Alignment

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Overview

Alignment, introduced in the Going Rogue expansion and the accompanying issue release, is the way the game distinguishes between hero, villain, and everything in between.

Alignment Missions and Morality Missions allow changes to a character's alignment; each alignment level can access Tip and Morality missions that can sway the character's alignment. Alignment Missions are accessible even to those who have not applied a Going Rogue code to their account or purchased the Alignment System "expansion" from the Paragon Market, but they cannot obtain Morality Missions to reaffirm or change their alignment. If they receive a Tip after earning ten Alignment points for a given alignment, which would normally be a Morality Mission to change or reaffirm an alignment, it will be converted to a normal Alignment Mission.

If an ineligible player teams with another player who is completing a Morality mission, that first player will not receive any progress or confirmation toward changing or affirming their alignment. It will be treated just as if they were completing any other regular mission.

Badge bughunter 01.png Bug! Assisting in completing another character's Morality Mission before obtaining ten Alignment Points will empty out a character's Alignment Points and force them to start over at zero, while not resetting the daily Public Fame count, effectively postponing a character's alignment change or affirmation by however many points were lost.


Alignment Types

Hero Alignment Icon Villain Alignment Icon True Alignments

Heroes and villains who do not fall or redeem themselves have access only to the appropriate hero or villain zones and their alignment's Praetorian content. There is not a badge for staying hero or villain that is revoked if they ever fall or are redeemed.

Heroes who reaffirm their alignment (including City of Villains archetypes who have become hero alignment) by doing Hero Alignment Missions and Hero Morality Missions are granted access to a special lounge called Fort Trident, where they can spend Alignment Merits to purchase Invention Origin Enhancement Sets, including "Purple" sets (previously only available very rarely through defeating enemies of level 47 or above). Fort Trident has copies of most of the Signature Heroes, allowing characters to teleport to their location in the "real world" to start their Task Forces.

Likewise, villains who reaffirm their alignment (including City of Heroes archetypes of villain alignment) by doing Villain Alignment Missions and a Villain Morality Mission are granted access to a special lounge called The Crucible, where they can spend Alignment Merits and teleport to the villainous Strike Force contacts.

Due to reaffirmation requiring the completion of a Morality Mission, "True Alignment" is only available to those who have purchased Going Rogue.

Vigilante Alignment Icon Rogue Alignment Icon Falling and Redeeming

  • A hero becomes a vigilante before becoming a villain.
  • A villain becomes a rogue before becoming a hero.
  • Vigilantes and Rogues have access to both Paragon City and Rogue Isles zones.
  • A character gets to keep their badges when switching alignment.
    • Sometimes badges will change names/descriptions to match a character's current alignment.

Praetorian Alignment

A character may start at Level 1 in Praetoria. During the course of its career, they will choose to assist The Resistance or the Loyalists. Neither the Resistance, nor the Loyalists equate to "good" or "evil", but are more a matter of "us" versus "them" than the "hero" versus "villain" which is typical through-out Paragon City and the Rogue Isles. The character will be presented with the opportunity to switch which side they fight for at key points in the story. They even have the opportunity to go "undercover".

The Resistance alignment and Loyalists alignment each have two factions within them.

Arguments can be made to compare the various factions of the two Praetorian alignments to Primal Earth alignments. Each Praetorian faction has similarities to more than one Primal alignment. The only time the game makes a distinction between them is for the Valentine's Event, which treats both of the Resistance factions as Heroes and both Loyalists factions as Villains.

Resisitance Alignment Icon The Resistance

Warden
The Wardens, while opposed to Emperor Cole, hold life to be valuable. They make every attempt to reach their goals with as little loss of life as possible. This is not to say that they will not kill, but for the Wardens it is more of a last resort.
Crusader
The Crusaders are more extreme than the Wardens. They believe in winning the fight at any cost, regardless of how many lives it costs. Many of The Crusaders are motivated by revenge, others simply see killing as a means to an end. Most of them believe that they are fighting for a good cause and do not view themselves as evil, but some of them care little about the true cause of the Resistance, and use it merely as an excuse to wreak havoc.

Loyalist Alignment Icon The Loyalists

Responsibility
Those Loyalists who follow the path of Responsibility support Cole, but do everything they can to protect the citizens of Praetoria in the process. They believe in maintaining law and order within the city, but they do not abuse their power. They tend to be selfless for the most part and represent the idea that not everyone with The Loyalists is bad.
Power
Those Loyalists who follow the path of Power support Cole and all that he stands for, however they use their positions to gain more power, prestige, fame, and fortune for themselves. Much like The Crusaders, they hold life to be of little value, especially the lives of members of The Resistance. If there is something to be gained from it, they will not hesitate to kill, and will not lose any sleep over "collateral damage".

Life After Praetoria

The moral choices made up to this point will have no impact on the character's final choice of alignment after leaving Praetoria. Regardless of whether the player followed the Wardens, Crusaders, Power, Responsibility or a combination of these, he or she will be able to choose to be either a hero or a villain.

Badges

You will not lose any badges due to alignment changes. However, certain badges will have their names changed if you choose to cross over.

Primal Earth Alignment Badges

Hero

Badge HeroAlignmentMission.png Ear to the Street   Complete a Hero Alignment mission
Badge HeroAlignment.png Gallant   Complete a Hero Morality mission Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.
Badge HeroAlignmentPower.png Heard the Call   Maintain a Hero alignment for 7 days Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.
Badge Ascended.png Ascended   Shift alignment from Villain to Hero Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.
Badge ComeFullCircleHero.png Come Full Circle   Return to your original alignment of Hero Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.


Vigilante

Badge VigilanteAlignmentMission.png Streetwise   Complete a Vigilante Alignment mission
Badge VigilanteAlignment.png Above the Law   Complete a Vigilante Morality mission Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.
Badge VigilanteAlignmentPower.png Fearsome   Maintain a Vigilante alignment for 7 days Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.


Villain

Badge VillainAlignmentMission.png Inquisitor   Complete a Villain Alignment mission
Badge VillainAlignment.png Dastardly   Complete a Villain Morality mission Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.
Badge VillainAlignmentPower.png Frenzied   Maintain a Villain alignment for 7 days Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.
Badge Descended.png Descended   Shift alignment from Hero to Villain Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.
Badge ComeFullCircleVillain.png Come Full Circle   Return to your original alignment of Villain Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.


Rogue

Badge RogueAlignmentMission.png Well Informed   Complete a Rogue Alignment mission
Badge RogueAlignment.png Scoundrel   Complete a Rogue Morality mission Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.
Badge RogueAlignmentPower.png Trickster   Maintain a Rogue alignment for 7 days Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket AlignmentSystem.png Requires Alignment System. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.


Praetorian Alignment Badges

Icon vip.png Requires a VIP subscription. or ParagonMarket CreateAPraetorian.png Requires Create a Praetorian. or CreateSymbol Praetorian.png Requires Going Rogue.

Badge 5MoralChoice.png Moral High Ground   Choose Loyalist or Resistance morality five times
Badge Resistance.png Resistance Member   Choose a Resistance outcome in a moral choice mission
Badge Loyalist.png Loyalist   Choose a Loyalist outcome in a moral choice mission