Game of War Rally Trap – Gear, Troops, Gems

How to Build a Game of War Rally Trap For Cheap!

If you want to play Game of War but not spend a great deal of money chasing expensive core sets and research then this article is for you!  If you want a way to trap those pesky mean rally leaders tormenting you alliance then this too is an article for you!

I have a 110 billion power account that I no longer consider my main.  I now spend most of my time on a sub 10 billion power account that I use as a rally trap.

Nike Hero 65

In the above example I lost a few T1 traps for under 50k power loss.  I was able to recover those traps for no speed up cost since T1 is instant salvage.  So, how can you get one of these fun trap accounts?

If at the end of this guide you still need assistance, I’d be glad to assist you step-by-step!  To learn more follow the link at the end of the article!

Building the Trap

Here’s what you will need to trap the Hardest Hitting Rally Leader’s in Game of War:


  • Tier 4 Normal
  • Traps Tier 1 Normal – just above war bricks.
  • Defense Tree to Troop Defense Debuff Resistance 9
    • Some Kingdoms do not have this released yet in their Defense tree.  Be patient its coming.  Instead get your Defense Debuff Resistance from Kinoichi Kunai – use at least 2 until your defense tree is added.  Then use just one.
  • Total Research Power should around 400 million power.


  • Frostlord’s Will (Helm)
  • Imperial Mantle (Armor)
  • Imperial Greaves (Feet)
  • Frostlord’s Shatter star (Weapon)
  • Frostlord’s Wielders (Accessory)
  • Kunoichi’s Kunai (Accessory)
  • Kunoichi’s Kunai (Accessory)

Alternative Gear

  • Sola’s Paladin and Golden Shogun Gear
    • This set is a troop specific defense set that can be used to counter specific rally types i.e. infantry, ranged, cavalry.
  • Colossus Gear
    • This set is easily the best general defense gear set in game.  However, it costs the most to attain currently in game. Compare defense of each piece to the current item’s defense you have and upgrade accordingly.


  • Defense – 25% Defense
  • Shadow Gem – 12.5% Defense, 12.5% Troop Attack Debuff
  • Gem of Honor – 12.5% Defense, 12.5% Troop Attack Debuff (Yes, its the same as Shadow Gem but can equip both)
  • Gem of Protection – 25% Enemy Rally Attack Debuff (The use of this Gem is controversial.)  I use two of them to negate enemy’s Rally Attack from skills, but I’m still testing if I should use more against the occasional rally leader stacking Rally Attack boost gems.  If you have data concerning this please leave a comment below.

Better gems have been released with more Defense boost.  If you are able to obtain them use them!  Defense is most the important stat for this trap set but I’ve tried to provide the minimum requirements in this article to trap with minimal research power.

Troop Counts

  • 20 million of each Tier 4 type – Infantry, Ranged, Cavalry
  • 240 million of each Tier 2 type.
  • All Tier 1/2 Traps, Spikes, Archer Tower, Boiling Tar, Turret, Snares, Steam Cannon.
  • Troop Power will be 4 billion and above depending whether you go for an Ares trap or not.

With the release of Artemis you may need to increase troop numbers slightly more to around 800-900m.

Very important:  Please be aware of the Game of War Nerf.  If you train too many lower-tiered troops you will suffer a penalty to your troop’s stats and suffer great losses upon taking a hit of any kind.


  • Defense – 125% or 175% obtained in one of the few packs required to reach the limits of this trap setup.
  • Attack Debuff – 125% or 175% see above.

Buildings Setup

Once you have reached Stronghold 21 and unlocked Tier 4 its time to train your Tier 4 army.  It is my recommendation that you check the Forge to see if you can craft any Economy Sets for Troop Training boosts such as Generals or Grand Marshalls Set gear.  This will save you many days of speeds ups. However, if you are unable to craft these items don’t worry.  You can still train an army relatively cheaply.  You may have picked up some Troop Training boosts or Items along the way building your Stronghold 21.  Check your inventory for Prometheus’ Boon (Lvl 30) it provides +18% Training Speed.  Also, check for Hades’ Helm (Lvl 40).  It will provide another +12% Training Speed.

