5 Tips to Building Your Power Fast
Building your Power FAST is one of the most satisfying elements to Game of War. While you make consistent progress, your account gets more powerful and you can participate in more elements of the game... especially the fun part, aka fighting.
1. Use 25% Hero Experience Bonus Items
The 25% Hero Experience Bonus Item earns you more 25% more experience in every way you get experience. For example, completing Quests, Research, Buildings, War, etc. Personally, I am a huge fan of Research power and Hero level Power, because I think they give you most return on investment. You cannot lose Research or Hero Power when you get zeroed, so can always rely on that Power. I focus my Resources and Gold on Research first, while always having +25% Hero Experience Boost available. It can be expensive to have a 25% boost running always, so I save them for periods of rapid growth and big builds. As long as the item is active before a build is complete, you will get the extra experience.
2. Avoid Fighting, Grow Instead
Early game, I tried to stay out of the fighting as much as possible, I maxed out Hero Skill Points in Research, Building and Resources. I always made sure I had enough Resources to start another Research item before Building or Training. If was not shielded and needed to keep my Resources below storehouse level, I would trade them with my Alliance members and ask they return the favor when I needed to start my next Research. The higher level of Research you complete, the more experience you earn. You will notice that the time curve to complete researches 1-10 in a category look like a hockey stick, and so does the power earned.
You can win more battles with less troops if your power is based more on Research and Hero Points than troop size.
3. Save Your Empire Quests For Higher Gymnos Levels
I didn't collect any empire quests until after I upgraded my Gymnos to level 15. I planned on rushing to 15, leveling out my Research, and leveling all my Buildings while starting to build a decent size T3 army. After leveling everything out at 15, I had a absurd amount of Empire Quests to cash in. I activated my +25% Hero Experience Boost and collected all those Quests. I also used all my saved up daily and alliance Quest resets at that point too (with VIP on of course). After doing that, I jumped at least a couple million in Power as I remember. Your Power jumps up radically as your Hero gains levels. And for the record, I didn't use another hero XP boost until level 18 so I could build up more quests and level out a bunch of buildings quickly to earn as much experience bonus XP as possible.
During this day in Game of War age, it's possible to speed through even the first 18-21 levels on ONE gold pack. When I first started playing it took about 50 packs to max out an account with T4 Troops. So if you do plan on buying a gold pack, turn on your 25% bonus and start plowing ahead through building!
4. Don't Focus On Troop/Trap Power
Travis made a good point in the comments, that this post wouldn't be complete if I didn't talk about power from troops and traps. The reason I didn't mention them first is because troop power is very fragile and fluctuates wildly. You get attacked so much in this game, that if you focus too much on building troop and trap power, you will have a lot of recovery to do after you get attacked, and you probably won't be able to win many battles. Check out these defensive strategies if you are struggling to win battles and need to protect yourself while you build.
I really didn't start focusing on troop power until Stronghold 15 because that's when T3 troops are unlocked. I didn't think it was worth wasting my limited amount of resources on a bunch of low level troops that would get killed easily by T3 and T4.
Instead, you want as much of power as possible to come from Researching. It's Research power that you cannot lose when you get zeroed, so it's the best investment of your time and money.
5. Upgrade your Explorer Dungeon for up to 100% Hero Experience Bonus
The Explorer Dungeon is a fairly new addition to the game and many players still haven't realized the biggest value that it holds for your account. At max level you will receive 100% Bonus Hero Experience. That's a massive increase. If you are trying to make the climb to Hero level 60 you've probably realized the insane amount of experience required to attain it. Another 100%+ Hero Experience Bonus can drastically affect the amount of XP you earn. Every time you upgrade the dungeon you will earn 5% more XP.
Before upgrading you will earn about 5600-5700 XP from Level 1 quests, but after maxing the dungeon, you will earn over 7000 XP for each quests. That's 23% more XP from battles, Research, Buildings etc.
With a Hero XP item (25%), the Apollo's Wreath Helm (15%), VIP 17 (10%), Dungeon 14 (100%), and Gymnos 21 (125%) you can reach 240% Hero XP Bonus.