Skeleton King – INCREDIBLE Defense Set

Skeleton King Game of War

Skeleton King is a normal gear set in Game of War Fire Age with INCREDIBLE defense to defend against the latest generation of massively cored rally leaders.  This set boasts a combined Defense stat of over 7,000% when properly set up.

I take you through step-by-step how to properly construct your Skeleton King Defense Set in Game of War!

Skeleton King is the perfect preset trap or overnight battle gear!

Skeleton King StatsSkeleton King Game of War Fire Age

Skeleton King's Gaze (Helm)

  • Upkeep Reduction +75%
  • Troop Attack Bonus +20%
  • Troop Health Bonus +75%
  • Cavalry Attack +120%
  • Ranged Defense +175%
  • Cavalry Defense +150%
  • Enemy Troop Attack Debuff +55%

Materials Needed:

  • Infernal Ashes
  • Gargoyle Fragment x 3

Skeleton King's Carapace (Armor)

  • Infantry Attack +90%
  • Cavalry Attack +90%
  • Infantry Defense +250%
  • Cavalry Defense +130%
  • Troop Attack +30%
  • Troop Health +50%

Materials Needed:

  • Blighted Tendrils
  • Gargoyle Fragment x 3

Skeleton King's Girdle (Feet)

  • Infantry Attack +120%
  • Ranged Defense +150%
  • Cavalry Defense +300%
  • Troop Attack +60%
  • Troop Defense +125%

Materials Needed:

  • Skeleton King's Strand
  • Gargoyle's Fragment x 3

Skeleton King's Duskblade (Weapon)

  • Infantry Attack +90%
  • Cavalry Attack +90%
  • Ranged Defense +75%
  • Cavalry Defense +75%
  • Enemy Troop Attack Debuff +45%
  • Troop Attack +100%

Materials Needed:

  • Dreadlord Fragment
  • Gargoyle Fragment x 2
  • Blighted Tendrils

Skeleton King's Gauntlets (Accessory)

  • Ranged Attack +100%
  • Infantry Defense +300%
  • Ranged Defense +250%
  • Cavalry Defense +165%
  • Super Wonder March Speed Debuff+30%
  • Wonder March Speed Debuff +30%
  • Stronghold March Speed Debuff +30%
  • Encampment March Speed Debuff +30%

Materials Needed:

  • Cursed Ashes
  • Gargoyle Fragment x 3

Skeleton King Set Stats (No Gems or Skills)

*Research Power: 92 billion

  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack +681%
  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Defense +2092%
  • Troop Attack +1570%
  • Troop Defense +1732%
  • Troop Health +1502%
  • Enemy Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack Debuff +340%
  • Enemy Troop Attack Debuff +497.26%
  • Enemy Defense Debuff +497.26%
  • Enemy Troop Health Debuff +594.12%

Skeleton King Set Stats (Aegis Gem Set Bonus with No Skills)Skeleton King Game of War Fire Age

  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack +681%
  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Defense +2092%
  • Troop Attack +1570%
  • Troop Defense +3027.39% (Increase of 1,295.39% when using Aegis Gem Set)
  • Troop Health +1502%
  • Enemy Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack Debuff +340%
  • Enemy Troop Attack Debuff +497.26%
  • Enemy Defense Debuff +497.26%
  • Enemy Troop Health Debuff +594.12%

Skeleton King Set Stats (Aegis Gem Set Bonus with Recommended Skill Tree, See Below)

  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack: +686.5%
  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Defense: +2312%
  • Troop Attack: +1937.51%
  • Troop Defense: +4572.29%
  • Troop Health: +2390.76%
  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack Debuff: +400%
  • March Speed Debuff: +365%
  • Enemy Troop Attack Debuff: +634.76%
  • Enemy Troop Defense Debuff: +499.6%
  • Enemy Troop Health Debuff: +644.12%

Skeleton King Stats (Aegis Gem Set, Skills, Level 10 Powered Up) Powering Up provides Troop Defense

  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack: +686.5%
  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Defense: +2312%
  • Troop Attack: +1937.51%
  • Troop Defense: +4747.29%
  • Troop Health: +2390.76%
  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack Debuff: +400%
  • March Speed Debuff: +365%
  • Enemy Troop Attack Debuff: +634.76%
  • Enemy Troop Defense Debuff: +499.6%
  • Enemy Troop Health Debuff: +644.12%

Combined Defense Total: +7,059.29Skeleton King Game of War Fire Age

When checking Total Defense be sure to add specific troop defense to general troop defense for a combined defense total, i.e. Ranged Defense + Troop Defense = Combined Defense against Cavalry Attack.  Also, learn more about "Preset Stats" versus "Equipped Stats" by reading this article on Why Preset Stats are Wrong.

