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Posted on 2016-05-14 13:27:43 | Show thread starter's posts only

Knowledge is Power
The Ultimate F2P Guide

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. For who is this guide?
3. Principles
4. Guideline
5. Heroes
    - The Golden Trio
    - Hero Chapters
    - Colloseum
6. Buildings
   - Resource buildings
   - Infirmary
   - Barrack
   - Manor
7. Talent Points
8. Gathering
9. Crafting
   - Gathering Set
   - Construction Set
   - Research Set
   - War Set
10. How to deal with bullies
11. How to spend your Gems and Guild Coins
12. How to earn Free Gems

1. Introduction

This guide will explain to you how to turn your account into a powerhouse without having to sell your home. I will also teach you how to protect your troops and resources from bullies effectively and with minimal expenses. This guide will cover all the fundamental principles and I will explain these with examples. I will also spend some time on the psychological and interactive aspects of playing a game like Lords Mobile. After the theoretical part, I will give instructions what you should be focussing on as a f2p player.


2. For who is this guide?

I created this guide to reach out to all the f2p players, but even if you’re not f2p you may find it beneficial to read. If you want to be a heavy attacker who leaves behind a series of burning castles right from the start of the game, this is not the guide for you. However, if you don't mind biding your time and staying relatively low-profile for about 2 months before happily and easily grinding castles into the dust, please read on.
Also note that in my opinion, a defensive strategy does not mean you shouldn't attack. It just means that attacking serves the higher purpose of maintaining a high growth rate and does not become a goal in itself, and that economy is the most important goal. You also have to understand there is no ‘one way’ to play Lords Mobile. It all depends on your playstyle, kingdom, the guild you are in and if you’re free to play or pay to play.

3. Principles

Have patience
When you start playing, you will quickly notice that Lords Mobile is a slow-paced game and that it takes you hours, days, weeks or even months to get anywhere. Therefore, the first principle is: have patience! Even though development may seem slow at times, keep the longer-term goals in mind and you will notice you are getting ever closer to them.

Set goals
That immediately introduces the second principle: Work towards long-term goals and don't let events (such as attacks on you) carry you away from them. Instead, deal with these diversions and then immediately return to your long-term goals.

Maintain exponential growth
The third principle of this strategy is: maintain exponential growth. This means you continuously have to invest your resources in such a way that they increase your growth rate. This means you will grow ever faster and faster, allowing you to eventually catch up and pass people with higher might who initially may seem to grow faster.

Don't get into conflicts
You are not out there alone, and people (especially children) are less reserved than in real life. Many players around you will be immature and react emotionally and with verbal violence to your actions, or derive enjoyment from acting like a bully. Some will even go to great lengths, hampering their own growth just to annoy you. Others will abuse you if you give them half the opportunity. The most dangerous (and the rarest) will try to play psychological games with you.

You cannot avoid this, but you can do a great deal to stay out of trouble. Make friends, join a guild and be polite but firm. Never give in to threats, harassment or extortion, but don't provoke people by being smug, defiant or triumphant. Be firm, rational and calm, don't hesitate to call bluff and never, never, react to insults or do anything that might insult people yourself.
And finally, don't offend people with your actions. Sure, you can attack them, but don't do it ten times a day, and politely react to messages asking you to stop. Be honest and open that you will attack them again if they dont defend themselves. They will still hate you, but they will be less likely to invest a lot of time and effort in destroying you.

In short, don't do anything that will get you dragged into long-lasting and potentially growth limiting conflicts.

4. Guideline

Based on these principles, we can now formulate guidelines:

1. Rush to Castle Level 17 to unlock Tier 3 troops.
2. Only build and research when you can easily afford them in terms of hourly income. 
3. Only build and research when doing so will make you grow faster (exponential growth).
4. Focus on your ‘Golden Trio’.
5. Build an army to beat skirmish, gather and to raid inactives and guildless players only.
6. Make yourself an unattractive target to make raiding you unprofitable.

5. Heroes
The Golden Trio
The Golden Trio is Sage of Storms, Scarlet Bolt and Trickster. I call these the Golden Trio because they are the first three heroes you will get to Gold Grade. Most players will rush through hero chapters and focus on a strong team to unlock Rose Knight. Rose Knight is amazing, arguably one of the best f2p heroes in the game, but she is an end-game hero used for her logistic skills and we have little use for her now except maybe Colloseum.


