Three years following the release of MY.COM’s Hustle Castle and it continues to hold on to respectable spots within top lists of games in several countries. Hustle Castle already offered a plethora of content and features at launch, and has then since continued to grow following its subsequent updates. With over 10 million downloads accumulated from the Google Play Store alone, and maintaining largely positive average user review ratings on both Android and iOS platforms as well, Hustle Castle is set to be among the top mobile games of strategy RPG enthusiasts who have immersed themselves into its world.
If you have just discovered Hustle Castle now, it is never too late to jump in on this unique base-building strategy RPG. While there are certainly a lot of players who have amassed power and wealth way ahead of you, catching up is a lot easier for new players, especially with the right strategy. Be sure to read our Hustle Castle ultimate guide as well as the tips and strategies we discussed in that guide still applies to this day.
Hustle Castle holds a ton of features and mechanics that are impossible to dig deep into with just one guide, which is why we have come up with an updated guide to cover more aspects of the game. In this guide, we will be providing additional tips covering the updated content in Hustle Castle. Whether you are a complete beginner or have been playing the game for quite some time, this Hustle Castle guide could be helpful in your quests!
1. Accomplish Storyline And Daily Quests
There is a comprehensive tutorial that greets you as you dive into Hustle Castle. The flow of progression during the tutorial session works around completing objectives within the storyline quests, which involves not just progressing through battles across the map but also the construction and upgrade of certain rooms within your castle and training residents.
As you continue to develop your castle and more rooms become available for construction and upgrades, your will have a lot of liberty to choose which ones to prioritize. The availability of resources will constantly remain as an impediment to continuous progression and to a huge extent, some rooms you have within your castle made for storing these resources will only be able to hold a limited amount.
In this sense, it is always important to consider dependencies and instead of randomly choosing whichever you can upgrade, know that the storyline quests are designed as a sequential guide that you can follow with ease.
Following quests goes beyond simply progressing as efficiently as you can as completing each objective can earn you rewards that can help you gather resources faster to be invested in numerous upgrades and other needs. You can and should deviate from following it later on once you have grasped a better understanding of how to keep your palace balanced as far as generated resources and expenditures are concerned but until you do, it is best to follow the plan.
There are daily quests that contain objectives directly related to the usual activities you should engage in as you make progress in Hustle Castle, well, except for the ads. In any case, the 15 to 30-seconds video ads you can watch are actually the fastest ways to earn points and grab that extra chest. Each objective you accomplish from the list also earn you rewards. As each task is easy to accomplish, it is best to complete all daily quest objectives.
2. Keep Everyone And Every Room Busy
Every strategy game that involves building your base implies the need for an extensive capability to multitask and with Hustle Castle’s title being as it is implies a competitive aspect of the game when it comes to . Although you will always make progress regardless of how you go about managing your castle, being able to keep productive rooms busy and ensuring that there is always something being constructed or upgraded as much as possible, is key to maximum efficiency.
You will start off with only one builder, but we recommend prioritizing the purchase of the second one as soon as you can. This implies holding on to your gems until you are able to afford the extra worker. With a plethora of construction and upgrades to choose from for the most part of your journey, choosing which ones to prioritize may deviate from the list of storyline quests at hand. This can also depend on your playstyle relative to how much time you spend on the game and how often you drop by for a visit.
If you have a construction option that is well within the timeframe you will be online or will complete at a time you can log in on the game, then you should definitely start on that project. For construction that takes at least half a day to finish, you should consider starting them when you are about to go offline and call it a night. In the case of having multiple builders and several potential construction queues, making it so that both projects finish at times close to one another will help you lessen, if not eliminate, idle times.
The same extent of efficiency should extend to every resident of your castle. What you would want as much as possible is to keep everyone busy doing some work or training for combat or for any of the given castle duties. Note that for the warriors deployed to the barracks, part of their job description is to defend against potential invaders. In essence, and despite the fact that they stand idly in the barracks, we consider this as the most important task in the castle and should always be top priority.
The most important skills to max out relate to fighting as battles make up more than half of the activities you will engage in to make progress in the game. Fortunately, this skill is the easiest to max out relative to level of the training room. All other rooms built for training residents can be prioritized based on your current needs but be sure to max out training for one dweller before moving on to the next candidate.
3. Always Set The Best Defenses Possible
Battling through the various PvE content in Hustle Castle is actually the easier half of the game. What you constantly need to be ready for are other players who can attack your castle and steal some of your resources while you are away. For beginners, it may come as a surprise that they get attacked whenever they go offline and the worst part is if they did not leave any fighters on the barracks to defend their castle while they are away.
