Play Celtic Tribes Part Two

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This is part of the in-depth VisiHow series of Complete Celtic Tribes Game Guides.

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Part Two: Buildings and Runes

Phenomenal Cosmic Powers

As you've no doubt grasped by now, there is a great deal to this game that is not immediately apparent. The two weeks protection time you are given to grow in are critical to the long term success of your village. An essential component of that growth period is understanding the building types, knowing what they do, and how long it takes to maximize each one. Knowing the total resource investment in a particular building type also lets you plan your development, particularly when you have established several villages and have a predictable level of resource production. This is particularly important for power players, as you can map out exactly where you want to get and now long it takes to get there.

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PRO TIP! While this information may seem trivial, knowing that it takes someone 445 hours (more than 18 days) to maximize their farms can tell you a lot about which building types to prioritize, letting you focus on building acceptable troop strength as you build your village. It can also give you an idea of how active another player is, or whether they are farming resources (low resource production and high building development indicates an active player who farms resources regularly!).

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Non-Resource Building Types

These Are Your Primary 'Function' Buildings

Note that all values are base values, meaning they are not modified in any way by Artifacts or Rune upgrades. Finding Artifacts or upgrading Runes in the Celtic Tribes Game will allow you to increase or modify some of these values.

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Also keep in mind that there is a fixed building limit of two buildings being upgraded at once. This can be increased by using Magic Potions, discussed in Part Six of the guide.

Chief House

Importance: Low

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  • This building is not one you should upgrade until you plan to start conquering other villages, which requires a Druid and trading resources for silver.
  • Function: Store Bronze (up to 10,000 at max level), increase silver trade rate (1 silver per 50 resources at max level), and train Druids. At this time there is no known limit to the amount of silver you can store. I have had more than 100,000 silver. When I get to 999,999 (if I ever do) I will post more here, assuming the game is available in 15 years on the iPhone implant.
  • Max Size: 10
  • Total Resource Cost: 18,213 (Wood) 22,649 (Clay) 5,525 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 80
  • Total Build Time To Max: 129 Hours and 07 Minutes
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Training Area

Importance: Medium

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  • This is an essential building if you do not use Magic Potions, and essentially useless if you use Magic Potions and money is not an object.
  • Function: This building reduces your build times by up to 50% at max level. Note that you can have more than three groups of troops training at the same time unless you use Magic Potions to increase the amount you can train. For this reason it is good to save resources to near your maximum for that troop type, and then train all at once.
  • Max Size: 30
  • Total Resource Cost: 30,176 (Wood) 44,016 (Clay) 35,786 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 137
  • Total Build Time To Max: 411 Hours and 41 Minutes
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Tavern

Importance: Low

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  • This building is only important if you use it to run Tavern Missions or want Artifacts from Daily Missions.
  • Function: Each level this building is increased will make new missions available, up to a total of 14 Tavern Missions and 1 Daily mission at max level.
  • Max Size: 10
  • Total Resource Cost: 8,978 (Wood) 13,245 (Clay) 6,318 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 110
  • Total Build Time To Max: 83 Hours and 48 Minutes
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Magic Grove

Importance: High

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  • This building is essential for improving the technology levels of your village.
  • Function: Each level this building is upgraded will unlock new Magic Runes (technology) up to a maximum of 18 Runes at max level. It should be noted that this building is non-essential at lower levels, other than training spears for defense.
  • Max Size: 10
  • Total Resource Cost: 10,411 (Wood) 15,973 (Clay) 13,549 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 140
  • Total Build Time To Max: 129 Hours and 16 Minutes
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Palisade

Importance: High

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  • This building is a force multiplier for defensive troops. Without it your defenses are much lower.
  • Function: Each level you increase this building will improve the defensive values of your troops, and it also applies a flat defensive bonus to your village (so even with no troops your base still has a defensive value). At max level the value is a 100% defensive increase to your village, and a 1000 factor added to your total defense. The actual math is not exactly correct from what I can tell, but it is close.
  • Max Size: 30
  • Total Resource Cost: 62,777 (Wood) 56,305 (Clay) 47,039 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 185
  • Total Build Time To Max: 321 Hours and 50 Minutes
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Marketplace

Importance: Low

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  • This building is not important unless you plan to farm resources. The function of carrying bronze can be carried out by your troops if you have enough.
  • Function: Each level you increase this building will improve the distance to market, trade ratio of resources to resources, and also resources to bronze. Additionally, at level 4 you will have access to Horse Carts (they carry 500 resources), and at max level you will have access to Ox Carts (they carry 2,500 resources). Also, at max level your distance to market will be 1 field, and your trade rations will be 1:1 for all resources, and 1 bronze for every 4 resources. Note that any carts you build are counted on the same build limit as troops, so you can only build three sets at any one time.
  • Max Size: 8
  • Total Resource Cost: 9,060 (Wood) 8,160 (Clay) 2,595 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 50
  • Total Build Time To Max: 92 Hours and 31 Minutes
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Farm

