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Hunting for iron before unlocking the Mine

It’s one of the biggest obstacles to growing your city, but the struggle is defeatable. Find out some hints and tips for how to gain iron before unlocking the Iron Mine.

 

Me, myself and I-ron

Once your Headquarters reach level nine you will unlock the Iron Warehouse which can be used to store the iron resource. Iron is used to for constructing new buildings and for upgrading many of the existing buildings in your city once they reach a higher level.

Upgrading your Iron Warehouse will increase the amount of iron that you can store at any one time and will be vital once the buildings in your city require more iron to be improved.

Despite many buildings requiring iron to be upgraded at this point in the game, such as the Caravan, Headquarters, and even to construct the Iron Mine itself once you reach HQ level 10, there are still many options for you to collect iron without having built the Mine. It’s time to upgrade your strategy.

May the iron odds be ever in your favour

The best place to start on your mission to find iron is the world map.

This is the perfect excuse to give the Gods the show they’ve been waiting for. Get your gladiators in gear by filling their training, forging their mighty weapons, and levelling them to become the mightiest gladiators around.

All of this grinding will pay off once you manage to reach the dusty but deadly White Desert. Starting at mission 62, you will earn iron as part of your rewards for gaining success and glory by completing a mission.

The glory and iron rewards that come from successful missions are not the only ways to be victorious at this level.

After successful combat of any sort, you will be able to select up to nine chests and will receive the mysterious but valuable prizes that are hidden inside. If the Gods think you are worthy and luck is on your side, these free chests will be bursting with iron to help you develop your city.

You can also hunt for iron from chests purchased from the Merchant. Use your multiplayer and challenge tokens to open chests and you might be lucky enough to find an overwhelming amount of iron!

A city of iron

Developing and growing your city is vital to the best tactics of locating stone and progressing in the game.

By upgrading and constructing more buildings in your city, you will gain experience points after each construction is complete.

This will contribute to your city’s experience and once you have received enough experience points your city will level up.

Once your city levels up you will be rewarded for your hard work and incredible city growth with a selection of fantastic rewards, and once you reach level 20 you will start to receive iron for levelling up.

Diamonds are forever

If the painfully long challenge of grinding the game to find iron seems like too much of a tactical effort for your impatient gladiadors, have no fear!

You don’t have to wait to gain iron through chests and rewards to upgrade your buildings if you want to progress faster and with less grinding.

Using gems to pay for the resources you don’t have is a great way to accelerate your city development progress until you eventually unlock the Iron Mine at Headquarters level 10.

You can receive gems for free from chest prizes, free chests around the world map, as well as through combat victory and city levelling.

So it’s time to brush up on your combat strategy, plan your city development tactics, and get ready for the gladiator treasure challenge of finding that mighty iron resource.

 

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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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How to strategically defeat The Wall

He’s big, he’s tough, and he’s one of the most intimidating challenges of Gladiator Heroes. Skulking in the darkness of level 45 he’s ready with his henchmen to send you straight to the Infirmary in one hefty hit.

The mighty Wall is a huge two-hand gladiator boss with some of the strongest armour seen in Gladiator Heroes.

Train and level your gladiators, forge your armour and weapons, and with a thorough strategy, you will be able to finally defeat the beast and wish level 45 goodbye.

Your gladiator gateway to victory

It goes without saying that your choice in gladiators can make or break your success against big bosses such as The Wall.

Such a strong boss with such durable armour requires a large amount of damage affect his health and this significantly influences your choice in fighters.

Dual-wield gladiators are not recommended against The Wall as such a strong opponent will defeat the dual-wields in one forceful hit.

These fighting assassins also do not inflict high levels of damage per attack, and therefore will be more likely to have their hits absorbed by The Wall’s solid armour.

Spearmen can be useful in that they can attack from a distance and retreat from danger. With The Wall being a two-hands gladiator, this means the spearman are less likely to get reached by the opponent due to his slow movement points.

Despite this, The Wall is immune to condition attacks unless fired by a very high level gladiator, thus rendering most of the spearman’s active attacks useless.

Sword and shield gladiators with their innate blocking are useful against this strong boss as they have improved defense against his powerful strikes.

Two-hand gladiators are the most useful against The Wall as they use the strength of his own class against him. Despite their low movement, their sturdiness means they won’t be pushed by the enemy, and are more likely to inflict higher damage that will affect the health of the opponent.

