Raids are the most important factor of playing a MMO since the rewards from completing them make your character very strong. In DC Universe Online you can start planning to get an awesome armor set when you reach level 30. An advice for you would be to wait out and not go for the end-game raids right after hitting level 30. You need at least a complete T1 armor set before you can try to attempt those raids. If you jump in without a T1 armor set your whole group will be decimated.
Below is the list of armor sets in the game. You can read what each set costs and how you can gather enough currency to buy it.
DC Universe Online Armor Sets
Tier 1 PVE Armor Set: The whole set will cost 400 Marks Of Triumph.
Tier 1 PVP Armor Set: The whole set will cost 1700 Influence Points.
Tier 2 PVE Armor Set: The whole set will cost 400 Marks Of Distinction.
Tier 2 PVP Armor Set: The whole set will cost 810 Marks Of Victory.
DC Universe Online Iconic Armor Sets
There are a total of 18 iconic suits in the game which are divided equally between both factions. The origin you choose at the character creation will restrict which armor sets you can wear. Each origin has been further divided into three categories: Meta, Magic and Tech. Of the three one is PVP while the other two are PVE sets. To differentiate which set is PVP watch out for toughness bonuses in the armor sets. Toughness builds your defence rating against other players. Hence, the PVP armor sets will only have toughness ratings.
PVE Tier 1: Speed-Force Spectrum (Sold by Flash for 40-60 Marks Of Triumph Per Piece)
PVE Tier 2: House of El Warsuit (Sold by Power Girl for 90-150 Marks Of Distinction Per Piece)
PVP Tier 2: Nth-Metal Battlesuit (Sold by Hawkgirl for 80-130 Marks Of Victory Per Piece)
PVE Tier 1: Steelsuit MK-1 (Sold by Steel for 40-60 Marks Of Triumph Per Piece)
PVE Tier 2: Dark Specter Batsuit (Sold by Batgirl for 90-150 Marks Of Distinction Per Piece)
PVP Tier 2: Raptor Infiltrator (Sold by Robin for 40-60 Marks Of Victory Per Piece)
Wonder Woman (Magic)
PVE Tier 1: Fate’s Faith (Sold by Raven for 40-60 Marks Of Triumph Per Piece)
PVE Tier 2: Hera’s Strength (Sold by Wonder Girl for 90-150 Marks Of Distinction Per Piece)
PVP Tier 2: Aegis of Eternity (Sold by Aquaman for 80-130 Marks Of Victory Per Piece)
Lex Luthor (Meta)
PVE Tier 1: Metallo’s Maw (Sold by Metallo)
PVE Tier 2: LexCorp Salvation (Sold by Bizarro)
PVP Tier 2: Phantom Zone Reaver (Sold by Ursa)
The Joker (Tech)
PVE Tier 1: Frozen Fury (Sold by Mister Freeze for 40-60 Brands Of Triumph Per Piece)
PVE Tier 2: Joker’s Punchline (Sold by Harley Quinn for 90-150 Brands Of Victory Per Piece)
PVP Tier 2: Mercenary’s Malice (Sold by Two Face for 40-60 Brands Of Triumph Per Piece)
PVE Tier 1: Aegis Of Azarath (Sold by Brother Blood)
PVE Tier 2: Vengeance Of Hectate (Sold by Cheetah)
PVP Tier 2: Shroud Of Anubis (Sold by Felix Faust)
DC Universe Online Currency
Cash: You get cash from just about everything. It’ main purpose is to buy Soders and Respecing. The developers have promised an Auction House in the next update in which cash will play a bigger part.
Influence Points: You get influence points from doing PVP and is used to buy Tier 2 PVP gear only. You get 50 influence points for winning a match and 25 if you loose. During a match; killing or assisting your team mates give you 1 influence point everytime.
Marks Of Allegiance: These can be earned from a few “Welcome To Level 30″ tutorial quests and daily quests. They are used to buy faction specific styles. Note that these are styles and not armors.
Marks Of Distinction: These are used to buy Tier 2 PVE gear only and are earned from the end game raids such as The Outer Caverns and Batcave. These are impossible to do without a full set of Tier 1 armor.
Marks Of Legend: They are used to buy new legendary characters: Bane, Harley Quinn, Joker, Nightwing, Robin, The Huntress and Arkham Asylum Joker. Marks Of Legend can be earned through PVP Arenas and Legends matches. You gain 2 marks if you win and 1 if you loose.
Marks Of Triumph: These are used to buy Tier 1 PVE gear only and can be earned from Duos, Hard-mode Alerts (Area 51, Ace Chemicals, Smallville, Strykers Island, Arkham Asylum, Containment Facility) and lower level raids like Khandaq, Batcave: Outer Caverns, Batcave: Inner Sanctum and StarLabs.
Marks Of Victory: They are used to buy Tier 2 PVP gear. You can earn them by doing PVP Arenas and Legends matches. You’ll gain 2 marks if you win and 1 if you loose.