Category Archives: Strategy

New bug

With the breeding event now on, there appears to be a new bug introduced. You can actually have an egg incubating at the same time as your incubator is upgrading.

Somehow we have hatched Sekhem without the incubator actually being at the level it was supposed to, so it would be interesting to see what else can be incubated.

In light of the recent debacle with chest refunds, hopefully this is something that our readers can benefit from.

On a second note, it seems that food packs are back in gold chests so there should be less of a food shortage, as well as very reasonable numbers of clocks.

Quickest Way to gain XP

There are two forms of XP in War Dragons. One being XP earned by dragons to level up, and the other being player XP, which is required to rise in level to gain access to newer and more powerful stuff.

Dragon Experience

A players level determines the maximum number of experience points earned by a dragon. For example, at the lowly level of 1, a player can earn up to 102 experience for his dragons at a time. However, once you reach level 148, the cap for experience is a whopping 38,700!

Clearly, the best way to level dragons is to gain levels – attacking the easiest base possible that earns the dragon maximum XP for your level at the time. There are a number of bases that players use, known as training bases, that achieve this to great effect.

Joining a team with higher level players than you will help greatly. Having one player join to help, using just one dragon each will still give you maximum XP. It is normally considered polite to ask if you swap out a dragon at the start to reduce healing times.

Using multipliers is important. For your weak dragons, you are going to want to ask for help from your team so that you can maximize the x5, x4 and x3 multipliers. Once your multipliers have been used, a great way to gain quick XP for your weak dragons is to join as many of your team mates battles as possible and ask if you can kill the base at the end.

Player Experience

There are two ways to gain experience. The quick way, and the right way. See, lower level towers give more xp per time spent than higher level towers. But having a base full of weak towers (a long base) is significantly worse than a base full of strong towers (a short base).

Some might argue that base defence really doesn’t matter – since there are always dragons that can smash your base in one attack. At the end of the day, choose a strategy that you feel comfortable with and stick to it.

Using rubies for timers is essential when trying to level up fast, as is having a team that can help you with wood donations. If you have spare cash, sometimes it can be really worth it to buy 10 gold chests during events – but the special value packs often hold 17,500 rubies and 32x 12 hour timers, which is a lot of timers for towers!

 

War of Infinite Battles – what it takes

UPDATE: Energy refills reset each skirmish, so the figures below are going to be way off!

If, like us, you’re wondering “Hey, just exactly what do I need to do to get maximum rewards?”, look no further!

Pocket Gems clearly have this overwhelming desire to cause sleepless nights for all of us, and if you ask us it’s just a touch unrealistic in our opinion to have such high demands on the players.

To reach the top tier of reward, you are basically looking at needing to  use raids and because the leader has double points you are usually going to want to attack him to save on energy. This strategy may of course change depending on the points he gives! Sometimes it is far more beneficial to attack the highest level player in a team if he gives you more points.

We worked our spreadsheet a little harder this week, and although the exact chests per refill are not known to us we applied what we think is a reasonable expectation. Hey look, we even decided to try to catch 6 hours sleep in the process!

TL:DR; Basically you are going to need to attack targets giving you 185 points or more and raid them the maximum number of times. If you do this, expect to have to use almost 300 energy chests to get maximum points!

Infinite

Rubies – where to spend them

We don’t want to get all technical here, but really there are few worse sins than using your hard earned rubies for no reason.

Rubies for elite account

Controversial point: New accounts can’t buy elite account status, but by far the most effective use of rubies is to do just this. 7,900 rubies gets you elite account status for a whole year. Perfect. Now you get 75% extra XP and 35% more resources as well as being able to build two buildings at a time.

Rubies for wood/food

In all fairness, there are times where using rubies for resources makes sense. But really you want to be using this option as little as possible as it’s bloody well expensive. If it’s just a few gems, go for it. Especially if you have hundreds of thousands of resources and you’re under attack!

Rubies as speedups

You should never, ever use rubies to speed anything up directly. You are always by far better off going and spending those rubies on a speed boost pack at the forge for 1,750 gems and getting 10x 12 hour time boosts.

Rubies for tokens

If you’re fortunate enough to have an event with double tokens, then this is where you should be investing rubies. The main source of reward in this game is from solo rewards earned from events. Since the events rely on your power (and therefore dragons), having as many tokens available to breed the best possible dragons is a great course to choose.

Choosing the shortest mission timer will give you 1 token per ruby spent (regular) if you have an elite account and is far more ruby efficient than speeding up the hardest missions which give 0.2 tokens per ruby spent.

The balance

Obviously all of this is going to be down to personal taste. As you need higher levels to get access to more powerful dragon tiers, sometimes you are going to want to blow rubies on time boosts instead of gaining tokens.

Spending speed boosts

If we had it our way, nobody would spend speed boosts on anything other than buildings. Leveling dragons is slow, as is hatching them. The only time we recommend using speed boosts for hatching dragons is where you simply have to breed a dragon to gain access to another dragon during a breeding event.

