Ultimate Raid Strategy Tips for the Casual Player


#1

I’ve read several raid strategy guides which were written by players who have an abundance of strong heroes to choose from and can customize their battle team to the enemy. If you are like me and really have only a single team that you can work with, then these tips are for you.

Tip #0: Why are you raiding?
Well, obviously, to fulfill the Wanted Heroes mission, but there are two more reasons to raid: first, to gain cups. You get more food and iron loot for completing the mission in higher level arenas than in lower ones. Second, to gain iron. Ok, so I’ve spent the few bucks for the VIP pass to give me the extra builder, so iron is always at a premium for me. Why are you not raiding for food? Read on…

Tip #1: Choose your battles wisely
Be willing to spend food for rerolling until you find a battle that’s right for you. You might reroll 10 or more times until you find the right battle. The right battle is one that you think you can win, has the right cup win/loss ratio, and gives you a fair amount of iron for winning.

As for finding a battle you think you can win, it’s not enough to just compare your team power against your opponent’s. You need to look at the enemy’s heroes, especially their HP, their special ability, their mana speed, their attack power, their configuration, and how synergistic their special abilities are.

Don’t be fooled by the power rating. Power rating of a hero is an arbitrary value that combines all of aspects of a character – attack, defense, special skill – into a single number. A higher power rating does not necessarily mean that character will do more damage than a character with a lower power rating.

As for the right cup win/loss ratio, you don’t necessarily want to always fight battles that give you a lot of cups for winning and you lose just a few cups for losing. The higher your cup count, the harder your enemies will be. In fact, since I’m mostly a coward, I go for the exact opposite: I fight battles that give me fewer cups if I win than I lose if I lose the battle. This way, even if I win 2 out of 3 battles, my cup count stays relatively constant while I continuously level up my characters.

The trick is knowing what battles you can win. This depends on a lot of factors, and before attacking any enemy, you should always look at each of your opponent’s heroes, their level, star count, HP, and special ability. Special abilities that affect all the enemy’s heroes are worse for you than ones that affect only nearby allies, and those are worse for you than ones that affect only one. Special abilities that attack and/or give negative status effects to all of your heroes are worse than ones that attack only a few. Special abilities that attack only a single character can be dangerous because they could one-shot a hero that is not fully healed.

Determine, based upon special ability and likelihood and number of times the hero will execute it, which enemy hero you need to kill first. You’ll get a good sense for this as you do more raids. I tend to go after the heroes that give multiple allies increased attack, as even with healers it can be hard to keep up with the damage.

Ask yourself: if my opponent can poison me or set a hero on fire, can I negate that status effect? That damage you take every turn adds up. If you can’t, then either you need to take out that enemy before they get their special attack in, or you need to be able to heal enough to absorb both the original attack damage and the residual per-turn damage.

Tip #2: Understand the placement and role of your opponent’s heroes
Probably \you’ve played the game long enough to realize that there are 7 columns in the grid. With the initial placement of opponent’s heroes in a V-shaped pattern, you can see that 3 of those columns will hit the front hero where as the other heroes have only 1 column where they can be hit. This means the front character is going to take almost half of the regular attacks you make. Because of this, the front hero is almost always one that has a lot of HP, and very often you’ll notice a healer right next to the front hero. The idea is that if you are aiming at the front hero, you are more likely to hit the heroes immediately adjacent to the front hero than the ones on the end.

We can thus categorize the roles of each of the five heroes:

  1. The front hero is a tank who has a lot of HP and will usually get to execute his or her special at least once.
  2. The heroes to either side of the front hero are intended to have their specials executed occasionally to make it more difficult for you to kill the front hero. They could be healers, or they could be strong attackers that you’d rather not provoke into executing their specials.
  3. The heroes in the back are the annoyers. They aren’t going to get hit a lot, and in most cases they’re not going to be your primary focus. Because they aren’t going to get hit a lot, they won’t get to execute their specials for a while, so in some cases you’ll see heores with fast mana growth there. It’s possible to put a super strong character back there that has the ability to one-shot one of your heroes. While you’re busy with the the front hero, the strong character slowly charges his mana.

