Ice Tank Guide

Ice Tankers keep the group safe by attracting enemies’ attention by aggravating or taunting and absorbing their attacks. This power is available for all players for FREE during Character Creation.

Ice Tank guide updated to GU47

Statistics Priority

  • Dominance: Dominance makes your effects, like stuns, knocks, and pulls, work on enemies.
  • Health: Health measures ability to withstand knockout
  • Power: Required to use super-powers in your loadout
  • Defense: Defense reduces damage from non-player enemies. (71 defense=1% damage reduction).
  • Toughness: Toughness reduces damage from players enemies. (71 Toughness =1% damage reduction).

Power Points Build


Ice Tank Loadout


  1. Inescapable Storm: Engulf your target and nearby enemies with a concentrated storm, damaging and dragging them toward you. Inflicts Frostbite to make enemies vulnerable to freezing effects
  2. 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 Effect activates Ice Armor; while imbued with Chill Effects, enemies that hit you may become rooted, while rooted enemies may be encased. (usable while controlled)
  3. Bitter Winds: Creates a whirling aura of wind and ice, juggling and scouring nearby enemies while protecting you from damage for a short time. Inflicts Frostbite to make enemies vulnerable to freezing effects. +10% Control Resistance.
  4. Shatter Restraints: Use the unstoppable power of ice to gain resistance against control effects, and to prevent incoming damage for a short time. Enemies with Frostbite may be rooted in place and form an Icy Field damaging nearby enemies. Provides immunity to control effects and removes control debuffs to you and up to 7 teammates. (usable while controlled)
  5. Winter Ward: Surround yourself in a shield of ice, freeing yourself from control effects. For a short time, you are protected from damage, and some damage is directed back at your attacker. Provides immunity to control effects and removes control debuffs to you and up to 7 teammates. For a short time, you and up to 3 teammates are protected from damage, and some damage is directed back at attackers. (usable while controlled)
  6. Hard-Light Shield: Encase yourself in a shield that prevents most incoming damage. This is considered a Healing type shielding effect

Ice Tank Tips

  • In the Tank role, Dominance is increased by 100%. Using normal powers increases your Defense and Toughness by 90%.
  • Defense and Toughness are the most important statistics of Ice Tanks so try to unlock as much of them as you can from Weapon Trees
  • Pull multiple enemies with “Inescapable Storm [1]” and use it to keep your aggro increasing.
  • Dominance will empower your “Winter Ward [5]” shield of ice and avoid you to be controlled.
  • Keep “Reflection [2]” active all the time
  • Blocking and managing power’s cooldown will ensure your survival
  • By using Regenerative Shielding tactical mod “Hard-Light Shield [6]” and “Reflection [2]” will additionaly heal yourself
  • Some players prefer having Ice Elemental in their loadout, they can use it instead of “Hard-Light Shield [6]”

Equipmend MODS

  • Red Socket
    • Dominance & Precision
  • Yellow Socket
    • Restoration
  • Blue Socket
    • Dominance (improve survival and control effects)

Tactical MODS (Lair System Required)

  • Weapon: Absorption Adapter
  • Neck: Fortified Blocking
  • Back: Weakening Field
  • Feet: Deadly Block
  • Chest: Reserve Tank
  • Hands: Regenerative Shielding
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191 thoughts on “Ice Tank Guide

  1. Msapp1991

    Thanks for this build. It will surely help me get back in the game. I have not played in some time so this was very helpful to me. I have a couple questions?

    First: How up to date is this build? Is it still viable?
    Second: If it isn’t recent, when will it be updated?
    Third: If it is out of date what changes should I adjust if I try to go this rout?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Msapp, there havent been any updates on powers which is why there havent been any updates on our guides. We are waiting for stats revamp to hit public servers 🙂

  2. Trot

    What’s the gain from using precision in the red sockets vs might is it for weapon attacks only or is it something Im missing why not might?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Trot, you can go both. However, using Deadly Block tactical mod when blocking your enemies will receive some portion of your precision as damage which is why having precision in red sockets is a good idea.

  3. Chilli

    Hi I have a question.. in your guide u have 3/4 Shields, I have less cause I have single taunt also beside ‘s inescapable storm in my load out. Should I do away with single taunt? Is it possible to pull bosses with inescapable Storm? Will it come to u if I pull it with that when it jumps to other players etc? And with the new GOM raid, 2nd stage has 4 bosses where 1 of the tanks has to pull away 1 boss at a time, so I’m really in a dilemma now. So is it right to keep the single taunt in my load out?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Chilli thanks for your question. You can pull bosses with Inescapable Storm (there are some bosses that move around and not even single pull can drag them inmediately)
      For GOM 2nd Stage it is recommended to uses single pull only on the bosses you want to drag. I personally use Inescapable Storm for tanking and only replace it with Single Taunt for situations like GOM or Darkseid’s War Factory Bosses

  4. Bloody_Macbeth

    Excellent guide, thank you for taking the time to break it down so wonderfully. Been away a long time and needed to see if the loadout has changed, it hasnt. Just want to point out you have “toughness” spelled “thoughtness” up there. New mental power maybe? lol

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Bloody for the comment we just fix the issue 🙂 We are glad our guides help you

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Serpico, you should focus your generator mods according to Ice Tank Statistics Priority Dominance, Health, Restoration, or Power

  5. Jklands1

    One thing I’m interested in in your blue slots why not instead of dom why not dom and health? I feel you really could use the health to survive the big hits on too of dom especially with the new content out now what would your rotation be with reflect and bitter winds? The other two are mine shields so I think the main rotation is those two main shields I want to be a better ice tank and I still think its the most user friendly tank in the game sure rage can survive without a healer, but power hungry when there are multi adds but I seen ice earth fire and atomic get overwhelmed by multi adds like dwf so can you tell the pro’s and cons of all the tanks?

