The Medieval Times/Clash of Clones event is now upon us and is an event that is like no other in Tapped Out history. This is a huge event with a lot of new content, characters, and info, so I am going to have to break it up into a few parts throughout the course of the event. I hope that you are all enjoying this update as I am and as the team here at TopiX are. I’m going to cover this as best as I can, so bear with me and please feel free to correct me if there are any discrepancies. Let’s get started.
The new splash screen for the Clash of Clones 2014 event
I’ll start with the basic release information. As you all have and can see on the front page the newest splash screen depicts the Simpsons in warrior/viking garb charging for an attack. Each member of the family has a costume as well.
Update Title: Medieval Times
Release Date: August 19, 2014
Version: 4.10.2 – App Store update
The event triggers automatically upon successfully updating your game. However, you need to complete part 1 of the main quest titled The Prince and the Premise in order for the event to officially activate. I will cover the currency, content and attack/defend info and then show you where all of the event buttons are and what they do.
As with all events for Tapped Out there is a new currency, two actually, Elixir and Gold. Accruing each one will allow you to win personal prizes (gold) and buy event content as well as upgrade your town’s warrior production, castle defenses and individual characters capabilities.
Elixir is obtained a number of ways during the event. It is awarded, along with gold, whenever you attack a building in a friend’s town, defend a building in your own town, as a Personal Prize, in the event store menu, and as reward for certain event quests. What makes Elixir unique compared any other event currency is that it can only be purchased in the event store menu on Wednesdays, throughout the duration of the event. Every Wednesday Elixir will be available for donuts for a 24 hour period. After the 24 hours is up, it is up to you to attack your friends, defend your town and progress through the event quest line in order to obtain more Elixir.
Elixir is available in the event store menu in 3 different amounts:
During the event, once you’ve unlocked 1 or more of the skins/costumes, their tasks will earn Elixir. You do not have to wait for the next part of the quest to trigger if you want to send a character on an Elixir earning task to acquire more.
Gold is the secondary event currency. It cannot be used to purchase anything however it is the required currency to obtain all of the event’s Personal Prizes, which we’ll cover below. Gold can also be used to upgrade characters and it does not deplete, meaning you do not have to use the Gold that you have acquired to purchase upgrades, rather you have to reach a specific amount of Gold to unlock the upgrades.
Both Gold and Elixir can be acquired through event quests and by sending the event characters on tasks using their event skins.
Nerds/ Attacking/Defending Basics
Nerds are your army. They are what you send to friends’ towns in order to attack their buildings and castles. Nerds are produced regularly by your castles or they can be bought with donuts in the event store menu. There is a cap on the amount of Nerds your town can hold, however, that amount can be raised by upgrading your castles. Once your castles have generated Nerds the following symbol will appear over them:
It is important to note that once you reach your maximum amount of Nerds you will not be able to acquire any more and the Nerds that your castles generate will be lost. It is vital that you use your Nerds to stay under your max limit or upgrade your castles as often as you can to raise the cap. Nerds will only be able to be purchased with donuts so long as you remain under the maximum amount. Once you reach your max amount of Nerds you will receive this warning:
Max Nerds Warning
There are four types of Nerds that make up your army. They are:
Brave Tin Knight or Troop 1
Amateur Mage or Troop 2
Warrior of Muffintop or Troop 3
Rascal Rogue or Troop 4
These troops or Nerds will appear at random depending upon the amount of Nerds you send to attack a specific building or castle.
Note: We have received a few questions as to whether the Nerds will be rewarded as either NPCs or playable characters. There is no information to indicate they will be and no character set is assigned to them in the game files. For the moment I will have to say No, these characters will not remain after the event. If anything changes we will let you know.
Each building or castle that can be attacked requires you to send your Nerd army to accomplish the attack. The amount of time for each attack varies depending on the number of Nerds that you send but it is anywhere from 11 hours with only 1 Nerd being sent to 60 minutes with multiple Nerds being sent. Each building that can be attacked has a different max amount for the number of Nerds you can send.
When in your friends’ towns, the symbol that represents a building that can be attacked will be the following:
This menu is how you call your Nerds to attack. You can also buy more Nerds, see how many Nerds you have and can instantly destroy a building using a Cheaters 20 Sided Dice. I will explain the Cheaters 20 next.