Ensuring that your best fighters stand guard within your barracks covers just the basics of defending. Given that there are wide varieties of abilities gears can provide dwellers mean that some skills are better for defending than attacking. You may have a good mix of tanks, archers, and mages whenever you attack another player or battle through the PvE content within Hustle Castle, but the same mix may not be as effective when it comes to defending. The tank itself can be built a number of ways and some are more suitable for defense rather than offense.
Another important aspect of defense lies within your arsenal and as upgrading it may not always form part of the storyline quests, you might forget about it entirely or exclude it from the prioritization list of upgrades just the same. There are various defense strategies that can be designed centering around the availability and upgrade levels of your defensive tools within the arsenal. On top of upgrading the arsenal itself to unlock more weapons, you also need to invest in the devices you most heavily rely on.
Keep in mind that attacking players will have the advantage of spells at their disposal and even if the attacking party and your stationed fighters are of equal strength, spells attackers can utilize will always tilt the tide of battle to their advantage. This is why you need to counteract and offset their advantage with defensive strategies and having a decent arsenal, along with maxed out tools, is your best bet to reducing, if not eliminating, losses as a result of player invasions.
4. Continuously Train Substitutes
One important consideration you have to make is be ready to train substitutes for each of the resident’s assigned roles. No dweller will continue to stay on his or her role as they will have to undergo more training whenever the training rooms are upgraded or when their star grades or quality finally reaches a point where they will have to be reshuffled.
Cross-training people within your castle is a proactive approach to seamless transitions and you should start preparing for this as soon as you are able to. As you upgrade the fighter training room, for example, the maximum level cap of each resident’s fighting skill increases. What you would naturally want is to increase the skill level of your best fighters.
However, your best fighters are most likely deployed at the barracks to guard your castle in case another player attacks you and in this scenario, you would have to choose between reducing the stationed guard’s number or having other residents utilize the newly upgraded fighter training room instead.
There are unavoidable instances as well where one resource you produce will max out and it will become pointless to continue deploying a resident for the room that produces the resource. At the same time, some production rooms like the treasury will hardly keep up with the continuous need for gold. In such instances, it becomes necessary to have residents that you can readily deploy to other resource-producing rooms. As such, the necessity for some, if not all dwellers having maxed proficiencies in productive skills become important.
One common instance is when your mana well is maxed out and you can no longer claim the mana being produced as your mana pool may be capped as well while everything you can craft is in process. The treasury or the dining hall may make better use of the additional manpower at the same time so having residents who can temporarily transfer to either rooms are important to have.
Last, but definitely not the least, you will also have to continuously produce new residents by lodging a male and female dweller in the living room. Even if you are close to or have actually have the maximum number of dwellers within the palace, you should continue to strive having residents that have higher potential.
As you make progress, the maximum training limit will eventually catch up to a resident’s potential. Each star caps at 20 points so soon enough, 1-star and 2-star dwellers will have to be replaced by people with at least a 3-star potential. Although you can increase a dweller’s potential through spending gems, it is always best to save premium currency for other items that you cannot obtain without doing so. While it is very challenging to hope for higher potential residents out of the ones you have in your castle, it is still free and worth investing time in.
5. Plan Upgrades Ahead Of Time
Being efficient as far as keeping everyone and every room as busy as possible is just a basic step towards climbing up the ranks as far as castle growth and development is concerned. Hustle Castle is designed for players to enjoy regardless of how much time and effort they put into it but at the same time, it also caters to strategy RPG enthusiasts who would do anything to stay ahead of the crowd.
For one, there are premium services you can subscribe to if you are open to spending real money, but for free-to-play gamers, there are still plenty of opportunities in the game to stay ahead of the pack.
Although progress in Hustle Castle happens even if you are offline and away from the game, there is a huge advantage for players who remain as active as much as they can. Being active on its own, however, is not enough to claim maximum efficiency especially as you unlock all possible rooms within your castle and tons of upgrade options become available.
In such cases, planning well ahead of time becomes crucial in terms of which rooms you will need to upgrade next and amassing the needed resources to do so. Regardless of how many builders you have unlocked, it will always happen that more upgrades are on hold as you prioritize working on others. There is, of course, a constant drought of resources that you need to generate and farm to sustain your castle’s needs. To ensure a steady and uninterrupted course of upgrades, you have to take advantage of periods within which you are waiting for projrects to finish.
In general, as soon as your builders are busy and no battles are pending you can take time off from the game and come back once a construction finishes or when it is time to collect resources generated by your castle. For the best results, however, what you should do once all construction queues are filled up is to look into the next set of construction and upgrade activities you will queue in next. You may want to create a list or note of your pending construction activities but in any case, having a solid plan of the sequential order of how you will go about improving your castle should always be maintained.
