Welcome to BeardMonkey’s Kingdoms of Middle Earth blog

Hey everyone, welcome to BeardMonkey.net. I use this site to help other understand the game and write my opinion on certain aspects of the Kingdoms of Middle Earth. I do my best to cover every possible (important) topic related to the game and provide you with new information as soon as possible.

Information is split up into Articles and Blog. Under articles are filed posts of a permanent nature, providing information on various subjects which remain unchanged or are updated regularly. Under the blog category posts are made of a more temporary nature, concerning quick updates or more opinion based material.

The Index page lists all the articles and is the best way to find information. Articles are divided in the categories Kom101/beginner, Heroes and Equipment, Campaign, Troops and War, Alliance, Cities and Buildings, Tournaments,and Gameplay and Updates.

Please remember that this is not an official site in any way for the game or our alliance, just a collection of my thoughts on certain subjects.

 

260 thoughts on “Welcome to BeardMonkey’s Kingdoms of Middle Earth blog

  1. hi, it 8 buds and full nine gems 7, properly balancing the percentages, and having all the pieces of the second level great for chs, known now to make the records of lake town, the remainder of the boss is really high, but I believe you can do better than 255m, you think it is time to place such a piece of attack? or ability to change on torin?

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  2. just wondering if anyone knows… i have 5 morale boosts skills ready to apply to a hero.. but i need to know if all the skills work giving me a huge increase or only one of them works.. please answer as i need to know

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    • Rumours abound on several servers that the number of caverns that spawn is in direct relation to the number of empty wilds. There are those asking or encouraging everyone to abandon their wilds to increase the number of caverns that will spawn. My main city is surrounded by unclaimed wilds, probably 75% of them are not occupied yet not a single one is a cavern so I find this hypothesis unfounded. Also, I seem to recall Kabam announcing that the number of caverns that would be placed was fixed and since they also appear on goblin camp locations I’m not convinced there is any merit to this “more wilds, more caverns” campaign. Do you have any experience or insight?

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  3. I’ve noticed thAt stone giants are harder to come by since we’re able to train them (which takes forever). I was wondering why

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  4. I don’t really know if this is where I need to ask a question but, I wonder if you knew anything about the time it takes before you can fight an alliance boss again? I know it starts with hours but how do you get it to a faster time? Like thirty minutes or less if possible.

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    • They recently updated this (about 2 months or so ago) to be every 30 minutes instead of every 2 hours. If you’re needing to hit sooner than that then you’ll have to spend mithril (5 mithril per early hit). Hope this helps. Good luck!

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  5. hi,
    I have looked through and even done word search, but I can not find any reference to how Honour points are gained or lost. Is there anything you can add to help with this please?

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    • becasue you will be attacking campaign trying to best your highscore on the maps itself not just by killing bosses becasue that doesnt have anything to do with it.

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    • Upgrade your great hall. Every level of the great hall allows you another 20 levels on your heros (and adds another hero). Lvl 1 great hall=lvl 20 hero/ lvl 2 great hall=lvl 40 hero

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  6. I like your work. Congratulations.I’m from a spanish server (Dwalin 212) and I try to translate as better as posible the information you give to my alliance. I’d love to this page were in Spanish. nevertheless, thanks

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  7. Great site! I have a question, I asked it before, but can’t find it. What is the best home/barrack ratio for your production city and the same for your training troops city? Also, at what levels is best to have them in both types of cities?

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    • depends upon how often you login. 1 home to 2-3 barracks… ball park of that usually work fine if you queue every three hours.. but who really farm and train anymore. just get tokens from mines and get might in premium. much faster.

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    • They only way you will be to obtain the oakenshield 1 is from galadriels premium chance… And hope fully it will be a prize to win..

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  8. How “upgrading” to “I” weapons via sage tower is affecting upgrades and enhancements? Will be full enhanced and upgraded Smaug’s Tooth “upgraded” to full enhanced and upgraded Smaug’s Tooth I or just plain one ?

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    • You have to re-enhance the Smaug Tooth (even if it was enhanced before you upgraded it to I). So I would recommend not enhancing or upgrading something (same thing applies for upgrades) on a legendary piece of gear unless you know you are keeping it plain. Or if you have 7,000 of each scorched gear and it doesn’t really matter to you… free xp for enhancing.

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  9. Could you please specify, which type of buffs are best for Campaigning, Attacking Bosses, Troop Kills, Goblin Kills, Cavern Mining and attacking Smaug. From Life, Attack, Life Debuff, Attack Debuff, Load and Speed.

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    • Smaug=life and foe atk dbf
      Campaigning=same as Smaug
      Hitting a mine=atk/foe life dbf
      Defending a mine=life/foe atk dbf
      Troop kills depends on whether you are attacking or defendin, and goblin kills are same as campaign and Smaug.

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    • offensive: attack and life debuff
      defensive: life and attack debuff

      load and speed are almost never useful. Just ask yourself the question, no matter the situation, are you defending or attacking? Base cvhoices on that, and for Campaign/CHS, go for defending for best scores

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  10. Me and a lot of ppl in the ge are trying to find out why the “Saturday’s Journey” is? We all seem to have th but no one can use them or figure out what they are used for.. You can Emil me or contact me through line chat my user name is poison34.. Thanks for your help!!