    1. Jklands1

      Also I have 223 sp full t8 mods why is there a rage with 67sp in dwf was doing better than me? I don’t get it he had less mods as well makes me upset I was a fire tank at the time.

    2. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Jklands, thanks for your question with your skill points it is a good idea to mix Dominance and Health because you already have enough dominance stats. For low skill points players, dominance is an statistic difficult to get which is why boosting it as much as possible for tanks is the best way to go.

      You must know rage tank mechanics is simpler because it can heal all incoming damage as soon as it avoid rage crash, allowing him to solo tank bosses without healers help.

    3. The Game

      Your health already gets a boost from your gear plus your SP as well. Dom affects how long your shields will last.

      And like the latter says, the more the better since we get very few dom as it is.

  6. Kerry

    Hello. Love these guides! I was just wondering, as an ice tank in a raid/alert/op, should I be using my weapons or should I just be hitting WMcombo, power, and then block? Also, should I be specing heavy into resto as an ice tank? Doesn’t it affect the shields somehow?

    Sorry if these questions have been asked and answered already I’m just about to get back into the game after a prolonged absence.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Kerry, thanks for your comment. As a tank you need to main task is to bring enemies toward you and protect your allies. If you have a great healer, you can go hitting WM Combos on trash NPC. However, for Bosses you should use superpowers and then block because some of them can one shot you even if you are OP Equipped.

      Dominance and Restoration improve shield effectiveness but you shouldn’t focus on restoration as your main statistics. You must focus on Dominance because in tank role Dominance is increased by 100% impacting more on your superpowers and shields

    2. TiGGeR.TSK

      This guide is nothing to do with real life. You should focus on restoration to give ur shield better boost.
      Even if dom is doubled in tank role, its WAY less that restoration gives you.
      Resto+HP 7: 203 Health, 113 Restoration
      Dom+HP 7: 203 Health, 38 Dominance [76 Dom with tank role]
      So, impact is 37 per mod.
      The armor itself will give you something around 4k dominance, which is ENOUGH TO TANK ANY CONTENT [even SM r15].

  7. king yendor

    are you guys gonna update ice after gu56…was wondering if it affected anything…currently dps 145 n tank 143 sp102

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello King, we are currently checking all our guides so we can update it if needed. However, Ice changes only affect DPS role so it is probably that Ice Tank guides doesnt require update

  8. Rafael Valenzuela

    My ice tanks name is Presiosa, and I’ve been an ice tank for about 4 and a half years. There is a hidden trick to ice tanking that is OP as heck. Any serious tanks can send my character a friend request or mail and I will get into more detail. Ive met guys who’ve been an ice tank for years and still had no idea. And no I’m not asking for anything, I’m just selective with whom I share information with.

    1. Rafael Valenzuela

      I’m just here to help, I spend 80% of my time helping new players. So any questions or if u just need a helping hand don’t be afraid to ask.

    2. Justin

      Hey I just switched to ice was an earth tank for two years y character is SMELLYALATER could you add me and discuss ice tanking with me I’m 155 cr with 128 sp

    3. Alex

      Hey bud, I play on Xbox one. Would you give me some info on ice tanks and what makes them better than other tanks?

  9. TANK69


    I was an Ice Tank before, but i stopped playing nearly a 3 years ago. I came back a month ago, starting a new character, an Ice Tank. 🙂
    Right now CR145 and SP116, not bad from a 1 month old.
    My question is:
    As I saw in the comments, and as I read about this WM mastery, it doesn’t matter now that what is my main weapon because I have to spam the WM skill all the time and pray/try to use the powers in the right time? Or am I missing something? You know, back in my day, there wasn’t stuff like this, so I am a bit confused.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Tank69, thanks for your question. As a tank you should worry about using your powers after Weapon Mastery combos. Tanking is all about using deffensive buffs and crowd control effects so trying to use them after a weapon mastery all the time can be very risky and probably get you killed.

      IT is recommended that all players unlocked weapon mastery combos but it doesnt mean you have to use them all the time.

  10. rpac


    U say dom is more important than resto but u recomend resto in yellow equipment sockets instead of dom&power… Why is that?
    Ive seen some ice tanks just go for resto&healt too…

    And in yellow generator mods?

    P.S. I have 196 sp

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Rpac, you can use dom & power if you like. Some Ice tanks prefer to increase its restoration in order to improve healing received from Regenerative Shielding. However, this is up to the players experience

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Model, it should pull a limit of 8 enemies but it will depend on your targeting

  11. KaosKontrol

    So I have an Alt Toon running Ice tank. Here is the thing: I use your specs precisely. However, rather than Dom or Defense, I actually invest on Restoration. Restoration not only boots the health regen on my shields with my mods active, but they also provide more resto-per-mod/slot than they do Dom. Since shields are empowered by Dom+Resto, either works. thus you want the one which has MORE per invest.

    So my question is:

    What do you think is better? Running a restoration preference or a Dominance preference?
    I did the math. We get more Resto-per-mod than Dom in all scenarios.

    Alongside this, do you think Defense is prioritized over Dom? Since ice tanks mostly live through shields. Dom and Resto are the lifeblood. Where as Defense is small potato mitigation. At least to me.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello KaosKontrol thanks for your question. Shields are also improved with Dominance so getting restoration is not more important than getting dominance because all dominance will be increased by 100% in tank role. However, you can focus on restoration more than defense if you like but you must remember that using superpowers will Defense and Toughness by 90%.

      So unlocking Dominance -> restoration -> defense in that order is a nice way to go 🙂

  12. Gentlemen007

    Hi there thanks for the loadout Im a Tank CR 143 SP 98 I did BSP, BD and UM Solo with this loadout and its awesome.
    I just want to point out that SP doesnt matter much i just put most of it in defence thoughness a bit in dominance. The thing I want to point out is that DC says when you go on your on duty tab it says the required dominance but doesn’t say any required SP so why people are making a big thing out of this.
    People SP doesn’t matter!

