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The Barbarian, new VIP and events: all the new features in the latest Gladiator Heroes update

Another big update brings a whole host of exciting new features. In this blog, we take you through everything you need to know about the latest version.

The Barbarian smashes her way into the game

She’s big, she’s barbaric, and she’s finally in the game! We’ve been teasing you about the release of the Barbarian, a fierce female two-hands gladiator, for months now, and with this last update lanista can now hire her as part of their invincible team.

Patient lanista have settled with Leonidas and Asterion, the Minotaur, in the meantime, but we all know that the ‘Hulka’ is who you’ve really been waiting for!

This strong lady comes with four unique skills that no other gladiator class possesses: Whirlwind, Hook, Hook & Hit and Heroic Throw.

She’s able to draw in opponents from long-range with a hook and chain and crush them with a mighty axe or hammer blow, making her a formidable opponent against the cunning Assassin and Hunter. Using her incredible strength and agility, she’s also able to spin several times in the air with her weapon outstretched, taking out several opponents in the process.

The Barbarian can also charge and throw her opponents over her head, body slamming them to the ground and rendering them useless.

Bigger benefits in the VIP subscription

There are now even more benefits included in the monthly VIP subscription. The tactical new ‘reveal skill’ option is available to use for free for VIP users, while regular users will need to pay 200 gems a pop. Being able to see your gladiator’s future skills selection will help you to make a more informed choice when picking skills, and forming the perfect set.

You’ll also now be able to open a free purple-coloured chest every day from in front of the Merchant, and get an extra key when unlocking chests post-battle. All that is on top of the already-existing VIP features: 50% healing time reduction, and two builders.

New summer event and wild weekends!

Lanistae, we know how much you all love fighting for blood and glory in the regular weekend events, so we’re adding even more features to make them even more worthwhile.

If you love slashing, clashing and claiming victories all weekend long, then you’ll love some of the exciting additions we’re about to make to the weekend events.

We know how much you love the prize wheel that features in some of special annual events, such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day. Well, we’re bringing it back on a more regular basis: the prize wheel will be included in events on a more regular basis.

Although the prize wheel tickets will change in style and appearance in different events, you can still save them up and use them in any event. This means that you’ll no longer lose your hard earned tokens at the end of each event, and can save them up for even better prizes.

You’ll not only win tickets from event battles, but you’ll also be able to uncover them after regular mission fights, extra challenges and multiplayer over the course of the weekend.

What’s more, we’re bringing back another special themed event for summer! Grab your beach umbrella and slap on your suncream, there are a whole lot of special legendary items to uncover in the scorching sand arena!

Welcome back the themed prize wheel and special merchant, as the game gets a beach makeover during the month of August.

Even more levels to take on

You may have noticed that we’ve been taking advantage of the past few updates to sneak in new levels. Well, this one’s the same, with ten new levels now available to play on the map.

The big boss in level 133, next to the shark-infested waters, is none other than the Barbarian herself. With the hook & hit and heroic throw skills, as well as a tough health recovery skill, she’s an extremely tough opponent to overcome.

Clan Perks and the Hand of Zeus: More new features in Gladiator Heroes

Just a few short weeks on from the mighty addition of Leonidas and the Temple of Myths, we’re bringing yet another update with some long-awaited features. Find out what’s new to Gladiator Heroes, and what’s to come…

 

Make the most of clan perks

Lanistae; we’ve teased you with the addition of Clan Perks ever since the Wars began back in January, and now they’ve finally been added to the game!

By building on your clan’s overall experience, you can unlock great benefits for all your teammates; from increased orb donation allowances, to reduced training times…

Every time you play in a clan battle, you gain up to 10 points in clan experience, which goes towards your clan’s overall tally. So, with a maximum of 50 players in a clan, the highest your team can score from one battle is 500.

As you increase your experience level, you’ll unlock new clan perks, which will be available to every member of the clan.

