Several player and critter characteristics are restricted to certain limits. Buffs or debuffs beyond those points produce no additional effects, although they will work to offset later powers trying to apply the opposite effect.
Maximum total Resistance (per damage type) for players is different for each Archetype.
|Peacebringer, Warshade, Arachnos Widow, Arachnos Soldier||85%|
Most critters have a maximum Resistance of 90%. The following are exceptions and have a maximum of 100%:
- Giant Monsters
- certain Heroes/Archvillains
- the Hamidon and its Mitochondria
- Rularuu Bosses (may reach 200%)
- anything that needs to be immune to all or most types of damage, such as practice Rikti Drones in Outbreak (invulnerable), Oil Slicks (vulnerable to fire and energy only), fires in the Hellion Arson zone event (vulnerable to cold and extinguishers only), etc.
Players and critters have a minimum Resistance of -300%.
With the exception of damage debuff and resistance debuff (resisted by Damage Resistance), debuff resistances have the following maximums:
|Defense||20% at level 1
95% at level 47+
|Recovery||20% at level 1
95% at level 47+
|Regeneration||20% at level 1
95% at level 47+
|ToHit||20% at level 1
95% at level 47+
Note that while most will refer to it as debuff resistance, the same attribute will resist buffs as well (defense debuff resistance resists both defense debuffs and defense buffs). However, the vast majority of buffs are non-resistable, allowing them to ignore these resistances.
Debuff resistances function exactly as damage resistance, subtracting a percentage from the base value of the debuff. Thus, an Ice Armor Tanker with 100% slow resistance will run through stacked caltrops from Knives of Artemis without blinking an eye, and a Super Reflexes Scrapper with 95% defense debuff resistance has near-perfect protection from Cascading Defense Failure.
Status Effect Resistance
Players have a hard status resistance cap of 10,001.01%, which translates to 0.99% mez duration in the Combat Attributes Window. Because player status resistance buffs do not generally exceed 216.25% (for example, Accelerate Metabolism), it is unlikely that the cap will ever be reached in normal gameplay.
This was changed in Issue 13; previously, the cap was 100% resistance, resulting in 50% duration. The change was in part due to the change to status protection in PvP, necessitating a higher resistance cap.
Players and critters apparently have hard minimum status effect Resistances of -300%. There are very few powers in the game that debuff status effect Resistances, however. This is good, since the game's formulas produce infinite status durations at -100% Resistance and negative durations below that.
Status Effect Protection
There is essentially no upper limit to how much magnitude protection a player or critter can have to Status Effects.
Maximum total Damage for players depends on Archetype and (usually) level.
Scrapper, Stalker, Tanker
|210% at level 1
500% at level 21+
|all others||200% at level 1
400% at level 21+
- Attacks do 100% damage to start with; the amount of damage bonus needed to reach the cap is 100% less than the cap itself.
- Enhancements count as damage buffs. If a character has +95% in damage enhancements, then the character has +195% damage on that attack.
- These maximums apply only to effects that increase the amount of damage an attack delivers. Reductions to an enemy's Resistances can cause that enemy to suffer damage beyond these maximums. So can effects that cause attacks to deliver damage more than once, such as Containment, Scourge, and Critical Hit.
- The Brute damage cap is set significantly higher than the other Archetypes because of the Fury inherent power, which applies a Damage buff which scales proportionally to the Brute's Fury level.
Players and critters have a minimum damage of 10%.
This section is largely academic. No attack can have less than a 5% or more than a 95% chance of hitting. So although there are limits to how far a player's or critter's ToHit and Defense can be adjusted, these adjustments almost always drive the final chance of hitting to one of its own limits before the cap on total buffs/debuffs is reached.
Maximum total Defense for players depends on Archetype and level.
|Brute, Tanker||+100.43% at level 1
+225.05% at level 21+
|Peacebringer, Scrapper, Stalker, Warshade||+97.76% at level 1
+200.38% at level 21+
|Blaster, Controller, Corruptor, Defender, Dominator, Mastermind||+95.00% at level 1
+175.00% at level 21+
Maximum total Defense for critters depends on rank and level.
|Critter Rank||Maximum Defense|
|Minion||+24.06% at level 1
+77.37% at level 21+
|Lieutenant, Sniper||+90.25% at level 1
+131.25% at level 21+
|Boss, Elite Boss, AV/Hero, Pet||+95.00% at level 1
+175.00% at level 21+
Players and critters have a minimum Defense of -100%.
All players and critters have a maximum ToHit that varies from +95% at level 1 to +200.35% at level 50 (and, for critters, up to +211.10% at level 55). Counting against these maximums, however, is the innate +75% that all players get and the +50% that all critters get as part of the game's internal basic attack mechanics.
Players and critters have a minimum ToHit of -100%.
Players and critters have a maximum recharge rate bonus of +400%, which cuts recharge time to 1/5th of normal.
Players and critters have a maximum recharge rate penalty of -75%, which increases recharge time to 4x normal.
Each mode of travel has a different base and maximum speed value. Teleport has the fastest maximum potential, but is greatly dependent on the user's ability to quickly and accurately activate the power to achieve this potential. Running provides the highest movement cap, followed by jumping, and lastly, flying. However, with Afterburner slotted with at least 37% enhancement value, flying exceeds the jumping movement cap.
