Each hero and villain has a class. There are six main classes, Chem, Magic, Space, Tech, Mutant, and Skill.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Each class is strong against one, and weak against another. For instance, Chem is strong against Magic, so attacks that do Chem damage will double against Magic opponents. However, Chem is weak against skill, so Chem attacks will only do half damage to Skill opponents.
The final class is called Combined, and is applied to enemies that are not locked one specific class. Combined damage is strong to all other types of damage, therefore any other class with take double damage from a Combined attack. These are usually beings of infinite power, and should be avoided if possible.
Each hero has 5 ability types: Basic, Special, Assault Heroic, Support Heroic, and Ultimate Heroic.
Basic abilities are standard fare, single attacks the usually do not use status damage. Basic abilities do not cost energy.
Special abilities are slightly more than Basic, and more prone to include status damage. Special abilities do not cost energy.
Assault abilities are powerful attacks that cost energy. They can be used to do real damage to your opponents.
Support abilities are used to aid yourself and allies in battle. These can heal, provide buffs, or any number of helpful actions. Support abilities do cost energy.
The Ultimate ability with do massive damage to Bosses and almost ensure the instant defeat of Minions. Ultimate abilities cost all 10 energy.
Gaining New Abilities
New Basic and Special abilities can be gained by spending 10 Energy to learn it. This can be done mid-battle, and the ability will be ready for immediate use that turn.
Basic and Special abilities can also be gained by learning it from a Mentor.
As a bonus, every 1 Basic or Special ability you learn will add +1 Attack Roll for your original Basic and Special Attacks.
New Assault, Support, and Ultimate Heroics are gained by reaching certain levels and points in the campaign.
Buddy Moves allow you to team up with a member of your party and unleash a powerful attack upon your opponents.
Buddy moves cost energy from both heroes, a heavier cost upon the one providing the base of the attack. If an enemy is defeated, both heroes gain 1 energy.
All Buddy Moves do Combined Damage, which as mentioned above, is doubled against any class. Therefore, unless the opponent is a Combined class, all Buddy Moves do double damage.
The Boost Meter is meant to boost an attack or check roll of any kind. It grants a second chance to a low roll. The Boost Meter die that can be rolled are D4, D6, D8, D12, and D20.
When you use the Boost Meter, you must wait for it to cooldown completely to zero before using it again. A the meter cools down one cell after each long rest. If you use all the way up to D20, you must wait 5 long rests of it to cool down completely. Use boosts wisely.
You can over clock the Boost Meter to get a second boost before a complete cooldown. Say you use a D8 boost, and wait one long rest. You then move down to the D6 cell, leaving D8, D12, and D20. You may roll any of these die, but this will count as Overclocking the Boost Meter.
When Overclocked, the Boost Meter locks down, and it cannot be used at all until a complete cooldown from the overclocked cell. That means, if you overclock and use a D12, you do not have access to the Boost Meter until after the required 4 long rests.
Each Hero has a unique form of energy based on their origins and powers. This energy is what allows them to use their Heroic Abilities.
Each Heroic ability as an energy cost. The associated cost is listed below the ability name. The Ultimate Heroic ability will always cost the maximum of 10 energy.
Energy can be gained a variety of ways. These are:
-Defeating an opponent (1 energy)
-Defeating the final opponent (2 energy)
-Purchasing from House of Harkness (up to 3 energy per day)
-Long Rest (1 energy)
-Side Quests (Varies)
-Opening Chests (Varies)
-Providing Whitney Chang with scoops (Varies)
Use your energy wisely. Look at the type of damage your Assault and Ultimate can do, keeping your oppoents in mind. See how your Support ability can assist your teammates. Coordiante and plan to win your battles!
Mysterious Chests with the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on them seem to keep appearing out of thin air, leaving behind a tachyon rift when opened. Chests will provide you with a random number of Energy and Credits.
Each mission on the War Table will have a minimum of one chest. So search the area! Use those Investigation checks!
Other Chests will appear at random, so always be on the lookout!
S.H.I.E.L.D. has equipped you with everything you need to win the Countdown Crisis, including the aid of their various agents in the form of Summons. As you adventure, your actions and relationships will determine whether or not you gain more allies to summon.
Each ally may only be used once per encounter, and will use whichever attack the summoner deems fit, if the attack has been unlocked.
Your allies depend on you to help them become the heroes they are meant to be. Their journeys are tied to how often they are allowed to help you with yours!
Each time you summon an ally, a bubble is filled in, getting them a step closer to the next level. An ally must be summoned 10 times to reach Level 2, and 20 times after that to reach Level 3. Level 3 summons can help you greatly in tough battles!
Some areas are blocked off and inaccessible to our heroes. Maybe summoning an ally will open up new areas. Summoning an ally to help access a secret area will also count toward leveling them up!
Credits are the currency of S.H.I.E.L.D. and are used to make purchases. Earn credits by completing missions at the War Table, side quests, Chests, or maybe by just finding them lying around! You may also pay me directly, I take cash and all major credit cards.
Credits can be spent on various items on the Helicarrier and certain shops in the world. They can be used to by outfits, weapons, cars, holy water, you name it! The shops are always open!
Instant Kills can be used to eliminate an enemy minion entirely at any point on the battle on a Player's turn if the Player has an instant kill available.
Players each have 1 Instant Kill ability that my be used once per session! Long rests do not replenish Instant Kills, and they may not be regained any other way.
Items in the shop can be purchased that serve as Instant Kills. These items are only 1 in stock at a time and the shop is not restocked until the item has been used.
Instant kill items will specify which class of enemy will be instantly killed. If no class is stated, then the item can be used on any class. Instant Kill summon abilities can be used on any class.
Some summons have the sole purpose of performing Instant Kills. Once that character is summoned, they may not be called again until the next session!
Using an Instant Kill ability will cost 5 Energy.
Energy is not gained from using an Instant Kill ability, item, or summon.