A little about me which isn't so important: Hi! I'm Pillow a.k.a. Fluffy. I've read pages in wiki and some parts of this forum. I enjoy this game and believe a lot would enjoy this game too if they actually know some tips around complicated areas in game. I like making game guides, so I hope you permit me to write this one too! If there are faqs already written in other pages, I swear on my account that I have not copy pasted any of them and started this newbie guide from scratch. For veterans, feel free to politely correct me if I have misinformation in some parts. These have been my own experiences and info I've read over the few days. Now, onwards to version August 2016.
This guide/advise sheet will start after you have finished the tutorial and unlocked "Trade House" at level 5. It is highly suggested you focus on leveling first until 15 to increase your net worth easier. Some of these can be read in the FAQ by cloudcade. It can be located at the cogwheel on the upper right of the screen.
1) Do free spins every 8 hours!! Do NOT
spend for extra spins.
2) Watch videos in the Inn every 10 minutes to an hour which gives 2 gems each. Make full use of this by restarting your application (IOS). For other devices, you can try the FREE Gems button at the Gem shop. Wait for it to pop up and be patient in finding good offers.
3) Time is essential. Have an upgrade of a workstation, resource bin, counter top, or storage items ALL the time.
4) Gems are very precious and if you plan on going free-to-play all the way, just remind yourself that one gem is equal to about 200k-500k+ range in gold. If your hero equipment breaks, say goodbye to it (thanks Shiroe!). Also, never ever (as long as you're new without at least 100M networth) use gems for upgrading anything (everything can wait for low levels) nor to buy goods to sell for your npcs/buyers.
5) Always have your heroes running on quests at the Inn so you don't run out of materials.
6) Join a low to mid tier (based on your level) active city. It is difficult and will greatly slow down your leveling (if you aren't a grinder) if you will start your own city; but, do not join a high up city either because you won't be able to do fast upgrades by using city buildings. Level your resource bins and workstations at least to 7-10 before venturing to a mid to big city.
***IDEAS you should familiarize yourself with***
I. Leveling UP and Trade House
A. Why level up
- Unlocks several options. Check out the following to see if you have unlocked a new feature on your level up (can be checked at wiki for specific levels):
o Extra worker for main shop
o Extra crafting slot at main shop
o Extra trade house slot
o Extra Quest slot at the inn
o New furniture
o More raid rewards***Aim first at least at level 24. At this level, if your city has 3 tier workers, then you will be able to access all of your unlocked blueprints.***
B. How to level up efficiently
- Leveling can ONLY be done by selling items to Non Player Characters (NPC's) or heroes who pass by your shop to buy equipment
- The idea is: the more expensive or higher cost in gold you buy or sell from an NPC, the more experience (exp) points you will gain
- Increase your energy (heart icon-bar on top beside gold) maximum values by either upgrading your main shop counter or buying gem furniture (which we cannot afford early on)
- Compliment and surcharge every hero who pass by
- Choose two to three blueprint lines to focus on your first 15 levels. Take note of the resources they require and try balancing them per craft slot to avoid running out of resources. (Ex. Swords - iron, Staff - Wood, Hats - Cloth)
- Buy and upgrade the racks of these lines to recycle energy faster = more income
***And the most important is keep leveling your heroes (ideally near what your blueprints can craft) The higher the level, the more expensive things they will request. You can do this through quests or hero building upgrades***
- Avoid spreading out to many item blueprints until you have enough storage space and level up-ed to a point where the heroes need more expensive equipment
- USE THE TRADEHOUSE. Browse through the trade house every few minutes and look at the items offered within the level of your heroes (maximum is at +/- 6 levels of your heroes. Buy items at the same or lower selling price to NPCs. This way, you get money from surcharging npcs and get exp while waiting for your crafts to finish
D. Trade house Tabs
o My Trade: This is where you set up your trades. Whether you want to offer (sell) or request (buy) something, the quality, quantity, gem or gold, and price.