A skillful triumph

Using your gladiator’s skills to their advantage can be a tactical advantage to combat against The Wall.

Two-hands gladiators with the armour break conditioning skill can be extremely useful against big bosses with impressive armour that easily absorbs attacks and damage. Using the armour break condition will break The Wall’s armour, making him more susceptible to damage for a certain number of turns, making it easier to injure him.

However, it must be noted that conditioning skills will only work against powerful opponents such as The Wall if they are of high rank and level.

Two-hands Dunce gladiators with the strong attacks active skill will be particularly useful against this opponent as their hits will have increased damage and therefore will improve your chances of defeating The mighty Wall.

A useful strategy to use against The Wall is to use sword and shield gladiators with provoke and block skills. They will be able to distract the enemy whilst also blocking his attacks, whilst the ally gladiators attack the opponent from behind.

The weapons of success

Using weapons in combat can drastically improve your chances of victory.

Using armour and weapons increases your statistics depending on the item equipped, the level and forge status of the items.

Items can have an impact on either your gladiator’s attack, defense, armour, and damage statistics which could be the decider between victory and death in battle.

Against opponents with such strong armour, such as The Wall, weapons with high damage statistics can be extremely useful in combat.

Take advantage of the Forge and improve the damage statistics of your weapons or spend time in combat to increase your chances of winning a strong weapon through a chest.

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, premium gladiator statues come with legendary weapons.

These premium statues could be extremely beneficial against enemies such as The Wall and could be worth saving the gems and the money for forging if it means you will finally defeat the might beast and wish the evil level 45 goodbye.

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Prepare to become the ultimate Clan Battle champion

The Clan Battles have officially begun so it’s time to raise your flags high and proud. Prepare your clans with the ultimate fighting strategy and you could be victorious in the battle for triumph and glory.

24 hours later

The epic Clan Battles begin through the Games of Glory page where your clan leaders and generals can start the search for an opposing clan of similar power.

Once an enemy clan has been selected for the battle, you will have 24 hours to get ready for battle.

Using this 24 hours period wisely to prepare your fellow clan members, discuss tactics, and create a strategy, could make or break your victory.

This preparation period is vital for deliberating the ultimate strategy with your clan members to decide which colosseums to attack. Will you all follow the same path and focus on long-duration capture of colosseums with the highest points, or will you all attack all the colosseums to capture as many as possible for a short period of time?

Sharing is caring

As we outlined in a previous blog post, the Clan Building brings some very special time-limited bonuses created from orbs that the clan donate.

The Clan Battle is a perfect opportunity to strategize the use of these bonuses and may persuade you to act for the greater good of the clan and donate some of your orbs.

Discussing this strategy in the clan chat is vital as no one will benefit from orb bonuses if no one donates or if everyone requests.

Having a select few members requesting orbs (particularly the green and orange orbs for defensive and offensive combat bonuses) will be more beneficial to the clan overall than if everyone receives 2 orbs for instance.

If some users use these bonuses during the Clan Battle, their chance of success in the arena increases which will increase the amount of points won and therefore improve your chances of clan victory and incredible prizes!

Command a fantastic victory

An important tactic for battle strategy is consistent communication with your clan. Not only is the clan chat easily accessible on the left of your clan battle screen, but also your clan leaders and generals will have the opportunity to signal colosseums to the clan.

Powerful clan members will be able to choose a colosseum and “command” the clan to attack it.

Using a command on a colosseum will place a flag on it which will act as a signal to the other clan members about where the leaders think would be most tactical to attack.

Up to 5 commands can be made at any one time, and each one will last a limited duration, so think carefully about how to share your strategy.

Power is a dangerous thing

During the Clan Battle the power of clan generals is fully exploited. Clan leaders can promote clan members to become generals, and demote generals to a regular clan member status.

Whilst there is no limit to the amount of generals you clan can have, it should be incorporated into your battle plan.

Too many clan generals and the battle strategy may become confusing or conflicted, with commands not tactically making sense across the arena which could cost you the victory.

Clan leaders have the ultimate power to demote generals from their authority through the Clan Building by tapping on the member’s name.

Will your clan be full of equality and allow for a balanced power and discussion of strategy, or will you prefer a hierarchy of power within your clan?

The ultimate Clan Battle strategy

Whilst there is no perfect strategy for the Clan Battles, and each clan will have a different battle plan, there are certain key factors to consider.

Some colosseums require more points to capture. It can be strategic for all clan members to attack the same place in order to secure a capture, particularly when the colosseum has a higher number of points generated whilst captured.

