Heroes of Honor FAQ



Heroes of Honor FAQ by Blanca

1. Background story
2. Differences between the three factions
3. Hero Overview – How can I get Heroes? What happens if the Hero is killed or wounded?
4. How many Heroes can I have?
5. Resources of the game? Which are the resource producers? How do they work?
6. Can I protect my resources?
7. User Interface Overview – How do I build/ upgrade/ remove buildings?
8. Armies Overview – How do I build armies? How do I assign units?
9. How can I make my Units stronger? How can I improve them?
10. What is Power?
11. What is the Player’s Total Power?
12. Attack-types: What is the differences between Melee, Ranged and Magic?
13. What kind of battle bonuses can I have?
14. How do I know if my city is being attacked? Can I be attacked offline?
15. How can I increase my visibility range?
16. Forts Overview – What is a fort? What are the benefits of having a fort?
17. Can I Loot Resources? How many resources can I loot?
18. What’s Scouting? How can I scout?
19. Upkeep Overview
20. How do I get experience points?
21. What are gems? How do Gems work?
22. Technical: What browsers does HoH support?
23. Which platforms?
24. How do I save my game?
25. Buildings for Imperial faction
26. Buildings for Clans faction
27. Buildings for Shadow faction

1. Background story

Once, in Valoria the races lived in relative harmony under the guidance of the Elder Council. They lived in massive cross-racial cities where trade and research flourished.

Eons ago, the valorians discovered and uncovered a luminous, glittering substance hidden in deep wells beneath the earth’s surface. After years of research, they realized this substance was the life force of the world and its people – the energy or “anima” of those who passed away and those who have yet to be born. They called this substance Valorium and soon this precious resource started to be the reason for big conflicts in Valoria.

The races of Valoria learned to harvest, contain and use Valorium through the years. They also discovered the Valorium’s potential power to increase the abilities of people, fuel technologies and uncover new schools of magic. Nevertheless, at some point the development and use of Valorium started to spiral out of control. The Elder Council of Valoria became concerned about the protection of the resource and decided to strictly control the harvest and development of Valorium. Given this decision, the council was deeply divided into 2 camps, the Conservatives who wanted to control Valorium’s development and the Liberals who believed Valorium was a boon to the people of Valoria, and research and development should be unfettered.

The conservatives created an Inquisition limiting Valorium’s research and spread, and soon an underground resistance was created where Valorium was still harvested and developed in the black market. When the Elder Council found out, a martial law was declared and a furious crackdown on anyone in possession of Valorium was instigated. The crackdown became so oppressive that some citizens were imprisoned and tortured even on suspicion of Valorium possession.

So the Valorium Wars began and Valoria plummeted into disarray. Rebels raised up against the tyranny of the Elder Council, and chaos spread across the lands. The once proud cities of Valoria became hellholes of war, strife and famine. Finally, the Valorium Wars ended in the Great Cataclysm, destroying the ancient capital of Valoria. After the Cataclysm, much of the ancient knowledge was lost, and Valoria descended into a fractured dystopia of factions, each with their own beliefs about how Valorium should be treated. Furthermore, after the chaos of the great Cataclysm, Demonic beings have started to emerge in various locations throughout Valoria. No one knows what they are or what their intentions are, but it seems these Demons are sentient and have started to self-organize. Will the Factions be able to reconcile and unite against this new threat? Will one of them dominate and establish a new Valoria? Or will the world collapse into a void of demonic destruction?

2. Differences between the three factions

There are three different Factions in Valoria, the World of Heroes of Honor: Imperials, Clans and Shadow.

The Imperials believe in strictly limiting Valorium’s development and consumption within their military-like hierarchies. They vow to bring Valorium wells throughout the land in their tightly-controlled networks. The Imperials are led by Grandmistress Sabine Pallbearer and their units are relatively well balanced between offense and defense, and between the different combat types.

The Clans: Since Valorium represents the life force of the world, the Clans believe it is not just a resource but the spirits of beings who have passed on and are yet to be reborn. Therefore it should be revered. The Clans use Valorium sparingly, treating them as ancestral spirits and calling on its power in times of need through prayers and rituals. The Clans are led by Cata, the Dragonborn, a former Magister on the Elder Council and a half-human, half-dragoness and their units are primarily focused on ferocious close combat. They possess a startling combination of beast mastery, goblin ingenuity, and shamanic powers.

The Shadows led by Virgil Morrow, support the extensive use of Valorium and believe all of its secrets should be unlocked. They camp out in the tombs and vestiges of Ancient Valoria, hoping to scavenge old knowledge from the ashes of the Cataclysm. Virgil is the most aware of the rising Demonic threat and believes Valorium research is the world’s only salvation. The Shadow units focus a lot on magic. They have three different magical units at their disposal and their ranged units are relatively weak. Their close combat units on the other hand, are cold blooded killing machines that could ice the blood of the most hardened Dwarf.

