My 4* troop roster:
Yellow - L5 Crit, L5 Mana
Red - L5 Crit
Blue - L5 Mana
Green - L5 Crit, L5 Crit
Purple - none, Only 3*
I’m probably good for L6, but after that, I’m pretty much out of feeder troops. It takes ~2500XP to get a 4* troop to L5, and my farming plus epic troop pulls have let me do that twice, so ~5000XP; I’m going to call it 3 months farming.
it is ~7500XP more to get to L11, so that will be a 4-5 months, just to get one troop of a color to that level.
And it is ~10000XP more to get to L17 from that, so another ~six months?
My first conclusion (reached a little too late!) was that 4* troops are so much better than 3* and 3* are so much better than 2* that upgrading a 3* or 2* troop is a bad investment. Fortunately the investment for the first few levels is relatively low, so I didn’t go too far wrong.
The next question is how many to use, and how many to level up? My titan attacks usually involve three of a color, and my raiding often does as well. So that means I want at least three top of the line troops in each color. I’ve played with monochrome raid teams, and might do it more when I have enough maxed heroes to do it more effectively, so the argument for five of each color is kinda valid.
Obviously, I’m going to keep all my 4* troops until I have at least 5 per color, perhaps 5 crit troops and a mana troop or two per color … but that’s gonna be a long haul too, unless I throw thousands of dollars at troop summons. to speed that up.
The dead horse has been thoroughly flogged, and it is written about here… 4* troops - mana or crit?:
…with one special exception:
A 4* mana troop at L11 will take Very Fast mana charging from 7 tiles to 6, which is a huge difference; two match-3s, or a single match-3 ghosted will charge him up. (AFAIK, that list is Gravemaker and Guardian Jaguar; I have Gravemaker and hope to pull Jaguar this week.)
It is pretty clear that the crit troops are preferred over mana troops at levels I can achieve in “only” six months of farming or spending less than thousands of dollars on leveling.
Still, as somebody who doubles or triples colors a lot, what’s the best strategy for leveling your 4* troops?
- Max one per color, and leave the rest of that color at level 1?
- Bring the second and maybe third along with you, keeping them at the same level?
- Level the one you’ve got, or don’t even spend feeders leveling up a mana troop that you aren’t going to get across the threshold of L11 or worse, L17?, waiting to pull a crit troop of that color?
- Level all of them up to 5 or 6 'cuz that is relatively cheap, but only work on taking one higher than that?