Let’s take a look at their Administration Skills at Gold Grade.
Trickster: 25% Research Boost, 3000 Max Energy Boost, 10% Energy Regeneration
Sage of Storms: 20% Construction Speed
Scarlet Bolt: 20% Construction Speed
In short: by focussing on these three heroes and getting them to gold grade asap you will save yourself a fortune of speed-ups. Even p2p players who maxed out Big Guy and Petite Devil will want to max these 3 heroes asap.  

Hero Chapters

Hero chapters is where you unlock heroes and sweep stages for medals. It’s pretty self-explanatory. A good team consists of 1 tank, a healer, 2 heroes that can stun and a sniper. You start off with Oath Keeper. You will replace this hero with Death Knight. He’s the best tank a f2p player can get. Your healer will be Prima Donna. She will heal your entire team. Your sniper will be Tracker wich leaves room for 2 more heroes.
Here is my recommended f2p hero composition:
- Death Knight (tank + stun)
- Prima Donna (healer)
- Black Crow (damage dealer)
- Incinerator (damage dealer + stun)
- Tracker (sniper)
To unlock these heroes you need to 3-star their respective chapter and sweep for Hero Medals.
Death Knight can be unlocked at Elite Chapter 3 Stage 18
Prima Donna will be unlocked automically in Normal Chapter 1
Black Crow can be unlocked at Elite Chapter 1 Stage 18
Incinerator can be unlocked at Elite Chapter 1 Stage 12
Tracker can be unlocked at Elite Chapter 2 Stage 15

If you manage to get into the Colloseum top 3000 you can earn Gems. Every 3 hours, Colloseum rewards are awarded based on the player’s rank.
There is no best colloseum team. Every composition can be countered. We’re going to make a team from our 8 heroes (golden trio and hero chapters team) because we can not afford to unlock and level up other heroes just for colloseum. Later on we can add heroes like Rose Knight and Demon Slayer but for now your colloseum team will look something like this:
- Death Knight
- Prima Donna
- Tracker
- Trickster
- Scarlet Bolt
Feel free to swap heroes and make your own team. Just don’t unlock and level-up heroes that are not in your golden trio and hero chapter team. It’s inefficient. You don’t want to be a jack of all trades master of none. If your team dies before Prima Donna can even proc replace her with a damage dealer. Trial and error and you will learn how to counter hero compositions. Don’t worry too much about colloseum. If you lose a colloseum defense it doesn’t necessarily mean your composition is bad. It’s more likely your enemies team is higher level and/or has higher grade heroes. Use your daily 5 attempts and keep pushing the leaderboards!

6. Buildings

Resource buildings
We will build 1 Farm, 6 Timber Mills, 6 Quarries and 5 Mines. The reason we only need 1 Farm is because our upkeep is always going to be negative. We’re going to build a massive army and therefore they will consume more food then we can ever hope to produce. Nothing will happen when you run out of food. In Lords Mobile your troops and reinforcements will NOT die if you don’t have any food.
We do need food for our construction, research and to train troops, but you will receive alot of food packs. Whenever you need food you just open a food pack from your inventory. Don’t worry you will get plenty of them!

Mines have a lower capacity and generate less resources compared to Timber Mills and Quarries, but it’s not a problem. Take a look at the world map and you’ll find mostly Fields and Rich Veins. Woods and Rocks are harder to find and Ruins are the rarest.

We will only build 1 barrack. Building additional barracks does not increase the training speed. It only allows you to que up more troops. That’s nice for when you go to work or go to bed, but higher tier troops require such a long training time that 1 barrack is all you ever need.

Infirmaries are extremely important and often neglected. Whenever you get attacked at your own turf your troops get sent to the infirmary where you can heal them to get them back. It will cost you resources to heal them but it’s cheaper and faster than training new troops. We will build 5 infirmaries and later on in the game we will replace two manors with 2 infirmaries. It’s important to note that when you’re getting attacked on the world map while gathering your troops will not be sent to the infirmary and any losses are permanent. Your infirmary only works for the troops defending your own turf.

