Yeah, good point! So… the more I think about it, this was intended as a general guide for newbies. Just to give (and try to get) a rough idea of the levels at which the XP spent on troops that isn’t the main troop is worth it…

My worry at this point is that these levels of mana/crit points are very specific. Not only for troop type, but also for the heroes you take with you (from memory, for the mana troops, these levels are what reduces the number of tiles for very fast/fast etc, so if you had a L11 mana troop with gravemaker you would need one less tile) and your opponents hero abilities (if you take Melia, Tuck or Gregorian, or happen to face up against Little John, then what?)… This is waaay beyond the scope of what I initially intended.

My initial thinking was that, because I’m quite obsessive, I’d quite like to have the troops I’m keeping (for events, raids, defence, war, whatever) to be in line with each other, and to know when to stop for lower level troops.

I’m not obsessive enough that I will match troops with specific heroes… And if you are that obsessive/knowledgeable then that is well out of the scope of this, and I think you would need to be looking far more into troops and the best matches/levels for your specific heroes than I could ever provide (if anyone has links to the things, I would love to add them).

What I basically want to compile (but can’t find stats) is a list of XP required to get the heroes to these levels. And give a rough idea of how far to keep troops apart from each other whilst still being helpful… Ok, nothing like ignoring your wife (on Valentine’s Day no less) and kids for a few hours to come up with some maths… I’ve looked through my own troops, written down the XP required for levels and come up with the following formulae:

2* T(n) = 100 + 60(n-2)

3* T(n) = 250 + 90(n-2)

4* T(n) = 450 + 125(n-2)

Where T(n) is the XP required to get to Level n from level n-1. So for a 2* troop to get to L2 it costs 100 + 60(2-2) = 100. To get to L3 from L2 it costs 100 + 60(3-2) = 160. So total xp for L3 = 100 + 160…

From these calculations, we get the troop cost for the levels I have chosen to be:

2*:

2: 100

3: 260

5: 760

TOTAL: 1120

3*

3: 390

5: 1540

9: 4520

TOTAL: 6650

4*

2: 450

3: 1025

5: 2550

9: 7100

15: 17675

TOTAL: 28800

GRAND TOTAL: 36570

As this guide was based on how I personally play the game (and I consider myself a very average long term player - I’ve been here for 7 months, playing pretty obsessively, spending some money)… On that basis, here are my assumptions. If you see yourself in a different place, you might want to do a good amount more research to find what is best for you. I’m just trying to help what I would guess as the 80-90% of players in a similar situation as me…

- I have a rainbow defence, so my best troop wants to be the highest as it is used by far the most
- I take part and complete all challenge events, but at this point I have no intention of competing (for me the rewards just aren’t worth the effort, and frankly I just don’t think I’m quick enough!). I generally take a 3-2 or 2-2-1 team to events
- Wu has still managed to completely elude me as yet, and I currently take my 3 or 4 best matched heroes and 1 or 2 other heroes against the Titan.
- In wars I take a lot of mono teams along after my first attack or two.

So I think I get a lot of use (or at least some) out of ALL the troops I have leveled, and I never take any unleveled troops to a fight this way.

On this basis, I think I’ll update the initial post with more information when I get a few minutes, hopefully with a spreadsheet so people can work out what is best for them, and advice on what I would have done now that I have XP numbers, and why.

Once I’ve done that, more feedback would be great.

Thanks everyone!