If you’re like us and you’ve tried some of the most popular mobile RTS games on the market (think Game of Kings or Final Fantasy IV), there’s a good chance you already know that your base can only grow as high as your main building allows it to. Whether you’re a new player or casual gamer, your progression in Operation: New Earth will depend on how adept you are at upgrading your Headquarters.
As we promised in our crash course to growing your ONE base and defeating its enemies, this article will be focused on helping you figure out the fastest way to build your military facility when playing Operation: New Earth on PC, with BlueStacks. You might think it makes no difference whether you play the game on your phone or on an emulator, but, as you will soon see, this is not the case.
Setting Yourself Up for Success
Whatever it is that you’re doing, preparation is often key to being successful. When you play ONE, preparation means knowing what you’re going to do, when you’re going to do it, and how. Virtually all of the things we’ve mentioned in our tips and tricks article lay the groundwork for building a successful, undefeated base. Do note that everything we say comes from a f2p perspective, which is why some things might be harder and will take longer than they would if you are a moderate or big spender.
Our main goal is to develop the Headquarters. The reason we do it is because it enables us to 1) develop our other structures, 2) grow bigger and better armies, and 3) send more deployments (here, dropships) at a time. These three elements are the core of your success when playing ONE. If you do want to spend some money, but you don’t know what would be the best value purchase, VIP is the way to go. The latter increases your expedite construction time (the green, Free upgrade button) so that you can complete structures even faster as an active player.
Don’t underestimate the potential of this speed-up. Throughout the two-three days we’ve dedicated to ONE, we estimate that the free VIP saved us anywhere from 3 to 4 hours of waiting time. This made it possible for us to grow our operations. Because of the initial boost newbies get, it seems to make more sense to buy the VIP when you start a new account, rather than later on.
Streamline Your Growth
Naturally, you’ll want to complete all the missions the game throws at you. These are the best way to gather resources, since they essentially reward you for doing the things that also help you grow stronger. We recommend you don’t collect their rewards unless you have to, though. You never know when somebody’s planning a surprise attack, so the best thing for you to do is to only amass them when they’re needed. This way, you keep as few materials lying about as possible.
To maintain a steady flow of boosts, you ought to coordinate Alien Activity and Dark Activity attacks with your allies. Before you can effectively down these NPCs, we advise you reach at least level 8 HQ and build a serious army. It’s a bit of an investment, but the nodes hand out boosts to your research, construction timers, and more. They’re always a sore sight when they spawn either in your locked sector or in your Alliance’s territory, so we want them out ASAP.
Your Hero and Research Trees are incredibly powerful tools in terms of speeding up your growth. For the first, just put three points in both Troop and Food Production and maximize the next two tabs, namely Construction I and Research I. You’ll thank us later. For invader skills, focus on increasing your energy cap and regeneration before anything else. In the Research Lab, the bulk of your resources ought to be spent into the Operations tab.
Again, you want to focus exclusively on the technologies that lower your construction and research timers. Over long periods of time, these are the choices that will yield the most value for your ONE base, so don’t waste them needlessly. You might be able to reset your Hero’s skill points for an incredibly expensive purchase of 2000 shards (which we would never recommend), but the Research Lab selections can’t be undone.
Establish a Resource Supply Route
Perhaps the biggest obstacle to your fast base progression is not the research/construction time, but the ever-increasing amount of resources you’ll need to always be working. One of the best aspects about playing Operation: New Earth on PC with BlueStacks is the ability to set-up 3-4 farm accounts with the help of the Multi-Instance Manager. We talked about how you can do this effectively in our guide to playing ONE on your computer.
With these burner back-ups, you can funnel as many materials as you need into your main base in order to keep it growing. If you want to be an f2p player all the way, this is the only way you’ll be able to compete with the people that regularly spend money on in-game offers and deals. Established players will often have separate Alliances for their farm accounts, so make sure to ask around how your allies handle this aspect of their gameplay.
Lastly, be sure to always keep an eye out on the events that are upcoming or going on. Whether they’re for Hero EXP, Resource Gathering, Building, or Upgrading, you can set yourself up for more rewards by doing some of the pre-requisites before the event starts. Then, you hold off on collecting these until you get rewarded for it. It’s that simple. For example, you can start to research a technology that takes many days to complete and have it finish as soon as the Hero EXP event begins.
So far, these are some of the most important aspects of growing your headquarters fast in ONE. If you feel that we may have missed out on something that helped you along the way, don’t hesitate to drop a message in the comments section below.