Hello! I really LOVE the new kingdom level system. Let me explain it to you, and hopefully you’ll get to love it as well.
Firstly - you really need to think of everything in terms of TRIBUTE. Those are the resources you get for each kingdom when you collect your hourly gold.
Each kingdom’s level is the chance that it will tribute. So a level 1 kingdom has just a 1% chance, while a max-level-10 kingdom has a 10% chance of giving tribute.
Getting tribute is probably the MOST IMPORTANT WAY to gain resources, especially souls & glory. So you really want your kingdom levels increased. I suggest leveling all kingdoms to 5 or 6 ASAP. This will dramatically increase your tribute income - making everything else easier.
If you think in terms of tribute, then going from level 9 to level 10 for 40,000 gold isn’t really worthwhile. But that’s why getting that last level also gives you a +1 bonus to a stat. That bonus applies to PvP, Quests, and Challenges. It does NOT apply in the arena. That bonus applies to ALL TROOPS and your hero - all the time. Very exciting - but I still say getting all kingdoms to level 5 or 6 is a better initial investment.
Setting a home kingdom does two things for you - it sets WHERE you collect your hourly tribute, and it DOUBLES the tribute that kingdom gives. So Whitehelm drops 20 Glory instead of 10, if it’s your home kingdom. (You still only have a max 10% chance of Whitehelm actually giving tribute each time, of course.)
Got all that? Then let’s look at the next level of improving tribute - KINGDOM POWER. This number goes up with # of troops you own, their traits, and their levels. Getting 1 gold star doubles the tribute a kingdom drops. (If it’s also your home kingdom, that’s 4x total!) Getting 3 gold stars doubles the % chance the kingdom will tribute (up to 20% max!). Getting 5 gold stars (A VERY difficult task!) doubles the stat bonus for your troops.
Kingdom power is a long term goal - but it’s an important part of the sequence:
- Level kingdoms to 5 or 6, to get your tribute % high.
- Work on getting 1 gold star in kingdoms that provide good tribute.
- Work on getting some kingdoms to level 10 - look for good tribute & stats you like.
- Keep increasing power and level until the day that all of your kingdoms have 1 gold star and are level 10.
- Try for 3 gold stars in the kingdoms you have 8 or 9 troops in.