Alliance x Empire Beginner's Guide to Guilds, Equipment, and Farming
The dream of a full-scale MMO mobile game is here with Nexon's freemium title AxE: Alliance vs Empire. As you might expect, there are an overwhelming amount of menus, options, and PvE and PvP quest lines to follow. Everything can leave new players completely lost.
For those just diving into Alliance x Empire, we can cull the guesswork and help you thrive, no matter what class you picked, or whether you want to focus on player battles or story missions.
A Quick Warning For Phone Players
First up, I don't recommend playing this game at all if you are using a mobile device with only 8-16GB of storage and no ability to save games on an SD card.
AxE is an actual open-world MMO, so to save space and make the initial Google Play/Apple Store file smaller, each new area separately downloads when you reach it on the map.
Even if you delete all of the other apps and move all of your data to the cloud, you will still run out of space if you play long enough; eventually, you'll be unable to access later areas.
In short, you need a tablet or phone with a decent amount of storage space to play Alliance x Empire.
Tips for Getting Started in Guilds
As an MMO with tons of different daily quests, joining a guild as soon as possible will maximize your rewards.
A horde of new guilds are always being created, but unfortunately, many of them go inactive as players drop off, leaving players stranded since the "Leave Guild" option is hidden in an unexpected location.
If you need to drop out of a dead guild, tap the square box icon in the upper right collection of buttons, then choose "Guild" on the right side, followed by "Guild" again in the sub-menu.
From there, tap "View Details" in the Guild Member panel. Scroll through the list of guild members and "Leave" will be available next to your character's name.
If you manage to land in an active guild, there's one option that many players are also missing right now. You can teleport to any other guild member's location automatically rather than trying to hunt them down on foot.
In the same Guild Details area describe above, just tap the icon with a shoe and an arrow found next to the player's name to move to their position.
Developing Your Equipment for Maximum Efficiency
If you aren't going to spend money on packs, you are in for a grind; getting past the harder missions and unlocking new content without packs can be a slog.
Story quests 5-12 and 7-12, in particular, are where players often get stuck.
There are ways around the wall, though. Upgrading, with a proper plan, is the most effective. The most useful way to upgrade your character is to hone in on a great piece of equipment and continuously develop it to higher tiers.
Each item's max level is capped until you increase it to the next tier; you can do this by combining two similar items that are already maxed out.
The item progression in AxE breaks down like this:
- Normal -> Fine -> Rare -> Epic -> Unique -> Mythic
Upgrade stone requirements increase exponentially at each tier, eventually requiring a whopping 200 stones to upgrade to Mythic. If you keep a steady stream of upgrades going with gear you actually use, it doesn't take long to get your best weapon or armor up to Epic or Unique.
When developing weapons or armor, it's important to note that there's not much point in starting with Fine equipment; that's because the cost to reward ratio just isn't worth it.
Instead, it's better to start with Rare and work your way up to get the most out of all your upgrade materials.
Don't forget that developing gear each day, even if it's gear you don't intend to use, also nets you additional daily achievements, which results in more gold and loot chests for extra upgrade opportunities.
Players also get achievements for hitting specific attack and defense tiers, which is why you want to upgrade your equipment. However, there's another way to get achievements, even if you're fresh out of upgrade stones or fodder items.
If you don't have the materials you need to upgrade equipment, a good strategy is to reset your skill points and pump them all into the passive Enhance ATK and Enhance DEF skills. Doing so will usually bump your attack and defense stats up enough to hit the next achievement, granting you a new slew of rewards to put towards developing equipment.
After earning the achievement, just reset your skills again and put your points back into whatever skill configuration you prefer. It's useful to give this a shot after several story quests if you find you aren't leveling fast enough.
How to Farm Efficiently and Maximize Time
If you want to get to the end of the game as an F2P player, you're going to have to invest a good amount of time into Alliance x Empire. Knowing that, it makes sense that you need to know how to farm efficiently to maximize time spent in game.
Because you can set the game to auto-battle, there are repeatable quests you should be farming during your time away from the game; in turn, this will help you level faster.
Focus on the sub-quests in each region, then the daily quests, and once those are completed, focus on the repeatable quests over and over. You can find all of these quest types grouped together in the Battle screen, with daily quests unlocking once you complete story mission 1-11.
To make each daily or repeatable quest worth your time, always activate the Hero's Blessing scroll before you start farming, as it significantly upgrades your gold and experience gains. Hero's Blessings are often unlocked by completing achievements and missions.
After working through the daily quests and repeatable quests, there's another way to farm, one you shouldn't overlook.
Double tap the minimap in the upper right corner to access the world map. From there, you can track elite monsters.
By heading to lower level areas, you can often take these bosses on solo for great rewards. In particular, you should aim to complete the World Boss three times a day for maximum farming rewards.
Those are all of our basic AxE MMO strategies you need to know before getting started. Follow these tips, and you'll be better prepared for everything the game will throw at you in the mid- to late-game.