great choice for PVP 🙂

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Mikke, it can be a good weapon. However, it is recommended that you use fast weapon such as Dual Wield, One Handed, Hand Blaster 🙂

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello YovngEl, this can be hardly used in pvp matches because avalanche and arctic gust are vulnerable tu interrupt. however, pvp is more about using weapon attacks, interrupting, blocking, knocking down, and using your superpowers when is really necesary

    2. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      This loadout will give you enough protection and power interactions to deal damage and control your enemies
      Bitter Winds – Reflection – Ice Bash – Cold Snap – Frost Snipe – Blizzard

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks jaden for letting us know. If you see some glitching you can point it out in our fanpage with a screenshot for us to be able to see the problem and try to fix it. We cant see all the problems with our website so is nice to have people caring about the good performance of this bloguide that we try to fix it fastest as we can 🙂

  49. Shannon

    Please explain “weapon mastery crit excluded”. It sounds like you will not get the added damage using weapon mastery with the powers that have this phrase included in the description? If this is the case, is the increased damage using your current loadout that much more than using super powers that will utilize the weapon mastery crit bonuses?

    Thank you

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Shannon, weapon mastery crit excluded means that those superpowers suppress the Critical Chance and the Critical Damage that others superpowers normally gain after a successful Weapon Mastery Combo. Some superpowers that deals damage over time disable weapon mastery crit for all the time the DOT is active.

      With GU43, when using Might Based advanced mechanics you now gain an additional 5% chance to crit and 25% crit damage for all super powers to balance against the passive weapon attack crit bonuses received from purchasing Weapon Mastery traits

  50. javier

    Im confused, you have 7 powers in your ice dps loadout when you can only have 6. Is there a way to have 7 in your loadout now or am i just missing something?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Javier, depending on the situation you should choose one of those superpowers. Players should choose between Wintry Tempest and Reflection depending on the situation. Wintry Tempest costs to much power so it is recommended for Alerts and Raids where controllers can power over time, while Reflection is a great choice for missions, solos, and duos

    2. javier

      oh ok so basically pick 6 of the 7, with the first power being between reflection or wintry tempest…got ya

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Skulls13, One Handed, Dual Wield are great weapons for dps because they have great and fast weapon mastery combos

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Notme223, Avalance and Arctic Gust make extra damage while standing in ice field. However, the icy field created by those powers with their power interaction needs that your enemies have Frostbite or it wont appear, so you need to use Wintry Tempest which inflicts Frostbite and also creates an Ice Field that will empower your arctic gust and avalanche attacks.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Jaden, Chill effects always increase your damage by 35% but having Max Damage will increase all damage by 60% which override chill effect and thats great. However, i think that chill effect will still increase your damage by 35% while you dont activate another superpower

    2. Russell Jackman

      Chill effects no longer work, but more importantly, PI no longer works (no chill fields, no boosted damage to Arctic Gust/Avalanche), so you have a net DPS *loss* slotting Max Damage.

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Russel, with GU49, Wintry Tempest AND Bitter Winds are benefit from cold snap interaction so they can improved arctic gust / avalanche Advanced Mechanics by creating icy fields instead of the Chill Effects

    4. Russell Jackman

      Confirmed, and my apologies. I must have just gotten really lousy proc rolls for Root.

    5. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      No Problem Russell, it is great to have your thoughts in the guide so players can know more about Ice 🙂

  51. Ryan

    With the new update, which weapon/movement would you recommend?
    My current ice dps is only lvl 6-7, weapon is two handed, and movement is skimming.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Ryan, my personal opinion is that Flight or Skimming are great movements and let you escape or skip enemies more often than other movements. For dps i prefer fast weapons such as One Handed, Dual Wield, Staff, but choosing a weapon is really a personal choice 🙂

