So, first things first, credit where credit is due. @badassninjadad, @jalia, @revelate, @coppersky - and to the many folks in Global and Peer Support Chat - the insight that you all have shared has been a tremendous benefit to me, and I am happy now to try and pay it forward!
I spent some time recently putting together feedback for several of my teammates in regard to their hero lineups. The thing that stood out in all three cases was that the different levels of all of the heroes; what happens is you start with one lineup, begin levelling them, then get new heroes, put them in the lineup instead, begin levelling them, then get new heroes, etc., etc.
So, we end up with a situation where you have many mid-level heroes over time. Then, you reach a point where the 4 and 5* heroes are so few and far between that you begin to focus on one or two teams at a time.
Now, with your semi-fixed lineup, you begin levelling your “A Team” or your “War Teams,” or both, but you are levelling each hero a little at a time.
I played that way for months myself, and the progression was very slow. At this point, through various tips and insights from other players, details I have read in the forums, and from my own experience, I am here to tell you that there is a better way!
So, I wanted to put together a little guide in regard to “Speed Levelling” your heroes, but before I put it out there as the “official” version, I would sincerely appreciate any corrections, additional tips and general feedback!
The “1st Draft” version of the Guide follows:
In order for to “Speed Level”, you need a constant supply of Feeders and Food. To accomplish this, you need to build more Farms and Training Camps.
As soon as you have your first Training Camp(TC) to level 6, build your second Training camp. As soon as you have it to level 11, build your third - at a minimum by the “mid-stage” of the game you should be running all 3 TC’s constantly.
TC 6 should be using the “Low Cost” training until you have completed TC 11. At that point, move all of your recruits from TC 6 and begin using the “Extra Low Cost” in TC11.
At this point, while building your third training camp up, begin using the first two options “Common” or “Uncommon” in TC 6. Which one you use depends on the resources you have available(You need backpacks for “Uncommon” and wooden swords for “Common”)
Then, continue upgrading your Stronghold and your 3rd Training camp. The goal is to get to TC 20 as quickly as you can so you can begin the “Legendary” training for your chance at 5* heroes(As I type this, my TC 20 has given me 3 5* heroes to date, and I’ve only had it running for a month)
Once you have TC6, TC11 and TC20 finished, guess what? Build another TC. This one can only needs to be level 2, though - moving forward, continue training “Legendary” as often as you can afford, and keep the other three running “Extra Low Cost,” “Common,” and “Uncommon”
This training regimen will ensure that you have a constant supply of “Feeder” heroes to level your “A Team” and your “War Teams”
Now, in the beginning, you may need to keep some of your 2* heroes to help get your 30 heroes for the Alliance War, but otherwise, 1* and 2* heroes are food - don’t level them up.
As you pull 3, 4, and 5* heroes, you will rotate the lower level heroes out of your War Teams, and they will become food.
That said, whether you choose to work on your “A Team” or one of your “War Teams,” the method is the same:
ALWAYS use 10 feeders at once when levelling your hero.
Each time you level up, whether you use 1 hero or 10, the cost for training goes up by 100 food per/feeder. It costs 21,000 food to feed 10 1* hero to your 3* hero the first time you level up; but the next time you feed that same hero, it will cost 22,000. By the time you reach level 50, you are spending 100,000+ food each time you feed a hero.
By only using 10 heroes each time you level, you minimize this “increasing cost” factor to the best of your ability.
Second, try to use any trainer heroes you get with 3* heroes specifcially, and ALWAYS feed them 10 heroes of the SAME COLOR - this will ensure that you get the best % chance to increase your heroes special ability.
It is very common to get a 3* hero to max level only to have their special ability stuck at 5/8 - while this doesn’t guarantee you will max their special, it will give you the best chance.
Third - for any 4* or 5* hero you are working on, only level ONE HERO at a time until they are maxed, or until you hit a wall waiting for ascension materials. In this case, color does not matter, as you will definitely max their special before you finish reaching max level.
There is an experience bonus for using feeders of the same color, so it is arguably more efficient to use the same color. however; it will be slower, and in my opinion the return on that investment does not justify the time you will spend levelling your stronger heroes to max.
If you were to only use the same color feeders for each 4 or 5* hero, on average you will take 5x longer to level up each hero(really rough average, but the point stands) Not only would it take longer to level up your team, but you’re overall Team Strength will increase more slowly as well, causing delays in your progression on the map levels and reducing effectiveness against Titans.
Now that we know how to speed level a given hero, the next question becomes … who should I level first? lol, I think that’s a topic for another time.
Anyway, I hope this information is helpful, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or would like to provide feedback!
So, that’s the “Guide” - thank you for taking the time to read through, and for the insight provided me while I have been learning.
Please let me know what you think - Thanks!