Which Research Trees You Should Focus On

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How To Choose The Research Tree For You

With the ridiculous amount of new research Game of War is releasing, it's becoming harder for players to decide which research trees they want to focus on with the limited resources they have. Choosing which research tree you want to complete with your limited resources is once again a matter of play style.

You should make your decision based off of these factors:

  1. What research makes you the strongest?  ie. combat bonuses
  2. What research complements your play style?
  3. What research will you use the most?

Research That Makes You Strongest

Overall the bonuses that make you strongest are combat boosts. Once you have completed those trees you will want to complete the defense tree if you are a trap account, or the crafting, set bonus, and march tree if you want to be a Rally leader or solo attacker.

Research That Complements Your Play Style/ Research You Will Use The Most

If you are solo attacker who tries to catch people offline or off guard, then you might be interested in the March Speed in the March tree. If you only donate troops to Rallies, march speed isn't important to you.

If you are going to be crafting the highest level gear, then you should do the crafting tree. After talking to a few core experts, they agree that relics are roughly equivalent to core up to 4 pieces.

If you are going to power boost by training millions of troops, then you should work on the restorative tree so you need less resources when training troops.

If you want to zero your enemies extremely quickly with rallies, then you should work on the March tree so you can get rally reduction, increased rally speed, presets, and a bunch of combat bonuses.

General Advice

Don't research random bonuses just to research them. Try to focus on getting the resources and speed ups to reach high levels of research that are most helpful to you. Especially since as you research higher levels of one bonus item, the amount of bonus you get increase significantly. For example, if you wanted to research cavalry defense, the progression is: +1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 15, 20, 25, 40

If you are just starting the game, I recommend you start with the normal combat tree first, then the strategic tree. We've proven here before that strategic troops are better, but you have to research normal troops first unfortunately. At the same time work on completing the construction and the resource production bonus of the resource you are hyper farming from the economics tree.

What I have done below is list all the items in every research tree, but I put the most popular/attractive items on the right side of the table so you can more easily identify the important items in each tree. This is my slightly subjective opinion, so be sure to look at all the items in the tree before making your final decision on which one to progress through next.

Wild Combat

This is an essential tree you need to max for combat depending on your play style. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of these troops.

Available Popular
Troop training Capacity III
Barbarians
Archers
Raiders
Wild Infantry Attack
Wild Ranged Attack
Wild Cavalry Attack
Wild Infantry Defense
Wild Ranged Defense
Wild Cavalry Defense
Axemen
Axe Throwers
Marauders
Troop Training Capacity IV
Enemy Infantry Defense Debuff
Enemy Ranged Defense Debuff
Enemy Cavalry Defense Debuff
Wild Troop Defense
Berserkers
Reavers
Amazons
Enemy Infantry Health Debuff
Enemy Ranged Health Debuff
Enemy Health Debuff
Wild Troop Health
Valkyries
Slayers
Juggernauts
Enemy Infantry Attack Debuff II
Enemy Ranged Attack Debuff II
Enemy Cavalry Attack Debuff II

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game of war set bonus special Set Bonus

If you are going to be crafting Set Gear, Set Bonuses will significantly increase the power of the gear.

Available Popular
Base Set (5) Bonus with Normal Helm
Base Set (5) Bonus with Normal Armor
Base Set (5) Bonus with Normal Weapon
Base Set (5) Bonus with Foot Armor
March Preset
Base Set (5) Bonus with 1 Normal Accessory
Full Set (7) w/ 2nd Normal Accessory
Full Set (7) w/ 3rd Normal Accessory
Hero Preset II
Base Set (5) Bonus with Core Armor
Base Set (5) Bonus with Core Helm
Base Set (5) Bonus with Core Weapon
Base Set (5) Bonus with Core Foot Armor
Base Set (5) Bonus with Core Accessory
Full Set (7) w/ 2nd Core Accessory
Full Set (7) w/ 3rd Core Accessory
Specialized Hero Bonus
Specialized Production Bonus
Specialized Economy Bonus
Specialized Research Bonus
Specialized Crafting Bonus Specialized Training Bonus
Specialized Infantry Defense Bonus
Specialized Ranged Defense Bonus
Specialized Troop Attack Bonus
Specialized Cavalry Defense Bonus
Specialized Infantry Attack Bonus
Specialized Ranged Attack Bonus
Specialized Cavalry Attack Bonus
Specialized Troop Defense Bonus

defense_research_iconDefense

This tree is fantastic for trap accounts, and to have in general. It's one of the least costly trees that provides tons of defense.

