BattleHand is a brand new mobile action RPG card battler that just launched on iOS and Android. It challenges you to build a party of typical fantasy heroes and a powerful deck of combat cards for each of them before setting out on an adventure full of turn-based battles.
ThoughBattleHanddoes a pretty good job of easing you into its unique brand of deck and character building, it can still feel a little overwhelming at first - particularly for genre newcomers. With that in mind, we've compiled a few tips and tricks to help you get started.
Building a strong deck
First things first - let's talk about your deck. You won't have an abundance of cards at the beginning so building a deck is pretty self-explanatory. Still, there are a few key points to keep in mind.
The first of which is to ensure thatat all times your deck is diverse enough to be adaptable during the trials ahead. That means you should always have a shield card and a healing card in there at all times.
Also, just because your character has plenty of element cards doesn't mean that your deck should be flooded with them. There'll come a time when they're weak against another element and that's when you'll need your neutral cards.
Finally, it's tempting to only bring along your most powerful cards but that can actually be counter-productive. Powerful cards usually have a larger build-up charge, and that's not going to be much use if you need to finish off a weakened powerful foe.
Bringing at least one quick and low-powered cards is a handy and useful tactic for these common situations.
Having a strong deck is half of the battle - the other is knowing how to use it.
Start by checking out the elemental weaknesses of your enemies - as well as that of your own party - and exploit them accordingly.
So if one of your party members has an elemental advantage over an opponent, use the elemental cards in your deck against them. On the other hand, if the enemy has an advantage over one of your party members it's a good idea to keep them shielded and healed up for the duration of the battle.
You should always consider the health of your party members. If one is low on health - or likely to be during the next round - cease attacking and heal them up. The only time this isn't necessary is when you can easily - and safely - finish off an opponent.
Finally, your cards will occasionally be granted special perks in battle like a higher critical chance, chance to burn, or even cast faster. Keep an eye out for these and use them to your advantage.
There are a number of tricks you can use outside of battle to boost your success - the most important of which is to bring your strongest party members. That's both in terms of level, and the elemental weaknesses of your opponent.
You can pay to level up your characters faster but pay attention to their level cap at all times. It's quite easy to waste a ton of money levelling up a character which is already at the cap.
Your cards can also be boosted using booster cards, which can be obtained by completing levels or buying card packs.
These come in different forms: elemental and non-elemental. Matching the element of the booster card and the card you want to boost increases the amount of exp that card will get - always match those elements.
And that's it. You should now be suitably equipped for the road ahead inBattleHand.
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