On June 6th, 2014, Playdom released Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics, a spin-off to the popular Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance. The game has many similar mechanics to the original, but also has many new and unique features as well. For example, the game utilizes six types of resources, some of which are very familiar and some of which are completely new. And while many of the resources are familiar, the game uses most resources in a different way than the original did. The following introductory guide to resources in Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics will tell you everything you need to know about obtaining and spending resources.
Silver – Silver is the primary resource of Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics. It is spent to upgrade and purchase buildings, upgrade and purchase powers, and to train heroes to a new level. Unlike in the previous game, you can’t store an infinite amount of silver. Your silver reserves are limited by the level of your Shield Vault. This encourages you to spend it regularly. Silver can primarily be obtained by sending heroes on Flight Deck missions and also can be earned at the conclusion of most tasks. Silver can be stolen by other players when they successfully attack you in PvP.
Refined ISO – Refined ISO is a brand new resource in Marvel: Avengers Alliance Tactics. Like silver, the amount you can store is limited by the level of your Shield Vault. It can be spent to upgrade and purchase buildings, upgrade and purchase powers, and to buy ISO-8. Except for the latter use, refined ISO is less commonly used than silver. Refined ISO is often earned at the conclusion of a task, but not as commonly as silver. Your ISO-8 Refinery also gives you an income of this resource, though you need to regularly collect it to benefit from that. Similar to silver, refined ISO can also be stolen by other players that successfully attack you in PvP.
Shield Points – Shield Points are used similarly in this game to the way they are used in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. You primarily spend them to train heroes to a new level, though they are also required to upgrade some buildings and to upgrade some powers. The only way to acquire Shield Points is to collect them as gifts from friends or to visit friends for a daily Shield Point. Shield Points can not be stolen and there is no limit to how many you can own at a time.
Command Points – Command Points are spent to purchase new heroes, new agents, or to buy new uniforms. The only sure way to acquire them is to complete an Assignment, but you also have a chance of gaining some from Shield Bonus Spins, which occur at the end of many tasks. Finally, if you want, you can purchase them with gold, though this is not really necessary if you are willing to put in any serious effort to get Command Points.
Gold – Gold is the catch-all resource. You can spend gold to buy any other resource in the game. Additionally, you can spend it to skip a task in an Assignment, immediately complete hero training, immediately complete the construction or upgrade of a building, to staff one of your jets on your Flight Deck, or to purchase some rare powers. You can only obtain gold buy spending real money or gaining levels on your agent, so you should be very careful how you spend it.
Energy – The final resource is spent to perform missions and to engage in PvP attacks. Each mission or attack costs 10 points of energy and you can only store 60 points of energy at a time. You recover energy very quickly, at approximately a rate of 1 point of energy every minute. Due to the very fast recovery time, you rarely need to concern yourself with energy in this game.