When it comes to conquest games like Warhammer: Chaos & Conquest, the hardest part, usually, is the beginning. The first few days of your adventure is when you’re at your most vulnerable. Weak, with no one to protect you, your only course of action is to establish a decent production and start training your armies or die. And since we don’t want to die just yet, we’re going for the alternative.
Whenever you start a new account in any of these games, time is of the essence. It comes down to you to sift through all the tasks that you have available and decide which ones are the most important to your current situation. Should you focus on attacking nearby players, or on training new troops? Should you use your forces to gather resources, or should you dedicate yourself entirely to developing your existing structures? Most of these plans are reasonable courses of action. However, while you can advance decently by sinking time equally into these tasks, there is a particular hierarchy of priorities that you must consider when working on your fortress.
If you’re starting in Warhammer, and want to get your affairs sorted out before your first shield expires, then consider reading the following paragraphs. In this beginner’s guide, you’ll find all you need to know when it comes to getting started and setting up your base in anticipation for the struggles you’ll be facing later on.
First Thing’s First
The very first thing you need to consider when beginning in any conquest game is the duration of your peace shield. Every new player starts with a shield that protects them from other players with harmful intents. The said shield prevents enemies from either attacking, spying, or otherwise harming your base. In Chaos & Conquest, this protection is very generous and lasts for four days, which is more than enough time to dig in and shore up your defenses.
During this safe period, it’s up to you to gather your strength and resources and use them to advance as far as you possibly can. To this end, you must balance the act of building and upgrading your structures, researching new technologies, training new troops, and improving your Chaos Keep. Of all the tasks mentioned so far, the latter is, by far, the most important.
Your Chaos Keep is the heart of your fortress. While every individual upgrade on this structure doesn’t provide many direct benefits, aside from increasing your march capacity, the level of this building will determine the max level of every other edifice. In other words, your Chaos Keep sets the bar as no other structure can ever be of a higher level than it. With that being said, leveling this central structure will also unlock new building slots, as well as unlock new structures at every other level.
In short, your priority at the beginning is to build towards upgrading your Chaos Keep. That is, you’ll focus on the prerequisites for upgrading your central command building, and perform the said upgrade as soon as you can.
A Race Against Time
As a conquest game, there is seldom anything you can do while waiting—it’s just the way the developers designed the game. If you’ve already finished all that you needed to do at the beginning, then the only other thing you can do is to wait until the timers wind down so you can issue further orders.
In the beginning, there are only a handful of tasks that you can perform at any given time. However, it’s imperative, to ensure your continued progress, that you always keep your workers busy. To this end, we have compiled a checklist of tasks that you should always be doing at any given moment:
- Building Queue—Make sure your workers are always laboring to build a new structure or upgrading an existing one. This is the only way to actually advance and achieve greater heights. Not to mention that it’s also one of the most reliable ways to increase your power.
- Research Queue—The researchers in your Sorcerer’s Citadel can investigate powerful technologies that provide passive boosts to your fortress. However, some of these projects take a long time to complete, so you should always have one in the works. Even if you don’t play on spending much time on the game, you should swing by this building and issue a new research project.
- Training Queue—Your troops are the backbone of your empire. Without them, you’re open to attack by other players who will want to turn you into their resource hog. Build plenty of troops to prevent them from easily dominating you. If we fall, we’ll go down fighting!
- Trap Development—When it comes to defending your fortress, traps are an excellent way to improve your defenses. Furthermore, since they don’t have any upkeep costs, you can build virtually as many traps as you want, and have them sit under your walls to prevent enemies from breaching, or at least to give them a hard time in doing so.
- Resource Gathering—When your troops are not busy wrecking your enemies, you can have them gathering resources from the map. There’s not much to this activity: All you have to do is find a gathering point on the map, and dispatch your troops. Once there, they’ll load up on resources, and bring them back to your base. Many players forget about this task, but it’s actually a reliable way to increase your production.
- Beast Hunting—Your Champion recharges an entire energy bar every day. You can use this energy to engage the nasty beasts that roam the world map. This is the only way to gather monster materials and is also a suitable method for improving your Champion. You can only do a handful of these every day, so feel free to hunt until you’re out of energy.
A Team Effort
Everything goes much faster if you’re playing with friends. And we don’t mean this in a metaphorical sense—playing with other people can literally speed up your building.
By joining an alliance, you can have your comrades support your building efforts and accelerate your timers so you won’t have to wait as much for them to finish as you would when playing solo. Remember that, if you don’t like playing with others, you can also become an unstoppable one-person army by yourself through the use of the Instance Manager. Feel free to read our BlueStacks usage guide for Chaos & Conquest if you’d like to learn more.
And that’s all there is to getting started in Warhammer: Chaos & Conquest. By focusing on the tasks we mentioned above, you’ll be well on your way to become a powerful evil warlord.