BattleForge New Player’s Guide

BattleForge New Player’s Guide by rulezmaker

1) Information about Battleforge

BattleForge is a video game developed by EA Phenomic and published by Electronic Arts. It was released on Windows in March 2009. A demo was released in the same month. BattleForge is an online card-based real-time strategy (RTS) game.

On its initial release, the game revolved around trading, buying and winning through means of micro-transactions, though micro-transactions were not required for playing the game, only for buying new cards. On May 26, 2009, BattleForge became a Play 4 Free branded game with fewer cards initially available (32 cards and no points). The retail version comes with all of the starter decks (One for each element, 64 cards) and 3,000 BattleForge points.

2) Campaign of Battleforge

Campaign is a story which unfolds into twists and turns, but in Battleforge, campaign is different than that of other usual campaign, it gives the ability to the user to improve and defeat the biggest legends, in other words, Battleforge’s story is a unique one, where you learn all the basics of the game.

3) Tomes

Tomes are cards, which are either bought for sometime or nowdays EA gives a free tome every 2 weeks and the length of those tomes is also for 2 weeks, the tomes bought can be kept for 4 weeks after 4 weeks they are expired. The tomes EA gives after every 2 weeks may contain legendary cards, and can also contain rare and ultra rare cards (it depends on your luck).


The uses of tomes are to check that how the card looks and what are its abilities, but if you buy tomes than as far as I think there is no use, because you have spent BFP’s on it. So, let EA give you tomes and than check which cards are cool, and can be used for your decks, if you like them just go to AUction House and buy them.

4) Cards

In Battleforge, Users play game from their cards, there are 4 types of regions or main heads ( which will be listed below), these cards have many abilities and a user needs orbs to use them, there are four types of tiers, Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier3 and Tier 4, the more the tier is the more orbs are needed, so need to only one orb for that kind and some need all if the orbs of the same kind, The 4 types of heading in cards is,

(i) Frost

Frost is primarily a defensive Faction. Frost has a large number of Tower and Building protection and repair Spells and Abilities. Additionally, many Frost cards get bonuses while near friendly buildings.
Keeping with the defensive theme, many Frost units have a high health value and a lower attack value. Frost also lacks a First Era Swift Creature and requires a different early game play style than the other factions due to this fact.

One of Frost’s main advantages is aerial combat. They have arguably the best anti-air unit in the game and pure Frost possesses one of the best air-to-ground units as well.

(i) Nature

Nature is primarily a control faction, Nature has healing spells to keep its units alive, many Frost units either have Ice Shields that absorb damage or can grant Ice Shields to other Creatures.Nature has many forms of crowd control and healing. This includes paralysis, sleep, transforming to pigs and rooting to the ground. Another popular ability of nature’s units is Linked Fire which allows units to root themselves to the ground to power-up other nearby units with Linked Fire. Nature also has a lot of strong healing spells and units.
There is also a Spellblocking mechanic used for preventing the enemy from playing out any cards or using ranged attacks within a specific area.

(i) Fire

Fire is primarily an agressive or attacking faction, Fire is one of the four playable factions in BattleForge. It is represented by the color red; all Fire cards have a red border and background.Fire Cards are the most offensive cards in BattleForge. It focuses on rushing early in the game, and halting the enemy’s ability to build higher-tier units. Due to the aggressive theme of Fire cards, Fire cards often have high attack and low health. Many Fire cards also have Siege, which grants extra damage against Buildings.
Fire has some of the strongest First Era creatures. Although, because fire focuses so much on attack, its pretty easy to Kite most fire units. Additionally, the Fire faction possesses some of the best instant Direct Damage Spells. While Shadow’s are often capable of more damage, Fire’s Spells don’t hurt friendly units.

(i) Shadow

Some times shadow is most difficult to explain, but once understood it can alot easy,

Shadow is one of the four playable Elements in BattleForge. It is represented with the color purple and all Shadow cards have a purple border.Shadow is typically characterized by the element of risk versus reward that many of its cards possess. Almost all Special Abilities require a sacrifice of some sort, but the rewards for those sacrifices potentially make these cards very powerful. The prevailing thought of the player community is that so many Shadow cards need Upgrades to be effective that Shadow is not well-suited for new players. Making effective use of the cards’ abilities does require strategic thinking and understanding of the game’s mechanics. This seems a more likely explanation for why many players avoid Shadow. It is certainly the faction chosen by players who like to think outside the box.

Shadow creatures are typically short-lived, though often cheap to play. Another factor for consideration is that many cards make use of corpses in interesting ways, so killing off your own units isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Corpses can be converted into offense, as with the Shadow Insect, Harvester, and Corpse Explosion spell. It can also be used to sustain a creature, as with Ripper and makes Overlord extremely hard to kill.
A common trait among Shadow’s creatures is the ability to give themselves a temporary combat boost. Of course, there is a cost. In some cases, like Darkelf Assassins, the unit may be temporarily paralyzed after the boost expires. In other cases, the penalty is heavier, as with Nightcrawler and Forsaken.

