Time to Expand
Now that you're set with the basics, it's time to take your troops out to gain some glory, by defeating your local monsters. OK, not so fast. First, you'll need to build up a decently deep bench of troop units. Make sure that you not only have soldier units, but also spies. Spies are your eyes outside your territory and are crucial to planning where and when to expand.
Your fighting troop balance should be about 1/3 melee units, and 2/3 ranged units. You want to do this so that your melee can act as tanks, holding the enemy at a distance, while your ranged burn them down from afar. This will not only allow you more positioning strategy, but also give you a head start if the battle turns and you need to beat a hasty retreat.
Tap on the Map icon to zoom out of your city and have a look at the world around you. Tap on an object, and you'll get a display telling you some basic information about it. The stat we're looking for right now, is how populated it is with monsters. Without sending spies in, you'll only get a non-numerical estimate, as follows:
- Few: 4-8
- Several: 9-16
- Pack: 16-30
- Lots: 30-60
- Horde: 60-130
- Throng: 130-250
- Swarm: 250-500
- Zounds: 500-1,000
- Legions: 1,000-2,000
- Innumerable: 2,000-4,000
Overwhelming Level1-5: 4,000-130,000
- Overwhelming Level 6-10: 130,000-4,200,000
Find a target that looks like something you can handle and send your spy, or spies, there. The higher your Spycraft level, the more detailed information you'll get back. Click on the City tab to access the Report/Fight icon (circled in red) which will get you get estimated arrival times, and battle status. Once a fight is over, you can get a report on any the unit, which includes damage and gold information. Spies can be used on both monsters and other cities, as well as searching blank parts of the map for what may be there that you can't yet see.
As you continue to build your empire, and expand, you'll start to meet other players, both friendly and enemies. Build alliances with other players in your faction, and treat any enemy encounters like monster encounters.
Learn more about how to play Pocket Empires on page 2, including some great cheats and tips.