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Gentlemen007 thanks for your comment. With recent Updates, DCUO has succeeded to let powers be great with low skill points. However, with great Skill points number it does improve your damage, survival, healing, or POT numbers, that is why we always say A player must have at least 90 skill points for their characters role to work to its full potential and unlock main weapon and cross-weapons mastery but getting more Skill points will let them get additional Weapon Masteries points and make characters stronger. Also, the player experience with his character is the most important aspect to be great at its role no matter how many skill points have

      We are glad our loadout works for you and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

  13. king yendor

    i have been using ice as a dps for awhile now. i just got to cr112 sp81. i got a total set of cr98 unattuned gear so i can make a alternate tank role. i dont want tank to be my main role but sometimes in alerts and raids someone has to do it. ive never run anything as a tank and i am not sure how to go about filling up my 2nd role. any help would be great. also your guide is awesome. your ice dps loadout is a life saver. no need for a trolll

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello King, thanks for your comment. As a Tank having a big amount of Dominance will increase your chance of survivability. However, your skill points seems to be a little lower for tanking but still you can try for alerts. However, Raids requirements are higher and you may need to gather more skill points to hold on Raids Bosses.

      Ice Tanking is all about using shields to mitigate incoming damage and blocking while they are recharging specially with Bosses. Tanking is completely different to DPS because you will need to block more than you attack. Check our Weapon Mastery Guides if you need help to distribute your skill points for this role

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Yes Heisenberg but also dominance too so as an Ice tank you should focus on dominance 🙂

  14. PRnation

    Hi i need serious hlp why cant i solo bombshell spec’d full dom nd modded full dom am i doing sumthing wrong? 152sp 135cr PS. should i really use weapon mastery if so wht weapon thx

    1. PRnation

      Srry 1 more thing but is freeze way a good move 2 hav since its great in knocking adds of thr feet or mayb sonic cry in iconic tree 4 stuns nd can u replace HL Shield 4 ice elementary?

    2. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      You must remember that Ice Tanks mechanics are based on having your shields up all the time. This loadout is oriented on that mechanic so you can have multiple shields and with tactical mod you will get healing from your shields. Also. you should block while your shields are on cooldown so you wont receive heavy damage. Hope this helps you 🙁

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Prnation, your CR and SP looks great for T7 raids. I dont think weapon mastery will make you solo bombshell. Maybe you need to learn the mechanics and knowing where to move so you can avoid being killed 🙁

    4. PRnation

      Thx 4 replying but i personally use staff as a weapon but from wht i seen plp tend 2 hav shield 1 handed or brawling, now im wondering should i change cuz 4 sum content staff tends 2 b a lil 2 slow? thx again

    5. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Prnation, staff is a good weapon for tanking because it hits multiple players with each combo.

    6. PRnation

      Nd wht u say is exactly wht i do block hav shield up over nd over but my shield jus gets eaten away nd im forced 2 rely on healer while blocking nd 4 sum reason i lose aggro 2 even whn i use my pulls/tuants whn i get those chances

    7. TimeCop

      No idea why any1 would use HL shield for ice tanking anymore. Its useless. It breaks by time your done casting it. People used it in t5 raid days (nex/dox) but since then its not practical at all. I ice tank and have 3 other very good ice tanks in my league and loadout is aoe pull(storm) reflection, bitter winds, shatter restraints, winter ward, and frost snipe. Thats the standard ice tank loadout and has been for awhile now.

      Also reflect and bitter winds are your main shields. U rotate them, when reflect hits 50% cooldown u hit bitter winds and vice versa. And shatter and ward are your mini shields in between those 2 main shields to use when say reflection breaks quickly. The 2 smaller shields are also your immunities. Any decent ice tank can get by doing this loadout/rotation.

    8. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much TimeCop for your contribution. With improvements being made to powers, it means we will soon update most of our guides. Your experience will certainly help us in that task 🙂

  15. lezter

    Hi dcuobloguide, is there any way i can buy daybreak cash like steam wallet or something beacuse i dont have a credit card, and i want to buy the rage. thank you. help me please. :'(

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Sorry to say this Lezter but for what i know you need a credit card to buy anything from marketplace. One of our staff has the same problem that he needs to borrow credit card from his family to buy stuffs. Other solutions is to get a prepaid credit card from any banks in your Country

  16. lezter

    Hi dcuobloguide, is there any way i can buy daybreak cash like steam wallet or something beacuse i dont have a credit card, and i want to buy the rage. thank you please help. :'(

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Lezter, it can be great with its Doom Spin combo. However, One handed or Brawling: Doom Spin Mastery are also great

    2. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Sorry to say this Lezter but for what i know you need a credit card to buy anything from marketplace. One of our staff has the same problem that he needs to borrow credit card from his family to buy stuffs. Other solutions is to get a prepaid credit card from any banks in your Country

  17. Sub Zero

    Hi, iam a Ice tank in game. And ATM i have 60skill points, but i really dont know how to use it. Dont know where to put them. Can you make a guide on where i can put them. The most important ones and i use hand blaster as weapon, good or bad ?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Wolfclan, breakout protection is a Back Tactical Mod while Reserve Tank is a Chest Tactical MOD. You wont be able to replace it because it doesnt fit in the Chest SLOT

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Unfortunately no. Hardlight shield only applies healing effect with Regenerative Shielding

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Mar, we dont provide PVP Loadouts because PVP battles are more about weapon attacks, blocking, interrupting, and using wisely your superpowers but as you can see that is the less important item for PVP.

      You must change your build depending the PVP situation you are in to. You can try to find videos in Youtube about pvp but as i said it is hard for us to explain PVP in a written guide. PVP is more about the right moment to act

  18. mar

    And also what is the best weapon mastery is it dual wield or blaster?. if dualwield or blaster what weapon mastery should i choose?