Make sure you keep an eye on the colosseum point scales as you need to ensure your colosseums remain captured, therefore protecting your pathways across the map.

The colosseums furthest away from your starting side of the arena generate the most points once captured, however they are are more challenging in combat and also require more points to capture. Reaching these and securing them could be the key to victory!

The centre colosseum is also a gold mine for capture, with only one access point, making it more challenging for the enemy to threaten once captured by you.

This colosseum provides some of the highest numbers of points across the arena, and is less challenging to reach due to its central position.

Capturing the access point and the centre colosseum would generate a large amount of points over time, increasing your chances at victory.

The gateway to success

There are also 4 main gateway colosseums in the arena: two on each side, and two on each end of the map.

These provide a single access point on each side of the arena to the other end of the map which means capturing these colosseums provide protection to your end of the map (which would be the most valuable colosseums for your enemy) as they cannot pass a colosseum territorialized by your clan.

The same goes for the opposite side of the map. If you capture both sides of these gateway colosseums, you have access to the enemy’s most valuable colosseums that generate the most points, and also close off the rest of the map for the opposition.

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Premium gladiators and the ultimate victory

The shiniest of statues will bring the strongest and mightiest of gladiators. Find out why these premium gladiators are worth saving you gems for and exactly how epic they are.

What premium really means

Shining bright and beautiful in the Gladiator Residence is the premium gladiator statues.

Buying these for gems allows you to hire not only a guaranteed 5 star rarity gladiator, but also gives you a legendary weapon for each weapon slot unlocked at the rank of gladiator hired.

This means the price of the statues will increase as the rank hired goes up.

The rank of a newly hired gladiator will be the average rank of your current gladiators. However, to ensure a new gladiator is a specific rank when hired, you need to have ALL your current gladiators already on that rank.

For instance, gladiators hired at rank one will only receive one legendary weapon, as that is the only weapon unlocked at that rank. Gladiators hired at rank five will consequently receive five legendary items when hired through a premium statue.

Make it worth your gems

It only makes sense that the very best statues providing the very best gladiators the most legendary weapons would cost a hefty amount of gems.

These statues will start at 800 gems and will increase according to the rank hired.

Although these statues are expensive, they’re much cheaper than multiple legendary chests that you can purchase with gems from The Merchant.

This means that getting a 5 star rarity gladiator AND legendary weapons, from a premium statue is much more cost effective.

Legendary items

Weapons and armour can drastically improve the statistics of your gladiator.

They significantly affect the attack, damage, defense, and armour stats of your gladiator which can greatly aid them in battle.

Greater damage and armour means improved combat tactics, particularly against mighty bosses that can absorb low damage or inflict high damage (as outlined in a previous blog post about the Wall).

The 5 stars that light the gladiator sky

The rarity of your gladiators is indicated by the number of stars they have in their profile with 5 stars being the rarest gladiators.

Rarity significantly affects the increase of statistics when levelling up your gladiators. The higher the rarity, the higher the increase in statistics will be each time you level up the gladiator.

As a result, if you compare two gladiators of the same class, level and rank, the gladiator with the highest rank will have much better statistics (and therefore have more power) than the lower rarity gladiator.

Saving for the best

In order to receive the very best gladiators from these premium statues, you will need to start saving your gems.

In order to get more gems to help your saving, you can try the following:

– Open the chests that appear around the world map. They always contain gems.

– Many missions award you with gems by default; most of the medium and high difficult missions do.

– Whenever you win a mission, you will have a chance of getting gems from the reward chests.

– Selling a gladiator will grant you half their original statue’s value in gems.

– Selling consumables affords you a small amount of gems per item sold.

– Get as far into the weekly events as possible. They often reward large amounts of gems.

– Increase your fame in multiplayer battles to become one of the winning clans at the end of the clan season. The winning clans always receive a large amount of gems (as we outlined in a previous blog post).

– You can also buy the gems by tapping the icon you will see in the upper-left corner of your screen.

So it’s time to start saving your gems, and get ready for the best way to get a fully-equipped 5-star gladiator in a matter of seconds!

 

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What to do before contacting Gladiator Heroes user support

Not sure how to play the game? Or maybe you’re being affected by a bug? Following the global launch, our support team have been inundated with thousands of daily messages. So, if you don’t want to wait, here’s what to do to solve your problem as soon as possible.

 

Q: I don’t understand part of the game.