  52. Meefzy

    Battle Ready Loadout:
    Reflection – Best Shield
    Bitter Winds – Shield to Rotate with Reflection
    Shatter Restraints/Winter Ward – Choose Shatter Restraints if you do not have a breakout trinket in your utility case, and if you do choose Winter Ward for a buff to your team mates as it grants immunity and damage protection to them for a few seconds.
    Blizzard – Good to have in your loadout if you have an Ice Dps as it will add chilled effects and grant them additional damage bonuses
    Inescapable Storm – Your regular pull, use it to keep aggro on you at all times and to pull enemies off your team mates
    Frost Snipe – Use this ONLY on bosses, it allows a stronger aggro pull so the boss stays focused on you at all times

    How to use this Loadout?
    Pull enemies with Inescapable Storm, and then pop Reflection. After your reflection fades and you see the ice shield is completely gone use Bitter Winds. At half the cool down timer of Bitter Winds the shield will generally run out of effectiveness, and your Reflection will be cooled down. Rinse and repeat. Keep aggro on you at all times.

    Activate Shatter Restraints (if equipped) in sticky situations like your controllers are down and you have been encased or stunned and cannot breakout with the R1/Block button
    Activate Winter Ward (if equipped) when your team mates are in a tough situation, like if a boss is jumping or they are stuck in control effects

    Use Blizzard whenever you can to give you some extra damage or to help your Ice Dps team mates.
    Use frost snipe in boss battles to keep them focused on you.

    Rotation –
    Inescapable Storm > Reflection > Block (6 secs) > Bitter Winds > Inescapable Storm > Block (4 secs) > Repeat.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Meefzy for sharing this amazing comment, we are glad you improve this guide content 🙂

  53. Jaden

    Thank you your guides are always so helpful and I use them a lot, but I would like to know what benifit there is of haveing 2 burst powers

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Jaden, both burst powers complement their Power Interaction so you can deal more damage if you alternate. You can also replace one of them for another super-power you want like a shield for PVP.

  54. Joe_Lopez1986

    hi i would like to build both a Ice DPS & Ice Tanker & i really like this helpful information but b4 i do anything what weapons do u Recommend for both an Ice DPS & Ice Tanker.?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Joe_Lopez1986 thanks for your comment. We have builds and loadout for ICE DPS and ICE TANK. However, having them mixed will not give you a high amount of damage for DPS or a high amount of protective superpowers for TANK.

      It is recommended that you focus your build, loadout, and stats for just one role (DPS or Tank). Otherwise you wont be successful in any of them. I prefer One Handed for dps and tank because it deals great damage to multiple enemies. However, Staff is also a recommended weapon for Tanking

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Yes you can YourjustBeast, we just try to recommend a viable build and loadout to deal great damage but you can change it if you want 🙂

  55. Creton

    Hello! Do you recommend focusing on precision or might for your gear sockets? Right now Im just shy of 2500 precision and sitting at around 4800 might. I mainly do the WT+IB into weapon mastery to Ice Boulder strike. I do not have Res Gale cause I rather have Reflection for personal preference incase I get in a tight spot like if Kalibak charges at me mid animation or something lol. Comes in handy I think. Thanks so much!

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Creton, focusing on migth or precision will mainly depend on how much you use your weapons and super powers. I personally prefer to boost my precision if i use weapon mastery rotation like this build and loadout.

  56. v4vendettaa

    so im going all precision based for ice dps. I was wondering when I use my wm then frost bash does it give it an extra boost for
    My crits?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello V4vendetta, boosting your precision will increase your weapon damage but it wont affect your critical chance or weapon mastery crit bonus with the super-power (this damage is increase with might). You should first unlock the 3 main weapon mastery for your WM combos, then unlock some Critical Damage chance from other weapon trees (i personaly unlock 4 weapon trees to get critical attack chance before unlocking the 4th weapon mastery)

  57. Pernmafrost Imp

    Out of curiosity, would Ice Boulder Strike get a boost from Super Strength or would it only benefit Ice Boulder itself?

    Also, good setup. I currently have Ice Snipe, Wintry Tempest, Ice Bash, Ice Boulder Strike, Robot Sidekick and Blizzard. I also have the trinket to call out 2 robot backups for more damage. What are your thoughts on my level 21 build so far?

