Woodland Heroes: A getting started guide

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Woodland Heroes is a Facebook game developed by Row Sham Bow that lets you engage in strategic, turn-based combat as you control an army of raccoons battling the evil bears. Gamezebo's Woodland Heroes strategy guide and walkthrough will provide you with a quick start guide, tips and tricks, hints and cheats to help you in the battles of the Woodland Heroes.

Getting Started

  • Woodland Heroes is played on Facebook and you will need to have a current account to play. If you need to register for a free account click here - http://www.facebook.com
  • Once you have a Facebook account, you are ready to play and can click here to begin.
  • You will be asked to give permission to allow the developer to post messages on your profile page at Facebook. Click on "Allow" and proceed to the game.
  • When you start the game, the Bear King will immediately challenge you to a battle, and Little Ben will help you in this tutorial battle. This will explain the basics of the game and give you a feel of what it's like to lead an army of woodland critters to victory.

The Basics

In Woodland Heroes, you battle from location to location to free the woodland critters from the Bear King's armies. To show their gratitude, freed locations will provide you with supplies over time. These locations can however be retaken by the bear armies, so it is important to be ever vigilant.

Reading the Map

On the map, the different locations will show one of three flags, indicating the status of the location. A blue flag means that you have conquered that location. A red flag with a paw means that the enemy armies have occupied the location. A red flag with a black army means that the enemy forces have retaken the location.
Woodland Heroes Fox Glen
By scrolling your mouse over a location, you can see how many weapons you can take into that battle. When a location is still occupied, the enemy will have the same amount of weapons as the maximum number of weapons you can have. When a location was saved before but was retaken, it usually has only one weapon.

Tip: Before storming into a location with just any combination of weapons, you can also decide to do some recon first. Move just one pea slinger to the location and start the battle, to see which weapons the enemy will use. While the place on the battlefield changes between battles, the enemy will always use the same weapons in a battle. The types of weapons will only change once an enemy has been defeated in that location.
Woodland Heroes battle map
Choosing Your Weapons

Woodland Heroes has a lot of different weapons to offer, for a wide range of prices. However, the amount of resources needed to build one is not the only thing that decides which weapon is your best choice. These are the two main considerations when choosing a weapon:
Woodland Heroes Base Type and Shot Type
  1. If a weapon has a smaller footprint, it will be harder to find by the enemy, But once it has been found, it is easier destroyed.
  2. If a weapon has a larger footprint, it will be easier to find by the enemy. But once it has been found, it is harder to destroy.
Woodland Heroes Shot Type
If you see a weapon that has a circle with a number under it, it means that after placing the weapon's shot type, you can shoot one or more extra single block-shots.

Basic Battle Tactics

Quickly finding where your enemy's weapons are located is a good strategy. The longer it takes you to destroy the enemy's weapons, the more chance the enemy has to destroy your weapons. Rather than trying to find the complete outline of a weapon right away, try to sweep the battlefield as fast as possible, and eliminate which grid squares are empty.

In the example below, you can see how you can pinpoint on which positions on a battlefield at least one part of a four-block footprint weapon is located. That way, once you've found it, you can start to uncover the rest of the weapon.
Woodland Heroes battlefield
Woodland Heroes battle squares
In case you've hit more than one weapon, one way to figure out which weapon is where is by looking at the weapon's strength on the side bar. In the example below, we see part of a weapon with one damaged block, and part of a weapon with two damaged blocks. The weapon graph shows that the muck wheel has only 3/5 blocks left, so the two damaged blocks must be part of the muck wheel. The single damaged block is thus part of the swine slinger.
Woodland Heroes battle strategy
Advanced Battle Tactics

To give you an idea of how to apply battle tactics to more advanced situations, here is an example of a battle.

  • At first, you will often have to make some complete blind shots, trying to find a weapon's location.
  • Shot one: Since we know that a four-block square always has at least one block off the edge of the field, I try to cover as many "one block off the edge" squares as possible.
  • Shots two and three: As the long blocks are at least three blocks high, it means that in a four-square field, you will always hit at least two of the three blocks when you aim for the middle.
Woodland Heroes battle strategy
  • Shot one: Since the muck wheel has two damaged blocks, this is where that weapon must be. As the end of the shape has one block to each side, the three blocks left must be at the top.
  • Shot two: Looking at the missed shot on the bottom left, it can be deduced that the swine slinger is in the last three rows and the last three columns.
  • Shot three: Another blind shot to try and find the stacked tri-weapon.
Woodland Heroes battle strategy
  • Shot one: Just one more block left to destroy this weapon.
  • Shot two: There are only three more shots I can make before I find the stacked tri-weapon. Another blind shot in one of these three locations.
Woodland Heroes battle strategy
  • Found you!
Woodland Heroes battle strategy
Additional Battle Tips

  • As soon as you have found the location of a weapon, destroy it before trying to find other weapons. The fewer weapons that can shoot in a turn, the less damage can be done to your weapons.
  • Once at least half of the blocks of a weapon have been hit, the complete location of that weapon will be revealed.

Congratulations!

This article originally appeared on Gamezebo.
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