Importance: Essential

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  • Without a Farm, you will have no population.
  • Function: Every level of Farm increases the maximum population. This is an instant increase, meaning that as soon as the farm is finished, your population immediately becomes the next number (you do not have to wait for population to grow, as in some other games). This building is essential, because almost every building has a population requirement - if you do not meet the requirement, then you can not build. The max population you can have is 9,999 at Farm level 30.
  • Max Size: 30
  • Total Resource Cost: 32,509 (Wood) 32,238 (Clay) 21,851 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 0
  • Total Build Time To Max: 445 Hours and 34 Minutes
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PRO TIP! Aside from building Horse Carts, the Marketplace is your least important building! Any excess resources you have can simply be converted to silver in the Chief House. The time and resources you will spend maximizing your Marketplace will cost more in terms of time management than simply maximizing your Chief House to improve your silver conversion rates! That is, unless you really have nothing better to do than sit around and watch carts of resources going back and forth...

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Resource Producing Building Types

Because It's Not a Party Without Resources!

These are the types of buildings that produce and store resources in the Celtic Tribes Game. They are an essential component of progression, but when you begin to develop them will depend on your style of play.

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Woodcutter's Lodge

Importance: Medium

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  • This building generates resources, and at after a certain number of villages it becomes impractical to constantly farm resources.
  • Function: This building type produces the listed resources, up to a maximum of 428 per hour. This value can be increased through technology and building upgrades. It is not an essential building at low levels, but once you have several villages and are farming resources for six hours a day, you will wish this building was at max.
  • Max Size: 30
  • Total Resource Cost: 31,633 (Wood) 36,932 (Clay) 13,330 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 120
  • Total Build Time To Max: 376 Hours and 25 Minutes
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Wood Store

Importance: Essential

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  • You can not increase the size of your buildings past a certain point without increasing the level of this building.
  • Function: This is a storage building, which allows you to store resources you have harvested or captured while resource farming.
  • Max Size: 20
  • Total Resource Cost: 8,123 (Wood) 10,202 (Clay) 4,306 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 0
  • Total Build Time To Max: 108 Hours and 27 Minutes
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Clay Pit

Importance: Medium

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  • This building generates resources, and at after a certain number of villages it becomes impractical to constantly farm resources.
  • Function: This building type produces the listed resources, up to a maximum of 428 per hour. This value can be increased through technology and building upgrades. It is not an essential building at low levels, but once you have several villages and are farming resources for six hours a day, you will wish this building was at max.
  • Max Size: 30
  • Total Resource Cost: 33,758 (Wood) 32,302 (Clay) 22,134 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 120
  • Total Build Time To Max: 391 Hours and 16 Minutes
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Clay Store

Importance: Essential

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  • You can not increase the size of your buildings past a certain point without increasing the level of this building.
  • Function: This is a storage building, which allows you to store resources you have harvested or captured while resource farming.
  • Max Size: 20
  • Total Resource Cost: 5,861 (Wood) 12,465 (Clay) 4,305 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 0
  • Total Build Time To Max: 109 Hours and 59 Minutes
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Ore Mine

Importance: Medium

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  • This building generates resources, and at after a certain number of villages it becomes impractical to constantly farm resources.
  • Function: This building type produces the listed resources, up to a maximum of 428 per hour. This value can be increased through technology and building upgrades. It is not an essential building at low levels, but once you have several villages and are farming
  • Max Size: 30
  • Total Resource Cost: 39,689 (Wood) 31,685 (Clay) 26,271 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 120
  • Total Build Time To Max: 404 Hours and 48 Minutes
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Ore Store

Importance: Essential

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  • You can not increase the size of your buildings past a certain point without increasing the level of this building.
  • Function: This is a storage building, which allows you to store resources you have harvested or captured while resource farming.
  • Max Size: 20
  • Total Resource Cost: 7,720 (Wood) 9,469 (Clay) 5,442 (Ore)
  • Total Population Cost: 0
  • Total Build Time To Max: 111 Hours and 34 Minutes
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PRO TIP! Upgrade your resource storage to maximum as soon as possible, and then you can send our resource farming teams before bed and when you wake up each morning without losing resources due to not having enough storage.

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Runes and Technology - 18 Credit Hours

The Evolution of Conspiracy Theory - Professor Nikki

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So, the concept of Runes is something that a few people have asked me about, so I'm adding it to the guide. Basically, Runes are (I think) one of the great things to do with your resources when you have already trained troops, upgraded buildings, and traded for silver. They aren't something you should be necessarily training 'later' - but rather a thing you can train as you grow.

