In this area will list a few tips and ideas for attacking other player bases a little better. Hopefully if you can find the time to correctly impliment the below information, you will have a better chance of not only loot a lot of resources, but also be able to plan better attacks against people with less fully upgraded colonies and armies.
Before start attacking a player think twice, think that if you place a unit there will it be destroyed easily? First spy on them before attacking, see where all the turrets are hiding, you can also use a spy capsule to check for units in bunkers, or if you see something hiding behind a building) see if there is a defensive bunker or a friends bunker. For a help, here we present most commonly used tactics and tips.To Destroy firstly if you have more than 2 Boulder Strike then you can place it on the defense bunkers, then when you finish use 2 boulder strikes that should finish it off. There are a couple of key notes about defensive turrets that help define an attack plan. Defensive turrets have a "target preference", i.e. when a bunch of units are in range, once their current target is destroyed the turret will start firing on a random unit within its range based on its target preference, and will aim to destroy every unit of the preferred type before moving on to a different type. Snipers, Cannon Blasts and Laser Towers HEAVILY prefer Beetle tanks over almost anything else, which make them perfect decoys for the much more damaging Bazookas. One critical note though, Falcons from defensive bunkers actually prefer infantry and will pound your Bazookas first before the Beetles, so you will not be able to decoy them. Also, keep tons of missile rains, boulder stikes and skull nukes in handy too(I strongly recommend missile rains and boulder strikes, because skull nukes can hurt your units.).
One other key thing to consider before attacking is on what is the intention of the attack. If your alliance is at war with another and you just want to kill everything in sight, then the use of lots of heavy expensive units is viable. However, if the attack is intended as a resource raid you have to be much more tactical in your approach. Sending in a raiding force to a base that has less stealable resources in it than what the raiding force cost is a profoundly stupid idea, because you are wasting units(and money) that could've been used to loot a much stronger base with more loot. Many players spend a lot of money on really strong units, but they only loot about one-fifth of the money they used to make those units. Don't be that dumb. Plan out your attack(s) so that you have a high likelyhood of ending up ahead in resources compared to what you spent. You can attack once with a few units from colony to find out, what units are in bunkers and then do the main attack.
A couple of other critical notes:
- Have in account the attack costs = (the distance between your planet and the planet you want to attack) x 620.
- ALWAYS think before you attack. If you attack someone the opponent gets a "revenge" attack counter against you. What this means is even if you are below the target's normal general attack range by level they will still be allowed to launch an attack against you. For example, if a level 50 person attacks a level 90 person, the level 90 person will be able to attack the level 50 person. They will get as many revenge strike counters as the number of attacks you launch against them, so beware of this before you attack someone notably stronger than you. These counters appear to last one week until consumed by an attack, it used to be indefinitely until a recent update.
- When two alliances go to war, the level restrictions on who the members can attack and colony shield are TURNED OFF against members of the enemy alliance. That means that every single member of one alliance can attack any of the members of the enemy alliance, even if the target is several hundred levels below them (in fact this is one of the favorite tactics for getting high Warpoints). Keep that in mind before joining a highly combat-oriented alliance.
Specific Types of AttackHere are a few styles of attacking for defeat enemy's bases!
Bazookas and battle support.
When you are ready attack the player, first destroy the turrets with few bazookas . After you've done and you've checked that all your Bazookas are dead, its time to use some battle support. Use the Skull Nuke (I don't recommend it if you deployed units already because it kills your units), Missile Rain or Boulder Strike on a certain turrets or buildings. For example, Bunkers or most dangerous turrets. Now get ready your "fight troops", usually Bazookas + Beetles Tanks are a deadly combination for a cheap price. Beetle Tanks can take hits from Cannon Blasts and other turrets while the Bazookas stand back and deliver massive damage. It doesn't always have to be those two. Colossi and air units work as well. You can use "fighting troops" first instead of using few bazookas for an open attack.
- For the not-so-chip-ful players here's my help/advice to you my comrades, keep your bazookas out of range of that defense and send in the falcons or moles. If that special enemy that your attacking has a heavy defense I'd suggest to throw those falcons and moles in to kill those turrets and most likely after the turrets are destroyed send in those bazookas for a total domination of that planet.
- Flame Throwers are the best against laser turrets. In conjunction with bazookas you got them down in a few seconds.
Swarming with Marines
Useful, yet underestimated tactic is swarming lots of Marines, As they are very cheap and fast-creating troops, you can attack with them pretty fast. Higher levels of Marines recommended (at least 3). First off, spy on your enemies and find good place to attack (far away from Mortar Turret or Cannon Blast turret). If there's not such a places, use battle support (Skull Nuke, Missile Rain or Boulder Strike) or either falcons (5 max.) to quickly kill it. Now swarm your marines and enjoy grabing lots of loot!
