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This shows what the Mercenaries tab looks like.

Mercenaries were introduced in Patch .23 and overhauled in Patch .25. They can be sent on various random quests, to obtain Gold Gold, Ruby Rubies, HeroSoul Hero Souls, new Relic Case Relic, or to activate random skills. The Mercenary tab is unlocked by finishing level 139, ascending for the first time, or buying a Quick Ascension, at which point you can start an 8-hour quest to obtain the first mercenary.

Once a mercenary is available, four choices will be displayed when starting a quest, with various specific rewards for random lengths of time. Some possible quests may be repeated. Each time a quest is accepted, a new set of quests is created, but until accepting a quest, any mercenary may be sent on the current set. Choosing another available mercenary to a quest may open up better quests for a higher level mercenary.

The size of a quest reward bonus is based on their rank, rarity, and time it takes to complete the quest. Once you've chosen a quest for a Mercenary, the quest cannot be stopped or changed until they are finished.

If you want to save some time, you can instantly hire a new Mercenary for 40 rubies (400 on mobile). When a mercenary dies, you can either pay rubies to revive, scaled to their level, or bury their corpse for gold.

The required amount of Ruby Rubies to revive a dead Mercenary is:

10 + ceil(1.5level)

Burial Gold Gold = 10 × monster reward of (Pre-Transcendent HZE + 1)

You can have a maximum of 5 Mercenaries at any one time. A dismissal button is available by holding (ctrl) or (shift). If all of your Mercenaries are buried or dismissed, the game will automatically start an 8 hour timer to hire a new one.

The store purchase Timelapse affects Mercenary quests as well, subtracting 8 hours from the quest time. For example, if you have 15 hours left on a quest and activate it, you will now have 7 hours left, and a second Timelapse would finish the quest. This can be repeated as many times as there are rubies to fund it.

Transcendence will lock the Mercenary tab again, until freshly reaching zone 139, ascending, or buying a Quick Ascension, though your old mercenaries remain alive and available once unlocked.

Quest Types

  • Recruit new Mercenary (only available if you do not currently have 5 Mercenaries)
  • Relics
  • Rubies
  • Gold
  • Hero Souls
  • Skills activation (activates random skills, even those you haven't unlocked yet)
Duration Reward compared to a 5 min reward Efficiency compared to a 5 min reward
5 minutes 1 1
15 minutes 2.58 0.8594
30 minutes 4.67 0.7785
1 hour 7.49 0.624
2 hours 13.13 0.5467
4 hours 22.5 0.4687
8 hours 37.47 0.3903
1 day 89.99 0.3125
2 days 143.98 0.25

WARNING: The above table is outdated, at least for the PC version. I confirmed it myself through a few calculations. The efficiency ratio doesn't tally with the PC version of the game. Please remember that the mercenary's rank affects their effectiveness, not just their skill and rarity.

Shorter quests have a much higher reward to time ratio, but require much more micromanaging, and can, in fact, be less efficient, as there is a bit of delay between, say 5-minute quests, as you would need to click on the quest. Also, mercenaries only quest offline if the quest is long enough. (You can do a 48-hour quest, and go offline, while the mercenary quests, but you can't do 288 5-minute quests, even with all 5 of your mercenaries.)

On a Gold Gold quest, the Gold Gold reward will scale to your progress: it starts based on your highest current zone, will increase as you gain zones, and reset if you Ascend, even after the quest is complete. For example, a Mercenary that grants 100× Gold Gold in 15 minutes will give you 115× Gold Gold if you beat 10 more zones before collecting. Beginning in 1.0, HeroSoul Hero Souls quests also scale to your Quick Ascension value the same way, resetting when you transcend.

A mercenary's lifespan is predetermined from birth, with a specific lifespan, cumulative through any number of quests, and there is no way to change that. On average, every mercenary will live for about 4.5 days of questing, though particularly lucky or unlucky ones can range from as little as one second to as long as many years. A new lifespan is generated every time a mercenary is revived, with no relation to the last.

Reviving

When a mercenary dies, you can choose to bury it or revive it with Ruby Rubies. The cost of reviving goes up with every new level the mercenary reaches, following the formula:

Required amount of Ruby Rubies to revive = 10 + ceil(1.5level)

On mobile the amount is multiplied by 10. So reviving a level 1 mercenary would cost 120 rubies and reviving a level 20 mercenary would cost 33360 rubies.

Lvl Ruby Rubies needed to revive
1 12
2 13
3 14
4 16
5 18
6 22
7 28
8 36
9 49
10 68
11 97
12 140
13 205
14 302
15 448
16 667
17 996
18 1488
19 2227
20 3336

See here to find out whether or not a Mercenary is worth reviving.