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The reason for this is that Runes are the one item in the Celtic Tribes Game that you can keep training, and not worry about being limited to only having two active at any one time (like building upgrades), or three active (like troop building). I suppose there may be an upper limit, but I have had four or five training at once and never reached it. This is great, because you can train them over a period of days with extra resources you may have.

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Here is a list of each Rune, posted in order, and listed with what they do. Note that some Runes at higher levels are 'locked' until you train the corresponding lower level Rune (such as the Lesser and Greater Runes of Creation), but their bonuses stack (total bonus of 12% Resource Production). I have listed what each one 'Unlocks' if there is a requirement. Don't you just love me!

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Runes and Technology 101

Primitive Conspiracy Theory - The First Six Runes

This is an extension of the Rune list, not unlike your own basic English classes in University. Pay attention, or I will have to discipline you for using poor English (use English and die).

Rune of the Spear

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Importance: Necessary for Defense

  • Function: Grants access to the Spearman, which is your best defense against Lancers.
  • Unlocks: Rune of Courage
  • Total Resource Cost: 48 (Wood) 8 (Clay) 24 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 00 Hours and 30 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 1
  • Magic Grove Level: 1
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Minor Rune of Protection

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Importance: Necessary for Defense

  • Function: This Rune provides a 4% defense bonus to all of your units. This can be the difference between winning and losing a battle.
  • Unlocks: Rune of Steadfastness, Rune of Courage, Rune of the Horse, Greater Rune of Protection
  • Total Resource Cost: 80 (Wood) 200 (Clay) 120 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 01 Hours and 30 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 10
  • Magic Grove Level: 1
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Rune of Lancers

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Importance: Only important for attack purposes, or farming

  • Function: Grants access to the Lancer, which is a fast attack unit good at killing ranged defenders.
  • Unlocks: Rune of the Horse
  • Total Resource Cost: 360 (Wood) 360 (Clay) 480 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 10 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 3
  • Magic Grove Level: 2
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Minor Rune of Fortitude

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Importance: Important if you attack.

  • Function: Provides a 4% attack bonus to all units used in any attack.
  • Unlocks: Rune of the Eagle, Rune of Strength, Rune of the Wind, Greater Rune of Fortitude
  • Total Resource Cost: 600 (Wood) 150 (Clay) 750 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 03 Hours and Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 10
  • Magic Grove Level: 2
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Minor Rune of Creation

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Importance: Essential to increase resource production, speeding up all things related to resources - particularly if you do not want to be a full time resource farmer.

  • Function: This Rune gives a 4% increase to all Resource Production
  • Unlocks: Greater Rune of Creation
  • Total Resource Cost: 760 (Wood) 570 (Clay) 570 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 05 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 10
  • Magic Grove Level: 3
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Rune of the Bow

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Importance: Essential, as this Rune provides your most powerful defense unit.

  • Function: Opens the Archer for training, which is the best all around defense unit of any, and is the backbone of any good defense.
  • Unlocks: Rune of the Eagle
  • Total Resource Cost: 1080 (Wood) 270 (Clay) 1350 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 14 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 5
  • Magic Grove Level: 3
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PRO TIP! Train Spearmen as soon as possible, but once you have learned the Rune of the Bow, make sure you prioritize training Archers for defense.

Runes and Technology 201

Stone Age Conspiracy Theory - The Middle Six Runes

Much like real world English, we will now begin to study writing that is hundreds of years old, and has absolutely no relevance to modern society other than to provide jobs for people who specialize in knowledge no one else cares about.

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Rune of Steadfastness

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Importance: Necessary for a good defense.

  • Function: This Rune grants all Artillery units a stacking defense bonus of 5%
  • Unlocks: Nothing
  • Total Resource Cost: 1000 (Wood) 1000 (Clay) 1400 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 08 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 15
  • Magic Grove Level: 4
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Rune of the Axe

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Importance: Important for attackers.

  • Function: Gives access to the powerful Axe Warrior, which is the most powerful all around attack unit.
  • Unlocks: Rune of Strength
  • Total Resource Cost: 1750 (Wood) 350 (Clay) 1400 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 18 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 7
  • Magic Grove Level: 4
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Rune of Courage

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Importance: important for defense.

  • Function: This Rune will give all infantry defenders a stacking 5% defensive bonus.
  • Unlocks: Nothing
  • Total Resource Cost: 1400 (Wood) 1000 (Clay) 1600 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 12 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 15
  • Magic Grove Level: 5
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Rune of the Horse

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Importance: Important if you have Chariots for defense.

  • Function: With this Rune trained, all defending Cavalry units will receive a stacking 5% defensive bonus.
  • Unlocks: Rune of the Wind
  • Total Resource Cost: 1600 (Wood) 1400 (Clay) 1000 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 14 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 15
  • Magic Grove Level: 5
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Rune of the War Chariot

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Importance: Important if you will use these units for defense, or for Tavern missions.

