Castle Age is a time-based massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game hosted on Facebook. You get to quest in a lore-rich world, team up with friends to fight monsters such as dragons and hydra, and even invade and duel thousands of other Castle Age players! The following is a guide and tips on the various Castle Age stats and the many actions that you can take in the game.
In Castle Age, you are able to complete quests, battle other players and fight dangerous monsters. Which stat you focus on will determine how good you are in each of those areas. Everytime you gain a level and complete quests, you will be given points that you can allocate to whichever stat you choose.
* Attack – This determines how effective you are at fighting other players and dealing damage to monsters. Focus on this stat if you are interested in player-vs-player (PVP) action or monster-slaying.
* Defense – High defense makes you more effective at defeating other players who attack you, and also causes monsters to deal less damage to you. Generally useful to prevent losing health and gold all the time when other players attack you.
* Energy – Doing quests requires energy, with the more advanced quests requiring more energy. Focus on this stat if you want to do more quests, thus earning experience and gaining gold and levels faster. Energy regenerates at a rate of 1 every 5 minutes.
* Health – This determines how much of a beating you can take. You will take damage each time you fight other players and monsters. High health will allow you to take more damage before you become too weak to fight. However, healing to full health is pretty cheap, so this stat is not too important. Health regenerates at a rate of 1 every 3 minutes.
* Stamina – It costs 2 points to increase your stamina by 1. Each stamina point allows you to fight another player or attack a monster, hence a high stamina means you can fight more. Fighting is also a good source of experience points, and killing monsters gives you the chance of collecting powerful items. Hence stamina is a fairly important stat to focus on. Stamina regenerates at a rate of 1 every 5 minutes.
One way of seeing the world of Castle Age is by questing. You are able to explore the world from the lowest level Land of Fire through to more treacherous areas. As you progress, the quests become more difficult to do and have more requirements you need to meet before you can attempt them. Each quest requires a certain amount of energy, and usually have other requirements you have to meet before you are allowed to attempt it, such as a specific hero you need to employ as well as specific combinations of units and equipment. In addition, each “Land” or level of quests has an “end boss” quest that rewards you with powerful heroes, equipment and magic when you complete it.
It is a good idea to plan ahead and look at the requirements of a couple of quests beyond the one you are currently attempting. If you know what heroes and which units are required, you will be able to save up enough gold to buy them when you’ve completed your current quest, therefore not wasting any time between quests. In addition, some quests have very high energy requirements. Knowing how much energy you need in the immediate future will also help you plan your stat allocation accordingly.
Battling involves fighting with other Castle Age players, whether it is via a full-scale invasion or a duel between your top generals. You earn battle points each time you defeat an opponent. The more battle points you earn, the higher your battle rank; and certain ranks allow you to hire or summon powerful units, items and spells.
Do note though that you gain more battle points defeating opponents with a higher level and rank than you. There is also a battling restriction while you are lower than level 80. You will only be able to battle other players in the same 10-level bracket as you. After level 80, it’s a free-for-all and everyone is fair game.
Invading another player involves huge armies battling each other. Therefore it is the option of choice for players with lots of friends playing the game and hence a larger army. Each army member will use one of your items and spells to face the other player’s army. If your army is big enough, your generals will also join in the fight.
Dueling involves sending your best general against the other player’s general. These generals will be equipped with the very best items and magic in your arsenal. As such, this is the option for players that do not have that many friends playing the game.
Whether you are invading or dueling, your attack stat is naturally important if you are the attacker, and the defense stat is crucial if you want to win fights that other players start. In addition, stamina is important if you want to start a lot of fights.
Fighting monsters is the third style of play in Castle Age besides questing and battling other players. These monsters are summoned by players once they meet certain requirements. Bosses such as Gildamesh the Orc King and Sylvanas the Sorceress Queen become accessible once you complete the majority of quests in their respective regions. Other monsters such as dragons and hydra can be summoned once you have collected all the prerequisite alchemical ingredients.
Some of the lower level monsters can be fought on your own. However, the majority of them will require teamwork as you recruit other players to fight with you. Monsters such as the region bosses and dragons can be fought by the summoner and other players in their army. The World Hydra works a bit differently, and can be attacked by any Castle Age player who happens to stumble upon them.
These monsters have a set time limit in which they have to be killed, otherwise they will flee. If you manage to kill a monster, you will have the chance of collecting rare items, units and magic from it.
Heroes or generals are the backbone of your army. Each quest will require a specific hero to lead your army in order to complete it. In addition, your heroes will lead your army in battles with other players, or be your representative in duels. They will also be the ones fighting the monsters. (It’s a tough life being a hero!)
There are various heroes with varying degrees of power in attack and defense. The more common ones can be hired in town, but the most powerful ones (including demons and demi-gods) can only be accessed via the Oracle with favor points, which we will discuss later on.
Units, Items and Magic
When you’re in town, you can spend gold to hire units and buy equipment to prepare for battle. Each quest that you complete will have a certain number and type of units that you are required to have. Only when you have hired those units will you be able to attempt the quest.
Units and equipment are crucial when you are fighting. When invading other players, the more powerful units you have, the more chance you have at successfully defeating the other player. In addition, when you are dueling another player or fighting a monster, your best equipment in each “body slot” will provide damage bonuses for you and keep you from taking damage.
Although Castle Age is all about questing, fighting monsters and battling other players, the bit that is most crucial to your success is your economic machine. You will need lots of gold to hire heroes and units and equip them with good items and magic. In addition, the more powerful of these units and equipment have an upkeep, costing you gold every hour.
Doing quests, attacking other players and fighting monsters all provide you with some gold, but you will need to invest that hard-earned cash into land that will generate hourly income for you. Do note that the more of each land type you buy, the more expensive it becomes. It pays to check the return on investment for each land type at all times to determine which piece of land is of the most value.
Demi-Powers are deities or gods that can aid you in your struggles. There are 5 demi-powers, each of whom has a unique role and can provide you with powerful benefits when you ask for their blessings. For example, Malekus is the demi-power of war, and you will gain 1 attack point each time you pray to him. In addition to these stat boosts, praying to the demi-powers will also unlock exclusive quests and provide you with powerful items and magic.
This is where the most powerful heroes and items can be obtained. Every month, there will be an exclusive hero and their related equipment that can be bought using favor points. In addition, there are “treasure chests” available where you can spend favor points and gamble on what you will receive. It could be a common piece of armor, or it could be the most powerful general in the game.
These favor points can be a bit difficult to come by. You start the game with a few favor points, and you have a chance of earning them each time you kill a monster. You can also earn favor points each time you complete offers and respond to paid advertising in the Oracle section of the game. Another option is that you can buy the favor points outright using cash.