Next, you want to build a balance of Villas and Barracks. Villas will reduce your Training Speed and Barracks will allow you train more troops at once.  Personally, I just used Training Speed Boosts of 30 – 50 % from the packs and Troop Queue Boosts of 500%-1000% with all Barracks and got it done in a few hours.  It likely cost me a bit more but I got it done in time for the Kill Event that night.

Altar Boost

Once you are satisfied with the number of Tier 4 and Tier 2 I recommend knocking down any building you won’t need to trap and replacing it with Level 21 Barracks to add more Base Defense.  Base Defense is boosted by your Altar and Altar Skills.  So, if you have 20 Barracks at level 21 it will provide 200% more Defense,  20 x 10% Defense.  With an active Altar it will boost this by 80%! Let’s do some math.  Say you have 300% base Defense from Research and add another 200% from your Barracks for a total of 500%.

Now, just before the Kill Event execute one of your Executable Farm Heroes using an Instant Execution from a Cheap Pack you purchased.  Last night, I got one for $19.99 around time of Kill Event.  Not bad for a full night of fun with friends trapping and killing Rally Leader Heroes who have spent literally tens of thousands of dollars to try to burn my few hundred dollar account.  I am also one of them.  I know how frustrating it is!  The active Altar Boost will provide you an additional 400% Defense!  This is the best boost in the Game!

Countering Artemis Core Set

Currently, Artemis Core Set is ripping through people with under 700 million troops and this type of account.  So, if you wish to stop Artemis you will need to beef up a bit to over 800 million troops keeping a close eye on the Nerf limitations of Tier 2 troops or grab some better gear items such as Shogun or Paladin pieces.  Shogun works best as a set due to each slot piece containing a different troop boost.  The accessory is nice as it provides Infantry and Ranged Defense which will counter Artemis (Ranged) and Ares (Cavalry) the two of the hardest hitting rally core sets you will face.   If you equip it against Nike, however, its pretty useless since it provides no Cavalry Defense. For Nike Core Set you need Cavalry Defense.  So look for those stats among Paladin and Golden Shogun.

However, with this setup you will have no problem capping heroes from Poseidon (Ranged), Zeus (Infantry), Frostbitten (Cavalry), Dragon Bone (Ranged), and any other missile core set released prior to Dragon Bone.

The following is content from the original post date of this article.  I’ve kept it for historical purposes.

Ares Core Set

Ares Core Set has the following maximum boosts with Gems:

  • Cavalry Attack – 3,762%
  • Troop Attack – 1,984%
  • Combined Attack – 5,746%
  • Troop Attack Debuff – 729%
  • Infantry Attack Debuff – 600%
  • Ranged Attack Debuff – 550%
  • Cavalry Attack Debuff – 600%
  • Ranged Defense Debuff – 282%
  • Defense Debuff – 1767%
  • Health Debuff – 1450%

That is quite an arsenal of stats!  Where to begin? It has a combined attack of nearly 6,000% with 1800% Defense Debuff.  This requires a considerably different trap setup than required against Poseidon and Zeus which have considerably less Attack but more Defense Debuff.

So, this brings me to the counter part.  Since Ares has considerably more Attack but less Defense Debuff than we enountered in Zeus and Poseidon it is my recommendation to use no more than one Kinoichi Kunai Troop Defense Debuff Resistance item.  Instead equip straight Defense items such as Frostlord’s Wielders, Barbarian Spear or the best against Ares, the Rising Tekko.

Rising Tekko Stats

  • Infantry Defense – 450%
  • Ranged Defense – 450%
  • Troop Attack – 35%
  • March Speed Debuff – 25%

Rising Tekko is a great equipment item against Ares, Poseidon, or Frostbitten because it counters so well against Ranged and Cavalry missile attack core sets.

