Troops are the key to success for attacking your opponents and defending against them: A well-trained army will bring you victory in Lords Mobile. However, especially for beginners, troop management may seem a little “complex” since there are different tiers for troops and the whole system works like a rock-paper-scissors game. Do not worry: We are here to guide you and show you how to select best troops for a specific goal. In this guide, you can find everything you want to know about troops in Lords Mobile. Let’s start – there is a kingdom out there we need to conquer.
Troop Types and Tiers
There are four troop types in Lords Mobile: Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry, and Siege. These troops also have 4 different tiers. By upgrading the facilities that train them, you can unlock the next tier of each troop type. Tier 2 troops are 100% stronger than Tier 1 ones. Tier 3 is 50% stronger than Tier 2, and Tier 4 is 50% stronger than Tier 3. Basically, your goal is to unlock the last Tier to get the strongest troops. Here is a list that shows all troop types and their tiers:
|Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3||Tier 4|
|Grunt (Inf)||Gladiator (Inf)||Royal Guard (Inf)||Heroic Fighter (Inf)|
|Archer (Rng)||Sharpshooter (Rng)||Stealth Sniper (Rng)||Heroic Cannoneer (Rng)|
|Cataphract (Cvl)||Reptilian Rider (Cvl)||Royal Cavalry (Cvl)||Ancient Drake Rider (Cvl)|
|Ballista (Sge)||Catapult (Sge)||Fire Trebuchet (Sge)||Destroyer (Sge)|
Tier 2 troops require a level 9 Academy to unlock. Tier 3 needs a level 17 Academy. Lastly, you need a level 25 Academy to unlock Tier 4 troops. With each tier, resources required to train the troops also increase. To give you an idea, Tier 1 Grunts require 50 Food/Timber/Ore to train. A Tier 4 Heroic Fighter, on the other hand, will need 1.000 Food/Timber/Ore and 500 gold.
As mentioned above, the whole troop system resembles a rock-paper-scissors game. Each troop type can “counter” another type. Here is a short list that shows the troop strengths and weaknesses:
|Infantry is strong against Ranged
Cavalry is strong against Infantry
Ranged is strong against Cavalry
|Infantry is countered by Cavalry
Cavalry is countered by Ranged
Ranged is countered by Infantry
This means, for example, the best troop type to defend against Ranged is Infantry units. So if you are seeing an army of Archers, use your Grunts against them. Or, if you are planning to attack against an army of Reptilian Riders, Sharpshooters will be the best option. Siege troops are weak against any other troop types – they are only strong against Walls and Wall Traps. All other troop types, however, are weak against Wall Traps. This is a simple and straight-forward system: While attacking the castle walls, use your Siege troops. While attacking other troops or defending against them, pick the one that counters your opponent. The battle scenes in Lords Mobile look pretty, but in reality, the result of the conflict is already decided at the beginning according to troop types of both sides. The scene you are watching is just for entertainment – the game already calculated which side will lose according to the battle mechanics we described above.
In this regard, we highly advise you to use the “scout” option before going into battle or defense. By using this option, you can learn which types of troops your opponent has and arrange your own army. For example, if your opponent has lots of infantry troops, you can add more cavalry units to your own army.
Best Troops for Attack
“Scout” option is also the way of determining which troops are best for attacking.
There is no single troop type that is “best” at everything. As the attacker, you have the option of forming a balanced army (that contains all troop types) and a focused army (that contains a single troop type). As a general rule, forming a focused army is always the best option. This is because the defending army will always be balanced. If you arrange a balanced army too, each side will have a counterpart in their armies. In other words, you will be evenly matched. 1/3 of your army will suffer a penalty because they will have a counterpart. Only 1/3 of your army will gain a bonus. (The remaining 1/3 will get no bonus or penalties.) In short, you will get no significant advantage. Moreover, your battle boosts will be limited.
If you choose to form an army that consists of a single troop type, you can stack the stats of the troops much higher than a balanced army. Battle Boosts increase the stats (health, attack, and defense) of your troops and applying them to a single unit will provide more benefits than applying to a balanced army. It does not matter which troop type you select for attacking. As long as you choose only one type and apply the Battle Bonus, you gain an advantage. So, while attacking, you should:
- Scout your opponent and see which type of troops he owns the most
- Form your army only with the counterpart of those troops
- Apply Battle Boost
Best Troops for Defense
When it comes to defense, building a balanced army is the better option. Again, there is no single troop type that is best for defense: Your goal should be forming an army that contains all type of troops. However, do not spend resources for Siege troops as they are weak against all other types. Your defending army should consist of a healthy balance of Infantry, Ranged, and Cavalry troops.
Yes, an attacker that uses a single type of troop will still have an advantage but forming a balanced defending force is still your best option. If you form your army only with, for example, Archers, the attacker will gain a much bigger advantage if he fills his own army with Infantry. As the defender, you still have an advantage: You can host an unlimited number of troops while the attacker is limited in numbers. To sum it up, whether you are attacking or defending, there is no such thing as the “best” troop that can respond to every need. You must analyze the battle ahead and form your army according to that evaluation.