Furthermore, some creatures are downright self-destructive; the Ashbone Pyro lives for combat where it can offset its bleeding life with its lifestealing ability, without which it bleeds to death. Or Shadow Phoenix whose only attack is to launch itself into a kamikaze death, with the cunning twist of a chance to rise again and do it all over again.

Shadow also possesses the ability to expand its armies beyond that of the limit 120 unit limit, albeit only for a short duration. With the Harvester collecting the dead along the way for summoning Skeleton Warriors, or Undead Army, or Cultist Master and Infect whereby defeated enemies arise anew as servants to the Shadow player.

5) PVE ( Player verses Environment)

In the PvE mode, players can complete missions. Some of these missions can only be played by 1 player, while others can be played with 2, 4 or 12 players. There are three modes available in missions: standard, advanced and expert. In order to unlock advanced and expert modes, players will have to complete the series of missions on standard mode first. The rewards for the missions are gold, card upgrades and PvE experience points. These experience points will increase a player’s PvE level.Player vs enviornment includes both scenarios as well as randomly generated
battlegrounds. It will now on be referred to as PVE. This will be the source of
the vast majority of your upgrades and is the core of the game’s grind.In BattleForge, a Player vs Environment (abbreviated as PvE) match is where one or more players compete against computer-controlled opponents and complete goals to earn rewards. When one player plays against the computer, it is called single-player, and when multiple players team together cooperatively against the computer, it is also known as multiplayer co-op.

In Single-Player mode, a player tests their skill individually against the computer.
Unlike many games with single-player modes, BattleForge hosts single-player games on their servers. Thus, the player must be connected to the Internet and logged into BattleForge online in order to play even single-player games. In contrast, the majority of single-player are hosted on the player’s computer and does not require an active Internet connection or server login. The benefit of this restriction is that players cannot cheat to easily obtain rewards.

Multiplayer, Co-op
In addition to single-player PvE mode, BattleForge supports two-player, four-player, and twelve-player co-op modes. There are sets of maps (campaigns) that are each dedicated to one of these modes. After completing the introduction, one single-player map, one two-player map, and one four-player map is available. A successful victory on a map typically unlocks one or more maps for that mode. Twelve-player maps are unlocked upon completing higher Difficulty Levels.

6) Auction House ( Also called Marketplace)

The BattleForge Marketplace window has four tabs that allow players to buy new items, search through active auctions for cards, manage their auctions, and see active auctions on their Watch List. The Marketplace window is only available in the Forge UI; it cannot be accessed while engaged in a match.


The Store allows players to buy new Booster packs and Tome sets from EA-Phenomic, register Scratch Card IDs, and purchase additional BattleForge Points.

Item Search

Item Search allows players to enter search and filtering criteria for card auctions. In addition to searching by a text string, players may filter upon Color (Orb ), Rarity, Card Type, and Orb Level (Era). If an item search is successful, active auctions that match the criteria are displayed five per page. Only the first fifty auction results that match the query can be seen. Players can select an auction to bid on, to buyout, or to watch.

My Auctions 

My Auctions allows the player to create new auctions, to view their active auctions, and to cancel an active auction.
Auctions are always purchased and paid for with BattleForge points. However, creating a new auction cost Gold (not BattleForge points — a common confusion point for new players) to create. The Gold cost is dependent on the rarity of the card and the auction duration.

Every player can have 41 auctions active at the same time.

Auction Durations

Listing Duration

Short 2 Hours

Medium 8 hours

Long 24 hours

The remaining time for auctions is listed as Long, Medium, or Short. A short auction has two or less hours remaining, a medium has eight hours or less remaining, while a long auction has twenty-four or less hours remaining. Unfortunately, the Marketplace does not report the precise time remaining for auctions.

Watch List 

Watch List contains a list of active auctions that the player has manually added or has previously bidded. The player can Bid, Buyout, or remove the auction from the list.

7) PVP ( Also called Player verses Player )

In BattleForge, Player versus Player (abbreviated PvP) allows players to take their decks and challenge other players. Players can play Unranked matches for a consequence-free environment or play to improve their rank in Ranked matches. The “standard” PvP gameplay mode allows players to use decks built from their entire collection of cards, while another mode limits decks to cards to a closed Tome Pool.

In PvP players can choose to compete individually (1-on-1, or 1v1) or in two-person teams (2-on-2, or 2v2).

Collection Match 

In a Collection Match, players use decks made from their entire collection of cards with upgrades allowed. Ranked Collection Match will give you Tokens and Gold. You can receive a max of six Battle Tokens from Collection Matches.