The Manor produces Gold and increases Barracks training speed wich is very nice, because Gold is hard to come by and who doesn’t want to train his troops faster? But I can’t stress the important of having enough infirmaries to cover your army enough. Once you get attacked repeatedly by a bully you will understand the importance of an infirmary. Don’t be too greedy and build too many Manors. You can keep alot of troops safe with the Shelter and Fake Rallies but there will be a time where an attacker catches you off guard.. and then it’s too late. 

7. Talent points

Because we are in the development stage of our account we want to speed up everything as much as possible. We are going to max Construction Speed I & II, Research Speed I & II, Training Speed I & II and the remaining points go into Gathering I & II.

2 points in Food Production I (prerequisite)
2 points in Stone Production I (prerequisite)
10 points in Construction Speed I (MAX)
10 points in Research I (MAX)
2 points in Timber Production I (prerequisite)
2 points in Ore Production I (prerequisite)
5 points in Food Production II (prerequisite)
5 points in Stone Production II (prerequisite)
5 points in Ore Production II (prerequisite)
20 points in Construction Speed II (MAX)
20 points in Research II (MAX)
2 points in Squad Offense I (prerequisite)
3 points in Calvary Offense I (prerequisite)
3 points in Trap Building I (prerequisite)
15 points in Training Speed I (MAX)
3 points in Ranged Offense I (prerequisite)
3 points in Infantry Offense I (prerequisite)
3 points in Squad Defense I (prerequisite)
3 points in Squad Health I (prerequisite)
5 points in Ranged Offense II (prerequisite)
5 points in Infantry Offense II (prerequisite)
5 points in Cavalry Offense III (prerequisite)
5 points in Infantry Offense III (prerequisite)
35 points in Training Speed II (MAX)
Once this is done put your remaining points in Gathering I & II (max II first not I)

8. Gathering

You can gather resources on the world map from Resource Tiles. Higher level Resource Tiles allow faster resource gathering and may yield higher grade Materials. Gathering will be your main source of income early on in the game. That’s because our own production fields don’t generate alot and they stop generating resources once the storage capacity is reached. The materials you get from gathering are extremely important. You will need tons of them. They will be used to craft your equipment.
There are 5 different Resource Tiles:

Resource: Timber
Chance to get: Feather, Logs, Ancient Bark

Resource: Stone
Chance to get: Platinum, Amber, Copper Coil, Lava Mud

Rich Vein
Resource: Ore
Chance to get: Coal, Minerals, Metal

Resource: Food
Chance to get: Linen, Fur Pelt, Vines

Resource: Gold
Chance to get: -
Tip 1: Don’t gather when you’re AFK for too long or offline. If you’re getting attacked while gathering any losses will be PERMANENT. Infirmary does not heal troops that are lost while gathering.
Tip 2: Don’t leave tiles with few resources. Always clean up your tiles. Otherwise new tiles won’t respawn! Be responsible and think of the environment and your neighbours.

9. Crafting

We are going to craft 4 different equipment sets: Gathering Equipment, Construction Equipment, Research Equipment and War Equipment. The Gathering Equipment is what you will be wearing most of the time and you will only equip Construction and Research Equipment when you want to construct or research something.
Items with Construction Speed and Research Speed only need to be equipped BEFORE you start a new project. Once the project is started you can take them off. Don’t be that guy who is using 1 Lunar Flute and 1 Sentinel Ring or worse: a hybrid accessory with both Construction and Research Speed. Why settle for less when you can get the best?
These are the four sets you will be crafting:
Gathering Set


Mainhand: -
Offhand: Gryphon’s Talon
Head:  Devil Visage
Body: Regal Platemail
Boots: Seafarer Cleats
Accesory: -
Construction Set

Mainhand: Trident
Offhand: Gryphon’s Talon
Head: -
Body: Odysseus
Boots: Seafarer Cleats (Amethyst Boots are better by 0.5% but we already crafted Seafarer Boots for Gathering)
Accesory: Sentinel’s Circlet  x3

Research Set


Mainhand: -
Offhand: Vice Grips
Head: -
Body: Calvary Mail
Accesory: Lunar Flute x3
War Set

Mainhand: Fiery Tomahawk
Offhand: Frostwing Shield
Head: Berserker Tuskhelm
Body: Odysseus
Boots: Winter Stompers
Accesory: Lost Island’s Relic x3
There are a few items that are better than the items listed above but those require Frostwing Hearts, Gryphon Cores or Festive Bells to craft. You can get those materials from hunting Frostwings, Gryphons and Snowbeasts, but the droprate for those materials is ridiculous. You will simply not get enough of those materials to craft the items to a respectable level.

