Hero Equipment: Best sets to use

pilferediconOne of the questions on everyone’s mind in this game is what the best hero equipment/gear are for attacking, defending and campaigning. With a pretty constant stream of newly introduced gear with differing bonuses, it can be difficult to decide. So here is a small overview of the best sets currently available, below the fold, as the article has grown a bit longer than anticipated.

Note upfront: There is a lot of gear with random attributes, most notably the Void ring and amulet, and the Scorched gear. I try not to take this factor into account in my lists, as it is too difficult (impossible) to test every possible combination of random stats. Scorched gear for example will suck 99% of the time with its 4 random attributes. But what if you are extremely lucky and find a Scorched ring with 2x 4* Life debuffs to all. It would certainly be a lot better than Necro ring! But it will be so rare and so unpredictable to obtain, that I am leaving those instances out of these lists. Best example so far is finding good Void rings and amulets with proper debuffs for CHS. So just remember that these will be “Best sets” for 95% of players, but it is possible to get even better gear with extreme luck!

Update 03-2015

I have just finished an algorithm which checks the best gear combinations possible. It does this by checking every possible combination of gear from a database of possible gear items, and producing a list of these possible sets. With these lists it is possible to filter for max defense or offensive power. While previously the complete sets made it rather easy to figure out Best Sets, all the new and unique Legendary gear made it more and more difficult, so this program is really helping me out.

All the combinations given have all level VII Artamirs in either Ring and Shield (defense) or Weapon and Amulet (offense). Use the remaining slots/new Gems or your VIII Artamirs to close the difference between buff and debuff for the absolute best combinations. Also note that ALL level 1 Legendary’s random fourth attribute have been left out, so if you for example have a Black Arrow I with a good 4th stat, this will be better than the normal Arrow given here for offense. Good alternatives are given for both offensive and defensive gear.

Attacking:

  • Tauriel Bow II+ Smaug Scale II + Smaug Tooth II + Elrond Ring II + Necro
  • Weapon: Sm. Claw I/II, Tauriel B. I, Necro
  • Shield: Smaug Scale I, Bard’s BA I/II, Necro
  • Cloak: Bilbo Cl. I
  • Amulet: Necro
  • Ring: Necro, Elrond I, One Ring

Find the spreadsheet with gear combinations through THIS LINK

Defending/campaigning

  •  Orcrist II + Oakenshield II + Thorin’s Fur II + One Ring II + Repl.
  • Weapon: Beorn Axe, Repl., Void
  • Shield: Repl., Smaug Scale, Oakenshield
  • Cloak: Repl, Bard’s, Bilbo, Void
  • Amulet: Void, Bard’s
  • Ring: Bard’s, Repl., One Ring, Void

Find the spreadsheet with gear combinations through THIS LINK

Specific set-ups

Please remember that the lists above are general guidelines. Other gear with good random attributes, such as Legendary I gear, Void and Scorched, can and will be better than what is stated above.

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237 thoughts on “Hero Equipment: Best sets to use

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  3. Question : fourth attribute Can be tier based. But what about t6? They are left out. Does that mean you have to necessary have all troops for that?

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  4. I am so confused as to how to make someone a ‘defence’ hero… Obviously we choose who we want to attack…. But how do we choose who defends a city when being attacked??

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  5. Hello guys, I would like to ask you which slot are you using on CHS tournaments, I got orcrist I, oakenshield I, replenishing amulet , one ring I and thorins fur I but I cant improove my scores at campaign, I see people with 1.8 b of points and Im just 800m.. Thanks you

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    • depends on how good your random rolls are on the gear, how many level IX Artamir and VII rainbows you have….I too have people over 2B CHS on my server, and I can guarantee you they sport some epic gear and gems…

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      • Hi beardmonkey! My buffs are 511 life and 544 foe attack, I got 8g8 (shield/ring) and a g9 but I havent used it yet in campaign. I think my buffs are ok, I got 36 % for all troops (life/foe attack) thats why Im a bit frustrated, I just habe better items than some players but they got better results… Im not a CHS expert but I need to improove my score. Thats why I was asking if my defence hero its ok or I have to make some gear changes. Thanks for reponse admin! 😀

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        • Try to use 1 breath off life and 4 Whoa there 2. this wil boost score.. And loads of people use Chs Calculator. ( where u have to pay for.) Whti youre buff u swhould score arround 1.7b

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  6. I see a lot of people saying this should include X, Y,Z. I’m just going to say thank you very much for the hours of guide writing/chart making you’ve saved me since I stumbled across your site. So thank you very much for making this a free access site that’s still about quality and accuracy of information.

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  7. Hi I’m still learning about the gems can someone tell me what gems to use on what gear for my attack hero and my defence hero that would be much appreciated.