If we add a +300% Defense Boost on top of that with Altar Defense Boost we can get it to +7,599.29% Total Defense.

Skeleton King Gem Selection

*Research: 92 B, Hero 68, Aegis Gem Set Bonus with Gem Set Tree complete

Is Aegis Gem Set Bonus better than using max defense gems? Let's see:

Max Defense Gems:

  • Aegis Gem - 35% Defense
  • Bulwark Gem - 35% Defense
  • Defense Gem - 25% Defense
  • Rainbow Special Gem - 35% Defense
  • Total Defense: 130% Defense

Aegis Defense Gem Set

  • Aegis Gem: +35% Defense
  • Hallow's Gem: +12.5% Defense, +12.5% Attack Bonus
  • Shadow Gem: +12.5% Defense, +12.5% Attack Debuff
  • Elite Defense Special Gem: +25% Defense
  • Total No Gem Set Research: +110% Defense, +12.5% Attack Bonus, +12.5% Attack Debuff
  • Total with Gem Set Bonus Research: 185% Defense, +12.5% Attack, +12.5% Attack Debuff

Verdict: If you have Gem Set Bonus Research complete then you should use the Aegis Gem Set, if not then use max defense gems.

Skeleton King Skill Selection

When choosing skills you need to ask the question is this set worth grabbing the base set bonus skill of 25% down the right side?

In this case the base set bonus is 300% Defense and 300% Health.  So, in exchange for all the skill points it takes to grab the base set bonus skill down you will gain just 75% Defense and Health.  I believe we can put those points to better use down the left side.  Let's see what we can gain.  I believe it would be more beneficial to use those points in individual defense instead on the left side of the skill tree.

When I set my Hero Skill Tree for any set, first I place the minimum skill points needed to get down to the best skill I definitely want.  Don't make the mistake of placing max skill points along the way on each skill you think you need only to get to the bottom and not have enough to get the really great skills!

So, your hero level will determine what skill you will aim for first.  I have hero 68 at the moment.  My best skill at the bottom is 350% Defense Debuff but I don't need that skill for this defensive set.  Above that is Troop Attack on Tile Offense.  Again, I don't really need that for this set.

So, I keep looking up, Troop Health III is next which isn't so bad but I have no real need for Health at 20 billion troops.  I could use this set for tile trapping potentially.  However, I definitely want Troop Attack III and Troop Defense III.  Let's begin there.  Also, you only need Hero 64 for Troop Defense III which is more ideal for a trap or player on a budget.

Total Skill Points Hero 68, Gymnos 23 (735 Skill Points)

Main Skills I want (576 Skill Points)

  • Troop Defense III - Hero 64
  • Full Set Bonus
  • Altar Boost Defense
  • Enemy Attack Debuff
  • Enemy Health Debuff
  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Defense
  • Troop Defense II
  • Troop Defense I

The above Skills are the "main" skills you need for a full set gear such as this one.  If you are trapping with a hodgepodge, or incomplete set, you don't need Full Set Bonus.

The following Skills are "Honorable Mentions" or "Alternative" Skills (159 Skills Points Remain)

  • Base Set Bonus: +75% Health/Defense

Leaves me with 10 Points.   The Altar Health has 10 points left I can place.  I think this will provide the most boost.

So, for Hero 68 and Gymnos 23 I was able to get all the Defense, Health Debuff, and Attack Debuff skills I desired plus the Base Set Bonus!  However, if you have a lower hero level you may not be so fortunate.  So, follow the above instructions of getting the best available skills first and work backward toward the top.  Then, if you have enough skills remaining for Base Set Bonus (149 Points) grab that second.

Skeleton King Set BonusSkeleton King Set Bonus Game of War Fire Age

Base Set Bonus (5)

  • Health Bonus: 300%
  • Troop Defense: 300%

Full Set Bonus (7)

  • Enemy Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack Debuff: 240%
  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Defense: 680%
  • March Speed Debuff: 140%

Specialized Base Set Bonus (5)

One of the following:

  • Enemy Cavalry Health Debuff +14%Skeleton King Set Bonus 7 Game of War Fire Age
  • Troop Defense Debuff +16%
  • Cavalry Defense Debuff +20%
  • Troop Attack Debuff +15.5%
  • Ranged Defense Debuff +18.75%
  • Infantry Attack 14.5%
  • Troop Health Debuff +14%
  • Ranged Attack 15%
  • Ranged Health Debuff +15.5%
  • Infantry Defense Debuff +18.75%
  • Infantry Attack 15.5%