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Pernmafrost Imp, Ice Boulder Strike does not get benefit from Superstrenght because only items thrown by you like cars or a giant ice builder from your hands are benefitted.

      You are doing great with your super-powers 🙂 get level 30 as fast as you can to raise your CR and be a powerful character 🙂

  58. HyperTraceur

    Weapon Mastery – Wintry Tempest, Ice Bash – Weapon Mastery – Ice Boulder, Reflection – Blizzard (supercharge) – “Winter Ward?”(Winter Ward is not needed but i just like having an extra shield just in case. Robot Sidekick used to be used but as of now, it actually takes away your affinity bonuses that you have on your armor thus hitting and critical hits have been reduced while using it.) You really only need the loadout excluding winter ward. This loadout has gotten me top dps or in a top three every time. I never get below three. My loadout bar looks like this: Wintry Tempest, Winter Ward, Reflection, Ice Bash, Ice Boulder, Blizzard.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks HyperTraceur, we appreciate yor comment. We are sure this will be very helpful for people that read this guide 🙂

    2. HyperTraceur

      I intend to use Weapon Mastery first because i think it increases the power of Wintry Tempest. Wintry Tempest seems to have a first tick that hits about 2000 if i used my Mastery. If i don’t it hits way lower than that so using mastery first actually increases your dps in my opinion.

  59. Guardian

    can you explain the difference between crits with and without pets, and is the robot sidekick included in that. why can some characters at the same level as me crit for 10,000 while i average half that using masteries?

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    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Guardian, Sorcery and Earth has its own pets that disable Weapon Mastery bonus while they are activated. However, Robot sidekick, which deals good damage with latest GU, doesnt disable that Weapon Master bonus and represent an additional damage to your enemies.

      Depending on the weapon mastery combos lenght, players will deal more damage or less damage but you have to know that using long weapon mastery combos will be difficult to get to final and if you fail then you will need to start all over again with the combo. That is why we recommend fast weapons such as One Handed, Dual Wield, and others because the more time you use Weapon Mastery Combos you will be able to use super-power burst with Weapon Mastery Crit bonus in a short time

      I hope this answer your question 🙂

  60. Creton

    What weapon would you recommend to use now with the newest DLC?

    Really like the guide. My current loadout is Ice Bash, Reflection, Wintery Tempest, Ice Boulder, Frost Snipe and Blizzard. I Weapon mastery into boulder or snipe depending if it is a AoE or Single Target situation. I’m currently using 1H, but I read a lot about Hand Blasters.

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Creton for your comment and sharing your loadout. One Handed is great for DPS, Hand Blasters is also great but it has long weapon mastery combos that deals great damage but is slower than one handed

    2. Creton

      Hey thanks. Did some testing on boulder vs snipe on single target and they both hit the same. Do I’m dropping snipe for another power. Possible cold snap to get ice armor up quicker or res gale/sidekick maybe. I also got suggested DW as a weapon type as well. Don’t know anything bout DW.

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Dual Wield is a great weapon with multiple combos which let you access to weapon mastery combos in many ways. Resonating Gale and Robot Sidekick are great super powers but if you have to choose i will recommend you Resonating Gale

  61. Pavelon

    Hello,

    I’ve been testing many Ice DPS PVE Loadout, and I found this one very useful, specially in survival mode:
    Reflexion (shield + 45% bonus + deal damage to nearby enemies + chill effect for ice armor)
    Resonating Gale (50% bonus + heavy damage to multiple targets)
    Frost Snipe (35% bonus + heavy damage to single target (hardest hit from ice power excluding supercharge))
    Blizzard (supercharge (when using while ice armor and after suply, first hit its extremely high)
    Wintry Tempest ( 50% bonus + damage over time)
    Ice Bash (40% bonus + chill effect for ice armor + increase crit chance and crit damage)

    I noticed a lot of Ice DPS do not include Frost Snipe in their loadouts but I test every single power from ice and excluding the supercharge, is the more powerfull attack, but is a single target power, i doesnt consume a lot of power.