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    • attack hero: you should use artamir on weapon/amulet and the rest red and orange gems.
      defence hero: you should use artamir on shield and ring, rest with blue or green or mix. 😉

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  8. for attck gear setup. which one better, more attck buff or debuff life?? example attck 400/ debuff life 600 or attck 600/ debuff 400

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  9. Hi, it seems modeartor is too busy. I give you my last experience regarding las equipment:
    For attack the best set is Smaug claw 2 or Taurel Bow 2, Elrond’s Ring 2, Smaug Tooth 2, Bilbo Cloak 2, Bard Balck arrow 2 or smaug scale 2.
    For defending the best set to use is Orcrist 2, Thorin Fur 2, Oackenshield 2, Gold Ring 2, Repleneshing amulet.

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  10. I just got the smaug claw I…
    I dont understand why it’s not equal to Tauriel Bow I, 3 main stats are identical except 2 are debuf on the claw:
    2* debuf life VS 2* buff atk
    3* debuf life VS 3* buff atk
    4* buff atk for both

    Thanks for your work, great site ^^

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    • For precisions I dont speak of the global efficiency since the bow gives a better equilibrium between atk and debuff life, but the total amount of debuff life + atk buf should be the same…

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  11. One thing that nearly made me crap my pants recently was the use of attack gear to decrease losses in campaign. This came from alliance members that were adamant their losses were lower when using Smaugs Tooth 1 in Replenishing or Void amulets. So I started testing this, and found out that when Smauging with Mammoths you can add a lot of attack/life debuff to lower losses, but this doesn’t work when using Master Rangers + Stone Giants.

    Set for Smaug with Pack Mammoths:
    Orcrist 1 with 2 Saphire 6s and 2 level 7 Artamirs
    Oakenshield 1 with 3 8s and 1 7
    Smaugs Tooth 1 with 4 level 7 Artamirs
    One Ring 1 with 4 8s
    Thorins Fur 1 with 1 Saphire 6 and 3 Emerald 6s

    Losses with Mammoths: 146 Mammoths
    Losses with MR+Giants: 75 Giants + 20 MR (sent 75 giants)

    Set for Smaug with Stone Giants and Master rangers:
    Orcrist 1 with 3 Saphire 6s and 1 Saphire 5
    Oakenshield 1 with 3 8s and 1 7
    Replenishing amulet 2 Saphire 5s and 2 Emerald 6s
    One Ring 1 with 4 8s
    Thorins Fur 1 with 4 Emerald 6s

    Losses with Mammoths: 333 Mammoths
    Losses with MR+Giants: 69 Giants (sent 75 giants)

    What do you think about that?

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  12. Can you make your database and algorithm public? I’d love to be able to plug in my 4th attributes and figure out what would work best with the gear I’ve got (no Oak I for instance).

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  13. You make a great site. Thank you for all you do for us. My question is: Lake Town Smaug spamming; what is the best set up using Bard and a Black Arrow or Black Arrow I? we need both in there if we are to receive the best chest. I have almost every piece of gear i was just wondering the best combo. Thanks.

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    • Hi, Bard should be the best attack Hero with Smaug claw 1 and Bard Black Arrow 1 which are specific to Bard and offer High bonus attack. You must take care of bonus of sppecific hero if you want to have the best attck hero.

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  14. Are there anyone that can help me with the math behind combat?
    How is troops attack and defence calced with all the new stuff?
    How are the diminishing returns implemented?

    Thank you in advance!

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  15. Did you make the database on your own or is there a way to get it?
    I still dream of an app where you can insert your available gears (maybe even with individual random buffs) and stones and get the best att/deff set you can build.
    If you’re interested I would gladly take part in programming!

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  16. Hi,
    you made some changes in your attack bet set to use. You replace Bard Arrow 1 by the basic one !!!!! Think it’s a mistake cause i’m sure the Bard Black arrow 1 works better than the basic one for attacking. Please confirm your test. thx for the job you’ve done….;))

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  17. the new weapons are really good, and thanks for the knowledge. But does anybody know that, which gems could be use in which weapon for the CHS? Thanks

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  18. Ok beard monkey, i appreciate all the work you do but can you answer this one question for me?
    Would beorns axe, oakenshield level one, mark of the void, the shelter and smaugs tooth be good for defense? I cant find anything other than smaugs tooth so that’s my option at the moment.

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  19. Good work and compliments from server 256. I usually calculate these things myself but I still use you’re website in case if I need to look something up quick for reference.. Great job just a question though.. What server do you play mainly..

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  20. i hate to say it as i love the work u do mate but theres only 29sets in each not 30:( and i know u cant work out the smaug rings but there some good1s i have 1with4attack debuffs last is 36.1% all troops iv seen 1with 4attack debuff an the last2was 18.7% all troop and 36.1%all troops

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    • A scorched ring with debuff to all on the last two stats and at least 3* and 4* is better than Bard’s Ring… but it’s so inaccessible it’s hardly worth thinking about. It won’t be long before we see a Legendary 1 that is better, anyway, and then you’d have to get an ever rarer scorched ring.

      Personally, I’m glad they aren’t listed here. It’s too hypothetical for most people and would just fill space. Same with The random fourth stat… a set of Thorin’s gear that also had 3 great random stats would be far better than any set listed here… but so rare, or expensive to get, that as soon as the next round of gear comes out, you’d see why it’s a waste to try too hard for such gear.

