I originally created this topic over a year ago, before I’d actually power-leveled any heroes. Now that I have plenty of experience doing so, I figured I should re-write it. I cut and pasted my original post into comment #5 below, for reference.
After searching the forums for a while, I didn’t find much in the way of guides/instructions on how best to do this. There are a few old videos floating around, but I always prefer a written set of instructions if I have the choice, and I suspect I’m not alone.
The first thing to do, in preparation for a power-leveling session, is store up food and feeder heroes. This means:
a) Bank food in a TC12, TC13, or TC20.
- TC12 is the most efficient for food storage, but of course it produces nothing but 3-star heroes.
b) Bank feeder heroes in other TCs
- The most common configuration is one TC2 and two TC11s.
- Constantly having enough backpacks to keep a TC2 running is not easy! You have to farm constantly, and save up World Energy flasks to farm Province 1 during Atlantis Rises as well.
If you use nothing but the 1- & 2-star feeders that come from your TCs, you’ll need roughly 1260 feeders and 13M ham to go from 1/1 to 4/80 on the hero you’re maxing. (That 13M ham is the equivalent of about 90 days’ worth of TC20 storage, or about 170 days’ worth of TC12 storage.) If you focus on getting these storages up to where they need to be from scratch, it’ll take about two weeks.
If you want to read more about how I arrived at these conclusions, see my old post in reply #5 below.
That’s actually about it! Not too complicated!
But, I love to complicate things, and there’s some very valuable complications that can be implemented if you continue reading.
Since ham is the biggest long-term resource bottleneck for many (most?) advanced players, here are a few ways to reduce the amount of ham that’s needed:
- Save up trainer heroes.
- I hold onto 2-star and higher trainers. The 1-star trainers are too common, and my roster would fill up too quickly if I tried saving them too. (Same goes for 3/4/5-star dupes.)
- This should probably go without saying, but you’ll use these saved trainer heroes for finishing off the last few levels to save ham.
Try to save your same-color 2-star feeders until the end of each tier. This probably doesn’t help MUCH, but it’s not nothing either. I haven’t done the math.
This last tip is only for folks who have saved up an inordinately large number of feeders in their TCs, and therefore don’t mind “wasting” some of them. But, it’s also the biggest ham saver in this list.
To illustrate the point in its’ most extreme form: Imagine if TC2 ONLY pumped out 2-star feeders. This would reduce the amount of ham required to max a 5-star hero from 13M to under 9M, or roughly a 30% reduction!
Well, it’s possible to simulate that by doing something else with the 1-star feeders.
Again, to illustrate the point in its’ most extreme form: If you were to use ONLY 2-star feeders to max a 5-star hero, it would require ~870 of those 2-star feeders. Since TCs produce a roughly equal amount of 1-star and 2-star feeders, that would mean you’d have to find a way to get rid of ~870 1-star feeders.
The cheapest way to do that would be to feed them to each other. If you feed all your 1s to other 1s (and only to those that are at 1/1 themselves), it would cost just under 1M ham. So now you’re talking about ~10M total to max your 5. Still a 23% reduction! Not bad!
If you prefer to feed those 1s to other heroes that you may actually use some day (I’ll refer to them as “backups” below), you can still use this method to save ham, or to work on other projects while also maxing your 5, without it costing more ham than giving all the feeders to the 5*.
The formulae are:
If X * A / B > Y, then you should give the 1-star feeder to the backup
If X * A / B = Y, then it’s a wash in terms of ham efficiency
If X * A / B < Y, then you should give the 1-star feeder to the 5 you’re maxing
X = the amount of ham it costs per feeder, to feed your 5-star at its’ current level (this would be 5000 at level 1, and 12800 at level 79)
A = the amount of hero XP that would come from the 1-star feeder in question (150 if an off-color feeder, 180 if same-color)
B = the amount of hero XP that would come from the 2-star feeder that you’ll actually be feeding to the 5-star hero you’re working on maxing (390 if off-color, 468 if same color; you should really only consider off-color feeders at low levels, and save the same-color 2s for higher levels)
Y = the amount of ham it costs per feeder, to feed your backup hero.