If you’re new to Tacticus, you might be making huge mistakes without realizing it. Something as simple as using a requisition can set your progress back even though you thought you were moving forward. Tacticus is one of the best non-anime gacha games, but if you’ve never played other games in the genre, you might be wasting precious resources.
Luckily for you, we put together a quick guide to bring you up to speed on some of the basics and more advanced Tacticus tips and tricks. By the end of this guide, you’ll have everything you need to rise through the leaderboards and 3-star campaigns.
Don’t Use Your Requisition Drops
This seems counter-intuitive; we get it, but really, do not use your requisition drops — at least immediately. You’re going to want to wait until you have ten in total and open them all at once. The math has been done time and time again, and you are more likely to get better rewards if you use ten requisitions at once rather than open them one at a time.
If you open requisitions as soon as you get them, you’re missing out on a guaranteed character and better rewards. It’s hard not to use them right away, but trust us, save them. You’ll progress farther faster if you wait. Later on, requisitions will get harder and harder to come by, so savor the ones you get in the beginning.
How to get Requisition Drops in Tacticus
There are a few different ways to get requisitions in Tacticus. You are guaranteed a req every time you increase your power level. You’ll also be able to find them as rewards from missions occasionally, so be sure to keep an eye on your missions tab. Increasing your mission level is a great way to get requisitions. Lastly, once you 3-star a chapter of a campaign, you’ll get a crate with a guaranteed requisition drop.
If you want to drop some cash or you have extra Blackstone lying around, you can occasionally find requisition drops for sale in the shop. You’ll either find them in sets of one, three, or five, and each one will cost 300 Blackstone (300, 900, 1500). This isn’t the best use of Blackstone, so unless you’re a whale or have a ton of Blackstone from redeeming Tacticus codes, we strongly advise against that.
Save Your Blackstone
Blackstone is one of the most important resources in the game and is hard to come by unless you plan on spending money. There are different ways to get it, but saving any Blackstone you come across is generally the best idea. The only thing you should spend Blackstone on is usually epic or legendary items in the store and energy refills.
As a new player, you’ll probably want to focus more on energy refills to progress through the game faster. The first energy refill should always be the free ad watch; after that, you should only spend Blackstone once, maybe twice, if there is an event going on and it’s worth it.
If you can wait and aren’t in a hurry, waiting for your energy to refill or powering up a character to get energy from leveling up is a better idea. Once you’ve played the game more and have gotten a feel for it, you’ll know when and what to spend Blackstone on.
How to Get Blackstone in Tacticus
Besides buying packs of Blackstone, you can find a decent amount by playing the game. You’ll find it in crates, in the battle pass, as rewards, etc. It’s everywhere. There are also a number of codes you can use to get free Blackstone, and the devs release new, limited-time codes all the time.
If you are going to purchase Blackstone, you’ll get double the amount on your first purchase of each amount. There’s also a daily Blackstone delivery for just a few dollars. It’s a good way to have enough Blackstone to buy one energy refill each day or save up over a longer period of time for an event.
Don’t Forget to Upgrade Your Units
Upgrading units is the only way you’re going to make them stronger. Leveling up does not affect their power, only item upgrades, skill upgrades, and ascension or promotion. Leveling up your characters increases their max skill level and unlocks new item upgrades. Once you’ve given a character all six items, you’ll be able to rank them up, permanently boosting their stats and unlocking the ability to give them more upgrades.
In the beginning, shards, orbs, badges, and items are given out like candy, but as you progress, it’s going to get harder and harder to get what you need. Think carefully about using rarer materials and items, as you won’t be able to get them back. Equipment can be unequipped and moved around, but you won’t be able to get back any resources spent on upgrading a skill.
New players should stick to upgrading the Vindicta, Varro, Certus, and Bellator. Incisus is okay to upgrade too, but you’d be better off not sinking too many resources into him because he’s not too useful after the initial campaign. He’s often outclassed by other characters, but his healing does come in handy at certain points.
Immediately Join a Guild
Join a guild as soon as you unlock the ability to do so. Not only will you be able to request items from guild mates to upgrade your characters, but you’ll unlock the guild store and raids. Raids are another way of getting items and rewards. You’ll get Blackstone, coins, shards, items, and more through raids. They’ll be tough for new players, but you’ll do more damage as time goes on.
The guild store has different things you can buy using guild credits. You can earn guild credits by completing missions with your guild or by raiding. There is also a package you can buy with Blackstone to get more guild credits. There are often badges, character shards, and XP books in the guild store, which refresh every day.
Watch Every Ad You Can
You can watch around seven ads a day. You should always save one ad watch for free energy, one for the guild store (if you have a lot of guild credits), and the rest can be used to refresh the store. The store is where you will find useful items, equipment, and other things for sale.
It doesn’t make sense to buy everything in the daily store, so really think about what you need and how many resources you have available. Coins are fairly easy to come by, so don’t be afraid to spend them, but you should hold off on spending Blackstone.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fight in the Arena
If you don’t participate in PvP, you’re missing out on a ton of XP and rewards. You don’t even have to be good to get these rewards, either. If you don’t feel like climbing the leaderboards, select the easiest fights you can, regardless of how many points you stand to gain. You’ll get reward crates for winning in Arena. Check the top of the Arena screen to see how many wins you need for the next crate.
A tip for winning your Arena match: wait for the enemy to come to you. Oftentimes, the map is too big, and if you move forward, your enemies will make the first attack on their turn and decimate your party. Instead, skip your turn or slightly move your units up and wait for the enemy to move into range. Varro can hit multiple targets at once with his ability, and Vindicta’s AoE damage from her passive paired with crits can be devastating.
There are no downsides to losing in Arena, so don’t be afraid to use your tokens and practice. You’ll get a new token every hour or so, and you can hold up to fifteen at a time. Just be sure to check your opponent’s power levels against your own before heading into a battle. Sometimes you can be given the option to fight someone with twice your power level early on, which is basically an instant loss.
Hopefully, you found some good advice in this quick guide for new Tacticus players. Remember, use the Discord server or Reddit if you need help or have questions. There are tons of kind, helpful players in the Warhammer community that would gladly offer advice or suggestions on what you should focus on while playing Tacticus. If you have tips for new players or have something helpful to share, let us know below, and we will add it to or edit the list.