Best Trap Build: Titan Overlord Gear

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The best trap build in Game of War Titan Overlord Gear.

Gem set research bonuses provide additional boosts for your trap.  The best gems depend on the type of defense you are trying to maximize. Mythic Liberator Gem Set is currently the best gem set for a defense-based trap.

Resolute Defense

Resolute Defense is your saving grace in Game of War at the moment. It can't be debuffed by anything, not even Defense Annihilation. This set has plenty of it!

Defense Set Comparison

Now compare this set with former defense sets.

Anniversary World Slayer Stats

Cerulean Knight Defense Gear vs. Anniversary Slayer

Cerulean Knight Defense Gear Set:

  1. Troop Defense: +7 billion
  2. Type Defense: +2 billion
  3. Legion Defense: +5 billion
  4. Empire Defense: +5 billion
  5. Resolute Defense: -1 billion
  6. Attack Debuff: +400 billion
  7. Rally Attack Debuff: +200 billion

Buildings for Best Trap

When building a trap you want to know which stats you are chasing.  Defense is usually the go to for most trap players.  However, defense debuff and defense annihilation of top rally leaders make it difficult to retain any defense.  The defense debuff lowers your defense and defense annihilation lowers the remaining combined defense even further.  Only resolute defense is untouchable and cannot be debuffed or lowered by any means in game.  So, you control your resolute defense.

The second stat that is prevalent among traps is attack debuff.  Top rally leaders are approaching 100 trillion troop attack in addition to other attack types.  However, troop attack debuff applies only to troop attack.  While troop attacks, I've looked, there is not much available in the game.

Third stat that prevents losses on our trap is health.  Health has not been in the forefront of Game of War for quite some time.  But its back and with a vengeance!

Each Hospital 36 provides 1 billion health! Apply your Altar Health skill and it adds an additional 80% or 800m!  I have switched all my barracks save one to hospitals and now I have over 30 billion health!

I've taken rallies from the best leaders in the game and came out of it only losing 1 trillion to deaths, and 22 trillion to hospital beds. My trap is Stronghold 36, 24 KT power, with 1.15 KT troops.  I am in Full Nemesis in this screenshot:

Best Trap Build GoW

As you can see I really only lost 1 trillion troops.  In a time when rally leaders like this one are one shot zeroing 2 MT players, I'll accept my 178 trillion power loss.

So, add one villa and barrack for upgrade and training purposes.  The remaining tiles should all be hospitals. Don't worry about your troop queue from loss of barracks. You will find that troop queue does not reduce much. Your troop queue is increased from research and hero skills.

Troop Mix for Best Trap in Game of War

I recommend an even mix of troops for your "meat shield" or low troop tiers that protect the higher tiers.  On my trap I am using a T2/T4 ratio of 12. I also have added a wall of T1 since they cost nothing to heal.  I prefer no losses but when I do have troops that fall in battle, I want them to be free to heal.

I suggest training tier 4 first then train 12x that amount of tier 2.  Its important to use proper ratios due to the ever present and dangerous troop power nerf penalty. I recommend reading about and using our Nerf Calculator.


Final Comments on the Best Trap Build in Game of War

This new trap setup is really easy. I've given you the essentials.  The insane health boost from the hospitals give your troops some much needed security. They are no longer "squishy". This is a term rally leaders use when they hit a target for big troop kill counts.  These targets are squishy because they've relied 100% on defense stat and failed to get their health up for when the defense

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  1. Or even all buildings boosted for resolute defense?

  2. Ok I have look everywhere and cannot find a answer to 1 question that %100 of everyone asked cannot answer so if anyone in the world could answer what is the DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEGION DEFENSE AND TROOP/TROOP TYPE DEFENSE??? In the new building boosts, boost level 41 you can have 5.4trillion legion defense or 5.4 troop type defense if you have 3 buildings with all 3 being 5.4trillion legion defense is that or is that not better than each of the 3 building being 1 of each troop type defense as in 1 building calvary defense 5.4tril, 1 buildig infantry defense 5.4tril, and 1 building ranged defense 5.4tril wouldnt all 3 buildings having 5.4 legion defense be better??

