Kongregate is a major game publisher, that’s behind a number of successful mobile titles such as Idle Frontier, Office Space: Idle Profits and Star Trek Trexels II to name a few. In the company’s latest mobile game, Royal Idle: Medieval Quest, you will be playing the role of a king as you open businesses across several medieval towns, creating Farms, Blacksmiths, Quarries, Mines, and various other buildings and assigning Villagers to manage them as you earn more and more money and skip off to the next town once you’ve gotten everything in order in the last one.
The game promises that you can earn “limitless” gold while you’re idling, but before you do that, you need to invest your gold in the right places, upgrade the right characters, and do a few other things right if you want to reach the Forbidden Valley.
As we’ll be explaining in greater detail, this is not your traditional game in this popular, seemingly simple genre. The mechanics may take some getting used to, but once you’ve gotten the hang of this, earning tons of coins without any effort whatsoever will become second nature. Still, you’re going to need to start somewhere, and through our Royal Idle: Medieval Quest beginner’s guide, we’re going to show you what you can do in order to quickly move across towns with the least possible effort and in the least possible time. Royal Idle: Medieval Quest may be an idle clicker, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be spending most of your time idling.
1. The Basics Of Royal Idle: Medieval Quest – This Is Not Your Typical Idle Clicker
Although the word “idle” is in the name of the game, Royal Idle: Medieval Quest is definitely not your run-of-the-mill idle clicker where all you need to do is set up a few things and let the game take care of everything else going forward, or at least until you “prestige” and begin your next playthrough. Yes indeed, there are things that need setting up so you can automate production in your town and minimize all the tapping that you have to do. But as you will notice quickly, the “prestige” mechanic is actually at work once you complete everything that needs to be done in one town and move on to the next, with new cards, additional Elixir, and new buildings to construct. But before we get to that, let’s look at how the money-making system works in Royal Idle: Medieval Quest.
Aside from being an idle clicker, Royal Idle: Medieval Quest is a bit of a city or town management game. The goal for each town is for you to have a fully automated economy where every building contributes to its success. The two most important buildings are the Royal Camp and the Harbor. The former building determines the maximum value of the goods that are transported on the cart that you will see, by default, on the left side of your screen, next to your Farm. The latter one, on the other hand, has a corresponding number on top of the anchor icon that tells you the maximum value of the goods that can be sold. It is recommended that you keep both values as close to each other as possible in order to maximize your economy’s potential.
While newer buildings would earn you more money as they get unlocked, you’ll want to be careful when leveling them up so that the maximum amount of income generated by the buildings doesn’t exceed the figures showing above the Royal Camp and Harbor logos. Then again, it may be unavoidable for you to keep leveling up certain buildings, depending on the tasks showing on the upper part of the screen — these tasks will be essential toward earning enough points to progress on to the next town, which means they are basically unavoidable.
Once you complete the tasks, or quests on the upper part of the screen, or once you progress to a new town, you will get a chance to open a chest which may contain Elixir, which is the substance required in order for you to level up the Villagers, may they be in charge of automation or not. This is a very important distinction — Automation Villagers are specifically in charge of automating production, while the other Villagers you may unlock for a certain building serve as modifiers that could increase productivity ratings. For example, your Harbor needs a Captain to automate, but the Sailor (Rare), Shipwright (Epic), and Navigator (Legend) play the modifying roles as you unlock them, with coin multipliers visible on their cards.
Leveling up villagers makes them more productive, so you will certainly need to have enough Elixir on you — this can also be acquired once you rank up a building, which happens when they reach a certain milestone level — for example, level 10, 25, 50, and so on. These chests also contain Villager cards — collect enough of them and you will be able to level them up with Elixir and coins. These cards come in four rarity levels — Common, Rare, Epic, and Legend — with higher rarity Villagers far more productive than the Common ones you will normally be getting in the first few towns.
After you fill up the meter on the upper part of the screen, you will be allowed to progress from your current town to the next one, and this will reset your entire game, forcing you to start from scratch, create new buildings, and tap around a bit while waiting for the Royal Camp and Harbor to be automated and earning more coins to buy Villagers. The upside here is that you will get a permanent speed bonus to the rate in which you earn coins, even if everything else is back to zero (or six, for your coin total) with no buildings and no automation whatsoever.
2. Focus On Buying Automation Villagers And Upgrade Your Cards Smartly
As we mentioned above, you will start out with six coins once you’re in a new town — you won’t have the benefit of automation, nor would you have any existing buildings to work with. You don’t want to do a lot of tapping in a game called Royal Idle: Medieval Quest, and the best way to avoid this is to automate ASAP by buying the required Villagers.
You will need the Bailiff for your Royal Camp and the Captain for your Harbor in order to get the ball rolling — keeping with the trend of starting with the basics, you can also automate your Farm ahead of everything else by buying a Farmer. The other Villagers are far more expensive, but you can unlock them organically through the cards you receive and deploy them once you have enough coins. But as long as you’re starting with the Bailiff and the Captain, you should be good to go.
