Many players have recently had the “pleasure” of becoming intimately familiar with attackers with Tier 7 troops. 300k+ solo march sizes, plus T7 and T7 elemental troops are devastating, not to mention the research and Heroes that come along for the ride. The common result is a solo that carves 50-million-plus power off T5 and even T6 accounts. So how does one defend against these beasts of the current Final Fantasy world? The answer isn’t simple, but let’s go over some options.
Currently, the best hero to use to defend against a Tier 7 base is Gladio. His Steal Attack and Steal Health skills are the most helpful in thwarting a march of this level. Level your Gladio as high as possible; maxing these skills is incredibly helpful.
Unlike in “the old days,” simply using base troops is not effective in defending on many levels, but it is especially ineffective against T7. The following are troops to consider when creating your defense build:
Guardians are a must-have, most notably Maidens. That being said, buying and training two packs of Guardians won’t be enough. You must have more. A suggested minimum of 50k-60k Maidens will provide a solid shield, and that’s a minimum. But don’t rely on them alone.
Tier 5-Tier 6
T5 is the absolute minimum, and it will require a lot of them. The T5 troops will boost your attack power, helping kill off the T7 march. If you have T6, do not rely on them alone to combat a T7 player. A proper defensive hero, gear and troops are essential.
Earth Elemental Troops
Earth Elementals require Level 2 of the Elemancy Building, and are strong against regular troop types and Lightning Troops. Additionally they have a 700% Attack bonus when defending your city. However, it is expensive to train large quantities of these troops. Consider building an Earth Well Expansion Building. Additionally, ask around your guild for players that may have extra Earth Essence. Gifts can be crafted in the Magitek Converter and sent to you for additional troops.
Ravus’s Elite Magitek Troops
These troops require the Ravus Hero to be unlocked and are training in the Mercenary Pits. Their Attack and HP are equivalent to T7 troops. Luna gifts occasionally drop these; otherwise, the Shards necessary must be purchased.
There are many options for clothing your Hero. What you choose to wear will depend on your overall build. Make sure not to just focus on one stat. You need a blend of Attack, Defense and HP (this goes for the overall build as well). One important note: you should choose a weapon that has heavy attack stats. For example, the Undertaker Weapon is underwhelming. Instead, opt for a weapon that boosts your attack. The following are Gear Sets to consider when determining your setup:
- Undertaker’s Set Gear: An old set but still has its uses.
- Glacian’s Set Gear: The weapon here is a good attack choice.
- Mercenary Commander’s Set Gear: For a build with significant Mercenary troops, take a look at this set.
- Guardian’s Set Gear: Significant Armor bonuses, as well as Mercenary boosts
- Archaean’s Set Gear: Offers Attack and HP
- Magebane’s Set Gear: This set is anti-Mage specific, geared to defeating Glacian/Mage marches.
Also, don’t forget that even at the minimum level, complete gear sets give boosts in the Mythic Forge now. It may not be a ton at lower levels, but every bit helps.
Each Expansion Building has underlying boosts that help your Citadel, in addition to the rss they produce. Building a few (based on Citadel size), will help increase your defensive stats. The following buildings provide useful boosts for defending.
- Fire Well: Troop Attack Bonus
- Ice Well: Troop Armor Bonus
- Lightning Well: Armor Piercing
- Earth Well: Troop HP bonus (as well as the handy Earth Essences)
- Guardian Enclave: Mercenary Guardian Armor Bonus
The current beast of the gem world, the Rainbow gem provides significant attack stats at higher levels. Again, just defense and HP will not be enough to combat a T7 march. You must have attack stats as well to kill the incoming troops.
Putting it into Play
Once you have your setup ready to go, it’s time to take it for a test drive. BE CAREFUL. This is one time it would behoove you to have a friend with T7 slowly test your build. The troops (especially the vulnerable Shield Maidens) are very expensive. Take a heroless march first (maybe even a T6 march from a high-level player), and then if you’re feeling very confident, try one with a Hero.
The range of T7 attackers at this point in the game varies widely, from new T7 that will be easier to handle, to the Golden Eyes of the world (whom the author of this article would run from). Also, be careful when being attacked by Elemental troops and Vanguards. What works for a pure T7 march may get blown out of the water against these troops. Pick your battles carefully, as replacing your troops will be extremely expensive. Above all, watch your back and protect your investment!