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The latest addition to the game has been Hero Skills, a game-feature that will allow you to enhance your heroes with special skills that will help in a range of areas, from combat, to resource mining, to gem mining, and even allowing you to revive troops lost in battle. Skills are first unlocked, or learned, in the academy, with special items.
Once known, a skills can be learned by a hero and upgraded further. In this article, I will detail all there is to know about this subject!
- 1. How to learn new skills
- 2. Giving skills to Heroes
- 2.1 Free enrolls
- 2.2 Enrollment scrolls
- 2.3 Skill Books
- 3. Upgrading Skills
- 4. Unlearning/deleting Skills
- 5. Available skills
- 5.1 Skill upgrade costs
- 6. Skill dependencies and unlock costs
- 7. Enemy’s Skills
1. How to learn new Skills
The basis of the new Hero Skills process is first to learn new Skills. If you go to your Academy, there will be a new tab on the top right called the (Skill) Library. Here all available Skills are shown, both locked and unlocked ones. The locked ones have the unlock requirements given as well:
Skills come in four categories –Common, Advanced, Rare, Epic- bestowing ever greater bonuses to your Hero. Most Skills, especially in the higher categories, require other skills to be unlocked first before they can be unlocked. If those requirements are met, the new Skill can be unlocked with Skill Points. The number of Skill points available to you to unlock Skills is given in the bottom left corner of the Library in the Academy.
Gaining more Skill points is done through obtaining Knowledge Crystals, special items which give 500 Skill points to spend. Your first Crystal will be awarded upon logging in after Hero Skills are introduced on your server. Besides buying extra Crystals in the shop (150 mithril), they drop from Alliance Bosses from Moria and Mirkwood, come in new chests, and will probably drop in Premium as well. Update: Please don’t buy these but farm them!
Once requirements are met and you have enough Skill points, you can press the Unlock button and permanently add the Skill to possible Skills for all your Heroes.
2. Giving Skills to Heroes
Now that you have Skills unlocked for your Heroes, it is time to grant them to them. If you go to a Hero, you will a new Skill button besides the familiar EXP one. Pressing it brings you to that Hero’s Skill overview, where you are shown which Skills the Hero has at the moment:
Each Hero is given 5 slots to fill with Skills. The slots open up at certain Hero levels, with a slot opening at levels 1, 60, 120, 180 and 250. Considering your best Heroes probably are all 250, you will have 5 slots at your disposal from the get-go. To grant a Skill to a Hero, press the Enroll button next to a slot of choice. You will now be presented with three options: A free daily enroll, an Enrollment Letter, or a Skill Book.
2.1 Free Enroll
Similar to the Galadriel’s token, you are given a free Enroll chance every day. This free Enroll chance is granted every day at GMT 0:00 for in every city. The free Enroll is random, and selects a Skill from your unlocked Skills in your Skill Library, with the chances of higher Skills being smaller than common ones.
2.2 Enrollment Letter
Enrollment Letters work similar to the free Enroll, but they do not come free, and have to be bought for 30 Mithril each. For that cost, you get an extra chance of Enrolling in a Skill you want, and the chances of Enrolling in a Rare Skill are higher compared to the free Enroll. Besides that, the Enrollment is still random from your unlocked Skills.
2.3 Skill Books
The last and non-random method, is learning a Skill directly through a Skill Book. These Books grant you a specific Skill directly, instead of relying on chance to get the right Skill for your Hero. At the time of writing, it is unclear where Skill Books can be obtained, and whether you need to have the Skill for a Book unlocked first before being able to use it. More on this to come.
3. Upgrading Skills
(For an overview of the costs of upgrading Skills, see chapter 5.1)
Once a Skill has been granted to a Hero, it is possible to upgrade it to higher levels. Currently, Skills come in 5 levels. Additionally, Skills are increased when used by Legendary Heroes, with the bonus depending on the Legendary Hero level.
By going to a Hero’s Skill overview, you can press the Upgrade button on a Skill you wish to upgrade. The next screen shows you the current level and Bonus, the next level and Bonus, and how many Scrolls are available to upgrade the Skill. The Scrolls for upgrading Skills come in two grades: Scholar Scrolls are used to upgrade Skills to levels 2 and 3, while Bachelor Scrolls are used to upgrade Skills to level 4 and 5. The number of Scrolls needed to upgrade depends on the level and grade of the Skill.
Scholar Scrolls can be farmed from mines extra-ordinary mines. Bachelor Scrolls only dropped from chests for me so far. Scrolls can also be bought for 20 (Scholar) or 50 (Bachelor) Mithril.
Scrolls are stored in your Scroll Bag, which can hold up to 25 of both of them for a total of 50 Scrolls. AT the moment this Bag capacity cannot be upgraded.
4. Unlearning Skills
Most people will of course not wait for the best Skills to be unlocked before applying them to their Heroes. So what if you filled your five Skill slots but unlock a better on you want to gift to your Hero? Simple, just go to the Hero, decide which Skill you want to lose and replace on that Hero, and press the Enroll button again. You will once again be presented with the choices of a free enroll, Enrollment Letter, or Skill Book. Once you press Enroll or Learn, a pop-up will ask you to confirm to replace the old Skill in that slot and voila!
5. Available Skills
The following Skills have so far been released. In the requirements section, research requirements are left out as I assume you have, and you should, all research at level 10..
5.1 Skil upgrade costs
As mentioned in paragraph 3., Skills can be upgraded using Bachelor and Scholar Scrolls. Below is shown the type and number of scrolls needed for each level of each skill:
6. Skill dependencies and unlock costs
Because most higher Skills depend on other Skills being unlocked first, this has major implications for the total costs of especially the Epic Skills. In the graph below I have plotted all the dependencies from the overview above visually:
This then comes down to the following unlock costs for all (original) Skills:
- Shielded Maneuvers I (840)
- Who There I (840)
- Broken Bows I (840)
- Pearl Harvesting (670)
- Keep Digging (670)
- Marauder (1,790)
- Close Quarters I (2,350)
- Spearhead I (2,350)
- Bullseye I (2,350)
- Shielded Maneuvers II (4,815)
- Whoa There II (4,815)
- Broken Bows II (4,815)
- Morale Boost (12,545)
- Fierce Loyalty (14,475)
- Breath of Life (14,475)
- Revival (17,050)
This shows that all the dependencies, and the long chains of needed Skills to unlock necessary for the best Skills quickly add up to tremendous amounts of Skill points needed. The much looked forward to Revival Skill is the most expensive one and, at a cost of 150 Mithril per Knowledge Crystal, will cost you 5130 Mithril if you want to buy the Crystals! So my advice is to start killing Alliance Bosses as soon as possible and farm tokens for Premium, or this will become an expensive feature!
7. Enemy’s Skills
Of course in PvP, your enemies will also have acquired Hero Skills, and might be wise to figure out which ones they have. Luckily, a new tab has also been added to the Battle Report which shows you just that:
In conclusion, this addition seems pretty good and makes for some more diverse Battle Strategies. I can only hope that Kabam will make the ingredients such as Crystals and Scrolls available for non-paying users through farming/mining….