Research Sockets: New Resolute Defense!

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Research Sockets in Game of War allow you to add unused gems to gain additional boosts as a reward for completing research trees. These boosts include attack and debuffs for rally leaders and an all new non-debuffable defense for trap players called Resolute Defense! Let's take a look at how these sockets work and their benefits!

Research Sockets

First, head over to your Academy. You should see Research Sockets available for unlock. A Research Sockets Codex is required to unlock it. You should have received this codex in your mail box the first night the sockets released.  If you no longer have one in your mail box and sockets are still locked please let me know about it in the comments below.

Research Socket Codex GoW

Once Research Sockets are unlocked,  you can start placing gems in your completed research tree branches. Tap on the Research Socket button and you will see all your research branches. Tap on the benefits. You will see the stats you can add if you place enough gems. You need 25 of each type of point to unlock the first level of benefits. Ok, now tap on the research tab and see where you can place gems.

Research Socket Points GoW Game of War

Research Socket Points

The points are given for placing your unused gems in the nodes that represent your completed research. So, you are gaining an additional benefit for doing great research! New and special gems have a higher point value than older non special gems. Right now it requires 2500 points to max out this feature. Once you have done so you gain the following benefits:

You can use any gem you have to gain points but currently the only way to receive maximum benefits from the Research Socket feature is to use the Liberator Gem Set Special gems.  You will need 84 of these to complete all research sockets and obtain the 2500 points required to gain maximum benefits shown above.

However, if you don't have all those gems then you should use what you can to get some points going.  Later, you can remove the gems you used and replace with better ones.  The gems are preserved in the research socket. You will never lose a single gem in Game of War unless you decide to destroy it.

The following image shows the point values for the various gems in Game of War.

Research Sockets Maximum Benefits Game of War GoW

Research Socket Advantages

The advantages of unlocking these additional benefits from Research Socket are fairly straightforward. If a player only used Mythical  Divine Topaz worth 5 points each type then they could reach 420 points (or the 3rd tier of 10) assuming all their research is completed. This provides the following benefits:

Research Socket Benefits Traps GoW Game of War

So, most traps will likely be at this level (3) until they invest in some Liberator Gem Sets.  At that point, you should remove the Mythical Divine Gems and replace with Mythical Liberator Topaz for 30 points of each.

Concluding Remarks

It will be interesting to see how these sockets are rolled out in the future. Each research tree had only 4 nodes selected in which to place gems in, but in the future this number could go up. The additional benefits to a max player are incredible right now! My legion defense debuff more than doubled! Check out these epic debuffs:

Research Socket Debuffs

Pay close attention to the Legion Defense Debuff, 2,392,020%! The day before this release I had about 800,000%.  What an increase overnight!  I've been able to burn as high as 9 KT, and anything under 5 KT is a fairly easy burn. Until traps start accumulating Resolute Defense they will be extra squishy.  Heroless targets without the additional benefits from this feature will suffer a great deal if less than around 50 KT.  I burned a 40 KT player for 37 T troops before they shield.

Bottom line, have a great time with this new feature. It adds a huge punch for rally leaders without much investment.

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Also, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this and other features in Game of War, how are you adjusting? Leave us a comment below!

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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  1. Does research socket – resolute defense go up if sockets are above 2500? for example, my sockets are at 2860 – so will that give me better resolute defense than 2500?

  2. Arthur J Edwards Jr

    I put four Mythical Divine Topaz Gems in my Economics sockets, thinking that I would see increases to my Gathering Speed and Troop Load.

    However, I got nothing. No increase, whatsoever!

    Suggestions? Should I not have expected an increase?

    • Hi Arthur:
      Try pushing the Research Sockets button in the upper part of the Research Academy screen, then pressing the Benefits tab on the upper right side of the screen, which will give you access to the added stats for each set of Sockets. You will see that rather than the gems boosting the content of whatever research tree is being used (Economics in your case), what they add are all combat stats.
      Troop Load can be increased by skilling the multiple relevant locations on the right side of the Hero Skill Tree, using Gem of Flight, Golem Gem and Winter Gem in your Prospector’s Gear, and Powering Up your Prospector’s Gear to Level 25.
      Gathering Speed can be increased by using Golem gems in your Prospector Gear, rolling the Special Base Bonus (5) (at least +20% is possible) and Special Full Bonus (7) (at least +80% is possible) of your Prospector’s Gear, and applying a Building Boost to your Marketplace. The most common Marketplace boost is Health Debuff, but Gathering Speed also comes up occasionally. Mine is at 2170.8%, and probably could go higher, but I’ve already used up too many Time Orbs as it is (lol).
      If you implement the above and get better stats on the Special Base Bonus / Special Full Bonus and Marketplace Gathering Speed, please post :).

