In Mobile Strike, good Commander Equipment will dramatically strengthen your troops and increase the economic boosts to your base. Two of the most important boosts in the early game are research and construction speed (in the later game mainly research speed). Having a decent set of research and construction equipment will literally shave months off of long timers.
This guide covers how to maximise your materials to build the very best research and construction gear.
Understanding How Boosts Work
Every building and research has a fixed original time to complete. This can be reduced depending on your overall research and construction boost. To work out the exact time from your individual boost, you need to divide the original time by your modifier.
The modifier is calculated with the following formula:-
- Modifier = (Total Boosts + 100) / 100
If you don’t like math, then use the figures below to give you a rough idea:-
- 100% boost = Will take half the original time.
- 200% boost = Will take a third of the original time.
- 300% boost = will take a quarter of the original time.
Now apply this to some of the long timers, such as troop health 10, which has an original timer of almost 2 years…. you can see that your research and construction boosts will save you a significant amount of time!
Your Boost Only Matters at the Start
Next you need to understand that your research, or construction boost only comes into play right at the point you start upgrading a building, or researching a new skill. Changing your boost at any point after the start, does nothing to the timers.
With this in mind you can see that having a complete set of equipment just for research and a complete set just for construction, can give you a huge advantage in Mobile Strike. All you need to do is equip the relevant set just prior to starting a new upgrade, or research.
This will drastically reduce the timers, without having to sacrifice any of the combat stats on your battle gear. Once you start your upgrade you can put your main equipment back on.
Materials and Quality
Okay so you understand the basics of how research and construction boosts work in Mobile Strike, so why not just go and manufacture a load of gear with research and construction stats on right?
Well before you do, you also need to understand the grading system of the materials needed to manufacture items, which ultimately effects the final quality of the item.
All items come in six different variations of increasing quality:-
- Grey > White > Green > Blue > Purple > Orange
The higher the quality, the better the stats on the final item.
You should never manufacture any items that are less than blue quality. To be sure of getting an item of blue quality, or above, you must not use a single material below blue in the construction of any item.
Ideally you want to go for purple, or orange and the only way to guarantee the outcome is to use all purple, or all orange materials.
You can change any material into the quality directly above, by combining four of the same color material in your Armory.
i.e. 4 greys make a white, 4 whites make a green, 4 greens make a blue e.t.c.
From the moment you start the game you should be saving and combining all the materials you receive into better qualities. Do not waste materials on low level items, save them all for the good items later on!
Whist there are some low level items with research and construction boosts, in most cases you are better off waiting until you unlock the best items (all items are unlocked based on your Commander level). The reason for this is that most research items use the same type of materials and a lot of construction items also use the same type. Therefore you should try and save your materials for the better items.
As some items need duplicates of the same material, you might want to hold off combining the very top qualities until you know what you want to manufacture. For example 3 blue Titanium go into making the blue Engineers Hammer, an item with an impressive 33% construction boost.
You would need to combine 12 blue Titanium to make the three purple titanium. Which is needed for the purple version and has a boost of 41.3%. You would need a total of 48 blue titanium to make the orange version with 49.5% boost. Given that you can equip three Engineers Hammers, you may decide to settle for blue, or purple.
For research and construction, there are only two decent armor pieces in Mobile Strike and they are as follows:-
- Field Scientist Uniform (level 33) +23.9% research (orange)
- Mechanics Vest (level 30) +15% construction (orange)
For your feet there is a decent construction item and a pretty poor research item (you may want to skip this):-
- Cross Hikers (level 1) +3.3% research (orange)
- Construction Boots (level 30) +15% construction (orange)
Two fairly decent weapons include:-
- Silenced Sniper Rifle (level 40) +15% research (orange)
- Tactical Sledgehammer (level 30) +18 % construction (orange)
There is no research item for your head unfortunately, but an okay-ish construction item:-
- Engineer’s Headset (level 35) +16% construction (orange)
Once you have a level 21 Armory you can equip three accessories and luckily they have some of the best research and construction boosts in Mobile Strike.
The Engineer’s Hammer is the best construction item and Holographic Sight the best research item. However, the Welding Gloves are a good balanced item offering both research and construction if you are short of materials. In addition the Field Ops Kit provides almost the same boost to research as the Holographic Sight, but the level requirement is only 21 compared to level 47 for the Ops Kit. The best items are as follows:-
- Engineer’s Hammer (level 43) 49.5% construction (orange)
- Welding Gloves (level 35) 18% research 13.5% construction (orange)
- Field Ops Kit (level 21) 18.6% research (orange)
- Holographic Sight (level 47) 21% research (orange)
The table below sets out the total research boost for a full set of the best research equipment in the game. It also includes the bonuses from commander skills and your research facility. By this point in the game you should have maxed commander skills research I & II, adding a further 105% and maxed your research facility, providing a further 25% boost.
The table below sets out the total construction boost for a full set of the best construction equipment in the game. The table also includes the bonuses from commander skills and your construction research. You should have also maxed commander skills construction I & II, adding a further 105% and maxed your construction research providing a further 66% boost.
A blue set of each of the best items is perfectly adequate providing you with a 300% boost to construction and 200% boost to research. If you decide to push to purple, or orange, you can squeeze another 35% for research and 75% to construction.
I recommend going for research first, as this will be the most useful in the long term. It’s not actually too difficult to max all of your buildings, but you will always be researching something!