Editor’s Note: If it is your desire to stop any core set that comes your way then it may be a wise investment to go ahead and finish the crafting tree.  You will add considerably more Defense from the fourth slot gems, 245% and have the ability to craft cores with specific troop defense to more easily counter these massive attack core sets.  However, this is a subject matter for a different article.  I digress.

How cheap can you build this trap?

How cheap is it the trap?  Lets take a look at the latest packs to find out!  Before purchasing any packs I strongly urge you to read my Amazon Coins article to get Cheap Game of War Packs.  Its possible to save 25% on all packs.  If you need assistance please leave a comment below.  Or contact me via Line Chat App. ID: darkthorne.  So, the latest packs:

build a trap for cheap
Cheap Packs

So, at the moment this pack is available for $4.99.  Yes, 5 dollars and you get this pack.  Also, you can buy multiple times.  It contains the chests we desire to build our trap: Golden Shogun and Frostlord.  It also contains Gold, Speed Ups, and Resources to help Research or Train your army.

Trap building cheap
Cheap Training Pack

This pack is available for $9.99.  Its perfect for training Tier 2 or Tier 4.  Currently, the slowest I train a full Tier 4 queue of 736,000 troops is 736 days.  So, the big packs touting 25,000 days is mostly useless for us.  The speed ups in those packs are 2,000 days and 1,000 days.  You will be wasting hundreds of days of Speed ups when training your army.

Cheap Game of War Trap
Useless Speed Ups

So, to sum up.  When choosing packs to build your trap you want to first purchase some Amazon Coins.  If you need assistance let me know, but its crucial in building a Cheap Trap.  Next, you want to find packs that contain the correct speed up size 200, 300, 400, 500 days max.  Also, you want the packs that contain Imperial Dragon and Frostlord’s primarily.  The packs that contain Golden Shogun are a nice bonus if you are after that Rising Tekko.

Alliance Cooperation and Idea Sharing

Don’t forget about your Alliance mates!  Let them know what you are up to and get them involved in the process.   You will likely discover their excitement when learning that a new Trap is coming online to provide massive points in upcoming Kill Events.  Also, your Rally Leaders can rally the Heroless Strongholds you just capped!

Above all else enjoy the journey!

GoW Rally Trap Results

Here are some results of my Trap these past several months!

Nike Hero 64 with Normal Gear
Nike Hero 64 trapped using normal Gear


This was a maxed Hero Zeus rally, but as I recall the rally leader had pretty poorly Gem’d set with few Defense Debuff Gems.  My 2 x Kinoichi Kunai did some great work against this rally.  I lost 9,766 T1 at 353k Troops at the time.


This is a Poseidon Rally from our last Kill Event.  I had just taken the below Ares Core Set Rally but was able to retrain a few million troops in time to take this Poseidon hit.  When I got the Rally Notification offline I wasn’t sure how much time I had left till Rally impact.

So, I boosted Defense 125% and Attack Debuff 125% however, the 1 minute Defense boost ran out before rally hit.  I was switching my gear from Ares set up to Poseidon set up with more Kinoichi Kunai.  No presets on the account so have to manually swap them!  Cheap traps have their negatives too, no presets!  I was still able to capture Hero with around 398m troops.



Ares strikes again!  I’m getting closer to capping this ferocious Core Set.  I need to get a Rising Tekko or boost more troops.  Basically, I need more Defense or more Troops.  To get more Defense requires either unlocking Fourth Gems in the crafting tree to add the 245% Defense with 7 of the 35% Defense Gems.  I also have some room to upgrade to the 35% Defense Gems which will provide around 140% boost.  But I hope to obtain a Rising Tekko very soon with these $20 packs I pick up every week or two for a Kill Event.  Not bad spending $20.00 a week to keep up with Rally Leaders who spend $1,000s/week for Cores, Research, Buildings and Boosts.