A: Want to know how to level up your gladiators, how skills work, or how to get more resources? We’ve got all of that information and more in our Wiki and in our FAQs. If you still can’t find the answer to your question, try asking other players in our Facebook group here. If all else fails, then get in touch with us via Facebook message.

Q: I made a purchase in the game but never received it.

A: In very few cases the server takes a little while to credit your purchase. If, after a few hours, you still haven’t received your items, please contact user support via the form in the game, making sure you attach a copy of your receipt. Following the global launch, the user support team has been inundated with thousands of general enquiries, but are prioritising purchase enquiries above these. However, it may still take a few days for them to respond to your message, check the game data and restore your purchase. Please wait for a reply from the support team in this case, and don’t send additional follow-up messages to the Facebook page or email. Thank you for your patience!

Q: I closed the game during the forge tutorial and now I’ve lost my forge.

A: If you close the game during a tutorial, it won’t save your progress and will assume you haven’t reached the tutorial, reset, and force you to do it again. It’s very important that you do not close the game during the forge tutorial and follow it until the end. When you enter the forge tutorial, the game will automatically ‘gift’ you five new weapons; one to forge, and four to forge it with. You will NOT lose your own weapons through this tutorial, so please don’t try to exit the game.

If the forge doesn’t provide you with these five weapons to forge, you need to go to your armoury and sell all the scrap. Once your armoury is free of scrap, you can re-enter the forge tutorial and continue the game.

Q: The ‘Games of Glory’ video is repeating over and over again. How can I make it stop?

A: This is a small bug we’ve found to be affecting about 0.02% of players. We believe it is actually a connectivity error, where your device cannot maintain a strong enough internet connection to save game data to the server. While we are working on a solution for this issue, here are a few things you can try:

  • Find a stronger, more reliable internet connection to get through this tutorial so that the game can save to the server
  • Turn on your device’s flight mode then open the game. Turn off flight mode while in the game.
  • Turn off your game’s internet connection and continue playing offline while we work to resolve the issue. You will not be able to access multiplayer offline.
  • Making sure you’re connected via Facebook, delete and reinstall the game. You shouldn’t lose any progress.

Q: My game is lagging or freezing in loading pages.

A: Please make sure you have the current version (1.7.3) installed. It includes many performance improvements. Otherwise, make sure you have enough memory on your device and close background apps.

Q: I’m experiencing another sort of bug/issue.

A: Make sure you have the latest version (1.7.3) installed. Close the app completely, and restart your device. If the problem persists, contact the game support team via the in-game app. As they are currently inundated by thousands of messages per day, please expect a wait of three to four days for a response. Thanks for your patience!

Q: I want to reset my game and start from the beginning.

A: We currently don’t offer the option to reset games to the beginning, as this could corrupt your data in future games. We will be happy to give you tips on how to improve your game if you’re not happy with it, however.

Q: There are hackers at the top of the game rankings.

A: Build a game, and the hackers will come. We’re aware of these suspicious accounts and will be setting aside one day per week to remove them. Keep in mind that account termination takes a bit of time – not only do we have to locate the accounts, we then have to verify that they are illegitimate, and take steps to block them in future. The ranking data then takes anywhere from a few hours to a day to refresh worldwide.

Q: What is ‘value’ building?

A: This is a small text error affecting a few players at this time. Value refers to the training ground corresponding to your gladiator (i.e. sword and shield training ground, two-hands training ground).

Q: How do I get stone if I can’t build a quarry yet?

A: Even if you can’t build the quarry, there are still a few options for you to get stone.

  • Starting at mission 38 in the world map, you will earn stone whenever you finish a mission.
  • If your fame level is high enough, the map challenges that you can find alongside missions will also reward you with stone.
  • You will earn stone by levelling up your city.
  • You can always buy the resources you need with gems.

It’s recommended that you prioritise upgrading the Caravan in order to access mission 38 and further.

Q: How can I get gems without paying for them?

A: Yes, yes – there’s the option to buy gems in the game for those who want to pay. But, we’ve endeavoured to make a game that can still be played without having to spend any ‘real world’ money. Every few hours the chests on the map, full of free gems, are refreshed. Make sure you scour the whole map for chests – even areas that you haven’t yet conquered! You can also get gems from chests post-battle – just make sure you watch the video advertising to get more keys. You’ll also receive larger amounts of gems as a reward when you update your city, or by exchanging tokens for chests in the merchant.