Rise of Empires Stationing Heroes Guide

Stationing Heroes in Rise of Empires, also known as development heroes, are crucial for the growth of your town and should be used wisely.

Rise of Empires Stationing Heroes
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Stationing Heroes or development heroes in Rise of Empires, are often underestimated by many players when compared to combat heroes or are not used to their full potential. They are not needed for combat, but their abilities will help you construct buildings faster, reduce building or troops’ resource costs, boost resource productivity, and much more.

This guide will give you an in-depth overview of how to station your development heroes, and what to do to get the most out of them.

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Usage and benefits

Before anything else, in order to use your development heroes, they need to be stationed in their respective buildings through the Town Hall building. Once they are stationed, they provide many benefits to your city when used efficiently.

In general, stationing heroes will help you construct buildings faster, reduce building or upgrading costs, increase troop training size or reduce healing costs, increase gold, and more. But all this depends on how much you level up your heroes and upgrade their skills.

How to station heroes

To station a hero you first need to tap the Town Hall building and access the Stationing Management page. There, you can station your heroes in the Military, Administration, or Noble tab. To do that, simply tap any development hero you have on these pages, and in the window that pops up, tap the Garrison button, which displays the required number of slots.

As for the Noble page, to station a hero here, use the left and right arrows visible on both sides of your screen, pick the one you want to station, and tap the Garrison button. Once the hero is stationed, his passive skills will be activated and will start providing benefits to your town.

Stationing Management

In the Stationing Management page, you have 3 tabs: Military, the page where you can station only military-related stationing heroes, Administration and Noble, both of which you can station development heroes for boosting resource productivity and other non-military-related benefits.

Each hero slot on the Military, Administration, or Noble page is reserved for a specific hero. The avatars of heroes displayed in black-and-white are those that you did not recruit yet, whereas the colored slots represent the stationing heroes that you have already recruited.

On the other hand, the Noble page is more like an extension of the Administration page. It includes 5 additional production stationing heroes that are not listed in the Administration section and allows you to station only 1 hero from these 5 since there is only 1 slot.

The Cost Capacity

Each hero requires a number of slots for stationing depending on its quality, green, blue, purple, or orange. The green-colored heroes require 1 slot, blue stationing heroes 3 slots, purple 5 slots, and orange (legendary) heroes, 6 slots.

Based on the current level of your Town Hall building, you have a maximum number of slots in which you can station your heroes. So the more you level up this building, the more heroes you can station, and therefore the more benefits you can receive.

The available number of slots can be seen at the top of the Stationing Management page, in the Cost Capacity field. In my case, as you see in this screenshot, I have 60 slots used from a total of 66 in my level 20 Town Hall.

Types of stationing heroes

Same as the combat heroes, there are 4 types of stationing heroes: Common (green), Rare (blue), Epic (purple), and Legendary (orange). Depending on their quality, each hero has a number of skills and attributes for these skills.

The better the quality of the hero, the more skills and better attributes will have. The stationing heroes with the highest and the best skills are obviously, the legendary ones. However, the purple ones are also great and should be stationed and upgraded as well.

Skill upgrade

Upgrading your heroes’ skills is just as important as stationing them in their building. The first thing you want to do is collect as many Wisdom Medals as possible as they are used to upgrade your heroes’ skills. That’s all you need to upgrade their first skill. However, starting from the second skill, your hero level also needs to be increased.

You will also need and get duplicates of the same hero, for epic and legendary heroes, which will be transformed into Hero Medals. These Hero Medals are required to unlock the most powerful skills of your development heroes, not an easy task, but worth it if you’re looking to get the most out of them.


Best Productivity Stationing Heroes

These are in our opinion the 5 best productivity heroes in Rise of Empires, now it’s up to you to choose which ones will benefit your empire the most according to your playstyle.

1. Castle Builder (legendary hero)

Castle Builder stationing hero

The overall best stationing hero, in my opinion, is Castle Builder. This legendary hero and his amazing 8 skills will provide you with a big boost in construction speed, reduced unit upkeep, and increased Siege Defense Resistance, which is always good to have in order to increase your castle defense. Unfortunately, I was not lucky enough to recruit this hero, but if you did, make sure to station him in your Town Hall!

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Theoretical Construction II
After constructing buildings, the hero gains every 1 min used:
Lvl.1: 10 Exp.Lvl.10: 100 Exp.
Development Benefit
The remaining building duration can be increased completely if is lower than:
Lvl.1: 6 min.Lvl.10: 1h
Frugal Construction II
Units’ Food and Lumber upkeep decreased by:
Lvl.1: 2.5%Lvl.10: 25%
Accelerated Construction II
Building Speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 3%Lvl.10: 30%
Wall Modification
Siege Defense Resistance increased by:
Lvl.1: 3%Lvl.10: 30%
Frugal Construction II
Building resource cost (excluding gold) decreased by:
Lvl.1: 2%Lvl.10: 20%
Tallied Construction II
Building gold cost decreased by:
Lvl.1: 2%Lvl.10: 20%
Accelerated Construction II
Building Speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 7%Lvl.10: 70%

2. Larry the Merchant (legendary hero)

Larry the Merchant development stationing hero in Rise of Empires

Larry the Merchant can be used to increase your gold production, a must-have for any player looking to advance in the game as gold is required for almost anything in this game. Unfortunately, despite the fact that most legendary development heroes have 8 skills, Larry the Merchant has 6.

