Our strategy guide for War of Crown offers a full overview of the game as well as tips and tricks on how to get started with this complex, multi-layered tactical RPG.
Gamevil’s War of Crown is out today for iOS and Android devices, free to download from the Google Play store and Apple’s App Store. This anime-style tactical battle game follows in the footsteps of Fire Emblem Heroes and other turn-based mobile RPGs which are all about strategy and developing an elite team of fighters.
Our tips and tricks guide tells you how to get started with War of Crown, so let’s jump right in.
What is War of Crown about?
War of Crown’ story begins ages ago, like most good RPG stories do, with a God of Destruction. This fella wanted to plunge the world into darkness, for reasons only known to the God of Destruction. Thankfully he was put in his place by Arwyn the Hero king, first ruler and unifier of men, who sacrificed himself to defeat the big, mean God.
Unfortunately, with Arwyn gone, things got pretty rowdy. Fighting broke out over ownership of the Crown, which was eventually lost in all of the ruckus. By then, the world was in pretty dire shape. The surviving races decided things would be best if they just dispersed: the Elves scuttled off to the forests, the Dwarves headed for the mountains, while the Beastfolk and Halflings scattered far and wide.
Things didn’t stay quiet for long, however. A powerful and greedy force known as the Empire took advantage of the situation and spread across the world, taking everything for itself. That’s where War of Crown’s story begins.
How do I get started with War of Crown?
First, download the game onto your iPhone or Android mobile. Note that while the initial download is quite small, you’ll be required to download close to half a gig of data the first time you open the game. Therefore we highly recommend connecting to a reliable WiFi network.
After the rather gorgeous opening cutscene you’ll be straight into a tutorial. This shows you the basics of combat, with no risk of death. Pay attention, because War of Crown is quite complex and the interface has many different useful options.
Once the tutorial is over, you’ll find yourself in a jolly little inn. From here you can check your inbox for rewards and useful info, check out your characters roster, fiddle with settings and plenty more besides. However, this early in the game, all you can really do is press on with the main War of Crown adventure. Tap the icon in the bottom right corner to get started.
War of Crown battles
Each battle in War of Crown takes place in a compact area which is split up into squares like a grid. Your characters and the enemy characters are generally present on the grid from the start of each battle.
The objective is nice and straightforward: wipe out your foes, before they slaughter you. However, you will often have optional bonus objectives to complete, depending on the mode you’re playing. You can see these before each battle, including the rewards for success.
Some of the most important battle screen options and features are listed below.
Camera settings: To change the perspective of the battle from isometric to top-down, hit the button at the top left of the screen. This looks like a box with an arrow pointing down above it. You can also rotate the camera 90 degrees by tapping the button directly beneath.
Main grid: Tap this to move and attack. You can also tap a character to see more information (if they’re an enemy character). This includes how far they can move and attack, which comes in handy when planning your next move – if you’re playing more defensively.
Predicted damage: Before any attack, you can check out the predicted outcome in the bottom left corner of the screen. This can help you to decide the best course of action each turn.
Speed up battle: Limited time? Make battles go twice as fast with a tap of the speed up button, on the left edge of the screen. This looks like a fast forward icon.
Number of turns remaining: In each battle you have a limited number of turns before automatic defeat. In other words, you need to slay every enemy on the grid before the turns counter (located at the very top of the display) reaches zero. So don’t dally!
How to move and attack
When a character is selected and ready to move, a number of coloured tiles will surround them.
- Blue tiles show where the chosen character can move in his or her turn
- Orange tiles show the character’s attack range. Note that characters with long-distance attacks will be able to stand back and fire projectiles, while melee characters will need to stand beside their opponent.
- Green tiles show the character’s buff range.
- Red tiles show the character’s skill range. In other words, the range of effect of the currently selected skill.
Tap the character you wish to control and then either tap a blue square to move, or an orange square to attack the enemy within. Note that you won’t immediately attack; first you’ll have a chance to preview the outcome and choose the exact attack to use. The different attacks available are visible in the bottom right corner when attacking.
If you wish to undo your previous move, just tap the X icon at the bottom of the screen.
The importance of Elemental Relationships
Each character in War of Crown has a elemental type, indicated by one of five coloured icons. These icons appear beside their health bars in battle, so you’ll never forget which elemental class a character belongs to.
These classes are highly important during battle, as certain classes have an advantage over others.
- Red (fire) deals extra damage to green (earth)
- Green (earth) deals extra damage to blue (water)
- Blue (water) deals extra damage to red (fire)
- Yellow (sun) and purple (moon) deal extra damage to each other
Note that attacking a character with the same elemental class will result in standard damage. However, attacking a character with a superior elemental class will result in less damage. For instance, a fire character will deal less damage to a water character, standard damage to another fire character and more damage to a earth character. Sun and moon characters deal greater damage to one another.
Don’t worry if you can’t remember this sequence; it’s always on display in the top left corner of the battle screen. You can also see the predicted outcome of any attack at the bottom left corner of the screen before you commit.
Other War of Crown tips and tricks
Remember, elevation is another important factor. If a grid contains high ground and you’re up against powerful enemies, head for that raised area. You’ll get an attack bonus which deals extra damage.
Check into the game (i.e. load it up) every day for bonus prizes. Each day you log in will reap another reward, be it cool cash, mandolins or something even better. Note that to actually collect these rewards, you’ll need to head to your Mail Delivery Service inbox. This can be accessed from the inn screen, by tapping the envelope icon in the top right corner. Note that some rewards have a limited time period for collection, so don’t forget about them!
Each hero needs to be kitted out with the correct gear. Don’t send your characters into battle with tin foil armour; get them the right tools for the job.