Leveling Up

All Mercenaries start off at level 1 once they are hired.

Every 24 hours of questing becomes one level up, when the quest reward is retrieved.

Lvl Rank Reward

Multiplier

1 Noob 1
2 Rookie 2
3 Journeyman 3
4 Expert 4
5 Master 5
6 Grandmaster 6
7 Legend 7
8 Demigod 8
9 Demigod+1 9
10 Demigod+2 10
11 Demigod+3 11
12 Demigod+4 12
13 Demigod+5 13
14 Demigod+6 14

The pattern continues up, adding 1 onto the multiplier and demigod +x for each additional level. With luck and revivals, it's even possible to get to level 25, getting the Exceptional Specimen achievement.

Mercenaries Personal Bonuses

  • +% Hero souls
  • +% Rubies
  • +% number of skills activated
  • +% gold
  • +% speed to recruit
  • + Extra lives

Bonuses only affect that Mercenary and none of your others. Values range between 5% to 2000% based on their rarity.

Extra lives is special: Instead of a bonus, you get free revives, though you can still spend rubies to revive instead. It can only appear on Mercenaries of Rare and up, and counts upward instead of multiplying.

Rarity

There are 8 tiers to the rarity that each Mercenary can get, just like Relic Case Relic:

Rarity Reward Chance Free revives*
Common 5% 60.7% Not possible
Uncommon 8% 24.3% Not possible
Rare 10% 9.7% 1
Epic 20% 3.6% 2
Fabled 50% 1.2% 3
Mythical 200% 0.3% 4
Legendary 500% 0.1% 5
Transcendent 2000% 0.012% 6

* Free revives are only given for Mercenaries whose bonuses are Extra Lives.

Mercenary Text

When sending a mercenary on a quest they can say one of these phrases:

  • Brb.
  • Come back later and see what I got!
  • I hope I didn't leave the oven on...
  • I hope I don't die...
  • I'll make you proud, boss.
  • I'm off to work!
  • Let's go!
  • My life for Aiur!
  • This forest looks kinda dark.
  • This path looks kinda safe...
  • Time to quest!
  • Valar Morghulis.
  • Work work.
  • You got it, boss.
  • Zug Zug.

When a mercenary has died the game will say one of these phrases:

  • "Ascended"
  • Ate bad food
  • Bae caught me slippin'
  • Bit the dust
  • Bought the farm
  • Eaten by a grue
  • Encountered an Immortal
  • Forgot to bring water
  • Got dysentery
  • Had an unfortunate fall
  • Is now room temperature
  • Kicked the bucket
  • On permanent VACation
  • Paid the piper
  • Was immortality-challenged
  • Went to a better place

When a mercenary is revived they can say one of these phrases:

  • Am I getting sent out again...
  • I'm back, baby!
  • I thought I was dead!
  • It was so dark down there!
  • I'm un-vincible!
  • Not today.
  • Phew, that was close!
  • Thanks, boss!
  • The man can't keep me down!
  • Valar dohaeris.
  • What is dead may never die.
  • You won't regret it, boss!

When a mercenary returns from a completed quest they can say one of these phrases:

  • Am I missing any limbs?
  • Donezo!
  • Great success!
  • It's a hard knock life.
  • I'm the best!
  • I made it!
  • I hope I didn't leave anything behind.
  • I'm still alive!
  • Mission accomplished.
  • Phew, that was hard!
  • Task complete.

When recruiting a new mercenary they can say one of these phrases:

  • I'm here!
  • I'm ready for adventures!
  • I'm ready for action!
  • Put me in coach!
  • Rise and shine!
  • What chu wan do?
  • What do you need, Boss?

Names of Mercenaries

There are 100 potential names for each gender, so every name has a 0.5% chance of appearing, including Leeroy Jenkins.

