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Offline BB_SolidScorpion

@Dragonofthewest credit for indirectly reminding me that I need to write this comprehensive guide once and for all, been thinking about writing one for quite a while.
 

 
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  Picture of my current base
 

 
 
  Overview
 
 
The purpose of playing in this style is, to put it in a simple way, avoid matchmaking altogether. This means that the only bases that you will be raiding resources from are NPC bases and Dr. T. That being said, social interaction is still a part of this playstyle, such as Task Force Operations and limited Resource Base wars.
 
  Target Audience
 
This playstyle is recommended for
  - Someone who is late into or maxed out his/her main and would like to start a new account
  - Someone who is careful with his/her fingers
  - Someone who prefers things slow and steady
  - Someone who doesn't care about achievements too much
  This playstyle is not recommended for
  - Someone who is new to Boom Beach
  - Someone who tends to misclick
  - Someone who wants to progress faster
  - Someone who wants to make a run for the leaderboards
  - Someone who wants to complete all achievements
 
  Advantages vs. Disadvantages
 
 
Advantages
  - Never be raided by other players
  - Only need to focus on offense (unless you want to defend against Hammerman)
  Disadvantages
  - Might not progress as fast due to lack of rich loot mercenary bases
  - No access to Colonel Gearheart
  - Cannot fully experience Boom Beach in general, on a side note if you have another account it won't be an issue
 
  Importance of radar and unlocking archipelago the right way
 

  THIS SECTION IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT, PAY EXTREMELY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THIS SECION! In order to stay out of the matchmaking pool, you must not explore any parts of the archipelago that contain mercenary bases. The way to determine whether a region has mercenary bases is by exploring them under airplane mode or without internet connection. If the region is unlocked anyways, it is a valid region. If the loading radar icon pops up, chances are the region has mercenary bases. WITH THAT BEING SAID, THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS. Certain player owned resource bases are okay to be opened under internet connection. Unlocking resource bases will not put you in the matchmaking pool. That being said, other players can still take over your resource base, that is a part of the social interactions you have with others. If you did it right you should have 3 low production wood bases and 2 low production stone bases.
 
  Important archipelago moments
  - Lvl 10 Lt. Hammerman base for Tropical Dr. T
  - Level 8 radar to unlock Lvl 20 Lt. Hammerman base for Volcano Dr. T
  - Level 15 radar to unlock 2nd diving spot (volcano)
  - Level 16 radar to unlock the one and only ice island
  - Level 17-20 radar does not unlock further regions
 
 
Here is the full map you get as a result.
 
 
  Bigger version from another player
 
 
 
  Here is where caution comes in handy. If you accidentally unlocked a region with mercenary bases, you will be put in the matchmaking pool and there is no turning back, so be careful, especially when collecting diamond chests that are near the borders! Unless you want to unlock certain mercenary bases on purpose, more on that later.
 
  Statues and Power Stones
 
 
Green MPs- No , you don't have that much production rate to begin with.
  Blue MPs - Optional, depends on whether you want to focus more on Dr. T (resources) or Hammerman (Prototype Modules)
  Red MPs - TD and TH MPs must haves
  Purple MPs - GBE, RR, and PSC MPs must haves
  Guardians - Mix match between red, purple, and blue depending on your playstyle.
 
  Dark stones can come from Dr. T, but the red ones are relatively hard to come by, since there are so few volcano island NPC bases unlocked. Always choose purple/red powerstones from daily reward (order goes something like magma stone -> dark stone -> diamonds/life stone/ice stone -> resource)
 
 
  Troop Composition
 
 
Anything goes to be honest. However, if you are someone who likes no casualty raids, T-Med for the win.
 
