Ikariam: How To Guides

How to get points?
Ikariam overall score depends on the sum of 3 different scores plus the total citizens from your towns. The different scores are:

  • Master Builder Scores, which is calculated from the resources spent on building or upgrading buildings;
  • Scientists, calculated from the research points used to develop technologies;
  • Generals, which is calculated from the resources spent on the units or ships alive)

How to build a palace?
This building is one of the foundations of your very empire! As soon as you have the research “Expansion” complete, you’ll be able to build this which will allow you to start colonizing in another islands. Besides that research you’ll only need 612 of wood for 1st level and 4h28 of time.

How to get wood/marble/crystal/sulphur?
Wood is a natural resource available in all the islands of this game. Going to the “Island View” on Ikariam, you’ll have a view over your island, there you have to look for the Saw Mill in which you can allocate workers from the free people on the city. For the others resources, which are more rare, only one of them is available per island. So, until you colonize islands with these resources, trade with others players,buy in the market or steal them.

How to get points fast?
My advise would be to be very present at the initial moments of the game where buildings are done faster, find a few players to begin trading the resources you need with those you have plenty of, etc

How to make money/gold?
Increasing population (Upgrading City Hall, Tavern/Museum)

  • Cutting the workers from the saw mill, the vineyard, the sulphur pit, the quarry, the crystal mine, the Academy or the Temple)
  • Sell the resources you have in excess in the market, have in attention that any price above 2/3 is profit, but i’d recommend to sell around 8/12 gold per unit.
  • Reduce your army or navy

How to colonize?

As said for the “How to build a palace” question, after having “Expansion” research ready colonizing is easy. Going to the “View World” you just have to select any of the islands surround you (or not you may prefer it on some “strategic point”) and on the island view if the island isn’t full you will see some yellow flags. Click on them and if you have the needed resources you’re pretty much done. Just will have to wait some time to the boats arrive now.

How to move troops between towns?
Go to your destination town and click “Island View”. From here, select the town from where you’re sending your troops and click on the destination city. You’ll have the button to transfer the troops clickable.

How to search for players/towns?
Have attention that this is considered illegal in the game, careful when speaking about this. So, a team of great guys made an online tool that crawls all the Ikariam servers and you can use this tool to search the player or the town you want. http://en.ika-world.com/search.php?view=suche_spieler – Just select the Country and the server on the left menu and insert what you have about the city/player on the left.

How to join/leave an alliance?
You’re able to join an alliance when you have a free diplomacy point. You earn them building/upgrading the Embassy which requires the research “Foreign Cultures”. To leave the alliance enter the embassy (Any, if you have +1) and take a look on the left menu. You have there the link to left the alliance. From the last upgrade, when I wrote this, after doing that, it takes 24h hours until you are effectively out.

How to invite people to alliance?
Since there is no official invitation system, you have to send private messages for each player you might want in your alliance asking them to join.

How to increase workers?
For being able to have a large number of workers in mines (e.g.) you have to make constant donations so that you can increase the workers as your population grows. Don’t let all the donation efforts for yourself make your neighbourhs donate as well or steal from them the wood you will donate hehe. Also, having the “Auxiliar Hands” research you will have the possibility to put more workers from the limit at an extra cost.