  19. amariyo

    hey, im in desperate need.. i cant seem to figure out the best GEAR like helmets, and hands, things like that that will make my character stronger.. She’s still on level 30 and i cant seem to get my pvp level up higher than 48.. Im also playing this for free so i know most things are restricted for me.. I just need help! 🙂

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Amariyo, as Free member you wont be able to raise your PVP CR because most of PVP Equipment are bought with 2000 In-game Cash. You must be at least premium to be able to buy these PVP Gear. On the other hand, you can raise your PVE Rating until Tier 3 and highly difficult to Tier 4.

      The only way to raise your PVP Rating is to buy full set including trinkets, rings, and necks

  20. AeonArcana

    Hi, I just have a question on whether I should choose Ice or Fire for tanking purposes. First of all, I will be using your loadouts and everything, just letting you know since you can expect what I will be capable of in terms of functionalities, since it is your build, after all (love your work, btw, and I am also following your nature guide :D). For one, I am not that good of a gamer and I don’t have beastly reactions to dodge, heal up and turtle again, so I can’t guarantee that I can become a god with Fire mechanics. And so, simply put, is Ice just a safer option? I mean it wouldn’t even exist and people wouldn’t just choose Ice if it is crappy compared to the other tank powers after getting more skill points, right? I plan to be a long-term player, so I’m kind of balancing on that thought, but I’m not sure if I wanna risk relying on my skills as a gamer to become good enough with Fire.

    1. AeonArcana

      Also, if I do become an Ice tank, I have a question about the loadout. Again, I’m obviously not experienced with how potent every power is and the amount of defensive stats each would give you, but I’m just wondering if Bitter Winds is worth it to tank, since it seems more like a crowd control/aggressive skill rather than a defensive skill. I really want to incorporate Ice Elemental, but I’m not sure if I should give up Bitter Winds or Hard-Light Shield. And since you wouldn’t need to get Arctic Gust, you can also nab Hibernation as a back-up as I hear it might be nice to have in some specific situations.

    2. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      As i said before with Regenerative Shielding Bitter Winds and Hard-Light Shield will provide additional shields and heal you as well. That is why most tanks use these powers in their loadouts. Hibernation is not recommended for tanking because it drops all your aggro off.

      As a tank, your task will be get enemies agroo, use your shields, and block. Tanks in DCUO work as a punching bag so timing your shields will be crucial for your survival 🙂

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello AeonArcana thanks for your question and support. We are glad our guides help you 🙂

      Ice tank is considered the best Tank power in DCUO because its Tank Mechanics focus on using Shields to prevent income damage and if you have access to tactical mods and equip Regenerative Shielding then most of your shields will heal you.

      Fire have been improved but if you ask me i will choose Ice because its DPS Advanced Mechanics is also great and easy to learn and use hehe

    4. AeonArcana

      I forgot to mention, but I will be a 100% free player, so no tactical mods, and so I feel that just even more mitigation with Ice Elemental would be nice, and so, if I did have to get rid of anything, it would be Hard-Light Shield, right? Or would the regen mod not even matter and HL shield is still super useful that it surpasses Ice Elemental’s effectiveness? Also, noob question – is there a cap to any stats, at all? I guess the cap would be determined by how good your accessible gear is, but just making sure.

    5. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Well in that case, Ice Elemental is a great addition to the loadout and you should replace it with Hard-Light Shield. There is no cap for stats in fact once your reach level 30 you must raise your combat rating and skill point (skill points should be higher than combat rating). However, as a Free member you will be able to raise your PVE CR until Tier 4 and enjoy PVP Arenas and PVP Legends but without been able to buy any PVP Armor (this doesnt matter because when you enter PVP Arenas all player’s stats will be balanced)

  21. Ai

    If you are playing free to play (so no tactical mods) do you still recommend this build? Also regarding skill points, I’m using staff and I’ve put points into the main 5 combos as was as filled the defence, dom, and health stats. What should I put points into to be able to get to mastery (3 points left to 20)?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Ai, this build is still recommended because most of Ice Tanking mechanics comes from absorbing damage with shields. You should boost Power statistic until you reach 20 skill points in the tree

  22. mar

    hi what is the best weapon on tanking is it brawling, one handed or dual wielded. can you arrange it from the best to cross weapon stat on your website do i follow it?to give me the priority stat for tank needed?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Mar, the best weapon for tanking are the one that hit multiple enemies at the same time to grab aggro. I consider the best weapon for tanking are in this order One Handed, Dual Wield, and Brawling

  23. kay

    hi can i buy in a marketplace using steam wallet i dont have a credit card it is my only hope noboby borrow me their credit card.thanks..the ultimate game card is it working?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hi kay, i dont use steam either. However, i think its possible to by items from steam wallet but you still need to add some cash there.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Pat, Ice, Quantum, and Munitions are great for Long range PVP. However, this is not viable because most of the PVP is about melee rather than range

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Breydan, for Ice tank dominance is the most important followed by health

  24. jesse

    is it a melee weapon are better than range weapon in terms of dps?..i will choose flying in my ice character is it a good combination with a range weapon instead of melee?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Jesse, not necessarily. Most DPS comes from applying Powers Advanced Mechanics. Ice DPS mostly use its advanced mechanics rather than weapon attacks. However, for dps you should consider melee weapon because you are not always in range situations and for missions, duos, challenges using melee weapons will avoid you to being interrupt for spamming Advanced mechanics or using Range Weapon attacks

      You should Try One Handed for dps 🙂

  25. jesse

    hi what weapon do you suggest if i create a ice character?. is tank ice a long range superpowers?. thanks

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      For tank, One Handed is a great balanced weapon. Ice has mid-range and range superpowers that allows you to deal great dps with Advanced Mechanics. However, all power have their own range superpowers because in raids and alerts you must be far from your enemies or you will die

