Today Epic War released a new type of commander equipment in Mobile Strike, called Economy Gear. The first set of economy gear has a brand new boost called “construction time reduction”. This is different to the regular construction boost found on normal items and the construction boost in the commander skill tree.
Understanding the New Boosts
The current construction reduction is calculated by applying a percentage to the original timer, based on your construction boost. Which basically means the longer the original timer, the bigger the reduction you get. The new boost simply reduces the original construction timer by a fixed period of time.
After you deduct the new equipment construction time from the original timer, you then apply your normal construction boost to the remainder.
The first Economy gear released in Mobile Strike is the Workman’s set, which offers a fixed reduction in construction timers. The reduction for each quality of the Workman’s set can be seen in the table below:-
With a full orange set your build times will be reduced by 9 hours. This increases to 10 hours by adding a 3rd tool kit to your last accessory slot (once unlocked).
How Useful is Construction Time Reduction?
Because the time reductions are fixed, it means you reduce each build time by exactly the same amount of time. Therefore if you managed to get a combined 5 hour reduction, then your build timers would all be reduced by 5 hours, regardless of how long the original timer was.
This means that these items are useful early in the game, when construction timers are low, but become less effective later on, when you have longer timers. Later in the game the traditional construction items will be far better, as they will reduce your timers by a percentage of the overall time.
Tip: With this new boost you can reduce timers down to zero, allowing you to instantly construct some buildings. This was never possible with the normal construction boost, as it is percentage based.
Good for Switching Base Layout
Where these sets are useful is for switching your base layout quickly. If you want to switch from a farming setup to an oil production build, or you want to replace a your banks with hospital’s, then having a 10 hour reduction on build timers will allow you to instantly replace all of your buildings up to about level 10, with no waiting time at all.
Whilst new types of boosts are a nice addition to Mobile Strike, there are only a few instances when these items will be better than a traditional construction set.
The only half decent time reductions come from the purple and orange set. This would be fine if it wasn’t for the fact that the boost is only really useful in the early part of the game. Given that most players will not have any purple/orange materials until later in the game, it would then be a waste to manufacture this set!
In the long run you are better off manufacturing a standard construction gear set, like the items covered in our manufacturing guide.