To send your Nerds simply tap the + button to select the number of Nerds you want to send.
Notice the difference in Time to Victory between the 2 pictures. The more Nerds you send, the less time it takes to attack the building.
You can replenish your Nerds at any time as long as you are under your maximum amount. The amount of Nerds available to buy in the event store menu depends upon the amount of Nerds you are under the cap. As you reach the cap, the Nerd packages will lock in the menu and will not unlock again until you are well under your cap.
You begin with a 40 Nerd maximum and can raise that amount, as I said above, through upgrading your castles. The premium prices for the Nerd packages are as follows:
There are only a select amount of buildings that you can attack in your friends’ towns and which can be attacked in your town. They are as follows:
- Barbarian Castle
- Boxingham Palace
- Castle Recycle
- Flanders House
- Blue Houses
- White Houses
- Orange Houses
- Purple Houses
- Pink Houses
- Brown Houses
- Skinner’s House
- Van Houten House
- Willie’s Shack
- Wiggum House
- Muntz House
- Sanjay’s House
- Pumpkin House
- Gingerbread House
- Crazy Cat Lady’s House
When your town is under attack you will be notified by your device’s notifications, if you have that option enabled in-game or by a pop-up notification if you are currently in-game. You will also know exactly which buildings are being attacked by seeing Nerds roaming your streets and by the following symbol over the building that is currently being attacked:
The symbol for defending your buildings
To properly defend your buildings simply tapping them will clear the Nerds. You will also be told WHICH of your friends is the attacker and be given the option to immediately seek revenge and be taken directly to the attacking friend’s town.
Revenge/ Direct Attack Button
The event has given us an option to directly and anonymously attack friends and random towns. This is good for those of you who have little or no friends or those who only wish to attack towns without having the person know who attacked them. Using this button will only tell the receiving town that an “attacker” has visited them. This button is in the top right corner of the screen:
Revenge/Direct Attack Button
This button will appear only after you have completed The Prince and the Premise Pt. 3. Once you tap this button you will be taken to a completely random town and be able to attack or destroy 5 buildings. You will not have the option to collect from the usual 3 buildings as you do if you visit your friends.
You will win Elixir and Gold regardless if your friend or anonymous recipient defends their town. Obviously you get a bigger reward if the recipient does not defend against the attack but you will be rewarded either way. Also the rewards for attacking using the Direct Revenge/Attack button are higher than the rewards from attacking friends. Why? We have no idea but I’m assuming it to be rewards for using the event options.
The Win/Lose Rewards are as follows:
Winning (Meaning the recipient does not defend the attack before the attack timer is up)
Losing (Meaning the recipient of the attack either taps their buildings before the attack timer is up OR the recipient uses a Cheaters 20 to defend their entire town all at once)
As you can see the rewards for winning in a random town are drastically higher than for visiting a known friend and attacking. This is where the “strategy” part of this event comes into play. You have to weigh the rewards for winning/losing between random towns and friends towns. Using the options that are given such as Cheaters 20 or sending as many Nerds as possible to lower the time a person you are attacking has to defend against it are vital in determining how much Elixir and Gold you acquire and how fast.
Cheaters 20 Dice
Cheaters 20 Dice
The last item I’ll cover in this, Part 1, of the Overview is the Cheaters 20 Dice. Designed by Professor Frink to allow the player to never lose, the Cheaters 20 Dice is exactly as it’s named, a 20 sided dice that always lands on 20 allowing the player to win every time. Much like the ghost vacuum during the Halloween 2013 event, the Cheaters 20 is merely a shortcut for attacking towns and defending your own.
Cheaters 20 Dice become available for purchase once you collect 800 Gold win the 3rd Personal Prize which is a pack of 5 dice. A quest will trigger called Roll With It which will require you to:
- Destroy a Building with a Cheaters 20
- Use a Cheaters 20 to Defend Your Town
Once this quest is completed 3 packages of Cheaters 20 will unlock in the Premium and Clash of Clones event store menus. The packages are:
Attacking With a Cheaters 20
Once unlocked and acquired, the Cheaters 20 can be used to instantly destroy a building in a random or friend’s town. It completely negates the need to send Nerds for a timed attack and allows you to instantly collect the attack reward. The amount of dice needed is only 1 per building.
