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Introduction to Trading Allies in KAW
Ally trading is an art and some people do it very well naturally, but any player can learn the following tips and improve their trading abilities and therefore their cash flow in Kingdoms at War. In previous guides I covered Max Ally Plunder, Bonus From Allies (BFA) and Dropping Allies as well as Ally Mechanics and Volleying Allies for Gold. This guide is going to cover the main tips and tricks that you can use to make gold.
Remember, great traders spend time before spending their gold on players. If you make a rush bad decision you might tie your gold up in an ally for weeks or months and if you aren’t turning over allies quickly then you are hurting your profit potential.
The key factors you should check before buying an ally are:
- Ally Activity
- Stat vs. Price vs. Build Type
- Buyback Factors
- Non-Dropped Ally Price List
This is vitally important. In fact, it's the most important quality any ally you buy must have. They must be active because activity means they are generally earning money which means they will grow and in turn means you have a chance of selling them.
How to Check Ally Activity
- Epic Battle History: The best and easiest way to check activity is to look at their clan Epic Battle history and check the last few epic battles to ensure their name is on there and this also lets you see the number of hits they made and how much they earned which is additional useful information. Remember that players do sleep and come from different time zones so they might not be active in the last battle which is why you should always check a few.
- Title: Look at their title; many clans do activity checks by stamping the number of wins/losses as part of their members’ titles. A quick check of their current wins/losses will tell you if they are active too.
- Wall: Have a look at their wall. Players communicate non-privately by “walling” other players. Check for recent communication, messages like “sorry you are leaving” or “hey, haven’t heard from you in a few days” are warnings that you probably shouldn’t buy!
One of the methods I use to ensure that the ally I am buying is active is to almost exclusively purchase off the Epic Battle history of a clan. I would look at the World Chat tab looking for clans advertising an (EB) at the right price range. Then click on that persons name and scan through their clans Epic battle history.
Many clans are also open to visitors stopping by for a few battles. There is nothing to stop you joining a clan for a while to find out who the actives are.
Stats vs. Price vs. Build Type
There are no hard rules for this, the ally market changes all the time and works like any other economic force. Prices will go up and down and be influenced by events happening in the game. If there is a new release of buildings for example there is generally a large drop in the market as players drop allies for quick cash so they can max their stats at the new thresholds.
Picking a Price Range
Experience makes a huge difference when assessing an ally’s stats and price. A good method is to pick a good price range to work in and as you get a feel for that range you can expand your horizons. When you start out your budget will be small so you might find the 5-10 billion gold range works for you. An advantage of starting out small is player will regularly have small amounts of cash available so trading at these amounts should happen more often.
As you increase your investment amount you might try the 1-20 billion range the 20-50 billion range and so on. If you do move up a range make sure you spend a lot of time learning the best buys of that zone so that you are moving high numbers of allies each week.
When looking at stats you should remember that Attack (troop) stats and Spy stats are weighted differently. Spy stats are always approximately 60% of troop stats. What this means is that a spy build and an attack build with the same price will often have different stats (the spies being lower). As well as this spy builds are slightly rarer than attack builds which puts a premium on their price as well.
Another element of an ally’s build is whether they are a “Pro-pack” ally or not. Every player chooses a banner at the beginning of the game; there is balanced, attack and defence banners. These are coloured green, red and blue. A player can purchase Pro-packs which provide % based bonuses to stats and when they do their banner becomes gold with the word Pro on it.
The developers of Kingdoms at War will sometimes delete account that have been inactive for 6 months however if an account has a pro-pack on it they will normally wait years before removing the account as the player has most likely spent real money to get the nobility points for them (although this is not essential).
If you get really good at Ally purchasing you can quickly learn to spot things about other players that tell you their owner may buy them back pretty quickly. Please note, using some of these tactics may get you hit by other players but sometimes the risk is worth the reward.
Some players get attached to their allies and want to keep them. They might like chatting to them on their ally chat tab, the ally might a friend, brother, sister, girlfriend, husband... etc. They might even put a message on the banner like, “Please don’t hire me from...” or they might say, “ I love my owner...”. Seeing messages like these makes me want to hit the hire button right away as there is a good chance their owner will buy back straight away.
Sometimes you will buy an ally and the previous owner might wall you and say “please don’t hire that ally”. If they do you could make a lot of profit by hiring them a few extra times.
If you look through the roster of a clan take a note of the clan owner’s name and the names of some of the larger players in the clan. When you look through the Epic Battle history looking for active, high earning players you will often find that big players in a clan will buy the more active, quick growing members of the clan as they have got to know them by being in the same clan over time. These allies are more likely to be bought back by their original owners.
Non-Dropped Ally Price List
Below is the list of ally prices from 1,000,000,000 (billion) to 1,000,000,000,000 (trillion) gold. Allies at these prices have never been dropped. A benefit of searching for allies at these prices is that other players will be searching at these prices. As well as this you will never know the reason an ally has been dropped but it is quite common that the ally has been inactive and not grown for a while. If you are going to purchase an ally make sure their price is on the list below!
|1-10 Billion||10-100 Billion||100 Billion +|
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