Given the interest in my recent guide to gems, available here, it seemed like it was time to revisit the gear we use every day. Which gear do you spend more time actively using within your account? For most players, the answer to this question will not be their defense or attack gear. Sure, you may switch to your defensive gear while you are unshielded, but that is usually a passive act. If you are leveling up your buildings, completing research, or training troops then you are probably using what we refer to as your “Economy” gear to do so. The focus of this article will NOT be on what gear or gear combinations are best for attack or defense. That is a future article that I am working on! For now, our focus will be on our economy gear and a few other gear sets that are older but have retained their relevance up to the present.
The “only because my editor made me do it” Disclaimer: The stats and gear selections presented in this article are current as of the date of publication. As anyone who plays Dragon Dimension knows, MZ is always releasing new components to the game and sometimes even changes stat functionality without notice. With every release that occurs, the information contained in this article will become staler (unless updated, of course!). Use this information at your own risk!
As you have probably figured out by now, most gear is created in the Forge by crafting it from materials that you obtain via gathering, the spoils of war, hitting monsters, completing events, purchasing packs, etc. As you obtain materials, you combine them in the Forge until you have sufficient pieces at Level 6 (or “Legendary” as some call it) to enable you to craft your gear at Level 6. If you are in a hurry to obtain the gear for some reason then you also have the option of combining what materials you have and crossing your fingers while crafting at lower levels in the hope that your luck provides you a higher level of the gear piece. From there you are then able to progressively improve the quality of the gear up to Level 6 in the Gear Workshop by combining Iron Scraps with the original crafting materials.
Once you have crafted your gear, you may notice that the stats shown for your gear in the Forge is higher than what was advertised in the blog release regarding your gear. The reason for this is related to gear stat multipliers that can be gained from the Crafting research tree. Consider the blog for the most recent gear released, the Lava Titan Gear Set. Here is a comparison of the stats for a Level 6 Lava Titan’s Protector (helm) from the blog (on the top) versus the stats in my forge (on the bottom).
Big difference, right!? I have maxed the Crafting research tree and that is the reason my gear is stronger than advertised. Simply put, if you are a returning or new player then it pays to complete the Crafting research tree!
The next gear basic to consider is whether the gear set you are crafting has a Set Bonus. Remember, not all gear sets were awarded a set bonus by MZ. To confirm that the gear you are crafting has a set bonus, look in Athena’s Armory to see if your gear set is listed. Another note about the set bonus, the lowest level of gear piece you have of the set determines the amount of your set bonus and you MUST have all seven pieces of the gear for the set bonus to apply. To maximize your set bonus, you will want to craft all of your gear pieces at Level 6 if you can. Pro Tip: Once obtained, the Set Bonus applies regardless of whether the gear is activated on your Hero or not AND you can destroy the gear once it has been crafted and you will retain the Set Bonus!
Another factor that determines the relative strength of your gear is whether you are able to raise your set gear level in the Gear Workshop. As with the set bonus, not all gear sets are subject to Set Gear Leveling. If the gear you want to use has that feature, you can raise the set level up to a maximum of Level 50 to obtain additional bonuses while wearing the gear. Remember, your set gear level will show to other players if you have all pieces of the gear activated on your Hero. Pro Tip: If you do not want people to know that you have your set gear raised to Level 50, you will need to swap out at least one piece of the gear to hide your Set Gear Level.
The final consideration regarding the strength of your gear is also related to the Gear Workshop and is whether you are able to power up individual pieces of set gear. Here, you use Gear Set Power-Up Materials to level individual pieces of set gear from 0 to a maximum of 10. As you raise the power higher, the gear becomes progressively stronger. Caution – There is no way to hide how far you have powered up the individual pieces of your set gear. If you have that gear active on your Hero then anyone can see the level you have achieved.
Now that we have the refresher out of the way, let’s talk gear!
The “Economy” Gear Sets
At this time there are 4 Economy Gear Sets that you need to have on your account – (1) Grand Marshal Set (training Tier 6 and lower troops); (2) Powerforged Set (training Tier 7 troops); (3) Glorious Architect Set (building); and (4) Magister Research Set (research). Let us look at each of these sets, in turn.
