King Arthur: Knight’s Tale – Tips and Tricks for Getting Started

I have played a couple of hundred hours between EA and Beta. Here is, if not a FAQ, then things I wish I’d known if I were to start today. Caveat: There could have been changes between the earlier builds and the final one that makes some of this obsolete.

Tips and Tricks Before You Start

What difficulty should I play on?

  • Unless you have no experience with this type of games: Hard.
  • The game was originally designed with only one difficulty equivalent to Hard, and from my experience the game is balanced around that.

What are the classes of the heroes unlocked through Morality Chart?

Tier 1. Available approx early act 2. Join as level 7

  • Sir Leodegrance Sage
  • Sir Bedivere Vanguard
  • Black Knight Champion
  • White Knight Champion

Tier 2. Available approx mid act 2. Join as level 9

  • Sir Lucan Sage
  • Sir Geraint Marksman
  • Sir Dagonet Arcanist
  • Sir Damas Marksman

Tier 3. Available approx mid act 3. Join as level 15

  • Sir Lancelot Champion
  • Sir Galahad Defender
  • Red Knight Defender
  • Morgana LeFay Arcanist

Typically, you’d unlock 5 heroes through Morality Chart in a playthrough.

Are the Morality unlocked heroes worth it?

  • The Tier 3 ones in particular have pretty unique skills (as in access to skills from a different class).
  • By definition, the Morality unlocked heroes have similar alignment to you/Mordred, thus increasing their loyalty.
  • The quests to get them are always worth doing, for loot, XP and fun, even if you end up keeping them in the Aspirant slots.

Wait what are the Aspirant slots?

  • If your active hero roster is full, the Aspirant slots in the Round table are a waiting list of unlocked but inactive heroes. There is no limit to the number of Aspirant heroes you can have.

Is there advantages of staying neutral in the Morality Chart?

  • The only advantage is that heroes of certain morality won’t particularly dislike you for having the opposite alignment to them. So no not really, focusing 100% on one alignment in each axis is what I would recommend.

Is maxing loyalty of a companion worth it? And how can I do it?

  • At highest loyalty you get a bonus AP (Action point) and bonus damage, so definately worth it. Inversely you lose damage, AP and could lose the hero altogether at very low loyalty.

To increase loyalty:

  • Give them Titles (see Round table), you’ll unlock more titles as you progress in the main quest.
  • Random events can also increase or decrease loyalty.
  • Be aligned with them on the morality chart.
  • Look at the traits of each hero, some have unique ways to gain/lose loyalty.

Can the hero appearance be customised?

  • No. The in-game logic is that you don’t loot new weapons/armour but you loot and apply Sigils to your existing weapons/armour (There is an alternative skin for Mordred, unlocked by subscribing to a newsletter, but that is the one exception, and may be unavailable by the time you’re reading this).

How big is the party?

  • Nominally 4 characters. There are many missions where a 5th will join you for a short duration, or for almost the whole mission.
  • For example the missions where you recruit new Heroes, you get your 4 original heroes + the 5th being the one you’re recruiting.

I am struggling with the tactical combat any tips?

  • When selecting a melee opponent a red outline appears (areas where the enemy can move to and attack) and an orange one (where the enemy can move to but can’t attack). Sometimes the best option is to step back from the threatened area and pass: Let the enemy use his AP to move and you have bonus APs for the next round, when they’re close.
  • With your melee heroes, close down on enemy ranged attackers: Enemy archers will have to shoot with a penalty or move and trigger an attack of opportunity.
  • Inversely: kite the big melee enemies: They are usually slow and can be slowed down further with hexes, knockbacks and the like.
  • Backstab enemies, but avoid getting backstabbed yourself: You can change orientation of your heroes at no AP cost. Ranged attacks can also “backstab”.
  • I also found Taunt a particularly useful skill if one of your heroes have it: Not only will the enemies try to attack your Defender rather then the squishy next to them, but they can trigger overwatches and attacks of opportunity as they try to close in on the Taunter.

What should I build/upgrade in Camelot as a priority?

Training grounds. If your alpha team is injured or otherwise unavailable and the backup heroes are 3 levels below the only available quest, you could be in a situation where even reloading an old save can’t save your run.

Which one of the classes is the healing class?

There isn’t any! During combat you’ll find the only way to reliably restore health is a healing potion.

That said there are preventive ways to avoid losing health to begin with: Skills to increase armour temporarily, grant a temporary pool of bonus HP or even evading or absorbing damage altogether.

Between fights, campfires and the odd healing shrine is what you have to rely on. Use them strategically, don’t necessary use them as you stumble upon them.

Any final advice?

Keep a few hundred golds in reserve as you start your mission. In some missions you get to hire a mercenary (another way to get a 5th member), or pay a teacher to buy 1 skillpoint (!), or pay off an opponent to avoid a fight.

Also explore the map even when the main mission of a given map is done: Side quests, side duels, side encounters, the odd vitality healing shrine or treasure chest (sometimes requiring high Spellcraft or Perception) may remain unclaimed if you just hit the “Finish Mission” when it becomes available.

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