  3. Hello Darkthorne,
    Thank you for all the posts, this website and your explanations are light-years ahead of all of the others. Most of the important updates I’ve done to my city have been because of your explanations of certain stats. I have a question or two, until recently I’ve been a rally trap (started out as health, had to switch to defense), however for about 2 months now I haven’t been able to get my troop numbers/stats right. I’m strongly considering going out in a blaze of glory, dropping my troop count significantly to try to be a health rally trap again. If it works, great, if not I will go back to solo trap haha. My question is what troop count do you think is a effective one currently? (I’m considering going as low as 20-25 tril – all t5-6) what do you think is a effective number that will actually give my city a decent health benefit again (i am current on all banners, gear lvl 100, maxed troop leveling, hero 97, all building 35. Only thing I’m missing is the new runes)? Also, what are your thoughts on going strictly t6 instead of t5-6 mix? thank you ahead of time, if it’s easier, send me a email. thank you!

  4. The blog says you cannot use the same gem in gear as you put into the research sockets, I don’t have enough liberator gems to fill the research sockets yet, so I am also using Mythical divine gems. Is using safeguard still a good option for my defense gear, or is there a better option?

  5. Are you saying that the unlock for this should be a free item that came in the game mail? It is not something you have to get in a pack purchase? If it’s free I sure never got it and mine is locked.

    • I believe they are now sticking the Research Codex in the first reward chest. Basically you should receive one if you’ve purchased any sort of pack that successfully completes the first gold chest.

  6. There are a lot of new terms that are not clear. Can you define what the difference is between legion defence, rally defence, troop defence, and resolute defence. Does anyone know?

    • These are all various types of defense that requires its own type of defense debuff. One exception is resolute defense. This cannot be debuffed. So, the various defense are additive if not debuffed by rally leader. So, if after debuff you have 500k legion defense left and 500k troop defense then you have 1,000,000% actual defense now. Also, add to this any other type of defense you had remaining after debuffs. So, its important to know the maximum debuffs of rally leaders so you know you are over that much. If you get completely debuffed 100% you will likely explode of you don’t have enough health to absorb the impact of taking on the full damage of the rally leader without reducing much of the attack with your defense.

  7. Thanks for updating and posting those examples makes more sense now

  8. I also forgot to mention all research is completed,and MYTHIC topaz gems are picking up the slack for the lack of liberators. I have enough sets to clear 800 points and embed 2 sets into my gear.

  9. Showing the debuff boosts above is great idea! Maybe you have this as regular feature, but seems that showing “max” debuff boosts after each of the MZ enhancements/additions would help everybody (especially traps) know what they are up against. Same for “max” attack boosts. I’d suggest you have a link from main menu that always goes to a page where anyone can see max rally leader attacks (type, troop, legion, empire, rally, battle marked, etc, etc) along with max debuffs (type, troop, legion, empire) – that would be fantastic feature of this site!!!

  10. Hey thanks for the info. It helps out a ton. Is there a certain configuration for the Liberator gems to be embedded?

    • No you will only use the Topaz to maximize points. That is the special gem of the set only. Placing that in the research sockets gives the most points in Game of War at the moment.

      • Ah, I see I was embedding the entire set. With the exception of 2 sets. Since I don’t have enough points for the next tier, I embedded 1 set in my weapon along with MYTHIC RUNES and the other to the chest peice. I was satisfied by the result.

  11. BigBad Wolfx k416

    Personally, I’m getting tired of all these nonstop releases. I had a great trap setup, and only needed to make minor adjustments every so often. Now, I can’t even get a decent setup before the next daily release makes it obsolete. Enough is enough. I’ve pretty much decided that the next time I burn, I won’t shield, just let myself be zeroed, and walk away from the money pit. It was fun there for awhile, but not anymore.

    • Slot of people are quitting because of the way we’re being done with the new releases every other day and I don’t think it’s fair to spend so much time and money just to have to update something else they add. Let people recover from spending the money we have before throwing something else at us!!

    • I totally agree with this…every time I think I’m competitive something new comes out and I’m nothing again. 4 changes in 4 days is too much. I think I’m done wasting money in this game. I’m going back to solitaire.