Potato Smash is a mobile tower defense strategy game where players form teams of potatoes and fight with or against other users. As you win matches and progress in trophies, you’ll reach new arenas that unlock newer (and often stronger) cards to include in your deck. With any good strategy game, you can get an edge on your opponent by knowing the basics and make climbing the ladder to the top a bit of an easier journey. Today we’ll be sharing some tips and tricks new players should be incorporating into their gameplay so you can more easily climb the ranks.
New players guide for Potato Smash mobile game
Basics of a strong beginners deck
Having an effective deck is one of the most important things when it comes to strategy games like Potato Smash. When you’re just beginning, you’ll have a lot of cards you will need to unlock to compete with the top-tier players, but getting to that point is part of the journey and fun. Any good deck should include a mix of the following cards:
- Resource Production – Helps bring in more Silver passively. Early game options are Sly Merchant or Silver Miner but I’d strongly suggest Sly Merchant.
- DPS (Damage per second) – This will be your card that deals consistent damage over time to enemies. This can be anything with high base damage and a slower attack speed such as Resonance Medium or lower base damage but very fast attack speed such as Slingshotter.
- AOE (Area of Effect) – This card deals damage to multiple monsters on the field, helping with clear speed such as Mini Ninja or Bomber Man.
- CC (Crowd Control) – It might not be noticeable at first but incorporating CC into your deck has the monsters stay on the path longer buying you more time to deal extra damage before they hit the end taking a life of yours. This can be anything from the Mage Apprentice which provides consistent slows or Mummy which briefly binds the monster.
- Support or Flex Card – The last card in your deck can be a card of your choice and is largely situational. If you’re looking to run a support card, that includes something like Masked Jack or Adventurer which can be effective in situational decks. If you’re not needing a support card oftentimes you’ll look to incorporate another AOE or DPS card.
Managing your resources during your play is one of the most important factors in the game. In Potato Smash, your resource is called ‘silver’. When you enter a match, you’ll start with 100 Silver which is used to deploy potatoes onto your board. Each potato gets more expensive to deploy by increments of 10 silver. As potatoes get more and more expensive to deploy, keep in mind you always have the option to upgrade a potato class to the next ascension, which will affect all units already on the board and the future ones to come.
This is often something new players will overlook as they think the more units on the board the better. At some point you have to weigh the option of paying 100+ silver to deploy a new unit or paying 100 silver to ascend a potato class from level 1 to 2. Look at the costs-benefit when it comes to deploying another card late game or increasing the damage of cards already on your board with an ascension level (especially if you have a lot of one specific potato class on your board).
For example, if you’re running Slingshotter in your deck, for just 100 silver you can increase its damage by +15 (a 33% flat damage increase) and its attack speed by +10% (a 50% increase). The majority of cards in this game get similar benefits. Always remember to ascend – or ‘upgrade’ – your cards for a huge benefit.
Merging your units increases their attack speed (and therefore DPS) but that doesn’t always mean that it should be done. Knowing when and what to merge comes with time and differentiates between decks so it’s impossible to hit every scenario, but here are a few general tips when it comes to merging.
- Merging potatoes together will grant you a random new potato which means you could lose vital damage, so be wise.
- Oftentimes you only need 1 CC (crowd control) card active. If your board is full of multiple of the same potatoes with CC, merge those together to find more damage cards. The game does not stack the same potato effect, so it’s usually best to combine your lower merge levels.
- Be aware of your potato effects and which direction you’re merging. For example, if you’re playing with Resonance Medium which gets benefits from being adjacent to other potatoes of the same type, always merge in the direction that has potential to grant those extra benefits. Merge knowing that the cards you’re combining have a 20% chance to turn into the card you’re wanting.
Understanding Bosses in Potato Smash
Bosses can completely change the tides of a game, but they shouldn’t be a complete surprise to you. The game shows you which boss you’ll be facing first each round, and there are ways you should be optimizing your board to play them most effectively.
- Slime King – Summon little slimes. This is usually the easiest boss to defeat and only becomes difficult at later stages when the slimes are very tanky. Any deck with CC and DPS should handle this without a problem.
- Chain Demon – Continually chains two potatoes. Potatoes who have been chained before will not trigger critical hits when attacking. You’ll want to stack your board with as many potatoes as possible so it doesn’t lock out all of your damage.
- Hydra – Randomly transforms Potatoes without changing their merge level. Be patient with this boss. Your first instinct might be to instantly merge your units when they get switched, but that’s not always the best case. Sometimes you can be left with a bad board setup (for example, all support cards) so be okay knowing you might not kill the boss until another switch. Don’t panic merge!
- Chaos Overlord – Unleashes skills that destroys a random potato, recovers health, and clears abnormal statuses. Try to keep your potato merge levels similar as this spell can be completely negated! As you see it cast its spell to destroy your potato, quickly merge the unit it’s casted on to another potato.
- Cerberus – Randomly reduces the merge levels of half the potatoes by 1. Avoid merging your potatoes into higher levels early on and keep your board at low merge levels. The higher the merge level the more costly this boss is! For example, a merge level 2 potato takes a total of 2 potatoes, but a merge level 3 takes a total of 4 (because you need two level 2 potatoes to merge). Losing a merge level 3 potato is much more costly than a merge level 2.
The most effective daily rewards in Potato Smash
Potato Smash offers a ton of free rewards if you’re okay with watching some short advertisements. Of course no one wants to spend all day watching ads and not playing the game. The below are the most crucial rewards to receive by watching ads.
- Get your 3 free runes each day by watching ads and playing 3 CO-OP matches.
- You can refresh daily tasks by watching an ad. Refresh tasks that don’t offer as much courage so you can more easily get your courage chest.
- Get your free daily reward from the store. This can be anything from gold to cards. You’re able to refresh the store a total of 3 times a day to receive various goodies.
- Redeem your ad chests! If you watch 10 ads a day you’re able to redeem an ad chest. After 7 days of receiving an ad chests you are guaranteed at least one legendary potato.
Looking for more ways to win? Make sure to check out the best decks to play in Potato Smash PVP mode.