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8 Star Wars: Galactic Defense Tips and Tricks

Updated on November 5, 2014
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Star Wars: Galactic Defense is a tower defense game that combines Star Wars characters, locations with TD mechanics and provides an immersive mobile gaming experience.

Battles take place in familiar locations, such as Endor, Tatooine and Hoth. Each planet’s terrain challenges players to plan and come up with a solid defense strategy. Players will have access to specialized towers, but winning is totally dependent on correct strategic placements, tower upgrades and proper utilization of champions.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense is easy to play and with a short tutorial explaining the bare basics, gameplay becomes far easier. But playing levels without a proper strategy in mind won’t be easy. Follow these basic tips, tricks and hints to get an idea about tower placement, upgrades, support cards and champions:

1. Identify Key Strategic Points

In every new level, you will get plenty of time to plan and place towers before tapping on the incoming wave indicator. Examine the map carefully and identify strategic points where your melee forces can keep enemies busy while your towers eliminate them.

Placing a melee tower opposite your ranged tower will ensure maximum kills as the melee units will battle and keep enemies busy while the ranged tower gets rid of them one by one.

Alternatively, you can place a ranged tower opposite another ranged tower (or any tower) and upgrade them to level 2. It takes less effort for upgraded towers to destroy vehicles and melee units. (Hint: Use then Endorsement passive card to get additional scraps for upgrades)

2. Upgrade Your Towers

Keep an eye on the Available Scrap counter located at the top-left corner of the screen. Once it reaches 100, upgrade your tower to level 2. Upgraded towers boast more firepower and do more damage than level 1 towers.

Try to upgrade the ranged/artillery/status towers first and finally upgrade melee towers. Try upgrading towers placed around entry and exit path and then upgrade the ones placed around the middle path.

Level 3 requires more scraps. Upgrade towers that are placed on strategic points (i.e. areas you think will slow down enemies a bit) up to level 3.

3. Use Passive Support Cards

Before start of play, you will need to set up your active and passive support cards, which are far cheaper than the former. The best passive support card has to be “Endorsement”. It gives you 500 extra scraps. You will get free scraps at the start of play, but they may not be sufficient for a complete tower setup. In such circumstances, extra scraps do a great job in helping you place all towers on a map. The balance scrap can be used to upgrade a few towers.

The Endorsement support card costs only 500 galactic credits. It is cheaper because a player can easily get credits through daily rewards and level completion rewards in each difficulty mode. Completing achievements also lets a player get free credits. You can find a list of achievements below the player profile icon in Home.

4. Boost Your Champion’s Stats with Relics

To know more about your heroes and their stats, tap on the “Champions” button in the Home menu and then tap on “Detailed info”. You can improve stats after leveling-up a champion. A champion’s level-up bar fills up a bit after every successful win.

You can add relics to boost a champion’s Attack, Dodge, Armor and other stats. Tap on the plus sign under “Equipped Relics” and choose a relic.

Chances of getting a relic is more if you get 3 stars in easy, normal and hard mode.

5. Save Active Support Cards for the Final Wave

Active support cards such as Orbital Bombardment, Reinforcements, and Ion Bombardment cost more than passive cards, but can do immense damage to large number of enemies and hard-to-beat villains that appear in the final wave.

If you have a good tower defense setup, then there’s no need to call in air strikes or reinforcements, but if the enemy is tough to beat, then using the support option would be a better option.

Active support cards may cost more credits but come in a set of 5, 12 and 26 cards. You will 10 free cards for orbital/ion Bombardment and Reinforcements at the start of play. Use them wisely.

6. Take Advantage of Champions and Their Skills in Battle

You will be able to choose playable heroes and villains from the Star Wars franchise and use their special skills to defeat incoming enemies. Called champions, these heroes and villains are not stationary and can move anywhere along the path. Just tap on a champion and tap on an area that has more enemies. Champions can get killed in battle, but resurrect after a few seconds.

You can utilize a champion’s special skills to eliminate enemies. Double tap on the champion portrait when the bar fills up and the portrait glows to unleash a champion’s special skill. Use his/her special skill on quick moving melee units. You can also use it against some vehicles.

7. Champion and Planet Synergies

Synergies improve a champion’s stats. There are two types of synergies: Champion and Planet. Champion synergy triggers when two champions have the same cause. Planet synergies take place when a Star Wars hero is placed on familiar planets. You will be able to make the most of champion and planet synergies when you start unlocking more heroes.

8. Earn Stars to Unlock a Planet

Unlocking a new planet requires stars, which can be earned by finishing all levels of a planet in various difficulty settings. Each level has 5 difficulty modes. A difficulty mode unlocks after earning 3 stars. For example: to unlock Easy mode, players will need to earn 3 stars in the Novice mode. To unlock the next difficulty mode, the player has to earn 3 stars in Easy mode and so on.

Each new difficulty mode will also earn you extra rewards and points. For example Playing a level in Novice mode will earn a player 85 galactic credits whereas playing the same level in Easy difficulty will give a player extra 10 credits and a score multiplier. Playing a level in easy, normal, medium and hard difficulty mode also gives more chances to earn additional rewards like relics and gems.

A great way to unlock a planet is to earn maximum stars in the first 3-4 levels. The first few levels are relatively easier to play than the last 3-4 levels and so earning stars by playing them in various difficulty modes won’t be a big deal.

Additional Tips and Tricks

  • You can move melee units, but they can be moved within a red circle. To move melee units, tap on the melee tower and press on the “move” icon, which is located beside the sell icon. Next, tap on the area on the red circle to move all units.
  • In case you are upgrading ranged towers to level 3, always choose Assault Ranged Tower instead of Heavy Ranged Tower. Bot cost 175 scraps, but the Assault Ranged Towers have two Gatling-style cannons. It’s a long range rapid fire tower with increased attack speed.


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