Since the Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth game has a tendency to introduce game play elements that you can’t directly access at first, or at least without purchasing chests that contain those items, there’s been some confusion as to how to train tier 4 troops. It wasn’t actually possible to directly train tier 4 troops until runecrafting buildings up to level 11 became available. Even still it takes some work to make your city capable of producing tier 4 troops and they are impressive. I’m not a big fan of tier 3 troops when compared to tier 2 troops because of the upkeep and training time increase but the tier 4 troops are pretty impressive. The might for tier 4 troops is THREE times the might for tier 3 troops and the upkeep only increases by 8. Here are the stats for tier 4 troops:
- Attack: 5 stars
- Life: 5 stars
- Speed: 900
- Load: 20
- Might: 72
- Upkeep: 24
It does feel like there’s a pay to play wall since you can’t runecraft your buildings until you raise them to level 10. In order to raise them to level 10 you need a hobbit building crew and they’re not easy to acquire. You’ll be able to produce tier 4 troops once you raise your barracks level to runecrafted level 4, 7 and 11 for foot, ranged and mounted troops, respectively. Those aren’t the only requirements and once you runecraft your barracks for the first time you’ll be able to see what’s required, as well as a new tab being added to the barracks screen for advanced units.
So you’ll need a lot of hobbit building crews, 11 to be exact. And that’s because to raise your barracks to runecrafted level 11 you’ll have to runecraft the following buildings: Home, Keep, City Wall, Forge, Stables, Armory, Academy, Farm, Quarry and Mine. You’ll need a lot of forge runes that can be acquired in the campaigns to runecraft up to level 4, Ascension Runes to runecraft to level 7, and you’ll need Master Runes to go past level 9, which can be acquired by exchanging Forge Runes in the Sage Tower. The order in which you’ll runecraft your buildings will be restricted by the requirements of some of them, however you receive an immediate boost to your kingdom if you runecraft the farm, quarry, or mine first since you can increase your resources. Next would be barracks, home, Keep and City Wall since they have immediate benefits as well. So yeah, tier 4 troops are great but it’ll require a lot of patience if you don’t already have your buildings and research at level 10 or above already.
You’ll also need Hobbit Runecrafters to level up your barracks to runecrafted level 11. 5 to be exact because you’ll need one each for your Keep, Quarry, Mine, Home and finally your Barracks. You can’t level up your Barracks without the other 4 being leveled up first. These can be won in a similar manner as hobbit building crews or purchased in the shop. Once you have everything leveled up you can produce all possible trainable troops.
UPDATE: I’ve been asked about required Research topics and yes each tier 4 troop has research requirements before you can train them. Below is a list showing the lvl 10 research needed for each
- Supply Caravans – Siege Weapons, Saddlebags
- Boar Archers – Siege Weapons, Horseshoes
- Dwarf Phalanx – Honed Blades, Siege Weapons
- Catapult Wagon – Fletching, Siege Weapons