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Economy 103
Active skill with 22h CD. After use, based on current gold production, the hero gains experience:
Lvl.1: 20%Lvl.10: 200%
Improved Coin Making III
Increases Gold auto production by:
Lvl.1: 1,000/hLvl.10: 10,000/h
Financial Theory
Unlocks Mint Rapid Production success rate and outcome by:
Lvl.1: 1%, and 30%Lvl.10: 10%, and 300%
Detailed Coin Making II
Increases the effect of Mint Improvement by:
Lvl.1: 30%Lvl.10: 300%
Coin Collection II
Active skill with 22h CD. After use, you get:
Lvl.1: 50k – 150k goldLvl.10: 950k – 1.05M gold
Accelerated Minting
Active skill with 8h CD, lasts 2h. After use, increases Mind base production by:
Lvl.1: 30%Lvl.10: 300%

3. Chuck the Craftsman (rare hero)

Craftsman development hero

Chuck the Craftsman is the “light” version of the Castle Builder hero, as he only has 4 skills instead of 8. Nevertheless, these skills are still beneficial for anyone starting out in the game or for those who are looking to boost their building speed or reduce the building resource cost.

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Theoretical Construction I
After constructing buildings, the hero gains every 1 min used:
Lvl.1: 5 Exp.Lvl.10: 50 Exp.
Accelerated Construction I
Building Speed increased by:
Lvl.1: +1%Lvl.10: +10%
Frugal Construction I
Building resource cost (excluding gold) decreased by:
Lvl.1: 1%Lvl.10: 10%
Tallied Construction I
Building gold cost decreased by:
Lvl.1: 1%Lvl.10: 10%

4. Edward the Alchemist (epic hero)

Edward the Alchemist development hero in Rise of Empires

While Edward the Alchemist is not a legendary hero, is still a powerful development hero offering 6 skills. It can be used to increase the production of all your Iron Mines, a great hero for anyone looking to obtain more resources.

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Metallurgy Experiment III
After a successful Iron Mine Rapid Production, the hero gains:
Lvl.1: 3,000 Exp.Lvl.10: 30,000 Exp.
Metallurgy Improvement III
All Iron Mine Production increased by:
Lvl.1: +200/hLvl.10: 2,000/h
Skilled Metallurgy II
Iron Mine Rapid Production success rate increased by:
Lvl.1: +0.75%, and outcome +20%Lvl.10: +7.5%, and outcome +200%
Ore Refinery
Increases the effect of Metallurgy Improvement by:
Lvl.1: 15%Lvl.10: 150%
Emergency Refinery
Active skill with 8h CD, lasts 2h. After use, increases the Iron Mine outcome by:
Lvl.1: 25Lvl.10: 250
Iron Collection II
Active skill with 22h CD. After use, you get:
Lvl.1: 50k – 250k ironLvl.10: 500k – 2.5M iron

5. Jacob the Taskmaster (epic hero)

Taskmaster stationing hero ROE

This hero can be used to increase the lumber production of your Lumber Yard buildings. The more you level up this hero and his 6 skills, the more you will see your lumber production increase and a higher lumber amount received after using its active skills.

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Lumber Experiment III
After a successful Lumber Yard Rapid Production, the hero gains:
Lvl.1: 3,000 Exp.Lvl.10: 30,000 Exp.
Improved Cutting III
All Lumber Yard Production increased by:
Lvl.1: +250/hLvl.10: 2,500/h
Skilled Cutting II
Lumber Yard Rapid Production success rate increased by:
Lvl.1: +0.75%, and outcome +20%Lvl.10: +7.5%, and outcome +200%
Lumber Refinery
Increases the effect of Lumber Yard Improvement by:
Lvl.1: 20%Lvl.10: 200%
Emergency Logging
Active skill with 8h CD, lasts 2h. After use, increases the Lumber Yard outcome by:
Lvl.1: 30Lvl.10: 300
Lumber Collection II
Active skill with 22h CD. After use, you get:
Lvl.1: 100k – 300k lumberLvl.10: 1M – 3M lumber

Best Military Stationing Heroes

These are, in our opinion, the 5 best military heroes in Rise of Empires that play an important role in the game, which will help reduce training costs and provide other essential bonuses for your armies.

1. Sir Roguelin (legendary hero)

Sir Roguelin - military development stationing hero in Rise of Empires

Sir Roguelin is by far the best military stationing hero because it offers amazing bonuses for your Cavalry units, the most essential type of units in Rise of Empires. His skills will help reduce troop resource consumption, and training time, and increase the number of units received after each training, a must-have for anyone looking to build a powerful army.