  • Function: Provides access to the War Chariot, which is the most powerful defense unit against Artillery, but requires two villagers per unit to operate.
  • Unlocks: Nothing
  • Total Resource Cost: 1500 (Wood) 1000 (Clay) 2500 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 24 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 9
  • Magic Grove Level: 6
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Rune of the Eagle

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Importance: Important if you attack with Artillery units.

  • Function: Provides a 5% attack bonus to all Artillery units. Slingers
are the primary Artillery attack unit, and they are also the least expensive and fastest units to recruit.
  • Unlocks: Nothing
  • Total Resource Cost: 700 (Wood) 3500 (Clay) 2800 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 18 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 15
  • Magic Grove Level: 6

PRO TIP! You won't need the Rune of the Axe or the Rune of the War Chariot in the early game unless you are running Tavern Missions - so you can skip training these right away and free up some resources for other buildings or troops.

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Runes and Technology 301

Modern Conspiracy Theory - The Last Six Runes

If you've made it this far, you're now entering that part of You Tube where you can learn about aliens and interplanetary probes (the flying kind, you pervert). You can also learn about obscure English words and the proper use of grammar (the proper use of gramma

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is available on USENET if you're not interested in pronouncing it with the obligatory ending letter 'r' - Timberland
spends a lot of time there, as opposed to the Timberland boots he sometimes wears).

Greater Rune of Creation - the Wife Rune

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Importance: Essential if you do not want to be a resource farmer.

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  • Function: This Rune gives a stacking 8% bonus to all resource production. This is in addition to the 4% bonus from the lesser rune, and also stacks with the bonuses from Artifacts. With one Village, and the 'Complete' Artifact patter of Stone Goblets, you can reach a total resource bonus of 68%, which is the single largest production bonus in the game. With Bronze, Silver, or Gold Artifacts, it goes much higher.
  • Unlocks: Nothing
  • Total Resource Cost: 2700 (Wood) 2700 (Clay) 300 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 15 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 20
  • Magic Grove Level: 7
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Rune of Strength

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Importance: Important if you attack with Infantry.

  • Function: A Rune that provides a 5% attack bonus to all attacking Infantry units. As the Axe Man is your Infantry
attack unit, this augments an already powerful attacker.
  • Unlocks: Nothing
  • Total Resource Cost: 2800 (Wood) 700 (Clay) 3500 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 16 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 15
  • Magic Grove Level: 7

Rune of the Wind - The Husband Rune

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Importance: Important if you attack with Cavalry.

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  • Function: It provides all Cavalry attacks with a 5% bonus to their attack damage.
  • Unlocks: Nothing
  • Total Resource Cost: 3500 (Wood) 2800 (Clay) 700 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 18 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 15
  • Magic Grove Level: 8
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Rune of Zeal

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Importance: Low importance, as it is a minor benefit that takes a very long time to reach.

  • Function: This Rune provides a 5% increase to the speed of all units, but it is marginally useful, as it takes such a long time to unlock, and doesn't help significantly once you're upgraded other buildings enough to consider upgrading Runes to this level.
  • Unlocks: Nothing
  • Total Resource Cost: 3000 (Wood) 3000 (Clay) 4000 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 20 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 10
  • Magic Grove Level: 8
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Greater Rune of Protection

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Importance: Extremely Important.

  • Function: One of the best Runes, this one provides an 8% increase to unit defense. This is in addition to any other bonuses. With the right pattern of Artifacts, significant defense bonuses can be reached. For example, a player with all Stone Shield Artifacts, who has one castle, and uses the 'Complete' pattern, would have a total defensive bonus of 105% - which is the single largest bonus in the game provided by any combination of objects. That is just with Stone Artifacts. Use the higher tiers of Bronze, Silver, and Gold, and you can really push this bonus off the charts.
  • Unlocks: Nothing
  • Total Resource Cost: 4950 (Wood) 4950 (Clay) 4950 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 20 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 20
  • Magic Grove Level: 9
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Greater Rune of Fortitude

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Importance: Essential to attackers.

  • Function: If you attack regularly, this rune enhances your troops by an additional 8%. This is in addition to the bonus already given by the lesser attack Runes, meaning an attacker could have a constant 12% Attack bonus, plus any Artifact bonuses.
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Unlocks: Nothing

  • Total Resource Cost: 4000 (Wood) 7000 (Clay) 9000 (Ore)
  • Total Build Time: 24 Hours and 00 Minutes
  • Total Population Cost: 20
  • Magic Grove Level: 10

PRO TIP! There is no limit to the number of runes you can be learning at one time.

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