Anti Nike / Zeus Infantry Core Guide

anti Nike Core Set

First, building a core set to defend against Nike or Zeus Infantry Attack Missile Rally can be a daunting task in Game of War.

Zeus’ typical stats include over 4,000% infantry attack and 1500% defense debuff.  Nike stats are even more impressive with over 5,000% attack.  So, creating a core set that can defend against such hard hitting core sets is a must for low troop count rally traps to stand a chance.

Things to keep in mind.  If you have a low troop count, health becomes more important than defense.  How low is low?  Under 100 Million troops.

Let’s get right into it.

To stop an infantry missile rally we need to provide protection based on the following priority:

  1. Cavalry
  2. Infantry
  3. Ranged

Therefore, cavalry defense is our highest priority as cavalry will take most of the impact, followed by infantry and ranged should hard be touched.

Second, if we can lower the attack of the enemy infantry attack or troop attack this will also save our troops.

Third, I recommend using at least one Kunoichi’s Kunai (Black Dagger) to resist the defense debuff of Nike, Zeus, or other infantry missile with defense debuff.

Best Anti-Nike Cores

Helm: Majestic Sallet (Hera) 150% Cavalry Defense, 150% Infantry Defense, 150% Ranged Defense
Warlord Helm 118% Cavalry Defense, 108% Troop Attack, 66% Ranged Attack
Fallen Champion’s Helm 100% Cavalry Defense, Enemy Troop Health Debuff 52%
Armor: Majestic Coat 200% Cavalry Defense, 200% Infantry Defense, 200% Ranged Defense, 50% Troop Health Debuff
Cyclops Armor 103% Cavalry Defense, 28% Troop Attack Debuff
Underworld Furnace (Hades) 90% Cavalry Defense, 90% Infantry Defense, 100% Troop Defense
Feet: Radiant Coverings (Apollo) 190% Cavalry Defense, 100% Infantry Attack Debuff,  100% Ranged Attack, 100% Ranged Attack Debuff, 20% Troop Attack
Majestic Plumage (Hera) 100% Cavalry Defense, 100% Ranged Defense, 50% Infantry Attack Debuff,
Turtle Toe Armor 100% Cavalry Defense, 100% Infantry Health
Layered Foot Armor (Budget)(Dragon King) 126% Troop Defense, Infantry Attack Debuff 51%
Weapon: Hunting Spear 150% Troop Defense, 75% Troop Health
Nine Dragon Trident 132% Troop Defense, 40% Infantry Defense
Sai (Budget) 104% Troop Defense, 30% Infantry Defense Debuff, 90% Infantry Attack
Accessory: Bloodstone Shield 150% Cavalry Defense, 150% Infantry Defense, 100% Troop Attack Debuff
Majestic Totem (Hera) 150% Cavalry Defense, 25% Infantry Attack Debuff
Dhal Shield 106% Cavalry Defense
Seekers Protection (Budget) 97% Cavalry Defense, Infantry Defense 94%, Troop Attack Debuff 10%

Best Anti Nike Pieces

Underworld Plating (Hades) 100% Cavalry Defense, 100% Infantry Defense, 100% Ranged Defense
Persephone’s Brush (Hades) 60% Cavalry Defense, Infantry Defense 60%, 60% Ranged Defense
Unity Rings (Hera) 60% I/R/C Defense, 10% Troop Attack
Water Dragon Trophy (Ares) 50% Cavalry Defense
Bamboo Handles (Budget) 50.4% Cavalry Defense
Armored Pauldron (Ares) 40% Cavalry Defense, 20% Troop Attack
Sun Sigil (Budget) 38% Cavalry Defense, 23% Troop Attack
Embalming Tool 28% Ranged Attack, 35% Cavalry Defense
Royal Egg (Hera) 25% Cavalry Defense, 25% Infantry Attack Debuff
Sign of Taurus 24% Cavalry Defense, 24% Troop Attack Debuff
Golden Spruce 28% Cavalry Defense
Winter Glass (Frostbitten) 24% Troop Defense, 32% Troop Attack Debuff, 38% Troop Defense Debuff
Fabric Dyes 39% Cavalry Defense

Best Anti Nike Core Recipe

Equipped with the above breakdown of potential candidates for an anti Nike recipe lets first make a recipe with the best available cores and pieces.

