In Vikings: War of Clans on PC, your Hero may not be quire as powerful as the knowledge you gain from the Oracle, but given an optimized skill build and the right equipment, he or she can come very close. In fact, no other aspect of your kingdom (aside from the Oracle) can compare to just how much a Hero contributes to its development and military success.
As with all mobile strategy games, however, your resources will be limited, so you’ll have to prioritize certain skills and bonuses in the detriment of others. To help you make a more informed decision from the very beginning and thus avoid wasting too many resources, we’ve put together this guide to hero skills points, specializations, and gear.
Hero Skill Points and Specializations
The number of skill points your Heroes receive per level is perhaps their biggest limitation. For this reason, you will have to carefully consider whether you want to use a character to battle monsters and other armies or to develop your kingdom more quickly. Most players opt for a Combat Hero for their main account and one or several Farmer Heroes for their alternative, resource farming kingdoms.
A Hero specialized in empire development can increase the speed of building, research, and gathering resources. These characters are especially useful for farm accounts, because they can significantly boost the amount of resources you funnel to your main kingdom. Unfortunately, they have little to no use in battle.
To create such a Hero, you must focus on abilities such as Building I, II, and higher, depending on your number of skill points, Learning Speed, Resource Yielding, and specific resource production bonuses such as Iron Production or Stone Production. If you’re using this Hero to manage a farm account, do not max out all production skills, but rather focus on those industries that you have developed on this specific account.
For instance, there is no reason to boost a hero’s Food Production speed if the account is a hyperfarm for Stone. Silver is an exception in this regard and may be unlocked on all farmer Heroes because the building slots for Manors (Silver farms, so to speak) are separate from other resources.
Combat Heroes require even more skill points than farmers, which is the main reason why you should focus on a single troop type throughout the game. If farmer Heroes should unlock the skills found on the right side of the tree, combat Heroes will generally stick to the left side. Although these characters will be exceptional in battle, they will not be able to help much in the economy of your base.
The foundation for every good Combat hero consists of so-called “debuff” skills. These abilities – including Enemy Troop Offense, Enemy Troop Defense, and Enemy Troop Health – considerably decrease the stats of enemy troops and are therefore some of the most useful assets in the entire tree. Then, you should focus on a few general troop buffs such as Troop Offense II, Troop Defense II, and Troop Health II. Finally, spend your remaining skill points on abilities that improve a single troop type, such as, for example, all Melee buffs.
Hero Equipment and Set Bonuses
Hero equipment sets are just as strong as a focused specialization, although such items might take a long time to forge. There are three main types of Hero equipment, each created with unique materials. You can view all three and their specific items inside the Forge building:
This type is the easiest to craft, but also the weakest. Nevertheless, until you are able to gather special materials, you will focus on this category the most. You can create standard equipment of different rarities, from Common to Rare and Legendary. The rarity of an item depends entirely on the rarity of the materials used in its creation. For standard equipment, you’ll use materials found in “dungeons” throughout the World Map, such as Hewer’s Camp or Silver Altar. Most materials you will find in this manner will be common, but you can use 4 pieces of a specific reagent to create one piece of the same reagent of a higher rarity.
Crafting this type of equipment follows the exact same rules you apply for its standard counterpart. The only difference is that to create these items, you will need both standard materials and materials plundered from Invaders found on the global map.
This is, by far, the best equipment in the game and, as such, the category includes many of the end-game sets used by most players. However, it can be incredibly difficult to put together the necessary materials for one of these items. You need standard materials and equipment, as well as invader materials and equipment for each special piece.
The Best Hero Equipment Sets for Beginners
As a beginner, most special sets will be out of your reach for a long time. This does not meat that you should ignore this essential aspect of the game, however. There are a few great sets that can be crafted with standard materials and that will significantly improve your kingdom economy or military prowess throughout the mid-game.
For example, the Standard Knowledge set can more than double your research speed. As you already know, the Oracle is one of the best ways to improve your base quickly. The set includes Daredevil’s Armor, Falcon Figurine, Bewitched Sword, Gilded Helmet, and Leather Boots.
Meanwhile, the Standard Building set can make all of your construction and upgrade projects 125% faster. This set is comprised of Vanquisher’s Blade, Victor’s Bracelet, Odin’s Armor, and Wolf Boots.
Finally, the Standard Capacity set allows your troops to carry 250% more resources when farming a node on the world map. To reach this bonus, you’ll need Killer’s War Hammer, Killer’s Chainmail, Flaming Helmet, Ice Boots, and Heimdallr’s Horn.
It will take some time to gather the necessary skill points and a couple of decent equipment sets, but the more you invest in these two aspects of hero development, the stronger your kingdom will become. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks you can follow to hasten the entire process. The most important of these is, of course, to play Vikings: War of Clans on PC with BlueStacks and take advantage of the emulator’s nifty tools to gather more resources from the very beginning.