Prepare for new mission levels

In addition to the long-awaited clan perks, our developers have added 11 new levels to the game; including a never-before-seen arena.

The Hand of Zeus, an ancient, stone battleground perched precariously above the turbulent sea, is the only arena where gladiators can be pushed off the sides.

To combat this, try using gladiators with the stone feet skills, or two-hand gladiators, who can’t be pushed.

On the other hand, incorporate gladiators with pushing skills, such as jump shockwave, shockwave, dashing push or charge, to throw your opponents off the side of the arena and to their grizzly death in one, quick blow.

Extra improvements

On top of these new features, our developers have been working hard to solve a few more issues in game, such as loading times, cross-device synchronisation, and some combat crashes.

They’ve also fixed the additional attacks skill, and made Leonidas available to fight in clan battles.

A gladiator’s work is never done…

As we head into the summer months in the northern hemisphere, and our gladiators (and developers), are getting ready to take a well-deserved break, we’re aiming to bring you at least one more update before beach mode sets in.
The main focus for following updates will be the Temple of Myths; new heroes, and improving the stats of current heroes.

Many lanista have expressed concern over the power of Leonidas. While his overall power may be less than some five-star gladiators, his unique skill set means that he often lasts longer in battle, and can overcome some opponents that regular gladiators can’t.

Taking the fast, cunning attacks of the spear gladiator, and the fierce protection of the sword and shield, Leonidas is a formidable opponent.

That said, we’ve taken your feedback into account, and are working on ways to make the mythic heroes as powerful and sought-after as they should be!

The stuff of legends: new ‘mythic hero’ class

After months of whispers on the gladiator grapevine, the mightiest and most fabled of fighters are finally coming to Gladiator Heroes. Make way for the mythic hero gladiators.

Temple of Myths

The excitement will all begin once your Headquarters reach level seven and the Gods deem you worthy to experience the myths and legends that the Temple conceal.

At this point you will unlock the ability to construct an intriguing new building known as the Temple of Myths, which will act as the hub for mythic heroes where you can hire and level up your new fighters.

Hiring fame and victory

Within the mystifying Temple of Myths you can hire your legendary gladiators by using mythic tokens that are specific to each gladiator found in the Temple.

These special tokens can be won through weekly events or found in chests available after successful combat.

Each mythic hero has their own mythic token and requires 25 tokens to be hired from the Temple.

Only the most victorious of lanistae are worthy of experiencing the stuff of legends so it will take some hard work and determination to find enough tokens to release the epic unknown.
However, if you simply cannot wait to get your hands on a mighty Leonidas then have no fear. You can also pay for mystic tokens in the Temple of Myths by using gems.

‘300’ legends in the Temple

Hiding inside this new building is your first glimpse of a renowned fighter that all gladiators aspire to be.

With the distance attacking methods of a Hunter and the innate defence skills of the Guardian, Leonidas will take you closer to glory than you’ve ever been before.

Once hired, this mighty fighter will immediately come with a set of 5 incredible skills which will be constant between each Leonidas.

It’s the mightiest set of skills for the mightiest of gladiators so get grinding to get your hands on the legend that is Leonidas to see just how incredible his selection of skills will be.

Mythic heroes will also always have the same appearance, and will always be the rarest of fighters with 5 stars so get ready for the fight of a lifetime!

Gladiators from the Temple of Myths will also not equip any weapons or armour and always maintain full training so you don’t need to worry about ensuring they practise their combat every 24 hours.

As normal, Leonidas’ rank when hired will depend on the average rank of your other gladiators. To ensure you hire Leonidas at a specific rank you need all your other gladiators to have that same rank.

Levelling these legendary fighters will take three steps which cost an incremental price of gold per step. After all, glory comes at a cost.

As mythic heroes immediately come with all five skills, when you level up your Leonidas you won’t gain any new skills. However, once you reach certain levels and ranks your skills will level up making them more powerful or giving them more turns to be used.

