Defense Gear – Why some say Sunguard is Better

Last updated on December 6th, 2017 at 07:18 pm

For anyone who wants the short quick summary of this article without reading all the nitty gritty details, use the chart below.  For everyone else, enjoy reading the entire explanation.

OVERALL SUMMARY: Best Defense Gear in order of Best to Least

  1.  Divine Athena & Guardian Athena Gear Powered to ONLY Level 49.
  2. Sunguard Gear
  3. Icarus Guardian Gear powered to Level 50
  4. Divine Athena Gear Lvl 50

Max Overall Stats for each Defensive Set :
Game of War Defense Gear

*(For Math Nerds – Skip if this isn’t you) Note: If you are following along and doing the math on your own as well.. Remember that whenever percents are multiplied by percents, we are dealing with decimals that aren’t shown.  Sometimes it doesn’t follow what we would usually expect.  Every number in game of war is pretty much a percent.  When you look at boosts at stats.. you will often see a % at the end of MTTT %.  150 MTTT % is actually 0.150 MTTT.  Keep this in mind if the math just doesn’t up when multiplying.

Defense Gear Details :

There is currently a lot of talk about which defense gear should be used in Game of War (along with lots of mixed reviews on each set). One of the most common statements is that Sunguard is better than Athena; while others have had better results when their Athena gear was low – and their results got worse once it was maxed. They just keep getting demolished.

This article will spell out WHY these things are happening, and will help you make the best decisions for your trap gear.

Level 50 Athena Gear Power Up Flaw

Lately in Game of War gear sets have been coming out with some base stats, then new updates come out which completely overpower the original stats.  When we Power Up gear, level 50 is usually the highest.  What is actually happening at Level 50 is that the defense stat is DROPPED and resets Defense Stats back to Level 0.  Essentially, what you are going to have is inferior gear – leaving other gear more powerful because the Defense add-on didn’t take for Athena.

The chart below shows the Athena Gear Power Up & Set Gear Stats.  For every Level of Power Up, from levels 1-49, 12% Super Troop Defense is added.  This totals 588% for 1 piece at Level 49 and 4,116% for 7 pieces each at Level 49  – just for Power Up stats.

When Athena Gear is Powered to Level 50, the Super Troop Defense (for Power Up contribution) is reset to 0.    In exchange, 600% Super Troop Attack is given on the last level of 50.

Chart showing Athena’s Power Up & Set Gear Stats:

In comparison, Icarus Level 50 Power Up works, but the stats are outdated and can’t compare to what the Athena provides.

Chart showing Icarus Super Guardian Power Up, Quality & Set Gear Stats:

Where Divine Athena and Icarus Guardian Defense Comes From

Chart showing break down of Defensive stats and where each amount comes from:

Each set has 3 total lines in the chart above.  The first Total line is the total of base stats.  The Second Total line is the amount of stats for gear upgrades: Power Up, Set Gear Leveling and Quality. The third and last Total line is the combined sum of all stats together.

The Divine Athena Gear Super Troop Defense comes mostly from the Power Up.  A total of 4,116% is added while 850% comes from the gear itself at max multiplier.  But if a player maxes out at Level 50, this 4,116% resets to 0.

The Icarus Guardian Defense comes from both Power Up and Quality combined.  And while there is no issue powering this gear up, the 1,400 Super Troop Defense doesn’t compare.

The Defense from the Sunguard Gear is simple and comes directly from the Gear itself without aid of Leveling, Quality, Power-up or Multipliers. Essentially its a quick plug and play defense set – but does not compare to the Divine Athena Lvl 49.

Total Sunguard Gear: Super Troop Defense 2,544% 

  1. Helm  436 %
  2. Armor 427 %
  3. Foot  436 %
  4. Weapon 427%
  5. Accessory 418%
  6. Accessory 418%
  7. Accessory 418%

This brings us back to the original chart posted at the beginning of this post.

Chart showing overall Max stats for each Defensive Gear:

Overall, the Divine Athena (also Guardian Athena) is a good defensive set at Level 49. It has the most Super Troop Defense out of all the sets.  Sunguard has a close 3k and Icarus Guardian has just shy of 2k when fully maxed out.  Overall, just plain avoid Divine Athena at Level 50 for defensive purposes.  Make a second set to use for Defense, and then use the Additional Attack for attack purposes from Level 50.

Gear Multipliers

The Last Factor that plays an important role but doesn’t contribute as much are the multipliers.  The Athena Gear has now been updated in game and uses the Icarus multipliers within the Athena Gear stats.  What that means is… that research isn’t going to go away.  Get out those old school timers and be ready to just punch out that research.   Multipliers affect the Head, Armor, Feet and Weapon only.  Accessories are not included currently.

You can see from looking at the first Total line of each gear set again – the stats at Max Multipliers 100%, totaling 850% for Athena Gear and 306% for Icarus Guardian Gear- help but don’t make or break this gear.  Regardless of your multiplier Research, the Gear will still remain in the Same priority order.

  •  Divine Athena & Guardian Athena powered to Level 49.
  • Sunguard Gear
  • Icarus Guardian Gear powered to Level 50
  • Divine Athena Gear Lvl 50

7 thoughts on “Defense Gear – Why some say Sunguard is Better

  1. Is there a way to get around the new vip +5 powerup to get to lvl 49? I see no button for a single level and watched my super defense boost evaporate when I hit level 50.

    1. once you hit LvL 40 you hit the back button (arrow top left) and it returns you to the option of regular power up function or VIP power up function… you will see the single “ADD” button at this point.

  2. Smurf, yes hit the < arrow at the top left of the page. It will take you back a screen and allow you to power up one level at a time.

  3. Smurf, use the VIP 5 or 10 power button yo get to level 40, then click the back button on top left. New screen will have both single and multiple point buttons.

  4. I’m confused. With my current set up Icarus has a substantially higher Legion Defense and Resolute Defense (more than 2 times) Athena Guardian at either 49 or 50 but a much lower Super Defense. How do you evaluate the effect of each of these different defense stats and when one is more important than the other?

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