Here be dragons
Updated: 3rd April 2023. There have been few changes since I created this (event was lowered to 5 days and hero rest is now 4 hours instead of 24.) Mechanically still the same with regards to point/gear donation/airship calculation, just less intense.
Dragon Invasion is a 5 day long event which starts on the Thursday following Tower of Titans.
Both the text and the video guide cover the same topics, pick your preference.
Each day is split into 2 phases – a supply phase and an assault phase.
The supply phase is where the main bulk of the event takes place. It begins each day at the event reset time (this is currently 3pm UTC+0 as of update 10.0) and runs for 20 hours. During these 20 hours you will able to prepare an airship party (that consists of your heroes) and supply the kingdom’s soldiers with equipment to fend off the invading dragons.
You can assign up to 5 heroes (or 4 heroes and a champion) to the airship crew. Each hero/champion has a special airship power rating which determines how much damage they’ll contribute which is based on their Power rating (the number next to the star on their stat sheets.)
A hero assigned to the airship is unavailable for questing (cause they don’t exist in 2 places at once etc.) You can change your mind/withdraw them from the ship up until the moment the supply phase ends.
You can also use boosters to increase the damage your heroes do (the dragons don’t have any components/award xp/etc so instead each booster acts as a power amplifier.)
The Wyrmbane Cannonballs are unique to Dragon Invasion and provide the strongest boost. They can only be obtained from the Dragon Vault store which is open during the event.
Along with sending your heroes you can also supply the kingdom with equipment to gear up their soldiers:
There are 10 soldiers for you to gear up during each supply phase. They can be equipped with:
- A weapon
- A piece of body armour (so heavy armour/light armour/clothes)
- A miscellaneous piece of armour (anything from the armour category that doesn’t fall into the above)
- An accessory (except familiars.)
Higher tier items give more points than lower tier ones and the same is true for quality. Enchanted items also give more points as you can see in the pictures below:
The king of course does not expect you to supply his troops for free (or maybe he did but Sia convinced him otherwise) and will give you gold equal to the value of the item you provide.
As you can see from the above image he’d pay me 1,700,000 gold for a Thorium Hammer (which is its base value for me as I have the x1.25 value milestone for that blueprint.)
Once you’ve supplied your items/assigned your heroes your part is done for that supply phase (it’s not necessary to send heroes/supply all 40 items, you can pick whatever works for you.)
After the supply phase ends the assault phase begins. During this time you’ll be able to see the airship flying around the dragons and doing damage to them:
As the phase goes on you’ll see the dragon’s health bar deplete and when it hits zero a new dragon will fly out. Each point of damage dealt will advance the reward track (I’ll cover the event rewards in a moment.)
You can begin supplying the king’s soldiers for the next phase immediately as this phase begins – an assault phase is 4 hours long so between that and then the 20 hours you’ll get for the supply phase you get 24 hours to prepare equipment for the event (Dragon Invasion is intentionally designed to be much less intense than the other events, allowing you to participate without having to be checking it every X hours/doing stuff you’re not too interested in.)
Although you can start supplying the soldiers early it’s not possible to prepare your airship crew until the assault phase ends. Any hero you did send will return with a fairly long (4 hours) rest time so maybe don’t send your favourites or understand they’ll be out of action for a little while.
Once the assault phase ends the next supply phase begins and it just alternates from there – 20 hours supply, 4 hours assault, 20 hours supply etc until the event ends.
Found as a reward on the Dragon Invasion reward track Dragon marks allow you to upgrade your furniture past level 15, upgrade the Dragon’s Hoard and can be used to rush furniture upgrades similar to how gems do.
Each upgrade past level 15 requires dragon marks along with whatever currency you’re using (so even if you use gems for example you still need dragon marks.) It does not increase the size of any of the furniture but in the case of racks it really increases their energy, for resource bins it improves your regeneration rate and for the Counter it gives you a % bonus to your total energy.
The Dragon’s Hoard
Rewarded for reaching the 10th milestone on the event track the Dragon’s Hoard is a unique (you can only have 1 of them) super-resource bin: it starts off being able to hold all 4 types of common resources and can be upgraded to also hold uncommon and rare resources.
The amount of resources it can hold is affected by the guild perks which increase resource storage capacity.
- If you know you’re going to be online for a while during the supply phase don’t immediately assign heroes to the airship (as assigned heroes can’t be used elsewhere.) Instead you can quest with them, rest them up etc and assign once you know you’ll be offline when the next assault phase starts.
- Be a bit cautious when it comes to using enchants on items – whilst yes it will provide an item power increase you’re not getting surcharge value for these items so you may be tossing away a lot of gold. Don’t want to end up doing the event and coming out at like negative 1G do you? 😛
- Whilst the blueprints from the seasonal packs tend to be the best ones in terms of highest power there are some fairly valuable baseline/chest blueprints that are worth using too (such as Shroud of the Lost.)
Event Milestones/Reward Track
This was changed in update 11 – new numbers listed below.