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Hero Patrol Guide
What Is Hero Patrol?
The Hero Patrol, formerly the Time Reward, mechanic in Archero is a passive reward generator that lets the player earn a bunch of rewards passively generated over real-world time.
The user does not have to play or even actively have the game open for the rewards to be generated, they will be generated based on every minute of actual time passed.
Unlocking Hero Patrol
Hero Patrol is an Epic talent that can be randomly unlocked in the talent tree found in one of the main menus. Talents are unlocked for a coin cost and 1 random talent can be purchased for each level the user has earned.
Current knowledge says that the Hero Patrol is expected to be unlocked between level 20 and 22 (expect it on your 22nd upgrade). It is currently not entirely clear how predetermined or how random the Talent system is but some things are definitely fixed along the upgrade paths.
What Rewards are Earned
The user will passively generate Coins, XP, Sapphires, Runes, and Scrolls for all types of gear. For each level the user has in Hero Patrol, they will earn level*2 coins for every minute that has passed.
For example, a single point in the Hero Patrol Talent will grant the user 2 coins a minute. The user will also passively generate Scrolls, but the formula isn't as consistent, with a lot of variance and random rewards of scrolls, potentially due to rounding. Rewards tend to skew towards Ring/Spirit Scrolls and away from Weapon/Armor scrolls. This would make sense given that Archero costs them differently so they appear to have different drop rates from the system. The reward structure appears to be roughly this:
- Coins Earned Hourly: Hero Patrol Rate * 60
- Sapphires: Rate to be determined. Added as of Update 1.3.6 in February 2020.
- Scrolls Earned Hourly: Hero Patrol Rate * 0.12
The scroll rate is the most variable, and you can easily go many hours without earning scrolls, or earn a lot in just a handful. This may relate to the different types of scrolls and how they are calculated upon drop.
It's important to note that Hero Patrol will cap at 72 hours (3 days) of accruing rewards. So be sure to claim it before then or you will miss out. Unfortunately, you cannot go away for 2 weeks on vacation and come back to a gigantic pile of rewards.
Extra Rewards from Heroes
As of update 2.3, the system changed a bit and is now influenced by your hero and what hero evolution they've reached.
The heroes you unlock will also add minor bonuses to your reward accrual in Hero Patrol. Heroes apply the following bonuses:
- Atreus: Gold earnings
- Urasil: Ring Scroll earnings
- Phoren: Sapphire earnings
- Taranis: XP earnings
- Helix: Gold earnings
- Onir: Weapon Scroll earnings
- Rolla: XP Earnings
- Shari: Gold earnings
- Bonnie: Gold earnings
- Ayana: Locket Scroll earnings
- Meowgik: Spirit Scroll earnings
- Sylvan: Locket Scroll earnings
- Shade: Sapphire earnings
- Ophelia: Armor Scroll earnings
Additionally, as you evolve those heroes to higher star levels, that bonus will enhance.
Extra Rewards from Expedition Mode
You can also multiply your Rune Stone earnings by advancing further in Expedition Mode. Every 5 levels you defeat will grant a multiplier to your Rune Stone earnings so it's a very easy way to get additional Runes should you find yourself short on them.
As of update 2.3 in September 2020, there are 360 levels available in Expedition Mode and defeating all of them will grant a total bonus of +146% to Rune Stones earned.
Claiming Your Rewards
You likely would have noticed, but it's very simple to claim rewards generated by the Hero Patrol. Simply go to the main screen of Archero and look at the Hero Patrol icon denoted by a gift box in the top-left area of the screen directly below your player level. Tap that icon and you will be presented with a dialogue where you can view your rewards and claim them.
However, it's important to note that you can only claim your rewards once per 60 minutes as there is a cooldown for claiming. Don't worry, you still generate rewards while on cooldown so it's not particularly relevant or something you need to think about.
One new element added to the mix in February 2020 was the ability to watch an ad and earn 50% more rewards. It's a simple and easy way to get a big bonus so I highly recommend doing it every time.
Leveling up Hero Patrol
Because Hero Patrol is a talent, you can only level it up by increasing your player level, purchasing a Talent upgrade, and hoping you get a point in Hero Patrol. At this time it's unclear if there is a fixed pattern with Hero Patrol upgrades but I'll include a few of the upgrade moments I personally received for reference, even though it's incomplete:
- Level 1: 22nd Upgrade [+1 Coins per Minute]
- Level 2: 26th Upgrade [+1 Coins per Minute]
- Level 3: 33rd Upgrade [+2 Coins per Minute]
- Level 4: 37th Upgrade [+2 Coins per Minute]
- Level 5: 41st Upgrade [+2 Coins per Minute]
- Level 6: 47th Upgrade [+2 Coins per Minute]
- Level 7: 55th Upgrade [+2 Coins per Minute]
- Level 8: 61st Upgrade [+3 Coins per Minute]
- Level 9+: TBD
It's important to note that the cost of upgrading can be quite significant and the payoff for Hero Patrol upgrades can take quite a long time. For example, the 55th upgrade costs 100,000 Coins. It will take roughly 34 days of the extra +2 in Hero Patrol to pay off that coin cost. Regardless, it's still important to purchase Talents and you can't choose what you get.