    • Troop and troop type defence applies to those specific troops types. When you add traps to a march it becomes “legion.”

  3. this advice to use the Cereal an is out of date in the last Merge war I survived 3 rallies with the wind drake without losing my hero one time wearing 0 daggers or any rings added to this gear set Titan Overlord. I capped both of the other 2 monsters without llosing a single troop/traps

  4. I have 6.7 kt troops total, from t5-t8 including siege, 10:1 ratio from tier to tier starting at 500T (each t5) and ending with 50b (each t8). At the moment I have no traps, but have considered going with either t4 or t5. I read your response to Arthur about the relatively low number of traps compared to the high numbers of t5 troops and whether traps are even effective at that point.

    First thing I’d like is to make sure I understand you correctly. Because trap capacity is at 103b, and since I have a total of 4.5kt t5 troops, using t4 traps would pretty much be pointless. Is that right?

    The other question I have is about being a health trap. I have one barracks, two villas (one for t2 resources, one for t3 resources), and the rest hospitals with a capacity of 113T. Hospitals and all other regular buildings are at level 41. My hero is 130 and I’m VIP 80.

    Are my hospitals and other health boosts (yes, my altar is boosted for health) sufficient to withstand the current rally size?

    Last question. I have both cerulean (with or without fully powered super kunai, leveled to 125 and powered to 35) and slayer (leveled to 26, variably powered from 30-50). Is Cerulean still the better defense set? Should I use super kunai or no?

  5. Arthur J Edwards Jr

    For my City Defense, I currently have about 90% Tier 5 Troops, mixed. The remaining 10% are spread, in descending pyramidal order, over Tier 6, Tier 7, and Tier 8.

    I am wondering what Traps I should build. My trap capacity is 103 billion. I currently have about 90 billion Tier 4 Traps, and the rest are Tier 5, Tier 6, and Tier 7.

    • In your case, you want tier 4 traps to protect all higher troop tiers. If your stronghold is built correctly, you’ll lose no troops or traps. However, if some get through you only lose some t4 traps.

      Extra notes:

      Traps for defense, only benefit your stronghold when they do the fighting. Game of War works on a tier order system of combat. The lowest tiers battle first and losses result from those tiers. You won’t lose any higher tier troop until lower tiers are all killed or wounded.

      So, for traps to benefit you must place them ahead and alongside your lowest tier troops. If you want zero troop casualties, then maximize your lowest tier traps. However, I’ve recently began placing two tiers of traps. One tier is ahead of my lowest troops and the other tier along with my troops.

      However, look at how many troops you have compared to the trap wall. Its hard to say if that ratio even really benefits the stronghold in minimizing losses.

      So, I usually just use my traps for rallying. I don’t keep a wall of much of anything except some Wild bricks.

  6. Cerulean knight, hero 130, VIP 90, trillions in assorted troops from t4-t8, maxed research and I get zeroed in one solo hit. Defense gear does nothing.

  7. Hi Dark. How would a sh41 (all buildings maxed, but barracks instead of hospitals) VIP 65 fair with using a maxed (both gear set and pieces) cerulian set versus a maxed piece and lvl 25 gear set AWS set. Would it be better to use the cerulian until I can get the AWS maxed out? I’m using lvl 24 mythical lib gems in both sets and the new Titan runes in both sets weapon rune slots. Would be much appreciated for the advice. Hellblazer.

    • Oh, and full maxed research in every single thing. I’m thinking about switching to a trap.

    • At VIP 65 you gain 1.25 T resolute defense. That is all you would need at that point, plus a decent sized army. My friend was capping people at 13 KT heroless but burned once so went to 25 KT heroless, caps everything.

