Monday, 21 January 2013

Guide - Equipment

Guide - Equipment


Hello Guys,

With the recent update we got this new Equipment deal. At first glimpse it looks very confusing and scary but if you spend sometime around, you will find it is not that tough as it looks. Yet, I have my basic guide for you, while I will keep upgrading from time to time.


This is the screen that pops up when you click the equipment sign which has replaced sword brothers.

Now if yo broadly classify it, it has 3 major sections.

1. Commander (To enhance attack of your commanders, represented by the helmets)
2. Castellan (To enhance defense of your castles and OP, represented by the crowns)
3. Smithy (To forge items and make better items)

The screenshot below is how the Commander screen looks. You can equip each of your commanders (max 9, you cannot equip mercenaries that you get free with monthly subscription plans.)




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The screenshot below is how the Castellan screen looks like. Here you can equip your castles and OPs with defense items.


This is how the Smithy section looks like. Here you can forge various lower categories equipment and get higher quality equipment.
In the screenshot below I forged 3 ordinary equipment and got 1 better ordinary equipment.
But if you forge 6 ordinary equipment, you get 1 rare equipment. Similarly if you forge 6 rare equipment, you get 1 epic equipment and so on......
Cost to forge 3 items is 10 coins and cost to forge 6 rare equipment is 2500 coins.
I have head that cost to forge 6 Epic equipment to get 1 Legendary equipment is 20,000 coins.


When I forged 3 ordinary items, this is what I got.... Screenshot below.



Guys, keep 1 thing in mind, that signs do not represent anything. Equipment with same signs have different properties, so go ahead and read what benefits you get from them.


The Smithy section has 3 sub sections:

1. All Equipment types
2. Equipment for Commanders
3. Equipment for Castellans

So when you forge them, ensure that you do not select option 1, rather forge either 6 equipment of the commanders or Castellans. That ways you ensure that you get a better equipment for the same category.

Update:


I forged 6 rare equipment of Castellan but got an Epic equipment of Commander. So it does not really matter if you forge them individually or not.




Having the equipment is not enough, you need to equip your Commanders and Castellans with the Equipment.

I used a small logic to equip my Commanders. I started loading them in reverse manner, i.e. I started with 9th Commander instead of first. The reason being, When you send support or transfer tools and soldiers to your OPs, the first Commander is used by default. Even on RBC attacks, it is the same, so to ensure that my most valuable Commander stays free, I loaded my 9th Commander first.

This is what I did. I loaded my 9th Commander to attack other players and thus loaded him with equipment that give him benefits like, lowers moat protection, lowers wall protection, lowers gate protection, attack detected late, etc...

I was not too keen on making my soldiers stronger as I already have enough strong soldiers.
Anyways, you can anytime replace the equipment you have assigned to a commander. I plan to keep 1 Category Equipment with me for the 9th commander at all times and I plan to modify it based on the defender. For example, if I am about to attack a player or castle that does not have a moat, then no point using the equipment that reduces moat protection.

The 8th Commander, I enhanced him to Increase the chances of finding better equipment.
So this Commander I would primarily use to attack RBCs to get better equipment. As a general rule, I have noticed RBCs above level 21 definitely give you rare items. This might not be true for you, as I always send 5 loot sacks with each attack. So if it is different for you, please leave a comment.

Initially I plan to load Commanders 8 - 1 on getting better equipment. When I have loaded all my Commanders on top items for player attack, it would be the end of Equipment quest for me.

Few screenshots where I am loading my Commanders with Equipment.






In the screenshot below I forged 6 ordinary items and got 1 rare item in return.


The screenshot below shows the rare Item I got in return.


Some more forging........


Got 1 rare item after forging 6 ordinary.


6 ordinary again


Forged into 1 rare


Now there are 5 types of Equipment that you load your Commanders and Castellans with.

1. Helmet
2. Armor
3. Weapon
4. Artifact
5. Look

In the screenshot below you see I am on Look screen and I have none. Till date I have got like 200 odd equipment, but not even a single Look. Look is EXTREMELY rare, so if you get 1 by chance, DO NOT FORGE it. Use it, even the ordinary is very rare. As per discussion in the forum, NO ONE has received a Look till date. Maybe it is something that will be a part of future updates.




In the screenshot below you can see that I am not loading equipment to my castles... You should load them as per the need, for example, if you don't have moat, no point adding a moat equipment to that castle or OP. And you can change them anytime....