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  21. Very nice! It would be even better if you just added the best dream 4th buffs and then compared the gear sets (for attack gear +36,1 % attack buff or -36,1 life debuff). And then you could also add hero dependent buffs which are not negligible (+6 % attack etc.) But very good first version thanks!

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    • I’m trying to cater to the largest proportion of players, hence omitting the random attributes. Also, whether buff or debuff in random is better also depends on other gear..

      And yeah perhaps not negligible (hero buff) but impractical to take into account here. Not gonna happen…sorry 😦

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      • Very nice! There is a lot of work here, but it is unfortunate you couldn’t add in hero buffs. If I figured it correctly, your #3 defensive set is better than #2 on Thorin, though it is as you described for every other hero.

        But you can’t do everything. Thanks very much for what you do give us.

        Draggin

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  22. hi i am still learning about gear but i have a few questions for you. First, how is smaug tooth better than a necro amulet. second why beorns axe rather than orcrist 1. i will tell you exactly what my sets are because i am curious about why these setups are better than what I’m using. on my attack hero i have Tauriels bow, necro cloak, necro amulet, elronds ring 1, and bard black arrow. all +1 items have not yet been released so keep that in mind. i have an attack/debuff of 284.6/309.6 with using gems to gain balance.on defense i have orcrist 1, the shelter, bards amulet, the spirit, and the well with stats of 307.8/156.4 and i lack the current gems to being the set into balance. i have also been wondering if having a higher rebuff than buff is beneficial if most ppl in my server are focused more on buffs than debuffs. I’ve been told that having nearly perfect balance between the two with slightly higher rebuff is the way to go but as i said this is all new to me. last question is if the defender has for example 400/150 life/debuff ad i have 300/300 attack slash debuff is it as simple as saying that i win based on the remaining 50% if we have even perm buffs, etc and gear is the only difference. sorry i know that this is a bit lengthy but I’ve been theorizing on these things and running tests of my own but there are a few debates among myself and officers as to how this all works. thanks for your time.

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    • ok a lot of questions…
      (1) Smaug tooth> Necro amulet?
      Yes, I am talking about the level 1 Smaug tooth, which is better than Necro amulet.
      (2) Beorn Axe>Orcrist 1?
      I never said that nor is it in the article
      (3)debuff better than buff?
      No, you never look at enemy gear. How well your own gear performs is COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT from the enemy gear.
      (4) debuff equal to buff?
      Yes that is the ideal set-up: As high percentages as possible and as balanced as possible.
      (5)About the attack scenario
      Mostly correct, if in the end your buffs are higher you would win normally, but in this game, defender mostly has advantage. So what do you consider “winning” here?

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        • not really…like where? For defending and attacking you go either full offense or full defense, no buts. Only on CHS it can pay off to focus a little more on attack than just defense, but EVEN THEN, it will be on a view maps at most, mani focus should still be defense…

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          • Well think about it logically. I started off using full set of replenishing gear. this gave me no debuffs for attack which screwed me over. However, when i used chain of the void, i gave me more debuff. however, when someon is attacking you, they will have a debuff for life, if our defense hero has a debuff for life aswell, will that not counterattack their debuff?
            Also, i thought beorns axe 1 was best for defense no orcist? im getting confused now as so many people as saying different things. I’m currently using replenishing arms with smaugs tooth and the chain of the void. But i am going to get smaugs tooth i plus beorns axe i when their upgraded, wouldn’t that be better than the orcist?

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            • replenish and void both have defensive buffs, and due to diminishing returns that setup performs better than full replenish.

              But when it comes to enemy gear, there is no negating buffs or debuffs…how well your gear performs is COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT of the enemy gear.

              And it is not the regular Orcrist, but Orcrist I that is the best defense weapon. Regular Orcrist is offensive.

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          • The one situation where attack AND defence need to be balanced is in cavern warfare. You need strong attack to take over a cavern and then defence to repel the ousted players revenge. Alternatively, you would need to rapidly send your defence hero to replace the first. Or don’t play this part of the game. Fantastic work. Many thanks.

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      • Hi, of course i understand. That was just to show that each Equipment could be either for defense or for attack depending on the 4th attribute. Like Elrond Ring 1 which works better in defense that Bard’s one with 4th defensive attribut due to base defense stat.

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      • Would best in slot for CHS now be:

        Orcrist 1
        Oakenshield 1
        Bard’s Ring
        2x Replen

        Thought being that Orcrist over Axe flips your buff/debuff weight and you lose DR on Replen, meaning higher total stat weight over Void. Also, it seems to me that Elrond 1, with an attack debuff or life buff max roll on the fourth stat may be better than Bard’s Ring. Any thoughts?

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      • I have an Orcrist one with attack debuffs all troops in all slots, and one with a life debuff in the last slot. All have same percentages. Which is best for defending from attacks, and which is best for CHS? Is this a case where the different debuff helps avoid diminishing returns?

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