  1. Majestic Sallet (Hera)
  2. Warlord Helm (Budget)
  • Underworld Plating (Hades)
  • Persephone’s Brush (Hades)
  • Unity Rings (Hera)
  • Water Dragon Trophy (Ares)
  • Embalming Tool
  • Sign of Taurus
  1. Majestic Coat
  2. Cyclops Armor
  3. Seeker’s Armor


  • Underworld Plating (Hades)
  • Persephone’s Brush (Hades)
  • Unity Rings (Hera)
  • Water Dragon Trophy (Ares)
  • Embalming Tool
  • Sign of Taurus
  1. Radiant Coverings (Apollo)
  2. Majestic Plummage (Hera)
  3. Layered Foot Armor (Budget)(Dragon King)
  • Underworld Plating (Hades)
  • Persephone’s Brush (Hades)
  • Unity Rings (Hera)
  • Water Dragon Trophy (Ares)
  • Embalming Tool
  • Sign of Taurus
  1. Hunting Spear
  2. Nine Dragon Trident
  3. Sai (Budget)
  • Underworld Plating (Hades)
  • Persephone’s Brush (Hades)
  • Unity Rings (Hera)
  • Water Dragon Trophy (Ares)
  • Embalming Tool
  • Sign of Taurus
Acc 1: Bloodstone Shield
  • Underworld Plating (Hades)
  • Persephone’s Brush (Hades)
  • Unity Rings (Hera)
  • Water Dragon Trophy (Ares)
  • Embalming Tool
  • Sign of Taurus
Acc 2: Majestic Totem (Hera)
  • Underworld Plating (Hades)
  • Persephone’s Brush (Hades)
  • Unity Rings (Hera)
  • Water Dragon Trophy (Ares)
  • Embalming Tool
  • Sign of Taurus
Acc 3:

Kinoichi’s Kunai or

Dhal Shield

  • Underworld Plating (Hades)
  • Persephone’s Brush (Hades)
  • Unity Rings (Hera)
  • Water Dragon Trophy (Ares)
  • Embalming Tool
  • Sign of Taurus

Best Anti Nike Core Set Stats

If you manage to build this behemoth of a core set then you will enjoy the following stats:

  • Cavalry Defense – 3000%+
  • Infantry Defense – 2000%+
  • Troop Attack Debuff – 300%

By focusing Cavalry and Infantry Defense we are battling the 400% Infantry and Cavalry Defense Debuff rather than trying to overcome or resist the much higher 1300-1500% Defense Debuff of the Nike set.

Anti Nike Core Set and Kinoichi’s Kunai

The above recipe is a perfect world of cores and pieces.  However, most of us will not have all these available.  So, I’ve made a list of acceptable replacements above.  Any of those pieces above will be perfect replacements for an effective anti Nike core set.

Also, because we are focusing Cavalry Defense primarily, we avoid the massive defense debuff of Nike and reduce specifically the damage of the high infantry attack.  Therefore, Kinoichi’s Kunai is not necessarily needed because we are not relying on high troop defense.

Other Builds:

Anti Nike / Zeus Cores Budget

Slot Rank Name
Head 1 Frostforged Helm Core
2 Minotaur Helm Core
3 Iron Crown Core (Lower Troop Count)
Chest 1 Wolfbane Corset Core
2 Charged Fullplate Core
3 Emerald Armor Core
Feet 1 Plated Foot Armor Core
2 Red Scale Boots Core
3 Winged Greaves Core (Lower Troop Count)
Weapon 1 Hunting Spear Core
2 Star Blade Core
3 Manticore Tooth Club Core (Lower Troop Count)
Accessory 1 Firecrackers Core
2 Turtle Shield Core
3 Bloodstone Shield Core
4 Hog Quiver Core (Lower Troop Count)

