Click on the ">>" icon on the Resource panel in the top-left corner of the screen to boost your Resource Production using Emeralds. Click on the Emerald icon – or the "Bank" button - in the top-right corner of the screen to purchase additional Emeralds. Use Emeralds to boost Unit production queues, construction times, or to purchase items at the Black Market.
At the top of the screen, along the panel in the middle, you'll find the "Rankings" icon and the "Reports" icon.
The top panel also displays your Stronghold's coordinates, your Champion and his/her current Level, current Stronghold Defense Bonus, and the number Units you possess.
From the "Settings" window you can:
- enable/disable inertial scrolling;
- enable/disable animation;
- enable/disable voiceovers, sound effects, and music.
Open the Guide to find detailed information on game mechanics, rules, and gameplay.
The menu icons along the right-hand side of the screen are as follows: (from top to bottom) Black Market, Clans, Units, Blood Pacts, Stronghold Edit tools, and the Map.
Mail Server and Chat Feature
You can send messages to other players via the in-game Mail server.
To send messages to your Friends and other Players, click on the "Reports" icon, located on the panel at the top of the main screen, then open the "Messages" tab.
In the "Messages" window you'll find messages received from Björn, Skald, Friends, Enemies, and your Clan members. There you will also find messages you have sent to other Lord Marshals.
To write a new message, click "Compose Message".
To write a message to a friend, choose your Friend from the list and type the text in the special window. When you've finished and your masterful collation of words is ready to be sent, simply click "Send".
To be able to exchange messages with other players, go to the Map, place your cursor over the player's Stronghold and click on the "Send Message" icon.
Once you've done that, enter your message text and send it.
Open the "Blacklist" tab to view the Lord Marshals you've blocked from sending you messages.
To stop receiving letters from other Lord Marshals, add them to your "Blacklist." Messages from users on your "Blacklist" will be automatically deleted. Open the "Messages" tab and click on the "Block User" button to blacklist a player.
You can send messages to other online players in real-time using the game's Chat function. To use Chat, click on the "Regional Chat" (a channel comprised of players close to your map coordinates) or "Clan Chat" interface at the bottom of your screen, above the Action Panel. You can interact with other Lord Marshals from the Chat interface by clicking on another Lord Marshal's name and choosing a desired action (Open Profile, Send Message, Blacklist, and Add to Contacts) from the pop-up menu. To send a chat message, simply enter your desired text and click the "Send" button.
To view your current position in the Rankings, click on the "Rankings" icon located on the panel at the top of the main screen.
Rankings are divided into three categories: Last Week, This week, and All time - in order of significance.
- 'All time' Ranking displays the names of all players to ever place in the top Weekly Rankings.
- 'Last Week' Ranking displays names of players who took top positions at the end of last week's calculation.
- 'This Week' Ranking shows the current players relative positions prior to end of week calculations.
There are four different Ranking metrics:
1. Offense - ranks the players who defeated the largest number of enemy Units while attacking other Players.
2. Defense – ranks players who have defeated the largest number of enemy Units while defending their own Stronghold.
3. Raid - ranks players who seized the largest amount of Resources when raiding other Strongholds.
4. Battlegrounds - ranks players who have destroyed the most Cold Legion forces while attacking or defending Battlegrounds.
To see where you stand in the Rankings click the "My Ranking" button. Click "Top 10" to see the leaders in each category.
Experience and Levels
You receive Experience Points for defeating enemy Units, signing Blood Pacts, constructing and upgrading buildings, attacking or defending Battlegrounds, and completing tutorial tasks and missions.
You will automatically Level up and receive free bonuses each time you earn the required number of Experience Points.
Your Level shows your progress in the game. Some game features will also only unlock at certain Levels (for example, you can join a Clan only when you reach Level 5).
To go to the Battle Map, click the "Map" icon located on the bottom right-hand side of the main game window. To return to your Stronghold, click the "Home" icon, (found in the bottom-right corner of the Map interface), or click on your Stronghold. You can scroll across the Map by:
1. Clicking and dragging the Map with your mouse (Inertial Scrolling).
2. Entering your desired coordinates in the two available fields at bottom-right corner of the Map and clicking the green "arrow" icon.
Every Stronghold has corresponding x coordinates (along the horizontal axis, with the numbers shown going across the bottom of the screen) and y coordinates (along the vertical axis, with the numbers shown going vertically along the left-hand side of the screen). Place your mouse over any player's Stronghold and you will see the coordinates below the player's name.
Press the "Achievements" icon, located on the menu bar at the top of the screen, to view your Achievements. You can also see your Achievements at the bottom of your Quest window. Build and upgrade Buildings, sign and update Blood Pacts, and complete other in-game actions to unlock new Achievements and earn powerful bonuses. Read the descriptions to see each Achievement's completion requirements.