As you can see in the screenshot below, you can see the Equipment used by the attacker, so you can defend your castle accordingly.





Everyday I send as many attacks in Ice and Sand as I can, when I am actively playing and once I have to logout, this is what  do...

This is what I did everyday. As I have a 1 year subscription, I get unlimited Commanders. So everyday before I head to my bed, I send some 75 odd attacks on Lvl 1 RBC in Green.

Day 1 I sent 75 attacks without loot sacks, got some 20 Ordinary equipment.
Day 2 I sent 75 attacks with 1 loot sack each and got some 30 Ordinary equipment.
Day 3 I sent 100 attacks with 1 loot sack each and got some 50 ordinary and 1 rare equipment.

If you have limited number of Commanders, make sure to equip each attack with 1 loot sack at least.



These are my 

I got this rare Equipment when I attacked Level 1 RBC in Green...





The screenshot below shows that Forging 6 rare items gives you 1 epic Equipment.



I have also seen 1 combat report of 1 of my alliance members who got Legendary Equipment from an attack in Burning Sands, so if you have a big army in Sand and Fire peaks.... Go for the Legendary!!!


In the screenshot below forged 6 Epic equipment to gain a Legendary Equipment.



Please do note that I forged 6 equipment of the Commander but got a Legendary Equipment of the Castellan.


The Forging has no logic at all, I have tried forging all equipment with almost same qualities, for example: Tried forging 6 Commander equipment with Honor and Glory benefit, the result comes out to be a Castellan Equipment with Moat protection benefits!!!!!!!!!!


Another thing I wanted to clarify was, if you are attacked or attack someone, these Equipment are not used and vanish, instead they stay with you forever.


Now naturally there has to be a way for GGE to earn Rubies. So here it is.

The Technicus appears outside your Castle.


You can enhance your equipment by Spending Coins. You can enhance as follows:
Ordinary Equipment 3 times
Rare Equipment 8 times
Epic Equipment 12 times
Legendary Equipment 16 times.

Each time you enhance the Equipment the chances of success gets lower. It starts from 100% and keeps decreasing after every enhancement. Then you can spend Rubies to ensure a single time success of 100%, this does not reset the success percentage that has already decreased. I spent like 500K coins and was able to upgrade only 2 equipment 8 times. The failure ratio was immense after 4-5 enhancements and you lose coins every time the Technicus fails.










New Addition: Alliance Smithy


You can see in the picture below that you can access it from the Alliance menu.


I guess it randomly gives you a shitty Equipment. For me it picked the worst, Ordinary Equipment.
We have Level 8 Smithy and till date I have received only like 1 Rare, rest all have been Ordinary till date.



The leader of the alliance can upgrade the Smithy by paying Coins, Wood and stone.



Castellan Equipment


I have observed that different people equip them Commanders as per their needs. Some equip them to attack other players, while some equip them to attack RBCs and some equip to attack the Fortresses. So there is no ideal way to equip your commanders, but that ain't the truth for Castellan. I am telling my trick to everyone. And I don't believe there is a better way to use them. :D

I keep my Castellan unequipped with major equipment, yet equip them with Equipment that help inform me about incoming attacks sooner. This is the screenshot of my Green MC. The view is not clear, but if you click on the image and view it full size you will observe that the Bonus is +41.4% early attack warning. :D Who needs a watch tower now?



Today Technicus Baba appeared and I upgraded all my Equipment that detect attacks early. As a result, my Green castle exceeded the max allowed limit.




Something that should help all of you tremendously.

I read on the forum the following things and sharing with you:

you only have 3 slots when it comes to reforging Legendary stuff. The other three have the "chained and locked" appearance. All you can do, there, is put 3 Legendary items in, and make 1 new Legendary one.


The official page for the Equipment is : http://en.board.goodgamestudios.com/empire/showthread.php?46655-Teaser-Equipment&p=477540

And the discussion forum is : http://en.board.goodgamestudios.com/empire/showthread.php?46656-Discussion-for-quot-Teaser-Equipment!&highlight=equipment

List of various Equipment and their features: http://en.board.goodgamestudios.com/empire/showthread.php?48299-Equipment-for-Commanders-and-Castellans&highlight=equipment

Please do not forget to add your valuable Knowledge in comments below.

Remember, Rubies or big armies don't win you battles, Knowledge and tactics do!!


By Vishal Verma Google