Tip #3: Develop a plan and execute it
Before hitting that “Attack” button, decide which two enemy heroes need to go first. Then, focus on killing just those two heroes while doing minimal damage to the other heroes. Usually the front character is going to be one of them, and is also going to be the strongest hero (high HP) since it will absorb 42% (3/7) of all your attacks. Occasionally I’ve found parties where the front character was relatively weak compared to my heroes and the strong heroes were in the back. In these cases I focus on taking out the front hero as quickly as possible while avoiding attacking the back heroes so their mana gauge grows as slowly as possible.

TIp #3.5: Your first few attacks are critical
Remember that the mana gauge of your character only increases when you attack with the character’s color, but the mana gauges of ALL of your opponent’s heroes grow every turn. Raids are almost always won or lost by combining multiple special attacks into a one-two punch against an opponent or two. You’ll need to decide which of your characters you need to execute their special early on, and try to focus on growing that character’s mana. See Tip #6 though.

You should also try to get as many combo attacks as possible during the first few turns to grow your mana gauges quickly. If your opponent is firing off 2 and 3 specials and after 10 turns you still haven’t gotten off one, you’ve probably lost.

A lot of longtime players will complain about getting “bad boards” during raids or titan battles. This refers to a board where they aren’t getting any combos. When you find yourself in such a situation, I’ve found more success getting out of it by making vertical matches than horizontal matches. This is also a good time to try to make a 4-match and use the resulting special gem to mix up a bit of the board.

Tip #4: Don’t provoke the healers/buffers
If the party has healers but they aren’t your priority, try not to hit them, as this will only increase their mana gauge faster. There is nothing more annoying than getting your target down to 10 HP and then having a healer kick in and restore 40% HP back.

Tip #5: How to begin a battle
5 on 5 battles means you’re going to take your lumps, so be sure to fill the mana gauges of at least one of your healers fairly early, but don’t completely focus on it. You need to fill the mana gauges of your big guns as quickly as possible so you can take out the first hero.

Tip #6: Watch out for those juicy gems
Hitting one of those gems and watching your board erupt into attackers is fun, but not always the smartest thing to do. The problem is that if you are trying to focus on one or two characters, this is likely to hit everyone and increase everyone’s mana gauge causing a strong retaliation. That’s not to say you should never hit those gems, just me mindful of the situation. If it isn’t going to hit the healer and it’s going to fill one of your heroes’ mana gauge, then go for it.

Tip #7: After the first hero is dead
If you’ve taken out the front hero, then you’ve effectively divided the enemy army into two. Since you already know the second hero you want to take out, you might want to attack only on that hero’s side, leaving the other side alone. Their mana gauges will grow slowly.

Tip #8: Be opportunistic
The rule of first hero and second hero to take out doesn’t necessarily always apply. If you find yourself in a situation where you can take out a different hero with a special, consider going for it. Having more heroes alive than your opponent is always an advantage.

Tip #9: Firing blanks
The amount your mana gauge grows is not dependent upon the amount of damage you do. If given the choice of firing three reds into a blue hero or firing three reds into nothing, it may just be better to fire the blank. The reason is that your attack is going to be very little damage in exchange for the mana growth of the enemy. The less you help your opponent’s mana gauges to grow, the better. In fact, if you fire three reds into nothing, your red character’s mana gauge will grow more than if you actually hit something with it. When your opponent is down to 1 or 2 heroes left, it often times is best to fire as many blanks as you can to grow your mana gauges more quickly than your opponent’s, and hit your opponent only with specials or with their weak color.

Tip #10: Watch your opponent’s mana gauges and turns till attack
If an enemy hero is going to attack next turn and its mana gauge is very close to being full, likely that hero is going to attack two turns in a row unless you do something about it. If the special attack is inevitable, you’re better off attacking that hero with what you’ve got on the board to fill the heroes’ mana gauge. This way, that hero will attack only once.

Also, you might as well attack any hero whose mana gauge is full, unless it is a healer who is just going to regain the HP or unless you can kill the hero before they do their special. Their gauge can’t get any fuller.