Another good tactic is using your many Marines to distract the enemies' defense, then you can send in the Moles, Falcons or your unit of choice; then you may get ready for your enemies planets to burn and for you to gain as much loot as you can!
Overall swarming marines starts losing usefulness when the Mortar is built in the enemy base, near level 30.
Swarm of Wasps
If you can spam Marines, why not Wasps as they are air version of them? The key difference between these tactics are location and circumstances. Wasp are more useful when Mortars and Cannon Blasts are faraway from Snipers and Missile Launchers, while Marines are more useful for opposite event. Use the same tactic as Marines' tactic (which can be found above), just find good position and enjoy grabbing loots even more! This is only a useful tactic in a war situation, given the costs of these you should not use this for raiding.
- Just a side note from another player; wasps aren't very useful, BUT! if there is an unprotected (gigantic ground area) only covered by tiny cannon blasts and mortar teams, they are the cheapest and greatest weapon!
- Another note by another player: Wasps are still expensive in comparison to Marines, so be careful.
Mixed Ultra Assault (by Kiljaedenas)
In terms of raw destructive power and ability to take out a base, there is nothing that can compare to a properly mixed force of Colossus tanks and Falcon jets from a base that has filled at least three fully upgraded warp gates with them and nothing else. The only thing that can really stop one of these attacks is bunkers filled with a mix of more Colossi and Falcons. You could go all Colossi in the bunkers but they may have trouble catching the Falcons before they've done serious damage to your turrets, particularly your Mortars.
The best way to attack with this force is in stages. First, carefully look for all of the Mortars and gauge their range, so you know where safe drop zones are for the Colossi. Then, start with the enemy bunkers; you want them emptied. Use Colossi and drop four within the trigger radius of a Bunker but outside the range of any Mortars. Four Colossi will completely empty a Bunker filled with anything other than more Colossi or perhaps multiple Zeppelins; even a maxed Bunker filled to the brim with Falcons won't be able to take all of them down, and you can always drop a couple more for backup. Do this for all of the bunkers that you can engage outside of the range of mortars, possibly using missiles or meteors on the bunkers that you can't hit. As a bonus, if any missle turrets happen to be on the outskirts of a base try to wait until they're taken out as well by the Colossi. Do not deploy all of your Colossi during this initial stage! Keep at least 8 stored if you can.
Once all or at least as many as possible of the bunkers are emptied or destroyed, deploy your Falcons en-masse preferably close to Mortars and ideally at least 10. If you've been able to take out the bunker troops or are just lucky, they will take out all the Mortar turrets before they fall (if they even do). At the very least they should hopefully weaken them enough so that you can use cheap items to finish them off. Once the mortars are down, if enough of your Colossi from the first stage are still standing you may not even need to deploy more. But if you've taken out the bunkers and Mortars and have at least 8 colossi left, it won't matter what the rest of the turrets are like. You will be able to wipe the base outright, no matter how big it is. However, even if the enemy defences manage to ultimately defeat you using this technique, there is no base layout in existence that could properly defend against two back-to-back attacks of this nature so if you can immediately attack again with the same type of force and technique, you WILL level them.
A new tactic using new unit. First, you must destroy sniper, laser and freeze towers by beetles and bazookas, moles (max.10) or falcons (max.5) and then deploy a lot of S-trikes next to tower, what do you want to destroy (remaining sniper, laser or freeze turrets, strong bunker or mortar (to deploy more bazookas) or Missile launchers (to use air units)).
This tactic uses speed and mobility of new S-Trike, you must destroy sniper and laser towers because they can hit S-Trike and the freeze turrets, because they slow down the S-Trikes and they can be easily hit. If the S-Trikes destroy mortars and cannon blasts, you can use bazookas to devastate the planet and if they destroy missile launchers, you can use Ufos or Wasps, because they cannot be damaged. Sometimes if you have 30 or so S-Trikes, you don't need to worry about snipers and lasers, they're fine alone.
S-Triking can be the best when they are on level 4. not too expensive but also good damage they are great for defense bunkers because they will make it go open and directly closed by their speed. but when there are a lot of bazookas in the bunker you got a dead s-trike army. try a simple marine to activate the bunker.
S-triking 2 (by -alex48starlings- )
new tactic using the s-trike.first control if there are bazookas in bunkers (like shown above). if there are use some boulder strikes on the bunker or in alternative defeat the bazookas using a few Beetle Tanks after that place your s-trikes (about 15) and, while they are distracting the towers (especially mortars) deploy some bazookas or starlinators do defeat the distracted towers
S-Triking Notes (by CallmemabeyXD)
Note that sometimes when you deploy many s-trikes around a low level building it gets destroyed, and then the trikes split up. This is a HUGE disadvantage of S-Triking, and it also makes it easier for them to get pulverized by snipers and lasers, since they don't have anything else to attack the turret attacking it.