Tome Match

Tome Matches are matches in which both players use Tome Decks. Like “sealed decks” in other collectible card games, a Tome Pool is established from four boosters plus thirthy two additional common cards upon registering the tome collection. No cards may be added to these fifty-six random cards nor may the cards be upgraded. Finally, players may build one or more tome decks from one tome collection. The rewards for tome matches are greater than those for regular collection matches.
To add the cards to their general collection, players can disband their tome collection. Note that this is a one-way operation that cannot be undone. Further, tome decks are valid for one month from the time of their creation, after which the collection is disbanded and any associated tome decks are deleted.


All players are on equal footing on a monetary basis, using exactly 900 BattleForge points worth of cards
It allows for the usage of cards not commonly used in collection play, making for a much more varied playing field


Luck plays a factor. Some boosters will have better cards than other boosters.
Over-time cost. A tome deck is only valid for a month (most sealed decks in CCGs are only valid for the span of a tournament)
Unranked PvP

Unranked matches

Unranked matches allow players a free-form mode of PvP, without consequences or ranking constraints. This allows players to test new decks and strategies, take on players of opponents of their choice, and learn the PvP maps. Since Unranked PvP provides no constraints and consequence, it also provides no rewards. They are played in the Sparring Grounds.
Ranked PvP

Ranked Matches

Ranked Matches use an automated match-up system in the Dueling Grounds, while Unranked Matches are created in the Sparring Grounds.
Players that participate in 1v1 Ranked PvP earn an ELO score. Before the game begins, an automated match-making system matches players or teams, and thus, the competition is not known until the game begins. The system tries to ensure that opponents have close ELO scores, though the time to find a match may take some time depending on the availability of opponents. Since these matches are somewhat guaranteed to be of close ability, ranked matches are the only way for players to earn PvP Tokens and to improve their ELO score.

8) Battleforge Points ( also called BFP )

BattleForge Points (abbreviated BFPs) are one of two types of currency in the game, the other being Gold. BattleForge Points are used to purchase new cards via single cards (2 BFPs), via Boosters (499 BFPs) and Tomes (599 BFPs) or to purchase cards from other players via Auction House.

Obtaining BattleForge Points

BattleForge points are acquired by:

1) Selling cards for BFPs in the Marketplace

2) Trading cards or gold with other players for BFPs

3) Purchasing them from the BattleForge website or the EA Store.

Costs $3.25 for 600 BattleForge points.
Costs $6.50 for 1,200 BattleForge points.
Costs $5.99 for 3,000 BattleForge points.
Costs $25.75 for 6,500 BattleForge points.
Costs $64.25 for 17,500 BattleForge points.

4) Purchasing a BattleForge Points retail box (only available in some regions). This costs $19.99 and includes 2250 BattleForge points.

5) Purchasing a BattleForge Game box (only available in some regions). This costs$19.99 and includes 3000 BattleForge points and 60 cards.

6) Nowadays you can get 2 Battleforge points for free just for playing Battleforge 15 minutes in total a day.

9) Gold

Gold is a form of BattleForge currency used for miscellaneous activities in the Forge. Gold is earned by finding and opening gold chests in PvE scenarios and completing both PvE and PvP matches.


Gold is currently used for four things:

1) Sending Mail: 1 gold

2) Posting Auctions: 1 to 60 gold, depending on card’s rarity and auction duration.

3)Upgrading cards: between 50 and 6000 gold, depending on the card’s rarity and the level of upgrade.
Occasionally, some people are willing to trade cards for gold, through mail.

Gold helps prevent Mail spamming and mass-reselling in the Auction House.

The quote putted says that these things are taken from wiki of battleforge.

10) Tutorials

I am going to post tutorials here for you all, the posts or tutorials are of karrotman ( In game name is FarRock), and I am giving thanks to him too, for his hardwork, these tutorials are for making people know how to play nicely and perfectly,

FarRock, videos are on youtube, and if you want to go to his post, than go here

or if you do not want to go to his posts I am going to put some posts from his posts here:

Note: These tutorials are of PVP

Video 1, Micromanagement Part 1

Video 2, Power Management Part 1

Video 3, match

Video 4, Special Abilities

Video 5, Buildings and Spells

Video 6, Power Wells vs Orbs match

Video 7, Deck Building Advice

Video 8, Deck Building Part II

Video 9, Wealth Management and Trading

Video 10, Power Wells and Exponential Growth

Video 11, Maps are Not Symmetric

Video 12, Shadow Tier 1 Combos 

Video 13, Fire Tier 1

Video 14, Nature Tier 1

Video 15, Frost Tier 1

Video 16, Forsaken vs Dazed Thugs

NOTE: I do not own these guides and tutorials, these are taken from Wiki of battleforge and by Karrotman (ingame name FarRock), Many thanks to them, only some parts are created by me, others are created by them.

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