Tap Defenders has everything players could ever wish for in a mobile game. It is a combination of tower defense, idle clicker, and RPG elements. On top of that, the game is available on both Android and iOS platforms, so it is accessible to everyone! Of course, the adorable 8-bit graphics doesn’t hurt either. Tap Defenders is set in a world that is overrun by monsters. It is your job to protect humanity’s remaining civilizations by fending off wave after wave of nefarious creatures. To do this, you will need the help of various heroes. Collect all 25 available heroes, each with his own strengths and weaknesses. Form the ultimate tower defense team and level them up to make them even stronger. There is an unlimited number of tactics you can use in order to win against the monster waves. Just read our Tap Defenders strategy guide to learn everything you need to know!
1. Choose The Right Heroes
Despite the different elements that are combined in Tap Defenders, the number one thing you should keep in mind is that it is primarily a tower defense game. With that in mind, you should choose heroes for your team according to how useful they will be in defending. Remember, the heroes will not actively seek out enemies. They will stay in place and attack only those who will come within their range.
There are several factors to consider when choosing a hero. There are heroes who attack faster, which is useful when you want to wipeout a wave full of weaker monsters. Other heroes play as support, buffing the rest of your team as they fight. Some heroes are primarily for dealing a lot of damage. They tend to be a bit slow, but when they finally hit the enemies, it will really hurt. Another thing you should consider is the Leader Bonus of each hero. There are several Leader Bonuses available, so you will have to carefully read the descriptions to find which one is best for your team.
2. Invest In Your Favorites
Even though there are 25 heroes available for you to recruit, not everyone will fit on the map. That means you will have to choose a handful from the entire pool. There aren’t many instances where you will need to switch between different team compositions, so the most likely scenario will be that you have the same people throughout the game. Pick your favorites early on, so that you can focus on investing your resources in a few heroes. Trying to upgrade everyone will just be a waste of time and resources.
3. Grind The Gear Dungeon
The game has two main dungeons for you to explore. The first one is the Mimic Dungeon, but the keys are limited, so enter it whenever possible. The second is the Gear Dungeon. This is where you will be spending most of your time since it is easy to pick up keys for this dungeon. The good news is that you can get a lot of equipment by grinding here, making it easier for you to get stronger.
Keep in mind that only the rank of your heroes will affect the damage that you deal inside the Gear Dungeon. That is not necessarily a bad thing because you can still deal a lot of damage by manually tapping. You can use up all the energy you have for Gear Dungeons because the rewards are definitely worth the grind.
4. Equip The Right Gear
After grinding so much in the Gear Dungeon, you should have a bunch of equipment ready for use. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can just wear whatever you picked up. Make sure you pay attention to the bonuses you get from each equipment. These bonuses are permanent, and will not reset even if you Ascend. On top of that, they can be upgraded further, making them useful for a long time.
If you cannot decide which gear to equip, it is always a good idea to look at attack power and speed. Range is also useful since it keeps enemies within your hero’s reach. Carefully read everything that is written in each gear’s description then weigh the pros and cons. The best gear will ultimately depend on your play style, so choose the ones that suit you the best.
5. When To Ascend
Ascending is Tap Defender’s equivalent of Prestige in other idle clickers. You will earn Spirit Stones based on how far your progress was before you Ascended. The longer you were playing before Ascension, the more Spirit Stones you get. Make sure you do this only when you have the maximum amount of stones to be earned, or you will end up wasting all your hard work.
The best way to determine if you are ready to Ascend is by progressing through the stages. When you start struggling in a stage despite your best efforts, it might be time for you to reset. When you fail after several retries in one stage, it is no longer worth it to keep progressing. Restart your game and invest the Spirit Stones you earn in order to rank up your heroes. Prioritize your strongest heroes then work your way down. Upgrade costs will rise exponentially, so do not force yourself to continuously upgrade a single hero, when there are others still awaiting their turn to rank up.
6. Unlock More Heroes With Diamonds
The game is pretty generous when it comes to premium currency. As soon as you have around 1,500 diamonds, head into the shop and purchase the Large Hero Summoner Chest. This will give you a lot of new heroes for your team, as well as scrolls for upgrading your existing ones. As we mentioned earlier, it is best if you invest in your main team early. The more heroes you have to choose from early on, the more likely it will be that you will find your permanent team combo. This will allow you to spend all your resources on heroes that will be a permanent part of your team.
If you are diligent enough, the game will give you enough free diamonds to buy three chests during the first two days of playing. This is more than enough for you to assemble a decent team of heroes. Make sure you only spend diamonds on heroes even after you complete your lineup.
7. How To Defeat The Bosses
As you continue to progress in the game, you will eventually come face to face with bosses. These are naturally tougher and stronger than any of the minion waves, so you will need a better strategy in dealing with them. Pick a leader bonus that gives you a boost in damage. After that, look for additional damage boosts that you can unlock such as Fever Mode and other character skills. You need to deal as much damage as you can before the boss leaves your hero’s range.
It’s time to protect mankind from an endless onslaught of monsters in Tap Defenders! Remember everything you learned from our strategy guide in order to survive!