Tip #11: When dead heroes are actually helpful
It sucks when one of your heroes dies, but sometimes you can take advantage of it. For example, Boril and other characters with Perfect Riposte are helpless to counterattack your dead heroes. And if your hero dies with a negative status effect such as lowered attack, that status effect is removed at the time of death, so suddenly you’ll be attacking full strength!


Tip #12: Fighting Rigard
Rigard is one of the most difficult healers in the game to defeat. Your best chance at beating him is to fill the mana gauges of 2-3 of your attackers and let loose all at once. If you don’t think those combined attacks will defeat Rigard immediately, consider his mana gauge, deliberately fill it quickly so he does his Purification skill, and then let loose on him while his mana gauge is empty.

Tip #13: Fighting against Perfect Riposte
Several characters in the game have Perfect Riposte as a special ability. This ability causes the hero and neaby allies to counterattack every attack, including special abilities. Many players will put this hero front and center so the front three characters, which take 72% (5/7) of all attacks, counterattack constantly.

These battles can be tough. Try NOT to hit the front hero immediately, or at least not a lot. Rather, hit a few others while you fill your mana gauges of at least one healer and at least one attacker. If you can get one special attack in before Perfect Riposte comes up, you’re on your way. At that point, just ignore the Perfect Riposte and concentrate everything on that hero, using your healing when needed. You can also consider attacking along either edge to hit the heroes not protected while filling your mana gauges.

Tip #14: Fighting against Boldtusk
Boldtusk’s War Cry special is particularly nasty in that it not only does it heal all allies 20% but it also gives all allies +30% attack for several turns. Attacks and specials executed by a buffed hero can be deadly even to a fully healed hero. If Boldtusk is the front hero, you need to take him out first. You might also consider avoiding raids of enemies with Boldtusk in their defense team if you can’t dispel buffs on enemies. If Boldtusk is not the front hero, then you might consider taking out as many attackers as possible before Boldtusk does his War Cry, even leaving the healers for later.

Tip #15: Fighting against Kiril
This blue hero is especially nasty because his Blessed Brew special not only heals all allies, but also boosts all of their attacks and defenses too. You’ll want to treat him much like Boldtusk (see Tip #14).

Tip #16: Fighting against Little John
Green hero Little John has his Massive Chop special attack and that is exactly what it is. While it does quite a bit of damage to all heroes, the worst part of the attack is that it also decreases the mana regeneration rate of your characters for several turns. This is a big problem early on in the battle where you need to balance attack with healing. Little John’s two biggest weaknesses are his relatively low max HP and his mana speed is slow. You need to use both of these advantages. If Little John is in front, he’s gotta go quickly, before he can execute his special. A red attacker works great against him, but hitting him with multiple specials is even better. If he’s in the back, avoid hitting him except with specials. Be mindful of his mana gauge and either take him out before he can do the special, or kill off enough enemy heroes that you can still survive several rounds of low mana regeneration.

Tip #17: Fighting against Healer-Perfect Riposte-Healer as the front three
Yep, this one sucks. And by healer, it could be Kiril or Boldtusk or Rigard. The problem with this battle is that while you’re going full boar at the Perfect Riposte hero, some of your attacks will spill over and fill the mana gauges of the healers, undoing the damage you’ve done. When I see a combination like this pop up, I immediately add 300 points to the opponents team power, and usually end up passing on this battle unless one of those three is not leveled up. You really need to overpower at least one of those three characters extremely quickly, which means finding the one with the fewest HP, filling up your attackers’ mana gauges, and blasting the hero with everything you’ve got.

Tip #18: Attack of the Healers
Ok, this term actually refers to using a defense team of 5 healers in the Alliance Wars and allowing the Revenge Attack to kill the opponent, but I’m using it here as a catchy phrase. Some opponents might be healer-heavy. That means they have at least 3 healers in the party. These teams can be pretty easy to defeat if you focus on taking out the attackers first by doing multiple special attacks on the attacker hero in a row. If you just don’t have enough firepower to kill an attacker, then try taking out the weakest healer first. (Let me be the first to say that there is no more unexciting battle than when you and your opponent both have only Rigard left.)