Attacking Notes (By CallmemabeyXD)
The most important thing about attacking is finding a strategy that works for you. But it also has to fit your star base level. This means that you have to connect the dots-figure out what units to use for this star base level. Here are some examples: Lvl 3 and under: marines(at least lvl 3 recommended.) Lvl 4: Massed bazookas and beetle tanks will do perfectly. Lvl 5-6: Why not s-trikes? Oh, and some Falcons. Lvl 7+: colossus, Starlinators, Falcons, S-Trikes. There. Now you have an idea of what to use and not use for battles. This will be very important in alliance battles as well. Connect the dots, dudes.
Attack Tactic (by Dragan89sd)
I use this style of attacking, if someone has 4 fully upgraded defense bunkers with colossi you will need at least 36 colossi to destroy them, simply place one unit in range and when they attack, you do attack from other direction, after that send one round of falcons, considering that it will not be enough for high level turrets in third round send 20 falcons and rest bazookas. I suggest thet you should specialize each planet for training one or two units, i have 12 planets and on 5 of them i have only bazookas and falcons and 7 ot them are for colossuses, so there is no need to unlock molls, beetle tanks, wasps, ufos, starlinators, kamikazes. After you finish with upgrading units recycle laboratory so oponnent can earn less points for attacking you.
Using Disadvantages (by lordlarry1)
My favourite method of taking out a base starts by spying on the enemy and checking the bunkers for enemy units. If it's above level 2 and loaded, too bad, you can't attack this base, but if it is level 1 I drop a boulder and boom! It's gone. Then I deploy 20 S-Trikes. The Trikes will run around the base and while they're doing that, I match my units to the turrets.
Mortar: Use Starlinators, the mortar will be too occupied with the Trikes.
Missile Launcher: Any ground unit!
Laser and Sniper Tower: Massed Bazookas and Beetle Tanks.
Cannon Blast: Beetle Tanks.
A good booster in damage are Moles. Upgraded levels in units may be required for different level bases.
I hope this helped!
(Last Note: Don't be afraid to pick on a base and always loot it, it doesn't matter, as long as you don't lose money as you fail to meet the prices of your army over time)
Colossus and starlinators(by fighter107)
if you can use bazookas and beetle tank why not colossus and starlinators, if you can't destroy a bunker full of colossus use this tactic: step 1: distract the bunker with one colossus, drop it not to close because then destroy the colossi the colossus, so drop it on the end of the range from the bunker .step 2 : then if the colossi far enough drop the starlinators near the bunker, but look out for mortars , drop one colossus near the mortar to distract it before you drop the starlinators, you must have 2 or 3 planets full of colossus and starlinator to do this. its expensive,but it works good! extra tip: if you have not enough starlinators, a zeppelin will be also a good support for the starlinators since their health pretty low is :).
Falcon, beetle tanks and bazookas(by seamus2003)
If you have falcons you can destroy loads of defense with them but make sure you use the beetle tanks and bazookas at the right time after the falcons are deployed as most turrets are focused on them and probably the most dangerous turrets like the mortar is destroyed then its a good idea to deploy bazookas and beetle tanks can destroy all the ground turrets and if all units are destroyed and you have marines or any other units then deploy them them after the tanks bazookas and falcons are destroyed. Its not really the cheapest but worth the resources. (recomened 10 or 5 falcons, 15 bazookas and 6 tanks with a few random units)
Zeppelins and beetle tanks(by seamus2003)
If you have zeppelins and you have beetle tanks use them together. When choosing a location to attack place all the units in the exact same place as they might attack the same thing so it will destroy the base easily.
Falcons, Starlinators, and S-Trikes
Attacking with Starlinators and S-Trikes involve the same core concepts as attacking with Bazookas and Beetle tanks. S-Trikes, at first, appear to be one of the worst units in the game. 200 damage, 1700 health. However, when it is upgraded to levels 4 and above, its damage per second and health is greatly increased. Unfortunately, the cost goes up significantly too--20,800 coins at level 4. As a result, this tactic is recommended for high level players, players with level 7 or above Compact Houses, or players that know who to attack and who to not to attack based on loot amount. Falcons are added into the mix to counter mainly air units in bunkers.
