It’s a game we simply cannot get enough of nowadays. Quantum Siege is a new iOS and Android strategy game from Armada Interactive, and as we mentioned in our beginner’s guide for the title, it all takes place in what can be called an alternate version of history. Think of the stuff you might have learned in high school history, only with lasers, siege engines, robotic constructs, and other units that are far more at home in a futuristic setting. And one of the game’s most important features is the Spinning Battlefield, a patented rotating arena that allows players more strategic wiggle room to place their units and come up with the right battle plan that would lead to the capture of the enemy’s Quantum Gate. You can play this game solo through its Story mode and limited-time Daily Events, and you can also fight in the arena against other human players in Versus, or PvP mode.
We’ve already imparted a great deal of wisdom to beginners in our first Quantum Siege strategy guide. But since you may be at a more advanced stage of the game at this point, we thought you might want to check out even more tips in our intermediate-to-advanced strategy guide. We’ve also included a few tips we might have missed out on in our first guide, so read on if there’s any aspect of the game that’s throwing you off, or if you want to unlock more keys and win more goodies in the various game modes!
1. Log In To The Game Daily
Now this is something we probably should have featured in the beginner’s guide, but if you’re looking to earn more coins and gems, the best thing to do is to log into the game everyday. You will get a daily login reward for each consecutive day you remain logged in to the game, but it’s not just currency you can earn by being a dedicated Quantum Siege player. In addition to those coins and gems, you can also win rare keys, with a Gamma key on your seventh and 21st consecutive day, a Beta key on your 14th, and best of all, a Delta key on your 28th! That’s right — log in, even just for a few minutes to charge your keys or check on your armies, and you can win one of the rarer keys out there if you keep logging into the game for one whole month.
2. Turn Your Notifications On For The Free Key
Aside from the keys you can earn by playing Story and Versus modes, you can also get a free key every four hours. Each free key will get you new units, and while you won’t be getting much in most cases, it’s still a good thing nonetheless, as those free units will allow you to draw closer to upgrading your existing units. You might even get some brand-new units, though the chances of this are rather slim, considering you’ll normally get common stuff this way.
3. What’s In It For You With The Daily Events?
While you can play Story or Versus mode any time, you should also check out the Daily Events from time to time. These are limited-time events that could allow you to win some units or Chosen Memories (we will be discussing this later), with the themes and the rewards changing from day to day. For example, the Day of Rage event only has Rage units and memories up for grabs, including some that you may not have unlocked yet. Simply click on the Rewards button for more info on what you could get, but take note that each Daily Event has three difficulty levels as usual — Normal, Hard, and Insane. If you’re a newer player, you can stick to Normal difficulty, but if you’ve played long enough to be considered intermediate, then you might want to try Hard, for a chance at better, rarer rewards.
As a bonus tip, Story and Event keys are filed under the same group, so don’t take on a Daily Event unless you’ve got some free slots in the Story and Event category! That actually brings us to the next tip, which is very important for anyone who wants to maximize their rewards…
4. Be Patient, And Make Sure You’ve Got Free Slots For Keys
Although you may be so hooked on Quantum Siege and eager to win more rewards that you may find yourself playing level after level after level, you should also remember that you can only hold so many keys for Story and Event, and for Versus as well — four each, to be exact, with no more than one of each being charged at the same time. So if you play a Versus siege in the arena and you’ve got all four regular slots filled up, you won’t get any key rewards if you defeat your opponent, essentially wasting your efforts, save for the additional Honor you will receive! It’s best to be patient if you’re really not willing to spend gems to speed up the charging of a key.
Of course, if that was your fifth Versus siege out of five required for a Quest Key, you will get that key as a prize. So with that said, let’s move right on to the Quest Key, and explain what it’s about.
5. Go For The Quest Key
The Quest Key is a limited-supply reward you will get for each five quests or levels you complete — you get one for Story and Event, and one for Versus battles. For each category, this is the fifth slot, which also means you can get one even if you’ve got the other four slots filled up. Better yet, you don’t need to wait for your Quest Key to charge before you unlock the rewards! As long as you see that there’s a Quest Key up for grabs (if you don’t, the game will show how much time remains before the next one is available), work on those sieges in every applicable mode. Just don’t make the mistake we warned you about in the above tip!
6. What Are Chosen Memories?
Memories are like Quantum Siege’s equivalent of hero shards, but they work in a completely different way. As the game explains, you’ll need Chosen Memories corresponding to a given hero if you want to upgrade them to level multiples of five — 5, 10, 15, etc. Once they reach those milestone levels, your Chosen will get a huge stat boost, and as anyone who plays these games should know, stat boosts are never ever a bad thing. Typically, you can get new Chosen Memories by playing the Daily Events, though they can also be won when playing in the other game modes. You’ll also need to accumulate a certain number of Memories in order to push forward with the milestone upgrade; it’s a bit of an inconvenience, we know, but a necessary evil if you want your heroes to become even more powerful and dominant in the battlefield!
7. Always Have A Chosen To Take The Hits For Your Siege Engines
Siege engines such as the Electron Catapult are a great way to pick away at the enemy gate, as you can set them up from afar and watch as their beams cross force fields as long as they’re close enough. But they’ll always be among the first units targeted by enemy forces, which means you should always make sure there’s a sturdier unit out there that could take care of these Architects, as well as the laser turrets that likewise target your squishy siege engines ahead of most other units.
