One of the good things about having more than one city in the Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth besides being able to produce everything at double or triple the rate, is you have experience after creating your first city on how to make your 2nd and 3rd cities more efficient. I posted a 2nd city guide a few months back and it worked like a charm for me. So after some adjustments, and taking into consideration the updates to the game including campaign mode, I’m presenting my Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth 3rd City Guide. The premise behind my guide is simple and answers two important questions: how to make your 3rd city contribute to your overall kingdom immediately and how to build it up as fast as possible. You may wonder how can an empty city contribute to your overall kingdom immediately and it can do so by relieving some of the burden on your first two cities. And doing so will then require you to build up your 3rd city in only one of two ways so you will essentially be killing two goblins with one stone. But before we get to that it’s important to first know how to acquire a 3rd city deed. You’ll need to collect 100 Third City Relics, which are acquired by attacking Goblin camps on the map between levels 6-10, and control over a plains square on the world map. The rate in which you acquire Third City Relics from Goblin camps are really good and my rate was about 7 out of 10 attacks.
You can see your progress in the Sage’s Tower under the relics tab, and once you acquire 100 relics you can then claim a Third City Deed. The Third City Deed is automatically added to your items and to create your 3rd city you have to open up the world map, and when you click on the plains square that you control you’ll see a new button on the top right corner of the info tab and you select that to create your 3rd city.
Now, you’ll start off with 5K of all 5 resources, and as you should well know, you can’t do much with that to help your other cities. Your first city most likely produces more than that per minute. And since this city is empty you can only build low-level buildings any way and that takes time. And if we look at the numbers a level 3 farm can only produce 600 food per hour and it takes a little over a minute to build. So it’ll be a good while before this city can start contributing to your kingdom if you build it the conventional way. And yes you can transport resources to this city but that won’t reduce the time it takes for buildings to be upgraded and it can take a while for the materials to arrive depending on the locations of your cities. So the first step, which is the same as the 2nd city guide is to move all, or at the very least half, of your troops from your best city to your 3rd city. Unless you have the highest might in the game it’s not wise to use your troops to defend your cities because they can be wiped out in one battle so you won’t be leaving your city defenseless. This immediately relieves your best city of the upkeep for these troops, which allows you to build more troops immediately without hurting your productivity. Would you rather be able to produce the best units in your first city or a small number of the weakest troops in your third city? And with new tier 4 and tier 5 troops you’re gonna want to make room for them. I won some tier 5 troops and they’re much better and it’s not even close.
Now your 3rd city will have negative food production due to all the new troops so you won’t be able to build anything without food in your city. You can however acquire over 200K food in a minute, which is the same amount of time it takes to upgrade to a level 3 farm producing 600 per HOUR, by attacking a goblin camp with the troops stationed in your third city. And you’ll have at least an hour to upgrade as many buildings as you want, and depending on the number of troops you moved there you can have 3 or 4 hours before the negative productivity wipes out the remaining food. Once the food is completely depleted then attack again when you’re ready to upgrade more buildings. Since every attack reduces the number of troops you have, your upkeep will go down after every battle. But it’s important to wait until the food is completely depleted before attacking again because it’ll all be wiped out if too much time passes and you’ll just end up wasting troops. It’ll take some time before you eliminate the negative food upkeep in your 3rd city completely but at least it’ll be contributing to your overall kingdom and you’ll have enough resources to keep upgrading all your buildings through attacking goblin camps. And watch your might increase tremendously during this time as well because of the production in your first two cities.
Good luck and let me know if this guide works for you, or if you have your own strategy for building cities.