In Evony Age 2, the workshop has been given the most importance. The Workshop is where the Hero Gear is upgraded. The Hero Gear level is equal to that of the Workshop to research and equip. The Hero Gear level and the cap on the Hero level is the major game changer in this edition and takes a lot to adapt to for those used to playing virtually unlimited level heroes in Age 1.
For example: You have research Mount Training to level 9 in one of your cities. The Hero in that city will get the travel time reduction bonus as per the level 9 of mount training. However, if you move the same or any hero to a city which has a level 8 workshop, the bonus will be provided as per level 8 mount training.
So, the Hero Gear level equipped on a Hero is calculated at the level of research done or the level of the workshop, whichever is lower. The maximum hero gear level is fixed at 10.
The following Hero Gear are available for research in the Workshop and their available level of research will increase as per the level of the Workshop.
|Mount Training||Forge, Stable|
NOTE: All Hero Gear can be applied to any one attribute (Attack/Politics/intelligence) at one time using the one click change option in the Hero window. The exception is Mount Training which does not add to any of the attributes but complements the speed of the Hero.
The Charm and the Ring are counted twice and provide 2x bonus. These should be upgraded first for most efficiency.
The Hero Star can further enhance the bonus provided by the Hero Gear items by using Dedicate Gems and Flawless Gems. However, the probability of failure in upgrading a star level increases by level. i.e. it is harder to upgrade from level 8 star to 9 star than from level 0 star to level 1 star. A failed star upgrade will reduce the star level from its earlier position back to 0.
The star level is available from level 1 to level 14. The gems, both dedicate and flawless can be won from raids on NPC during farming and can be purchased via the shop.
Additional material like Fabric, Iron Ore, Wood, Crude Gemstone & Thoroughbred are required at different quantities along with an item The Lost Script per gear level upgrade. These too can be purchased from the shop for 2c per material and 8c per lost script. There is a very slim chance, almost next to nothing of winning such items in battle or NPC farming. Although you can win large quantities of gems if you regularly farm NPCs for food.
It is no longer possible to have huge attack points like in Age 1. The hero level is limited to level 100 (i.e. 100 points) for normal and King/Queen and level 150 (i.e. 150 points) for Historic Heroes.
The maximum attribute points per normal/King/Queen hero can be in the range of 350 to 380 and that of a Historic Hero in the range of 450 AFTER applying maximum Hero Gear plus Hero Star.
This is the biggest change in game play from Evony Age 1 to Evony Age 2.