o City Requests: You can request from your city mates every 8 hours for quest loot and equipment
o Offers: You can browse items being sold by others. Use this to buy items instantly
o Requests: You can browse items willing to be bought by others. Use this to sell items instantly
o Check this resource for more info: http://shop-heroes.wikia.com/wiki/Trade_House
- You can only sell items ten times its original price (also at 10x maximum of your networth)
- You can only cancel trades without a 3 day slot-lock penalty if you:
o Cancel within 5 minutes of placing the offer
o Cancel after 4 hours have passed since placing the offer
o Cancel after at least one of the offered items have been sold
o Purchase using gem to upgrade slots
**Note that these apply only to one offer. For example, I can cancel infinitely the same slot as long as it's less than 5 minutes up**
II. Inn Explorations, Hero Equipment and Quests
A. Why send heroes to quests
- Quests are the most common ways to level your heroes
- You get materials for equipment making
- You can get extra gold, gems, keys, chests, sacks, and equipment randomly
- You can get a trophy furniture for each quest you master at the inn (Fight boss when available to rise in tier)
- Blueprint Fragments Seller: you can buy chest BPs here. Do not waste for low-tiered equipement. Get the low requiring blueprint fragments from leather, wood, and silver chests once you can afford them. Save up fragments for BPs which can only be obtained from more expensive chests like magic and dwarfen chests.
B. Idea behind broken equipment
- Each equipment, if not above "flawless" or rarer form is bound to break at a certain percentage (Rarity: Common>Good>Great>Flawless>Epic>Legendary>Mythical)
o Check this resource for more info: http://shopheroes.wikia.com/wiki/Quality
- The ideal equipment for each hero is the one within their level
- Heroes also have favorites, neutrals, and dislikes. Look at the vacant equipment slot of the hero, if there is a shade of yellow for a bow, for example, then equip that hero with the bow to lessen the chances of breaking. White means neutral affinity and gray means the hero hates it and would most probably break it!
- In quests, leveling does not affect breaking of equipment as the level up comes after the announcement of broken equipment
C. Special Quests given by random NPCs called Bulk Orders
- At certain levels, a random NPC will give you materials to craft or collect
- Complete within the time frame to get the rewards (you get fixed rewards regardless of how fast you turn them in)
- You can refuse them as the same npc will show up roughly in a day's time or two, to ask the same items (take note of their requests and start stocking)
- You can turn in higher quality of equipment (If it's cheaper to buy good ones than the common quality the npc is asking for, then give him good or even great ones instead! Be economical)
- If you delivered some items and have the timer expire, you can choose to get back the items or get the partial reward; it is better to refuse them and re-run the whole quest some other time to get full rewards
III. Worker Skills
A. Skill points
- Basic or starting workers have two skill sets and a mastery which you can place points in
- At the early stage, better focus on upgrading the main skills than mastery
- Mastery increases the chances of crafting rarer quality of items
- Crafting items or upgrading certain buildings in the city increases the workers' skills
- Workers who are fired will keep all their skills and will just need gold to rehire
B. Working Stations and the red numbers
- At a certain level when you have leveled your worker's skills set fast enough, you would notice that your working station may have number at red or values which have the first more than the second (example: 140/20), this means that your station can only accommodate 20 skill points to work efficiently. The higher equipment grades will now have time penalties
- To solve this problem, upgrade your working station so you can craft higher leveled equipment faster. You may now pump mastery on your workers if your working station cannot catch up with your skill mastery
IV. Net Worth and City Investments
A. How to increase net worth
- Finish achievements: click your avatar> select achievements> choose what you can finish and complete them
- Expand/Upgrade the floor space of your shop: the more items you can place, the higher your assets are
- Design and place furniture in your main shop (Aim for at least 25 to get an achievement)
- Upgrade your resource bins, storage, counter top, and working stations
- Equip your heroes with their better and more expensive gear
- Invest in your city