Beginner’s Guide: An Overview of Iron Throne
In this beautifully rendered Strategy MMO by Netmarble, you will undertake a journey unlike any you’ve encountered in any other mobile game. In this guide, we will start from the very beginning and give you the necessary tools to join the kingdom of the Iron Throne.
Logging into Iron Throne for the First Time
Upon logging into Iron Throne for the first time, you will be greeted by a gorgeous and elaborate storyline. Be sure to watch the introduction — Netmarble will use it to set the stage for the ongoing quest for the Iron Throne. Let’s discuss the first steps to take after your first login.
The first thing to observe is that Netmarble has done a wonderful job integrating the tutorial into the game mechanics. After completing the initial tutorial, guidance and hints remain embedded throughout the gameplay. Players should be sure to follow the recommended quests, as they fluidly move through the initial creation process, as well as provide substantial rewards upon completion.
Iron Throne allows for ample accumulation of resources immediately. It’s important that you protect your investments with a Peace shield as soon as possible. One will be provided upon game startup, but be sure to keep it refreshed until you are ready to defend yourself! Shields can be found under the “buffs” section of the castle screen view, and can be won through quests or purchased with gold. Shields can also be purchased in the Shop.
Changing Your Lord Name
Every warrior needs an impressive name! You will receive one free “Rename Lord” item. To change your name, click in the top left corner on the Lord icon. The field for name changes is located right above the avatar picture. Additional name changes can be obtained through quest rewards or purchased with gold.
It is always important to keep VIP activated, as it provides several benefits. Among these are resource production increases, additional quests, troop capacity, and more. VIP can be turned on with a button along the top left of the screen right next to the buffs icon, or through your Lord view. VIP points and activation items can be won in quests or purchased with gold. After VIP 15 you will no longer need to manually activate this, which is nice.
Join an Alliance
An essential part of the Iron Throne experience is joining an alliance. In an alliance, you will be able to chat and fight with new and old friends alike. Additionally, being in an alliance provides many game benefits, such as the Alliance Shop, gifts from purchases and Monster, incredibly significant speed reduction on Construction and Research from Helps, and fun Alliance activities! If you’d prefer to start your own alliance, that is an option as well.
You will participate with your Alliance in events such as;
- Alliance Deathmatch
- Alliance War
- Blood Moon
- Dark Moon
- True World War
- Continental Domination
- Alliance Raid
- Alliance Rift
At this point, you’ve most likely completed the initial tutorial and settled into an alliance. So where do you go from here? This section discusses some crucial next steps as you venture forth.
Quests and Rewards
Iron Throne offers an abundance of free items to help you build up your Castle. The early quests give quite a bit of materials needed to upgrade your account through the Growth Missions. In the article “Iron Throne: A New Breed of Mobile Gaming” we discussed the various quests and rewards available in depth. Take full advantage of these as you start your journey. Additionally, it is essential that you try and hit the most solo/inferno events daily. Grind it out!
Heroes and Appointing Them
At the bottom of your screen in Castle view, you will see a tab for Heroes. Iron Throne offers many unique Heroes, each with their own special skill set. Each Hero’s default trait can be changed using gold if desired. It’s important to note that traits do NOT stack. For example, you cannot appoint two construction Heroes and have the stats from both apply. You will want to level these Heroes up using Hero XP. The leveling sequence is your choice, but Heroes pertaining to build, research, and production may be good first choices. You may appoint Heroes to help within your castle walls. Appointing Heroes are done through each individual Hero’s main screen. Each appointment carries its own capability increases. This is also where you will equip the gear, pets, runes, and auras you obtain.
You can also appoint up to three Heroes to defend your Castle (depending on research). The Heroes you don’t have appointed are free to leave your Castle and attack other players, hit monsters, or gather.
