Badges are rewards for accomplishing certain tasks in City of Heroes. They track the accomplishments of the character through the game, and some of them do additional things.
Badges do a number of different things.
- One badge at a time can be "worn" by the character. This places the badge title right below the player's name for everyone else to see.
- Some badges give extra things to the character. Most of these badges are called Accolades, and there are different lists for each alignment.
- Some badges related to the Invention System grant additional storage of salvage and recipes
- Some badges related to selling on the Auction House also increase your transaction slots
- Some badges unlock contacts, stores, or access to special areas of the game world.
- Gladiator badges unlock gladiators. A bit like collecting Pokémon, gladiators can be used in duels against other players' gladiators in the Arena.
- And finally, badges are a sub-game in and of themselves. They appeal to the completist through the "Gotta get 'em all" mentality, the same sort of mentality of people who collect stamps or baseball cards.
The vast majority of badges are character-specific. Character-level badges are earned separately for each character and track separately what individual characters have accomplished. A few Architect Entertainment badges (listed here) are earned on an account-wide basis.
There are many types of Badges available
Earned by visiting certain important locations through the game.
Earned by studying the game's lore.
Earned by completing tasks assigned by special contacts.
Earned by reaching certain milestones in your career.
Earned by completing truly special accomplishments.
Earned by accomplishing specific tasks that unlock creatures to assist you in the arena.
Earned by gaining veteran levels, which are levels above level 50.
Earned by completing activities related to PvP.
Earned by completing activities related to the Invention System.
Earned by defeating certain critters in the game.
Earned by participating in special events.
Earned by completing Flashback content.
Earned by selling items at the Auction House.
Earned by logging out in specific locations.
Earned by completing activities related to Mission Architect.
Prior to Issue 25, Supergroups could also earn badges, most of which provided benefits to the Supergroup's base or members which are now available automatically. There were four types of Supergroup Badges available:
- Exploration Badges - Earned by visiting certain important locations throughout the game zones while in Supergroup mode.
- Achievement Badges - Earned by reaching certain milestones as a Supergroup.
- PVP Badges - Earned by defeating players as a Supergroup.
- Defeats Badges - Earned by defeating NPCs as a Supergroup.