 
Building Upgrade Order
 

  Upgrade HQ the moment it is possible.
  Unless you are looking forward to defending a couple extra Hammerman stages, focus on offensive support buildings first and try to keep Gunboat, Armory, Sculptor, Landing Crafts maxed out for your HQ level. As for armory upgrades, try to keep your troop composition of choice and gunboat abilities maxed out for your HQ level as well. That being said, I'm not telling you to neglect defense altogether, mainly because what eventually happens is you won't have enough xp to go to the next HQ level. Unless you want to show off, build your defenses up too.
 
  Resource Bases
 
 
You will only have 5 low production bases, 3 wood and 2 stone. Players may fight with you over them but eventually they stop as you get stronger. Minimal social interaction on this part.
 
 
Task Force and Operation Reward
 
  Your main source of social interaction within this playstyle. Since you primarily focus on offense, most TFs will be more than happy to accept you. NPCs and Dr. T give quite a bit of intel as they add up (I'm able to maintain at around 40-50 intel weekly). However, this ceases to be effective if you want to be in one of those top ranked TFs, since they can require you to net up to 100+ intel per week, in which a huge part comes from defenses against players. Choose your OP reward depending on which resource you lack.
 
  VP Leaderboard
 
 
Making a run for the leaderboards in this playstyle is impossible, at least according to Boom Beach wiki. The wiki states that there is a maximum of 200 extra VPs you can gain from NPC bases. Counting two hammerman bases and resource bases, you will cease to gain further VPs when you are at around 250-300 VP range (Very rough estimate).
 
  Progression speed
 

  I see no distinct advantage in the speed of progression, in fact it might be slower. At first it may seem like a breeze, watching your resource flooding out of your storage. However, later on as upgrades become more expensive, you will slow down. Given that NPC bases don't give a lot of resources, it kind of evens out with going on a RR boost spree with mercenary bases full of rich loot.
 
  Achievements
 
 
You won't be able to complete all of them, since you won't be exploring lots of regions, getting raided by other players, or reaching over 600 VP.
 
  Transition to PvP
 
 
There are certain options for you once you decided to get out in the open and join the matchmaking pool.
  - Ultimate turtle: Max out your base, enter the matchmaking pool with ridiculously low VP, explore all regions with resource bases, conquer all of them, and become the ultimate turtle. @Woolybugger wink wink
  - Magma/Ice farm: Open regions that have volcano/ice islands underneath, good for working on your magma/ice statues.
  - VP reserve: Mainly for VP pushing, reserve bases underneath unexplored regions by not exploring them, and when you're just that close to your personal goal (leaderboards or a certain personal target), unlock the clouds and get that last few points in.
 
 
  Concluding remarks
 
  Pretty interesting playstyle if you want a different experience, hate getting raided, prefer things slow and steady, not looking at competitive play, and if you are extremely careful with your fingers.
 
  Will edit and update as needed, suggestions and feedback welcome

Offline BB_DragonoftheWest

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« Reply #1 on: Feb 01, 2016, 12:00 AM »
Wow. That's amazing I had no idea that some have progressed so far using this play-style. I'm trying it on my secondary account as you've already seen in my original thread, but props to you for making it so far!
 
  Going to read the above wall of text now  

Offline BB_SolidScorpion

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« Reply #2 on: Feb 01, 2016, 12:00 AM »
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by DragonoftheWest                 View Post              
             
Wow. That's amazing I had no idea that some have progressed so far using this play-style. I'm trying it on my secondary account as you've already seen in my original thread, but props to you for making it so far!
 
  Going to read the above wall of text now  
                  
    
 
The Chinese folks had this figured out a long long time ago back in the days when Dr. T only came on Wednesday and Saturday. They even have dedicated TFs to this play style. I've seen my fair share of maxed out players using this approach. It does take a long time to progress though, longer than if you had mercenaries bases to raid for huge amount of loot.

Offline BB_DragonoftheWest

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« Reply #3 on: Feb 01, 2016, 12:00 AM »
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by SolidScorpion                 View Post              
             
The Chinese folks had this figured out a long long time ago back in the days when Dr. T only came on Wednesday and Saturday. They even have dedicated TFs to this play style. I've seen my fair share of maxed out players using this approach. It does take a long time to progress though, longer than if you had mercenaries bases to raid for huge amount of loot.
                  