  26. steven

    i recently switch to ice and trying to get the hang of the ice power but got one question is hard light shield a must have? or can i replace it with something else besides ice element

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Steven, it is recommended to have all shields you can with Ice Tank because youll received healing from it with Tactical MOD. However, if you want you can try another power and see the difference 🙂

  27. Vampiredbit

    Hi, just wanted to say that reserve tank is still broken and shouldn’t be suggested in this great guide.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Vampiredbit, you can change Reserve Tank with Quick Healing until DCUO Devs fix it

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Superdoom, you should use restoration in yellow sockets. Dominance is more important than Health because Dominance improve your shields effect


    Ok I am having a hard time holding aggro with my ice tank I have everything you have in here just not the freeze wind and shatter restraints in storm and in cryo I have ice elemental but the rest is the same and in icon I don’t have hard light shield but I have Solomon and weapon expert for added damage and I use the crap out of my frost snap just not holding aggro what am I doing wrong and my Dom is 1626 for a cr of 100 about to give up on the ice tank and respec to fire or earth any help would be nice thanks

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Illrokurworld, thanks for your question. Your dominance must be higher than the pointed out in the description of the Alert / Raid. If it is lower, your attacks wont get enough aggro or any other allies with higher dominance will get enemies aggro instead of you. Reflection and Bitter Winds deals damage to nearby enemies (grabbing their aggro) while protecting you.

      Some players consider Ice Elemental as a low recommended superpower for tanking because it costs to much and it is hardly to activate it when you really needed. Thats why the core of being Ice Tank is using shields to get protected and healed while Inescapable Storm and Bitter Winds get enemies aggro

  29. Tanksman

    This is a great guide, but you list “Restoration & Dominance” as the suggested mod for yellow slots. Unfortunately, Resto & Dom does not exist as a mod in this game.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Tanksman, we just correct the misspelled. Modding with restoration will be great to enhance your shields

  30. Shao Kahn_NML

    Hi, this Loadout is really the best to have if you tanking content that’s really going to push you to your limit, however i hugely disagree with the modding that you suggest. i understand before T5 content there use to be the dominance cap set at 2000 or 2500, meaning any dominance higher than that didn’t count towards anything, but that cap has long be removed. the most important thing for ice tanks is to increase the strength for you shields and the equation for shields is dominance+restoration=X with that it mind its best to go straight dominance in all your blue, red, and yellow sockets. the only bonus you would get from activating bonus sockets in the red and yellow gears is an extra 125health, which if you’ve ever tanked anything higher than T2 content, you will see that you get hit a lot harder than 125 so that’s not going to be real help to you. *there is only one yellow socket that will give you a bonus 25 dominance, i recommend putting straight restoration in this one socket just to get the extra restoration from the mod and the bonus*

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much Shao, we are glad that you share your experience and thoughts with the guide 🙂 We try to recommend the best ways to start up with your power roles and it is nice to have some feedback from experienced players like you

  31. Zid

    Hello everyone, i’ll start off by saying I love this guide, and it helped me a lot when I first started out.

    so I thought i’d share my loadout and experience 🙂 I found ice to be the absolute best tanking power in game. following a simple rotation, you are able to be 98% immune to damage, and your damage output will be really good as well.

    I actually use this loadout explained in this guide

    information before I explain

    WM = weapons mastery

    I use a shield as my weapon, and the WM I use the most is “tap melee x3 – hold melee x1”. this combo is the one i’ll be referring to as “WM”

    the rotation I use is: Reflection – WM – Bitter Winds – WM – Winter Ward – WM – Reflection – WM – Bitter Winds – WM – Shatter restraint

    by following this exact rotation (if your WM takes as long as shield’s tap x 3, hold x 1) you will be able to keep going non stop (if you have a decent troll ofc) without taking damage and dealing a decent amount yourself 🙂

    reason for the rotation is to always have one of the “immune to damage” spells always availble and the immunity lasts approximately the same time as each WM

    if you get knocked down or periods you cannot use the WM, you can either count the time you’ve been down, to skip one WM and use the next superpower, or use a shorter WM 🙂

    hope this helps a bit

    Best Regards

    The Zid 🙂

    1. Zid

      forgot to mention hard light shield, this spell I only use as a last resort, if I failed on my rotation. this spell can easily be changed out with Ice giant, for more survival (allthough the rotation in giant can be a bit harder to follow)

      using weapons mastery ensures you to use minimal amounts of power, (so the trolls don’t die from a heart attack)

    2. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much Zid for sharing this awesome comment with your experience on it. We really appreciate having skilled players helping to improve our guides

  32. Dysoon

    I am new in DCUO playing an ice tank in a EU Server. I am playing for two weeksand have just reached CR 48. I like your build and this website was a great help to me. However, I have some questions.

    – For what do I use superpower if I do spec like you with hard-light shield) and do not spec ice elemental?
    – So far I do not need to black a lot, will this change with a higher CR? If yes what would be the typical rotation. I keep up reflection, but I am not sure in which sitations I should use winter ward and shatter. Could you make a list which spells you use more often than others? This would help a lot….
    – Lastly, I am not sure what should I spec within the movement type. I have skimming and so far I see now sense to use points in this tree (I only specced the first point to be generally faster)

    Thank you very much in advance. Please note that I am not a native speaker and excuse any mistakes.