  8. What wall trap setup are you sugggesting to go with this setup?

  9. What wall trap setup are you advising to go with this?

  10. So if changing to hospital is the new good thing again are traps giving up capping? If so, this is a points for kvk only idea??

  11. Defense Annihilation AFFECTS resolute defense! Do not rely on Resolute Defense if the attacker has a lot of Defense Annihilation, especially enough to fully overcome your Resolute Defense.

    Have you run any experiements to back up your statement that “Resolute Defense is untouchable even by Defense Annihilation”?

    • At stronghold 35, no player could stop 41 Top hero, top VIP. But at sh 36 the one shots stopped. Most of these 36 players simply added barracks. Notice the Barracks add significant resolute defense. We noticed we could no longer one shot zero 36. What made 36 so much tougher? Was it all the defense increase? nope still debuffed by our DD and DA of 20 B each. So, is it health? I looked and the guy still had barracks. He didn’t get one shot zeroed but he is hurting pretty bad. Explanation is: Resolute Defense was not debuffed by DA. DA lowers remaining defense. Seeing how resolute defense is never debuffed it doesn’t fall into that class of “remaining defense.” Also, the battle reports suggest as well, that Resolute Defense was the safety net against one shot zero.

      Next, I studied what adding significant health to the resolute defense would do. From those studies this article was written.

  12. This of course only works until Ctesse comes around with her T9 and solo zeroes you in one hit game of war is dead

  13. My alliance just did that few minutes ago (target zeroed in one shot ! with 3 kunai or even 2 rings) and I just collected 300% on kills … I’m happy about it but not the other side..

  14. I believe Nemesis gear is no longer formidable defense gear as of now. It got burned and zeroed so some of my alliance members had to raise shield.

    World Slayer gear is causing rampant carnage across kingdoms.. is MZ going to release a counter defensive gear prior to KVK on the weekend ?

  15. Great article. Very informative, as usual.


    • Much appreciated… update coming soon! If uncertain of your build post SH 40 I recommend a shield. We have one shot zeroed nearly 30 players since the drop. That means we set a rally and destroy all their troop and trap power.

  16. Blu3yes (Nickie)

    Im confused about the daggers. I am using this gear. I have burned solo in this gear. I had full 7 piece set on. I switched to 2 daggers and I’m still burning. Im using lvl 14 gems. My gear is maxed 100. Only thing i can think of is my skill tree. How do you have yours set up?

    • You need 3 daggers now.But also you need a good base of Defense with it. You need at least 2 billion defense with 3 daggers to survive the amazing attack of rally leaders now!

  17. How does the athena ring play into the nemesis gear if you place two of them on the set? You still have the 5 piece bonus. In your opinion dies this hamper the set?

    • Its not good for defense. You gain 8 m defense with each ring. Full Nemesis or 5 pc with a dagger or two is much superior to rings. As a rally leader, I seek out rings to set a rally on.

  18. I was hit back to back with two rallys and capped both heros..No boosts or blessings…

  19. This new gear is insane with the use of 2 daggers. I was capping 1.3B+ rallies at merge event with 0 traps lost an im under 12kt hero 99. Before merge i was capping maxed out players with hero 107+ at 3.7kt with only 300 bricks lost.

  20. No gear is solid .. the game is flawed when a player who has spent a lot of money on the game has the latest gear and over 100kt power is zeroed within two minutes. And you will find that since l have posted this there will be a number of other players in the same position. No game is worth spending hundreds or maybe thousands just to be zeroed in such a way. Serious problems with MZ.

  21. Any suggestions on trap when someone rallying with max account ?? Trapper are getting weak with new updates 75m rally plus traps , pantheon lvl 30 n VIP 45 SH 30???? I am sh 30 but lacking which troops should I build n how many and which gem needs to be embedded to cap the hero with max account now a days ????