Anti Nike / Zeus Pieces Budget

1 Earth Icon
2 Fresh Lotus
3 Crown of Humility
4 Earthen Jar
5 Illusion Token
6 Winter Glass
7 Scarab Brooch
8 Bamboo Handles
9 Medallion of Strength
10 Bronze Doves
11 Sun Sigil
12 Seal of the Death

Gem Recommendation

1 Bulwark/Defense Gem 35% / 25% Defense
2 Shadow Gem 12.5% Defense, 12.5% Attack Debuff
3 Gem of Honor 12.5% Defense, 12.5% Attack Debuff
4 Gem of Protection 25% Rally Attack Debuff
5 Mother Earth Gem 12.5% Health, 12.5% Attack Debuff
6 Hallows Gem 12.5% Defense, 12.5% Attack
7 Gem of Courage 12.5% Defense, 12.5% Defense Debuff
8 Chronos Gem 12.5% Attack, 12.5% Attack Debuff
9 Father Time Gem 12.5% Attack, 12.5% Enemy Health Debuff
10 Rose Gem 12.5% Attack, 12.5% Health
4th Slot Gems
1 Rainbow/Elite Defense Gem – Use this unless you have a lower troop count and need more attack. 35% / 25% Defense
2 Dragonfire Gem – Use this if you don’t have the troop count and need the extra attack. 25% Troop Attack
Anti Zeus Core Set
Anti Nike/Zeus

Keep in mind that better cores and pieces are being released all the time and you may find one that provides even greater Cavalry Defense which is the best stat for Anti Infantry cores.

If you’ve attained higher stats with better pieces or cores please let us know in the comments below!

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24 thoughts on “Anti Nike / Zeus Infantry Core Guide”

      1. I crafted all these cores, I did 3 firecracker cores for accessories… Am I unable to get a specialized set bonus on this?

  1. Boo, thanks. :/ looking for best gear/cores to take hits. I’m 2.8b with 68m troops 20m t4 rest t2 all mixed. Any suggestions?

  2. First, I recommend using level 5 pieces so you can get more mileage out of them. However, you’ve likely already combined them all to 6. Earth Icon is approximately 50% defense, so look for a piece that is of similar stats that you are not already using on the list provided above. I’ve listed 11 pieces that could be used. This leaves 5 others you can choose from if you are running low on any of the others. I hope this helps! Also, look at the pieces in the first recipe as well for more alternatives. Good luck! Look out for Poseidon it hurts lol!

  3. Also a hero skill point tree that goes with this anti core set would go well with what you have provided.
    would you max out cav defense and cav health or cav attack in the skill points tree? also ranged attack?

    1. I will add the skills most important in the article above. Here is a quick list for you DJ!

      Max These Skills:
      Ranged Attack I – To kill infantry rally
      Troop Defense I – To reduce losses
      Ranged Attack II – kill infantry rally
      Troop Defense II – reduce losses
      Infantry Defense – Protect against Infantry vs. Infantry battle.
      Cavalry Defense – Protect against Infantry vs. Cavalry battle.
      Enemy Health Debuff – Reduce enemy health to kill full rally.
      Enemy Attack Debuff – To reduce enemy rally and save your troops.
      Altar Boost Health, Altar Boost Defense, Altar Boost Attack – Hidden bonus of 400% Defense and 80% boost to health, attack, defense base stats. See more specifically Altar Boosts.
      This should be about 484 talent points. When you have far superior troop numbers health is not as important as defense. Therefore, focus all the defense you can obtain first followed by attack debuff, then finally if you have all of that take health. I hope this helps.

  4. Cannot seem to get the same stats as your picture shows… Overall troop boosts around 2000% and attack around 800%…am I doing something wrong!?!

  5. The cores are preset… Then I look at the Stats button… And no I wasn’t combining the troop defense and specific defense stats…

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