    
 
The more you know ... :eek:
  And that's true, it does take a long time to progress, but you need not worry about being raided at all, it takes all the anxiety away of having too much resources on hand.
 
  By the way, do you happen to have a higher resolution map/image of all the relevant unlocked clouds? Thanks in advance.

Offline BB_facescraper

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 01, 2016, 12:00 AM »
Amazing...

Offline BB_SolidScorpion

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« Reply #5 on: Feb 01, 2016, 12:00 AM »
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by DragonoftheWest                 View Post              
             
The more you know ... :eek:
  And that's true, it does take a long time to progress, but you need not worry about being raided at all, it takes all the anxiety away of having too much resources on hand.
 
  By the way, do you happen to have a higher resolution map/image of all the relevant unlocked clouds? Thanks in advance.
                  
    
 
Here's a bigger version from another player.
 
 

Offline BB_DragonoftheWest

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 02, 2016, 12:00 AM »
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by SolidScorpion                 View Post              
             
Here's a bigger version from another player.
 
 
                  
    
 
Amazing. Thanks

Offline BB_CuteBoboi

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« Reply #7 on: Feb 02, 2016, 12:00 AM »
Fantastic, I'm going to turtle it out in my 2nd account

Offline BB_boom13

A Comprehensive Guide to "Single Player Mode" Boom Beach
« Reply #8 on: Feb 02, 2016, 12:00 AM »
Uhm, sorry to interfere but since I have been a turtle for the past 14 months I know how hard it was without owning higher lvl RBs.
 
  Have you calculated how long it would take you to gain 3,9mil resources of each for lvl 8 Sculptor...or 3,6 mil for each LC lvl 20????  It took me 11 days for each LC from lvl 17 to lvl 20 with owning all 42 RB and boosted max RP statue plus clearing 6-7 lvl of each Terror.
 
  And what is your source for fragments/shards/crystals? Only VP boat? You will have no deep sub dives...
 
  I did my last LC yesterday and went from 268 to 297 VP and beached my HQ...only got attacked once since and the attacker lost half his army from the defences behind the HQ :-)
 
  There is no need to keep that low VP...I believe it is better to go and unlock all RBs and farm faster...you can still be under 200 VPs and be untouchable.
 
  Just my 2 cents.
 
  Happy booming
 
  Regards

Offline BB_SolidScorpion

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« Reply #9 on: Feb 02, 2016, 12:00 AM »
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by boom13                 View Post              
             
Uhm, sorry to interfere but since I have been a turtle for the past 14 months I know how hard it was without owning higher lvl RBs.
 
  Have you calculated how long it would take you to gain 3,9mil resources of each for lvl 8 Sculptor...or 3,6 mil for each LC lvl 20????  It took me 11 days for each LC from lvl 17 to lvl 20 with owning all 42 RB and boosted max RP statue plus clearing 6-7 lvl of each Terror.
 
  And what is your source for fragments/shards/crystals? Only VP boat? You will have no deep sub dives...
 
  I did my last LC yesterday and went from 268 to 297 VP and beached my HQ...only got attacked once since and the attacker lost half his army from the defences behind the HQ :-)
 
  There is no need to keep that low VP...I believe it is better to go and unlock all RBs and farm faster...you can still be under 200 VPs and be untouchable.
 
  Just my 2 cents.
 
  Happy booming
 
  Regards
                  
    
 

  Agreed, this playstyle will most likely result in slower development compared to having mercenary base regions unlocked, since higher level resource base regions have complimentary mercenary bases which puts you in the matchmaking pool. With that being said, you will never get raided with this playstyle due to not getting included in the matchmaking pool, so you could gain some resource each day and sleep tight knowing your resources won't get stolen. If I have to really compare it would be around the same rate as if you went hyper turtle and only relied on green MPs and resource production with most of the resource bases under your possession.

