Alignment, introduced in the Going Rogue expansion and the accompanying issue release, is the way the game distinguishes between hero, villain, and everything in between.
Alignment Missions and Morality Missions allow changes to a character's alignment; each alignment level can access Tip and Morality missions that can sway the character's alignment. Alignment Missions are accessible even to those who have not applied a Going Rogue code to their account or purchased the Alignment System "expansion" from the Paragon Market, but they cannot obtain Morality Missions to reaffirm or change their alignment. If they receive a Tip after earning ten Alignment points for a given alignment, which would normally be a Morality Mission to change or reaffirm an alignment, it will be converted to a normal Alignment Mission.
If an ineligible player teams with another player who is completing a Morality mission, that first player will not receive any progress or confirmation toward changing or affirming their alignment. It will be treated just as if they were completing any other regular mission.
Heroes and villains who do not fall or redeem themselves have access only to the appropriate hero or villain zones and their alignment's Praetorian content. There is not a badge for staying hero or villain that is revoked if they ever fall or are redeemed.
Heroes who reaffirm their alignment (including City of Villains archetypes who have become hero alignment) by doing Hero Alignment Missions and Hero Morality Missions are granted access to a special lounge called Fort Trident, where they can spend Alignment Merits to purchase Invention Origin Enhancement Sets, including "Purple" sets (previously only available very rarely through defeating enemies of level 47 or above). Fort Trident has copies of most of the Signature Heroes, allowing characters to teleport to their location in the "real world" to start their Task Forces.
Likewise, villains who reaffirm their alignment (including City of Heroes archetypes of villain alignment) by doing Villain Alignment Missions and a Villain Morality Mission are granted access to a special lounge called The Crucible, where they can spend Alignment Merits and teleport to the villainous Strike Force contacts.
Due to reaffirmation requiring the completion of a Morality Mission, "True Alignment" is only available to those who have purchased Going Rogue.
Falling and Redeeming
- A hero becomes a vigilante before becoming a villain.
- A villain becomes a rogue before becoming a hero.
- Vigilantes and Rogues have access to both Paragon City and Rogue Isles zones.
- A character gets to keep their badges when switching alignment.
- Sometimes badges will change names/descriptions to match a character's current alignment.
A character may start at Level 1 in Praetoria. During the course of its career, they will choose to assist The Resistance or the Loyalists. Neither the Resistance, nor the Loyalists equate to "good" or "evil", but are more a matter of "us" versus "them" than the "hero" versus "villain" which is typical through-out Paragon City and the Rogue Isles. The character will be presented with the opportunity to switch which side they fight for at key points in the story. They even have the opportunity to go "undercover"; a Praetorian can only ever go undercover for the faction they originally selected at the end of the tutorial (and so must do the tutorial if they want to go undercover).
The Resistance alignment and Loyalists alignment each have two factions within them.
Arguments can be made to compare the various factions of the two Praetorian alignments to Primal Earth alignments. Each Praetorian faction has similarities to more than one Primal alignment. The only time the game makes a distinction between them is for the Valentine's Event, which treats both of the Resistance factions as Heroes and both Loyalists factions as Villains.
- The Wardens, while opposed to Emperor Cole, hold life to be valuable. They make every attempt to reach their goals with as little loss of life as possible. This is not to say that they will not kill, but for the Wardens it is more of a last resort.
- The Crusaders are more extreme than the Wardens. They believe in winning the fight at any cost, regardless of how many lives it costs. Many of The Crusaders are motivated by revenge, others simply see killing as a means to an end. Most of them believe that they are fighting for a good cause and do not view themselves as evil, but some of them care little about the true cause of the Resistance, and use it merely as an excuse to wreak havoc.
- Those Loyalists who follow the path of Responsibility support Cole, but do everything they can to protect the citizens of Praetoria in the process. They believe in maintaining law and order within the city, but they do not abuse their power. They tend to be selfless for the most part and represent the idea that not everyone with The Loyalists is bad.
- Those Loyalists who follow the path of Power support Cole and all that he stands for, however they use their positions to gain more power, prestige, fame, and fortune for themselves. Much like The Crusaders, they hold life to be of little value, especially the lives of members of The Resistance. If there is something to be gained from it, they will not hesitate to kill, and will not lose any sleep over "collateral damage".
Life After Praetoria
The moral choices made up to this point will have no impact on the character's final choice of alignment after leaving Praetoria. Regardless of whether the player followed the Wardens, Crusaders, Power, Responsibility or a combination of these, he or she will be able to choose to be either a hero or a villain.
You will not lose any badges due to alignment changes. However, certain badges will have their names changed if you choose to cross over.
Primal Earth Alignment Badges
|Ear to the Street||Complete a Hero Alignment mission|
|Gallant||Complete a Hero Morality mission||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Heard the Call||Maintain a Hero alignment for 7 days||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Ascended||Shift alignment from Villain to Hero||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Come Full Circle||Return to your original alignment of Hero||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Streetwise||Complete a Vigilante Alignment mission|
|Above the Law||Complete a Vigilante Morality mission||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Fearsome||Maintain a Vigilante alignment for 7 days||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Inquisitor||Complete a Villain Alignment mission|
|Dastardly||Complete a Villain Morality mission||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Frenzied||Maintain a Villain alignment for 7 days||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Descended||Shift alignment from Hero to Villain||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Come Full Circle||Return to your original alignment of Villain||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Well Informed||Complete a Rogue Alignment mission|
|Scoundrel||Complete a Rogue Morality mission||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
|Trickster||Maintain a Rogue alignment for 7 days||Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Alignment System. or Requires Going Rogue.|
Praetorian Alignment Badges
Requires a VIP subscription. or Requires Create a Praetorian. or Requires Going Rogue.
|Moral High Ground||Choose Loyalist or Resistance morality five times|
|Resistance Member||Choose a Resistance outcome in a moral choice mission|
|Loyalist||Choose a Loyalist outcome in a moral choice mission|