Rainbow, Mono or 3-2? Empires and Puzzles Colour Stacking Guide

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Colour stacking in Empires and Puzzles is a great way to beat teams much stronger than your own.

There’s a lot of discussion about formations: be it Rainbow, Mono, or 3-2. But in this post, I’ll explain what’s best for Raiding, Defence, Titan, Maps, and Quests.

This is a 2-part series:
Part 1: The Ultimate Raid Strategy Guide For Beginners
Part 2: This post (The Complete Colour Stacking Guide)

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1. Colour Stacking Explained
2. Rainbow Team Setup
3. Mono Team Setup
4. 4-1 Team Setup
5. 3-2 Team Setup
6. 2-2-1 Team Setup

Caveat: Suggestions in this post are based on the assumption that all heroes, & rosters, are equal. But in reality, if you have two 5 star yellow (Holy) heroes in your roster, but no 5 star green (Nature) hero, then it may make more sense to play your two 5 star heroes, because you’ll most likely win more battles that way.

Empires & Puzzles Colour Stacking Explained

Let’s begin with an explanation of how tile damage occurs:

First, you need to understand that not all tiles are equal: A yellow tile will do more damage to a purple hero, than it will do to a blue hero. And, it will do very little damage to a yellow hero.

See, each colour is strong against one colour, and weak against one colour.

If it’s strong, it deals double the normal damage. If it’s weak, it deals half the normal damage. This only applies to tiles, not to Special skills. It works like this:

Screenshot of Empires and Puzzles Tile Damage Chart
Colour wheel
  • Yellow (Holy) is strong against Purple (Dark), but weak against Yellow
  • Purple is strong against Yellow, but weak against Purple
  • Red (Fire) is strong against Green (Nature), but weak against Blue (Ice)
  • Blue is strong against Red, but weak against Green
  • Green is strong against Blue, but weak against Red

If you plummet 20 red tiles into a blue hero, you’ll simply charge their mana and set off their Special skill. So, it makes sense to minimise hitting a blue hero with red tiles, if possible. It’s much more preferable to hit them with green tiles.

Colour Stacking Teams

Colour Stacking is the name given to E&P teams which contain more than 1 of the same colour hero in them.

There are five hero colours (as shown above): Holy, Dark, Fire, Ice, and Nature ~also known as ‘Elements’, and five hero slots available in every game; So why don’t we just play a Rainbow team every-time?

There are a couple good reasons not to:

  1. Stacking tile damage – Two heroes of the same colour will do twice the damage. Stacking colours is often done to inflict more damage on the opponent’s Tank (center hero), using the colour that’s strong against it.
  2. Hero selection – You might have three great red 5 star heroes, but no decent green heroes. Why bench two of your great 5 star heroes, just to play a balanced Rainbow team?

There is a downside to Colour Stacking; missing colours will not do any damage (technically, they hit for 1 point per tile). So those tiles will charge the opposition’s Special skills, without doing any damage to their HP.

Now, let’s examine each formation separately:

Rainbow Team Setup – Empires & Puzzles

Screenshot of Empires and Puzzles Rainbow Colour Stacking team
An example of a Rainbow team in Empires and Puzzles

Rainbow teams are teams containing one hero of each colour element.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

Rainbow teams are great for Raids, and most of all, Defense.

With Rainbow teams, you don’t have to worry about what tiles appear on the field, because whichever colour is dominant, at least one of your heroes will charge their mana.

On Defence, fielding a Rainbow teams makes it much harder for any Raiding team to take you out. For example, if you play a yellow Tank (center hero) and two other supporting yellow heroes, the Raider could play two or three purple heroes and benefit from the innate strength of purple over yellow.

Whereas, with a Rainbow Defence team, any Colour Stacking done by the Raiding team will only impact one hero in your line-up.

When to play a Rainbow team:

On Defence.

You can win Raids with a Rainbow team, but you’ll win more by Colour Stacking.

Finally, Rainbow teams are perfect for AUTO-PLAY, as no tiles are wasted due to CPU tile selection.

