You will get attacked a lot in Game of War, there is no avoiding it. The clue is in the name. Early on, there is no way of effectively defending against players with much higher power than you. All you can really do is minimize your losses when they do attack you. The two most important goals of keeping yourself safe are:
a) Don’t lose your hero, losing him for 4 days can be devastating to your economy. If he is then executed this then sets you back even more.
b) Don’t let troops get killed. They are very expensive and time consuming to replace.
Other less important goals are protecting your resources and protecting your traps.
Protecting Your Troops and Hero
This is the easiest and simplest method. However it is also very expensive. The cheapest way to keep yourself shielded is using 3-day shields which costs 25k gold per month. You can buy they from them alliance store but they are not great value for money (see the list of alliance store items). Early on, it is simply not worth spending that amount of gold to protect what is likely a relatively small amount of resources. Losing a million of a resource might seem like a lot, but later on it becomes small change.
This is definitely the best method of protection until you have over 250,000 troops. A ghost rally works by tapping on an enemy Stronghold (needs to be in an alliance or level 15 or higher), selecting Rally, and then setting the timer for 8 hours. Make sure you add all your troops and your hero.
This will hide your hero and troops for the duration of the timer. The idea is that you login before the timer is up an cancel the rally before the timer finishes. If yo don’t, your army will march towards and attack your target. If your troops have already set-off, you can recall them however before they reach the target.
For this reason it is good for your target to be as far a way as possible. Troops move very slowly through the forest (coordinates 250:500), so ideally choose a target it on the other-side of it. If done correctly, ghost rallying can protect your troops for over 10 hours.
Just in case, make sure you choose someone in a small alliance with no troops. That way if your rally does end up hitting them, no harm done!
Ghost Rallying keeps your troops and hero completely safe. You should be doing this everytime you log off – there is no reason not to.
This is where you send your troops to a shielded alliance member. To do this you simply tap their Stronghold and choose reinforce. It is important to note that you can’t reinforce with your hero, reinforcing just protects troops. Also if the person your are reinforcing reapplies their shield, your troops will get sent home so make sure you are in communication with them. This is good to do in conjunction with the ghost rally above when you have more than 250k troops. You set a ghost rally for 250k troops and your hero and send the rest to a neighbour.
4) Hospital Space
Hospitals don’t protect you as such but they stop your troops from dying if you do get caught out. Recovering wounded troops from hospital is much cheaper and quicker than retraining from scratch. I recommend trying to have enough hospital space to cover nearly all of your troops up until the point you have around 200k troops. After this point it becomes much harder to have sufficient hospital space.
Protecting Resources and Traps
Even if you keep your troops and hero safe, attackers are still able to raid your city. Here are some tips to minimise the damage they can do:
Keep your Storehouse upgraded, this reduces the amount of resources they are able to take from you.
Send your resource to your alliance bank if it has one. You have to pay the tax, but this is much better than your enemies getting it! (A bank is a designated stronghold in your alliance that is kept permanently shielded. Players are able to safely store their resources there.)
Only build low level traps. Traps are very expensive and slow to build and unless you are shielded 24-7 you will lose them. You will get to a stage of the game where you have too many troops to protect using the methods above so will have to stay shielded anyway. This is the time to build high level traps. Before this point it is simply not worth the resources to build traps that will almost certainly be destroyed. The exception is Bricks (and Iron Bricks). They do a great job defensively and are super cheap and quick to build. Build them whenever you get the chance.
In summary, protecting yourself is a very important part of Game of War: Fire Age. Many players don’t start doing it until they have learnt the hard way, costing them significant time and resources. Much better to be proactive and start keeping yourself protected now!