Cam wrote:As a rough guide, look at the Fighting Skills entry for the Marvel.com or Official Handbook power grids. A character with 4 or 5 Fighting Skills usually gets a Combat Expert Specialty. 6 or 7 gets a Combat Master. Tony Stark has a 3, so no Combat Specialty for him.
*Sigh* I hope this is a VERY rough guide...Those power grids often do not gauge power levels, but rather, power identifiers; and are poor at quantifying powers and skills.
For example, fighting ability
, according to the Power Grid, does not gauge how good
a fighter someone is, but how many styles
a fighter knows. So, according to this power grid, Royce Gracie, a 3 time UFC champion (UFC 1,2, and 4) would rank at a level 5 (d8) for mastering only one form of combat. That level 5 does not state how good
a fighter he is.Durability
is a mixture of recuperative ability and
resistance to damage. Level 4 is regenerative, but says nothing about how resistant to damage a hero is. Maybe 'enhanced', at level 3, actually is more resistant to damage than a 4 (since level 4 doesn't gauge damage resistance). Nor does it say anything about those that have a high resistance to damage and high recuperative abilities (Namor).Energy projection
doesn't list power at all, but rather type of energy projected, range, and duration - all mixed together
Intelligence, strength, and speed are really the ONLY attributes that give any indication of a true quantification of these literary characters' abilities.
I understand that this is an easy way to transform these abstract characters into quantifiable "Datafiles", but I guess I'm disappointed that this is the way its done; partly because I find they are inaccurate, disappointedly often. The hand-to-hand battles between Daredevil and Punisher are a perfect example of this. But, if you look at the power grids, Daredevil is level 5 (mastery of 1 form of combat) and the Punisher is level 6 (mastery of several), and DD often makes him seem like he has very little ability, if any at all...But, Frank will have a d10 Combat Mastery for sure.
That's just one example...