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    • Pretty straightforward. Depending on alliance you want to have. Some like tourneys, others go for just having tons of might, others strive to have all of the top 10 tkers. Still more enjoy just having fun and still actively participate. Just as a regent log in daily, have fun with your members in ac and gc, make good decisions about which tourneys you all will or will not participate in, and keep them informed! Most important part to me of course. Forums are best way to get advance information about events and issues.

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  11. Do you have any updates on whether kabam will bring back being able to trade tokens for trophys is sage tower before the end of the season? Do you have schedule for week 3 and if sage towers exchanges will change for a 3rd time? Appreciated if you could find out. Cheers.

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  12. Have you heard of the new phenomenon called Double Tap. It pretty much only works on high level bosses, like smaug. Attack him first with like 1500 MR; prepare to lose. There should be around 3000 life left on smaug. Then attack again with say, 100 SG and 2000 MR. Score goes up. I haven’t completely figured out the mechanics, and it doesn’t seem right, cause you’ll have much higher vitality. And close to same number efficiency. But score goes up.

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    • Have noticed that and don’t understand either. Moria is also a common place where you can do that. Not sure how much it will work now though with lvl 8 artamirs and the rainbow gems.

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  13. Hi monkey,

    Thanks for the tremendous work you have done in this blog. Your blog has guided me through the beginners day and continue to do so even now :).
    Since I joined the game in late January 2015 and missed the laketown deed I have worked my way to a good alliance and acquired all cities but I face challenge in smauging. I would like to know if porter trick works for old smaug for an elf. Dont ev much defence gear but have 250 hero.

    Thanks

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  14. HI monkey,
    I have bards arrow, the sting, bilbos cloak, the oakenshield, thorins fur, gandalfs stick, and i dont know what to do with them! i have bilbo hero at level 250 if that helps, can you give me some ideas,

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    • You can always use them on other hero’s – – – I would use what belongs to Bilbo on him and use the other gear on the hero that it belongs to – – – if these are just extra gear then I use my extra gear for enhancing – – – – Sara

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  15. Thank you for this beardmonkey, I only started recently and was confused about a few things. thereofer I turned to my trusty friend the search engine and found this site and it helped me a lot.

    I am, even, upto 5 cities already just from the info you gave on where to get the relics. I doubt I would have gotten them this quickly if I was trying to figure it out on my own.

    If we find any info out of date how can we let you know? This way we can help you out.

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  16. I have a question regarding, FOE Attack debuff. Assuming you have 50% FOE Attack debuff and your enemy has +50% attack. Will the FOE Attack debuff operate on the 50% bonus the enemy has and simply do 50%-50%, or will it work on the now 150% total attack of the enemy?
    Also what happens if you are debuffing 100% ATK(not sure if it’s even possible), are you:
    a) removing flat 100% attack.
    b) removing all the attack bonus
    c) removing all the attack (making him hit 0)
    d) Does it work like when assigning a hero and actually means 50%? (As in speeding a building 100%, makes it take half the time it would take, instead of actual 100% which would mean instant)

    Sorry if I’m not explaining myself very well, I find this very confusing!

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  17. Hi Beard Monkey,
    I have the complete set of the replenishing arms which is theThe Light
    The Shelter
    The Well
    The Peak
    The Spirit
    However, i accidentally lost the peak gear part and i cant get it back. I use smaugs tooth instead but i dont think it will work. I can only get 80k defense with this gear set and i think it might be because of the smaugs tooth. What should i swap it for?
    I only have the light and max level, the rest are level 8 and one level 7, all fully enhanced.

    Thanks

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  18. I’ve read through the basic (101 articles) and I see a huge amount of effort put into these documents. probably the most comprehensive set of documents about Middle Earth, honestly.

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  19. Love the site n info.
    But what im searching for at the moment is info on how each tourney is run, how the scores r calculated n so forth. I keep getting asked the same questions but cant find any solid answers

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  20. Hi, I just want to say thanks for all the work you’ve done on this site. Much appreciated! Just wondering, could you perhaps do an article on the new troops attack order soon? With the introduction of Lake-town troops, there’s been some alterations… Cheers.

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  21. ive dug thru a lot of this websites pages. while it is the best I have seen on giving info. there is still a lot to I have not seen.
    1. Dismissing troops (namely porters) to get idle population back (how most win in train a thons) and if done on a ally wide scale ally TOMs. (Have known some players that train nothing but porters in every city all day every day, and have even known some players that will dismiss all the way to T3 to ensure victory in train a thons.) This all depends on resources and all but not uncommon to see players and banks with billions each to fund.
    2. Basic info on ally shop exchange. Example of what I mean here is only 2 things in shop ever worth exchanging for. stam refills and 12 hour protection runes. Everything else is garbage and not worth it. Stam refills being the most important thing.
    3. TK conversions. example of this is most players can get 3:1 stone giants vs woodmen. Would really love to see this for the new tactical as only use ive found for them is to let the pikemen die protecting stone giants

    A ton of other info i would love to see as well.
    look forward to seeing more in the future

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  22. About laketown: In ur article it says after research has been completed, u can destroy ur research building and depending on what u want, u can choose not to build stables! There’s an other building u can choose not to build to make space for a home or barrack though and that’s the tavern! Transport will be much slower but, speaking for myself, thats not a real issue! Just fyi to perfect ur allready magnificent site… Great job and ive learned a lot… Thx

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