Each player has to choose a faction when starting the game for the first time. Changing the faction later is not possible, so choose carefully!

3. Hero Overview – How can I get Heroes? What happens if the Hero is killed or wounded?

Heroes are needed to build and lead an army. The Hall of Heroes is the building to recruit and manage them and its level defines which heroes a player can have and how many. New Heroes will be available as the Hall of Heroes’ level increases.

In the battles, Heroes can get wounded or even killed; If a Hero gets wounded, he will need time to heal once he’s back in his home city; If on the contrary the Hero gets killed, he will have to be resurrected in the Hall of Heroes.

4. How many Heroes can I have?

At the moment, you can have a maximum of 4 heroes.

5. Resources of the game? Which are the resource producers? How do they work?

There are 5 resources in HoH:
1. Gold: produced in Gold Mine
2. Wood: produced in Lumber Mill
3. Iron: produced in Iron Ore Pit
4. Crystal: produced in Crystal Cavern
5. Valorium: produced in Valorium Well

All resources have a limited cap production.

To boost your production, you can do 5 different things:

Build more resource production buildings.
Upgrade your existing resource production buildings.
All resource production buildings have an area of effect, if you place houses inside this area, you will immediately get a production boost. Higher level houses have higher production boost.
Research new technologies that boost your production.
There are also resource fields in the world map that can be owned by the players, either by having a Hero standing on one of them or by building a fort on it. In both cases your production will increase by getting a bonus.
For example: If your army stands on a gold resource field, your gold production in the gold mines will get a bonus and you’ll be producing more gold per hour.

6. Can I protect my resources?

All resources except for Valorium are protectable, nevertheless the quantity protected depends on Treasury’s level. The level of the Treasury in your city will define how much resources you can protect from being pillaged by other players.

7. User Interface Overview – How do I build/ upgrade/ remove buildings?

General overview of the main screens:
When you are in the city, above in the left corner of the screen, you’ll see the resource bar. There you have all the information regarding the amount of resources you own. Above on the right corner, you’ll see the amount of gems you have. Below, on the left, you can see a round button with the picture of a map. Click this button every time you want to switch from the city view to the world map. Apart from this button, you’ll find the following ones: Inbox, Quest, Research, Garrison, Heroes, Train, Build.

If you are in the World Map, above in the right corner, you’ll still see the amount of gems you own. Below, on the right corner you’ll have the big round button to go to the city view plus the Inbox, Quest, Tasks and Armies buttons.

If you want to build in your city you should:

Find the “build button” at the bottom right of the screen
Click it and the build menu will open
Choose the building you want, select it and you’ll see its building cost, prerequisites required and time needed to build it.
If you have enough resources and meet all the requirements, click the “build” button and place it on a free area in your city. Some places might boost your resources, so choose carefully!
Building takes time, but you can use gems to speed it up. Just click the Speed Up button to instantly finish the building.

If what you want to upgrade or remove one of your buildings, the procedure is the following:

Click on the building you want to upgrade or remove
A screen will immediately open with all the information regarding that building
In this same screen you’ll see 2 buttons: “upgrade” and “remove”
Choose whether you want to upgrade your building or remove it. These actions take time, but you can always speed them up by clicking Speed Up.

8. Armies Overview – How do I build armies? How do I assign units?

To build an army, the most important thing to do first is to hire a Hero. Once you have a Hero you’ll be able to assign him units in the Hall of Heroes. Only Heroes that have units assigned can leave their city to move around the world map and fight against other players and Demons.

If it’s your first time in the game, you will have some available units ready to assign to your Hero once you’ve hired him. Later on though, to have new units, you will need to:

Unlock them first in the building assigned for this. There are three specific buildings for getting new units. These buildings unlocks new melee, ranged and magical units respectively.
Train them afterwards in the Barracks / Arena / Blood Hall.

Units can be used in three different ways: The first one is to assign them to a hero as mentioned above. Second, they can be assigned to the garrison building in order to defend the city against attackers. The third option is to assign them to a fort and let them defend your captured resource fields.

9. How can I make my Units stronger? How can I improve them?

There are two actions a player can do to improve the units:

Improve your units directly by upgrading them in the building related to their Attack-type (Melee, Ranged and Magic)
Improve your units by researching the corresponding racial bonus technology, for each specific race, in your research building.
There are different research buildings depending on the Faction you’re playing, they can be:

Academy for Imperials
Ritual Lodge for Clans
Necromancy Laboratory for Shadows

10. What is Power?

Power is an indicator of how strong your armies are. Every unit has a certain amount of Power depending on its type and attributes. It is also important to know that your armies, garrison and forts have a Power cap, or a Power limit. This cap is defined by the level of some specific buildings in your city (Hall of Heroes, Garrison, Castle).

