In Rise of Empires, most players focus on having a large army from the get-go, which is not a bad thing. But the more extensive your troops the more resources they will consume. So if you’re trying to save up, there are a few things you can do to increase your resource production and still have a strong force.
In this guide, I’ll be explaining how to reduce resource consumption and how this can help your castle’s leveling process.
Why reducing resource consumption is important
You might say that your farm accounts produce enough resources, and you don’t care how many resources your main account troops consume. But, why not try and be frugal? Plus, with the release of Castle Era, the latest Rise of Empires expansion, you’ll need tons of resources to push your castle and other buildings to level 30.
Reducing your resource consumption can also be crucial in the early stages of your town’s development. It can mean the difference between being able to upgrade your castle at a normal pace, and other buildings, or being forced to wait until you’ve saved up enough resources or spend real money.
Your castle population growth will require Food produced by your Farms, Ale produced by Distilleries, and Lumber produced by your Lumber Yards. The more troops you’ll have, the higher the consumption ratio for these resources will be. For old states with advanced tech and everything else almost maxed out, this might not be a problem. But for new and growing states, especially the low-level castles (the Raider class especially), resource consumption is something you should be always aware of if you struggle to keep up with the production and upgrade your castle to the next level.
How to reduce troop consumption
Here are some tips on how to reduce your troop’s resource consumption:
1. Maximize the Frugal Training Skill
Some Military Stationary heroes have the Frugal Training skill. Upgraded to its maximum level, level 10, will decrease the resource troop consumption of a specific type of unit by 25%.
For example, Sir Roguelin’s Frugal Training – Cavalry skill will reduce the lumber consumption of your cavalry units by 25%. For archers, we have Ulysses the Drill Sergent and his Frugal Training -Archer skill can reduce the Food upkeep cost by up to 25%.
As for Footmen, we have Lye Huyan the Royal Drill Master. His Frugal Training – Footmen skill can also reduce Food consumption by up to 25%.
2. Emergency Food ratio and the critical point
When your food and lumber storage reaches a critical point, your troops will no longer consume resources. This critical point is represented by the Emergency Food Ratio, which can be found in the Tavern building by tapping “Details”. In order to halt the troop’s resource consumption, you should keep your storage level below the emergency food ratio.
This means that you should spend your resources on training units, research, or upgrading buildings, on a daily basis until the storage level of both Food and Lumber will be below the emergency food ratio. Also, don’t be confused by the terms stock and storage.
Stock is where you’ll automatically save the biggest portion of your resources by doing events and opening chest rewards.
Storage is where your resources are saved from sending your troops for gathering or by winning the attacks against your enemies. So for example in the image below, the Tavern building is level 24 and the Emergency Food Level is 900,000. There will be no resource consumption with storage level on both Food and Lumber below that value.
3. Stop Refilling the Tavern
Unless your castle level is below level 25, and you continuously need to increase the population number and upgrade buildings, you should stop refilling the tavern with Food and Ale. By doing so you’ll save Food and Ale and the production of your buildings won’t be affected as it’s not decided by the Tavern, as they need a constant Charcoal supply.
4. Dismiss Some Troops
Too many troops? Kill some of them. If you are not able to keep your storage levels for Food and Lumber below the Emergency Food Level, you probably have too many troops or gathering too many resources ( this is also possible by having multiple farms ).
Not having a good balance between your Castel level and the number of you trained troops, can become an expensive task. In this case, you can kill some of your troops by suicide.
How to dismiss some of your wounded troops:
- Click on your hospitals while you have wounded units inside.
- Tap the “Healing” icon.
- Increase the unit bar level for your desired amount of troops that will be dismissed.
- Tap on the chosen units and then tap again on “Dismiss”.
Keep in mind that dismissed units will be killed.
There you have it, a few tips to help reduce the number of resources your troops consume. I know having strong legions is something everyone is looking for, but sometimes it’s necessary to focus more on gathering the resources needed to level up your buildings and city. I hope you found this guide helpful, and if you have new tips concerning resource consumption, let’s get in touch and I’ll be happy to add them to the guide. Happy gaming!