Quick Start Guide
Quick Start Guide
Captain, welcome to Iron Grip: Marauders!
You’ve signed up to a constantly evolving online browser based strategy game which also features turn-based 3D battles. In Marauders you will build units, battle, and level up, which will unlock new units to be researched. You will need to raid enemy forces and send out smuggling convoys to gain resources, and always be prepared to fight in team battles against the secret bases of powerful ‘Bosses’.
You have several options for where to start. It’s highly recommended that you play follow the advice of Farlix and Sai as they appear. However, you can also take a look at the forums, or just jump right into the game. If you’re the kind of person who prefers figuring it out themselves, this quick start guide should give you the information you need without getting in your way.
The first thing to do (if you haven’t already) is to choose your avatar. Select your gender, body and face carefully, because you can’t change them later!
After this, you will want to build up your forces and get marauding. The following images show the parts of the interface which will be most important to you. For more detailed information about the main screen, see here.
You already have some units to start with, but it's a good idea to go to the training room and produce a few more militia units. They are decent anti-infantry units with good range, and you’ll probably want more than two for your first battle. You may also want to do some research, there are quite a few things to unlock at the first level, and this early research doesn’t take long. More topics become available to research when you level up.
When you first start a 3D battle, the menu will appear. The image to the right explains each button on the menu.
How to Command
Left Click – Select a unit, or use action buttons.
Right Click – Shortcut for common actions, moving or attacking.
Scrolling Mouse Wheel – Adjust camera height.
Green Grid – Shows you where you can deploy, or where a selected unit can move when the battle has started.
Red Circle – Shows you how far your selected unit can shoot.
The first thing you’ll need to do in the battle is to deploy your troops. Once you have deployed all your units, press the ‘Ready’ button to begin the battle. Your goal is to destroy all enemy combat units.
You can take a break at any time, and continue using the browser while in a battle. It is also possible to retreat from battles - see this article for more information. In a raid battle, you won’t get any resources or experience from the battle, but you also won’t lose any units other than the ones which have already been destroyed. If you retreat from a smuggling defense battle however, you will lose all your units and your hero will be wounded!
While raids are a perfectly good way of getting resources quickly, smuggling convoys are much more efficient. To send out a smuggling convoy, you will first need to build some smuggling trucks. Once your trucks are ready, head to Jasmine’s Gentlemen’s Club and pick the smuggling mission you want. The missions with more shields pay better, but they also mean that you are more likely to be attacked, and the battle will be more difficult if you are attacked. You can defend attacked smuggling convoys in a 3D battle, resolve the battle automatically, or pay Gems to save your units and hero from harm (though you won't gain any resources if you do this). A more detailed guide is available here.
In addition to raids and smuggling runs, you can send heroes on Assault Missions. These are very quick to complete, and are always automated battles. You don't need to send as many units as on a raid or smuggling mission. There are also a number of story based quest missions. These are important to unlock new regions, and of course they also provide resources and plenty of XP (mouse over the locked regions to see what quests or level requirements there are to unlock them).
At some point, you will either find yourself the leader of a Boss Attack, or get invited to one. In Boss Attacks, there are a series of battles which must all be completed, each battle by a different player. If every battle is completed, all players get substantial rewards. The leader of a Boss Attack must invite other players to complete the other battles. These battles are often linked together, so one or more other players may need to win their battles to unlock a battle for another player to fight. Read more about Boss Attacks here!
And once you reach level eight, you will be able to take part in PvP Battles. Normal PvP battles don't earn you experience, but they also don't cost energy and you won't lose any units that are destroyed in PvP battles. However, your victories and defeats will contribute to your standing on the leaderboard unless you play Training battles. Hardcore mode, however, costs 4 Energy per battle and you will lose any units destroyed in the fight, but you get XP and more PvP score!
So continue researching to unlock new and more powerful units, and fighting to earn experience points (XP) for that next level and the new research options that will come with it. Play through quest missions to unlock new regions. If you have any questions, consult the rest of the Library for detailed information about any aspect of the game.
You can also check out this game tour video for more information about Iron Grip: Marauders.