If you’re a fan of idle-RPGs, you’re no doubt already acquainted with Magnum Quest. Tuyoo Games’s visually stunning strategy game is one of the most polished and playable mobile titles of the year. 

For the uninitiated, Magnum Quest is a D&D-inspired idle-RPG that sees you summoning a range of heroes belonging to six different factions, equipping them with four types of gear, arming them with runes, levelling them up, and combining them in 5-strong teams. 

The game features an epic single-player campaign as well as arena battles, raids, boss fights, dungeons, and much, much more. 

Tuyoo Games describes Magnum Quest as a “hands-free” adventure that’s “easy to play, fun to win”. 

Mostly that’s true. It’s an idle game, meaning you can make an awful lot of progress without getting your hands dirty, and progress is pretty much inevitable as long as you keep throwing yourself into the fray, claiming your rewards, and clearing the notifications. 

But there’s a better, faster way. Magnum Quest may be an idle game, but it’s also a deep strategy game with plenty on offer for a master tactician. 

This beginner’s guide will take you through the basics.

Heroes and Factions

Heroes in Magnum Quest come with various different skills, determining whether they are Tank, Support, Healer, or DPS. These skills include shield, taunt, leech, freeze, repel, and stun.

They also belong to six different factions: Divinity, Abyss, Fortress, Wild, Forest, and Shadow. 

The key point about these factions is that they act differently upon one another, like hand shapes in rock-paper-scissors. Fortress does more damage to Wild, which does more damage to Forest, which does more damage to Shadow, which does more damage to Wild. 

Divinity and Abyss each only consist of one hero, and they do extra damage to each other. 

Heroes are also divided into four tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Legendary. You can summon Bronze, Silver, and Gold heroes, but Legendary heroes can only be created through ascension. 

Ascension and Retirement

Ascending a hero is how you elevate it to its highest star level, and thus the peak of its potential as a killing machine. To ascend a hero, you need to feed it duplicates of itself or heroes from the same faction in the form of faction feed. 

The exceptions to this faction feed rule are Divinity and Abyss – since these two factions only contain one hero each, you can only ascend them with duplicates of themselves. 

Certain heroes are only fit for turning into faction feed or retiring. This applies to all bronze tier heroes, and most silver ones. 

Retiring a hero gives you Beryl, the game’s main currency, along with retirement coins to spend on hero dice in the retirement shop, with yellow dice yielding gold heroes and silver dice yielding silver. 

Teams and Team Effects

Building a team in Magnum Quest is a subtle art involving countless variables. We’ve already covered the effects that the different factions have on each other, but there are also bonuses for using certain numbers of heroes from a certain faction in a team. 

For instance, if you have three heroes from one faction and two from another in your team, you’ll get +15% ATK and +15% HP. If you have four heroes from a single faction, you get +15% ATK and +20% HP. 

Fielding five heroes from the same faction, meanwhile, nets you +25% ATK and +25 HP. It’s worth bearing in mind that a hero from either Divinity or Abyss faction acts as a wildcard. If you have four Fortress heroes and a Divinity hero, for example, you’ll get the full +25% ATK and +25 HP, rather than +15% ATK and +20% HP.

Otherwise, you need to construct a team for the task at hand. Some heroes are superb in the campaign but awful in dungeons. Some are great for some bosses and terrible for others. Study Tuyoo’s tier list for guidance. 

It’s also vital to pair complementary skills. For instance Fare and Ares make a superb partnership, with Fare drawing enemies in with Fatal Attraction and Ares smashing them to smithereens with Whirlwind Smash. 

In short, your ideal team should have a mix of tanks, healers, and DPS, with heroes suited to the mode you’re playing in and with skills that complement the skills of their comrades. 

Try these tips out for yourself by downloading Magnum Quest for free on the Google Play Store or the App Store.