Our Auto Chess mobile guide contains advice on how to install the game on Android and iOS, as well as tips and tricks on how to play the game and win matches.
The folks over at Drodo Studio - creators of the immensely popular Auto Chess custom mode for Dota 2 - struck a deal with Chinese publisher Dragonest to bring the game to mobile. The twist? It’s no longer connected to the Dota universe, but it’s practically the same game.
This means Auto Chess mobile doesn’t feature any of Dota’s heroes or themes, but it does retain all of the mechanics players have come to know and love. What’s more, Drodo studio has teamed up with ImbaTV - the folks responsible for bringing us some of Dota’s biggest events - in to launch the game with a huge esports tournament circuit.
Auto Chess Mobile is still in its infancy, which means getting clear information on what it’s all about can be quite tricky. Even the act of downloading it on your Android or iOS device can be confusing.
With all of this in mind, we thought it would be helpful to note down everything you need to know about Auto Chess Mobile. Over time we’ll also update this page as the game evolves, so keep this guide bookmarked for all the latest.
Auto Chess Mobile: How To Download and Install (iOS & Android)
Now that Drodo Studio’s finished fine-tuning Auto Chess mobile, it’s now available on both the Android (Google Play Store) and iOS stores in the West.
All you’ll need to do is search for “Auto Chess” in either store and find the Auto Chess version published by “Dragonest”. Once you’ve done so, click download/install. Make sure you double check things first, as you don’t want to install a ripoff.
On the Google Play Store it’s simply called Auto Chess (Dragonest Game).
On iOS, it’s listed as Auto Chess: Origin (Dragonest).
Once the game has been installed on your device, simply open it up and you’ll be taken to the title screen. From here, you’ll be prompted to login via your Dragonest, Facebook or Google account (this may vary depending on your device).
Select your login method, then go ahead and choose your server region in the menu just below. When that’s all done, you’ll be good to go!
How to play Auto Chess Mobile
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Auto Chess Mobile is incredibly similar to Dota Auto Chess. Below we’ll take you through all the basics.
A Very Quick Primer
- Auto Chess Mobile pits you against seven other players and across numerous rounds. The ultimate goal is to build a strong team, win rounds and emerge as the last person standing.
- The first three rounds (and specific rounds later throughout each game) take place against AI Creeps and bosses. They’ll drop items which will allow you to build up resources like items and gold which’ll go towards bolstering your team.
- When you first start a match, you’ll purchase a chess piece which you’ll position on the board. At the very beginning of each round a selection of randomised pieces can be bought from the shop using Gold.
- Once combat initiates at the start of a round, your active pieces will fight automatically. If you’re against AI opponents, they will drop items. Pick these up by touching them and they’ll go into your bag. Click on these items to learn more, and drag them onto characters you wish to equip them on.
- If you’re fighting against other players, no items will drop. If you win a round you’ll deal damage to an opponent’s health based on how many of your pieces remain on the board. Conversely, you’ll lose health if all of your pieces are destroyed.
- At the end of every round you’ll gain EXP and money depending on how well you performed.
- EXP levels up your avatar. The level of your avatar determines how many pieces you can place on the board. You can also spend gold to level up your avatar and gain an advantage over your enemies.
Chess Pieces - A breakdown of the essentials
- Chess pieces have either a passive or active ability. An active ability is cast when a piece’s mana bar is full, and it’ll gain mana when attacking an enemy. Some pieces have inherently fast mana regeneration, while others don’t. Certain items can boost mana regeneration, and in turn, the number of active abilities cast.
- Chess pieces can be combined and upgraded. If you have three of the same piece, you’ll be prompted to combine them into an even more powerful version. To create a two star unit, you’ll need three one star pieces. To create a three star unit (highest tier), you’ll need three two star units.
- Every chess piece belongs to a certain race. Place multiple pieces of the same race on the board and it’ll confer a special unit bonus. You can tap the icons towards the top right of the screen to see what buffs are active at any time during the match, or how many units of a particular race you need to meet the next requirement.
- The level of your avatar/courier determines how many chess pieces you can place on the board. Don’t neglect this aspect of the game as there’s a serious advantage to be gained by having one more chess piece on the board than the rest of your opponents.
- Positioning your pieces is also key to success. Each piece fits into a certain archetype: ranged, tank, assassin. We’ll get into the strategy behind positioning further below, but try and avoid throwing them onto the board and consider who needs protection, who could flank, who needs to sit in the backlines and so on...
Gold - Why it’s important
Gold is what you’ll use to buy new chess pieces and level up your avatar. However, we wouldn’t recommend spending recklessly as managing your economy is key to success in the latter rounds of Auto Chess.
There’s a complex level of strategy when it comes to spending your hard earned cash, or knowing when to save the pennies. It’s well worth reading our economy guide for a breakdown of the best ways to manage your gold. You’ll notice it’s actually based on Dota Auto Chess, but all the advice still applies, honest.
Essential Auto Chess Coverage
- Auto Chess Guide - How to get started with the game mode
- Auto Chess Tier List - A work in progress evaluation of the strongest units
- Auto Chess Starting Strategies - Tried and tested opening gambits
- Auto Chess Upgrades - Upgrading and combining chess pieces over time
- Auto Chess Levelling - How levelling and XP works in Dota Auto Chess
- Auto Chess Free Candy - How to earn Candy and what you can spend it on
- Auto Chess Gold - How to make more gold and spend it efficiently
- Auto Chess Item List - All the in-game items, with stats and combinations
- Auto Chess Ranks - How the ranking system works in Dota Auto Chess
- Auto Chess Download / Install - Setting up for Auto Chess
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Auto Chess Mobile: Tips and Tricks
Below you’ll find a selection of beginner tips which will help you develop your game.
We’re still in the process of bulking out this section, bear with us!
- First and foremost, always be flexible when it comes to a match. Don’t over commit to a strategy as you never know what hand you’ll be dealt.
- While it’s nice to have a variety of classes and pieces on the board, make sure you’ve always got race traits in mind as they can be game changing. As each game develops, begin stockpiling certain pieces so you have a high chance of combining them early on.
- While we’ve advised not to commit too hard to a race, it’s better to have one or two solid race bonuses over three or four weak ones. We’d recommend stockpiling two or three races so you can begin building a solid party, in contrast to one that’s filled with variety but weak in bonuses.
- Team composition is very important, so try and avoid only purchasing tanks or ranged characters. Have a couple of tanks, some healers, some ranged characters and maybe even some assassins too. This way you’ll have a variety of damage sources and you’ll force the enemy to deal with multiple threats, a significantly tougher challenge than a wall of tanks, for example.
- If you’ve got a huge stockpile of gold, consider spending a chunk on EXP to accelerate your levelling process. The higher your level, the more pieces you can field and the higher your chance of encountering powerful units. Gain an early level advantage over your opponents and you’ll have a better chance of reaching the late game and snowballing in power as the match progresses.
- Don't get tempted to stockpiles hordes of expensive pieces. In the early game, it's best to stockpile low cost pieces instead, as you'll increase your chances of upgrading them quickly. When it comes to expensive pieces, pick one or two and commit to purchasing them whenever they spring up. This way you won't burn through your bank, but still have a chance of getting a very powerful unit on the board later down the line.