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Jordan Yang’s Luminous Aura Guide

Last Modified: June 10, 2021

NOTE! This page has not yet been adjusted for IOs and their affect on slotting and builds.

Incandescence

No cost auto-power that increases your energy and negative energy resistance. Energy attacks include radiation, darkness powers, lasers, electricity, etc. Common enemy types that use these include council, shivans, and clocks

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: resist enhancement

Shining Shield

Unenhanced, it's dropping the damage by 21%

Increases resistance to lethal and smashing. This includes bullets, bats, rocks, punches, or anything else that's a form of physical damage. Since this is by far the most common form of damage in the game, this shield is the most useful.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: resist enhancement
Unslotted Damage Resistance21% Reduction of Smashing/Lethal

If you plan to go all human, taking the shields is a good idea. Otherwise, it's something I just don't use that much.

Essence Boost

Essence Boost = Dull Pain for Peacebringers

Increases your life total temporarily and heals you slightly. Useful before a tough battle for not getting killed right away, but also often used as a heal when needed that also makes you tougher at the same time.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: recharge enhancementCity of Heroes: recharge enhancementCity of Heroes: recharge enhancement
Life Increase29% of Previous Life Total
Effective Heal40% of Previous Life Total

So you can use it to increase your life total by 30ish percent or you can use it as a heal that heals for about 40 percent of your life total (AND increases your life total

Thermal Shield

22% protection unenhanced

Increases resistance to fire, cold, and toxic damage. This includes zombie puke, demon fire, and, uh… that's kind of it. Not much uses cold. It's there now and then, but very, very rare. For the most part, just a few council and crey use it. The toxic protection is good in low levels where you fight vhaz, but the fire will serve you well throughout the game.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: resist enhancement
Unslotted Damage Resistance22% Reduction of Fire/Cold/Toxic

I don't think I'll have room in my build for this, but it's worth noting.


Quantum Shield

26% protection unenhanced

Increases resistance to energy and negative energy. Same as Absorption, but stronger. Turn it on when you need it, but note that many more enemies use energy attacks than fire, cold, or toxic (especially since you will always find yourself facing other Kheldians and a large amount of council in your missions as a Kheldian). If you had to choose, chances are this shield will serve you better than Thermal Shield.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: resist enhancement
Unslotted Damage Resistance26% Reduction of Energy/Negative Energy

Group Energy Flight

Fly for you and the team

If you can think of a use for Group Fly, you're a better hero than I. If you think it's good, get it. It works exactly the same as the power pool version.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: end_reduce enhancementCity of Heroes: end_reduce enhancement

White Dwarf

The translucent lobster - aka White Dwarf

Right on! It's your tank form. Not only do you get a bunch of new powers automatically, you have extremely high resistance to all damage (except psionics) and any type of hold, slow, or knockback. You would have to run all three of the other shields to equal this and for this reason, I go mostly shieldless and just switch to dwarf for defense.

Note that while the Dwarf form also has a bonus to endurance regeneration, there's little point in slotting it unless you plan to fight in Dwarf form a lot.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: resist enhancementCity of Heroes: resist enhancementCity of Heroes: resist enhancement

White Dwarf Strike

White Dwarf Strike

Medium damage, but slow to recharge. Might knock down an opponent (as opposed to knockback).

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength300% of Brawl

White Dwarf Smite

White Dwarf Smite

Stronger and adds possible disorient or dropping flyers on top of what Strike does. Still better than most human form attacks, but still fairly slow.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement
Unslotted Strength491% of Brawl

White Dwarf Flare

White Dwarf Flare

Same as the human version. You have to be on the ground, but wham! So the WS has double mire, you have double flare!

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancementCity of Heroes: damage enhancementCity of Heroes: damage enhancement
Unslotted Strength345% of Brawl

You might want to slot this to the top if you use it in a combo as I do.

White Dwarf Sublimation

White Dwarf Sublimation

Same as Reform Essence. It's a self heal that comes in very handy. When you start to get into trouble, you can just change to dwarf form for high defense and hit this power to heal too.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: heal enhancement
Unslotted Heal Strength25% of Your Life Total

White Dwarf Step

It teleport again. Useful for your tank form because it moves so slowly. Teleport is a great way to start a battle by just popping right into the middle of an enemy group. It's also great to escape immobilization

/bind ctrl+lbutton “powexec_name White Dwarf Step"

This bind lets you teleport in any direction with a simple point and click (while holding CTRL). Since it uses “lbutton" in the bind, it activates without using the target which can be useful in battle (as opposed to the shift bind I suggested before for your travel teleport which DOES give you a target).

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: end_reduce enhancement

White Dwarf Antagonize

White Dwarf Antagonize

A taunt power that works on a target and surrounding enemies. If you are tanking for your team, this will help you control aggro.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: accuracy enhancement

Reform Essence

Reform Essence - Regaining health

This is a great way to gain a little extra life. If you plan to play mostly human, a Shield power would be smarter due to the fact that prevention of damage is better than healing it after the fact (assuming you put your energy into the right shield for the time. Otherwise if you're allergic to toggles the way I am, you might benefit from the extra heal Reform Essence provides.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: heal enhancement
Unslotted Heal Strength25% of Your Life Total

Conserve Energy

Conserve Energy - Works the same way as all the others do.

Makes all your powers cost less endurance for a few seconds. If anything will help you skip the Fitness pool, this is it. The problem is that it doesn't come back nearly as often as you need so you'll end up holding it for particularly tough battles.

I'm not a fan of powers that need to be held until they're useful since you tend to never use them, but there's no way you should skip this power. Every 5 minutes (or less with enhancements), you can unload PB fury like crazy!

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: recharge enhancementCity of Heroes: recharge enhancementCity of Heroes: recharge enhancement

Quantum Flight

Quantum Flight - Fast and invulnerable

Gives you stealth, intangibility, and faster flight than your normal power. Apparently the end drain is insane, but considering there's no activation time like Phase Shift so it makes a fantastic escape power.

I bet this power pisses off Villains in pvp .

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: end_reduce enhancementCity of Heroes: end_reduce enhancementCity of Heroes: end_reduce enhancement

Restore Essence

Reform Essence

A self rez that brings you to half life and endurance.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: empty enhancement

Light Form

Light Form

High resistance to all damage (except Psi of course), resistance to Disorient, Immob, Hold, sleep. Endurance recovery increase. It blocks shifting to Nova or Dwarf, but you are so tough, who needs it? This power is a lot like Unstoppable from the invulnerability set so beware of the health and endurance crash at the end.

Minimum SlottingCity of Heroes: recharge enhancementCity of Heroes: recharge enhancementCity of Heroes: recharge enhancementCity of Heroes: resist enhancementCity of Heroes: resist enhancementCity of Heroes: resist enhancement

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