The Hardrox reminds me of dog poop. But that might just be me. Anyway, Hardroxes are just one of the normal monsters that spawn on Lords Mobile’s Kingdom Map every once in a while, and your task is to remove them as quickly as possible. You don’t get a lot of time (2 hours and 55 minutes) so you need to be efficient. Novices (and idiots) will probably fail at the task.
Shielding their castle is usually too tall an order.
Thankfully, you’ve come to the right place, as I have plenty of experience killing Hardroxes (maybe there should be two x’s like doxxes? I’m going with one) left and right. So strap in and read what I got to say.
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First up, it’s learning time. Now, I know some of you might be schooling-averse, but this info is easy to digest. Besides, you get an achievement at the end!
Hardroxes have an amazingly high Physical Defense (PDEF), making them nearly impervious to any regular attack of a physical nature. Luckily, INT heroes are here to pick up the slack and take care of them for you. Magic spells are quite effective against it, giving us a straightforward avenue of attack against these monsters.
A Hardrox’s attack pattern isn’t anything noteworthy (as they seem to go wherever). Still, it deals out a combination of physical and magic damage, making a dedicated tank not as effective at keeping the team alive. However, a healing hero is always welcome, as you need to keep the lineup healthy to do the enemy in within the allotted time.
Hero Lineups and Advice
As usual with my dedicated guides, I have a few options to go through, both for F2P and P2P players.
F2P (Free-to-Play) Lineup
Since you need to focus on INT heroes, there are seven main contenders to choose from: Bombin’ Goblin, Incinerator, Elementalist, Prima Donna, Snow Queen, Sage of Storms, and Sea Squire.
The lineup that you pick for defeating a Hardrox will largely depend on the levels of these heroes. A more-equipped and higher-tier hero will usually work better than a lower-tier one, even if it has a worse skillset. However, in my tests, I found an Incinerator and an Elementalist to be nearly indispensable, and of course, you should try to level these up as much as possible. Furthermore, these two tend to form the core of most INT lineups anyway, so they’ll be useful against more monsters down the line.
The rest of the lineup is up to you, but these are the two lineups that usually work best:
Hardrox F2P Hero Lineup: Bombin’ Goblin, Elementalist, Incinerator, Snow Queen, Prima Donna
Alternate Hardrox F2P Hero Lineup: Sea Squire, Elementalist, Incinerator, Sage of Storms, Prima Donna
P2P (Pay-to-Play) Lineup
If you prefer to use paid heroes to make monster-hunting easier, there are several great options to choose from.
Hardrox P2P Hero Lineup: Songstress of the Sea, Storm Fox, Petite Devil, Dream Witch, Twilight Priestess
This lineup is entirely made up of paid heroes. You might be thinking: “Hang on, is there a cheaper alternative?”
Shame on you for asking. However, there is something you can do even if you can’t afford five heroes.
You can replace any of these heroes with a F2P hero I mentioned above. The Petite Devil, Storm Fox, and Dream Witch are generally the most effective paid INT heroes, so keep some (or all) of them and you can tweak the rest.
Alternate Hardrox P2P Hero Lineup: Incinerator, Elementalist, Petite Devil, Dream Witch, Storm Fox
If you find your heroes dying too fast, put in a healer instead.
Like all other monsters, Hardroxes drop loot when killed. Each of the following rewards has a chance of dropping for every monster killed:
- Hero Chests (from Common to Legendary, depending on monster level)
- Speed-Up (1/3/8/15/24 hours, again based on monster level)
- Shield (from 8h to 3d)
- Gems (200 per monster level)
- Gold (15/50/50/200/600K)
- Aged Dragonglass
- Golden Tooth
The latter three items are materials used to craft Hardrox gear, which I’ll describe in more detail below.
Unfortunately, Hardrox gear has a few things going against it. To illustrate my point, I’ll start by listing both (yes, there are only two pieces):
- Coarse Helm: a Helmet that gives 35% Timber Production at Mythic (25% at Legendary), 21% Forging Speed (at Mythic), and 7% Training Speed.
- Craggy Greaves: Leg Equipment that grants 35% Ore Production at Mythic (again, only 25% at Legendary), with 14% Training Speed and 28% Gathering Speed.
These are your only equipment options to increase training speed and resource production. The only items that come close to that purpose are Frostwing Breaths (which increase Gold gain). As such, if you need to acquire resources, these items are essential and you have to upgrade them ASAP.
If you want gear that gives you a combat edge, you’ll need to look further, as these are of no help.
However, I’ve found that Keystones are incredibly hard to obtain (and you need a total of five to craft both of these items). As a free player, you should consider yourself lucky to receive one in a decent timespan.
If you want to craft Hardrox Gear efficiently, the best way is to directly purchase monster chests, as they have much higher chances of giving you the materials needed for quality gear. There’s always an option of a Material Madness pack for $20, which is by far the most cost-effective.
Yeh, that won’t work. The Material Madness Paid Pack doesn’t have the Hardrox!
In the end, a Hardrox is a mediocre monster target. It is fairly easy to kill with the correct INT hero lineup. You follow? The loot you get is comparable to other monsters, but it has a nasty habit of not giving the vital material needed to craft equipment that has unique bonuses in Lords Mobile.
Those who use cash to obtain materials will have better luck, both in fighting Hardroxes and crafting valuable loot. Still, the rest of you can gain other gear, which can go towards more combat-oriented equipment instead.
That’s it from me in this installment of monster cheatsheets. Oh, and there is no achievement for finishing the article, in case you were wondering.