Welcome to quickgamer’s Empire Four Kingdoms walkthrough guide for beginners. We have separate guides for best attack strategies and best defense strategies, FAQs, Tips and unit and defenses.
The castle is the seat of your power and can not be captured by other rulers. By upgrading castle walls and towers, you can substancially improve your defenses against attacks on your castle
As soon as you have proven your capability and your influence and level increases, you can build more castles as outposts and expand your powerful empire
You can change your castle name and your coat of arms through the Throne Room menu in Admin in exchange for rubies.
Outposts are castles on the world map that you can capture and upgrade. Each outpost lets you collect 2 resources. The construction options for buildings at outposts are limited when compared to your castle
You can capture outposts from level 13 up, after you have constructed an estate You can own a maximum of 3 outposts in the game
You can build new buildings from the build menu . Below you can find the 4 different categories of buildings;
- Civilian Buildings (e.g. for increasing the population)
- Military Buildings (e.g. for recruiting units)
- Fortifications for improving defense
- Decorative Items for raising public order
As soon as you select a building, you can upgrade it, move it anywhere, and even demolish it to make room and retrieve some building materials.
The upgrade level of your keep determines how fast buildings are constructed and upgraded
You can extend the construction area and limits of your castle walls via the arrows when the build menu is open in exchange for resources or rubies
Resources are used in particular for constructing and upgrading buildings and tools
- Wood: produced by woodcutters
- Stone: produced in stone quarries
- Food: produced by farmhouses
The location of your plants in the castle has no impact on production. You can also exchange and trade resources with other players. The storehouse’s capacity determines how many resources of one resource type can be stored
You only have a limited amount of resources per castle. The first three plants always produce at their maximum rate. Once the local limits have been exceeded, each additional plant of the same type will have a lower workload and therefore produce less.
COINS AND TAXES
Coins are used mostly for recruiting units, for attacks, espionage and dispatching resources. How do you get coins?
- By collecting taxes with the tax collector
- By fullfilling quest tasks
- By attacking robber baron castles
- By defeating enemy attacks
- By tapping on your citizens to retrieve coins from them
The larger your population, the more taxes your tax collector will return with.
The longer your tax collector is out collecting coins, the more taxes he will collect from your population. Once he has returned, you will have half of the collecting time to pick up the taxes. If you arrive too late, some of the coins that were collected will be lost as time passes
A tax collector can also be bribed with rubies. This prevents taxes being lost, and gives you a bonus on the coins that were collected.
Rubies are the premium currency in the game. You can spend them to save time, use special functions and purchase special buildings or items. How do you get free rubies?
- By fullfilling certain quest tasks
- By levelling up
- By attacking and plundering robber baron castles
- Through the daily login bonus
Public order represents the general mood of the population at your castle and your outposts
What advantages do you gain from a positive public order?. Increased production of resources and increase the speed of recruitment of units & tools
How do you improve public order?. Number of decorative items and upgrading your defenses.
What damages public order?. Population in dwellings and damaged buildings after enemy attacks (unrest)
What is affected by a negative public order?. The production of resources and the recruitment of units and tools are slowed considerably.
The player level shows your game progress and increases with the experience points you get in the game
How do you get experience points to level up?
- By fulfilling quest tasks that are rewarded with XP
- By fulfilling and upgrading buildings
- By fighting robber baron against peers
What advantages does levelling up have?
- New buildings and building levels are unlocked
- In turn, this gives you new units and tools
- You receive 60 rubies as a reward
The world map shows you the castles of other players and your own troop movements
World map icons. The pictures on the world map show you the upgrade level of another player’s castle
If you tap on a castle, you will see that player’s player level, honor and alliance. A green parchment banner indicates members of your own alliance, a yellow banner indicates members of a friendly alliance
Robber Baron castles that are occupied by bandits are shown on the world map as towers. Outposts are indicated by the resources available there
Arrows on the world map represent troop movements. You can see a troop’s remaining travel time by tapping on the info button. The color determines whether this involves an attack, or supporting units for defense.
UNITS & TOOLS
Units and tools are intended for attacking and plundering as well as for the defense of your castle.
What unit types are there?. Each unit is ideally suited for a particcular role, either attacking or defending. A distinction is also made between melee and ranged units
How can you recruit units? Units are recruited at the barracks. To recruit units, you will need coins.
Always make sure that you have plenty of food. Units consume food regularly and desert as soons as you are unable to supply enough
Shadow mercenaries are a special type of unit, who come to your castle to offer their services from time to time. They do not consume any food at your castle, and the defender will not discover who hired them
The different types of tools are used for various purposes and in different areas in attacks and for defense
You use Siege tools when attacking an enemy castle, for instance to reduce the defender’s wall or castle gate protection. You assign defense tools to your castle walls or your castle gate to weaken enemy attacks.