Even that is tough though as higher tier dragons might not even get enough experience to breed before the end of an event.

 

War Dragons – Research Path

It seems we are spending a bunch of time looking at the basics right now, and something that is totally overlooked by a lot of players is the simple matter of research.

With that in mind, we worked on a path that you can follow along with our recently published Breeding Guide, so that you can have an estimation of what your extra eggs might be best spent on.

Newest Dragons Notes Research Path Eggs Used Red Remaining Purple Remaining Blue Remaining Orange Remaining Green Remaining Gold Remaining
Zin  * Industrial Tools 1 1
Leviathan Fortified Resource Structure 1 2
Aetrix Economic Improvements 2 4
Hantu Construction Efficiency 3 9
Merk Organic Dragon Meat 1 15
Kastor, Trollis Fiery Breath 2 17 1
Daemun, Kinnara Dragon Discipline 5 12 3
Borg, Dactyl, Laekrian Walled Foundations 1 19
Arborius Enhanced Healing Mark 10 21 76
Gog, Klax, Kromon, Grypp Heated Chamber 5 21 76
Baldr, Viscus, Drude Poetic Alchemy 10 21 77 5
Alikorn Healing Remedy 5 21 72 5
Huli Enhanced Invincibility 10 21 62 5
Vladimir Essence of Rage 60 21 2 5
Garuda, Jura Create 24 Red Eggs Hunter Violence 45 0 9 5
Volos Create 6 Purple Organic Dragon Meat 10 0 22
Yanari Fiery Breath 3 0 0 19
Sahran Healing Remedy 5 0 0 14
Ankor, Kobahl Dragon Discipline 7 0 0 45 2
Slynx Organic Dragon Meat 7 0 0 40 2
Bolt Create 30 Blue Essence of Rage 70 0 0 0 2
Etzel Create 15 Purple Economic Improvements 15 0 0 0 2
Vazir Create 3 Blue Fortified Resource Structure 3 0 0 0 2
Bronze Offensive Tactics 3 0 0 68 27
Kelsis Dragon Discipline 5 0 0 68 22
Habrok Super Conductive Storm Cells 60 0 0 8 22
Lucius Construction Efficiency 5 0 0 64 23
Gaspar, Luminark Economic Improvements 7 0 0 57 36
Kolo Poetic Alchemy 7 0 0 50 36
Ruma Organic Dragon Meat 7 0 0 50 29
Hydron Healing Remedy 7 0 0 50 22
Serabis ** Red Magic Guard 25 0 0 25 36
Garzev Blue Magic Guard 25 0 0 0 49 1
Enki Battle Barricades 3 0 0 0 46 1
Noss Sharpened Steel 5 0 0 0 41 1
Septys Ammo Reserves 7 0 0 0 34 1
Ith, Ettin *** Heated Chamber 3 0 0 0 12 19
Amarok Economic Improvements 0 0 0 12 14
Nassus, Naga Red Magic Syphon 35 0 0 0 242 14
Durga Blue Magic Syphon 35 0 0 0 207 14
Pandi, Elixis, Basileus Fiery Breath 3 0 0 0 207 36
Ferrox, Danzig, Urd Organic Dragon Meat 5 0 0 0 207 45
Karna Healing Remedy 7 0 0 0 207 38
Bander, Yersinu Dragon Discipline 12 0 0 0 207 50
Munin Galvanized Beams 7 0 0 0 200 50
Hugin Sharpened Steel 3 0 0 0 200 47
Caladbolg, Whalegnawer, Consurgens Ammo Reserves 5 0 0 0 200 79 4
Sekoronos, Khrysos, Nix Recycled Shield Breakers 60 0 0 0 200 53 12
Firactus Advanced Hunter Training 40 0 0 0 160 53 12
Chthoteutos Essence of Rage 60 0 0 0 160 39 13
Lumen Enhanced Lightning Resistance 20 0 0 0 160 19 13

Obviously this is not a hard and fast path to follow, as you will definitely have periods where you either spend a heap of time waiting for new eggs to arrive (feel free to fill in anything we missed), and you may also have a preference to a type of dragon or style of play.

As always, comments are welcome!

War Dragons – Breeding Guide

There are a bunch of breeding guides out there, and this one is basically a replication of the guide by Abombs from the Tactical Breeding Guide.