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    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Pavelon for this amazing advice. Im sure this will be very helpful for ice players. We are glad to count on people like you willimg to help 🙂

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Bugsy, you can use Doom Spin Mastery, Home Run Mastery, and Enhanced Shuriken Mastery if you want to use Brawling as main weapon

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Bugsy, you can have Heat Vision in your loadout if you like. However, it is not recommended to use it because it is Vulnerable to Interrupt and requires casting

  62. sang

    I love the website and love what you guys are doing keep it up! Are you guys in the works of updating the ice dps as well like the other power load outs to go along with the latest gu or with the current load out would still be good to use now? Also what would you suggest as a weapon for long range to go with weapon mastery for ice DPS. Thanks again

    Reply
    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Sang, thanks for your comment. We are glad to be helpful.

      We suggest you to use One Handed weapon for its Solar Flame Mastery. It is one of the most powerful Range mastery combo in game 🙂

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Gray full buster, thanks for your comment. When we put super-powers vertically adjacent, it means that both of them are recommended but you need to pick one 🙂

  63. Foolia

    Hi, thanks once again for the update. However, I think there is a mistake at the power point build section: it says the build uses 13 points, and 2 points for the iconic powers. When I tried it, it only uses 12 points, so after spending 2 points to the iconic powers I still have 1 point left?

    Reply
    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Thanks Foolia for letting us know about text error. We already change it 🙂

  64. Foolia

    Hi, thanks for the updated guide. It’s even more helpful now. I have one question: Dual Wield and One Handed is recommended for Melee, is there a reason for that? I use Martial Art since it “goes” with the way my character looks imo. Will there be any benefit if I switch from Martial Art to either Dual Wield or One Handed?

    Reply
    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hello Foolia, thanks for your comment. We suggest Dual Wield and One handed because many of its combos deal damage to multiple enemies. However, with GU36 this might have changed so we will make weapons guide soon we finish Power guides 🙂

    2. Foolia

      Thanks, I will wait for the new weapon guides. I also noticed that I can clip Tempest, Ice Bash, and Reflection all together, which is really nice.

  65. FroztAngel

    I like to use “reflection” in place of “Ice boulder” because it acts as a shield while also giving the same benefits. You still get the chill effect and the 45% increase in damage. It’s really a win, win situation.

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    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hi FroztAngel, thanks for sharing your comment. It help us to in this guide update 🙂

  66. Deniz

    hey dcuobloguide

    I have a question i couldnt decide which one should i use in my loadout

    snowball or ice boulder

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    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hello Deniz, thanks for your comment, you should use ice builder instead of snowball because it incresases your damage 45%, imbues you with chill effect, and can work as a range damage.

  67. theiceman

    Hey !

    I am an ICE DPS as well. And i play PvE.

    Thanks to you, i am using this loadout as well. But i realized that, this is loadout is made for melee DPS players mostly. But i use a BOW.
    What do you suggest, if i still should use this loadout, or should i change some powers with range ones ?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      DPS almost always have to attack in melee and only in ratos use their range attack. However, if I want to dedicate to only range dps, i suggest you to maintain this loadout and use only range attacks, just in case you ever need melee attacks

    2. theiceman

      Hey again

      I did reset my skills and now im a duel wielder. But i have a question. What is “to clip” ? 😀

    3. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hi Theiceman, nice to have you back.

      Clipping in short definition allows players to powers in the fastest way posible. Each power has its own animation, but when clipping some animations can be avoided and this will make your attacks being faster by not waiting until animations finish.

      For ICE dps, Clippping Wintry Tempest and Ice Bash, in this order, together to share cooldown and ensure high DPS.

      In this case, clipping will make these both powers share their cooldown while you are attacking your target with other powers. Hope this answer your question.

    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hi Jerry Codio, thanks for your comment.