One important thing to remember before buying an Automation Villager — they may sometimes need to be a certain level before you can buy them! This comes into play once you’re in the later towns, so before you use your Elixir on a Villager who’s due for a leveling up, take note if you need to upgrade your Bailiff or Captain (or anyone who’s in charge at the Royal Camp or Harbor), because you may find yourself playing catch-up if you use your Elixir on less than ideal Villagers! Keep your eye out especially if your quests include upgrading a certain Automation Villager to a certain level, because that will usually be the Villager whom you need to be saving your Elixir up for.
Additionally, it appears that the level of Automation Villagers determine the cap for the additional Villagers who can work in a certain building. For example, if your Captain is at level 3, you cannot level up your Sailor, Shipwright, and/or Navigator beyond level 2. Likewise, you cannot have a level 3 or higher Miller if your Farmer is also at level 3.
3. Watch Videos And Tap On The Birds In Order To Multiply Your Earnings
This one should possibly go without saying when it comes to idle clickers, but whenever you collect your offline earnings, it is strongly recommended that you watch advertisement videos to double them. This option may not always be available, but when it is, we suggest you take the 30 seconds to watch the ads and get double the coins you would normally earn for taking time out and letting your Automation Villagers do all the work.
In addition, you need to keep an eye out for the birds that fly across your town on occasion — the birds that are carrying a message allow you to earn 10 times the usual coins for watching a video, while the birds that don’t have any message with them are good for a decent injection of funds without the multiplier. You’ll need to be quick, though, because they’ll only be on your screen for a few seconds before they go away!
As an even added bonus tip, if you tap on the button on the bottom right of the screen, the game will allow you to watch an ad video that will multiply production twofold for all buildings for a minimum of four hours. The game will allow you to watch these videos up to six times, which means you can watch all six videos and get your coin earnings multiplied by two for one whole day! This should be very useful when collecting those offline earnings, especially when you wake up after six to eight hours of sleep (or less, or more) when you obviously aren’t playing or checking back on your progress.
4. Rank Up Your Buildings, Especially The Harbor And Royal Camp
Of course, you will need to tap on those buildings in order to level them up and increase their earning potential. But it’s doubly important to actually rank them up. How do you do this and why should you bother with specifically ranking up a building?
Ranking up, as we mentioned briefly in the first tip, takes place whenever a building reaches a specific milestone level. This would start at level 10, and would come again once they reach level 25. From then on, ranking up will take place in multiples of 25 — level 50, 75, 100, 125, and so on. Once a building reaches those levels, production increases exponentially, so it will certainly be in your best interests to hit those milestones and spend your coins wisely in order to do so, especially when talking about your Harbor and your Royal Camp.
These, after all, are the two buildings that work in concert with each other in determining how much goods can be prepared for sale and how much goods can actually be sold, so if you’re ranking up, work on those two before all the others.
5. Complete The Easier Quests Before The Harder Ones
Just like in any other game that features a questing system, the quests or tasks in Royal Idle: Medieval Quest can be completed organically — you can play the game like you normally do and complete them without you even noticing it. But unlike in other games, you don’t have a quest list to refer to — they’re all there on the screen, ready to view so that you can see exactly what needs to be done in order to complete them.
You can also be taken right to where you need to be in order to complete the quest by tapping on them. However, just because you only see three quests on your screen doesn’t mean that’s going to be it before you move on to the next town.
As you move from one town to the next, the number of quests that need to be completed will increase more often than they won’t. So if you want to run through those quests and fill up the meter sooner rather than later, the best thing to do would be to start out with the easy quests until you make your way to the harder ones — for example, earning enough coins and leveling up buildings to a certain level may be harder than simply leveling up a certain number of Automation Villagers or collecting a specific number of cards.
Once you’ve completed enough quests, you can progress to the next town, but before you do that, we advise using up all your coins or as many coins as possible, as those will all be reset anyway once you start out in a new town. Upgrade those buildings even if you don’t really have to, because that will increase the coin multiplier you will get upon restarting your progress in the town after the one you’re currently in!
6. Other Ways to Open Up New Chests
Last, but not the least, there are other ways for you to get more cards and more Elixir on top of the chests you can earn as a reward for completing a quest or for leveling up. The first method would be by opening the free chests, which are available every four hours. You can also use your Gems — the game’s premium currency, which, at least in the early goings, can only be purchased with real-life money — to buy Rare, Epic, or Legendary chests, which contain cards of that specific rarity, as well as more Elixir than what you would normally get when you open the free chests!
Additionally, you can tap on the button with a scroll on the bottom of the screen to go to the in-game map, where you will see directions to towns number 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 23, 29, and so on — the highest we can find here is town number 93. Once you’ve reached those towns, you can go to the map and tap on the button below the town icon in order to collect chests, open them, and earn more rewards. Expect those rewards to get better as you keep unlocking more towns, so don’t be discouraged if your progress seems to be so slow in a certain town — it will be worth it once you reach those milestone towns and collect your bonus chests!
And this wraps up our beginner’s guide for Kongregate’s latest mobile game, Royal Idle: Medieval Quest. Hopefully, the list of tips, cheats and strategies will be useful for you during your gameplay. In case you have discovered other tips or tricks, that we haven’t mentioned in the article, then feel free to drop us a line!