Legendary restrictions

The Gods will be watching with pride when they see your mythic heroes fighting for their empire in the arenas but obviously the limelight must always be on these epic fighters.

As a result, you are only able to use one legendary fighter as one of your three gladiators in combat.

You can still use regular gladiators to support your main man in the arena but can’t use more than one legendary fighter in the same battle; that just wouldn’t be fair on the enemy!

As well as this, the empire deems it unfair to use mythic heroes in restricted combat.

If the battle only allows one gladiator, only spearmen or any other type of constraint in the arena, you won’t be able to place your legendary fighter on the battlefield.

So it’s time to start grinding the fields of combat for those special mystic tokens and make a mighty stash of gems and gold to prepare for the most legendary gladiator that Gladiator Heroes has ever seen.

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Learn how to position your gladiators for victory

Positioning your gladiators is vital strategy for combat success.  We explore the ins and outs of why positioning can make or break your victory.

One class against them all

Some mission battles or event battles can sometimes have an enemy that consists of solely one class. In these cases, the positioning of your gladiators could be vital to beat the enemy, however positioning will strongly depend on the class you’re up against.

When up against dual-wield enemies such as the Black Mamba, make sure your gladiators start positioned as far away as possible. This will make it less likely for the enemy to reach you and inflict an attack in one move.

Enemies made up of just spearmen are a significant challenge as they can easily attack from afar and retreat from danger. Position your team as far away from these as possible with your spearmen at the back with their backs to the wall and your two-hands gladiators at the front. This will make up for their slow start but allow for quick distance attacks from your spearmen.

The obstacles to glory

Battle arenas that are full of obstacles can be particularly challenging to strategise.

Position your spearmen behind traps or walls so that they can attack the enemy from a distance but make it more challenging for the enemy to reach them.

Two-hand and dual-wield gladiators with jump skills should also be positioned behind traps and obstacles, particularly walls, as they are safe from attacks however can jump over the barricades to reach the enemy.

Make sure your dual-wielders never start positioned in front of traps as they can easily be pushed onto these and receive significant damage.

Sword and shield gladiators may struggle to get past obstacles due to a lack of jump skills and distance attacks. Position these gladiators in front of obstacles or near an obvious exit point so that they can retreat from danger yet also make a strategic attack on the opposition.

Putting the “Kill” in skill

Exploiting the skills of your gladiators in combat can be crucial for your battle plan, however when combining this with the initial gladiator positioning, can create an epic strategy.

Spearmen with conditioning throw skills such as stun and bleed should start positioned at the corners of the arena, with their backs close to the wall. This means enemies can be attacked from all corners without your gladiators having to use their turn for movement points, or risking damage on the first move.

Sword and shield gladiators with block active skills can be positioned closer to the enemy, in a more central position in the arena. This means they can attack in their first moves however block the enemy’s hits without enduring damage.

Gladiators with healing strike skills could be tactically positioned further away from the enemy as to reduce the risk of damaging your healer. This means they can act as a supporter from a distance to reinforce the attackers on the frontline.

A tactical defense team

Leaving your gladiators to fend for themselves in the Games of Glory means you must think about your strategic positioning in the arena.

In empty arenas without obstacles, you should position your dual gladiators with their backs to the wall which will reduce the chance of damage on their sensitive backs in the first moves.

You can also position a two-hands gladiator behind your dual-wields which will not only protect the duals from being pushed into the walls, but will also make up for the two-hand gladiator’s low movement points.

Spearmen are best situated at the far ends or corners of the arena, or behind obstacles should there be any. Their distance attacks mean damage can be inflicted without them having to move.

Positioning your gladiators could make or break your glory in combat and could help you to become the most epic lanista in the kingdom! It’s time to prepare your fighters, forge your weapons, and create the most epic positioning strategy in the lands.

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Points mean prizes in the battle of clans

With Clan Battles fully underway, find out exactly how to win the most points and defeat your clan enemies once and for all.