This is what she’s rocking right now. The Boosts with The Fur.  She Bees in the Trap!


Here is a breakdown of my Troops.  This trap started when Zeus (Infantry) and Frostbitten (Cavalry) were tearing it up!  Then I had to adjust numbers to counter the harder hitting Poseidon (Ranged).  Finally, we have a harder hitting Cavalry Core Set of DOOM in Ares!  I’ve had to adjust once again to counter Ares.

If you wish to be able to withstand anything thrown at you then its required to have a somewhat balanced mix of troops.  However, if you decide you will only take a specific troop type rally such as Ranged, then train your army accordingly.  I have an Alliance mate that capped an Ares Rally over the weekend at just 900 million power and Normal Equipment.  How?  She’s all Infantry using Infantry Attack and Infantry Defense Normal Gear items.  It definitely shocked the maxed out Rally Leader burning a thousand dollar Core set.

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Solo March Trap: Beating the Biggest with the Smallest! 

Building a successful and economic solo march trap is not difficult.  It can be completed in a relatively short amount of time.  Several key factors are required for a solo march trap.

What is a Solo March Trap?

First, we need to look at the scoring system for Game of War:

solo march trap

Simply put, a solo march trap is a stronghold that entices outlanders to attack it with solo marches, but usually will not allow itself to be hit by a rally.  The idea is to score more points than the enemy in each battle.  For instance, if an outlander sends 400,000 T4 and the solo trap kills them all, this will score 40,000,000 points in a troop tier kill event, or 00,000 points in a power event.  Typically, a solo trap will hold lower-tiered troops such as T2 which are 8 power each and for each in a troop tier kill event they are worth 5 points if killed, or 1 point LOL if hospitalized.

How Should They Be Built?

The stat most important for a solo trap is defense.  Defense increases exponentially as your army’s numbers increase.  A solo trap will have superior numbers than the incoming solo march.  Therefore, a combination of multitudes of troops and high defense will allow your relatively small power stronghold to take hits from the best cores available in the game from the most powerful players in Game of War.  If built correctly a solo trap of can outscore any player in game.

Choosing the Correct Gear Items

Frostlord, Imperial Dragon, Golden Shogun, and Paladin of Sola provide tremendous boost to Defense.  These sets should be your focus points.  Look through these by set in crafting to see if you can craft any.  If you are close to an item note the materials needed and head to combine and see if you can obtain the mats you need to craft it to a decent level.  I say decent level because it may not require level 6 to be effective.  On my solo trap I’m using several level 5 Frost Lord items and having terrific results.  I’ve not spent much money on my solo trap maybe $100.00.  I chose a $50.00 pack that had Frostlord equipment and chests in it so I could get several purple items crafted.  I’m having a lot of fun with it!

Which Troop Types to Train

In order to keep your power low but have enough troops to defeat any rally leader, some solo traps are choosing one troop type.  For instance, a popular gear set may be Infantry based such as Nike.  So you could train all Ranged troops and be incredibly difficult to burn for an Infantry core solo or even a rally.  You will then build traps to that are also strong versus infantry.

Beware, however, of an Ares or some other cavalry rally as it will definitely destroy your trap.

These are just a few ideas for solo traps.  Have you successfully set up and used a solo trap lately? Please tell us more about it in the comments below!

Enjoy and have fun with those trap houses!

The Very Best Rally Trap in Game of War!

Best Rally Trap in Game of War!

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Video Release: SeeMoarButtz aka “MoosLuvr” 22 rally defense!

Greetings everyone! is proud to present the video commentary of SeeMoarButtz aka “MoosLuvrs” epic 22 rally defense kill event!  You may recall our previous blog by HarryCubed “Ode to the Best Rally Trap I’ve Ever Seen! aka How to take 22 rallies and win them all!”  Now see the action as it happened!

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Vimeo Video of SeeMoarButtz Epic Rally Defense!


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