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Introduction: Lead (Primary) Army General Rankings

Updated: 6 days ago

Welcome to Evony Answers. Army Generals are a great place to start researching because that's where the most serious errors can be made in Evony. Investing too many hard earned items in the wrong Army General, can be an error that's very costly to fix. See below for discussion on Runestones (one of the most difficult items to acquire in Evony).

 
 

I'm publishing these rankings because I can't find comprehensive Evony Army General rankings anywhere else. Other rankings are either incomplete or don't include any information about relative strength compared to other generals in the same category.


Version 3.3.2a of the rankings includes the latest Army Generals, Wallenstein (#6 Ranged PvP Generals) and Sulla (Archer Camp Battle Duty Officer), added for the 2022 Skull Island Adventure Event starting on 09-23-2022.


Rankings have been posted for the following Army General Categories:


The list above is somewhat in order of importance, based on a defensively focused keep. Most people would probably tell you to move Ranged Generals to #1 (for better offense) and move #1 & #2 down a notch. Or possibly, to switch #1 and #3.

 

Good Information Resources


In addition to this list, please look at other lists and do your own research, so you can make up your own mind. After all, this is only one person’s opinion.


Other Good Evony Information Resources:


If you have any comments, requests, or questions, please let me know in the comments section below. Also, directing my attention to any mistakes is especially appreciated.

 

Ascending Enhancement (Awakened) Upgrades


Ascending Enhancement Introductions:


2022 Children's Day Event which started on 06-01-2022:

  • One (1) new Army General with Ascending Enhancement upgrades (Surena) was introduced.

  • Seventeen (17) existing Army Generals received the Ascending Enhancement upgrades.

2022 Midsummer Event which started on 06-17-2022.

  • Two (2) new Army Generals with Ascending Enhancement upgrades (Prince Eugene and Maurice of Nassau) were introduced.

2022 Independence Day Event which started on 06-29-2022.

  • Two (2) new Army General with Ascending Enhancement upgrades (George A. Custer and Princess Kaguya) were introduced.

  • Twenty-three (23) existing Army Generals received the Ascending Enhancement upgrades.

2022 Running of the Bulls Event which started on 07-15-2022.

  • One (1) new Army General with Ascending Enhancement upgrades (Soult) was introduced.

  • Eighteen (18) existing Army Generals received the Ascending Enhancement upgrades.

2022 Chinese Valentine's Day Event which started on 07-28-2022.

  • One (1) new Army General with Ascending Enhancement upgrades (Zhao Yun) was introduced.

  • Ten (10) existing Army Generals received the Ascending Enhancement upgrades.

2022 Amazing Arena Event which started on 08-12-2022.

  • Four (4) new Army Generals with Ascending Enhancement upgrades (Petronas, Toyotomi Hideyori, Yodo-dono, and Yeon Gaesomun) were introduced.

  • Seventeen (17) existing Army Generals received the Ascending Enhancement upgrades.

2022 Autumn Ceremony Event which started on 08-26-2022.

  • Two (2) new Army Generals with Ascending Enhancement upgrades (Maeda Toshiie and Mikhail Kutuzov) were introduced.

  • Fourteen (14) existing Army Generals received the Ascending Enhancement upgrades.

2022 Harvest Festival Event which started on 09-08-2022.

  • One (1) new Army Generals with Ascending Enhancement upgrades (Mark Antony) was introduced.

  • Thirteen (13) existing Army Generals received the Ascending Enhancement upgrades.

2022 Skull Island Adventure Event which started on 09-23-2022.

  • Two (2) new Army Generals with Ascending Enhancement upgrades (Wallenstein and Sulla) were introduced.

  • Fourteen (14) existing Army Generals received the Ascending Enhancement upgrades.