At present, if you use troops lower than T7 for any reason then you should keep your Grand Marshal Set, shown here:
The Grand Marshal Set provides two main boosts for troop training – an increased Troop Queue and a faster training speed. You may have noticed that I have modified this gear set by adding the Superior Training Pouch instead of using the Grand Marshal’s Shield. I did this because the boosts provided by the Superior Training Pouch far exceed the boosts provided by the standard accessory for this set. Each Pouch provides an additional 28,800 troop queue and 400% training speed versus the 9,600 troop queue and 96% training speed provided by the Shield.
For training T7 troops you will want to use the new Powerforged Gear Set that was recently released. The only true benefit to this gear set, shown below, is that it reduces the resource requirements for training T7 troops.
Granted, the per piece reduction is not significant, as it ranges from 12.8% to 19.2% depending on the piece of gear, but anecdotal evidence indicates that using the Powerforged Gear Set even at lower levels provides significant savings in resource costs. One thing to note is that testing has not been performed to determine whether there is any benefit to mixing pieces of the Grand Marshal and Powerforged Gear Sets to realize both speed and resource reductions. A cursory look at the stats, however, would indicate that this would probably be a good approach to take after first obtaining the Set Bonuses for both gear sets.
At present, the best gear to realize cost savings while building your empire is the Glorious Architect Set, shown here.
Unfortunately, you do not realize significant cost savings when using this gear as the blueprint reduction boost associated with this gear stopped at Divine Blueprints, which are used to level your buildings to Level 60. You will, however, save on speeds as a full set of the gear, with the set bonus included, which provides a 611.6% increase in your construction speed.
As with our construction gear, the best research gear available is an older set, the Magister Research Set.
As you can see, the gear depicted here contains the Superior Training Pouch instead of the accessory that matches this gear set. The normal accessory for this set, the Magister Orb, only provides a 28.6% increase to the basic research speed while the Superior Training Pouch provides a 400% increase. As with the Grand Marshal Gear Set, I first crafted the normal accessories to obtain the set bonus and then swapped it for the pouch for additional savings.
As this is an older gear set you will not realize significant savings when it comes to research speeds. In fact, as a whole, the Magister Gear Set only increases your basic research speed by 1,461.6%. As far as I am concerned, any savings is better than none!
Let’s face it, Game of War can be an expensive free-to-play game! Using these economy sets, however, can help you build your stronghold faster and for less cost. That is a win any day!
Gear for Monsters
While not necessarily “economy” gear in the sense that you realize cost savings, other gear sets, or combinations of gear pieces, can give you an advantage over other players. By way of example, when attacking monsters you want to hit harder than others competing for that monster kill! In this part, we will focus on the best gear for hitting monsters.
When it comes to slaying monsters MZ has consistently released stronger gear sets over time. Does anyone remember the first monster gear that was available in the game? I do and the reason I remember it so well is because of how critical to success it was to kill and farm monsters! While killing monsters is no longer a critical part of the game, except during certain events, it can still be a fun way to pass time.
At present, the two most recent sets of monster attack gear are the Oracle Set Gear and the Mythic Destroyer Set. The Oracle Gear Set, shown below, was the most recent monster gear released and is perceived by many players as the gold standard.
I believe the primary motivator for this perception is the difficulty in obtaining a full set of the Oracle Set Gear. If you want a full set of this gear you will only obtain it by purchasing multiple packs as packs usually only contain one piece of the gear at a time! Is a full set of the Oracle Set Gear even necessary?
Most players, myself included, use the Mythic Destroyer Set with the Oracle’s Vision accessories as their primary monster gear. That set is shown, below:
When you compare the stats for these two sets of gear, you can see that there is only a slight increase in the stats when you use a full set of the Oracle Set Gear:
There is only a slight uptick in the available Hero Attack Bonus and Maximum Energy Limit that favors Oracle Set Gear. This increase is not, in my opinion, worth the expense.
Where to Go for Additional Information
Team Real Tips has guides for pretty much all aspects of Game of War. Remember, our beloved game is constantly changing. Thus, the burden remains on YOU to educate yourself on those changes. Read the blogs released by MZ! Ask questions of RealTips writers in our Line rooms and on Discord! Remember, there really is no stupid question and we are happy to help you understand the stats that you are working with!
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