Hi folks, I don’t expect to be blowing anyone’s minds if you’ve been on the forums for a significant amount of time, but I’ve been at this for a few months, am at level 75, getting Dominator consistently, and here are some things I wish I’d known right from the beginning:
- BALANCE YOUR LINEUP
This is the most important tip by FAR, and there are a lot of in-depth posts about it on the forum. Short version: the game doesn’t tell you this, but all your PvE events’ difficulty are based on how strong your best 1-3 dinos are. If you set out with the goal to get the coolest dino at the highest level as fast as possible, you are going to completely screw yourself. You want your lineup well-balanced and making your best dinos stronger little by little – you’re building a wall that slowly gets higher and higher, not rushing up a ladder. I actually kinda hate that the difficulty is designed this way, but it is what it is. Besides, the more powerful the creature the longer the cooldown, so a more balanced lineup means you get to play the actual game more.
- Get VIP
If you don’t have $9.99 monthly to spend on a mobile game (very reasonable! That’s $120 a year!), then this probably isn’t the game for you. The VIP benefits are MASSIVE and game-changing, and there’s still a whole lot of waiting around as a VIP, but it’s an exponentially better experience.
- Do not buy anything other than VIP in the early-game
I mean, it’s your money, but a VIP membership and a bit of patience will make other purchases look very foolish very fast. Right now, the store is selling 250k food, 500k coins, and 10k loyalty points for $60. Any VIP with any amount of time in can get the food and coins in literally a few hours, and the VIP points in a few days. And If you spend $100 on an elite pack because you’re not patient enough to wait for an Indo, not only are you being kinda stupid with your money (Again, once you’re well into the game it only takes a few days to save up the money for an I-Rex), but you’re screwing yourself twice over by making your best dino artificially powerful – see point #1.
- Think about your park design
I had been more or less winging it with my park design until a few days ago when I finally bit the bullet and took a few hours to organize my park from scratch, and it was so worth it. Personally, I went with 4-dino squares going horizontally across sorted by rarity and type, sorting by rarity horizontally and dino type vertically (eg: 4 legendary carnivores on top of 4 legendary herbivores), with the squares separated on both sides by triceratops statue/bonfire/Hammond memorial-size gaps so they can get boosted from all sides, with as close to perfect revenue tower coverage as I could get. My buildings are nicely sorted as well, and IS is actually only buildings. Not only will this boost your coin production by a frankly surprising amount (dinos make a lot more coins than buildings), but it just feels so much better to turn the app on and see a nicely-organized park.
- It’s all about hybrids
Hybrids are powerful, DNA-efficient, and hatch ludicrously fast compared to legendaries. If you have both of the dinos you need for a hybrid unlocked, make getting them to 40 your priority, then level up your hybrids – it’s great bang for your buck.
- It’s also all about VIPs, so save those LPs
VIPs are also way, way better than legendaries. Not only are they significantly more powerful, but they hatch in 6 hours instead of several days. Play the prize drop every week, maxing out every day on every category except for the dino bucks one – that guarantees you a VIP at the end of the week, and the lotto gives you a good amount of food/DNA/rares you might need for hybrids, plus you might luck out and get an extra VIP by winning!
Past that, my LP strategy is once I’m up to 11k, I check the trade harbor as often as I can, and if I see a jurassic VIP, I get it. If I haven’t seen one by the time I get to 21k, I get a solid gold pack so I still have 11k in the bank if a jurassic VIP comes up.
- Level up your little guys
You’re going to want to max out your Majungasauruses, your Triceratopses, and your common amphibians and pterosaurs as fast as possible. I mean, max all of them all the way out. At some point, you’re going to get missions that require you to have x number of lvl. 30 or 40 dinos, either of a specific type or overall. So make the most of the dinos you can instantly/almost-instantly hatch and fuse to level 20.
- Buildings are terrible, but buy a lot of them
As mentioned above, buildings barely generate any coins at all compared to dinos. Still, you’re going to want a lot of them, because there are missions that require you to collect x amount of coins from either all your buildings or a specific type of building, so you never know when you’re going to be thanking your lucky stars you have 30 communication stations and aren’t waiting 24 hours for new ones to build. Also, always have a few of each coin-generating building available to you in your asset repository, because there’s nothing more annoying than waiting two days to complete a mission because an objective is “buy and place a Horizon Observatory.”
Always be expanding
Three basic reasons: in the early game it only costs coins, and you should always have plenty of those. Also, more expansions mean more space for dinos and buildings – see tip 8. Finally, eventually expansions are going to take a long time (like a week), so you want them in progress in case you get an “expand your park” mission goal.
Do every Code 19 (once they come back)
It might seem like superhybrids are forever away and 5 s-DNA isn’t worth your time, but S-DNA is extremely rare and if you do every Code 19, it does add up.
- Dominator Dinos
There are people better at tournament lineup prepping than I am, so I’ll just say this: In tourneys, I aim for a team of lv. 10 s-hybrids (Except the Indo, I’m not ready for it yet), lv. 20 I-Rexes, lv. 40 common/rare/u-rare hybrids, lv. 20 VIPs, and lv. 40 legendaries. If I go into a tournament match with 3 of those and get any luck at all on matchups, I feel like I’m in good shape. If I go in with 1 or 2, I’ve got a chance if I get lucky.
- Battle basics
Again, much more in-depth stuff can be found here. I’ll just say this – the save action button is your best friend, because the AI doesn’t use it nearly enough. If you have a choice, only attack if you’re sure of a kill (eg if you need 2 hits to kill the other dino and it finished its turn with 2 APs, don’t attack with less than 4, because hurting a dino without killing it is pretty wasteful), and only defend if you have a really good reason to and are pretty sure it will prevent you from dying – there’s no bigger waste of AP than putting them into defense and having your dino die anyways. And glass cannons in the back, obviously.
- Be patient
Honestly, even with VIP, this game doesn’t really get fun until around a month in, and even now waiting for unlocks so I can get more hybrids is a frustrating process. (I’d love to make that Koolasaurus, Ludia, but I guess Carnivores aren’t having an easy enough time right now.)
- Keep coming on the forum for advice
I’m shocked at how devoted the community is to this freemium park builder/pokemon game, but it’s awesome. Tons of people on here know way more than I do, so listen to them – I’m eager to hear what they think about this.