Brave Trial is a great way to get free hero shards in Idle Heroes. You also need to complete it multiple times for great monthly rewards.
Brave Trial has received many updates over the past few years and seems to have finally settled down to its final form.
Thankfully the need for cheesy strategies to beat Brave Trial is no longer needed as there have been many improvements to the mechanics to make it easier for beginners.
How Brave Trial Works in Idle Heroes
Brave Trial has 30 stages increasing in difficulty and you gain badges for every stage you beat, which you can use for various buffs.
The difficulty of the stages depends on the combined power of your 6 strongest heroes, which is why this can also be cheated. This will be explained later on.
You can get a total of 30 badges for all the stages which can be used to heal or revive your fallen heroes as well as purchase buffs to help you fight.
The badges that you don’t use carry over to the next time you enter the Brave Trial.
Once you beat each set of 15 stages three times, you can smash the stages using your leftover badges, which saves a lot of time.
You get chests for every 3 stages which contain random rewards ranging from Magic Dust to Hero Shards.
However, you can only purchase those chest rewards using dragon scales that you only gain by beating stages.
The main thing you should be saving your scales for are a few specific heroes and the four star L/D shards.
Brave Trial Day & Night Stage Rewards
The tables below showcase all the rewards you will get by beating each stage on the easier Day stages and then the more difficult Night stages.
The scale rewards are pretty straightforward, increasing as you go. The chests are what you should be more interested in, since they’re the only reason to do Brave Trial in the first place.
There are 3 different chests and you will receive a level 1 or level 2 chest at random every 3 stages.
The only difference is that for the last stage of each difficulty, you are guaranteed a level 3 stage, which are the only ones we’re really interested in.
This means if you can beat all 30 levels, you will get a total of 8 normal chests and 2 high level chests.
The level 3 chest you get from beating the Day stages has slightly worse heroes as rewards and the Night chest give you chance at the better hero shards.
These level 3 chest rewards are explained in the next section.
All Brave Trial Chest Rewards
As mentioned earlier, the only chests that you should really be concerned with are the two level 3 chests you get from the final stages of each difficulty.
We decided to only cover the rewards you can get from those two chests in the tables below, since they’re the only ones worthwhile.
It is good to note that Magic Dust, Monster Souls and Chaos Stones cost the same amount of scales from all 3 chest types.
Level 3 Day Chest Rewards
|2 = 1
|4 = 1
|20 = 1
Level 3 Night Chest Rewards
|2 = 1
|4 = 1
|20 = 1
What to buy from Brave Trial Chests
You can’t go too wrong with anything you buy from the chests since you will be collecting those rewards for the rest of the game according to your situational needs.
Generally it is recommended to always save up your scales until you find a worthwhile hero in the chests to buy, since you will be sad if you don’t have enough scales when you finally find that one you were looking for.
As for the normal chests, you should only ever buy the light and dark 4* hero shards. Those are the only items you can’t really obtain elsewhere.
When it comes to the high end chests, there are a few worthwhile options, depending on how long you have been playing.
The level 3 Day chest only really has two good heroes which are the Heart Watcher and Horus.
Keep in mind that you should only ever have one Heart Watcher and upgrade her up to a maximum of 10* level. After that, no need to buy more shards.
As for Horus, he is great for early game players and if you haven’t finished Shadow Seal Land yet, but is not worthwhile in the end game. Thankfully you can just regress him later or replace him with a better hero like Tix or Ithaqua once you have no more need for him.
The level 3 Night chest has the best selection of useful heroes, which is what you usually should save your scales for.
To start off, decent early-game heroes that are going to help you out a lot are Garuda, Penny and Aida, but they are not really worth the trouble later on. These heroes will help you in PvE and Seal Land as well as early stages of PvP.
As for heroes that are useful in all stages of the game can be categorized into PvP and PvE categories.
First off, very useful PvE heroes you can buy are Ithaqua, Delacium and Belrain. Ithaqua and Delacium help you deal insane damage to boss enemies while Belrain will provide you with great heals and help you with things like Brave Trials and general survivability.
When it comes to PvP at all stages of the game, really the best option available is Amen-Ra. She is a great support hero and works with tons of lineups. Aspen and Aida used to be more useful, but are not really worth investing in with so many better heroes out there.
All in all, there are some obvious winners in the bunch, but if you really want to build some specific hero, you won’t go wrong by buying their shards either.
Especially in early-game, getting any decent hero to E5 as fast as possible is a lot more important than trying to build multiple end-game heroes at the same time.
Battle Difficulty in Brave Trial
The battle difficulty in has always been a controversial topic in BT, as it can be very difficult for early players who don’t have too many heroes to use yet.
The enemy difficulty scales depending on the total power of your 6 strongest heroes. All enemies are actual lineups from other users in the arena.
The difficulty is chosen by multipliers depending on your power. For example for the first Day stage, your top 6 heroes’ total power is multiplied by 0.3x to decide the strength of your opponents.
As you might notice from the table, every third Night stage has a higher difficulty than normal. This means you also have a chance to face a duplicate of your own lineup as an opponent.
The odds of facing yourself as an opponent during those stages are:
A trick to try and mitigate this issue is by trying to beat the previous stage with less heroes, so your next opponent will only have the few heroes you used.
Obviously this might not be possible depending on how strong your strongest heroes are, or if you even end up facing yourself in the first place.
How to make the BT battles easier (Legendary BT Cheese)
The classic BT cheese strategy involves trying to fool the matchmaking algorithm by lowering your own power.
Since the enemy strength is calculated depending on your strongest 6 heroes, if you remove all the gear from your less powerful heroes, your total power will become lower.
You should only leave your main damage dealers with their gear and unequip the rest. This will allow for easier enemies as long as you have a few strong heroes who can handle the enemies.
Best Heroes and Strategies for Brave Trial
Survivability is the most important factor when it comes to Brave Trial, since your heroes don’t regenerate between battles.
This means you should always have at least one good healer on your team, since you don’t want to be wasting those precious badges for healing your troops.
If you don’t have a Belrain yet, especially in early-game Vesa is still a very good alternative. She is not too useful elsewhere, but it is worth building her just to boost your BT game up. Ormus can also be a decent healer when it comes to early-game.
This means the Deer pet is also the best choice, as it is the only pet that provides heals to your entire lineup.
Speaking of badges, you should never spend gems to buy more badges. If you can’t beat the stages just with the badges you gain from one playthrough, you should just leave some in the stash and try again next time.
When it comes to reviving and healing your heroes with badges, you should only spend them to revive your best heroes.
Since the revival cost becomes more expensive the more your revive during one turn, a fun trick is to fight a stage with just a single 5-star hero to reset the revival cost. This will save you a lot of badges in the long run.
You should never spend any badges on the stat boosts, unless you have plenty to spare and end up facing yourself or another very strong lineup that you might be able to beat with some extra buffs.
It is also good to note that even if you have just a few main strong heroes, it’s always a good idea to fill all 6 slots with any kind of heroes so you get the benefit of the Aura that boosts your entire team.
Finally, there is no optimal team to build for BT, since all your enemies are other peoples best PvP heroes. This means you should simply focus on bettering your Arena lineup and use those same heroes to battle through the trials.