Earth Assault

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Overview

Earth Assault is a standard power set that is a secondary set for Dominators.

"With Earth Assault, you can damage foes with the very ground they walk upon. You can conjure stone weapons, hurl boulders, and even cause magma to erupt from the ground."

Power Table

The Earth Assault power set is available as a secondary set for Dominators. The following table shows the level at which each power is available:

Power Level Effect
EarthAssault StoneSpears.png Stone Spears 1 Ranged, Moderate DMG(Lethal), Foe Knock Up
EarthAssault StoneMallet.png Stone Mallet 2 Melee, High DMG(Smash), Foe Knockdown
EarthAssault Tremor.png Tremor 4 PBAoE, Moderate DMG(Smash), Foe Knockdown
EarthAssault HurlBoulder.png Hurl Boulder 10 Ranged, High DMG(Smash), Foe Knockback, -Fly
EarthAssault PowerBoost.png Power Boost 16 Self +Special
EarthAssault HeavyMallet.png Heavy Mallet 20 Melee, Superior DMG(Smash), Foe Knockdown
EarthAssault SeismicSmash.png Seismic Smash 28 Melee, Extreme DMG(Smash), Foe Hold
EarthAssault MudPots.png Mud Pots 35 Toggle: PBAoE, Minor DoT(Fire), Foe Immobilize, -SPD
EarthAssault Fissure.png Fissure 38 Close (Targeted AoE), Moderate DMG(Smash/Lethal), Foe Disorient, Knockback

Powers

EarthAssault Fissure.png Fissure

This powerful stomp can crack the earth itself, damaging a nearby targeted foe and any foes around it. This Fissure can only affect foes on the ground, dealing moderate smashing damage and possibly throwing them into the air or disorienting them.

Damage Moderate (Smashing)
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level V archetypeicon dominator.png 38 (Dominator)
Effects Close (Targeted Area of Effect)
Foe Knockback, Disorient
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training KnockBack Distance.png Enhance Knockback Distance
TO Training Range.png Enhance Range
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Disorient Duration.png Enhance Disorient Duration
Set Categories IO Damage.png Targeted AoE Damage
IO Disorient Duration.png Stuns
IO Knockback Distance.png Knockback

EarthAssault HeavyMallet.png Heavy Mallet

A more impressive form of Stone Mallet, the Heavy Mallet deals more damage, but is slower to swing. It has a greater chance of knocking down opponents.

Damage Superior (Smashing)
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level V archetypeicon dominator.png 20 (Dominator)
Effects Melee
Foe Knockdown
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training KnockBack Distance.png Enhance Knockback Distance
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
Set Categories IO Melee Damage.png Melee Damage
IO Knockback Distance.png Knockback

EarthAssault HurlBoulder.png Hurl Boulder

You are able to tear up a chunk of ground beneath your feet and Hurl it at an enemy. This attack deals moderate damage, and can knock foes back and even drop them out of the air if they are flying.

Damage High (Smashing)
Recharge Moderate
Minimum Level V archetypeicon dominator.png 10 (Dominator)
Effects Ranged
Foe Knockback, -Fly
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training KnockBack Distance.png Enhance Knockback Distance
TO Training Range.png Enhance Range
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
Set Categories IO Ranged Damage.png Ranged Damage
IO Knockback Distance.png Knockback

EarthAssault MudPots.png Mud Pots

While this power is active, you draw upon the geothermal power of the Earth to create a bubbling pool of hot mud around yourself. All foes in melee range will become snared and entrapped in the mud, Immobilizing some and slowing others. The boiling heat from Mud Pots may also deal some damage over time to the snared foes.

Recharge Fast
Damage Minor Damage Over Time (Fire)
Minimum Level V archetypeicon dominator.png 35 (Dominator)
Effects Toggle: Point Blank Area of Effect
Foe Immobilize, -Speed
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
TO Training Slow powers.png Enhance Slow
Set Categories IO PBAoE Damage.png PBAoE Damage
IO Slow.png Slow Movement

EarthAssault PowerBoost.png Power Boost

Greatly boosts the secondary effects of your powers. Your powers' effects like Heals, Defense Buffs, Endurance Drains, Disorients, Holds, Immobilizes, and more, are all improved. The effects of Power Boost last a short while, and only the next couple of attacks will be boosted.

