Facebook WarFlow Formations Guide



Facebook WarFlow Formations Guide by freezemybrain

There are several formations a player may use, and there are many things to consider when choosing a formation.

Many players choose 2 or more formations in order to adapt to the enemies formation and overpower or defend by adjusting hero placement.  Other players choose to keep 1 formation and maximize its level, and therefore benefit.

I am one of the latter, and choose to keep 1 formation at the max level, due to the cost of Honor later in the game.

There are 2 main types of formations –

Effect Type – which adds and/or increases the chance of a certain effect.  Dodge, Critical, parry, Counterattack.  Effect Type formations not only increase the chance of the effect, but also if a hero does not have the innate ability to, for example, dodge then using this formation gives the hero the ability.

Effect type formations, for this reason, are usuaully superior to Value type formations because they can benefit all heroes in the formation, and not just those who use the value being boosted (W-FRM gives no benefit to a healer).  When you have a variety of heroes, skill, strat, common, these are best to use.

A potential downside is that these formations are “Chance” formations, and the effect does not always trigger.

The effect is greatest on heroes who have the innate ability to perform the effect.

Value Type – Which increase the value of a stat – Common Attack, Skill Attack, Strategy Attack, Defense.  These formations increase the value specified, and give no benefit to heroes which do not utilize said value.  The only exception is BU2 which increases defense for all heroes.  When all your heroes are the same (all common attack, all strat) then these forms are more beneficial.

The best formation to choose depends on your heroes that you use AS A WHOLE, meaning if you use 5 heroes, make your choice based on all of them, and not just catering to one of the heroes in formation.

Formation Layouts, level requirements, and character slots

Below are the formations, their layout (# is hero spot, X is empty spot), recommendations on why you would use the formation, and strengths/weaknesses.

The # of the slot is the order in which the slot is unlocked.
Each formation starts with 2 slots unlocked, therefore the numbers 1 and 2 designate the initial slots available.

Slot 3 is unlocked at Formation Level 2 (War Academy level 10), Slot 4 is unlocked at Formation level 5 (War Academy level 25), and slot 5 is unlocked at Formation level 10 (War Academy level 50).

Formations

CR-FRM – Lv1 – Increase/Add Parry Chance
X O X
O 2 1
X O X

This is a great starting formation – You have the chance to parry (like dodge but enemy effectively attacks themself) each attack the enemy performs.  Great for use with Haera/Jurica, since she strafes.  Good starter formation.  Weaknesses – Weak vs Jackluis and other Ballistas/Penetrate skill Heroes since 3 heroes are in a line. Good formation for early Game PVE.

W-FRM – Lv5 -Increase Common Attack Value
X O O
5 O X
O X X

Another good starter formation but not so great in the long run.  Only benefits common attack type heroes.  Most often used for War Machines. Good Early Game PVP and PVE.

T-FRM – Lv10 – Increase Skill Attack Value
X X O
O O O
X X O

An alternative formation for strafers, although I prefer CRM-FRM since there is higher survivability. At lower levels, enabling all heroes to parry is more beneficial than increasing the skill attack of a single strafe hero.  Better for early game Strafe PVP builds.

BD-FRM – Lv20 – Add/Increase Critical Chance
5 O X
X X O
X O O

This formation is most often used for War Machines as a backup formation in case enemies own form “breats” W-Formation.  Enables critical hitting for ballistas and other heroes that do not have the innate ability to critical, while increasing the chance of critical with higher levels and for crit heroes/onagers types.  Good for both PVP and PVE

BU1-FRM – lv30- Add/Increase Dodge Chance
O O X
X X O
O O X

Hands down one of the best formations.  Not as weak versus penetrate and ballistas as CRM, yet giving dodge ability to all heroes.  Enhances dodging of Flame Cavalry Stunners.  Imagine dodging several enemy attacks in each battle, it can really save your arse!  Great for PVE and PVP alike. One of the only ways to “dodge” strafe/stun/firebulls attacks.

TU-FRM – Lv35 – Increase Strategy Attack Value
X O O
X O X
O O X

A great form for ALL Warlock builds.  Warlock builds aim to overpower the enemies ability to defend versus skill attack.  This form is directly in line with that goal.  Weakness = Catapults since there is a row of 3 that is immediatly exposed.  Better for PVP warlock builds.

SQ-FRM – Lv40 – Add/Increase CounterAttack Chance
O X O
X O X
O X O

This is one of the more underestimated formations.  Coming later in levels, this form allows ALL WAR MACHINE builds to get extr hits in.  The layout allows multiple target access on top and bottom.  One of the best formations for PVE when using ALL common attack units which can hit multiple targets.

BU2-FRM – Lv45 – Increase Defense Value
X O O
O X X
X O O

More of a general formation with lower value.  Better for PVE than PVP, however the bonus is quite small.  Possibly better for healer builds as this formation attampts to decrease damage in order to increase survivability.  By lowering damage, the healer has a better chance of keeping his formation alive. Better later in the game when NPC battles take longer.

End Note:

This guide does not discuss the actual percentage values of the bonuses.  The percentage values really dont matter.  What matters is that a higher level formation gives better increases than lower level formations.  Dont spend all your honor on upgrading multiple formations,  simply choose which are the most relevant to your battle plan, and run with it.  Always consider your End Game strategy and make sure you are levelling the formation you plan to use in End Game.

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