Related: E&P Limit Breakers Explained

Mono Team Setup – Empires & Puzzles

Screenshot of Empires and Puzzles Mono Colour Stacking team
An example of a Mono team in Empires and Puzzles

A Mono team is a team consisting of only one colour group. For example, a team of five yellow heroes.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

The point of a Mono team is to get the most bang-per-buck out of every tile in its colour. -To be very strong against a single colour.

Fielding a Mono team can result in amazing successes, but also frustrating losses. If the tiles for your chosen team don’t materialise, you won’t score any points or do any damage.

When to play a Mono team:

There’s only one situation where running a Mono team makes sense (considering the risk/reward ratio) -and that’s when fighting Titans.

Why? Because the Titan is one unit & one colour, so you can maximise damage against it.

That said, players with weaker rosters may run Mono Raiding teams to improve their chances of beating much higher level Defences. I wouldn’t though, ’cause it could be really frustrating.

4-1 Team Setup – Empires & Puzzles

Screenshot of Empires and Puzzles 4-1 Formation team set up
An example of a 4-1 team in Empires and Puzzles

A 4-1 team is a team consisting of four heroes of one colour, and a single hero of another.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

There’s not a whole lot of difference between 4-1 and Mono. A single hero isn’t powerful enough to cause any substantial damage, but the reason to play him/her, will be to make use of their Special skill.

For example, you might be going against a blue Titan who hits all enemies for 300% with his Special skill. In that scenario, you might want to play Bai Yeong, a yellow hero, to make use of his -75% accuracy Special skill.

So, while you forfeit some attacking power, you still get the damage of four heroes, and the use of Bai Yeong’s Special skill.

When to play a 4-1 team:

The scenario above is the only time I would play a 4-1 team: When you need the assistance of a particular hero’s Special skill for a Titan.

Playing 4-1 on Raids (or elsewhere) may limit your choice of tiles to such an extent, that you can’t win the battle.

3-2 Team Setup – Empires & Puzzles

Screenshot of Empires and Puzzles 3-2 Formation team set up
An example of a 3-2 team in Empires and Puzzles

A 3-2 team is a team consisting of three heroes of one colour, and two heroes of another.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

I find 3-2 to be the perfect balance for Raiding.

It also gives you the tile damage of three (or two) heroes, while not limiting your choice of tiles too much.

3-2 teams are also useful if you, like me, want to play the same heroes for all Raids, regardless of the colour of the opposing Tank.

When to play a 3-2 team:

Any Raiding strategy (including War) would be boosted by playing 3-2.

You can also play a 3-2 team in Quests, Maps, or on Titans. But, all heroes being equal, 3-2 is best suited to Raids.

2-2-1 Team Setup – Empires & Puzzles

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An example of a 2-2-1 team in Empires and Puzzles

A 2-2-1 team is a team consisting of two heroes of one colour, two heroes of another, and a single hero of yet another colour.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

This formation is similar to the 3-2 team setup. But instead of a 40% possible selection of tiles, you get a 60% selection.

The single hero in this formation, is much like the hero we saw in the 4-1 setup; he/she is weak, but we get access to their Special skill.

When to play a 2-2-1 team:

2-2-1 may be the most versatile of all the team setups, but it’s just not as dynamic as 3-2 on Raids, or as Mono on Titans.

I would play 2-2-1 on Map/Quest stages, where the formation occurred accidently due to my hero selection. I would also play this formation if I couldn’t field 3 strong heroes for the 3-2 formation.

This would also make a safe formation for using up left-over heroes in War.

Raid Colour Stacking Guide

Choosing the right formation, is as important as choosing the right heroes. You can improve your Titan scores, clear difficult Stages, and beat top tier Defences, with the right formation.

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    1. Thank you! It’s a lot of work putting these together, so it’s great to hear some positive feedback.

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      Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks Cornelius, I appreciate it. I’ve now started a YouTube channel and made a couple of videos. I’ll focus on this blog for a little while yet, before maybe dedicating more time to making videos. We’ll see, but thanks for the encouragement!

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