Normally, you’d be wise to send out a disposable, low-power, high-HP tank, but in this game, the best “tanks” are, in fact, your Chosen. They have a ton of HP compared to the other units, which means they could stand guard beside your siege engines, and take damage from laser turrets and other enemy units, diverting them away from your long-distance “gatecrashers.”
8. Don’t Place A Siege Engine If You’ve Got Substantial Company
This tip mostly applies to Versus battles, which involve two human players trying to destroy the other’s Quantum Gate. As we mentioned in the first guide, Versus mode is very fast-paced, and it’s easy to find yourself deploying units willy-nilly, even if you shouldn’t. And when it comes to your Electron Catapult and other siege engines, you should only deploy them if the coast is absolutely clear around you. Ideally, you want those siege engines placed if you’ve got other units attacking your opponent’s gate, but need a little help chipping away at its HP. But if there are enemy units around you and you don’t have any more Chosen to fight alongside them, you won’t get much help from your siege engines; again, these units will be targeted before most of the others unless you’ve got some Chosen support!
9. Rotate The Battlefield For Proper Placement
Once again, we’ve got a tip that could fit into a beginner’s guide, but is nonetheless applicable for more experienced players as well. The spinning battlefield, as we explained, is one of the key features of Quantum Siege, and while it won’t make much of a difference in the early sieges, you can use it to fuller effect once most of your units are level 4 or better and you’re taking on tougher enemies, regardless of the mode. In fact, this is especially useful in Versus, as you’ll need to cover more bases!
Make sure you’re rotating the battlefield when assigning units, as you may need to work on one part of the enemy base, defend your own base from your opponent’s units (in the Versus arena), or whatnot. As your units automatically target the closest enemy unit or structure, you wouldn’t want units marching toward a far-away enemy when you want them to target the opposing Quantum Gate. The best way to avoid this is by rotating the battlefield, so feel free to employ this tactic whenever needed!
10. Use Your Heavy Constructs To Target Gates, Not Melee Or Ranged Units
Your Heavy (or Assault) Constructs are big, hulking units that are helpfully described by the game as “gate-targeting robots.” They can deal out a ton of damage, but the thing with these units is that they’re virtually useless against melee or ranged units that may be nearby. Literally, the only thing they’re good for is destroying gates, so whenever you need to assign an Electro Bull or a similar Construct, make sure you’re setting them up as near as possible to the enemy Quantum Gate. Their stats and build suggests that they’re rather tanky units, but if you come to think of it, they’re slow enough to nullify the natural advantage they have in terms of hit points.
11. Predator Constructs Can Destroy Machines
The Alpha Lion and Iron Wolves are examples of Predator Constructs. Unlike the aforementioned Heavy or Assault Constructs, these are lightning-quick units that also deal out a lot of damage, and can be trusted for melee attacks against individual enemy units, gates, and anything mechanical for that matter — there’s a reason why they’re called “anti-machine robots,” after all. Typically, you want them to be first out of the gate in Versus, attacking the enemy gate, but make sure you’re preparing to have a Chosen back them up as soon as possible, as they won’t last too long when they’ve got turrets firing at them from all directions!
12. Do Not Test New Army Setups In Versus
This is more of a common-sense tip than anything else, but it’s something a lot of players are guilty of. At some point in the game, you’ll have enough units to have a second army in place, most likely one with yellow and red units to follow up the one with blue and purple units. This will usually be after a long period of grinding it out in the Versus arena, and chances are your second army, except for the Chosen, will be more leveled-up than the first army you created in the game. Should you field them in Versus to keep up with your progressively tougher opponents?
The answer, unfortunately, would be a resounding no. When you’ve just assembled a new army, regardless of the affinities of your units, you should test them out first in Story mode. In Story mode sieges, you can exit out of a siege without penalty at any time, and you can replay any siege you fail to win the first time around. That means Story Mode is also a great place to practice, and a great place to familiarize yourself with new units.
13. Use Your Cool Down Time To Strategize
We haven’t talked much about cool down time, but this is an obvious feature of Quantum Siege battles; there is a cool down time in between deployment of units, and you’ll see the number of seconds you need to wait before deploying someone else on the upper right corner of a unit’s avatar. Chosen, of course, have the longest cool down times, at about 12 seconds, while basic units like your common melee or range squads take only 5 or 6 seconds to cool down. As the sieges, especially in Versus, can be quite fast-paced, we suggest that you take that brief period of cool down time to plan ahead for your next move, or better yet, to plan ahead for the move to follow your next one.
14. Beat Tougher Opponents In Versus To Win Rarer Keys
Although the matchmaking system of Quantum Siege assigns your opponents at random, you’ll still want to bring your A-game whenever you are assigned a substantially tougher opponent, meaning someone who most likely has more Honor than you. (This becomes especially true as you complete multiple tournaments, as your Honor will always carry over.) As we’ve observed, the game tends to give out rarer keys when we end up beating an opponent with about 50 to 100 more Honor — that would mean Beta, or even Gamma keys for licking the better opposition out there!
15. Another Reminder About The Importance Of Versus
At the end of the day, your main focus when playing Quantum Siege should typically be Versus mode. This won’t always be the case, as tournaments last a good two weeks, but Versus has a tiered reward system, as mentioned previously, where the top player in a league/tournament gets the rarest key and the most rewards. Play Versus whenever you see that you’ve been passed by another player or two in your league; you don’t want to settle for a Gamma key when winning another battle would have allowed you to move into first place and get a Delta key!