Boom Beach: How To Improve Your Base And Army
How to upgrade buildings and use radar to find treasure chests.
Supercell's Boom Beach is a meaty game that offers plenty of action against the computer free-of-charge. You can also take on your friends and conquer their islands, but good luck with that.
Upgrade Your Buildings Whenever You Can
It's vital that you keep your buildings in top shape after every battle. They might take a huge amount of damage, and it's important to patch them up. Otherwise, when the next wave of enemies makes its way around, these structures may have a tough time holding up.
Buildings can also increase the production rate of others, and hold more resources - if you aren't spreading them around enough to vaults and boats already.
In addition, remember to keep an eye on your buildings whenever you get the chance. Sometimes they'll generate gold coins that you'll want to pick up, adding to your resources so you can turn around and invest them in revitalizing your buildings.
Finally, out of all the structures on your island, remember that your headquarters is the most important. Without this, you may lose control of your base to your adversaries - and that's never a good thing.
Go on the Defensive
In addition to offensive tools to keep your base safe, you'll also want to buy as many defenses as you can. These include mortar cannons - it's best to place them near the opening perimeters where an enemy can attack - as well as mines and flamethrowers. Spread them around, but not so far apart that foes can slip through. Keep everything covered.
Also, check out the effects of each weapon to see what works best for you. The boom cannon and rocket launcher are quite effective, especially against larger vehicles, while the machine gun and sniper towers are useful against ground troops.
Upgrade Your Radar
When you first start using a radar in the Archipelago (the islands where Boom Beach takes place), you'll only notice so much terrain that you can take over. However, you'll have the option to upgrade your radar as you collect more funds. By the time you reach level 6 or higher, you'll be able to open up even more areas in the game.
In addition, radar can detect treasure chests throughout the islands. If you spot these, open them whenever you get a chance, and add the diamonds carrying to your haul.
Keeping Your Troops Healthy
Take the time to invest in training soldiers whenever you get a chance. It may take a while - training goes from 20 coins on up depending on the level of research - but soon you'll have a squad to be reckoned with.
Remember to balance the duties of your team in the right manner. The riflemen are great against ground forces like the machine gun, while you can keep bigger allies like heavies and zookas attacking the buildings that matter, such as the headquarters. For good measure, keep your gunboat's fire concentrated on these buildings. The sooner you can take down the heart of the operation, the sooner you can liberate the villagers and take the island.
Strengthen Your Boats
In addition to keeping your ground troops healthy, don't forget to invest in your boats as well. Both the landing craft and gunboat can take a good amount of damage in battle, but it's important you patch them up and keep upgrading to make them even better.
When you level up your landing craft, it'll be able to carry an additional troop number, which can make all the difference when turning the tide. Likewise, the gunboat can be upgraded to use barrage attacks on top of artillery, and can assist troops a number of ways, including shock bombs to disorient enemies and smoke screens to provide helpful cover.
Upgrade these as much as you can. Otherwise, you're dead in the water.
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