Offline BB_boom13

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 02, 2016, 12:00 AM »
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by SolidScorpion                 View Post              
             
Agreed, this playstyle will most likely result in slower development compared to having mercenary base regions unlocked, since higher level resource base regions have complimentary mercenary bases which puts you in the matchmaking pool. With that being said, you will never get raided with this playstyle due to not getting included in the matchmaking pool, so you could gain some resource each day and sleep tight knowing your resources won't get stolen. If I have to really compare it would be around the same rate as if you went hyper turtle and only relied on green MPs and resource production with most of the resource bases under your possession.
                  
    
 
Hmm...I got raided 3 or 4 times in total since last January.....I think that is quite good for someone to sleep tight.
 
  I don't think you can progress as fast as you think but its your choice.
 
  Good luck and keep us updated :-)
 
  Regards

Offline BB_Spoony42

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« Reply #11 on: Feb 13, 2016, 12:00 AM »
I decided to try this strategy with an alternate account. Currently my map looks like this:
 
  --> Radar Lvl 6
 
  So far everything works fine. Means no attacks on my base until now.
 
  But I have one question regarding the following statement:
 
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by SolidScorpion                 View Post              
             
...The way to determine whether a region has mercenary bases is by exploring them under airplane mode or without internet connection. If the region is unlocked anyways, it is a valid region. If the loading radar icon pops up, chances are the region has mercenary bases....
                  
    
 
On none of my devices (iOS and Android) Boom Beach works in an offline or airplane mode. I always get an connection error and can't access the map. Is there any workaround?
 
  So far I used the screenshot with the full map in the first post. In addition I check the radar guide from DragonoftheWest

Offline BB_SolidBladez

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« Reply #12 on: Feb 13, 2016, 12:00 AM »
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by Spoony42                 View Post              
             
On none of my devices (iOS and Android) Boom Beach works in an offline or airplane mode. I always get an connection error and can't access the map. Is there any workaround?
 
  So far I used the screenshot with the full map in the first post. In addition I check the radar guide from DragonoftheWest
                  
    
 
Yeah I remember I couldn't do the airplane mode trick on either of my Nexus devices but was able to get it to work on my Samsung Galaxy S6.
 
  Just made a fourth account using this single-player guide.  About to upgrade to HQ7.  I'm amazed at how many +2VP I'm getting from NPC bases.  

Offline BB_DragonoftheWest

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« Reply #13 on: Feb 14, 2016, 12:00 AM »
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by Spoony42                 View Post              
             
I decided to try this strategy with an alternate account. Currently my map looks like this:
 
  --> Radar Lvl 6
 
  So far everything works fine. Means no attacks on my base until now.
 
  But I have one question regarding the following statement:
 
 
  On none of my devices (iOS and Android) Boom Beach works in an offline or airplane mode. I always get an connection error and can't access the map. Is there any workaround?
 
  So far I used the screenshot with the full map in the first post. In addition I check the radar guide from DragonoftheWest
                  
    
 
I'm not sure of how much help is the radar guide, but here's a far more convenient full map of the archipelago with all the clouds to avoid:
 
 

Offline BB_Spoony42

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« Reply #14 on: Feb 14, 2016, 12:00 AM »
    
       
          
                        
                Quote Originally Posted by SolidScorpion                 View Post              
             

  This playstyle is not recommended for
  - Someone who is new to Boom Beach
  - Someone who tends to misclick
  - Someone who wants to progress faster
  - Someone who wants to make a run for the leaderboards
  - Someone who wants to complete all achievements
 
                  
    
 
DAMM. Seems like this is no strategy for me. I accidentally opened an area with a mercenary base. It took approx. 5 minutes to get raided afterwards. Gotta switch to a low VP offense strategy.