Available Popular
Infantry Defense II
Ranged Defense II
Cavalry Defense II
Trap Defense III
Troop Defense III
Enemy Ranged Attack Debuff
Embassy Troop Capacity Increase II
Trap Building Speed III
Enemy Infantry Attack Debuff
Trap Building Cost
Enemy Cavalry Attack Debuff
Trap Capacity
Infantry Health
Ranged Health
Cavalry Health
Trap Attack III
Troop Health II
Enemy Health Debuff II
Hospital Capacity
Resource Help Capacity Increase II
Troop Attack Debuff Resistance
Troop Health Debuff Resistance
Ranged Defense Debuff Resistance
Cavalry Defense Debuff Resistance
Cavalry Health Debuff Resistance
Infantry Defense Debuff Resistance
Troop Defense Debuff Resistance
Ranged Health Debuff Resistance
Infantry Health Debuff Resistance
Ranged Attack Debuff Resistance
Cavalry Attack Debuff Resistance
Infantry Attack Debuff Resistance
Super Wonder March Speed Debuff
Wonder March Speed Debuff
Hospital Capacity II
Stronghold March Speed Debuff
Encampment March Speed Debuff
Troop Training Capacity II

r_march_iconMarch

The highest categories in this Tree are essential for Wonder Fighting and Rallying.

Available Popular
Treasure map march speed
Gathering march speed
Gathering march size increase
Treasure map march size
Resource help tax decrease
Resource help capacity increase
Trade march speed increase
Hero monster march speed
Hero attack
Troop Defense
Troop Health
Hero Preset
Troop attack
Monster defense debuff
Enemy defense debuff
Enemy attack debuff
Enemy health debuff
Embassy troop capacity
Rally time reduction
Attack march speed increase
Rally march speed increase
 War March Size Increase
Empire Rally Capacity Increase I
Wonder Rally Capacity Increase I
Embassy Troop Capacity Increase III
War March Size Increase II
Empire Rally Capacity Increase II
Wonder Rally Capacity Increase II
Super Wonder Rally Capacity Increase

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r_crafting_iconCrafting

This tree is necessary for using Core Gear, which is mainly for players who buy the occasional pack. You will need high level Cores for Rallying big players in the 500mil to 1 billion power range. You will always need high level Cores for Wonder fighting.

Available Popular
Core mastery level 1
Level 1 crafting refinement
Gathering II
Piece Gathering
Core Mastery level 2
Troop load II
Level 2 crafting refinement
Core mastery level 3
Core gathering
Crafting cost reduction
Level 3 crafting refinement
Crafting speed
Core mastery level 4
Fourth gem slot in core & relic foot armor
4th piece crafting slot
Level 4 crafting refinement
Duration
Core crafting luck
Fourth gem slot in core & relic helm
Core mastery level 5
Fourth gem slot in core & relic armor equipment
Crafting cost reduction II
Level 5 crafting refinement
Crafting speed II
Fourth gem slot in normal foot armor
Duration III
Core crafting luck II
Core mastery level 6
Fourth gem slot in core & relic weapon equipment
Level 6 crafting refinement
Fourth gem slot in normal armor equipment
Fourth gem slot in normal helm equipment
Fourth gem slot in normal weapon equipment
Fourth gem slot in core & relic accessory equipment
5th piece crafting slot
Accessory slot no 2 4th gem
Fourth gem slot in normal accessory equipment
6th piece crafting slot
Accessory slot no 3 accessory 4th gem

research_restorative_thin_bannerRestorative

Definitely not essential tree, but it's useful when training massive amounts of troops if you are a spender.