6. Power Isn’t Everything
One of the most deceptive elements of RPGs come in the form of power ratings associated with each combatant. In the case of Hustle Castle, beginners will most especially be inclined to believe that power ratings between their team and the enemy team are the sole basis of success or failure in a match up. While this may hold true in some cases, it is never absolute as Hustle Castle values strategy over power in every battle you can engage in.
A fighter’s power has great value had battles in Hustle Castle been designed to be a one-on-one skirmish. Given that there are always teams to work with and fight against, what matters more than actual power in numbers is how each member of the team synergizes with one another. Likewise, the set of abilities and stats each fighter has will have to be complimented further by the active spells you carry with you in battle or the selected defensive tools in your arsenal in terms of castle defense.
For one, you may come up with a higher team power with a full roster of archers that focus on DPS but this setup will likely result in more losses. The same goes for a set of tanks that offer little damage and banks more on defensive capabilities. With each different role fighters can take on, there are numerous possible combinations to choose from and, in truth, no single mixture of these roles will stand triumphant across all battles.
For example, you can have a tank that does little damage but is equipped with a weapon that reduces the enemy’s attack. The same tank also has an armor that regenerates HP and accessories that further boost defense and HP. This tank can be supported by a mage that can heal fairly well and can keep the tank’s HP up for a long time despite not contributing to DPS. An archer, as a third member of this party, can focus entirely on DPS and weed out attackers one by one.
This set-up would be a decent sample of a collaborative team that will ensure victory against PvE mobs in general. However, some enemies are built to prioritize attacking mages or even start dealing damage to archers in the back row first. In some cases, therefore, this combo of fighters can be beaten. Suppose this same team is faced by a team that stuns or makes short work of the tank. It will be fairly easy to eliminate the rest of the party.
The idea here is to consider the possible battle outcomes well beyond what the difference in power ratings indicate. There will be numerous instances in your journey, where the battle ahead can be won with a less powerful, yet coordinated team paired with the right spells. Feel free to mix and match different gears for different situations and do not entirely rely on an equipment’s power rating to choose it over others. Do not readily disassemble all extra gears as well as you may still have to switch to using them in some battles.
7. Always Look For Better Gears
Discussing strategies on building each fighter without exclusively focusing on power will always involve the gears they have and as much as gears are as basic to characters in Hustle Castle as it is for most strategy RPGs, the wide array of available stat attributes and skills gears possess in the game make for an elaborate customization option for each dweller. While it is easy to notice how each piece of equipment can be grouped into the roles that the dwellers take, the selection of the right gears to win you more battles can be very elusive.
There are the usual standards for choosing the best gears and beyond the designated roles each one is designed for, each equipment also falls within a certain rarity or grade. Each equipment you obtain may be common (white), uncommon (green), rare (blue), epic (purple), or legendary (gold). For the most part, rarity levels dictate the overall superiority of gears but not in all instances. Higher rarity gears exhibit higher power and stat boosts compared to lower grade gears of the same level and the higher the grade, the better extra options are provided.
Gears are also classified based on the fighter skill level needed to equip them. You can therefore have an epic gear that can be equipped by a level 20 fighter but a lower rarity equipment built for a level 28 fighter may hold better stats. For these reasons, you cannot simply choose the best gear based on their rarity and even in the case of higher grade tiers that offer more options, what matters more is how each of those options help your fighter’s build.
For the tank armor as an example, the main stat provided is health, and the more health given typically means better for the tank. However, while an increase in armor will always be among the substats provided, the other one could be a critical factor to your decision in choosing which is better. Beyond that, the triggered ability granted by the armor as well should be looked into.
Tanks, by default, are supposed to withstand as much damage as possible and be the only line of defense for the whole team that enemies should have a difficult time piercing through. If the substats of the armore in question relates to armor and magic armor, then that typically sounds like a better combination than the usual armor plus damage combination. Triggered effects may involve health regeneration, health boost, or damage reduction to the attacking enemy. It can depend on the percentages provided, but what we recommend is HP regeneration, with or without a healer in your party.
8. Check Enemy Details Before The Battle
Given that battles in Hustle Castle are not decided by power alone, you can always try to win your way through battles where the enemy roster has more power than your team. Whether it is for progressing through the story map or taking on other players for more resources, even a 40,000 difference in power in the enemy team’s favor does not make it an impossible feat. Difficult as it is, there are still ways to win at such a disadvantage.
For starters, though, try something a little less intimidating as you hone your skills in adjusting your offense for the coming battle. An important habit to make is to look into the details of the enemy team’s roster, regardless of whether you have the advantage in power or not. Before the actual battle you can tap on each enemy within the scout window to see details about them.