Special Full Set Bonus (7)

  • Enemy Infantry Health Debuff 29%
  • Enemy Ranged Defense Debuff 72.52%Skeleton King Special Set Bonus Game of War Fire Age
  • Enemy Troop Defense Debuff 42%
  • Enemy Infantry Defense Debuff 77.52%
  • Enemy Cavalry Defense Debuff 75%
  • Enemy Troop Attack Debuff 43.5%
  • Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Attack 62%

Skeleton King Gear Set Final Thoughts

Skeleton King is definitely the choice for defense.  It has around 7,000% combined defense with 1,000% combined attack debuff.  With 7,000% defense you'll have no need for Kinoichi's Kunai (Black Daggers).  Look at the various item that make up this set to implement them in specific defense sets against various rally core sets such as Bacchus (Cavalry), Artemis (Ranged), or Perses (Infantry).  Keep an eye on packs for Full Skeleton King Gear Set or Level 6 materials of what you need for Skeleton King.

About Darkthorne

Darkthorne is a seasoned veteran of Game of War Fire Age. He's responsible for thousands of tips and guides. He's helped countless players improve their gameplay. Using a hands-on approach to uncover the secrets of Game of War, Darkthorne stays at the pinnacle of the game and brings his discoveries to all of us to enjoy and benefit! When not playing Game of War or blogging Dark enjoys playing console games, guitar, and traveling the world visiting friends, many of which he met while playing Game of War!

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21 comments

  1. You guys gonna update this for the new glacier and skill tree? from what i have found glacier king is much better

  2. Obsidian Knight vs Skeleton King (Top 2 Defense sets)

    Any side by side comparisons?
    With and without set bonuses?
    With and without gem set bonus?

    • Let’s get that done for you!

      • First being in medical school is very expensive so I play on a very limited budget. Is it better to craft a full skeleton set at a different level, or piece meal a defensive set. I know you on get set bouns if all are legendary. But what if you can’t craft all legendary, is there a way to compare (ie I put in type of helm and lvl vs another type of helm and lvl) if something can be put together like that it would help so many of the lower budget players to know what to craft to be somewhat competive. I can never craft a full legendary set, but can craft certain legendary pieces of different sets. OR am I just doomed no matter what I craft. (Free check up when I become a doctor, lol)

  3. I’m having problem getting this stats. Am I missing something here???

  4. Hi, guys!
    I compared Colossus VS Skeleton. And Colossus are much better. That was a surprise for me. The only stat in wich Skeleton is better than Colossus – attack debuff: Skeleton – 1200 vs Colossus 1050.

    Ofc both sets was identically setted (skill tree, gems) for this compare.

  5. How does the New obsidian set compare to this one and the colossus

  6. Doesn’t skill Troop Health because has 20 bil troops…

    ….takes Troop Attack instead.

    Been having trouble killing the full incoming rally with your 20bil troops? Or did you want to kill them harder?

  7. Is there some reason your not filling all of the alter boost tiles in the hero tree to get the hidden boost? Is the hidden boost still applicable or did MZ finally nerf it?

  8. Do the items need to be level 6 to craft the best at the highest possible? Ex. Infernal ash level 3 when crafting a helmet will be just as good has any other level… Thanks i am a beginner at this game.

    • The level of mats increases chance of highest level item. Its risky to craft without all gold materials. In some situations you may want to craft an item even if you only will get purple because it is substantially greater than what you have and you don’t plan to get more materials for a long time or ever.

  9. Recheck your numbers I have lvl 68 hero and used your instructions and numbers are nowhere near this high

    My reaserch power is 93 billion so what is the problem

    • Hmm I did this on my own account. I used all Aegis Gem Set. I’m adding individual defense to general troop defense to get my final number of 7k + defense. Did you get base stats with just the gear at least?

      • I also have same issue. My Base stats and Gem (aegis) stats matching but final stats are not matching infact it is very below from yours. Some problem with hero skill tree. May be

        • Are you looking at the stats while it is equipped?

          I am looking at mine right now while it is equipped and it tells me this:

          Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry Defense: 2312%
          Troop Defense: 4785%
          Combined Defense: 7097%

    • Ok I had same issue, what this doesnt mention is how many barracks and their level I have 16 lvl 22 and 7 lvl 23 I am guessing if I had 23 level 24 barracks it would be higher as it stands all geared up it runs about 300 pts higher than the colossus gear. So it is ahead of that but not like light years as I would have thought.