The Heroes screen is also where you will equip your Heroes with gear. Early on, gear sets can be obtained by completing quests. Growth Missions, Town Mode, and the Event Center are great for this! Equipment can also be crafted using materials you find along your journey through Monsters and packs. Killing Monsters is the single best way to accumulate higher level Equipment Sets (next to buying packs). Make sure that you are hitting Monsters on a regular basis, and take advantage of the double chest drops from Monsters in Blood Moon! In the forge, you will want to combine your materials to a higher level before crafting. You can also upgrade your gear in the forge using Upgrade Hammers.
Runes and Auras
Runes provide an additional boost to your Heroes’ stats. They can be fused and enhanced to higher levels, and fall into three categories: Economy, Dimension, and Battle. Up to three runes can be assigned to each hero, although the third rune requires Hero Lv. 40.
Auras are timed, so use these wisely. They can be combined to higher levels just as gear and runes. They are used for battle; there are no economy auras.
Pets are slotted into the two areas at the bottom of the Hero screen. You can obtain pets through many avenues including daily Alliance check-in and event prizes. Each Pet has their own unique boosts, so make sure you insert them into the correct Hero! For example, do not put a Pet that helps with Construction on an attack Hero, it won’t do any good.
Titans are available at Castle 41. There are three types of Titans. Attack, Defense and Support. Each of these have their own skill trees and uses. To learn all about the Titans, check out Titans at War.
Starting to Build and Research
Iron Throne does an excellent job at assisting beginning players with directions on building and researching order, so they do not get lost when starting out. That being said, you don’t have to follow the suggested order. Utilizing the rewards we just discussed will give you ample resources and speedups to get your build off to a great start. Be sure to take advantage of alliance helps as you work to build up your Citadel and complete your Research. At the far south end of your Castle, you’ll notice a portcullis. Upon passing through the gate, you will enter the Town.
Town mode is a completely unique experience. Your hero, Captain Lauren, is physically controlled by you. Run around and explore the town — there are treasure chests hidden within the environment that can be opened for rewards. Central to town mode are three types of quests. These quests give rewards as well as provide for powerful daily buffs. The buffs range from research and construction speed increases to combat and monster boosts. Additionally, the quests progress Iron Throne’s rich storyline, so be sure to read the conversations!
Be sure to visit the town daily and take care of your townsfolk! When you’re done with your duties there, you may feel the need to engage in some battle. There are several ways to fight that don’t even require you to drop your shield!
Battling Without Dropping Shield
Monsters, Chaotic Strongholds, and Defiled Strongholds
From the World view, you will see a plethora of Monsters and fortresses called Chaotic/Defiled Strongholds. Attacking these provides you with rewards and completes daily quests. The “search” function can be used to find the closest desired target. It automatically searches for the nearest next-level target that you haven’t beaten yet.
Killing a monster or conquering a stronghold for the first time gives amazing First Kill rewards! Beware though, Chaotic Strongholds can hit back! Alliances rally the high-level Defiled Strongholds, as they can be very strong and give millions of resources as prizes to each participant.
As mentioned earlier, killing Monsters gives Equipment Chests. Each Monster gives a different type of chest, and you can target specific Monsters if you are auto-hunting (assuming you’re grinding one type of gear). Of course, the higher level of Monster you can hit the better! Get some tips about understanding and utilizing CP for killing Monsters here with Princess Kat.
Passing through the glowing blue gate in your castle takes you to another dimension. Here is where the battle rages and rewards are plentiful. The Dimensional Battle mode contains multiple chapters. There are nine chapters in Dimensional Battle. Each chapter has battles within, and playing them requires the use of DP. 100 DP recharges every day at System reset (0:00 UTC), otherwise, it recharges by 1 every 6 minutes. Each initial battle costs 10 BP. Once you have cleared a level you can choose to complete that Chapter instantly daily using stored DP for the rewards (unlike using silver before). You can also choose to complete it 5 times (costing 50 DP) if there is a specific Token you need. Tokens are used to upgrade your Heroes.
This area has changed since Iron Throne first was released. There are more strategic components to the battle. For a complete overview of the Dimensional Battle, click here.
Replacing the old Arena is Duel Mode. Go head to head with your fellow players several times a day in this battleground. Duel runs on the same principles as Dimensional Battle, but it’s against actual other players in the game, not NPC.
