The Players' Guide to the Cities/Zones
The monorail is the best way to move between zones in Paragon City. If it doesn’t go to the exact zone you want to be in, it definitely goes somewhere close.
Each monorail station has a departure area, in the front of the station, and an arrival area, with an exit leading to the side of the station. From the departure area (the front room of the monorail station, at the top of the ramp) you can board the monorail by simply clicking on the gate area (it doesn’t matter whether a car is visible or not).
There is one monorail line operating in Paragon City. The line passes through each of the following zones:
- Atlas Park
- Galaxy City
- Kings Row
- Steel Canyon (North and South)
- Skyway City (North and South)
- Talos Island
- Independence Port
- Founders' Falls
The ferry system is used to get citizens of Paragon City out to the islands that lie just off the coast. The ferry system can be used to access Peregrine Island, which is home to Portal Corporation. To board the ferry, simply hop on and enter the ferry.
In addition, there is a hero-smuggling operation that will take characters to Striga Isle, an island haven for criminals that is dominated by the Council. To board, click on the door that leads inside the cargo ship.
Helicopters provide transportation to heroes between the following zones:
Some zones are only reachable through the use of portal technology. The following zones are connected by portals:
The area collective known as the "Rogue Isles" is spread out across many, many islands. Within the Rogue Isles are individual islands such as Mercy Island, Port Oakes, etc. This is where villains spend the majority of their time honing their skills.
The ferry is the primary means of venturing to the various islands scattered throughout the Rogue Isles. Simply approach a ferry and run aboard; there you'll be presented with a menu providing options of where you can journey to next. Early in the game, however, the ferry only connects you to one point from Mercy Island: Port Oakes.
Overall, there are two types of ferries: the Local Ferries and the Rogue Isle Ferries. Locals are zone-to-zone stops only: Mercy to Port Oakes only or Port Oakes to Cap au Diable only, etc. Rogue Isle Ferries are ferry lines that has a few stop options, such as Cap au Diable, Nerva Archipelago, Sharkhead Isle, and so on. Think of it as the regular line and express line.
The Local Ferry system provides the following island to island transportation:
The Rogue Isle Ferry system connects the following islands to one another:
Helicopters and Arachnos Flyers
In addition to ferries, you’ll eventually gain access to helicopters and flyers so that you may more easily fly the unfriendly skies.
The black helicopters provide connections between the following islands:
- Mercy Island - Cap au Diable
- Cap au Diable - Bloody Bay
- Sharkhead Isle - Siren's Call
- Nerva Archipelago - St. Martial - Grandville
- St. Martial - Warburg
Some areas connected to the Rogue Isles are reachable only through portal technology. Portals are used to connect the following areas:
- Grandville is connected via Submarine to The Abyss and Monster Island.
- Vigilantes and Rogues may travel between Independence Port and Sharkhead Isle via submarine.
Some zones are accessible by both villains and heroes. These zones may be classified as player vs. player zones, or cooperative zones.
Two restrictions apply in all shared zones:
- Players may not examine the powers list or even the power set selections of members of the opposite faction.
- Players may not gift or trade items or Influence/Infamy to members of the opposite faction.
In player vs. player zones, it is possible to target and attack other player characters in the zone. Zones that fall into the player vs. player category are:
- Bloody Bay - heroes vs. villains
- Siren's Call - heroes vs. villains
- Warburg - free for all
- Recluse's Victory - heroes vs. villains
In cooperative zones, players may team with both heroes and villains to battle their mutual foes. A player cannot be invited into a mixed team or into a team made up entirely of the opposite faction unless both the player and the entire team are in co-op zones. Any player belonging to a mixed team is automatically removed from the team if he enters a non-co-op zone. Mixed teams do not need to remain entirely within one single zone -- they can be built across, or spread into, multiple zones as long as all zones involved are co-op ones.
Zones that fall into the cooperative category are:
For a comprehensive list of all zones in City of Heroes and City of Villains, see the Zone Overview article.