A common question is whether to build a Palace or Residence in your first village.
Before I outline the build strategy, there are some important things you must know :-
- A Palace has 3 expansion slots, whereas a Residence has only 2.
- A Palace has an expansion slot at L10, L15 and L20, whereas Residence is at L10 and L20.
- A Palace costs a lot more than Residence at the first expansion slot, but at the 2nd and 3rd expansion slot, it is cheaper than a Residence slot 2. See table below.
Table of costs per expansion slot :-
|lvl||Total||Cost Per Expansion|
|lvl||Total||Cost Per Expansion|
As you can see, an expansion slot at Residence L10 is cheaper, but at the 2nd and 3rd expansion slot, the Palace is actually cheaper than a Residence.
Therefore, you can use Residence L10 to found a new village.
When your new village is found, then build another Residence L10 in your new village and found your next village from it. Rinse and repeat, so theoretically you never need to build past Residence L10.
L10 → L10 → L10 → L10
It is cheaper this way and many players use this expansion strategy.
But there are exceptions to the rule. The exception is when building your capital. You will need to build a Palace to move your capital, but don’t settle any village from it.
Here is an example build order :-
- Build Residence L10 in first village.
- Settle a second village.
- Build Residence L10 in second village.
- Settle on a 15 cropper for capital.
- Build Residence L20 from the first or second village.
- Settle the next village from Residence L20 (step 5).
Never settle any villages from your capital.
When all croplands in your 15 cropper village reaches L10, build a Palace and change it to your capital. Then build up to Palace L20.
A Palace L20 has 3 expansion slots. Use it to train 3 chiefs whom will aid in conquering. But never conquer from your capital either. Use your 3 chiefs to lower loyalty and a chief from another village to complete the conquer.
Once you have trained three chiefs in your capital, demolish the Palace.
In your other village, build a Townhall L10 so you can hold a Great Celebration to aid in your conquer.
Three Chiefs in Non Capital
An advanced strategy is to train 3 chiefs in your capital.
Since you can only have one Palace at a time, demolish your Palace and build it again in another village. Train another 3 chiefs in your new village, and then demolish the Palace and build it again in another village.
This way, you can have 3 chiefs in multiple villages which is very handy in lowering loyalty when conquering.
Remember, the cost of an expansion slot in a Palace L20 is the same as that in a Residence L20. So it is not considered expensive to build multiple Palace L20.
You can build your palace in another village, but your capital does not move as long as you don’t designate it as your capital. Just remember that before you demolish your Palace in your capital, build a Stonemason first because a Palace L3 is a prerequisite for Stonemason.
With 3 chiefs and a Townhall L10 with great celebration, you only need 2 villages to complete a conquer. A further advantage is it catches your opponent offguard, because most players expect 6 chiefs from 3 villages to complete a conquer.
Best of all, if you wanted to know, the 3 chiefs is considered to have 3 expansion slots, so you can conquer 3 villages if you wanted to.
So there you have it. A sound strategy and a little known advanced strategy for Palace and Residence.