Invention System

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Added in Issue 9, the Invention System allows characters to craft Enhancements, costume pieces, and Temporary Powers using Recipes and new Invention Salvage dropped by defeated foes.

Game developers stated that the long-rumored "Legacy System", which would allow for additional improvements of Level 50 characters, had evolved into the Invention System.[1]

The University

Main Article: University

Heroes and villains use Invention Salvage and Recipes to create items at Invention Worktables that are located in the newly opened Universities. Supergroups may also install an Invention Worktable in their bases.

Heroes can find campuses in Steel Canyon, Croatoa, and Founders' Falls. Villains can find a campus in Cap au Diable. The Praetorian equivalent is the Cultural Direction and Education Center in Imperial City. All campuses have many Invention Worktables at which inventions may be created.

A series of tutorial missions for the Invention system can be completed through Admissions Officer Lenk in Steel Canyon's University for Heroes, through Dean John Yu in Cap au Diable's University for villains, or through Relations Expert Verna Arcola in the CDEC for Praetorians. Completing the tutorial awards the Inventor Badge. The character will also receive Salvage and a Recipe to create a Common Invention Enhancement.

Abandoned Labs

Main Article: Abandoned Labs

Because villains only have access to one true University, several abandoned labs have been overtaken and converted into small invention workshops. These can be found in Port Oakes and St. Martial.

Inventing in General

Inventions are created by combining Invention Salvage, inf and/or a Recipe at an Invention Worktable. Not all recipes require all three of the above.

There are currently four types of Inventions:

Specific Inventions


Main Article: Invention Origin Enhancements

The core of the Invention System is the creation of Invention Origin Enhancements.

Costume Pieces

Main Article: Invention Made Costumes

A number of animated costume pieces can be created with the system, including various kinds of wings and special boots.

Temporary Powers

Main Article: Invention Temporary Powers

There are a number of temporary powers craftable with the inventions system from recipes. Temporary powers may also be crafted from Empowerment Stations in bases.


There are currently no Inspirations that can be crafted.

Base Items

Main Article: Crafted Base Items

As of Issue 13, crafted base items require Invention Salvage to create, rather than components made from base salvage. Base salvage no longer drops, but can be converted into invention salvage via brain storms.

Invention System Badges

Many badges can be earned by crafting.

Tutorial Badge

File:Badge invention tutorial.png Inventor

You have proven your skills as an Inventor at the University.

Memorization Badges

Main Article: Memorization Badges

The recipes for crafting common IOs can be memorized. Memorization allows the crafting of enhancements at half the cost and without the need for a recipe. A total of 45 badges are available for memorization, 36 of which are needed for the Field Crafter Accolade and its Portal Workbench accolade power.

Quantity Badges

File:Badge inventor lvl 1.png Artisan

You have created 50 inventions, proving you are an Artisan.

File:Badge inventor lvl 2.png Master Artisan

You have created 100 inventions, justifying your title of Master Artisan.

File:Badge inventor lvl 3.png Craftsman

You are a true Craftsman, and have created 500 inventions.

File:Badge inventor lvl 4.png Master Craftsman

A Master Craftsman they call you, as you have created 1,000 inventions.

File:Badge inventor lvl 5.png Fabricator

Your ingenuity knows no bounds, and after 2,000 inventions you are now a Fabricator.

Field Crafter Accolade

File:Badge field crafting.png Field Crafter

You are truly a crafting specialist, and can now summon a portable crafting station to your location for five minutes once an hour. All nearby characters can use this station (not just your teammates, as the description states).

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