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Training Theory II – Cavalry
After training Cavalry units, the hero gains for every 1 min spent:
Lvl.1: 80 Exp.Lvl.10: 800 Exp.
Accelerated Training II – Cavalry
Cavalry training speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 2.5%Lvl.10: 25%
Frugal Training – Cavalry
Cavalry units lumber upkeep decreased by:
Lvl.1: 2.5%Lvl.10: 25%
Mass Recruitment II – Cavalry
Cavalry training count increased by (+Hero lvl. x 20):
Lvl.1: 150Lvl.10: 1,500
Instructor – Cavalry
The Cavalry training cost is reduced by:
Lvl.1: 1.5%Lvl.10: 15%
Quick Training – Cavalry
Cavalry training speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 6%Lvl.10: 60%

2. Drill Instructor (legendary hero)

Drill Instructor - military development hero

Drill Instructor is a legendary development military hero with similar skills to what Sir Roguelien has, but they are focused on your Archer units instead. If you’re looking for a way to increase your Archer troops, this is the hero you want to station in your Town Hall.

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Training Theory II – Archer
After training Archer units, the hero gains for every 1 min spent:
Lvl.1: 80 Exp.Lvl.10: 800 Exp.
Accelerated Training II – Archer
Archer training speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 2.5%Lvl.10: 25%
Frugal Training – Archer
Archer units food upkeep decreased by:
Lvl.1: 2.5%Lvl.10: 25%
Mass Recruitment II – Archer
Archer training count increased by (+Hero lvl. x 20):
Lvl.1: 150Lvl.10: 1,500
Instructor – Archer
The Archer training cost is reduced by:
Lvl.1: 1.5%Lvl.10: 15%
Quick Training – Archer
Archer training speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 6%Lvl.10: 60%

3. Royal Drill Master (legendary hero)

Royal Drill Master military development hero

Royal Drill Master is focused on your Footmen units and provides similar bonuses to what the previous two heroes do for their specific type of troops.

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Training Theory II – Footmen
After training Footmen units, the hero gains for every 1 min spent:
Lvl.1: 80 Exp.Lvl.10: 800 Exp.
Accelerated Training II – Footmen
Footmen training speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 2.5%Lvl.10: 25%
Frugal Training – Footmen
Footmen units food upkeep decreased by:
Lvl.1: 2.5%Lvl.10: 25%
Mass Recruitment II – Footmen
Footmen training count increased by (+Hero lvl. x 20):
Lvl.1: 150Lvl.10: 1,500
Instructor – Footmen
The Footmen training cost is reduced by:
Lvl.1: 1.5%Lvl.10: 15%
Quick Training – Footmen
Footmen training speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 6%Lvl.10: 60%

4. Plague Doctor (legendary hero)

Plague Doctor development hero

The Plague Doctor is a great support stationing hero that can be used to heal your troops, reduce the gold cost for healing, and have other great benefits. This is a must-have hero for anyone looking for more ways to protect the Castle while maintaining a strong army.

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Medical Experiment III
After wounded units, the hero gains for every 1 min spent:
Lvl.1: 30 Exp.Lvl.10: 300 Exp.
Quick Surgery III
Wounded healing speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 5%Lvl.10: 50%
Medical Improvement I
Healing resource cost (excluding gold) decreased by:
Lvl.1: 1.5%Lvl.10: 15%
Speedy Recovery
Wounded healing speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 11%Lvl.10: 110%
Tent Expansion II
Medical Tent capacity increased by:
Lvl.1: 9,000Lvl.10: 90,000
Spirit Healer
Healing resource cost (excluding gold) decreased by:
Lvl.1: 2%Lvl.10: 20%

5. Lady Knight (rare hero)

Lady Knight development hero roe

The last development hero on this list is the Lady Knight, who is also focused on your Cavalry units as Sir Roguelin, but with fewer skills as it’s a blue-colored hero. Still a good choice for stationing if you’re looking for a way to increase your Cavalry armies.

Skill NameAt level 1At level 10
Training Theory I – Cavalry
After training Cavalry units, the hero gains for every 1 min spent:
Lvl.1: 60 Exp.Lvl.10: 600 Exp.
Accelerated Training I – Cavalry
Cavalry training speed increased by:
Lvl.1: 1.5%Lvl.10: 15%
Mass Recruitment I – Cavalry
Cavalry training count increased by (+Hero lvl. x 10):
Lvl.1: 50Lvl.10: 500
Cavalry Recruitment
After casting the skill, the number of Cavalry units trained instantly is:
Lvl.1: 50Lvl.10: 500

Conclusion

Development or stationing heroes are as essential as having strong legendary combat heroes, and definitely should not be ignored. They can help to increase your resource production, military power, and other bonuses that will help you progress faster in the game.

The most important part, however, is to level up your Town Hall, so that you can station more heroes and have access to better ones. We hope you enjoyed this guide and that it will help you choose the best stationing Heroes for your empire.

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