4/18/2021 Added about power examples and dragon power.
The factors that determine a general’s power are as follows
- Stats (Attribute : leadership, attack, defense, and politics)
- General’s Equipment
- Spiritual Beast, Dragon
1. Stats (Attribute)
Here’s how to increase your stats (leadership, attack, defense, and politics)
- Leveling up your general
- Enhance (Star Level)
The basic idea is to level up the generals. Please refer to the following article.
Fastest way to earn General EXP & level up
The quickest way to do this is to Cultivate, which can be raised up to about +500. (Gold is recommended for up to +300; gems are the only way to boost over 300.)
(For more information on cultivate, see this article: General Cultivate Guide)
However, to reach +500, an enhance is required.
You must have completed one enhance (Star Level 1) to reach +100 (at General level 5, you can have the first enhance); to reach +500, you need four enhance (Star Level 5) (at General level 22).
(For more information on enhancements, see this article: General’s Star Level & Common Misconceptions (Enhance Guide))
Dragons can also be assigned to raise their stats. Depending on the level of the dragon, it can add approximately 6-100.
(For more information, see this article: Dragon – Type, Buff, Enhance)
At +100 status, you gain an approximate 10% buff. (Leadership -> Troop HP, Attack -> Troop Attack, Defense -> Troop Defense, etc.) (Leadership -> Troop HP, attack -> Troop Attack, Defense -> Troop Defense, etc. You can find detailed percentages in the Cultivate screen.
- Level 29, Star 0, Refine 0, no dragon (Stats around 320) -> 109,987
- Level 29, Star 5, Refine +300, no dragon (Stats around 970) -> 765,598
- Level 29, Star 5, Refine +500, no dragon (Stats around 1,200) -> 1,152,202
When a general reaches level 25, you can level up his/her specialty. This also increases the power (albeit slightly).
There are four types of specialty for each general. (The four circles are displayed on the general’s detail screen.)
There are also five levels of specialty. (Green -> Blue -> Purple -> Orange -> Gold)
The higher the level, the higher the power.
Only the amount added by specialty.
- Green x1 -> 750
- Blue x3 -> 7,950
- Purple x3 -> 19,350
3. General’s Equipment
Basically, the more expensive the equipment, the more power it has.
Increasing the star level of the equipment or refining it will further increase its power.
Star levels can be upgraded up to 5 levels, increasing the power by 3 to 10 times, depending on the equipment.
As for refining, the first time you refine, the power of your equipment will increase by about 1.5 times, but after the second time, it will not necessarily increase.
The reason for this is that it depends on the strength of the buffs granted by the refinement. (When you refine your equipment, four buffs are granted. The more high value buffs there are, the higher the power value of the equipment.)
Equipment refinement is very important, and it greatly affects the strength of the general. (6 equipment x 4 buff slots = 24 buff slots in total)
There are various ways to increase buffs in Evony, but the increase by equipment refinement has the greater impact.
For example, Achaemenidae’s equipment, the highest rank equipment, can give up to +100% (=25% x4) buffs per piece of equipment by refining.
(The increase is proportional to the rank of the equipment: For example, up to +32% (=8% x4) for orange equipment)
Only the amount added by equipment.
- Achaemenidae Boots / Star 5 / Refine Buff Total 94.6% -> 450,276
- Achaemenidae Boots / Star 5 / Refine Buffs Total 56.4% -> 400,248
- Ares Boots / Star 5 / Refine Buffs Total 83.4% -> 435,888
- Ares Boots / Star 5 / No Refinements -> 325,800
4. Spiritual Beast, Dragon
Assigning a Spiritual Beast to a General will increase his power.
You won’t know how much power it increases until you assign it. (There is no power indicator on the Beast’s screen. The dragon’s screen has a power indicator, but it’s not equal.)
Dragons, like equipment, can be buffed by refining. (+60% to 100% depending on the type of dragon) Therefore, refining dragons is also very important. Refining dragons is easier (relatively speaking) than leveling up dragons, so it is recommended to improve your dragon’s refinement first.
Also, in proportion to the total buff value of the dragon refinement, the power of the general who assigned that dragon will also increase. (Note: The power display on the dragon’s screen will not change)
Only the amount added by beasts and dragon.
- Lv2 Quality Blue -> 50,408
- Lv4 Quality Orange -> 130,816
- Lv5 Quality Orange -> 160,918
- Lv1 Refine Buff 52.1% total -> 161,655 (100,000 power in Dragon screen)
- Lv4 Refine Buff 52.1% total -> 380,548 (280,000 power in Dragon screen)
- Lv1 No Refinements -> 125,514 (120,000 power in Dragon screen)
- Lv1 Refine Buff 29.3% total -> 154,814 (120,000 power in Dragon screen)
- Lv2 Refine Buff 29.3% total -> 201,287 (160,000 power in Dragon screen)
- Lv2 Refine Buff 29% total -> 200,987 (160,000 power in Dragon screen)
IMPORTANT – General’s Power does not equal Strength
The “Power” indicator in this game, not just for generals, is only a guide. A high power value does not necessarily mean that a general is really strong.
It’s easy to increase the power of a general with expensive equipment, but if a general doesn’t have enough status, research, skillization, and equipment refinement, he’s actually weak. If he is not, he is weaker than a less expensive general. (Buffs from research, retrofitted skills, gear, etc. do not add to the general’s power value.)
For example, if a general has the same power of 1.4M as below, General A is stronger than General B in this case.
- Mounted General. His original skill is a mounted buff, and his army is mainly mounted troops. (Same as General B.)
- All four have a status of about 1,100.
- Equipped with a “Fearless : King’s Armor” (= with a Mounted Attack & Defense Buff).
- Other equipment is the lowest line of gold equipment (Champion’s equipment)
- Mounted General. His original skill is a mounted buff, and his army is mainly mounted troops. (Same as General A.)
- All four have a status of about 700.
- He is equipped with a “Courageous : King’s Armor” (= No Mounted Buff).
- Other equipment is the highest line of gold equipment (King’s equipment)
The differences between the two are as follows.
- Difference in status, with a 40% difference in various buffs (HP, attack and defense)
- B has more expensive equipment, but there is not enough of a buffing difference between the Champion’s equipment and the King’s equipment to make up the 40% difference.
- Both of them have the same rank of equipment with the “King’s Armor”, but B has no Mounted Buffs.
Therefore, be careful not to make increasing the power value of your general a goal in training him.
Reference – Recipe for Reaching General Power
“What exactly do I need to do to get to ~M?” I’ve put together some concrete examples. Please refer to it as well.