Tip #19: Gambler’s Stance: The House Usually Wins (thanks to @SuuriKoira)
Wu Kong’s Gambler’s Stance is extremely dangerous. That +185% attack at 68% accuracy is absolutely deadly when combined with special skills and even normal attacks if multiple heroes are going to attack in the same round. Even worse, that skill stacks with attack buffs. A hero that is buffed with Wu Kong and an attack buff will very likely one-shot one of your characters if their special hits. If you don’t have a special skill that can debuff that, then the only way you’re going to be successful is to kill Wu Kong first, before he fires off that special skill. Fortunately Wu Kong’s max HP is relatively low so a one-two punch of specials can take him out or come close enough that regular attacks can finish him.

Here are some additional posts that discuss raiding strategies. Some of these tips apply only if you’ve got a good set of leveled heroes to choose from.

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#2

This is beautiful work. Thank you @Offbase2

I do a lot of this already but it’s good revision. Avoiding adding mana is so crucial, particularly.

Also totally agree with picking your fights, even if it costs a big pile of ham.

And I hated perfect riposte so much…until I trained Boril. Now it’s the greatest power going :yum:


#3

Many of these tips apply whether you have multiple heroes to choose from or not. The more limited your choices are, though, the more important they can be.

I disagree with rerolling for a winnable fight, though. If you do that consistently, it will get more and more expensive, and the increase in loot from higher tier raid chests will no longer offset it. In addition, you will reach a point where you are gaining cups with your attacks that you cannot sustain with your defense. You can only punch so far above your weight before you get killed.

Better to take each match as it comes, do your best to win it, don’t sweat the losses, and keep your cups in a range you can sustain.


#4

If you raid for resources then, yes. If you raid for filling chest and for cups, then amount of food spent doesn’t really matter.


Unfair Raid issue?
#5

@NPNKY - I raid generally for the iron, so finishing the mission in the shortest amount of time is the most useful for me. If things go well, I can do two missions per day without spending gems for skipping.

I agree that my cups will go up to an unsustainable level, and that’s perfectly fine for me. Getting raided has such a low resource cost to me that I’d actually prefer to get raided to knock my cups back down to a level where I can win battles the next day.

As it stands now, largely I’ve sustained lower platinum level now for several weeks and it’s going to be a long haul before I get to diamond, so for me as long as my cups stay right around 1800 it doesn’t matter how many I have.


#6

Thanks @JonahTheBard.

Me too, me too :slight_smile: I went for a while skipping any fight against Perfect Riposte because I kept losing thanks to crappy boards. Actually, I think I hate Boril so much I refuse to train him…

Spending a few $ for other reasons :slight_smile: I managed to pull THREE Alasie’s to go along with my main blue Magni. Wish I could trade in :slight_smile: Also got a Sonya and her Piercing Shot is annoying enough I think I’ll train her.


#7

Of course, all that said, there may come a time where I switch tactics and take your advice. Right now my OCD is requiring me to complete as many missions as possible, and, still worse, it is also requiring me to max out my buildings, so I’m in manic building mode right now, which is why I need iron. (Ok, ok, yes, I know I’m not following an optimal strategy to be the #1 player in the world, but I have no interest in that, only just to complete the diamond raid mission which I figure will be one of the last 3 to complete, if I ever complete it).

Leveling up of my characters will take slightly longer than an eternity, especially since my only 5* in my party–Magni–is awaiting 5 more farsight telescopes before his final ascension (plus 9 levels to get to ascension point). The other four 4* heroes in my party are already at their final ascension, and 3 are maxed out. And I’ve got at least one 5* in training in all other colors, so that’s slightly more than 4 more eternities. :slight_smile:

And that doesn’t even get into troops, each of which takes multiple eternities to max out plus about 2 million metric tonnes of food.


#8

Troops are kind of an optional thing, to my mind. You can consider them as a stretch goal. Say, you build something long lasting and your food storage can’t contain all the produced food. This is a good time for leveling troops.


