One of the biggest worries in Game of War: Fire Age is that your Hero is captured, or even worse executed by an enemy player. This guide will cover how to protect your Hero and how to free your Hero if he/she is captured.
I also cover what actually happens to your equipment and experience in the unfortunate event that your Hero is executed.
Prevention is almost always better than cure. In the case of your Hero, properly protecting him in the first place will greatly reduce the risk of capture.
If your Stronghold is under level 10, then your Hero cannot be captured and therefore you do not need to take any precautions. If your Stronghold is under level 15, whilst your Hero can be captured, he cannot be executed which again reduces the need to constantly protect him or her.
The safest way to protect your Hero is to keep them in your city with a shield up. Assuming you keep track of when your shield runs out, your Hero will be completely safe from any attacks. The downside is that shields are expensive and unless you want to spend a lot of money it is unlikely you will be able to have a permanent shield up. Another downside of having a shield up is you cannot attack other players whist it is active.
Assuming your Hero is level 10 or above, then “Dummy” or “fake” rallies are a great way to protect your Hero whilst you are offline. The simplest way to do this is to set an 8 hour rally on another player and include your Hero in the march. You can renew this rally every 8 hours if you wish, which will provide 24 hour protection.
You can only rally against a player in another Alliance or an unallied player above Stronghold level 14. If there is such an unallied player near you, chances are they are no longer active and you can use their city for your fake rally. If not then you can either use a city in an alt or farm alliance, or if you are really stuck you can create another account, set up a 1 man alliance, and use your free teleport to move to your mains location.
You should also note that your Hero can be taken whist on a resource tile. So if you are not actively watching your farming, you should avoid sending your Hero with your resource marches.
Even for the most dedicated player there will be times when your shield lapses, or your fake rally timer runs out leaving your Hero unprotected. If your Hero is captured you will immediately stop receiving any skill or equipment boosts. In addition any quests you complete will not award you with experience.
In this situation you really only have three choices:-
You will usually have at least a few days to attempt to get your Hero back, before the player has a chance to execute your Hero. This time period is based on the level of your Hero and the level of the captor’s prison and can be seen if you click on your Hero icon.
Most players’ worst fear is that their Hero is executed. It is however, not as bad as many people believe....
When you log in you will have a message stating that your Hero has been executed, don't panic! You will note a 7 day timer has been activated in which to revive your Hero. Hero resurrection items can be purchased from the Alliance store for 500 alliance points, or from the gold store for 6,000 gold. Using this item within 7 days restores your Hero with full experience and with all their items.
If you can’t afford a hero resurrection you can opt to hire another Hero. Even in this case you still receive all of your items back, however you do suffer an experience penalty. The loss is based on the level of your Gymnos and your Hero will lose levels if enough points are lost.
Whilst Hero capture and execution is certainly a pain, it is not the complete disaster that many players fear. The biggest problem is usually the loss of Hero boosts during the captured period. However, with the proper precautions most players should be able to protect their Hero from being captured in the first place.
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