Total number of Army Generals with the Ascending Enhancement (Awakened) upgrades:

  • 160 unique Army Generals on these rankings

  • 141 Red (Awakened) Army Generals (88.1%)

  • 3 Gold Army Generals (1.9%)

  • Gwon Ryul, Ban Chao, & Richard the Lionheart (not upgraded yet)

  • Dmitry (upgraded, but not currently on the rankings)

  • Vlad al Ill (not upgraded, and not on the rankings)

  • 16 Purple Army Generals (10.0%)

 

Acquiring Materials for Ascending Enhancements


The good news for free and light spending players is that it will take even VERY HEAVY Spenders many months or even years to complete the Ascending Enhancement Upgrades for one (1) of the primary six (6) Army Generals.


The following items are required to activate all of an Army General's Ascending Enhancements:

  • 450 Army General Fragments or 15 copies (of the same general)

  • 4,580 Blood of Ares

Both Army Generals Fragments and Blood of Ares are VERY difficult to acquire, even for HEAVY Spenders.

 

Blood of Ares Acquisition


764 Blood of Ares were received during the twelve (12) days of the 2022 Children's Day Event, when spending $75-85 dollars per day. At that rate it would take, six (6) special events or about 12 weeks (3 months), and spending over $6,000 to accumulate enough Blood of Ares to get one (1) Army General to ten (10) stars (full activation of all Ascending Enhancements, or what Evony refers too as "Awakened"). Once that happens the General's frame turns from gold to red.


During the 2022 Midsummer Event Blood of Ares were not available in purchased Event Packages. However, new ways to get up to seven (7) Blood of Ares per day were added to the game:

  • 145 Daily Activity Points = 1 Blood of Ares

  • Level 11 (and up) Boss Monsters = 3 Blood of Ares

  • Exploring Relics = 2 Blood of Ares

  • Gathering in Level 13 (and up) Resource Tiles = 1 Blood of Ares


During the 2022 Independence Day Event, Blood of Ares were again available in purchased Event Packages, and the seven (7) per day were still available through the various activities listed above.

 

Army General Fragment Acquisition


The accumulation of Army General Fragments will vary greatly with the difficulty of acquiring a copy of that particular army general. For instance, Roland, Martinus, and Ulysses S. Grant have been added to the Tavern. Additionally, Roland and Elektra can be acquired through Relic Chamber Rewards. So, acquiring fifteen (15) copies of the army generals listed above would be relatively easy, compared to getting (15) copies of Elise, Simeon the Great, or Surena, since they can only be obtained by purchasing the 5th Event Packages (requires spending $185 in a day).

 

Developing Army General Specialties


Specifically, the biggest mistake that can be made in Evony is taking the wrong Army General to four (4) maximum level (4-Yellow) Specialties. Be VERY CAREFUL about which generals you decide to take to 4-Yellow Specialties.


Criteria should probably be something like this:

  1. Top 3 in categories with more than 10 choices or Top 1 in categories with 10 or less choices.

  2. Newer than 1 year (in most cases).


Mechanics of Army General Specialties


The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Specialties (from the left) are open and can be developed on any Army General that reaches level 25 (or above). The 4th Specialty cannot be started until the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Specialties have reached maximum (3-Yellow) level. As a reward, the 4th specialty starts out as green (saving 200 Immortal Runstones (or about 2,000 Runestone Chests).

 

Runestone Chests


When opening Runestone Chests they breakdown into the following amounts:

  • 35% Leadership Runestones - 1st Specialty (1st on the left)

  • 30% Military Runestones - 2nd Specialty (2nd from left)

  • 25% Glory Runestones - 3rd Specialty (3rd from left) = 1/4 chance = 1 per 4 Runestone Chests

  • 10% Immortal Runestones - 4th Specialty (4th from left, aka 1st on right) = 1/10 chance = 1 per 10 Runestone Chests

Lucky Favor Stones


As indicated above, the 4th Specialty Runestones are very rare when compared to the other types. Therefore, any LUCKY FAVOR STONES should ONLY be used on the 4th Specialty when going from Orange Level to Yellow Level. I typically use nine (9) per attempt for an 80% chance to get a double increase.