The winning scale

Each colosseum on the Clan Battle map can be captured by you or your opposing clan.

You can only reach colosseums that are further away, once you have captured those closest to your side of the map, with combat increasing in difficulty and granting more points and prizes the further you stray from your side.

In order to occupy a colosseum, you will need to reach a certain amount of points on the scale you will see at the top of the colosseum’s information.

The closer you are to your side of the map, the lower the points required to capture the colosseum will be.

This means that it will be much harder for the enemy clan to territorialize a colosseum that is on your side of the map as they will need a much larger quantity of points.

Health means victory

The amount of points you receive after successful combat depend on the overall health of all your gladiators after the battle.

You will receive 3, 2, or 1, points that contribute towards capturing the colosseum.

This means that defense is equally as important as attack in these battles.

Incorporate defensive gladiators with protective skills into your combat strategy in order to take advantage of the maximum points available from successful fights.

Sword and Shield gladiators with active block and armour increase skills can help defend enemy attacks and reduce damage, whilst gladiators with the healing shout active skills can help heal injured gladiators and improve your chances of achieving the maximum points.

Exploiting passive skills is also crucial in these strategic battles as using gladiators with scavenger, anger, and regeneration can save your gladiators once they have been damaged.

A game of capture the colosseum

Once a colosseum has been captured by a clan, the clan will earn points for every 5 minutes that the arena is in their possession.

These points will differ depending on the colosseum’s distance away from your clan’s side of the map.

The amount of points you receive from the captured colosseum will contribute to your general Clan Battle score and will eventually decide the clan who has won the ultimate victory for glory.

This makes strategy, health, and the subsequent amount of points you have on the colosseum’s scale imperative for Clan Battle success.

 

Get ready to heal your gladiators, prepare your strategy, and fight to the death in the Clan Battle arena. Who will win the ultimate victory for glory and who will face the ultimate despair in gruelling combat? Let the Clan Battles commence!

 

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The arrival of the long-awaited Clans update

Grab your friends, show off your flags, and fight for victory – the clan system is finally here.

Where it all begins

All the excitement from clans starts from the Clan Building. Unlock this key to your empire once your Headquarters reaches level five and the fun can really begin.

Once you open the Clan Building you’ll see a list of all the available clans organised first by those set in your language, and followed by those set in English.

Follow the leader

Clans can be joined straight away if they are set to public by the clan’s creator.

However, it must be noted that you can only be part of one clan at a time and there is a maximum of fifty lanistae members in each clan. If you do not like your clan anymore, you can leave at any time.

If the clan creator sets their clan to private, you will need approval from the clan’s leader in order to join.

The clan leader also has the ability to promote clan members to the “general” position, which means they can also accept lanistae requests to be part of their epic clan.

Clan creation

Want to create your very own clan, be in charge of its members, and show off your own very own clan flag?

The process is simple. Through the Clan Building click the “create” button and you’re away.

Decide whether you want your clan to be public or private, and whether you want only the best lanistae to join your team by setting a minimum fame level.

Once created, not only can lanistae search for your clan name through the Clan Building, but you can also share your clan code with friends outside the game so they can be part of your epic team of heroes.

Chat with your clan mates through the in-app clan chat found on the bottom left of the city’s screen and you can share strategies, show off your heroes, and make friends.

Wave your flag

When creating your clan, you choose your legendary clan name and create your flag to flaunt your team’s brand. Explore a wide selection of patterns, logos, shapes, and colours for your flag and go crazy with your masterpiece.

Once you join or create a clan, your clan’s flag will not only fly high above the Clan Building, but will also be shown off at the entrance to your city, as well as in the League of Clans.

The League of Clans

As we outlined in a previous blog, there will be several changes to fame as you know it.

Once you join a clan, your fame will be combined with the other clan members to create your clan fame, which will change every “season”.