11. What is the Player’s Total Power?

The Total Power measures a player’s military capacity at any given time. You can use this value to gauge whether or not to attack another player.

12. Attack-types: What is the differences between Melee, Ranged and Magic?

There are three attack-types in Heroes of Honor: Melee, Ranged and Magic. Each of them has five attributes, which roughly have a value between 1 and 100:

Attack: defines how good a unit is at hitting a target, or avoid being hit.
Strength: defines how easily a unit inflicts damage when hitting a target, and how much damage a unit can absorb before getting wounded, if hit.
Initiative: defines how fast a unit can act. Higher initiative means the unit acts faster.
Health: tells you how many wounds a unit can take before being killed.
Attack Speed: defines how many actions a unit can take during the battle.

Apart from these attributes, the three attack-types differ in the way they attack. A combat is divided into 3 rounds:

Magicians attack first
Ranged units second
Melee units are the last ones to attack

This means that Magic units, as long as they are covered by Ranged and Melee units, cannot be hit by other than Magical attacks. Nevertheless if your Magic units are not covered, they will be an easy target for even the most simple armies of pikemen!

13. What kind of battle bonuses can I have?

You can get different terrain bonuses depending on the race of your units and their types. This bonuses will increase the possibility of doing strategic attacks from different terrains, either hill, forest or grassland.

Imperials: Elves get a bonus when fighting in a in forests, Dwarfs in the hills and Humans on grassland.
Clans: Goblins get a bonus when fighting in the forest, Orcs in the hills and Barbarians on grassland.
Shadow: High Elves get a bonus when fighting on grassland, Undead in the hills and Occultists in the forest.
You can tell which race your units belong to by looking at the background of the image of your units. All units of the same race have the same background.

14. How do I know if my city is being attacked? Can I be attacked offline?

A warning report will be triggered if someone scouts or attacks your city, either you are online or offline and a complete report will be sent to your inbox. In addition, if someone begins moving towards the visible area around your city, you will also get an in-game notification.

15. How can I increase my visibility range?

Outside each city there is a visible range, inside of which the player can view the enemy troop movements. As said above, if another player begins a march to one of your tiles inside this area, you will get notified.

If it’s the first time in the game, you will realize that your visibility range is pretty small, however you can enlarge it by building a Scout’s Lodge / Outpost / Lunar Tower and by leveling this building up the visible area will increase.

16. Forts Overview – What is a fort? What are the benefits of having a fort?

A player can get additional resource bonuses by standing on a resource tile or by building a fort in these same tiles. If you build a fort, you’ll be able to keep the resource tile without a hero guarding it. The number of forts you can build is limited by the level of your Castle, so the higher your Castle’s level is, the more forts you’ll be able to build.

17. Can I Loot Resources? How many resources can I loot?

When attacking other cities, armies, or NPCs carrying loot, you can gain resources. The quantity of resource that you can gain though depends on the following points:

The size of the victory
The level difference between the players (this is irrelevant when attacking NPCs)
How much resources the attacking army can carry

To carry a big amount of resources, you need to have some supply wagons in your army, since other units can carry only a very limited capacity. If you carry loot with you into battle, you can actually lose some of it if you lose units and carry capacity with them.

18. What’s Scouting? How can I scout?

Scouting will be your tool to get intelligence on other player’s and NPC cities, forts and armies. To scout you should locate your target, tap it and select “scout”. You can only do 1 scouting action at a time and the closer your closest army is from the target, the less time is required to scout.
Scouting other Heroes is immediate, but scouting cities and resource fields will take some time.

19. Upkeep Overview

Upkeep is paid in Gold for all existing units and it is paid by the city that currently owns the unit. Upkeep for forts increases by their distance from your city.

20. How do I get experience points?

Player gets experience from actions in the game, like attacking, upgrading and increasing resource production.

21. What are gems? How do Gems work?

Gems are the currency in Heroes of Honor. You can e.g. get them as rewards for completing quests. With gems you can speed-up construction, research, unit training, army movement among other things. There will be a possibility to pay for Gems later on.

22. Technical: What browsers does HoH support?

Heroes of Honor can be played in Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome

23. Which platforms?

Desktop, iPad

24. How do I save my game?

The game is saved automatically, no action is required.

