Game of War: Fire Age - Battle Marks
In this article we breakdown the abilities and uses of each of the battle marks: Battle Mark Location, Peace Shield, Hero, and Teleporting. Also, included is the Battle Marks research tree requirements and benefits.
Don't underestimate the strength of Battle Marks!
Now they have their own research tree!
Battle Marks Research Tree
The Battle Marks research tree provides incredible boosts!
Total Boosts from the Battle Marks Tree
|Troop Attack vs. Empire||70,000%|
|Empire Troop Defense||6,500%|
|Empire Troop Health||5,500%|
|Health Debuff vs. Empire||5,000%|
|Resources Required Each:||~400 KT|
Battle Marks are now a crucial element for any rally leader looking to seriously increase their power. Before this tree, battle marks provided 100% troop attack from hero skills. Now, with completed battle mark research a rally leader will top 100,000% attack boost when we factor in altar bonuses of +80%.
Below is an example of the destruction that the new research tree is having on trap players. This player loses 6.5 billion troops using 3 kunai and 44 billion troops. If I recall correctly they had about 650 b power.
Battle Marks Research Strengths
This tree is unique in that nearly every research node increases the strength of your empire. In many research trees of the past, the research items you really wanted were blocked by "fluff" or researches you didn't really need but were stuffed in the tree which made it harder to gain what you really wanted easily. This is not the case with BM research.
Troop Attack vs. Battle Marked Target and Increase Battle Mark Target Limit
Straight out of the gate you receive a boost to your battle marked targets up to a maximum of 10,000% troop attack!
Also, you gain a third battle mark which helps a ton when you are quickly choosing targets to burn in the heat of battle. Remember battle marks can be removed after a short period of time, 5 minutes. However, with all the added research its imperative you mark your targets. If you switch targets within 5 minutes more than once you would be out of luck before this tree was released. You could miss your target.
Battle Marks 1.0: Mark Your Foe!
Initially, Battle Marks released in July 2016 shortly before a kill event. We didn't fully understand how they worked and many believed these marks would track the enemy even if they ported. However, we soon discovered this was not the case. Regardless, the event was rewarding immense points for troop kills if the target is marked so many players invested in the first Battle Marks.
What improvements have been made to Battle Marks?
Battle Mark: Peace Shield Notifications
Arguably the best Battle Mark is the most recent Battle Mark: Peace Shield Notification. This notification indicates several options when activated about the marked target's peace shield. The notifications are approximate time indications of peace shield expiration. In other words, Battle Mark Peace Shield Notification will not tell you the exact time left on a peace shield.
Target Peace Shield: Expiring Soon
This icon indicates that the target's peace shield is expiring soon. We estimate this means the shield will drop in the next 6-12 hours. So keep an eye on this player.
Target Peace Shield: Medium Duration
The icon above indicates that the marked target's peace shield has medium duration. However, it does not indicate whether the shield is an 8, 24, 3, or 30 day shield. If you see this icon it may be a target of some interest but you will need to check back on it in later that day to see if the notification changes to Expiring Soon.
Target Peace Shield: Long Duration
A long duration icon will appear to have all the sand in the top of the hourglass. You can likely dismiss this target when you see this icon. It is best to check back on it in the following day or two.
Target Peace Shield: Peace Shield Down
Finally, the peace shield notification you've all been waiting for! Peace Shield Down! This icon will be a welcome sight when tracking an Expiring Soon target. Once the icon changes from Expiring Soon to Peace Shield Down it is time to assemble your alliance, equip some deadly cores, and hammer the target before they come around to re-apply their shield.
Activating Peace Shield Notification will extend the Battle Mark 10 minutes longer.
Battle Mark: Hero Notification
Battle Mark Hero Notification indicates the status of the Stronghold's hero. This mark will be especially helpful against players using the hero captured profile image glitch which indicates a change in their profile image making you believe that their hero is captured while safely inside their stronghold.
Also, this notification combats the crafty players that use a slightly similar hero and stronghold name to make it seem their hero is captured.
Finally, heroless marches or fake rallies can quickly be indicated using this battle mark.
I find this Battle Mark to be the best option if you were going to buy just one type of Battle Mark.
Types of Hero Notifications
This battle mark will indicate four icons on the targets hero status:
- Marching or Away from Stronghold
Battle Mark: Teleporting Notifications
Next, the release of Battle Mark Teleporting provides alliance notification on the marked target's location. The marks would be awesome if they provided you with the coordinates of the new location, but, alas, they don't quite go that far. Instead teleporting mark provides one of four notifications.
Target Has Not Moved
When the target is marked and you've unlocked the Battle Mark Teleporting it will provide you this symbol when the marked target has not yet teleported.
Target Teleported Nearby
When the marked target has teleported but is nearby you will receive this notification. Also, a compass will appear that will show the direction the target has teleported. So, your alliance members can narrow their search for the target.
This is especially helpful saving time deciding whether to let a rally march or cancel (if the Stronghold is nearby, it's okay to release your rally).
Target Teleported Far Away
This Battle Mark Teleporting icon notifies your alliance that the target has teleported far away but is still in your kingdom.
Target Teleported to Different Kingdom
This Battle Mark icon indicates that the target has left the kingdom! It is likely you won't bother continuing a rally if you see this icon. Again, the battle marks will not provide the updated coordinates. If you choose "Go To" it will only take you to the original marked coordinates.
Additional Battle Mark Features
So, what else do Battle Marks provide us? Well, you receive a 10% Troop Attack bonus on the marked target, 100% with hero skill points. The additional attack is gained only by the person who marked the target. Also, the coordinates of the target appear in your alliance tab making it easy for all alliance members to find the target without scrolling through alliance chat searching for the copied coordinates.
Another feature of Battle Marks is the target's stronghold will turn red making it very clear which stronghold you are indicating.
Conclusion: Have battle marks hit their mark?
Battle marks initial release was arguably a disappointment for most players. We wanted the battle marks to be more useful such as tracking the target when porting. However, with each new battle mark release the marks did become more useful. I find the Hero Notification to be the most useful of the four types because it is a sure fire way to indicate whether a hero is home for a heroless rally.
The Peace Shield icon is not bad but it missed the mark slightly because players would rather see an exact time left on the Peace Shield. However, knowing this would probably be too overpowered.
The Teleporting icon also missed the mark slightly because it doesn't indicate the exact location of the player. However, it does give the necessary information of whether to bother continuing to hunt down the target by letting us know if they've left the kingdom. We can save our core set and cancel rally before it marches and know the general location of the target.
Battle Marks research has certainly increased the importance of battle marks in Game of War. No rally leader should leave home without one!
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