EdLetter.png Editor's Note:

This power improves the strength of your Heals, Endurance drains and gifts, Runspeed powers, Flight powers, Defense buffs and debuffs, and ToHit buffs and debuffs, as well as the duration of your Sleep, Hold, Disorient, Immobilize, Fear, and Confuse status effects. It does not increase the strength of your Knockback effects.

Recharge Long
Minimum Level V archetypeicon dominator.png 16 (Dominator)
Effects Self +Special
Enhancements TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
Set Categories None

EarthAssault SeismicSmash.png Seismic Smash

This massive attack hits with all the force of the Earth itself. It deals tremendous amounts of damage, and may Hold the target if they are not defeated outright.

Damage Extreme (Smashing)
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level V archetypeicon dominator.png 28 (Dominator)
Effects Melee
Foe Hold
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training Hold Duration.png Enhance Hold Duration
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
Set Categories IO Melee Damage.png Melee Damage
IO Hold Duration.png Holds

EarthAssault StoneMallet.png Stone Mallet

Your control over the earth allows you to form a mallet of solid stone. This Stone Mallet deals heavy damage, and can knock down weak foes.

Damage High (Smashing)
Recharge Moderate
Minimum Level V archetypeicon dominator.png 2 (Dominator)
Effects Melee
Foe Knockdown
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training KnockBack Distance.png Enhance Knockback Distance
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
Set Categories IO Melee Damage.png Melee Damage
IO Knockback Distance.png Knockback

EarthAssault StoneSpears.png Stone Spears

Stone spears erupt from the ground at the feet of your target. This attack can only be used against targets on the ground, and does moderate lethal damage.

Damage Moderate (Lethal)
Recharge Fast
Minimum Level V archetypeicon dominator.png 1 (Dominator)
Effects Ranged
Foe Knockup
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training KnockBack Distance.png Enhance Knockback Distance
TO Training Range.png Enhance Range
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
Set Categories IO Ranged Damage.png Ranged Damage
IO Knockback Distance.png Knockback

EarthAssault Tremor.png Tremor

You can cause a localized earthquake immediately around you. This will deal moderate damage to every foe in melee range, while knocking them back.

Damage Moderate (Smashing)
Recharge Slow
Minimum Level V archetypeicon dominator.png 4 (Dominator)
Effects Point Blank Area of Effect
Foe Knockdown
Enhancements TO Training Accuracy.png Enhance Accuracy
TO Training Damage.png Enhance Damage
TO Training Endurance Cost.png Reduce Endurance Cost
TO Training KnockBack Distance.png Enhance Knockback Distance
TO Training Attack Rate.png Increase Attack Rate
Set Categories IO PBAoE Damage.png PBAoE Damage
IO Knockback Distance.png Knockback

Historical

Developer Quotes

Badge time.png This section contains information about a past event in City of Heroes Freedom. It is provided for historical purposes.

According to Castle, Earth Assault was a personal project to help Sunstorm learn the ropes when he first started. Once the project was complete, they went ahead and proposed it for the (then) next round of Power Set Proliferation [1]

Sunstorm then made the following statement [2]

Never played a more "tankish" feeling dominator, despite it having no armors. ... Earth Assault will be a very melee heavy set. Also opted for the regular Hurl boulder Animation, since the Propel Boulder animation uses the full 3.5 second long propel animation. Now I may be a huge fan of propel for my grav doms/Trollers, but the thought of having 2 versions of it didn't seem too fun.

In a Dev Diary released on August 13, 2009, Castle confirmed the power lineup of the set, and again commented on the creation of Earth Assault:

Earth Assault began life as a training exercise for Jonathan "Sunstorm" Courney. Shortly after he began working here, he decided to build a new assault set for Dominators in order to help familiarize himself with the powers system. He spent some time picking the powers, dreaming up new ones and testing them, and in general just doing some really innovative and crazy things with them. After a while, he decided to take his test bed and turn it into something that could be released to the fans. This led to a lot of rebalancing, rebuilding, and when he was finally satisfied with it, he pitched it to me. Although it's taken awhile for it to be implemented, we're happy that we're finally able to include it with Issue 16.
Earth Assault, like other Assault sets, combines a good mix of Ranged and Melee powers. It has a healthy dose of soft control, good damage, and with Mud Pots - one of the best Damage Auras available.

Issue 16

Badge time.png This section contains information about a major update to City of Heroes Freedom. It is provided for historical purposes.

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