#9

I’d add to those recommendations special points for Wu Knog and Alberich. Take them in priority and don’t allow firing their specials.
For Wu Knog you can have a debuffer (Sonya, Caedmon or Sabina) ready to remove the effect.

Also, think twice whether to attack a team with Azlar or Colen as a tank. If you allowed them to fire their special you are most likely done.


#10

Thanks for the tip… I raid because it’s competitive but I’m at pt where it’s win, drop, drop, win…

Getting really annoying and my heros stuck at t3 60… waiting for ascension mats…


#11

Thanks for the extra tips @SuuriKoira. I added a tip for Wu Kong. I will also add some text about regarding placement of heroes.


#12

Thanks for this! Any tips for fighting Kashhrek? He can be a pain when front center in a defending team.

Offensively he’s not that great, healing just three out of five heroes…


#13

I’d say that recommendations are the same as Tip#13 for Perfect Riposte: try to hit sides to charge two or three heroes with offensive specials and then fire all of them against Kashhrek. It also helps me to include two red heroes (Sir Lancelot and Boldtusk in my case) if I want to raid a team with a Kashhrek as a tank.


#14

The most annoying part of Kashhrek’s special skill is the fire buff he adds (+80% defense). This can render your fire heroes virtually ineffective against him. Aside from what @SuuriKoira says, I’d add that if you can’t debuff the enemies, then try NOT to hit Kashhrek himself while he is buffed (to keep his mana gauge low) and save your fire attacks and special skills for when Kashhrek isn’t buffed. Then go after him with everything you’ve got. His healing isn’t the best, so between buffs you can hopefully do a lot more damage than he can heal.


#15

What a great write up… I’m tempted to say that you covered all basic skills and then some… A must read for anyone getting into raids…

worm approved ! :smile:


#16

Thanks @Wormwood! :+1:


#17

GREAT article! Thanks for the tips, I’ll share it with my alliance


#18

All excellent tips, but there is something missing in there…what does your raid attack team look like, and how does that change things?

In my case, I’ve always had healers, good ones, and a lot of them. Fairly early I had Sabina and Belith. Then I got Delilah and Kiril. Sabina got set aside 'cuz I pulled Tiburtus, and was relatively short hitters…

I don’t know how I’d raid without a healer, and most of the time I go out with two healers and three hitters.

For my lineup, Rigard as a tank is super-easy. Keep hitting him with tiles, until my three hitters have mana charged up. He keeps healing himself and everybody, but my healers are charging up too, so I can heal a bit of damage just fine. I try to charge up all three of my hitters specials at once, then combine them to kill the “dangerous” hero. (usually NOT rigard) Preferably just after Rigard healed. Then go from there.

Teams with three+ non-hitters (healers, riposte, Wu, etc.) are similarly easy. Snipe the hitters, and then just outlast them, building up mana to concentrate fire on one, letting them all heal each other…


#19

Stack colors. Check this topic about that if you’re not already familiar with it: Titan Attack Fundamentals - (new player Titan guide)

I can’t recall when I was using healer last time, juggling around 1200-1400 cups. I have strong Sabina, 3.60, but I think she’ll stay like that for some time, and I’ll raise my Sartana further.

I have few approaches - either I do 2 colors strong against tank + 2 tank color + wu (or I put someone else instead of wu if he’s among first 4), or I go 3 strong colors against the tank + 2 strongest heroes to survive longer (usually when tank is rigard, kashrek, or purple/yellow). Once I tried 3+2 colors and it ended great, but second time not so much :smiley:

Not everytime is win, and war is especially hard, but I find it more fun and making my brain work than when I try going rainbow. I do try rainbow from time to time, for farming, to see how new hero’s special work or to see how strong they are… like baby training :smiley:

But for anything serious, I stack colors.


#20

It’s worth trying again. Having a healer in a team doesn’t contradict with the idea of stacking color against a tank.
It is even better if you have two healers of different colors in your roster. In this way you are flexible in building your attack team against a particular defense team.

if you play without healer you have to kill all the enemy heroes before they attacked you with their special. It is possible against weak teams but not against stronger teams.