Number of Runestone Chests Needed:


Approximate amount of Runestone Chests needed for specialty levels for ONE (1) Army General:

  • 3-Green = 800 = 200 x 4

  • 3-Blue = 2,800 = 700 x 4

  • 3-Purple = 6,880 = 1,720 x 4

  • 3-Orange = 18,880 = 4,720 x 4

  • 3-Yellow = 50,880 = 12,720 x 4

  • 4-Yellow = 125,200 = 12,520 x 10

Approximate amount of Runestone Chests needed for a LINE-UP OF 60 Army Generals:

  • 3-Green = 48,000 = 200 x 4 x 60

  • 3-Blue = 168,000 = 700 x 4 x 60

  • 3-Purple = 412,800 = 1,720 x 4 x 60

  • 3-Orange = 1,132,800 = 4,720 x 4 x 60

  • 3-Yellow = 3,052,800 = 12,720 x 4 x 60

  • 4-Yellow = 7,512,000 = 12,520 x 10 x 60


Time and Money Required to Accumulate Runestone Chests


Before discussing how long it takes to accumulate Runestone Chests, we need to go establish ranges for spending levels. Like it or not, Evony is a Pay-to-Win game. If you want to accumulate a huge number of Runestone Chests, the fastest way to do it is spending money on the game.


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For free players, I'm not sure getting even one (1) Army General to maximum level specialties is realistic. The way the game is set up now, a free players MIGHT be able to get one (1) Army General to Maximum (4-Yellow) Specialties every 3-4 years? That's assuming the free player is active 4-5 hours per day, EVERY DAY for 3-4 years.


Spending levels in US dollars:


  • Very Light = $5 - $150/month

  • Top 100 on most Servers

  • Buying the 1st event packs at least once per month and up to once per day.


  • Light = $150 - $500/month

  • Top 50 on most Servers

  • Buying the 1st & 2nd event packs once per day.


  • Medium = $500 - $1,000/month

  • Top 20 on most Servers

  • Buying the 1st, 2nd & 3rd event packs once per day.


  • Heavy = $1,000 - $3,000/month

  • Top 10 on most Servers

  • Possible to make all-star battlefield and/or top 100 battlefield season (unlocks level 3 Wonder Building and Nidhogg the 5th Dragon)

  • Buying the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th event packs up to once per day.


  • Very Heavy = $3,000 - $6,000/month

  • Top 3 on most Servers

  • Possible to make all-star battlefield 2nd round and/or top 50 battlefield season (unlocks Laydon, Amaterasu, and/or Colchian Dragons)

  • Buying the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th event packs once per day.


  • Crazy Heavy = $6,000+/month

  • Top 1 on most Servers

  • Possible to make all-star battlefield final round and/or top 10 battlefield season (unlocks Laydon, Amaterasu, and/or Colchian Dragons and other great stuff that changes every season)

  • Buying the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th event packs and more once per day.


A Heavy Spender (who is also very active) can accumulate 45,000-55,000 Runestone Chests per month. Meaning that a Heavy Spender can accumulate enough Runestones to max-out one (1) Army General's Specialties about every three (3) months (or four (4) Army Generals per year).


A Heavy Spender with a line-up of SIXTY (60) Army Generals would require the following amounts of time/money to achieve the Specialty Levels below:

  • 3-Green = 48,000 Runestone Chests = 1 month = $3,000 US

  • 3-Blue = 168,000 Runestone Chests = 3.3 months = $10,000 US

  • 3-Purple = 412,800 Runestone Chests = 8.3 months = $25,000 US

  • 3-Orange = 1,132,800 Runestone Chests = 22.5 months = $67,500 US

  • 3-Yellow = 3,052,800 Runestone Chests = 61 months = 5 years & 1 months = $183,000 US

  • 4-Yellow = 7,512,000 Runestone Chests = 151 months = 12 years & 7 month = $453,000 US

So, the scarcity of Runestone Chests make the decisions about which Army Generals get Maximum (4-Yellow) Level Specialties very important. So, choose very, very carefully.

 

If you have any comments, requests, or questions, please let me know in the comments section below. Also, directing my attention to any mistakes is especially appreciated.


Thanks,

DD

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