Note: this guide is designed to be simplistic and just cover the very basics of Atlas as to not overwhelm people. There is a Part 2 which can be found here: Atlas: The Beginner Friendly Guide Pt. 2 If you would like to see a more in depth guide, please see this thread by @Gox1201: Atlas – Hold on to your hat Dorothy or for some advice see the WDGeek’s information: WDGeeks Atlas
Overview: There is a lot going on in Atlas, and a lot to take in. While the main purpose of Atlas is to conquer land and grow your pseudo KIngdom, there is so much you can do in this expansion in the most basic aspect, even if your team is not into it or doesn’t want to be/isn’t competitive.
HOW TO FIND ATLAS
Find this Icon on your screen, located just below your resources:
Clicking this icon takes your directly to Atlas and out of the main game. If you cannot find this icon, you may not have Atlas. Not all teams have Atlas. If you are unsure if your team does or not, ask your Leader and Officers! Currently, teams are added to Atlas through “rollouts” which are announced here on the forums. Keep an eye out for those announcements. Asking for your team to be added to Atlas otherwise is honestly rather counter productive.
If your team does not own land, there is still a lot you can do. If you are not sure how to tell if your team has land, you can ask your Leaders or Officers. You can also use your Atlas Menu to Help.
The Atlas Menu can help you find all basic information you need. Don’t worry if some of it makes you go “waaaat” - we will walk through all the basics that you need. Otherwise, feel free to click around.
Quests: These will help you learn Atlas and give you sick rewards.
Castles: Will show you all castles owned by your team and all castles bookmarked by your team. Your whole team shares the same Atlas Bookmkarks. These are good ways to find your team.
Ledger: Details about your team in Atlas
Settings: Here you can turn colors on an off, etc
MIssions: Dragon rider missions to earn some loot.
Alliance: Information about your alliance and a search to find existing alliances.
Your game piece in Atlas is called a Primarch. Think of it like the dragon you yourself ride into battle. Moving your Primarch, often called a Prim, is how you can do different actions in Atlas. But how do you find it?
In Atlas, you will have a small circle with the head of a dragon in it, like this: If you click this image, it will take you to where your Primarch is. If you do not see this image, that means you need to summon a Primarch! Think of it like your Primarch is a buddy that you want to call over for dinner. If he’s not already there, you just need to call him up and invite him over.
To summon a Primarch, simply click the Primarch & Troop Menu:
Once you are in this menu, there will be an empty square that says “summon”. Click that and summon your Fighter. There are more types of primarchs, but don’t worry too much about that right just. Just summon your Fighter for now. If you are interested in learning more or reading more about Primarchs, check out the WDGeek’s Primarch Page.
WHAT TO DO
Atlas can be a lot to take in, especially for players who are more casual or simply do not play this game as a job. That is okay! There is something in Atlas for everyone.
Step 1: Find Your Team/Home
Using the Atlas Menu to find any team owned castles is the best case scenario. Click that castles and press “move” to go directly to your team’s castle.
However, your team may not own any castles, which is totally okay. If they do not own any castles, then you are a free person and should hang out in Neutral Zone. In Neutral Zones (NZ), you cannot be attacked so they are a great place for beginners or casual players to hang out. NZ is identified by the following icon:
= Neutral Zone
Step 2: Find a Gold Mine / Poachers
Gold mines and poachers are in every territory in the game. No matter where you go, there is a mine or a poacher you can use. You don’t actually move your Primarch to a mine or a poacher anymore - you just have to be in the same territory.
Here is an example of a territory. You can see that it is a Neutral Zone because of the green handshake icon. Notice the Gold Mine is right below the icon. There are two poachers, red and blue here as well. The castles, named Bhican-0 and Bhican-1, currently have multiple primarchs around them. Click one of those castles, press move, and BOOM - you can use the poachers and mines in this area.
Step 3: Do Your XP Runs
Poachers and Gold Mines are very special because they contain the legendary Invader Base! Oooo, ahhhh! The Invader base is the perfect XP base for every single level, You grow a level, it grows a level and always grants your max XP no matter what. Gold mines can be attacked unlimited number of times, which poachers can only be attacked one time each untila new one spawns.
You will notice that Gold Mines give gold, while poachers give gold and elemental shards. The more you hit them, the less of each item they will give.
Step 4: Build Troops
You should use gold to build troops, unless you team leader has suggested otherwise. TO build troops, go back to your Primarch & Troop Menu:
Once in this menu, click “Build Troops”. A pop-up menu will automatically appear and build the number of troops possible with your resources.
Troops require Farmers (aka “hats”) and Gold. Farmers regenerate for free and are represented by a small hat icon. For each 10 farmers and 1,000 gold, you can create 1 troop. Using all 8,000 farmers and 800k gold that was obtained through attacking Gold Mines and Poachers, you can train 800 troops. After training your 800 troops, it will take just over 5 and a half hours for your farmers to fill up to 8,000 for you to repeat this process. If you like. You and your team should do all multipliers in Atlas from here on out.
> I am a farmer/hat
> I am gold
Dragon Riders, by nature, have no element. The gear we put on riders determine their element. Any type of gear can be put on any dragon rider, and then removed to be out on another dragon rider (be careful not to destroy it). There is offensive battle gear (put on dragon riders who you attack with) and defensive gear (put on riders who sit on a perch). Each piece of gear improves your dragon/base respectively.
Now that you have Atlas, you have the ability to forge gear! This can be done in the actual forge, under the gear tab. Gear requires scrolls and atlas shards to craft. You obtain shards from attacking poachers and from Atlas Events. You obtain scrolls from atlas events and those quests in the Atlas Menu.
> I am a crafting scroll
> dark shard > ice shard
> earth shard > fire shard
> wind shard
Crafting is completely random, for rarity. You may get common, rare, epic, or legendary from crafting. If you want to forge gear for a specific dragon, make sure you find Neutral Zone poachers of that same element to attack. You can tell which type of element each territory is by looking at it with team colors turned off. You can turn off team colors in the Settings from the Atlas Menu we spoke of above. They will follow these basic colors.
> dark territory > Ice territory
> Earth Territory > Fire Territory
> Wind Territory