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Loop Hero – River Placement Guide

Loop Hero - River Placement Guide

Welcome to our Loop Hero guide on River placement so you can get the most out of your route. This guide covers how to place river cards and whether or not they stack. Continue reading below to learn a few tips and tricks.

How to Place River Cards

Before you can start placing River cards, make sure you have the building unlocked in your camp. River cards double the stats of any adjacent tiles, such as Thickets, Mountains, and more. There are several ways to use them creatively for significant buffs such as getting your Attack Speed above 400% as the Rogue class. The most popular use of River cards is usually Thickets and Sand Dunes alongside them.

Redditor u/code_chris created a website that lets you test different River/Thicket layouts to maximize your Attack Speed. The image below is the current best layout for River placement so long as you have enough room in your expedition. This layout was created by another Redditor, u/claustrophobie. If you have any feedback regarding River placement, be sure to comment below the article.

The image below is shown in the screenshot at the top of this article. Once you’ve completed this River placement, you may need to get a little creative with continuing it. By now, you’ll want to send the River across the map to the other side. You don’t necessarily need to replicate this setup, but you can still get more attack speed by keeping River tiles adjacent to Thickets.

Loop Hero - River Placement Layout

Do Rivers Stack in Loop Hero?

Loop Hero - River Placement Screenshot

This River placement setup is much simpler, but it’s not as efficient as the others.

As shown in the image above, River buffs do stack in Loop Hero. This is why Thickets are one of the most popular land cards taken by many players. Rivers will only double the effect of a tile if they’re above, below, to the left, or to the right of it. Diagonal tiles aren’t affected. Thicket buffs based on River placement are listed below:

  • 0 Adjacent Rivers – 2% Attack Speed
  • 1 Adjacent River – 4% Attack Speed
  • 2 Adjacent Rivers – 8% Attack Speed
  • 3 Adjacent Rivers – 12% Attack Speed
  • 4 Adjacent Rivers – 16% Attack Speed

If you have any other Loop Hero questions, comment below and we’ll try to help you out. Otherwise, for more Loop Hero tips and tricks, head over to our guide hub here. We’ve picked a few guides below that may interest you too.


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