10. How to deal with bullies
Here are some practical tips to deal with bullies:
- Keep your troops and your leader in the Shelter this will keep them safe for up to 12 hours.
- Start a fake rally to keep troops safe for up to 8 hours.
- Reinforce your guildmate with a shield to keep your troops safe.
- Send all excessive resources (that your vault can’t protect) to a guildmate with a shield.
- Have enough hospital beds so your troops at your turf will only be wounded.
- Never pay a ransom. You don’t want to give your bully an incentive to keep attacking you.
- If a bully is messaging you. Do not reply.
In short: you want  to make yourself an unattractive target and not give your bully an incentive to keep burning your castle. Sooner or later the bully gets tired. If above does not work consider relocating and changing your name.

11. How to spend your Gems and Guild Coins


A rule of thumb: do not buy anything with Gems that can be bought with Guild Coins. You should save up 10,000 gems first before spending anything. 10,000 Gems will be invested in the Treasure Trove. Remaining gems will be used to buy Crystal Pickaxe. The Crystal Pickaxe is needed to upgrade the Treasure Trove. Maxing out your Treasure Trove will take a long time, but it’s definitely not impossible. See section 12 for tips how to earn free Gems. Once your Treasure Trove is maxed you want to buy Steel Cuffs to upgrade your Prison. Upgrading your Battle Hall is optional, but not recommended.

Guild Coins

Guild Coins will be used to buy the 7-day Gathering Boost and Rare Material Chests. We will be crafting alot of items and for that we need TONS of materials. Do not buy VIP points. Just log in everyday for the consecutive login bonus that can get up to 600 points. Find an active guild or get it to be active because killing monsters gives you resource packs, Gems and sometimes VIP points. Finishing Solo and Hell events will give you VIP points aswell. Rare Jewel Chests are important to buy aswell because you will put Jewels in your War Set later on in the game, but this is not a priority in the beginning. Last but not least always have atleast 1 Relocator in your inventory incase you’re getting harassed and attacked repeatedly by bullies.  

12. How to earn gems
Who doesn't love free Gems? There are several ways to earn free Gems in Lords Mobile.
Treasure Trove
This will be our biggest source of free gems. The Treasure Trove is a bank wich you unlock at Castle level 17 when you clear the last skirmish mission. The Treasure Trove lets you deposit Gems to earn more over time. To do so you will need 10,000 gems. With a maxed out Treasure Trove you will receive 21,000 free gems every 30 days!

When the servers are down for maintenance you will receive free gems! When they extend the maintenance you will receive even more gems!
Ingame events
Occasionaly there will be ingame events. Events like  Daily Gem Roulette allow you to  spin a wheel and receive up to 1,000 Gems a day. It’s always a good idea to check the ingame news to see if there’s an event going on.
Mystery Box
You can open the Mystery Box when the countdown ends. It contains ingame gifts and sometimes you wil receive free Gems.
Monster Hunting
When you hunt monsters on the world map there’s a chance you will get Gems as a reward. The amount of damage you do to a monster does NOT affect the reward. It’s random.  
Guild Gifts
Whenever you or your guild members  guild kill a monster on the world map or spend money in the game there will be a Guild Gift. This Guild Gift can contain Gems.
Every 3 hours, colloseum will award players free gems  based on the player’s rank. You want to stay in the top 5000 and push the leaderboard everyday.
Facebook events
Follow  the official Lords Mobile Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LordsMobile
Every now and then there will be a Facebook event where you can earn free gems and other goodies.
Forum events
Be sure to keep an eye on the official forums aswell! Ocassionaly there will be forum events and contests with great prizes!

