Tavern provides some of the best bonuses in this game. Unlock your commanders, find them what they need, and increase your friendship with them. Your best friends in this game will help you grow faster and to fight better.
You can find the tavern building on the right side of the sept of seven and next to the shelter in your city view.
This building unlocks after you have at least 13 commanders. You can unlock more commanders by doing Weriwood stages. The building has 2 tabs, one that shows “Bonus Overview” and one named “Friendship”.
Tavern provides 5 different types of bonuses:
1) City Building (Aptitude)
This is an active skill which provides a “Speed up” reserve that can be used for any speed ups (for building, researching, training troops, healing, rebuilding war and fortifications). Every 4 hours you will be able to claim the special speed up by using this skill. The speed ups show on any speed ups page and can be used at any time:
This speed up matters a lot for all players. Players who still have a lot of researches can use them for speeding them and others can use it for healing their troops.
For each point in Aptitude, you get 5 minutes’ speedups every 4 hours. You need to claim these speed ups at least every 12 hours, otherwise it will stop producing more.
2) Economy Expansion (Finance)
This active skill will provide gold dragons every 4 hours. Gold dragons are very important for researches and tier 4 troops. You need to claim these resources at least every 12 hours, otherwise, it will stop producing more. For each point in Finance, you can earn 100 gold dragons every 4 hours.
3) Troop Recruitment (Command)
This active skill will provide free troops every 4 hours. The troops are from the highest unlocked tier and a random type. For example, if you have T3 troops unlocked and no T4 troops unlocked, the rewards will be T3 troops. As soon as you unlock a T4 troop type from researches, this skill will start providing those as a reward.
With each 10 points in Command, you can earn 1 T4 troop for free every 4 hours. You will need to claim these troops every 12 hours, otherwise, it will stop producing more.
4) Battle Bonus (Combat Rate)
One of the most important Tavern bonuses is called “Combat Rate”. Only in PvP fights if Player A has a higher combat rate than player B, then Player A's attack, defense, and health will be increased by a value of 0.025 for each extra combat rate they have more than player B.
This means, for example, if Player A has a 2000 combat rate more than player B, then player A will have 50% total attack buff, 50% total defense buff, and 50% total health buff.
Because of this, we can say, Combat rate is a buffer for the player who has a higher combat rate, and a de buffer (reduction buff) for the player who has a lower combat rate.
You can see players' combat rates on top of the battle reports under each player's name and next to their avatar.
5) Army Size Bonus (Leadership)
The fifth and last Tavern bonus that is also a passive skill like combat rate is called leadership. With this skill, you can increase your army size. The more Army size you have, the more troops you can send out of your castle with each deployment. This bonus is very important for attacking other players. It’s also very important for players who wish to hide their army from an enemy attack.
Leadership also increases the rally size which is essential for rally leaders.
For each point in leadership, you get 30 army size and 100 rally size.
To increase tavern stats, you need to increase your friendship level with each commander. On the second tab in the Tavern building, you can see a list of all your unlocked commanders. Each commander is specialized in some of the 5 tavern bonuses (Aptitude, Finance, Command, Combat, Leadership) and not in all of them. In addition, some commanders are better in certain stats (have more stars in them). You can see a full list of tavern specializations of all commanders in this table:
(Credits to Adian Rivers for the table)
To increase commander friendship, you need to gift them items. You can find these items in “friendship chests” that can be found in different events such as alliance and elite trials.
There are 6 types of friendship gifts:
Blue quality gifts add 10 friendship points, purple ones add 50 friendship points and the gold ones will add 200 friendship points. In addition, commanders will get x2 friendship points if you give them their preferred gifts, so always try to give commanders their preferred gifts unless if you already have all of the commanders in that category at maximum friendship.
Friendship Tiers and Leveling up Optimum
Commander of certain quality level can’t go higher than a certain level in friendship. You can see the maximum friendship level for different quality of commanders:
By leveling up a commander for one level, you get an increase in tavern stats based on the quality of that commander with that stat. For example, if you increase your friendship with Chris for one level, you will get 3 points in Aptitude and 1 point in Command. It doesn’t matter if you’re increasing his friendship from level 1 to level 2 or from level 59 to 60. The increase will always be the same.
Since it gets more and more expensive to increase friendship levels at higher levels, it’s a good idea to increase the friendship levels of all your commanders at the same time instead of focusing on a few first.
For example, it takes 3000 friendship points to increase Jaime Lannister's friendship from level 56 to 57. Even though he has 5 stars in combat, it's more beneficial to upgrade Mengo who only has 3 stars in combat, from level 51 to 52 first as he will only require 1240 friendship points for that level up. (1240/3 = 413 points for each star < 3000/5 = 600 points for each star)
Commanders that are fully awakened to 2 stars and have their last 2-star awakening skill unlocked will have 1 extra star in every stat they were previously specialized in.
For example, by awakening Seg to 2 stars, he will have 6 stars in Combat and 5 stars in Leadership instead of his original 5 stars in combat and 4 stars in leadership.
This increase in stars will affect your previous friendship levels too. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you’re increasing the friendship of a commander first and then awakening them or if you’re first awakening them and then increasing their friendship level. Both will result in the same friendship stats.
I hope you enjoyed reading this guide. Have a great time and stay safe!