In tactics involving Beetle Tanks and Bazookas, Beetle Tanks are often described as a shield for the Bazookas. As players reach higher and higher levels, turrets get stronger and stronger, posing more of a problem. This is especially the case with Mortars, since a few hits can easily destroy a Beetle Tank, and splash damage could destroy Bazookas close to them. In this tactic, Starlinators and S-Trikes, S-Trikes function as a shield, particularly against the Mortars. As the S-Trikes drive around, drawing fire from defences, the Starlinators will go destroy defences. Since most turrets prefer mechanized units, the Starlinators will sustain minimal damage.
A flaw that should be taken into acconut when deploying this tactic is Defense Bunkers. If they contain lots air units, this tactic will probably be useless. If this is the case, a good way to counter this is to deploy Falcons, Marines, and Bazookas. First, drop a few spaced out Marines to activate the Defense Bunker. As the units start to engage the Marines, deploy Bazookas and Falcons. When a Marine dies, deploy another one in the same spot as to keep the enemy units occupied. Continue deploying Marines until all units are dead or if the bunker is filled with zeppellins or wasps since they are slow desploying all the srikes next to the bunker to deal massive damage. If the Defense Bunker was stocked with Falcons, then by the time all units are dead, your S-Trikes and Starlinators should have destroyed most of the base.
(Highly recommended by lordlarry1)
falcon and zeppellins
attacking with falcons and zeppellins involve the SAME core concepcts of starlinators and colossus. you will need at least 6 zeppellins and the rest falcons. this is raccomanded against higly mortar-freeze turrets based bases.
first, deploy your zeppellins near the missile launchers then spam falcons next to them. they will get pulverized.then falcons will start squazzling in the bases,destroy snipers and lasers. when the defencs are destroyed put in the rest of ur zeppellins to loot.
if the defences reach to kill the falcons attack again with other falcons, and then loot with bazookers, looters or marines
Attacking Defensive BunkerWhen you are going to destroy a defense bunker and units come out, use Missle Rain or Boulder Strike to destroy the bunker. It is not smart to use the Skull Nuke because it will also destroy your units, not to mention it's extremely expensive.The cheaper way is to unleash 2 Boulder Strikes and 1 Missile Rain as that will completely destroy the defense bunker with the units inside it.If its your defense bunker then fill it up with colossus and if not then bazookas or falcons. Better is if you put some falcons (about 4) to destroy weak units so fast and 9 colossus to kill heavy and slow units for example enemys colossus.
Gaining XP Points
If you need experience points from battles, destroy the warp gates, training facility, factory and starport first, which are commonly far away from turrets and bunkers, as they give lots of experience. (e.g: a destroyed level three warp gate gives out 3,754 xp)
- I myself must say that these are just military facilities, But! The military/turrets are the most EXP givers and it is a better decision ( ironic yes? ) to attack the turrets and army facilities rather than just the petty star base and the mines/ compact houses.
- Another note that I saw that needed to be added was that destroying warp gates is a gigantic and humungous exp gain, sometimes when my clan battles ( anonymous so we don't get many challengers ) we love the joy of destroying those warp gates filled with enemy units.
- Killing warp gates is a good goal but sometimes they may be protected or used as a defense what can I do to destroy them? I answered him/her by telling him/her that the best way to go against that is by shooting up their defensive bunkers with Artillery Attacks or defense-unit killers.
Gaining War Points
If you are attacking because your alliance is at war,attack the starports, training facilities, factories and warpgates,as they give more exp and war points,and plus the other buildings such as the observatory gets you no where in getting war points and exp,the mines and compact houses will help you to get more resources,and the turrets are the main things to destroy(as an attacker)as they give a lot of exp,and finally is the starbase they also give a large amount of exp as well as outstanding warpoints,as the war points you collect are 1% of the experience you gain from the attack. By destroying the warp gates you will also destroy any troops your opponent has left in them. Going for his resources isn't the best thing to do, unless you need them plus they take a long time to destroy and give almost no war points.
The amount of war points you get are rounded up, so even if you gain only one experience point, you will get one war point. This works out great when you are dealing with lower level players- Instead of destroying their entire base at once, which will only grant you a few war points, you'll want to end the fight after every building you destroy- Gaining one war point for each.You might also want to see the attack cost before attacking as you can loose your minerals while you are saving it for something else.
My big advice for looting resources is that always think like an artist, (sounds weird right?) always go for the random things like tiny blind spots like a field-full of cannon blasts and mortar towers that are protecting the resources. For example I need to not get Exp points, but instead im trying to destroy a persons Compact house. On my opponents left side of the house I spy a clear view of Cannon blasts and only Mortars. Best bet to destroy that thing is to first use 5 falcons to take out the right side and when the falcons reach the left side (full of snipers and freeze turrets/missile launchers) you send in the infantry! send in the Bazooka's to take out That defenseless compact house and totally dominate that enemies defensive strategy!