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Posted on 2016-05-14 14:40:40 | Show thread starter's posts only


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Posted on 2016-05-14 20:55:38 | Show thread starter's posts only

Solid guide, very nice work 5+ stars!

Posted on 2016-05-15 04:41:39 | Show thread starter's posts only

Very detailed guide.

Making a hero to gold grade requires lots of hearts so to try to get 3 heroes to hold grade is no easy feat. With each percentage boost earned for construction or research, the time reduction becomes less. The time taken to complete building or research is calculated by 1/(100%+boost stats). So if you have 100% boost, the time taken is 0.5 times the actual time needed. With 200% boost, the time taken is reduced to 0.333. So to me it is not really worth spending so much bravehearts.

Not much is mentioned about events but knowing how to complete event can be significant. For instance  I build 4 batracks and that enable me to complete training events every 2 days which can give me 3 to 6 hrs of speedup plus energy, chest, vip points and a small amount of gems. If you do the math, the additional speedup earned from events will actually result in faster completion of troop training than players with more manors. Many will argue that more manors will result in more training boost but the reality is at midgame hardly any players are able to max all their manors especially for f2p players. So I would argue that having only 1 barracks is hardly the best ideal built.

For f2p, no point spending materials for complete set of war gear because getting materials requires effort. Maybe just have one weapon and helmet for wargear and other war gear from event.

Posted on 2016-05-15 05:38:02 | Show thread starter's posts only

Solo and Hell Events have significant rewards. It's the only way a F2P will get enough Frostwing Hearts, Gryphon Cores and Festive Bells. It's also the only way to obtain The Watcher. I'll add it to the guide later I was running out of time (deadline is today)

The War Set I recommended is not hard to make at all. It's basically a poor man's choice for those who can't afford the good stuff. You can get the whole set to blue within the first month of playing. This game wasn't meant to be beat within a day so obviously it will take awhile to get all the equipment to gold, but that is what you should be aiming for.

The real problem are the items that require Hearts, Cores and Bells. IGG needs to buff the droprate.

You will never need more than 1 barrack. Having more is just a waste of space.

Thanks for the feedback! :)

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Posted on 2016-05-15 06:03:06 | Show thread starter's posts only

Monster loot is big. Recently i got lucky and got a common and blue festive bell and that keep me hoping that I can get a green grade festive bells. As a f2p I decided that it is secondary for me to boost my troops stats but instead focus to get monster 4 which requires significant effort. But I think it will be worth the effort.

I agree with you on the war gears to just get to them to blue.

As for events, completing them requires effort and planning. So I would recommend to only serious players. Getting watchers is another subject that is even more extreme for f2p :).

Posted on 2016-05-15 06:31:00 | Show thread starter's posts only

Soon to be added to the guide:

Solo & Hell Event
 - Solo & Hell points explained
 - Tips for Clearing Hell Event
 - How to obtain Watcher
 - What to prioritize
Monster Hunt
 - Frostwing
 - Gryphon
 - Snow Beast
 - Jade Wyrm

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Posted on 2016-05-29 06:17:23 | Show thread starter's posts only

Trickster: 25% Research Boost, 3000 Max Energy Boost, 10% Energy Regeneration
Sage of Storms: 20% Construction Speed
Scarlet Bolt: 20% Construction Speed
In short: by focussing on these three heroes and getting them to gold grade asap you will save yourself a fortune of speed-ups. Even p2p players who maxed out Big Guy and Petite Devil will want to max these 3 heroes asap.  

Do i need to put a particular hero as my MAIN hero if i am to get his buff . Since you said you need to focus on all 3 heroes. Why should i focus on Sage of Storms when i can lvl up Scarlet Bolt.. both offers the same level of construction bonus. Do both of them stack?

Btw i just changed from the default Oathkeeper to Sage of Storms.. My construction speed is still says 122% in the "Boosts" section..no change...

Posted on 2016-05-29 06:49:14 | Show thread starter's posts only

Why golden trio does not affect with me or the effect this hero cant see in the boost lost.
Pls answer my question because i use your guide since i play this game.

Posted on 2016-05-29 09:59:48 | Show thread starter's posts only

Administration skills are passive skills. They will always work unless your leader is captured. You don't have to put those heroes as 'Leader' in order to activate their administration skills.

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