Art of Conquest is an MMO Game and is one of the newer strategy games to arrive for iOS and Android devices. You can summon dozens of mythical heroes, build your army from a choice of five races, and command hundreds of troops as everything plays out in front of you. There’s a lot of base management involved here, as well as raiding of (human-controlled) enemy bases.
Art of Conquest: Tips for New Players
Which Hero Should You Start With?
When playing Art of Conquest for the first time, you will be asked to choose from one of three “stock” heroes — Avalon, Avril, or Rufio. As you may surmise, each of these three starters has its specific strengths and weaknesses, and it’s essential that you choose the right one, even if the other two may likely become available to unlock at a later point in the game. It will all depend on your desired play style.
When to Use Each of The Starters?
You can consider Avalon to be an all-rounder who can be dispatched at any stage of the game, even in boss fights. (Especially during boss fights, might we add!) As we told you, Avril is best as a crowd-control hero; you can polish off some formidable enemy armies early on when using her. Rufio, on the other hand, is best as an end-game hero because of his DPS and tank abilities.
Pay Attention to The Tutorial Segment
There is a tutorial segment in Art of Conquest. There are six kingdoms in the game, each with its borders, and these borders will move around throughout the game. Cities will be taken over after battles, but you won’t see all that happening from the get-go, as you’ll only start out with a small portion of the map visible to you.
As for the tutorial, you will be given a few super-easy battles, where the game will guide you along and spoon-feed you everything you need to do. That’s for you to learn how the fighting mechanic works here. Even if these tutorial battles are gimmes, you’ll still want to go through things strategically and make use of the units you can allow to have beaten by the game’s AI. You will soon have the ability to build your stronghold, where you can store your resources and train new troops.
It’s easy to find Gold, Mana, and Wood anywhere on the map, and you can receive any of these resources at any time, not to mention generate it through your castle. These are your essential resources and are used to upgrade your buildings and learn more advanced tech. There are also some more advanced, rare resources, namely Blood Diamonds, Crystals, and Mithril. These cannot be produced in your Castle, but you can collect them nonetheless by looking at your map.
How to Upgrade Abilities Smartly?
When it comes to upgrading your heroes’ abilities, there are certain things to remember. You’ve got Ability Points to spend, and you should first pay them toward the default ability. Next, move on to the support ability, then the control ability. If you have an ability that’s more for DPS purposes, you can set that aside as last on your priority list. Do not spend all your points on the active ability because, as you should likely know from playing RPGs, it’s usually the passive ones that matter more at the end of the day.
Remember the Elements
There is an elemental mechanic of sorts at work in Art of Conquest. To put it in simpler terms, units may be strong against another type of unit but weak against a third kind. Archers beat Spearmen; Spearmen beat Cavalry, Cavalry beats Infantry, Infantry beats.
There are some units that have only a few soldiers with high DPS for each of them, and even units that have only one AOE-specific soldier in the ranks. Likewise, there are units that have a lot of soldiers, and it’s these units that are typically strong against DPS-centric units.
All About Honor
You can upgrade your racial ability through the Honor resource. You can also use it to build new buildings specific to your chosen race and use it to change the race. Honor can also help you recruit new units into the fold. But apart from the warning in the above tip, remember that the cost of changing race will progressively go higher in line with your castle’s level, which is another reason to stick to the same race and choose wisely. You can get Honor by intercepting enemy resource shipments and killing those AI-controlled wild creatures.
Be Careful When Robbing Someone Else’s Resource Shipments
Art of Conquest does allow you to steal or intercept resource shipments. This can be very risky, as there’s a good chance both sides in the battle will take a lot of damage. Be very careful before intercepting shipments, and be sure that you’ve decided on doing this!
Conversely, you should prepare yourself as well for those times when the enemy may choose to intercept YOUR shipments. Whenever you’re heading to lumber mills and other resource points to gather stuff, there’s a chance that the enemy may want to intercept your transport wagons, and that would mean having some troops guarding your resources to ensure that they get back to your castle untouched.
You Can Also Borrow Troops from Other Players in Your Kingdom
Aside from the teamwork aspect of being in the same kingdom/guild, you can also reap the same benefits you can expect to gain from such features in other RPGs. For example, you can borrow troops, who will become immediately available for you to use in battle. But these troops may be called back to their home castle at any time; make the most of them while you have them on loan, as you will never know when they’ll be getting called back.