At any level, Fly can exceed the flight speed cap without being enhanced. However, since Afterburner raises the flight speed cap, enhancements in Fly can still be valuable. In the Combat Attributes Window, a given movement speed turns cyan when it is capped. Super Jump and Super Speed experience more difficulty in reaching their caps, especially at high levels, but ordinarily a second enhancement slot is not needed in either.
The following table lists the base and max speed limits for each movement type at level 50. The base limit is your standard speed cap, but some powers are able to buff that speed cap up to a max speed limit. An example of this is flying speed which has a base fly speed limit of 58.63 mph, but with the use of Afterburner that fly speed limit can increase to as high as 87.95 mph. Takeoff (from Mighty Leap) grants a maximum jumping speed buff of 1.0 scale, which increases the jumping speed limit from 78.18 mph to 92.5 mph (same as the running speed limit). The scale speed translates to movement speed by multiplying its value by 21 feet per second (fps) or 14.3181818 miles per hour (mph). The table below will show units in mph.
|Movement Type||Scale (Base)||Scale (Max)||MPH (Base)||MPH (Max)|
- Blasters with Energy Manipulation may be able to achieve as much as 312 MPH with Teleport by using Boost Range and Range Enhancements.
- Swift adds 2.93mph fly speed at level 50; with 3 even-level SOs, it adds 5.71mph.
- Swift adds 5.01mph run speed at level 50; with 3 even-level SOs, it adds 9.77mph.
- Hurdle adds 17.83mph jump speed at level 50; with 3 even-level SOs, it adds 29.71mph.
See how Flight Speed is calculated on the Flight Powers article.
Players and critters have maximum run, flight, and jumpspeed penalties of -90%.
Maximum total Regeneration for players depends on Archetype and (sometimes) level.
|Scrapper, Stalker||2,200% at level 1
3,000% at level 20+
|Brute, Tanker||2,100% at level 1
2,500% at level 20+
Maximum total Regeneration for critters depends on rank and (sometimes) level.
|Minion||506.64% at level 1
884.20% at level 10+
|Lieutenant, Sniper||1,900% at level 1
1,500% at level 20+ (yes, it decreases)
|Boss, Elite Boss, AV/Hero, Giant Monster||2,000%|
Players and critters have a minimum Regeneration of 0%. It is not possible to cause something to lose health by debuffing its Regeneration to a negative value.
Maximum Recovery Rate depends on archetype. Numbers were tested using the ingame "Real Numbers"
|Controller, Dominator, Mastermind||12.51% / second (750% of base)|
|Defender||10.42% / second (625% of base)|
|All Others||8.34% / second (500% of base)|
Players and critters have a minimum Recovery of 0%. It is not possible to cause something to lose endurance by debuffing its Recovery to a negative value.
Stealth and Perception
Base Perception for all players is 500 feet. Base PvP Stealth and PvE Stealth are 0.
Maximum total Stealth and Perception for players depend mainly on level, with Stalkers having higher Stealth caps.
|Attribute||PvP Maximum||PvE Maximum|
|Stalker Stealth||480 at level 1
1143 at level 50
|49.5 at level 1
300 at level 32+
|VEAT Stealth||440 at level 1
857.25 at level 50
|47.25 at level 1
250 at level 32+
|other ATs Stealth||400 at level 1
571.5 at level 50
|45 at level 1
200 at level 32+
|VEAT Perception||499.8 at level 1
1260.6 at level 49
|all other ATs, Perception||490 at level 1
1153 at level 50
Players have a minimum Perception of 0 and a minimum Stealth of -180.
Note: Melee attacks ignore Range modifiers.
Players and critters have a maximum Range of 500%.
Players and critters have a minimum Range of 25%.
See the Hit Points article.
Players and critters have a maximum absorb equal to 100% of their base maximum Hit Points. The absorb cap ignores maximum Hit Points modifiers. See the Hit Points article for maximum Hit Points.
Players and critters have a minimum absorb of 0.
- A character's inventory for inf is capped at 2,000,000,000 (2 billion) for all players.
- The maximum amount of influence that can be sent with a single email is 999,999,999 (~1 billion).
The Reward Merit cap for a single character to hold in their salvage inventory is 10,000.
The aggro cap for a single character is 17 enemies. A character can get the attention of others, but only by shedding the aggro of one of their current enemies, either by defeat or by extension: attacking a non-aggroed enemy will release one of the currently-aggroed enemies from the character's aggro list. A character with pets can aggro more than 17 enemies, since the pets have their own aggro list (the limit is unknown at this time).
AoE target limits
- AoE debuffs, ranged cones, and melee AoE (PBAoE) powers can affect a maximum of 10 targets.
- Some large PBAoE powers (such as the nuke powers from ranged damage pools) can affect a maximum of 16 targets.
- Ranged AoE damage powers can affect a maximum of 16 targets.
- Judgement Slot Incarnate abilities greatly exceed these numbers, with Ion affecting the maximum of 40 targets.
- All AoE Status Effects (immobilizes, holds, disorients, et al.) can affect a maximum of 16 targets.
- Melee cones can affect a maximum of 5 targets.
- Taunts (including the Tanker inherent, Gauntlet) can affect a maximum of 5 targets.
- See also: Patch Notes from 2005-08-31
- Buff powers are capped at 255 targets. (Increased in Issue 17; previously, different powers had different caps.)