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New Player Guide: What the Tutorial does not tell you

MutatedPosts: 128 Incredible
edited September 2013
New to the game? There are a few basics the tutorial does not tell you about!

1. Fast travel

* Up in the right hand corner is a small symbol. It allows you to "Bodyslide". Like the town portal in Diablo, it teleports you to the nearest hub so you can sell off or stash your loot. Clicking on it again takes you back to the exact point where you left. Works in instances too!

* In a group? Want to catch up? Click on a player icon to bring up a small menu, and choose "Teleport"! If you are defeated in a boss fight, this can be used to get back in the fight quickly. Just release and port back in! Note: ...but not in not if it looks like the boss is likely to go down soon. You will only get credit if you are in the same room when this happens.

* There is an extra area in Chapter one, accessible from the Teleport device in the Hubs. It has training dummies for checking out damage.

2. Gear

* "Special Item Find" will increase your chances of getting drops of stuff from the store, like Eternity Splinters, costumes and retcons. Many players considers this to be the most important stat in the game.

* "Rarity" will get you better chances of getting regular gear, like purple or cosmics.

* The "interesting" stats, like "get extra crit when you dodge", extra skills or similar abilities comes from medals and artifacts. You will start getting artifacts at around level 10-12, when you reach Madripoor. "Cosmic" and "Unique" rarity gear can also have extra abilities. If you play at "Heroic" or "Super Heroic" levels, you will receive better versions of the story mode awarded artifacts.

* Donate everything you do not need to the crafter. This will be Pym in the Avengers Tower. This will, among many other important things, give you the chance to add stats to your costume, upgrade blue gear to purple and change any purple gear for other Heroes to purple gear for your Hero.

* Some loot has a special audio signal when it drops. Eternity Splinters are a ringing tone, and Fortune Cards sound like a bell.

* Slotted relics can be stacked! Up to 1000, but you can't remove them once you have added them. They also stack in your inventory and in your S.T.A.S.H., but not automatically, for some reason. You have to do it yourself.

3. Get a unique look

There are two ways to stand out from the crowds (a bit).

* New costumes. Buy in the store or get them as drops. The rarest costumes are called "chase costumes" and they can be bought once a month from the store. Just wait if you can't see them at the moment.

* Add a visual artifact to your costume. Some artifacts have a visual effect. By equipping them or using crafting to add them to a costume you can alter your look a bit. If you see see some Heroes that seem larger than normal, this comes from such an artifact.

4. Alts

* You will get 100 splinters after you have defeated Green Goblin the first time, and another 100 after your first defeat of Doom. If you do not have a must have hero, spend it on a random hero box. At 175 splinters it's the best value. You risk getting a duplicate, but when you only have one hero the risk is minimal, and you have a chance of getting a 600 splinter hero.

* Eternity Splinters are used to buy new Heroes. Splinters have a (low) chance of a double or a 10 pack drop. You can also buy heroes directly from the MH homepage or with G's from the in game store.

* You can jump back and forward in any part of the story you have unlocked, and reset you quest progress at that point. There will be an NPC at each hub for this.

* There are a few quests which gives a special reward the first time a Hero completes them, like a free Retcon or a bonus skill point. You must reset the story, from the beginning or at the specific chapter, to get the extra reward for a new Hero. When you have run through the campaign, you can start over in "Heroic" (and later "Super Heroic") mode, and get all the rewards, including extra skill points, again. You switch mode from the hero rooster, at the bottom of the panel.

5. Leftover Hints

* You can quick slot more powers! Right click on the powers for the left and right mouse buttons to bring up a menu. Hover over the power you want and press an F key. Note that some powers cancel when you switch them out.

* Splinters and costumes can drop anywhere, but Super Villains have to best chance for a costume drop.

* If you don't want to auto group in instances, you can turn it off in options.

* High level crafting mats drop like candy later on. Don't bother upgrading them unless you need something right away.

* If there is a patch that changes any Hero in any significant way, you will get a free retcon.

* Don't want to do the story over again? Midtown Manhattan is available from the purple terminal in all Hubs. Patrol, stop crime and fight Super Villains! It's in bands of 5 levels, so you can go there at any level you like. Just don't forget to do the story missions with special rewards, like retcons and skill points. You'll find a list of those missions in this forum, if you look around a bit.

* If you want to buy a Hero, check out the MH homepage as well, you can buy packs with extras that can turn out to be good value. There are also occasional sales, both in the in-game store and on Steam.

*If you buy G's, consider using them for more S.T.A.S.H. as this cannot be obtained any other way. You can get heroes, costumes and fortune cards by playing the game.

* Note that some heroes are a lot stronger than others. If you have trouble, you might have an easier time with another hero.


Any additions or corrections welcome!

Currently updated for 1.21.
Location Puerto RicoPosts: 270 Amazing
True BelieverPosts: 35 Mighty
True BelieverLocation OttawaPosts: 43 Mighty
Other things not told in the tutorial are
The alt button shows dropped items

You can access the gear of any hero without swapping by opening the roster area clicking the character to edit once and then opening the character window.

I'm sure other folks have picked up some more tricks too :) good helpful starter guide.
Location Definitely not over here.Posts: 34 Mighty
Good stuff. A lot of little things that can make a big difference in the long run. Thanks
Anti-HeroLocation Were you never want to be...Posts: 316 Amazing
Nice Guide.

Maybe the devs can make a sticky out of it. Would be very helpful for new players.
True BelieverPosts: 179 Incredible
Sentinel of LibertyLocation CAPosts: 2 New Agent
Hey Hassan -

Great guide! Really insightful! But I had a question about this tip:
5. Leftover Hints

You can quick slot more powers! Right click on the powers for the left and right mouse buttons to bring up a menu. Hover over the power you want and press an F key. Note that some powers cancel when you switch them out.

I tried right clicking on the power for the menu u spoke of but nothing happened. What am I missing?
MutatedPosts: 128 Incredible

@Zyrik Assuming you are at least lvl 3 or so, so there are extra powers here.

This only works for the powers assigned to the mouse buttons. The left and rightmost on your power bar. Single right click on any of these two slots, and you should get a pop up, right over the hotbar slot. This has all powers you can assign to a hotkey on it. Mouse over any icon and press an F key.

It's not the "big" power window, where you assign skill points, but in the actual hotkey bar.

True BelieverPosts: 25 Mighty
Great tips.. thanks for this
Posts: 111 Incredible
This in an awesome topic.
Thanks for this.
Posts: 358 Amazing

Good info for new players.

Location COPosts: 3 New Agent

Great post... thank you very much!

Location Land that the gods forgot. Just ask Hercules..Posts: 336 Amazing

@MKuzey said: *Unequip your costumes with visual effect of ''smoke'' not to ruin other players' crafting experience.

So very much this...

MutatedPosts: 128 Incredible

Updated the guide for patch 1.11!

Posts: 6 New Agent
Location CaliforniaPosts: 1 New Agent

Thank you for the guide! Just starting this game and this information is very helpful.

Posts: 1 New Agent

What is limbo and how can i unlock red terminal? I am lvl 35 and i mostly leveled with midtown so far. Thx

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