Phobies Beginners Guide and Tips

Are you brave enough to face your fears?

From the company which brought you Company of Heroes and Age of Empires: Castle Siege, now Smoking Gun Interactive Inc provide you with a spine-chilling collectable card game, Phobies. Phobies is a card collecting game where players will duel each other in the surreal realm of the subconscious. The realm where the most ridiculous fear manifests. In this Phobies Beginners Guide, we will give you the basic guide for you to be able to play the game.

The game is not only about collecting cards, but this game will also offer you a tactical chess-like game with different battle maps and features on each map have. The game is also a turn-based type of game, where after you are done with your turn, you will wait for your opponent to do their turn.

Phobies Beginners Guide: Tips and Tricks

1. Mastering the Basics

To be able to play this game, you will need to know the basic things about the game, such as how you move, how you attack, and so on. We will start with the basics of how you do the battle.

Battling your Opponent

When you are in a battle against your opponent, you will be given three keys (if you are the one who takes the first turn) or four keys (if you are the one who gets the second turn). These keys are the thing that you will need to summon your phobies, some phobies required a low amount of keys even some only need one key to summon them, but some stronger phobies can use seven to eight keys to summon, but keep in mind that the keys are not limitless, at some point you will run out of them, depending on how you summon your phobies, you might run out of keys sooner, so think carefully before summoning.

basic Phobies Beginners Guide
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Moving your Phobies

There are various phobies that you can collect and use in the battle and each of them has different movement, whether it is how they move and how far they can move, some of them can fly so they can move over an obstacle like rocks in the map, some of them cannot. This basic movement knowledge is important because it will help you decide which phobies that is necessary to deploy.

Attacking with your Phobies

This is the crucial part that you need to know. Each phobies has different attacks, and some have special skills. Some phobies has long-ranged attack and some are close quarter combat type phobies, by knowing this, you will be entering the battlefield with more confidence and effectively.

By learning this also, you will also slowly learn how to counter the opponent’s phobies, because, unlike most turn-based type games, you cannot equip any equipment on your phobies, so in order for you to be able to counter the opponent’s phobies, you must learn it through your battles.

2. Know each part of the Map

The map is the important place in the game, it is the place where you do your battle against your opponent after all. There are several maps in the game, and you will enter one of them randomly when you enter the battle. And each map has its own features that you must know.

Once you entered several maps, you might think that all maps in the game are the same, the differences are only in their colour and the area theme such as office, volcano, and many more. But if you look closely, there is a difference between each map, not all are important to remember but there is one thing that you must know, this one thing is the obstacle type on each map, some map has rocks and walls as an obstacle which has the purpose to block your phobies’ movements, and there are also map with lava or fire as the obstacles, these type of obstacles will not blocking your phobies’ movements but they will inflict damage to your phobies.

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Panic Points and Stim Pad

Not only obstacles, but every map also has an important spot called Panic Points (the shape of this point is it looks like an “X” on the ground). This spot is a must to be controlled by you because if you managed to control it, you will damage your opponent’s heart (which is like the core) at every turn. There are five panic points in total inside of the map, two in your area, two in your opponent’s area, and one in the middle of the map. Each of these panic points will deal 200 damage to your opponent’s heart.

Another spot is called Stim Pad (it looks like a red triangle with the lightning symbol on it), which has a function to boost your phobies’ attack when they are standing on it, and the last important spot is called Healing Spa (it simply looks like a pink puddle with lightning inside it), which will heal your phobies for 200 points.

3. Use your Phobies to their strength

Knowing things before utilizing them is an important thing to do, therefore, you need to take your time to learn and know your phobies well. You will notice that there are some types of phobies available in the game, this means that each type will have its own strength and weaknesses. Learning this will surely help you win the battle by countering the opponent’s phobies in battle, you can also predict their movement if you already know their strength and weaknesses. Lets discuss the

strength and weakness Phobies Beginners Guide
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  • Undead: Leeches 40% of HP enemies lost to your attacks, but cannot be healed or cured (basically life steals 40% of damage dealt)
  • Mechanical: Cannot be poisoned or diseased, but takes additional electrical damage (from Phobies who deal Electrical damage)
  • Dimensional: Deals damage and pulls the enemy one tile in if killed by the enemy. Takes 50% more poison/disease damage
  • Monster: No additional effects

To learn more specifics about your phobies, you can tap on the phobies icon, the phobies’ card will open up, and it will show you more detail about your phobies.

Final Thoughts

Phobies is a tactical game that will push you to think more strategically than just to win. The game is not that simple to play yet it is still fun to be engaged in the battle between two players. If you are a fan of tower defence games and strategy games, this game is highly recommended to check, your time playing this will be worth it.

That’s all for today’s Phobies beginners guide. Did you find our Phobies beginners guide helpful? Do let us know in the comments!

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