  22. I’m at 833 billion power , I have. 23 billion troops , i have lycan set . I did the. Nerf test and I averaged a 14 .woukd I be able to take a solo or rally hit . I have t4/t2 ratio , I do have. Do have tiers 5 and 6 .and is lycan good with complete set or should I use lycan set with kunai daggers . I posted earlier ,,but don’t know what happen to my post .darkthorne if u can’t give insight please .

  23. I have the lycan set, I am at 833 billion power and I did the nerf test and im at average 14 . Which is above 10 .my question is to take rally should I use complete lycan or do I add kunai daggers . And how big of a player can I take a solo or rally from .or if so can I handle a solo or rally .my question is for darkthorne . Thanks

  24. Please update this for Lycan Gear and new defense gem set.

  25. I need some help. I am currently a lvl 65 hero with sh26.
    1) Is the best permanent gear to use for rally trap now jiao dragon if troop size is above 30 billion?
    2) With pantheon and archaeology hall, stronghold 30 and vip 35 maxed (i.e. adding more attack) what does a rally trap need to change to be able to counter them and withstand a 50mil troop attack?
    3) Is it still advisable to have t2 troops or to promote them to t3 and have a t3/t4 troop instead?

    • It depends what kind of trap you wish to play. Kunai are still very strong items if you can use your remaining slots to achieve a defense that is high enough not to be debuffed.

      The most important thing for traps at the moment is good research. Gear is less of importance now. You can offset the need for research by training massive armies. 30 Billion troops is plenty to take a rally with but you need to take advantage of additional tier bonuses from T5 research.

      Have you a report of a recent rally you’ve taken to see a starting point for your account?

      • HI Darkthorne. Thank you for the reply. The recent rally report I have is 38.6mil t5 troop of one type. I have yet to get hit by a full rally of 50mil so I am not too sure if I am able to withstand that. I currently use skeleton king as my defense gear. I have researched tier bonus but have yet to start on the new gem set and runes trees. I am a mixed trap as I like to train all my troops evenly. I would like to get solo hits but due to size I usually get rallied than solo. What should I do?

    • Hey if you are 1.9 trill or under ouy will get burned in jaio

  26. I would definitely like to chat with Navi or Darkthorne about traps and current GOW Max researched 50mill rallies Email me

  27. Article posted on February 1, 2017

    Subject: The Best Permanent Gear for a Rally Trap

    “Currently, the best regular gear set for taking a rally is the Anniversary Colossus Set.”


    Seriously outdated! Plz fix.

  28. I’ve given up on mixed gear to trap. I’m now just under 500 million and trap using prospectors or research gear with Aegis gem sets. Seems to work ok and I just get level 75 heros mainly. With 30 billion t2 I can take most solos. I change name , alliance etc 2 or 3 times a day. I have a base alliance that I go to. New rune and SH post 26 will mean more troops. I’m now VIP 30 plus sh 26. I will raise SH to 29

    • Booster Less, I was wondering how your trap was holding up with what you have posted above? Do you use any T4 or T5? Thanks. Also do you execute or release your cap’d hero’s?

  29. Well, 20 million sized rally. My combination of Glacier helm, imperial mantle, glacier feet, frost weapon, 1 kuniochi, 1 barbarian spear and frost gloves are gonna be tested. troop defence at 6000. helped by gem tree completion and aegis gem sets. I’ve increased t2 regular size to 1.6bn each and will be pushing 120-130billion in size. Maybe more troops. we shall see in kvk.

  30. I’m thinking of replacing the Imperial Mantle with the Obsidian Knight Battleplate. Thoughts?

  31. Page needs updated, several new sets out. Skeleton King and Obsidian Knight are two that I’d really like to see info on. Also just to better clarify you mean guy mention which sets were considered. That way in a couple months when someone comes across this page they can easily tell that the next defense set wasn’t considered when decidingwhich is best defense set.

