Plague of Z is a hardcore real-time strategy game that tests the player’s wits and decision-making in a season-long battle for supremacy. In games like these, having a good start means everything so there’s no time to really learn about the basics if you’re planning to make it towards the end and stand against the best players on the server. However, this can be quite a daunting task if you have no idea what you’re doing because this is your first time playing a game like this but want to succeed anyway.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Plague of Z

There are so many things to learn in Plague of Z which can be a daunting task for any beginner that just wants to have a good time. Luckily, all those advanced tactics and strategies can be narrowed to a few fundamentals that even new players will easily understand just by reading up on them for a few minutes. This beginner’s guide aims to help even the 

Basic Economy

Economy is really important in real-time strategy games because it is the centerpiece of everything that you do. Economy refers to the production and consumption of your resources in the game which can be difficult to manage when you’re a beginner that doesn’t know which parts affect the economy. We’ll be making a separate article to explain in-depth how economy works in Plague of Z but for now, you should just understand why this is an important thing in the game.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Plague of Z

Keep in mind that everything you do in the game will require you to spend a specific amount of the basic resources that you have. As you level up buildings and units, the cost of these will also increase, making it harder for the player to afford them. Economic growth should always be the priority over anything else during the early game but most players like the flare of having a large army despite it being useless during the early stages of the game if you don’t have proper resource management.

Military Strength

Military strength is the second most important thing in Plague of Z because it will help you protect your city from invaders and allow you to push for stuff that you actually need around the map. Advanced players often push for military early but that’s only if you already have in-depth knowledge of managing your resources. Otherwise, having a large army can be dangerous since they will just sit in your city consuming resources without contributing anything back to you, as the player.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Plague of Z

Despite all that, it’s still a good idea for players to constantly train soldiers to improve their military. Having a weak military presence when your beginner’s protection goes down means that you’re a delicious target for the advanced players because they can easily take down your defenses and take all your hard-earned resources as a reward. There are a lot of ways to upgrade your military which we’ll also discuss more in-depth in a future article that focuses mainly on this topic.

Scheduling Tasks

Keeping your base busy is one of the things that beginners don’t do a lot in the game. There’s no problem playing the game slowly if you only plan to do it casually but if you want the full experience, you’ll need to step up your game. In Plague of Z, everything you do will need a certain amount of time to complete. That’s why it’s a good idea for players to constantly have their city constantly doing something to accelerate their growth and allow them to stay ahead of the other players.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Plague of Z

A good way to do this is to log in once an hour if you’re already on Command Center Level 5 or higher. During the starting phase, it’s a good idea to just play the game straight until you reach Command Center Level 5 since everything in this stage upgrades really quickly. Construction isn’t the only thing that you should keep in mind. There’s also research, troop training, and military campaigns such as sending your army to collect resources or attack enemy camps.


Adventures is a fun part of Plague of Z since it serves as a minigame that’s different from the gameplay of the main game. Despite it being a minigame, it’s actually significant for your development so it’s a good idea to keep challenging adventures whenever you have free time. Since this is a real-time strategy game, you might as well do your adventures while you’re waiting for your tasks to finish up or if you don’t have anything else to play in the meantime.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Plague of Z

The good thing about adventures is that it gives you loot that will really help you accelerate your progress in this game. The higher you climb up in the levels, the more rewards you’ll likely earn so try to do this as much as you can. Unfortunately, players can’t go back when choosing levels so if you reach a point where it might be too difficult for you to finish, you might want to take some time before challenging the next one so that you’re prepared when you get back.

Joining an Alliance 

Joining an alliance is one of the first things that players should do once they unlock it in the game. Alliances are strategically important as they provide the players’ safety in numbers. If you’re a beginner, you should probably aim towards joining a good alliance that has the patience to guide you or the influence to defend you against larger players. You might be tempted to create your own alliance but if you don’t have knowledge of the game, your members might not stick around.

BlueStacks' Beginners Guide to Playing Plague of Z

There are also a ton of other perks to joining an alliance. Being able to receive guild help and gifts are two of many other rewards that you get simply by being in an active alliance. Make sure to look for an active one by looking at the rankings. Higher-ranked alliances tend to have more active players because they have more activity points compared to idle alliances. Of course, don’t forget to contribute to your guild by being active too.