How to unlock Tier 4 Troops
Unlocking tier 4 troops is arguably one of the biggest achievements you will ever make in Lords Mobile. Whilst most players can easily unlock tiers 1 to 3 within a month or so of casual play – tier 4 is a completely different story
Compared to getting to Castle level 25, or unlocking hero level 60; tier 4 troops are in a completely different league.
So what exactly are the requirements to unlock tier 4 troops? Why is so hard? Can you do it without spending any real money? How long will it take? How much real money does it cost to get there?
This guide aims to answer all these questions in the road to unlocking tier 4 troops.
Requirements for Tier 4 Troops
First we need to look at the requirements. Now if you simply tap on any of the tier 4 troops in your academy you will see there appears to be very few requirements to unlock them. The first is a level 25 Academy and the second is the military research: Army Offense I level 10.
Sounds simple enough, but the pre-requisites for these two upgrades are absolutely insane.
I’ll start with the building requirements. As mentioned above to train tier 4 troops you need to have a level 25 Academy.
This is where the pain begins. For levels 1 to 24 the only building requirement to upgrade your Academy is your Castle. This means as soon as you level up your Castle, you have access to the next Academy level.
Sadly it all changes at level 25. To upgrade your Academy from level 24 to 25 you need to have one of every building in the game at level 25.
The image below shows you the Academy’s immediate building requirements, but to get these buildings to level 25 requires all your other buildings to be 25 as well.
Steel Cuffs, Soul Crystals and War Tomes
Okay so you have just got your Castle to 25 and are thinking, that wasn’t too tough really. The Castle has the highest resource requirement to upgrade out of all the buildings, so if I can get my Castle to 25, I can probably managed to get the rest of my buildings up to 25 too, right?
That’s until you consider that every building to level 25 includes the Prison, Battle Hall and Altar. These three buildings don’t just require standard resources (which can be obtained fairly easily), they also require: Steel Cuffs, Soul Crystals and War Tomes to upgrade.
The above items are not at all easy to obtain. In fact you will almost certainly have to purchase large quantities of these with gems.
How many do you need?
Each building requires 20,000 from Level 0 to level 25. At a gem cost of 10,000 gems for 1,000 war tomes, 1,000 steel cuffs or 1,000 soul crystals…. you will need a grand total of 600,000 gems to purchase everything you need.
Now whilst you can obtain some of these items in game through chests and guild gifts e.t.c. you will be playing for years if you think you can get 20,000 of each without purchasing most of them from the gem store.
Of course in addition to this you also are looking at close to 1 billion normal resources and over 1,000 days of speed ups (before boosts), to get all your buildings upgraded!
As if the building requirements were not bad enough, you also need a ton of research completed in Lords Mobile before you can unlock tier 4 troops.
Remember that the direct requirement to unlock tier 4 troops is only Troop Defense I 10, but you will soon find that Troop Defense I 10 requires Troop Health I 10, which in turn requires Troop Attack I 10, which in turn requires….
….and so on and so forth, until you actually find you have to max all the abilities in the entire economics and military tree to level 10, before you can unlock a single tier 4 troop. The only exception is Gem Harvesting in the economics tree, which you can ignore.
This will cost you around 2 billion resources and 1 billion gold. The time cost is over 4,500 days before research boosts.
Taking all of the above into consideration, you are looking at the following:-
- 600,000 gems for the Steel Cuffs, Soul Crystals and War Tomes.
- 15 years of timers (5 years with 200% boost to research).
- 3 billion resources (food, stone, lumber and ore).
- 1 billion gold
Is that even Possible?
Admittedly the above resource, gold, gem and time cost may seem ridiculous, without spending a fortune of real money and right now that might be true. However, it probably will be doable without spending huge amounts of money in the future due to game inflation (but I’ll come back to that later).
As of right now the resources are probably the easiest to obtain, with the use of alt farming accounts and help from your guild, you will get there in the end.
Gold is a little harder, but again if you keep farming and trading, you will be surprised how quickly you can build up your gold reserves.
Steel Cuffs, Soul Crystals and War Tomes are a little more difficult. If you are in a guild with a high gift level and big spenders, you can actually get a big chunk of these from guild gifts.
You need to maximize the use of the Treasure Trove which will bring in 21,000 free gems a month. You will probably still need to purchase some gem packs on top.
15 Years Though?!
If you manage to all of the above, then the hardest part is actually reducing 15 years of timers down to a realistic figure.
You really need between 200%-300% in research boosts before you hit any of those long timers. This can be reached with the right leader talent point spec and research equipment. 200% reduces it down to 5 years and 300% down to 3.75 years.
Remember guild helps also reduce your timers significantly. Guild helps reduce the remaining time left by 1% per help, so don’t use any speed ups until all of your helps have been received.
Finally you will need a large number of speed ups to reduce the balance of those lengthy timers. The best way to get speedups is by carefully completing events.
The trick here is to use speed ups to finish research/build timers, to get to the required points to win the event. You need to make sure the rewards for each prize are equal to, or greater than the amount of speed ups you have spent.
This way you will complete a large chunk of research, or building upgrades, but still manage to recover most gems/speedups you use.
I mentioned earlier that even taking into account all of the above, it may still be impossible to unlock tier 4 troops without spending a lot of real money.
A large part of this is due to the fact that Lords Mobile is a relatively new game. As new features are added to the game the developers will have to keep increasing cost for new research and building upgrades, to make the game challenging for high level players.
As this happens they will adjust the gem packs, offering significantly more items and gems. This allows high level players to purchase the required packs to unlock the really expensive research. The knock on effect is that lower level players also have access to these high level packs.
This in turn makes it much quicker to upgrade the early buildings and research, including tier 4 troops.
So for the time being you should use all of the above tips to get as far as you can towards unlocking tier 4 troops in Lords Mobile. You probably won’t have to wait too long until much better gem packs start to appear in the gem store.