Vikings: War of Clans may be a base-building game, but no matter how well you optimize your resource production, you still need to plunder others in order to keep up with the demand across your kingdom. Certainly, you can join a clan and share some of your resources or you can create multiple farm accounts using the BlueStacks Multi-Instance Manager, but sooner or later, you will spot a suitable enemy and start itching for battle.
If you’re part of a serious, active clan, then the first thing you might want to do is to ask others for their permission/opinion. You never know when you attack someone stronger than yourself and you’ll want your allies by your side when such a player (or their clan) chooses to retaliate. In addition, there are a six troop types and a few rules to bear in mind. We’ve included them all below.
Basic Combat Mechanics
In Vikings: WoC, being on the offense is riskier than being under attack, mainly because combat is far more punitive on the attacker. This is because of the way that the Wall works in this game. In similar mobile strategy games, the Wall’s single use is to permit the building of traps, which cost resources and act exactly as units during a siege. In Vikings: WoC, on the other hand, the Wall offers default defensive bonuses and makes it so that the attacker takes significantly more damage than the defender.
Furthermore, while the Oracle does allow you to upgrade multiple types of units at the same time (albeit at an astronomical cost), your Hero doesn’t work this way. In other words, only one type of troop can be boosted by the Hero’s ability, which is the main reason why you should choose a single type and focus on them throughout the game.
Each troop type has certain strengths and weaknesses. In addition, they can be improved even further provided that you own the right Hero equipment and have unlocked the correct research trees. In what follows, we’ll go over each troop type and how to best use it in combat so that you have all the information you need to make your choice from the get-go.
Melee Troops are well-balanced (between health, damage, and survivability), although a bit slow compared to others. They are strong against Cavalry (50% bonus) and Killers (25% bonus), but weak against Siege Engines (50% penalty) and Ranged units (25% penalty).
The Legendary Hero equipment set that is most suitable for Melee attacks includes Olaf’s Helm, as well as Ragnar’s Chainmail, High Boots, Axe, and Banner. In terms of research, you’ll want to unlock offensive and defensive boosts for Melee, but also the higher tier troops in this category, which are Shieldmaidens, Jomsvikings, Legionnaires, Executioners, and the Savages of Utgard, in this order. The best Shaman to lead these troops is Ulf the Brave (unlocked with real currency), but you can also use Baggi with the Battle Cry rune.
When used properly, Ranged troops can decimate entire armies, even though their speed is merely average. These troops are especially strong against Killers (50% bonus) and Melee (25% bonus), but weak against Cavalry (50% penalty) and Siege Engines (25% penalty).
The Legendary Hero equipment that maximizes the attack and defense of Ranged units includes Sweyn’s Armor, as well as Ivar’s Cap, Boots, Bracelet, and Bow. At the Oracle, you’ll want to focus your research on Ranged offensive and defensive bonuses, while also unlocking higher tiers such as Nomads, Hawks, Predatresses, Huntsmen, and Frigg’s Huntswomen. The best Shaman for your army is Steig the Sharp, but you can also use Baggi with the Storm rune.
Cavalry are the fastest troop type in the game, which means that they can be used by players who prefer to strike quickly and, sometimes, unexpectedly. These units are strongest against Ranged (50% bonus) and Siege Engines (50% bonus), but fare poorly against Melee (50% penalty) and Killers (25% penalty).
The best Legendary Hero equipment for Cavalry includes Olaf’s Angon, as well as Harald’s Crown, Breastplate, Greaves, and Tooth. When you plan your research priorities, focus on offensive and defensive bonuses for Cavalry and on higher-tier troops in this category. The latter are Raiders, Furies, Judicators, Fanatics, and Fenrir’s Riders, in this order. There is no dedicated Shaman for Cavalry, but any Shaman with the Suppression rune will make a difference.
Also referred to as Berserkers or Assassins, Killers focus primarily on high damage in the detriment of defense. They are very powerful against Siege Engines (50% bonus) and Cavalry (25% bonus), but severely disadvantaged against Ranged (50% penalty) and Melee (25% penalty).
The Legendary Hero Equipment you should farm for an army of Killers includes Haakon’s Seax, together with Eric’s Helmet, Armor, Boots, and Horn. Meanwhile, focus your Oracle on offensive and defensive bonuses for Killers and, when this is possible, unlock higher-tier troops like Rippers, Berserkers, Demons, Cutthroats, and Ymir’s Chosen. No dedicated Shaman exists for Killers, but any Shaman with the Intimidation rune can strengthen your army.
In spite of the fact that Siege Engines are the slowest units in the game, many players consider them to be the most powerful troop type due to their high capacity (for resource collection) and usefulness during sieges. These machines are especially good against Melee (50% bonus) and Ranged (25% bonus), but weak against Killers (50% penalty) and Cavalry (25% penalty).
When it comes to Legendary Hero Equipment, you should aim to craft Sweyn’s Greaves, as well as Leif’s Helmet, Vest, Broadaxe, and Map. Your research should focus primarily on offensive and defensive bonuses for Siege Engines, while the next units you unlock should be Mangonels, Catapults, Ballistae, Polybolos, and Hel’s Harbingers, in this order. Einer the Free is the best Shaman to lead an army of Siege Engines, but Baggi with the Heaven’s Fury rune will also do.
It can take months or even longer, depending on how much real currency you are willing to invest in the game, to maximize the potential of a single troop type. However, once you have the right technologies and Hero equipment, your army will ravage most fortresses and might even do well against their direct counters. Remember that, with the right base plan, you can always coordinate attacks with your clan in case you stumble across an army that is specialized precisely against your favorite troop type.