The option to utilize a Cheaters 20 to instantly destroy a building or castle in a random or friend’s town is in the same Attack Menu that you receive when you tap a potential building:
The very first time you select this option you will be asked if you’re sure you want to use a Cheaters 20. After the first time there will be no second prompt so be sure that you really want to use one since there will be no way to take it back.
Once you select to use a Cheaters 20 the building will instantly destroy and you will receive the attack reward right away. If you wreck a castle it will look wrecked:
If you select to instantly destroy a house, it will revert that house back to as if the person just built it for the first time:
Likewise if a friend selects a Cheaters 20 in your town your castles and houses will receive the same symbols.
Defending With a Cheaters 20
Cheaters 20 Dice can also be used to defend your town instantly from any attack. Again the price to defend your town is 1 dice per defense. You will be notified of a pending attack through your device and the game’s notifications if you’re not currently playing, or you will receive a pop-up in-game notifying you that “So and so is attacking your town!” You will also see Nerds roaming your streets if a visitor has launched an attack on any of your buildings.
To instantly defend your town using a Cheaters 20 the icon is at the top right corner of your screen next to the Revenge/Direct Attack Button:
Cheaters 20 Button
The icon also shows you how many dice you currently have. You can add dice at any time using the event store menu for donuts as explained above and there is no limit to how many dice you can have.
To defend, tap the icon once:
Text: Tap the screen anywhere to use the Cheaters 20
At the top of the screen the instructions will appear next. All you need to do is tap the screen one time. You do not have to be over any buildings under attack. In fact, you can tap the screen anywhere but just tap it once.
The screen will then flash white and all buildings under attack will instantly restore and all defense rewards will instantly be issued to you. If no buildings are under attack you will receive the following message when you tap the Cheaters 20 icon:
Text: No buildings are under attack or wrecked!
Event Button Navigation
I have covered most of the new buttons and icons that have come with this update but there are a few more. Once you have activated the event there will be an additional icon at the bottom right of your screen alongside the Move, Friends, Build icons:
Tapping this button will bring up your Castle Summary screen:
This screen shows you your 3 castles. If you haven’t unlocked any or all of the castles yet, they will still appear here although they will be locked. To upgrade or view your individual castle status, tap the View button under the castle you want to see and it will take you to that castle’s main screen. The main screen of each castle contains a lot of info, how much depends on how far you have progressed in the event.
Regardless of how far along you are it will always show:
- Nerd count
- Elixir count
- Gold count
- Castle level
- Next castle level and what the level will unlock
- How much Elixir to upgrade to the next level.
- Last person who attacked the castle and a button to revenge them directly
If you have unlocked one or more of the event skins the castle’s main screen will also show you:
- Character level
- How much gold to upgrade the skin to the next level
- Upgrade button
As I said above regarding Gold you do not spend it. You simply have to reach the required amount of Gold to unlock the next upgrade.
The second button or middle button at the bottom right of the Castle Summary screen will take you to the Personal Prize menu:
Tap this icon and you will be brought here:
This screen will tell you what each Personal Prize is, how much Gold is required to unlock it, and how many donuts can be used to rush the prize. At the bottom you will also find the event end date, October 7th 2014.
Event Store Menu
The third and final button at the bottom of the Castle Summary screen is the store menu for the event content. I will cover exactly what the event has brought us regarding characters, buildings, and decorations in Part 2 of this Overview. The event store menu can also be accessed by tapping the main Build icon on your Home screen.
Tapping this icon will bring you directly to the event store menu:
In this menu you can purchase any of the new content as well as the Wednesdays only Elixir bundles, Nerds, and castle upgrade items.
Event Summary Screen
You will notice a question mark in a few spots throughout the many screens for the event. One is at the top right corner of the Personal Prize menu above and the other is on your Home screen along with your Nerd, Gold, and Elixir counts:
Tapping the question mark on either screen will bring you to the Event Instruction or Summary screen:
This screen will give you brief instructions of how to maneuver the event as well as a real-time countdown clock which counts down to the end of the event.
I think I have covered all of the general basics for now so I will stop here. As I said above I will be covering all of the new characters, buildings and decorations in Part 2 of this Overview so stay tuned. Hope this gives you all a better understanding of how the event works and how to navigate around your game. Feel free to correct me if any of the info is wrong or inaccurate.