      I recommend you to use Frost Blast in Alerts or Raids when you are make range DPS and want to hit multiple targets. This is the most powerful ice dps attack 🙂

  68. Jerry codio

    Hello when i first got you’r loadout i went to sparing targerts and just wow man you are great for creating this guide it’s 10000000x time better then my loadout thx so much and i know u made this awhile a go but still 🙂

    Reply
    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Thanks Jerry for your comment, we are glad to know you find our guides helpful 🙂

  69. Afro

    Ok that you for all of your help is blaster better this type of dps or do u have some good combos that give back power? With my Ice Tank is it better to go Dom and health or straight dominance on my blue mods? Thank u.

    Reply
    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hi Afro

      Hand blaster is not good for fast combos, try rifle for ranged or dual wield, one handed, martial arts for melee. As ICE tank use your skill points to rise your Defense, for modding your armor focus on Dominance and Restoration to power up your shields.

    2. Afro50

      Ok so go for example in my mods go straight dom v expert instead of dom and health expert? In skill tree avoid health first and go restoration?

    3. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hi Afro50

      Use your skill points to unlock stats in this order: Defense, Dominance, Health and Restoration.
      When you get mods focus on getting: Dominance & Might / Dominance & Precision (Red socket), Dominance & Health (Blue socket), and Dominance & Restoration / Dominance & Power (Yellow Socket).

      Hope this help you 🙂

    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hi Lenny Dewey

      A melee rotation for Ice dps can be: Wintry Tempest clipped with Ice Bash -> Ice Boulder (and throw ice chunk) -> Weapon Combos. If you dont have a controller by your side just use Wintry Tempest -> Ice Bash and your weapons combos to generate power.

      Two handed is a slow, powerful style; however, it wont help you on doing fast combos to generate power fast. I recommend you to use one-handed, dual wield, rifle or martial arts.

  70. Afro50

    Good loadout. I understand you clip winter and bash which powers do you cycle through next? also do u clip rest of powers with your weapon? Really trying to unlock the secret to ice dps it has a bad reputation of low damage output. Third place dps average at best.

    Reply
    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hi Afro thanks for your comment, Well clipping Wintry Tempest and Ice Bash is how you need to start your rotation. For Range DPS, using Frost Blast after Wintry Tempest and Ice Bash will deal heavy damage, but you need to complete its casting time to damage your enemies.

      If you have no power over time buffs just use Wintry Tempest and Ice Bash, and your weapon; use Ice Boulder when you considered it necesary

      Hope to be helpful 🙂

    2. Afro

      Ok tell me what if this loadout is beast to you oh r u might or might precision? Wintry temp and bash then, clip frost blast with weapon right now I have dual wields , then impaling ice, then back to wintry and bash. Where can I fit ice boulder in rotation or is this completely wrong? I ‘m guessing clip storm with weapon at 35%?

    3. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hi Afro

      Ice DPS is based on Might. I see you have a basic rotation and thats nice but it doesnt mean you always have to follow it. Sometimes you just need to pass through some powers to deal more damage. Ice Builder can be use when you are far away from your target and your others powers are on cooldown. If you are low on power dont use Impaling Ice or Frost Blast, and focus on Wintry Tempest or Ice Bash and then use your weapon to make long combos and generate power.

      Using your powers and weapons in DCUO is an art, and the only way to manage it is practicing with them 🙂

  71. Superpanda91

    So I’ve used ice forever but never for dps. I’ve only ever tanked. I’m ice tank with brawling and my loadout is on your ice tank guide(nice btw). I thaught about dpsing once or twice and I have a few questions.

    What weapons have the best synergy with ice dps?
    Why super strength and ice boulder?
    Can reflection be used?

    Reply
    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Ice builder will grant you an ice chunk that can be thrown so Super Strenght will make stronger that its damage. Reflection is a protective power that will cause damage when enemies attack you. You can change your build to unlocked Reflection instead of Ice Builder

      Choosing your weapon will depend on what combat style you want to have. Generally, DPS use melee weapon as Martial Arts, One Handed, Dual Wield, Brawling, but if you prefer ranged dps then choose Rifle, Bow, or Hand Blasters. All weapons are good when you get used to their combos

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