Are quests worth the energy?
Are quests levels more profitable? Are they worth the time and literal energy?
How rewards work
There are three main types of quests: Common, Uncommon and Rare. Inside the same rarity, they are pretty much identical an with same values, only changing that one featured resource. How much they cost also varies.
For common and uncommon quests, the rewards are these:
LVL XP Food Iron Recruit Item 1 1300 2400 5300 5 8 2 1700 3200 6800 6 9 3 2850 4500 9500 9 12
The main change between those 2 types is the amount and quality of the featured reward.
Rare quests look like this:
LVL XP Food Iron Recruit Item 1 1300 2400 5300 5 7 2 1700 3200 6800 6 8 3 2850 4500 9000 7 9 4 2970 4700 9200 8 10 5 3020 5000 9500 9 11
So, is it worth it?
I’ll consider two main player types, the guys that is still trying to get out of the 2* and 3* and is still trying to finish the campaign and the ones that are pretty much at the end game, done or almost with the campaign and working on 4* and 5*.
As always, starting with the answer and the explaining is bellow it:
- Find Battle Items: Avoid it. Acceptable for low power players, awful for high power players (unless you want those items).
- Find Crafting Items: Must do, awesome XP for all players.
- Gain Experience: Must do, really awesome XP for all players.
- Find Recruit: Do only the first level, the first level is highly profitable to everyone.
- Collect Gems: Must do, you want any gems you can get.
- Mine Iron: Must do if you want Iron, it is worth it to all levels, especially low power players.
- Gather Food: Must do, really, really good for farming food for everyone.
- Scavenge Resources: Must do, pretty much as good as farming the best campaign level.
- Rare Quests: Only if you need the items. First level has a decent reward for low power players.
*Not enough data to figure out uncommons yet.
Let us see case by case:
Find Battle Items
For the end game players, the answer is a strong HELL NO. Not only the levels give little XP, their rewards are also not that good (with few exceptions) or give less than a higher campaign level.
Compare the “Find Battle Items” with 12-9:
LVL Energy XP Food Iron Recruit Item FBI-1 4 1300 2400 5300 5 8 12-9 4 1387 2402 5436 9 18
It is undeniable that farming 12-9 is more profitable than the quest LVL. Things get worse for FBI-2 and 3. Their XP/energy is: FBI-1 325; FBI-2 283.33; FBI-3 285. Things are as bad for Iron, Food, Items and recruits. Unless you want those items, they are not worth your time and energy.
For lower players, which are stuck in the 3-4 energy provinces of the campaign, things look a lot better. The max EXP those players get from those levels is between 285.67-346.75, so it’s not that bad if you are stuck farming 8-7, for example.
Find Crafting Items
This is actually a perfect quest to farm XP, since the levels have such low energy costs: FCI-1 433.33 XP/energy, FCI-2 425, FCI-3 570. Compare that to the max 405.29 XP/energy available in the campaign.
The XP/energy is the following: GE-1 433.33, GE-2 325.00 and GE-3 831.25. In total, doing all 3 levels gives you a 565.17 XP/energy, which is a lot higher the max XP/energy of the campaign (which is 405.29).
This one is a good example of how misleading the “big rewards” can be:
LVL Energy Recruit Recruit/Energy FR-1 4 15 3.75 FR-2 8 20 2.5 FR-3 10 30 3 8-7 3 8-10 2.66-3.33
As you can see, only the first level has a higher Recruit/Energy than the best level to farm recruits in the campaign. Add the fact that lvl 2 and 3 gives lower XP, iron, food and general items, it is a bad deal.
Farming 8-7 for the same 18 energies and doing FR-2 and 3 will reward you with:
LVL XP Food Iron Recruit Item FR-2 FR-3 4,550 7,700 16,300 50 56 8-7 x 6 4,902 9,030-10,224 19,890-22,554 48-60 102-120
Result, do only the first level, want some more recruits? Farm 8-7.
There is nothing to discuss, it is gems, do it.
Start by considering if you really want more iron… If you do, completing all 3 levels will reward you 57,100 iron; about 4.4k per energy. A lot higher than the max 1,500 iron per energy in the campaign.
If you need food, doing all 3 will get you 25,800 food; about 1,984 per energy. The best rate in the campaign is 665 food per energy. It is a really good deal.
If you need the token at the end, there is nothing to discuss, do it. But, even if you don’t really need the token at the end of the rainbow, the amount farmed with 15 energies it is pretty similar to using 14 energies on the most profitable campaign level.
LVL XP Food Iron Recruit Item SR-1 to 3 5,850 10,300 23,250 20 27 23-11 x 2 5,674 9,280 20256 20 44
Rare quests have the lowest XP/energy, same for all the other resources: food, iron, recruits, total items. The only reason you want to spend 60 energy in this is if you really need the rewards.
For low levels, you should do the first level, it has a decent loot, just like “Find Battle Items”.
Since only two ever showed up (and I have the data for one of them), it is hard to say, but the one that did was quite useless. As you can see bellow, the loot was the same, the one change was the quality of the items. So unless you want the item, it wasn’t worth your energy.
Find Battle Items Common)
LVL Energy XP Food Iron Recruit Item 1 4 1300 2400 5300 5 8 2 6 1700 3200 6800 6 9 3 10 2850 4500 9500 9 12
Find Battle Items II (Uncommon)
LVL Energy XP Food Iron Recruit Item 1 4 1300 2400 5300 5 9 2 8 1700 3200 6800 6 10 3 12 2850 4500 9500 9 12
Whether the other versions are worth your effort is a matter of how much is the reward of that featured resource. The only one I can guarantee is good is the Gem one, I do not care how much it costs, do it! The rest I plan to expand this post as they show up.
Important: the two that did show up had one unlisted reward in the last level, a troop token and a raid flask. It’s not clear if they will all have such items, if they do, that would make all of them a Must do just for the end reward just like Rare quests.
Data for the quest levels: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UnPFObu5XJkLJVjxcgoia-0sHlO0qHw9UkrPh5i_ZXU