    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Dysoon thanks for your comment and for letting us help you 🙂

      * Some players recommend that supercharge powers are not recommended for tanks because they does not hit enemies so their supercharge bar is not increase fast enough as it needs for being recommended in Tanks loadout.
      * With high combat rating, enemies will hit harder and some will one shoot you is you dont block. It is hard to define rotations for roles because they act depending the situation, just need to keep in mind that Ice tanks mitigates most damage with blocking and shielding. Mastering the timing of your shields will prevent you from diying
      * You can visit our flight section where is a list of recommended items you need to unlock

  33. Mighty

    On the yellow socket is it a bad if I put Dominate & power instead of Restoration & Health and why? I have a ice tank:)

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Mighty, it is a great idea to use Dominance & Power in yellow sockets 🙂

  34. Zatanna

    Hey, Hey! Awesome Blog u have there! With my Experience with Ice Tanking i have to say, the SC Ice Elemental doesnt the worth the place in Loadout, REALLY SLOW combos of brawling, big cooldown, slow duration, and if u dont have experience with tanking u will die after the SC is gone. Dont use it, at least u are in a Survival Mode. Hardlight Shield worth it, trust me, as long as the tank will geat a buff of defense and a lilttle healing.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Zatanna for your comment 🙂 We are glad you shared your thoughts in our blog

  35. Will

    Hey dcuobloguide first off i wanna say thanks for the awesome guides on everything im a long time viewer . Now to begin Im a ice dps and i was looking to branch out to becoming a tank. i have 114 skill points and i was wondering what should i exactly go for in my weapon trees to get the best out of tanking its a big change from dps cause all i had to go for was the critical attacks in every tree but i dont see a consistent stat increase for tanking what should i go for?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks Will for your support, we are glad to be helpful. For being a tank you must focus on unlocking Defense, Health, Dominance, mixed with some healing stats. You can check our weapon mastery guides which each guide has a “Unlocking points for Roles” section. For Ice tank, they heal themselves by using their shields

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Common, Ice Elemental is a great supercharge power and consider as a lifesaver for some ice players. If you want to have it feel free to unlock it

  36. Rhekinos

    I have some questions which I hope can be answered 😀 I just started playing tank for the very first time in an mmo (Usually support/healer class) but I love the Ice power and would like to play support as well.

    I’d like to know if its possible to make a tank that doesn’t rely on drawing aggro. I mean just focusing on shielding teammates instead and relying on other tanks if need be.

    Is martial arts a good weapon with Ice tank? Since I’m not focusing so much on drawing aggro but with 2nd shuriken combo can hit a lot of enemies so it should be good with tanks right?

    Is Hibernation a good power? I mean does it last and is it worth it? I’m premium but I dont have access to the tactical mods so the white mods are out of the question :/

    Thanks for reading this 😀

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Rhekinos, thanks for your comment. Ice tank is consider one of the best tanking powers in DCUO so great choice. However, roles in DCUO are more simple and focus than others MMO. If you are a tank you must draw aggro and is almost impossible to just support the team with shielding effects. If you want to be a support role, you should choose Controller or Healer which are the only powers available to shield up your allies and revive them also.

      Hibernation is great for dropping aggro and also heals you so in your case will be very good hehe

  37. Ice Peter

    Hello, hello, hello.
    Last time I was here I promised I share my experience with Ice elemental. Well… It took me a while, I got sick and some work piled up so I was busy. Nevermind that. So…

    I must say that playing around with Ice Elemental really gave me a feeling that… I HATE IT! God what a waste of power slot. It uses a supercharge – OK, no problemo. It turns You in to a walking Ice golem – cool. Gives You some nice combos – fine by me. But why in the love of creator does it runs out so fast? That is just irritating.

    I was much better of with using shields than Ice elemental. They don’t consume supercharge, most of them have a much faster animation then the Ice elemental transformation allowing You to fight much sooner and the defense bonus is the same so You Ice Elemental.

    If there is someone who found a use for this power please share that knowledge. I would like to try it out 🙂

  38. vSuperman DC

    Ohh…thanks a lot. Should I try and get to CR 100 before my monthly runs out (my last week) or only focus on my feats for weapon masterys

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello vSuperman DC, i will try to reach the higher CR i can before my monthly access runs out. Then with a high combat rating focus only in skill points like Exploration, Styles, Solos, Tokens of Merit, and others

  39. vSuperman DC

    Ok… so i sense my CR is 88 should i start on feats, i know before you guys told me to do them. and if i happen to get high skill points what would i spend them on to help my Tank role.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      First of all you need to unlock your main weapon mastery and cross weapon mastery for you to use weapon mastery combos. Then you should focus on other weapon masteries to get more health and dominance. You can find guides for where to spend your skill points in weapon trees at our Weapon mastery guides These guides will tell you the exact number of skill points and where to put them 🙂

  40. vSuperman DC

    Hey can you guys look at my character and give me tips on what i need to survive longer (anything like armor etc) my ps3 USPS is ‘vSuperman DC’ and Im a tank. i need tank tips etc.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello vSuperman DC, for what we saw you are CR 88 with only 39 Skill points. It is recommended that your skill points always be higher than your combat rating. I personally reach high Combat rating (100+) and then focus on getting as much skill points as i can.

      For T5 and T6 Content is highly necesary that you have more than 100 skill points for your character role to work to its full potential.

  41. Lolziee

    I have been an ice tank since I first started this game 2 years ago. From experience, I think that using Ice Elemental instead of the hard light shield is more effective. Ice already has enough shields as it is. The ice elemental lasts longer and helps if you’re taking heavy damage or the last man standing.
    And I wanted to thank this website for it’s massive help introducing me to DCUO and guiding me through many powers 😀
    You guys are awesome

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks for your support Lolziee, we are glad that you like our guides and we just used your advice to add a new powerset with the Ice Elemental 🙂

  42. Reverse magic

    I see a lot of people use ice so I want to try it but there is not healing that I know of can u shed some light on how to fix that I only have “fight for the light” and “origin crisis” dlc

    1. Mission Essential

      You should focus more of your skill points on restoration to beef up the damage canceling effects of your powers and the healing for regenerative shielding and Reflection which you should be spamming. Defense for a tank maxes out at 75% (possibly 80% with fortified blocking tac mod). Your gear should provide enough defense to counter adds armor penetration. Additionally, use restoration for your yellow gear sockets. I am yet to play around with HL shield for benefit. I know it has a long cool down. Probably to prevent OP healers and possibly ice tanks.

