Ice DPS Guide
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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 is updated to GU73. You can check videos from DCUO Youtubers below to learn more about other loadouts and rotations.

STAT POINTS PRIORITY

This Loadout is focused on Superpowered Playstyle allowing your character to deal heavy damage with Superpowers only. Players must unlock these stat points after unlocking required Weapon Combos (8 Skill Points) and Movement Innates (7 Skill Points)

  • Focus: Superpowered – Use 1 Skill Point
    • Unlock Main Weapon Mastery and Movement Abilities before unlocking this Stat
  • Critical Attack Chance – Use 20 Skill Points
    • Required: 10 Skill Points – Suggested: 15 Skill Points – Recommended: 20 Skill Points
  • Critical Attack Damage – Use 40 Skill Points
    • Required: 10 Skill Points – Suggested: 30 Skill Points – Recommended: 40 Skill Points
  • Might and Power – Use 175 Skill Points
    • Low Skill Points (less than 60): Spend Required skill points in Criticals before unlocking these Stats
    • Mid Skill Points (between 75 and 90): Spend Suggested Skill Points in Criticals before unlocking these Stats
    • Proper Skill Points (more than 100): Spend Recommended Skill Points in Criticals before unlocking these Stats
  • Health – Improve your survival once all Might and Power is unlocked

ICE DPS LOADOUT

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2

3

4

5A

6A
  • Short Battle Rotation – 3 or Less NPCs
    • Impaling Ice [3] (needs reload) > Arctic Gust [2] or Snowball [1] 
  • Long Battle Rotation – Multiple NPCs
    • Wintry Tempest [4] (needs reload) > Impaling Ice [3] (needs reload) > Arctic Gust [2] or Snowball [1] 

5A

5B

5C
  • Robot Sidekick [5A] is great for Challenges, Duos or Missions as an additional Damage over Time. Don’t use it if bosses keep destroying it
  • Frost Blast [5B] is viable for Alerts and Raids where a controller keeps you powered up. It is Vulnerable to Interrupt and requires casting time. However, it is the most powerful superpower in the rotation
    • Alerts and Raids Rotation
      • Wintry Tempest [4] (needs reload) > Impaling Ice [3] (needs reload) > Frost Blast [5B] (casting time) > Arctic Gust [2] or Snowball [1] (while Frost Blast [5B] is on cooldown)
  • Reflection [5C] should be used when needing additional protection for Challenges, Duos or Missions
    • Defensive Rotation
      • Reflection [5C] (needs reload) > Impaling Ice [3] (needs reload) > Arctic Gust [2] or Snowball [1] 

6A

6B
  • Blizzard [6A] is recommended to inflict heavy damage to Multiple Enemies
  • Ice Elemental [6B] is recommended for Bosses and Sub-Bosses fights

Rotation Tips

  • Short Battle Rotation and Defensive Rotation allows player to be powered all the time by spending low power in battle
  • Long Battle Rotation has mid-power consumption making it viable for all situations (Challenges, Duos, Missions, Alerts, and Raids)
  • Alerts and Raids Rotation has high-power consumption making it only viable when a controller is in the group.
  • These Rotations focus on dealing heavy damage with Frostbite effects. It is vital to have your enemies Frostbitten all the time (Wintry Tempest [4]Impaling Ice [3] ) in order to deal great damage with Arctic Gust [2]Snowball [1], or Frost Blast [5B]
  • Be careful with Frost Blast [5B] and Arctic Gust [2] (they are Vulnerable to Interrupt). Don’t use them if NPCs interrupt you all the time
  • Keep Impaling Ice [3] effect active all the time to restore Supercharge faster

Tactical MODS

  • WEAPON
    • Blast Adapter: Weapons attacks blast your target and five other nearby enemies for additional damage
    • 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
    • Escalating Might: Increases your Might by 2% for 8 seconds when you hit an enemy with a harmful super power. Does not work with Supercharge powers
  • BACK
    • Breakout Regeneration: Gain Health regeneration for 4 seconds after using the Breakout ability
    • Berserker: Your damage output increases by an additional 10% when you Health drops below 35%
  • FEET
    • Deadly Block: Your Block Counter causes additional damage equal to 5% of your Precision
    • Explosive Block: Your Block Counter knocks enemies much further away and increases their helpless duration by up to 1 second
  • CHEST
    • Core Strength: Gain an additional 2% damage
  • HANDS
    • Max Damage: Using super powers increases damage by 2% for a short time (recommended)
    • Empowered Channeling: Channeled super powers are no longer Vulnerable to Interrupt, prevent standard control effects and increase Defense and Toughness by 5% while active.
      • This mod affects: Arctic Gust [2] and Frost Blast [5B] 

Equipmend MODS

  • RED SOCKET
    • Might
  • YELLOW SOCKET
    • Might & Power
  • BLUE SOCKET
    • Might & Health (improve survival)

VIDEO GALLERY

Ice Superpowered | Jona Black
Ice SuperPowered and Hybrid | CoDextraPerformance

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262 comments on “Ice DPS Guide
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  1. Jerry codio
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    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 🙂

    • dcuobloguide Post author

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

  2. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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 🙂

  3. I am useing 2 h dps can u plZ put a rotation for mela plz

    • 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.

  4. Afro50
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    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.

    • 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 🙂

    • 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%?

    • 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 🙂

  5. 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?

    • 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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