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This shows what the Mercenaries tab looks like.

Mercenaries are little helpers that can be sent on various random quests, to obtain Gold, Rubies, Hero Souls, Relics, additional mercenaries or to activate random skills. Finishing level 139, ascending for the first time or buying a Quick Ascension unlocks the mercenary tab and gives the player a free mercenary. Up to 5 mercenaries can be owned at a time, and in order to get new mercenaries after that, a mercenary has to die or be dismissed.

Obtaining Mercenaries

The mercenary tab is unlocked after reaching level 139, after ascending for the first time or by buying a Quick Ascension. When a player has no mercenaries, they will automatically get one for free (this will happen instantly if it's a player's first mercenary, or it will take 8 hours when all of their other mercenaries have died). Players can get additional mercenaries by either sending an owned mercenary on an 8 hour quest to get one, or by paying 40 Rubies (400 on mobile) to hire one instantly. While a player has 5 mercenaries, the button to hire a new one will be gone and the mercenary quest will not be included as one of the four quest options. When a player has less than 5 mercenaries, the mercenary quest will always be one of the options.

The mercenary tab will be locked again after transcending, until the player freshly reaches zone 139, ascends, or buys a Quick Ascension, though their old mercenaries remain alive and available once unlocked.

Using Mercenaries

Quests

When choosing a quest for an available mercenary, a player will get four choices, 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/level, rarity, and time it takes to complete the quest. Once a quest has been chosen for a mercenary, the quest cannot be stopped or changed until they are finished.

The store purchase Timelapse affects mercenary quests as well, subtracting 8, 24 or 48 hours from the quest time. For example, if a player has 15 hours left on a quest and activate an 8 hour Timelapse, they will now have 7 hours left, while a 24 or 48 hour Timelapse would finish the quest. This can be repeated as many times as there are Rubies to fund it.

Quest Types

  • Recruit new mercenary (only available if a player does not currently have 5 mercenaries, and will always be one of the quest options if it's available)
  • Relics
  • Rubies
  • Gold
  • Hero Souls
  • Skills activation (activates random skills, even those not 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

Please remember that not just a mercenary's skill and rarity, but also their rank affects their effectiveness.

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 there would be a need to click on the quest. Also, mercenaries only quest offline if the quest is long enough. (One can do a 48-hour quest, and go offline, while the mercenary quests, but they can't do 288 5-minute quests, even with all 5 of their mercenaries.)

On a Gold quest, the Gold reward will scale to player progress: it starts based on the highest current zone, will increase as zones are gained, and reset upon ascension, even after the quest is complete. For example, a mercenary that grants 100× Gold in 15 minutes will give 115× Gold if 10 or more zones are to be beaten before collecting. Beginning in 1.0, Hero Soul quests also scale to the Quick Ascension value the same way, resetting when upon transcension. Gold quests also scale to DPS as well.

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.

Personal Bonuses

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

Bonuses only affect that mercenary and none of the others. Values range between 5% to 2000% based on their rarity. Extra lives is special: Instead of a bonus, a mercenary get free revives, though a player can still spend Rubies to revive instead. It can only appear on mercenaries of rarities Rare and up, and counts upward instead of multiplying.

Below is a list of how each rarity influences personal bonus. There are 8 tiers to the rarity that each mercenary can get, just like Relics:

Rarity Reward Chance Free revives on "+ Extra Lives" mercenaries
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

Losing Mercenaries

Sometimes players lose one or multiple mercenaries. If all of a player's mercenaries are buried or dismissed, the game will automatically start an 8 hour timer to hire a new one.

Dismissal

Only a maximum of 5 mercenaries can be kept at a time, so a player may want to get rid of a mercenary voluntarily to free up space for a new one. This can be done by dismissing it. A dismissal button is available by holding (ctrl) or (shift). When a mercenary is dismissed, it will be released instantly, without having to wait.

Death

A player can also unwillingly lose a mercenary, when it dies. When a mercenary has died, either Rubies can be paid to revive it, depending on its level, or it can be buried to get gold.

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

Required amount of 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 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
x 10 + ceil(1.5x)

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

A mercenary death is not random. Their 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.

Game Data

Mercenary Text

At quest start

After mercenary death

After mercenary revival

After quest completion

After mercenary recruitment

Brb. "Ascended" Am I getting sent out again... Am I missing any limbs? I'm here!
Come back later and see what I got! Ate bad food I'm back, baby! Donezo! I'm ready for adventures!
I hope I didn't leave the oven on... Bae caught me slippin' I thought I was dead! Great success! I'm ready for action!
I hope I don't die... Bit the dust It was so dark down there! It's a hard knock life. Put me in coach!
I'll make you proud, boss. Bought the farm I'm un-vincible! I'm the best! Rise and shine!
I'm off to work! Eaten by a grue Not today. I made it! What chu wan do?
Let's go! Encountered an Immortal Phew, that was close! I hope I didn't leave anything behind. What do you need, Boss?
My life for Aiur! Forgot to bring water Thanks, boss! I'm still alive!
This forest looks kinda dark. Got dysentery The man can't keep me down! Mission accomplished.
This path looks kinda safe... Had an unfortunate fall Valar dohaeris. Phew, that was hard!
Time to quest! Is now room temperature What is dead may never die. Task complete.
Valar Morghulis. Kicked the bucket You won't regret it, boss!
Work work. On permanent VACation
You got it, boss. Paid the piper
Zug Zug. Was immortality-challenged
Went to a better place

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.

Discipleship does not end when the teacher is gone.

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.