  32. I cap 8 million rallies. Don’t Burn. Loose few troops dependant on core.Troop loss can be 2 million t2 down to no troop loss just some t1 traps and I do not boost ever. Just anti scout. I sit and watch only 🙂
    Set up is Cockatrice helmet, Imperial mantle Armour, Shogun winter kegutsu boots, Haunted Kuni machete , two Kuni daggers and Barbarian Spear. 160 billion troops t2 and t4 at 12:1 ratio. No wilds. My size 29 billion.
    My gear gets people to hit me in rallies which is the objective as they think they have a chance to zero me. Use ten shadow gems, 5 defence gems, 4 elite defence gems, rest are gem of honour. Vip 22. Hero 65.

  33. Maybe anyone knows why this became so glitchy/bugy after update ( 03/10/2016 ) ??? All I see is messed up game buttons ( code_build22 ) and other stuff…I cant even see cordinates…tried to reinstall the game, soft reset my phone, cleae cache and stuff but nothing helped

  34. My buddy tested for the same core with Frostlords Will, Imperial Mantle, Imperial Greaves, Frostlord Shatter Star, Frostlord Wielder and 2 Kinoichi Kunai took rally with no boost and he burnt but barely 8.5m t2 loss, but with 75% defense boost he capped the hero.

  35. The use of Kunai in colossus is actually pretty devastating. We tested it in k426. A fully researched account with maxed powered up Bacchus core set with all defense debuff gem set rallied me, and I had full colossus but replaced one accessory with kunai and no any additional boost, and I lost 45m t2. When I replaced with full set colossus, I had 15m t2 loss. But when I used 75% defense boost, on full colossus, I capped the hero with just 14k t2 in hospital. My colossus contains just defense gem, shadow gem, gem of honor and elite defense gems.

  36. Hey! Just wondering if there could possibly be an update to this… since there is now the SH24, Hero lvl 65 and all those “wonderful” orb boosts? A month ago I could eat a Nike rally, yesterday I couldn’t. It was quite painful.

  37. IF you can take the hit then you want gear which is nothing but defense an health. You also want to setup your hero tree that way as well and stop worrying about debuff. Debuff is useless now days if you have enough troops to take the hit.

    • Easy for you to say when you have over 1 billion troops in your SH. What’s the point in playing if all you’re doing is making reg troops to counter new cores?!

  38. Needs an update. Full set Golden Shogun is ridiculous, and I’ve heard a lot of good about the new Paladin set as well.

    • Matthew Phillips

      The frost lord set with the imperial mantel, greaves, and Kinoichi Kunai pieces give and overall defense of 3500. The Golden Shogun only gives 1500.

  39. Hey moderator, sorry, attached wrong SS, here ya go

  40. This is my favorite article, I’m glad to see it being updated with all the recent gear releases since the first time this was published.

  41. You’d be surprised what these bigs would hit. The last kvk I had two rallies called at once one canceled one did hit. I was in full set of imperial he lost big in points and he was wearing poseidon ate his whole march but I didn’t get his hero… time. Big egos big gear

  42. So, if you are not a rally trap (size = 25 billion) would it be better to use the above gear when unshielded or a full set of frostlord?

    • How much research done? What’s your troop count look like? What’s stats on current frostlord set? Gems? etc. There’s not a once answer fits all in this game. A lot of variables have to be taken into account.

      • Research is done to the point it got insane (largest march sizes, debuffs in the wild tree, etc.). 450 million t4 divided evenly among the 9 types (reg, strat, wild // inf, cav range)….50 million of each. Defense is around 3400 in the frostlord gear. Gems are defense, shadow, some bulwark and some hallows.

        If I go with a mixed set, substituting the imperial dragon armor and foot pieces, along with 1 frostlord and 2 kunai accessories (I can’t make a barbarian accessory yet) I get 3040 defense in addition to the defense debuff resistance added by the kunai. This would seem to be the better choice for regular gear defense.

