Crown Wars: The Black Prince – Beginners Guide

Getting Started

Your Domain

Your family domain serves as the headquarters for your forces and the center of your economy. This is where you access the map of France, allowing you to choose your missions and deploy your men, as well as various strategic buildings.

At the top of the screen, you can see the status of your resource stocks:

The next two icons represent the number of artisans and squads available, the number in brackets refers to the total number.

On the left side of the screen, you’ll find all the information related to your progress in the story.

At the beginning of the game, only two buildings are available: the Great Hall and the Barracks. Other slots need to be constructed and will be unlocked quickly after the first missions. To access the buildings, you can either click on the structure within the walls or select the appropriate icon at the bottom of the screen.

The last icon directly opens the map of France, allowing you to quickly plan your troop deployments without going through the Great Hall.

At a cost, each building can be upgraded for additional benefits. It will also be possible to assign Master Artisans, who will significantly accelerate or enhance the yields of the buildings. Two Master Artisans are available at the beginning of the campaign, and others will be unlocked as you progress through the missions.

Tip: For a strong start, focus on upgrading the Forge and Barracks first to access better equipment quickly and speed up troop training.

The Great Hall

It’s the hub of your influence, the central tower of the castle. From here, you can access the map of France to choose your next missions and also find various information.

  • Codex: Allows you to relive the events of the campaign, chapter by chapter, and review the cinematic sequences.
  • Memorial: The list of companions in service to your family who have fallen in combat.
  • Coat of Arms: This is where you can modify your family’s coat of arms by changing colors and symbols.
  • Unique Weapons: This is where you’ll find the list of unique weapons unlocked as you progress through missions.

Upgrades

  • Level II: +1 companion per squad / +1 Squad
  • Level III: +1 companion per squad (Maximum 6 Companions)
  • Level IV: Reduces travel time to reach battles

Unlike other buildings, the level of the Great Hall is determined by the average level of all other buildings in your estate.

The Barracks

The barracks serve as the living quarters for your companions. In this building, you can recruit new troops, improve their skills, and customize the appearance of your companions.

Once all the buildings are unlocked, you can enhance a companion’s weapon skills by spending a certain amount of gold and then waiting for several days. The required amount and the waiting time will increase exponentially with the companion’s levels. Upon completing the training, the companion will gain access to the next level of weapon skill in combat. This allows you to specialize your companions in a particular type of weapon!

As for class talents, with each level advancement, you must choose a new talent from the two options presented. Be cautious, as this choice is permanent!

Bonus Effect per Master Craftsman Affected

  • Reduces the gold cost and time required for training by X%. Increases the amount of experience gained during training by X%.

Upgrades

  • Level II: Increases companion training speed by +X%
  • Level III: Increases companion training speed by +X%
  • Level IV: Increases companion training speed by +X%

The Forge

This is where you can enhance the arsenal of your companions. Choose the weapons or armor, select the recipe that interests you, and initiate the development of your new equipment.

Each recipe outlines the exact bonuses of the enhancement, as well as its cost in resources and time. Assign a Master craftsman to the forge from the outset to significantly expedite the unlocking of superior weapons and armor.

Tip: Unlock the upgraded armor for your crusaders first, followed by the weapons for your most formidable companions for maximum efficiency on the battlefield!

Bonus Effect per Master Craftsman Affected

  • Reduces the study time for weapon and armor enhancement recipes by X%.

Upgrades

  • Level II: Unlocks recipes for refined weapons and armor (Tier II)
  • Level III: Unlocks recipes for superior weapons and armor (Tier III)
  • Level IV: Unlocks recipes for perfect weapons and armor (Tier IV)

The Laboratory

The laboratory allows you to develop new recipes and purchase consumables needed for your missions.

Tip: Healing and negative effect consumables are crucial early in the campaign and will assist you throughout battles; prioritize obtaining them first! Additionally, Master Craftsmen reduce consumable purchase costs. Assigning one early in the laboratory will save a considerable amount of gold over the campaign.

Bonus effect per assigned Master Craftsman

  • Decreases recipe study time for consumables by X%. Reduces consumable purchase costs by X%.

Upgrades

  • Level II: Unlocks Tier II consumable recipes
  • Level III: Unlocks Tier III consumable recipes
  • Level IV: Unlocks Tier IV consumable recipes

The Chapel

Numerous battles will leave traces on your companions, and some may fall on the battlefield. After a period of rest and care in the chapel, they will be back on their feet, albeit with some scars, ready for new missions.

By default, the chapel can accommodate up to three companions, but various upgrades can increase its capacity.

Tip: Recruit enough companions to fill any gaps in your ranks while your injured troops recover.

Bonus effect per assigned Master Craftsman

  • Reduces gold cost and recovery time for companions by X%.

Upgrades

  • Level II: Increases capacity by 1 for a total of 4 slots
  • Level III: Increases capacity by 1 for a total of 5 slots
  • Level IV: Increases capacity by 1 for a total of 6 slots

The Market

Essential for obtaining resources, the market allows you to purchase what you need for a sum of gold.

Restocking occurs at the beginning of each month, so remember to check regularly for available stock.

If you frequently lack materials, note that each market upgrade provides an additional resource and reduces purchase costs.

Bonus effect per assigned Master Craftsman

  • Decreases resource prices in the market by X%. Increases the maximum number of available resources by X.

Upgrades

  • Level II: Decreases resource prices by X%. Adds 1 additional available resource
  • Level III: Decreases resource prices by X%. Adds 1 additional available resource
  • Level IV: Decreases resource prices by X%. Adds 1 additional available resource

The Prison

Damp and gloomy, the prison houses your captured “guests” from battles. Prisoners can be valuable for negotiating ransoms or providing improvements to your domain during their “stay.” Effects of prisoners apply as long as they are present, but the same effect cannot be stacked by multiple prisoners.

Used wisely, the prison can expedite your domain’s development, though it’s not a priority early in the game.

Tip: Equip your companions with irons during missions to allow them to capture enemies. Note that not all enemies are capturable!

Bonus effect per assigned Master Craftsman

  • Increases gold gain upon prisoner release by X%. Enhances the effects of prisoners.

Upgrades

  • Level II: Increases capacity by 1 for a total of 4 prisoners
  • Level III: Increases capacity by 1 for a total of 5 prisoners
  • Level IV: Increases capacity by 1 for a total of 6 prisoners
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