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Lord of Ultima - Tips and Tricks to Improve Construction Speed

Updated on April 22, 2012

Lord of Ultima is a fabulous and free online game. The basic premise of the game is to grow a city, manage its resources, defenses and plan for growth. Partner with other people on your continent and form alliances to protect the members or coordinate massive offensive attacks.

To grow your empire, you need to build and level-up buildings. This takes time. The higher the level, the longer the wait until construction is complete. With a bit of planning and good strategy, a smart player will maximize the speed bonuses and make certain that new cities will grow extremely fast!

There are several tips to help you accelerate your growth and leverage the game dynamics to have the fastest growing city in your alliance!

Cottage Bonuses

Cottage Level
Construction Speed
1
4%
2
10%
3
16%
4
25%
5
35%
6
46%
7
58%
8
71%
9
85%
10
100%

Cottages are the Key

The not-so-secret secret is to use cottages to shrink the build times. That is shown during the excellent in-game tutorial and virtually all players know this.

What is not intuitive is how to manage the cottages to maximize the city's growth.

Look at the picture to the right and notice that this level 9 cottage adds 85% to the construction rate of the city. A level 10 cottage offers even more. So, that means you should build every cottage up to level 10 right away, right? Wrong!

The most effective way to grow your city quickly is to build around 20 - 30 cottages and bring them up to level 5 or 6. You still get the construction bonus, but you don't need to wait for hours at a time to build that level 10 building.

I recommend building the cottages quickly until you reach 1,000% construction bonus. Once you have achieved that, it is time to focus on your resource buildings or barracks.

If you already have a few cities, and want to send resources to get this city started, you will definitely need a couple of warehouses to store the items. Again, two or three at level six should suffice to store the wood and stone until your construction speed is up.

Research Construction Speed

Cottages aren't the only way to improve your construction speed. If you are in an alliance without a lot of attacks going on, then focus your research on the Construction Speed Bonus.

The construction bonus requires only runestones (converted from stone using a level 10 Moonglow Tower). Unfortunately, it uses a LOT of them! As you probably already know, stone is also in high demand for constructing new buildings as well.

I always keep my eye out in the markets for folks who sell stone very cheap and snatch it up as quickly as I can to get the base construction speed up.

It is important to note that the research bonus is capped at 500% from research (but that is five times as fast as NO bonus!)

Research Construction Bonus

Level
Runestones Required
Construction Bonus
1
1,000
10%
2
3,000
30%
3
7,000
60%
4
14,000
100%
5
25,000
150%
6
40,000
200%
7
60,000
250%
8
90,000
300%
9
120,000
350%
10
160,000
400%
11
210,000
450%
12
270,000
500%

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