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Issue 13 gave us Merit Rewards, replacing the random recipe option at the end of Task Forces, Strike Forces, and Trials. Reward Merits are also given at the end of every Story Arc, whether it is major or minor, and by killing at least some Giant Monsters. Each activity has had a different reward amount assigned to it, based on datamined time required to complete it.

Merit rewards can be turned in for recipes, enhancements, salvage, badges, and more.

In the February 10 update from Synapse, the design philosophy was covered:

Task Forces give an average of 1 merit every 3 minutes of average time (20 merits an hour), Trials give an average of 1 merit every 2.5 minutes (24 merits an hour), and Story Arcs give an average of 1 merit every 7.5 minutes (8 merits an hour). The reason for this major difference is due to the considerable time and effort Task/Strike Forces can take to set up and complete, so naturally these tasks grant a much greater reward.

On February 10, 2009, how many merits per minute each activity is awarded with was altered. Task Forces were previously 12 merits per hour, Trials were 13-14 per hour, and Story Arcs were 4-5 per hour. Additionally, datamining was performed to adjust each activity's specific awarded amount according to the new formula.

The following message is given when you have received your first Merit Reward:

Image:globalchat.png You have received your first Merit Reward! These merits are awarded for completing difficult tasks and allow you to exchange them for powerful rewards such as enhancements. Merits can be spent at the various Merit Reward Vendors throughout Paragon City and the Rogue Isles. NOTE: Merits earned from completing Taskforces/Strikeforces and Trials are subject to diminishing returns if the same task is completed more than once within a 24 hour period. So try out different Taskforces, Strikeforces and Trials to maximize your rewards!

The Formula

The formula used by the developers to calculate number of merits to award a task is as follows[1]:

MedianTime / MPM * TaskModifier * TimesRunModifier * TimeModifier + ArtificialModifiers

Decimals in the result are dropped off (ie: the result is rounded down).

  • MedianTime: The datamined median time to complete the task
  • MPM: The desired Merits per Minute, currently 3.7
  • TaskModifier: 1.5 if the task is a raid, 1.2 if the task is a trial, 1.0 if the task is a Task Force or Strike Force, and 0.4 if the task is a Story Arc
  • TimesRunModifier: 1.0 if the task has been run enough times for the developers to be comfortable with the datamining, 0.6 otherwise
  • TimeModifier: A percentage merit bonus equal to the median time divided by 20 (ex: the Synapse TF has a MedianTime of 194 minutes. 194 / 20 = 9.7, rounded up to 10% bonus)
  • ArtificialModifier: Manually added bonuses or penalties to a given task; from Synapse:
Image:globalchat.png What I've used this field here in the past was to round out some villain strike forces that weren't granting enough merits for a random roll.

For example: When merits were first introduced in Issue 13 beta the Temple of the Waters SF would have normally only granted 23 merits. However, I wanted players who completed this task to be able to purchase a random taskforce roll (which was then 25 merits, now it's 20) so I added a +2 bonus in this field. I've seen a number of players wonder why certain tasks (namely villain SFs) not have their merit numbers increase. This is because after the new data rolled in, I removed the bonus from this field if the task offered enough merits for the random roll.



The Statesman Task Force has a datamined median completion time of 133 minutes.

133 / 3.7 * 1.0 * 1.0 * 1.07 + 0 = 38 merits

Rewards Sources

The following pages list the rewards for all available Merit Rewards sources:

Diminishing Returns

Repeating the same Task Force/Strike Force/Trial within 24 hours will lessen the Merit Rewards by this formula: 1 / (# of attempts), rounded down. So, the first time gives the full reward (1/1), the second time gives half (1/2), the third time gives one third (1/3) and so on, to a minimum of one merit. After 24 hours without completing a particular Task Force/etc., the Merit Rewards reset to their default value for that Task Force. (Note that Synapse originally reported that Diminishing Returns was going to halve the reward each time, but that is not what went to the Live servers.) The time between when the merits are awarded is what counts, so a repeated Task Force that is started less than 24 hours from the last one may still be worth the full reward if it takes longer to complete.

Each Task Force/etc. has its own separate timer. Completing one will not diminish the returns of others.

Completing Story Arcs is not subject to diminishing returns. This includes completing multiple different Story Arcs, and flashing back repeatedly to the same Story Arc.

Completing Ouroboros Task/Strike Forces is also not subject to diminishing returns, since they are not true Task or Strike Forces. They follow the Story Arc rules.

Rewards Purchases

Heroes and villains can visit Merit Vendors to turn in Reward Merits for various items.

NOTE: Not all recipes can be purchased at vendors; a list of unavailable recipes can be found here. Summed up, basically, what cannot be purchased are:

See Also


  1. Synapse on Merit Changes

External Links

  • GoogleDocs Rewards and Purchases (Pages 3-4) by DJ_Jules
  • GoogleDocs All IO Set Recipe Merit Costs ugly but compiled by Robziel
  • Merit Deminishing return clock

This article incorporates text from Paragon Wiki, which has been licensed by its author under the GFDL.

This article uses material from the "Merit Rewards" article on the City of Heroes wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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