The Archetype is the most fundamental choice made while creating a character. It determines which powers are - and aren't - available for the lifetime of the character. Archetype, along with Origin, Primary Power Sets and Secondary Power Sets, cannot be changed after character creation.
Each archetype will play slightly different than all other archetypes, even archetypes that utilize the same power sets. More information on an archetype's "style" can be found on each archetype page.
The following eleven standard Archetypes are available at character creation.
Main Article: Epic Archetypes
These Epic Archetypes are more complex than standard Archetypes and are intended for experienced players. They are restricted in their starting alignments, but can change alignments later.
Hero Epic Archetypes (HEAT)
Villain Epic Archetypes (VEAT)
All Archetypes except the Epic Archetypes are eligible to begin in Praetoria.
The following Epic Archetype was cancelled during its development phase, and thus was never released:
- The Sentinel Archetype was added in Homecoming Issue 25.
- Archetypes documentation on official City of Heroes site
- Official City of Heroes Manual as a zipped PDF file
- Official City of Villains Manual as a PDF file