This is one of our favourite versions so far as it gives you all the dragons for a total of 516,000 tokens. It also gives you:

  • 47 red research eggs
  • 109 purple research eggs
  • 191 blue research eggs
  • 336 orange research eggs
  • 204 green research eggs
  • 17 gold research eggs
Aiming For Parent 1 Parent 2 Tokens Spent Spare Red Spare Purple Spare Blue Spare Orange Spare Green Spare Gold
Zin Draco Frigg 60 2
Leviathan Frigg Hext 60 2
Aetrix Draco Zin 100 4
Hantu Leviathan Aetrix 200 8
Merk Zin Aetrix 240 7
Kastor, Trollis Merk Frigg 200 4 1
Daemun, Kinnara Merk Trollis 200 2
Dactyl, Laekrian Hantu Kastor 240 8
Arborius, Borg Laekrian Daemun 2400 12 73
Gog, Klax, Kromon, Grypp Arborius Trollis 1000 5
Baldr, Viscus, Drude Grypp Kromon 3200 21 5
Alikorn Leviathan Viscus 40
Huli Dactyl Alikorn 40
Vladimir Huli Baldr 40
Garuda, Jura Merk Baldr 1000 7
Volos, Kobahl Jura Viscus 2400 17
Yanari Volos Vladimir 160
Sahran Volos Alikorn 160
Ankor Volos Sahran 5440 38 2
Slynx Ankor Baldr 300 2
Bolt Slynx Dactyl 180
Etzel Slynx Huli 240
Vazir Slynx Kinnara 120
Bronze Baldr Slynx 8000 68 28
Kelsis Bronze Draco 260
Habrok Bronze Drude 140
Lucius Habrok Etzel 8300 61 1
Gaspar, Luminark Lucius Bronze 8000 13
Kolo Gaspar Grypp 440
Ruma Gaspar Kelsis 440
Hydron* Gaspar Arborius 340
Garzev Gaspar Viscus 8000 13 1
Ith, Ettin Garzev Gaspar 27500 28
Amarok Ith Baldr 880
Durga* Ettin Luminark 1500
Enki Bronze Ettin 600
Noss** Garzev Baldr 900
Serabis Gaspar Luminark 7800 12
Septys Garzev Serabis 1460
Nassus, Naga Slynx Ruma 8000 267
Pandi, Elixis, Basileus Nassus Ettin 27500 25
Ferrox, Danzig, Urd Pandi Naga 27500 14
Karna Pandi Habrok 1800
Bander, Yersinu Ettin Danzig 48500 24
Munin Bander Septys 3100
Hugin Bander Kolo 2260
Caladbolg, Whalegnawer, Consurgens Yersinu Munin 100000 37 4
Sekoronos, Khrysos, Nix*** Ferrox Basileus 100000 34 8
Firactus Whalegnawer Karna 3400
Chthoteutos Serabis Sekoronos 100000 46 1
Lumen Whalegnawer Ith 1820

* Breeding Hydron and Durga at these stages is purely about getting a Legendary dragon at a point where it is useful. You can save tokens if you can be patient to breed later on with other combos as a byproduct.

** Noss, Vazir, Bolt, Vladimir and to an extent, Hugin are all steps that can be skipped when you reach them with this guide as they will be superfluous.

*** The jewel in the crown is that this method allows you to get Khrysos very early on if you wish. However, our feeling is that the Consurgens/Whalegnawer combo is more desired.

Abombs has since contacted me with an updated version of his methods as follows:

The early stages

Early Steps

Gold Dragons – Khrysos/Consurgens as first legendaries

Khrysos/Consurgens

Gold Dragons – Whalegnawer/Consurgens as first legendaries

Whale/Consurgens

Conquer event – the numbers

I’ve spent a lot of time working on these numbers for the event, which show exactly what it takes for you to get to where you need to and the rewards you will get.

Event Calculations

After listening to Pixxel on the live stream this morning, it seems clear that although the developers did state that obtaining Sobek would be possible for the casual player, they have changed their mind and it now requires a lot more dedication.

 

Hunter, Warrior or Sorcerer?

Sorcerer

At lower levels, sorcerers can be deadly things. Their area effect spells and summon warrior abilities allow them to stay alive for a very long time.

Unfortunately, as towers become stronger and mage towers appear, using a sorcerer is an exercise in futility. Add a canny defender on top of this, and all of a sudden your dragon is next to worthless as the method of attacking means that concentrated fire is impossible to quickly reduce a tower to dust.

Having said that, one of the best things you can do once it becomes available is to buy Darja. This dragon is incredibly strong, offering not only protection in the form of a Summoned Warrior, but also Reverse Projectiles and Chain Lightning. Darja can easily last you into your sixties and is strong all the way through until then.

Warrior

The go to guy when things start getting serious. Warriors have the highest hitpoints of all dragons, and can focus their fire on one tower, making them perfect for attacking defended bases. Not only that, but they have many different dragons with the Explosive Shield spell which is an incredibly powerful spell.

Although Amarok is really strong, be wary of using all of your tokens to get him as soon as you see him. This can leave you with a long period of time with few strong dragons, and the token use to obtain him is much higher than a more economical method.

Hunter

Some of the very best dragons are hunters, and they are deadly when used right. Many people make the mistake of tapping just a single tower when attacking with a hunter, but the fact is that they utilise the multi-touch technology of the iphone quite comfortably. With a claw like shape, there’s nothing stopping you from taking out as many as five towers all at the same time (though most top players concentrate on just three).

Hunters are really economical users of rage for the most part, with Lockdown and Deathgaze taking just one rage per shot. With Healing Mark, dragons like Drude and Ettin can be back in action in no time if they are able to complete on full health. This makes them great for helping out the weaker players in your team.