How can you make tools?. Tools are produced in two military buildings: the defense workshop and the siege workshop. To produce tools you need resources or rubies. Once you deploy your tools for attack or defense, they are used up.
To attack a robber baron castle or another player’s castle, tap on the enemy castle icon in the world map and select attack from the ring menu
Your enemy’s castle is divided into a front and two flanks. Select one or more wall sections to attack, and deploy units and siege tools
It is always worth using espionage to find weaknesses in the defenses.
TROOP MOVEMENTS. the time it takes for an army to travel from its point of origin to its target depends on the distance on the world map and the army’s travel speed.
The travel costs of an attack increase depnding on the distance to be travelled and the size of your army. When armies march to a castle on the world map, they will be discovered by its castle lord as soon as they are within range.
Once you have defeated an enemy castle, your victorious units will begin to plunder the resources in the enemy’s camp. Each of your units has its own plunder value, which determines how much plunder they can carry.
However, the Keep has a secure storage to protect some resources from being plundered by an enemy.
If you defeat another player in battle, you gain honor and rise in the general ranking
Depending on the number of attackers, the buildings in a plundered castle will be damaged. This reduces the public order at that castle
To defend your castle, tap on one of your towers or on the Military button to open the Defense menu
Use the slider to set the distribution of units on all three wall sections. You can also specify the ratio of melee and ranged soldiers on each wall section.
Depending on the upgrade level of the castle wall castle gate of your castle, your units will receive an additional defense bonus. You can use defense tools to increase it even further
The number and upgrade level of the towers of your castle determines how many units can stand on the castle wall and benefit from the defense bonus
The time it takes for an enemy army to travel from its point of origin to its target depends on the distance on the world map and the army’s travel speed. If the enemy army is very close to your castle on the world map, its arrow turns red. Once this occurs you can see a more detailed formation of the units and siege tools and position your defense accordingly
If you defeat the other player’s attack, you gain honor. However, if another player defeats you in battle, you lose honor and fall in the general ranking
ROBBER BARON CASTLES
Robber Baron Castles that are occupied by bandits are shown on the world map as towers
If you command a successful attack on a robber baron castle, you can plunder resources and coins afterwards. If the robber baron castle is level 3 or higher, you can even obtain rubies
The level of a robber baron castle increases if you defeat it often enough. Each player increases the levels of the robber baron castles for themselves
You cannot weaken robber bbaron castles through several attacks, as they are re-occupied again after each attack.
A player’s honor determines their position in the general ranking. How do you get Honor? You can gain honor by battling other players. A successful attack and a successful defense will both get you honor, but a defeat in either case will cost you honor. However, you will never drop below zero honor points
How much honor you can gain?. The amount of honor you gain or lose after a battle depends on the difference between the attacker’s honor and defender’s honor.
If you attack another player with a much lower level than you, honor will be deducted from the amount you gained, and you might even receive and honor penalty.
Alliances are player pacts in Empire: Four Kingdoms. How can you benefit from an alliance membership?
- Mutual support by dispatching units and resources
- Protection through diplomacy with other alliances
- A dedicated alliance chat
- Plan and execute joint battle strategies
- Bonuses through expanding the alliance
How can you join an alliance?. You can join an alliance by contacting its leader, a general or a sergeant and requesting an invitation to it.
When can you found your own alliance?. You can create your own alliance as soon as you posses the necessary resources.
Which ranks are there in an alliance?
- Leader: full rights
- Generals: membership management, circulars, announcements, expand the alliance
- Sergeant: membership management, circulars, announcements
- Members: No special rights
Agents are specialits that you can use for espionage. How do you employ agents?. The number of agents at your castle depends both on the number and upgrade level of your taverns.
What advantages do you gain with your agents? Agents allow you to spy on enemies before an attack to discover their defenses (military espionage) or resources (economic espionage)
To spy on a robber baron castle or another player’s castle, in the world map tap on the enemy castle icon and select espionage from the ring menu.
The travel cost for espionage increase with the distance to be traveled on the world map, the number of spies deplyed and the mission risk.
How can you guard yourself against enemy agents?. City guards are a way to increase the risk for enemy spies. The number of city guards you have depends on the number and upgrade level of your guardhouses.
Depending on accuracy and risk involved, a successfulm espionage mission will provide information on an enemy castle’s [properties. However, should this mission fail then the enemy castle lors will know of your attemptem espionage.
Saving your user account, changing password, changing user account, restting password, music controls, languages are all handled through the setting menu, accessed through the bottom bar.