  43. Rob

    Hello can you write all skills in order of importance,from most important to least important for a tank, including vitalization,might precision etc. in short, a ranking. Thanks

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Rob, the order of importance for Ice tank is:
      Dominance – Defense / Toughness – Health – Restoration – Might – Precision – Power – Vitalization (this is not worth to unlock)


    Ice bash bash much more useful than child snap especially when the tank ends up last man standing. Ice bash has helped me beat bosses and saved wipess many a raid. The tank saves the day by soloing the boss with little health.

  45. JofSpades


    I just started playing as an Ice Tank and I wanted to know, what you think of a shield as the weapon for my ice tank. Is there a better weapon I should be using? My Ice Dps is using Martial Arts.


    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello JofSpades, shield affects multiple targets but it is slow doing it. You should try staff or one handed, they are great for Tanking because they hits multiple enemies and fast 🙂

  46. juan

    On that hand mod you talk about regen shielding I am a legend member when do you get that mod and I know it’s in the base dispenser but I never see it or the other bonus mods do you have to put marks in it or do you have to be that specific role?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Juan, Regenerative Shielding needs Tactical MODS Boost 2 to be unlocked before being in your base dispenser. It costs 3125 Mark of Triumphs

  47. Exerv

    Hi, i am using this build and it is Nice, But i have a question; can you Tell me what rotation should i use respectively for pve and pvp? Thanks a Lot 😀

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Exerv, using your shields with your weapon attacks in the exact time will let you to survive long time.

      If you want to drag your enemies to yourself, you should use Inescapable Storm. Then use your shields wisely: Reflection, Bitter Winds, Shatter Restraints, and Winter Ward protect you from damage for a short time so you need to master their cooldown.

      In PVP, using your weapon in the right way will let you win the instance. Use shields like Reflection and Winter Ward to direct some damage back at your attacker.

  48. Ice Peter

    Hi, I played Ice for a long time and to honest this guide is realy nice.
    Two thing I would change:
    Primo.I find that Amazonian Deflection works better than Hard Light Shield on Raids.
    Secundo. Frost Snipe is much more effective to have than Bitter Wind when it comes to keeping aggro on boss fights.
    Of course this could be just my preferences. Great Guide non the less. Keep up the good work.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Ice Peter, thanks for your comment and your support. We recomend Hard Light Shield to give ice tank heals by activating it (of course player needs to have “Regenerative Shielding” hand tactical mod). Thanks also for your recommendation on Frost Snipe it is a great variant to get aggro on boss. We are glad to be helpful:)

    2. Ice Peter

      Ah… I see. Well in that case, as Jim Raynor said: “I stand corrected”.

      BTW. I would like to share my current loadout if that is ok whith You. I love to experiment so I change it often but this one is kind of easy to master so it could be a nice alternative to Yours, it uses one movement (flight) power:
      Inescapable Storm, Frost Snipe, Winter Ward, Downdraft Attack, Reflection, Amazonian Deflection

      I use Dondraft attack becouse there is something funny when looking at a mass of enemies that get knocked down. One thing I learned from tanking as earth: When You’re not being hit… You don’t need to heal.
      I use Amazonian Deflection in similar way. I pull Enemies with Inascapable storm and stun most or all of them with deflection. Of course You need high domination to pull this off but the effect is worth seeing.

      But I agree with You that Amazonian Deflection can be swiped with Hard Light Shield and the “Regenerative Shielding” hand tactical mod when You reach T4. Earlier it’s just a waste of Marks of Triumth if You ask me.

      Oh… and for healing I personaly like the supply drop or the Hibernation supercharge.

    3. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much Ice Peter i like how you explain your thoughts 🙂 We are so glad to count on you to help improve this guide

    4. Ice Peter

      Thanks for the complement… at least I hope it’s not a hidden insult 😛 I know my thought flow can be very chotic sometimes.

      Right now I’m thinking about doing a loadout with Ice Elemental. If You like I could post You the results.

      And I would like to know what You think about the Ice Elemental in general. I remember the time when it sucked for a tank and never used it after the upgrade.

    5. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Of course Ice Peter, we would love to see your results. Thanks again for making this guide more helpful 🙂

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Colin, thanks for your comment. We already check the game and it says Chill Effects. Anyway we want to thank you for letting us know what errors we could have 🙂

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello LOLmarley, Winter Ward provides immunity to control effects and removes control debuffs to you and up to 7 teammates and for a short time, you and up to 3 teammates are protected from damage, and some damage is directed back at attackers

  49. Robert

    Hey there. Newbie player returning to DCUO. I’ve always liked the ice tank build in DCUO and I’ve been returning to my level 22 character recently which I played when DCUO became F2P… sort of :P. Question is: is it ok if I play staff as a tank and how should I spend my skill points in staff mastery or other masteries? I still don’t understand how to spend the skills points there. Also, what should I unlock in “Flight” or is it worth spending any skill there? Thank you.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Robert, staff is a pretty good weapon for tankig because its combos affect multiple enemies. You can check our Staff Mastery Guide where we explain how to spend the 20 points to unlock the weapon mastery. You must spend points in the flight tree to be faster with your movement and regenerate power such as Breakout Mastery. Hope this answer your question.

  50. Jon

    i have a question regarding Frost Snipe would it be acceptable replacement for Winter Ward i ask because i have not tested it yet but from the way it reads i would hope that it would be useful for boss battles where someimes aggro breaks such as Hank Henshaw in AB to keep them on you only and not take off when to kill someone. i often try to spam Inescapable Storm to keep them on me could Frost Snipe be more effective during boss battles?

