Hi hope you find guide 1 helpful. Here we shall address issues of allies, their cost, values and stats analysis as well as their role in development. Common knowledge 1. Allies can be bought/sold freely 2. Each transection increase the cost of the ally. 3. The ally gains money according to the value of transection. (Refer to raven strategy p1 for more info) What do everyone says 1. Allies boost your stats 2. Bank in allies, protect your gold 3. Trade allies and earn money Each of these 3 statement have their truth and the utilization is the purpose of this post. Basic about allies. The stats of the ally shows the development of the ally. eg. A [200 / 400 / 150 / 150] ally is one that played the tutorial, and has a barracks and a guild. This section is about allies trading and their value, for beginners only For the purpose of our analysis follow my rule to determine the ally total strength. Total ally str = (def+atk) + 2(spy d + a) For the above example, the ally strength = (200+400) + 2(150+150) = 1200 *note I give the spy stats a multiple of 2 in the computation of the total stats because spying stats is unique and important. Ok ally cost strength ratio is given by (cost) / (ally total strength) = value eg. Cost of Ally = 30000 ally total strength = (1200) from example the value is 30000 / 12000 = 25 This value shall serve beginners as a rough guide to buying allies from the chart below. *note the lower the value, the better value - status 12.5 - bargain 25. - average 30. - expensive 40. - overpriced At 40 and above, the ally is overpriced and hard to sell at the market. Of course the values I benchmarked is based on my observation of the market over a few days. It is only to be a guide for beginners. Why is the above information important? A low cost high str ally is hot property, the reverse is true for a high cost low str ally, so we do not want a "buy my ally please" situation. Buying allies is an art. Experience comes from exposure and activity. Everyone has their own treshold for the (cost)/(str) value. *Note: Well if you have a overpriced ally, you can always look to TZ for help. TZ will try to (buy / help / provide solutions) Enough of the basics, let us move on. Buying allies against buying buildings. For beginners, buy buildings. They are more certainly worth it than allies. Why? A building lvl1 gives u 30000 str while and ally only 1200. The money you get from quest and fighting is more and easier than trading allies. So buy buildings and grow!! Then when to get allies? Yes the initial growth is explosive, but soon you find that you are slowing down. The land cost is high, the upgrade cost is high etc. This is the time you start to save money and is also the time to invest in allies. Investing in allies, it boosts stats and give a edge against SIMILAR stats opponent. This means If opponent has 1 more building than u, the ally is not going to help much. Investing in allies, it keeps the gold safe, if someone buy the ally, it is a bonus, u earn some tips to invest in another ally. The above 2 ways shows allies as being a unique feature in the game as well as their values. Now I have derive a safe method for protecting money. (the safest is potion banking, but u lose 25% gold refers to raven strategy p2). Buy ally at 1/4 the money to be saved (goal) eg I want to save 1500000 for my upgrade. I buy an ally at value around 375000. Make sure is good (cost/str) value ally. So I buy this value ally or higher value ally to keep my gold. As my ally get sold, I use the proceeds and money I earn and buy a higher cost ally. Via this way slowly build up cash reserves and one day, when the ally got sold, yippie!! We reach the goal and can do an upgrade. Allies boost yours stats. They represent the strength that is never lost, unlike a loss of troops. Having allies can somehow "preserve" your power and beat the odds against a similar power opponent. Note* Trading allies earn minimal income. It is just a bonus for losing your ally or a premium opponent pay to weaken you. Quest and fight generate more than trading generally. Questions: Do I buy 3 weak allies or 1 strong ally? Answer: Do an analysis and see which is more worthwhile. Bank in 1 ally is better, it keeps the money together. But at high cost (1 million above) cheaper allies are easier to sell than 1 high cost ally. Hope this helps welcome any comments and add on and do post on my walls *Final note: Allies are not just commodies in the game, they can be alliances and friends too Also see the kinds of allies I have. I TRY to get as many examples Next on part 3: Style of play, survival, methods of deployment, land development, allies, fighting, spies. The interesting aspects of the game.