How to play Kingdom Rush: Vengeance - cheats and tips

How to play Kingdom Rush: Vengeance - cheats and tips

Master the art of tower defence

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Updated on: March 6th, 2023 - added new tips 

Kingdom Rush: Vengeance is the latest tower defence game to hit our mobile devices and we can't put it down.

We're building up our defenses and fortifications to take care of the enemy armies and, yes, we're winning, and you can too.

If you're just stating out these tips will let you know everything you need to in order to master the game. Now get defending!

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Vital positions

The first trick you have to make use of in Kingdom Rush Vengeance is of course positioning your defenses. This is a tower defence game, after all.

You have set locations you can build your fortifications, and you should immediately pick the locations which are either closest to the spawn of the enemies, or where they can cover most of the path.

Set up roadblocks with multiple fortifications which should hopefully tear through enemy health quickly.

The path to take

You can basically already see the path the enemies will take from the beginning of the game. Use this knowledge to plan accordingly.

Some stages will give enemies multiple locations to spawn from, meaning that while it be tempting to stack a bunch of fortifications at the entrance to one, it's not a good idea in practice.

These paths usually converge, and it's there where you should place a bottleneck. Orcs are good to slow down crowds, while you use other defenses to finish the enemies.

Send in the drones

You don't just have to rely on your defenses, and it's probably best that you don't. You can also use your abilities to place drones and more on the field.

The basic drones, Demon Goonies, are great for slowing down enemies, but their damage isn't great - though, you can upgrade them to explode on death, making them much more formidable.

Your drones and abilities, such as Soul Impact, are perfect for getting a large crowd of enemies together, and then finishing them all off at once.

Ready for more

So you've been smashing through waves with ease, huh? Powering up your defenses and laying waste to enemies?

I'm happy to hear it, and now you need more enemies. Well, just tap on the skull near where the enemies spawn from to call them in early.

This isn't just to prove you can take them all on, calling the wave in early will actually give you extra gold to spend on further defenses so you can kick even more ass. No brainer, right?

Set your strongest towers near your base

One of the best strategies you can apply is deploying a handful of powerful towers as close as you can to your base. Of course, there are many places you can set up the towers all along the path, but the base is your most important asset, and therefore that's what you need to defend at any cost.

We recommend that you deploy 2-3 towers as close to your base as possible, while still covering key points on the map. Then, upgrade these towers as much as you can so they will destroy the enemies with 1 shot (ideally). After doing this, you should definitely deploy more towers at key locations (as we mentioned above), but just keep in mind to never leave your base unprotected.

Pick the right towers and units to counter the enemies

All units on the battlefield, be it your own towers and heroes or the enemy monsters that come through, will have an affinity. Some are mages, some are melee, you get the point. The idea is to check which enemies are coming and always deploy the right tower type to counter them.

If you are not sure about the type of incoming enemy, simply tap on it and read the information box that pops up. That should tell you everything you need to know about how you can counter each enemy.

Barracks are your best friends?

The barracks are the buildings that automatically deploy troops which will hold enemies down for a while. While these troops won't deal a whole lot of damage by themselves, together with the attack towers, they will do an amazing job of keeping enemies at bay - especially when there are huge waves of them coming through.

One of the best spots you can place your barracks is at the crossroads since that way the troops spawning from inside the barracks will automatically walk toward the enemies, and usually, the crossroads is where most enemies tend to make a run for your base (since your towers cannot always handle huge waves coming through, and some monsters tend to slip).

Don't forget to also deploy some attack towers next to the barracks, because while the monsters are held in place by the heroes and troops, the towers will swiftly eliminate them.

Choose your favourite Heroes

Other than the usual towers and buildings, the game also lets you deploy various Heroes. These are units that you can move manually to a desired location in order to deal with enemies, and they are quite hardy, strong, and great at helping you deal with pesky enemies that get past your towers.

The best course of action would be to pick one hero that you like which is physical and one which is magic and focus on these two equally. Later on, after you've upgraded them enough, you can start working on others, but for start it's best to just focus on these two.

Make sure you also upgrade their skills equally and try to keep them alive in battle for as long as you can. If your heroes take too much damage and die, they will take a lot of time to respawn.

Don't forget your superpowers!

We're not talking about real superpowers (sadly), but the Skills that you can choose, upgrade and use. These skills are extremely useful when it comes to dealing a chunk of enemies' health or downright obliterating them. You should use them wisely, because depending on the skill, they have various cooldowns.

Usually the best course of action is to use them at the beginning of the game, which is also when you can take down enemies with a single skill - afterwards, the skill's cooldown should reset just in time for dealing with the tougher monsters.

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Dave Aubrey
Dave Aubrey
Dave served as a contributor, and then Guides Editor at Pocket Gamer from 2015 through to 2019. He specialised in Nintendo, complaining about them for a living.