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Frost Snipe tank role interaction Taunts a single target to attack you instead of others. The effect is more powerful and will not be broken by a standard Tank Role taunt. However, it wont assure that bosses like Hank Henshaw wont hit other players. There are some bosses that no matter what you do, they will jump over your teammates and hit them like Circe in Themyscira Divided

  51. Devastatorz

    With Winter Ward being suspected of dropping aggro, what would you recommend to replace it? I’ve been using cold snap for more ice armor. This is for a cr100 just starting into T6.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Devastatorz, Cold Snap is an excellent replacement for Winter Ward. However, using Cold Snap will grant you another shield to protect you from damage for a short time.

      I havent heard about Cold Snap dropping aggro. However, it is more recommended to have multiple shields in T6 to heal you (Regenerative Shielding Hand MOD required)

    2. Devastatorz

      The problem with Winter Ward last I heard was the shield it placed on others kept the taunt effect of yours. This makes it taunt on to other players. I haven’t heard if it was fixed in GU39, but it still occurred in GU38.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Jordan, we usualyl recommend One Handed, Dual Wield, or Staff which have combos that inflict damage to multiple enemies

  52. Ultra Shieldy

    Hi there I have a 102 CR Ice Tank that I have been putting alot of my weapon skills into Restoration after Defense and Dominance instead of Health in some cases. I have not been able to locate a good guide for tank weapon skills so I am trying to find out what everyone else thinks of this idea. The reason I have done this is because of the Hand Mod that heals me everytime I use my Reflection and along with that the Chest Mod that gives me 10% increase received from healing. I have been able to get 1500 crit heals when I use my Reflection. Any advice on this would be very helpful.

    Thanks again Ultra Shieldy

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thank you so much Ultra for your comment, this will really help us improve our guides and others improve their tanking. We are glad to count on amazing people like you 🙂

      If you want additional Shield to heal you, try using Hard Light Shield which also heals when using Hand mod. It is excellent that you use Restoration and Dominance as your primary statistics and it is very useful in T6 Alerts

  53. sweettooth400

    Is inescapable storm really necessary for this loadout? I mean is there any way to frostbite them like wintery tempest? I’m asking this for pvp by the way thanks.

    1. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Hello Sweettooth400, Inescapable Storm is used to get your enemies agro, so in PVP this wont be much necessary 🙂

    2. FROSTYQ

      I’m fresh 106cr/139sp and have spec’d always since beta in ice Dom first,, resto second( cuz as of GU.. all shields that are healer/tank for everyone shield is direct ratio of your Dom and resto totaled together b4 shield pops. Def 3rd. Your an ice tank you get double defense, basically, everytime you pop a power. Any tank power that causes damage and his them pulls aggro. WW was only dropping aggro cuss it was splitting your Dom with that 3.5 sec aggro loss. Big deal so the other squishies have to actually use their block button. Whoops I died GREAT LOAD OUT ALMOST SAME AS MY REG 4 YEAR LOAD OUT. Ty FROSTY Q snow devil applies frostbite to whole area and helps you add control especially pvp.

  54. Matthew

    I find that frost snipe works better for me than using a supercharge that never fills due to my low damage out. It helps maintain a high level of agro on bosses and conserves the power of the group trolls. I will exclusively use this instead of bitter winds when there are no adds around. It has an awesome recharge rate also. 🙂

    1. Matthew

      In addition, it provides me the ability to remove one hard hitting add from combat after I use reflection as I encase them in ice. ( Ineffective in raids and alerts with inexperienced players since someone in the group attacks him and break him out as quickly as you encase him.) The time they are in ice may only be a second or two or not at all, if they have a high willpower. So this use is at the discretion of your dominance. I chose to dominance everything in my loadout and don’t concern myself with health as suggested by the sights health/dominance blue mod. I think the dominance boost is my first priority as Ice. But this only applies to Ice tanking to my knowledge.

    2. DCUO Bloguide Post author

      Thanks matthew im sure this will help others with their loadout 🙂

  55. Jodithyst

    Ice is a might based power guys. Precision mods don’t work as well. Dom and might mods are better suited.

  56. stealthblue

    Dominance & Restoration is not a plan that currently exists, possibly the only combination that doesn’t exist. While it would be ideal for this slot, since it doesn’t exit, you might want to update your suggestion.

    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hello Stealthblue, thanks for your suggestion we will updated the info now 🙂

    2. stealthblue

      This is on the Earth Tank and Rage Tank guides as well. For Fire Tank you had suggested straight Restoration, so it wasn’t an issue there.

    3. dcuobloguide Post author

      Thanks Stealthblue for the help. We have updated other guides too.

  57. andrew

    What would you recommend for a hybrid ice tank/dps. Meaning I’m in
    tank role but I can put out a lot of damage while having a mix of tank and
    dps gear.

    1. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hello Andrew, being hibrid class in DCUO is not recommended because going to T5 Raids or Alerts needs to be done with full role statistics or you wont do the enough damage or resist bosses’ attack.

      But with Armories were introduced for players being multirole and multitasking depending on the situation. For example, you can save your DPS role, equipment and stats in one armory, and your TANK role in another armory. These 2 armories will allow you to become DPS or Tank by pressing 1 button.

  58. Superpanda91

    Nice. I main ice tank so I know this guide can work for getting players started. Good job. I personally don’t care fore ice elemental though. My loadout is similar. I use freeze wave; reflection ; shatter restraints; winter ward; bitter winds; inescapable storm. I find the extra crowd controle from freeze wave and bitter winds super helpful in mobs.

    1. Rocko ManofAction

      im with Superpanda91, good for starting it. I dont use Ice elemental either or bitter winds. I replace those with Frost snipe (single target taunt and works well with Chill Effects), and Cold snap (grants chill effects). Gets that Ice armor up quicker.
      A good white mod is Deadly Block, and you just switch your mods to Dom & Precision.

    2. dcuobloguide Post author

      Hello Rocko, thanks for sharing we will try your way and update this guide if necesary. We really appreciate your advice 🙂

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