This fame will dictate which league you will be in in the League of Clans, and will govern whether you win an incredible sum of gems at the end of the season.

Only the greatest clans will win the biggest gem prizes by the end of the season, so tell your friends, raise your flags, and prepare to battle for the ultimate glory in the brand new clan system.

 

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Clans are changing the “fame” game

Lanistae, you’ve been waiting for what feels like a lifetime –  but finally, the Clan System is coming to Gladiator Heroes! And with it come some very exciting changes to “fame” as you know it.

 

Rebalancing fame

Once the mighty Clan System has been implemented, the fame of ALL players will be rebalanced and integrated into a rebuilt League of Heroes system (this means most players will end up losing some fame after the rebalance).

After that point, fame will only be earned by winning multiplayer matches, and any fame that a gladiator earns will be assigned to the player’s city as a whole, instead of it being distributed among the gladiators like it has been previously.

This means that missions, event matches and challenges will no longer provide any fame for your gladiators or your city.

Now the only way to call the Gods’ attention will be to defeat other players in glorious multiplayer combat.

Teamwork makes the dream work

The moment a player joins a clan, their city’s fame will be added to the clan’s fame. As a result, all clan members will add their respective fame to the overall clan fame.

‘Tis the season to experience clans

The brand new Clan System will be based on something known as “Seasons” and a Season will begin on the first Monday of each Month, and end on the first Sunday of the following month.

During these Seasons, clans will compete to earn as much fame as possible. At the end of each Season, the clans with the highest fame will earn HUGE rewards.

At the end of each Season, the leaderboards will be reset and the competition will start once more.

Don’t panic; your fame will be preserved, so as soon as you fight at least once again in the new Season, you will be reinserted into the leaderboard at the same rank you achieved the previous Season, so you can continue climbing the League of Heroes to reach the ultimate glory!

Show off your Prestige

If you managed to reach God II (the highest league level) and continue to increase your fame, all that “surplus” fame will be converted into “Prestige points” when the Season ends.

Prestige points will be permanent, and will create the perfect way to show off to the world how glorious your clan is, as well as warning your foes that you’re not somebody to be messed with.

Only the most persevering lanistae will be able to claim the glory bestowed by the Gods, so push your limits and climb to the top with the help of your clan mates!

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Why your Feedback on Gladiator Heroes Matters to Us

Whether you’re an avid mobile gamer or just an occasional fan, sending feedback to big gaming companies can often feel like talking to a brick wall. Do they really care what I think about a game? Are my ideas noticed?

From its very conception, Gladiator Heroes has been developed and improved based on user feedback.

“When initial players said: ‘we want multiplayer’, we added multiplayer”, recounts César Ríos, development team lead for the game, “When they said they wanted a forge, we added a forge”.

Several updates have been planned for the coming months before the global launch, all based on the feedback and ideas of our users.

“We’re really open for everyone to propose changes or improvements in the characteristics of the game ,” adds Ríos.

Of course, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing since the game was first started over two years ago.

Our small team – just four programmers and four artists – have had to develop several patches to fix bugs and errors in the game. Right now, they’re working on a solution for some users whose quarries aren’t producing stone.

“We really regret any inconveniences caused,” says Adrián Mesa, game programmer, “Being a small team, new patches sometimes take time”.

“As soon as we find a solution, we will publish a patch to correct this bug.”

There is a solution, however, for Android users who’ve been stuck on a loading screen with clouds while trying to access the missions map.

“Got to to the options menu in the city; the first option when opening the dropdown,” Mesa explains, “Go to graphics, and set shadows as ‘off’, then try to access the map again.”

This Thursday, February 23 at 4pm, our developers will be chatting in the Gladiator Heroes Players Facebook group; answering user questions directly and in real-time.

From feedback on art, to gameplay, to problems with the game and finally taking out the Undertaker, we’re inviting fans to chat with us – and each other – about their thoughts on the game, hopefully creating a better experience in future.