For those familiar with Orcs Must Die! franchise 5-star probably sounds very much like 5-skull, a core system from the previous games. Since skulls are the main in-game currency in OMD!U, we changed the name a bit to avoid confusion. And hey, who doesn't like earning nice, shiny stars?
As a bonus, high scores and star ratings appear on the battleground leaderboards for friends and fellow War Mages to see! The OMD!U community is full of talented rift defenders who deserve to have their achievements on display.
The 5-Star System
The 5-star system provides an added degree of challenge and reward for the most skilled War Mages. Earning a 5-star rating is quite difficult (especially in the later levels) and often requires trial and error to perfect an ideal combination of strategy, killbox design, hero, and loadout for each scenario.
This system also provides rewards based on performance, awarding bonus skulls and experience for each battleground completed at a high star rating. For each battleground, two performance-based chests are available (at the 3-star and 5-star marks). These allow War Mages build out an even stronger arsenal of traps, gear, and other goodies for their loadouts.
Earning High Star Ratings
Star ratings are awarded based on completion time and remaining rift points. In the simplest terms, the more rift points you have left at the end of a battleground, the higher your star rating. Additionally, each battleground has a par time that must be met in order to achieve the 5-star rating. Par times can be viewed under "Special Conditions" while selecting a battleground or in the status screen in-game (press TAB).
Star Rating Thresholds for Battlegrounds:
- One star: 1-9 remaining rift points.
- Two stars: 10-18 remaining rift points.
- Three stars: 19-24 remaining rift points.
- Four stars: 25 remaining rift points.
- Five stars: 25 remaining rift points and finished under par time.
Star Rating Thresholds for Endless:
- One star: 5 waves.
- Two stars: 10 waves.
- Three stars: 15 waves.
- Four stars: 20 waves.
- Five stars: 25 waves.
Star Rewards. Shiny!
Star Rating Rewards:
- One star: 50 skulls and bonus XP.
- Two stars: 100 skulls and bonus XP.
- Three stars: victory chest and bonus XP.
- Four stars: 200 skulls and bonus XP.
- Five stars: victory chest and bonus XP.
The more stars earned, the higher the bonus XP. While the skulls and chests are only received the first time the milestones are reached for each battleground or endless challenge, the bonus XP is earned with every victory!
Par Times are Challenging
Earning a 5-star rating on some battlegrounds or reaching wave 25 on endless mode might seem impossible, but it can be done! Struggling while playing solo? Team up with another War Mage (or two!) and tackle the challenge together. Still struggling in a team? Give a new strategy or hero combination a try to see if your results improve.
And of course, the OMD!U community has some spectacular players who love to share their strategies. The forums are a great place to ask for help and brainstorm tactics for challenging battlegrounds.