Male Names

Aaron Adam Albert Alexander Andrew Anthony
Arteecee? Arthur Austin Benjamin Billy Brandon
Brian Bruce Bryan Carl Charles Christian
Christopher Daniel David Dennis Dogmeat Donald
Douglas Edward Eric Ethan Eugene EyesFrod
Frank Gary George Gerald Gregory Harold
Harry Henry Jack Jacob James Jason
Jayeeyee Jeffrey Jeremy Jerry Jesse Joe
John Jonathan Jose Joseph Joshua Justin
Keith Kenneth Kevin Kyle Larry Lawrence
Leeroy Jenkins Linken Louis Mark Matthew McNiiby
Michael Nathan Nazta Nicholas NoselessGuy Nosfrat
Pasha Patrick Paul Peter Ralph Raymond
Richard Robert Roco Roger Ronald Ryan
Samuel Scott Sean Sparky Stephen Steven
Sufail Terry Thomas Timothy Tiny Tyler
Walter William Willie Zachary

Female Names

Alice Amanda Amber Amy Andrea Angela
Ann Anna Ashley Barbara Betty Beverly
Brenda Brittany Carol Carolyn Catherine Cheryl
Chobi Christina Christine Cynthia Danielle Deborah
Debra Denise Diana Diane Doris Dorothy
Elizabeth Emily Emma Evelyn Frances Gigi
Gloria Grace Hannah Heather Helen Hera
Jacqueline Jane Janet Janice Jean Jennifer
Jessica Joan Joyce Judith Judy Julia
Julie Karen Katherine Kathleen Kathryn Kelly
Laura Lauren Linda Lisa Lori Madison
Margaret Maria Marie Marilyn Martha Mary
Megan Melda Melissa Michelle Mildred Munchky
Nancy Nicole Olivia Pamela Patricia Rachel
Rebecca Rose Ruth Samantha Sammy Sara
Sarah Sharon Shirley Snarfy Stephanie Susan
Teresa Theresa Victoria Virginia

Mercenary Avatars

Achievements

Achievement Name Icon Description
Merc Life
Merc-achieve
Get a mercenary to level 5
Getting your money's worth
Merc-achieve
Get a mercenary to level 10
You're still alive?
Merc-achieve
Get a mercenary to level 15
Mercenary Champion
Merc-achieve
Get a mercenary to level 20
Exceptional Specimen
Merc-achieve
Get a mercenary to level 25
67.66 Repeating
Leeroy-jenkins
Bury Leeroy Jenkins

At least he had chicken

Team Leader
Team-leader
Have 5 mercenaries.
Recruit an Epic Mercenary
Recruit-epic-merc
Recruit an Epic Mercenary.
Supervisor
The 1%
Complete 5 quests for gold.
Assistant to the Regional Manager
Frugal
Complete 25 quests for gold.
Corporate Raider
Stingy
Complete 100 quests for gold.
Robber Baron
Miserly
Complete 500 quests for gold.
The Big Cheese
Greedy
Complete 2500 quests for gold.
Soul Taster
Guide
Complete 5 quests for Hero Souls.
Soul Harvester
Coach
Complete 25 quests for Hero Souls.
Soul Trader
Teacher
Complete 100 quests for Hero Souls.
Soul Banker
Mentor
Complete 500 quests for Hero Souls.
Disciple of Solomon
079
Complete 2500 quests for Hero Souls.
Archaeology Student
066
Complete 5 quests for Relics.
Archaeologist
066
Complete 25 quests for Relics.
Museum Curator
066
Complete 100 quests for Relics.
Acquisitions Inc.
066
Complete 500 quests for Relics.
Collector Collector
066
Complete 2500 quests for Relics.
Seeing Red
041
Complete 5 quests for Rubies.
The Red Baron
077
Complete 25 quests for Rubies.
Red Tide
062
Complete 100 quests for Rubies.
Red Sea
062
Complete 500 quests for Rubies.
Red Planet
078
Complete 2500 quests for Rubies.
Some skills
006
Complete 5 quests for skills.
A few more skills
015
Complete 25 quests for skills.
Kind of a lot of skills
047
Complete 100 quests for skills.
Enitrely too many skills
006
Complete 500 quests for skills.
Wow, really?
087
Complete 2500 quests for skills.
Short Work
105
Complete 10 5-minute quests.
Running Late
105
Complete 50 5-minute quests.
Overtime
105
Complete 250 5-minute quests.
Doubletime
106
Complete 1000 5-minute quests.
Micromanager
106
Complete 5000 5-minute quests.
Mourner
101 achieve
Bury 5 Mercenaries.
Gravedigger
25mercachieve
Bury 25 Mercenaries
Undertaker
100merc achie
Bury 100 Mercenaries
Funeral Director
200merc achie
Bury 200 Mercenaries
Lifeguard
5mercR achie
Revive 5 mercenaries
Resuscitator
25mercR achie
Revive 25 mercenaries
Medic
100mercR achie
Revive 100 mercenaries
Surgeon
200mercR achie
Revive 500 mercenaries

Notes

  • Mercenaries were added in Patch 0.23
  • In Patch 0.24, mercenary achievements were added
  • Mercenaries were overhauled in Patch 0.25

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