Available Popular
Tier 1 cavalry-ranged-infantry-siege resource training cost
Tier 1 trap salvaging
Tier 2 cavalry-ranged-infantry-siege resource training cost
March speed
Tier 2 trap salvaging
Resource generation
Tier 3 cavalry-ranged-infantry-siege resource training cost
March slot
Altar bonus duration
Tier 3 trap salvaging
Troop training capacity
Trap building II
Luck
Training Speed
Tier 4 trap salvaging
Tier 4 cavalry-ranged-infantry-siege resource training cost
Core & Relic Duration

hero_energy_iconHero

You will need to complete this tree if you want to frequently farm high level monsters.

Available Popular
Monster mastery level 1
Hero energy recovery I
Hero march speed
Hero critical hit I
Hero attack streak I
Monster mastery level 2
Hero energy cost reduction I
March slot hero
Hero energy recovery II
Hero attack I
Hero critical hit II
Monster mastery level 3
Trap attack
Hero maximum energy limit I
Trap defense
Monster mastery level 4
Training speed II
Monster defense debuff
Hospital healing speed
Hero attack streak
Hero attack II
Hero energy cost reduction II
Monster mastery level 5
Troop attack
Troop defense
Hero maximum energy limit II
Monster mastery level 6

r_combat_iconCombat

This is an essential tree you need to max for combat.

Available Popular
Scouting
Training speed
Infantry-Ranged-Cavalry attack
Infantry-Ranged-Cavalry defense
Hoplites
Skirmish archers
Light cavalry
Siege attack
Ballista
Siege defense
Armored pikeman
Guardians
Companion cavalry
Troop health
Siege tower
Troop defense
Immortals
Marksmen
War elephants
Onagers

r_strat_combat_iconStrategic Combat

This is an essential tree you need to max for combat.

Available Popular
Spearmen
Hunters
Chariots
Strategic Infantry-Ranged-Cavalry attack
Strategic Infantry-Ranged-Cavalry defense
Peltasts
Rangers
Scythed chariots
Strategic troop health
Phalangite
Stalkers
Lancers
Strategic troop defense
Legionnaires
Dianas
Cataphracts

cf_ri_traptrainingspeedWall Traps

Traps are useful for defense on low power accounts fighting against each other, although most gear these days with large march sizes will crush any traps so they are kind of a waste of resources.

Available Popular
Trap building
Spikes
Archer towers
Boiling tar
Trap defense
Trap attack
Snares
Turret
Steam cannons
Caltrops
Catapults
Burning rocks
Spiked barricades
Trebuchets
Greek fire

trapadvanced_iconStrategic Wall Traps

Traps are useful for defense on low power accounts fighting against each other, although most gear these days with large march sizes will crush any traps so they are kind of a waste of resources.

Available Popular
Iron bricks
Rolling wall
Longbow tower
Pitfall
Strategic trap defense
Strategic trap attack
Arrow wall
Sentry tower
Flaming carts
Pendulum
Defense tower
Poison swamp
War barricade
Ballista tower
Smoke bomb

r_economics_iconEconomics

The tree is useful for producing more resources, but if you build farms, don't worry about anything beyond Construction for this tree.

Available Popular
Construction
Stone-Food-Ore-Wood production
Troop load
March speed economics
Gathering
Gold gathering

Enjoy!
Navi

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19 comments

  1. What research should I be focused on maxing first in preparation for a jump account? And should I max everything in the tree? (In other words should I max out all 10 of one specific research or just get to 5? And move down the tree?)

  2. I appreciate your hard word Chad. Thanks

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  3. Nice, do you know when the interviews will be coming out
    *hopes to death they are not masters content lol*

  4. Interviews with anyone famous(that’ll keep readers interested obviously)

  5. With over 130 articles I feel like I’ve covered a lot of topics, but two things:
    1. What articles would like to me to write? I release 2-3 free ones a week.
    2. I’m focusing on master articles because that’s what’s keeping this site running. What til you see the troop calculator

  6. compliment = to say nice things

    complement = goes well together; a good match

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