  43. What about a 5 piece Golden Shogun with 2 Kunai? Should I gem it for defense and attack or Attack Debuff?

  44. Thanks Navi for this article. I’m working on my gear, guess need to add/try imperial tho.

    I wanted to ask.. I’m playing GoW on PC and I’m having this keyboard problem with both Nox and BlueStacks. It was better on the old version of BS but not after the update. If anyone is playing on PC and can type there lol please help me 🙂

    • M~ O~
      I play on PC and use Nox… is much better than Bluestacks. To use keyboard without problems go to Settings –> Language & Input –> Default –> Hardware set it to OFF
      Keep in mind that you need to do this every time you restart Nox. Hope this will help you.
      P.S.: i have installed KK Keyboard to use emoji

  45. This article KIND of made sense a couple of months ago. Now you absolutely cannot take rallies without being cored unless you are at LEAST 5 Bil, but even though you will probably still burn. New sets, especially zeus, just too powerful

    • as a 2.9b i could almost beat zeus rallies (with cores)…. i took rallies frmo 42 b players and 20b players etc and was only a few 100k away from winning and i was full t3/t4 so i doubt a 5b player with a brain and cores could burn….(atleast eh should not burn)

      • My little trap has been winning hugely on power against zeus rallies in its regular gear since 1.8 billion, it only has to use a single core to beat poseidon and ares at 3.9 billion power, and I have seen smaller win in full regular gear. Traps that burn at higher ranges generally do so because they have more research power than needed which limits their troop set up, and because they have just copied the gear of another trap or went for a full set without knowing whether that gear works for the set up they have.

      • lol Ok so you’re taking rallies from someone that might be halfway done with research. Guarantee max research (me) plus zeus would eat your 2.9b account even with cores and would still win by a lot.

        The power/size of an attacker doesn’t mean much if you don’t know their research. My trap has taken hits from 10-400b players. I’ve eaten plenty of rallies with and without cores. Find a good player in the game and I guarantee it will open your eyes.

        • herpyDerpy what kingdom are you in… I’d just like to watch a few battles to be honest.

          I’m in 665 Adela not much action ( although I’m too small to be involved anyway lol ).

          Your comment made me think of back in Febr. an outlander visited the kingdom and guys were in KC saying how they couldn’t be burned. So the guy posted some coords and said I’ll burn you and anyone else. He was 58B so they started testing. He burned 2 with solo hits then they re-skilled and asked for rally. Burned them there too. 64B guy who’s big into custom cores ask to be rallied. So 58B pulled out his custom core too. Burnt him as well. Then the guy said you know this is my small account. He brought in 112B account lol

  46. I would define a Mini Rally Trap as one being in the 850M to 995M power range. It uses no cores and is very basic and simple. It has minimal research and simply uses the best Reg Gear and a LOT of troops. When set up properly for KVK, Mini Rally Traps will most often eat entire 3M march rallies while only losing T1 or T2 troops and thus, score big in KVK points while only giving up very little KVK points. The more common rally trap is in the 1.5B to 2B power range and uses cores.

  47. What is considered a mini rally trap?

  48. Any idea on how to rank the sets for defending against a rally? Frostlord, obviously first, but then Xena/Sam/Hearth all seem very close.

  49. How would one gem this set up?

  50. I can’t imagine too many people hitting someone decked out in frostlord gear.

    • You dont you should be trapping in economy gear and using pre-set too switch at the last second. Or

    • bait them in with research or monster gear.

      • That leaves you vulnerable to Core Solos ,depending on size of rally trap

        Top player in KE recently said something profound : I would rather hit a 2B Rally Trap baiting in Magisters then an 200m in Haunted

        Btw , are you going to add a recommendation for Rally Defense Core stats like you do for Attack Cores (custom)?

      • Hi chad ,great stuff on regular gear on rally trap ,any chance of a room or something to compare reg gear for rally trap eg why heathflame kindle and why not all frostlord or why aegis X3 and not something else ,hope more can come from this post as a avid fan

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