Enemy bosses, in particular may have unique abilities such as immunity from physical attacks while mobs can often have preferences in terms of which class to focus their attacks on. For player teams, it is always a good idea to look into their gears, specifically the abilities each one has that you need to look out for.
Relative to this, deviation from your current setup can be done and in Hustle Castle, you are very much liberated to mix whatever types of gears you want on any fighter, so long as they have a high enough level to equip the item. For example, you are to face an enemy boss that is immune to physical damage. By default, what comes to mind is to consider a full party of mages to take on the enemy.
Alternatively, however, you can instead equip your tanks with wands or orbs to have them deal magic damage, even if just a little, while maintaining their buffed up defense stats. If you are confronted with enemies that specifically targets mages ahead of everyone else, then a higher defense armor for the mage may give you the necessary advantage in battle.
In every scenario, what is important to keep in mind is that winning matters. Even if you lose 3 of the 4 fighters in your team it does not merit any difference so long as you take the win. An out of the box hodge-podge of gears that break the role stereotype can sometimes work beyond expectations, so be sure to spend some time experimenting with different gear combinations.
9. Take Advantage Of Premium Days And Goblin Assistants
Progression in Hustle Castle is fast enough without spending any real money. Despite the long periods of time it would take for some rooms to be upgraded later on, there will always be plenty of activities to engage in to pass the time and progression can be felt even through the loots you can earn from one battle to the next one.
While a premium account can only be purchased with real money and not diamonds, there are still ways for you to experience it. Hustle Castle holds time-limited events that offer plenty of valuable rewards that include premium days and even hiring a goblin assistant for a day or so. Once you receive these rewards, they will automatically be activated and within the time period, it is best to remain as active as possible as these will be the best opportunities to maximize the progression of your castle and each dweller within it.
With a premium buff active, the maximum happiness of your dwellers will be 20%, which means that productivity will likewise increase as much. Every battle you engage in will yield about 10% more resources. The amount of your resources pillaged by successful attackers will also be reduced by 30%. All waiting times related to training, construction, upgrades, and production will be severely cut down as well. You also can earn better rewards from chests within the premium period and rewards are doubled for daily quests accomplished.
One unique perk is the healing for injured fighters that work even if they are not in the hospital. Along with the ability to speed up battles itself, faster healing will make for a quicker run through across all daily battles like invasions and player castle attacks.
Although you can hire the goblin assistant at the cost of diamonds, having him for free makes for a much easier gameplay. The goblin assistant wanders around your castle and collects resources as well as helps in levelling up of dwellers in training. The goblin assistant remains active as well while you are offline and away from the game, making idle progression much faster all throughout the days he is active.
In such cases, be sure to take full advantage of these perks when you unlock them as it can be regretful to pass the time without making full use of both these benefits.
10. Stay As Active As You Can With Your Clan
Clans, guilds, alliances, or factions have always been an integral part of every strategy RPG. In Hustle Castle, it is possible to still make good progress in the game even without a clan but the added benefits that come with having an active clan can really boost your castle’s growth and development.
To start off, clan members can send and receive resources to one another. Given that it is always a challenge to balance out your resource production and resource needs, this feature will be very helpful to get you what you need fast. For the most part, though, everyone will be falling short of gold so chances are that you will see mostly requests for gold in the clan chat.
The amount of resources you can request vary depending on the level of your clan room. While upgrading it does not normally form part of the storyline quest, you need to tend to it depending on how often you will have to ask for help. How fast you receive the full amount of the resource you requested is a solid indicator of how active your clan is.
As we mentioned in our previous guide, it is important to belong to an active clan especially if you want to take as much as you give to it. This most especially applies to the clan leader whose job includes kicking out inactive members and registering the clan for clan wars. Regardless of how active most clan members are, progression will still be stumped if inactive members are kept and active participation in clan wars is not maximized.
Regularly logging in to check on your castle and dwellers should also include checking in on your clan, especially during hours when there is an active clan wars. The chests each clan member can receive from points earned during the clan wars holds much better rewards than most chests you can obtain on your own.
As challenging as it can be to hop from one clan to another, looking for one that suits the level of activity and dedication you have is important so be sure to continuously gauge your clan’s performance with your own and try to be more involved with its activities and chats.
And that sums up all the tips and strategies we have for our updated Hustle Castle guide. We hope that you learned a lot of new things to help you progress through the game at a much faster rate and that you enjoyed reading through it as well. Hustle castle will certainly keep on growing with new content in succeeding updates but for the most part, we are certain that the tips and strategies we shared with you should suffice to pull you through any challenge.
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