Battle Royale unlocks at Citadel Lv. 12. In Battle Royale, all participants have equal resources. Lord skills, hero levels, research, etc do not apply in the Battle Royale. Attack Chaotic Strongholds and other players’ Citadels to accumulate points. As you reach each point level, you receive buffs and additional (stronger) troops. But beware! Fire will randomly break out in sectors until all Lords standing is in the same area fighting it out. Winner or loser, everyone receives a reward.
Team and Alliance Deathmatch
Deathmatch is available starting at Citadel 14. In Team and Alliance Deathmatch, your Lord Skills and Castle Research are applied. Players engage in a high-paced 20-on-20 battle versus an opposing team or Alliance fighting monsters, collecting resources, and attacking rival Lord castles. As with the Battle Royale, as points are accumulated, buffs and additional troops are provided.
Once a month there is an Alliance Deathmatch Tournament with two levels; Premier and Champion. Battle your way through this bracketed tournament with your Alliance to win large sums of gold for your team and other prizes!
This is one of the most useful areas in the game, that requires the least amount of time. There are several benefits to the Golden Moon;
- You can test your build against other players without losing real troops. Do you want a test? Ask a fellow player to meet your there!
- You should be sitting in a Sanctuary at all times. You don’t have to stay in the Golden Moon and watch them. Accumulate lots of gear chests and building items by occupying one around the clock. It’s easy and effective.
Monthly (or other frequency) Events
One of the most popular events in Iron Throne, Domination looks like a giant board of RISK. Each of the top Alliances is given one tile prior to the start of the match. It’s up to your leadership team to make the appropriate strategic decisions and take over the tiles on the map! Domination is generally once a month. For an in-depth look at Domination look here.
The Blood Moon generally rises once a month and allows for both PvE and PvP play. The rewards for Monsters and Chaotic Strongholds are doubled here, so it’s a favorite for players to head over and grind. That being said, there are multiple Kingdoms participating, so sometimes they disappear fast! In addition to the PvE aspect, in Blood Moon, multiple Kingdoms vie for the Throne, as well as take the opportunity to try and burn each other. If you’re into PvP this is a great time to drop shield and see what happens.
This is currently the community favorite event and happens usually every other month. Dark Moon can seem a little complicated at first but it’s a ton of fun! All Kingdoms converge together on the Dark Moon to try and accumulate multiple Territories on their march to the center of the map. The troops you use here are not your own, but rather ones you buy with Sigils and use for battle. To learn all about the Dark Moon, click here.
Alliance Deathmatch Tournament
Once a month, the Alliance Deathmatch comes to a tournament style event. Alliance is categorized as either Premier or Champion (to avoid small Alliances getting smashed by the huge ones). Continuing in each bracket requires that you win 2 out of 3 matches against the Alliance you’re pitted against. If you win, you move on until there is an ultimate winner!
True World War
This event is primarily for the big dogs, with competition fierce over the ultimate Throne and the Sanctuaries. This event is generally quarterly. This is probably an event you won’t participate much in when you first start, but it’s a lot of fun later!
Alliance War is a weekly event that pits you against several other Alliances. Day 1 is competing in economic tasks such as researching, training, monster hunting, and construction. Day 2 you get to fight each other over the Sanctuaries!
Iron Throne is typically chock full of events each month to keep you busy and engaged! Below is the current month as an example.
There are a ton of Heroes available in Iron Throne. Some are free, some you can win in events, and others are only available through packs. Deep dive into the Heroes, their uses, and their requirements with The Heroes.
Would you like to dig deeper into efficiently building a new account? Check out Building a New Account: Efficiency and Best Practices.
Continuing the Journey
As you continue to explore the world of Iron Throne, many more opportunities for battle and rewards will be discovered. Everything we discussed in this beginning guide can be done with a shield on, shield optional, or doesn’t require the use of your own troops. When you’re ready to drop your shield and battle in the realm, things get even more intense! Your ultimate goal, total domination, and control of the Iron Throne. Do you have what it takes to conquer all?
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