25. Buildings for Imperial faction

Castle: It is the most important building. The Castle defines your maximum number of Forts and total allowed building count.
Cottage: It increases your population, which is needed to train units. It also increases your resource production if they are placed close to resource buildings.
Gold Mine: It is where the desirable metal Gold is produced. By upgrading it and building more of them your gold production will increase.
Lumber Mill: It produces Wood for constructing buildings and training ranged units. Increase your Wood production by upgrading and building more Lumber Mills.
Iron Ore Pit: It produces Iron for constructing buildings and training melee units. By upgrading and building more Iron Ore Pits your production will increase.
Crystal Cavern: It produces Crystal for constructing buildings and training magical units. Upgrade it and build more Crystal Caverns to increase your production.
Valorium Well: It is where the most important resource in Valoria is produced, Valorium. To increase its production, upgrade and build more Valorium Wells.
Treasury: It protects your Gold, Wood, Iron and Crystal from being looted.
Academy:In the Academy you can research new technologies.
Garrison: The Garrison is where you manage your units defending your City. The higher the level Garrison is, the greater number of defensive units it will be able to sustain.
Barracks: It is where you train your units. Upgrade and build more Barracks if you want to train units faster.
Blacksmith: Unlock new melee units in the Blacksmith building.
Archery Range: Unlock new ranged units here.
Mage Tower: Unlock new magical units in the Mage Tower.
Hall Of Heroes: The Hall of Heroes is where your Heroes await your orders! You can also hire new Heroes here and build your armies by assigning units to your Heroes.
Scout’s Lodge: If you’re attacked, the Scout’s Lodge warns you in advance. Level it up to get better warnings and more detailed information.

26. Buildings for Clans faction

Stronghold: The Stronghold is your most important building. The Stronghold defines your maximum number of Forts and total allowed building count.
Den: It increases your population, which is needed to train units. Den will also increase your resource production if they are placed close to resource buildings.
Gold Mine: It is where the desirable metal Gold is produced. By upgrading it and building more of them your gold production will increase.
Lumber Mill: It produces Wood for constructing buildings and training ranged units. Increase your Wood production by upgrading and building more Lumber Mills.
Iron Ore Pit: It produces Iron for constructing buildings and training melee units. By upgrading and building more Iron Ore Pits your production will increase.
Crystal Cavern: It produces Crystal for constructing buildings and training magical units. Upgrade it and build more Crystal Caverns to increase your production.
Valorium Well:It is where the most important resource in Valoria is produced, Valorium. To increase its production, upgrade and build more Valorium Wells.
Treasury: It protects your Gold, Wood, Iron and Crystal from being looted.
Ritual Lodge: In the Ritual Lodge you’ll be able to research new technologies.
Great Encampment: The Great Encampment is where you manage your units defending your City. A higher level Great Encampment can sustain a greater number of defensive units.
Arena:It is where you train your units. Upgrade and build more Arenas to train units faster.
Armory: Unlock new melee units in the Armory building.
Hunting Camp: Unlock new ranged units here.
Shaman Tent: Unlock new magic units here.
Hall Of Heroes: The Hall of Heroes is where your Heroes await your orders! You can also hire new Heroes here and build your armies by assigning units to your Heroes.
Outpost:If you’re attacked, the Outpost warns you in advance. Level it up to get better warnings and more detailed information.

27. Buildings for Shadow faction

Shadow Keep: The Shadow Keep is your most important building. It defines the maximum number of Forts you can have and total allowed building count.
Crypt: It increases your population, which is needed to train units. The Crypt will also increase your resource production if they are placed close to resource buildings.
Gold Mine: It is where the desirable metal Gold is produced. By upgrading it and building more of them your gold production will increase.
Lumber Mill: It produces Wood for constructing buildings and training ranged units. Increase your Wood production by upgrading and building more Lumber Mills.
Iron Ore Pit: It produces Iron for constructing buildings and training melee units. By upgrading and building more Iron Ore Pits your production will increase.
Crystal Cavern: It produces Crystal for constructing buildings and training magical units. Upgrade it and build more Crystal Caverns to increase your production.
Valorium Well: It is where the most important resource in Valoria is produced, Valorium. To increase its production, upgrade and build more Valorium Wells.
Treasury: It protects your Gold, Wood, Iron and Crystal from being looted.
Necromancy Laboratory: In the Necromancy Laboratory you can research new technologies.
Graveyard: The Graveyard is where you manage your units defending your City. A higher level Graveyard can sustain a greater number of defensive units.
Blood Hall: It is where you train your units. Upgrade and build more Blood Halls if you want to train units faster.
Pit Of Torment: Unlock new melee units in the Pit Of Torment.
Shadow Range: Unlock new ranged units here.
Forsaken Spire: Unlock new magic units here.
Hall Of Heroes: The Hall of Heroes is where your Heroes await your orders! You can also hire new Heroes here and build your armies by assigning units to your Heroes.
Lunar Tower: If you’re attacked, the Lunar Tower warns you in advance. Level it up to get better warnings and more detailed information.

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