KBP COW strategy guide


The Catan Online World (COW) meta-game offers a rich variety of experiences. The "official" goal of the game is to become capital of catan, the city with the most culture points. The city gets culture points when you:

  1. make a city expansion donation
  2. upgrade you house
  3. upgrade your clothes
  4. buy plants or a pet

To do this you need to earn resources.

Katimavic Bay's goal for the game can be summarized as

Play often, Play well, Have fun

The last point of course being the most important

In the meta-game all citizens play as a team. Exactly how much time you spend in the meta game and what you do is of course completely up to you. You should know though that all city building costs are related to the number of active citizens, who have received 15 resources in the last 4 weeks, SO from a city point of view it is better to not play at all or play the game fully.

There's no point playing a game if you're not having fun.


To work effectively as a team we need to have a common goal and strategy. There are 2 game periods left, 3 and 4, and 1 more barbarians attack. Our strategy is to focus on defense for period 3 and then spend what we want in period 4..

Our goal for Period 3

Our goal for this period is DEFENSE, trying to minimize losses in the final barbarian attack in 45 days. In this period the barbarians cause the following damage (where position 1 is the city with the largest Danger value):

Position Levels lost
1 - 7 3
8 - 12 2
13- 17 1
18 - 24 safe

Our goal ideally would be to finish in position 18 by 1 donation. We'll have to see how far we can go. In period 2 we finished in position 9.

Our Strategy

TO do this we want to be smart on how we increase culture points and focus on building up defensive capabilities.

You can best contribute by doing the following:

  1. Do NOT contribute to city guard for now. There will be at least one additional wall built so your donation will be worth more if you wait.
  2. Switch to building the arsenal TODAY. It will cost 7 extra donations when we restart the wall, but the arsenal will cost more if more citizens become active. Each day we delay will cost us 2.5 extra donations we will need to make at the end of the period. So if switching will get us an aresenal 3 days faster, it is worth the increase cost for restarting the wall.
  3. Spend ALL your resources on City expansions until we rebuild level 3 of the arsenal. We are losing 2.5 city guard donations a day and the clock is ticking. Last period we lost 70 donations because we were slow rebuilding the arsenal.
  4. Get on the monthly player list so that we don't waste any gold given to the top 5 of those of have played teh game at least 7 timee this month.
  5. Do NOT upgrade clothing. They contribute nothing to defence and add lots of culture points. Period 4 will be the time to expand your wardrobe.
  6. Once the arsenal is upgraded, upgrade your house:
  • for levels 1-4 to level 5 (production + 20%). This will give you a bit of breathing room for storage and will allow you to generate approximately 20 extra resource till the end of the game.
  • For level 6-7 to 8 (Production +30%)or 30 more resources end of game6)
  • for level 9 and higher cost of upgrade 2 levels it more than benefit gained by increased production (42 vs 30)
  1. Go for Gold: Visit the merchant as often as you can and build up your supply of gold. This is the ideal storage because you can have 25 and convert back without cost at anay time.

When do we make guard donations ?

Ideally just like we did in Period 2, an hour or two before the attack. The only thing making an early guard donation is to put pressure on other cities to do the same. You then get an escalation that just makes things more expensive for everyone. To make this work everyone needs to start accumulating gold now. If 20 citizens have 20 gold the last day of the period and the city has about 70 gold we can make 150 -160 donations. That would blow us by a ton of people, they wouldn't know what hit them.

When should I upgrade my house , clothes, garden and pet ?

The less we build in period 3, the less we have to pay to defend. Apart from upgrading house to increase productivity it is best to wate until period 4 to buy. But if you really want a nice garden or nicer clothes, go ahead but realize that their is an additional cost to defend it.

General Strategy

if you want to play the game to the fullest, here are some tips on what you can do:

Generate Resources

You want to generate as many resources as you can


You receive resources every day based on the level of your house

Level avg Resources per day
1 - 4 1
5 - 7 1.2
8 - 11 1.5
12-14 1.8

TIP: Be aware of how much storage you have left in your house . Once it is down to zero YOU NO LONGER RECEIVE your hard earned resources.


Every week you get rewarded in a variety of ways the more you play and the more you win:

  • If you play 1-4 games per week, you receive an additional resource
  • If you play more than 4 games per week, you receive an additional resource
  • If you win 1-2 games per week, you receive an additional resource
  • If you win more than 2 games per week, you receive an additional resource

Once we upgrade the library you will also get a gold for winning 3 games (level 2) and 5 games (level 3),


Get paid gold to play and have fun

Each city is given 60 gold a month to give to the top 5 players who have played 7 times or more the following games. For many games we don't even have 5 players who have played seven times. Play 7 times and you're on the list. If you finish in the top 5 you get one gold (2 for first place)

Game Spaces remaining
Basic game 0
Cardgame 4
Tournament game 5
Catan Expansion 2
Domaine 0
Hoity Toity 3
Multi-catan 2
Desert sons 4
Cities & Knights 0
Elasund 5

Play the catan dice game

If we can get 15 people playing this once a day (less than 10 minutes), we should be able to compete well with other cities. WE can then upgrade the assembly hall and potentially get up to one full city expansion per month.

Read our Catan Dice Game strategy Guide to learn how to get a high score. Send mail to waterboy to get the password to access the strategy guides.

With 1 level of expansion for the assembly hall, the village with the highest average wins 1 WHOLE building expansion !

RIddle Game

Same as the Catan DIce Game

How should you spend your Resources

It would probably be more efficient to tell you exactly what to do with all your resources to give optimum benefit to the city and easier to just let you go your own way, but since this is a canadian city we're suggesting something in-between. You are of course free to do what you want with your resources but we ask that you make regular city expansion donations, particularly now

Make regular city expansion donations

We realize that everyone will have different ideas of what they would like to do in COW, but one concern we all share is safety and not losing our hard earned progress to the barbarian. The most cost effective way to do this is invest immediately in the Arsenal which will start automatically making 5 donations daily to the city guard if we upgrade it 2 levels.

We ask therefore that you make 4 City Expansion donations ( 1 wood, 1 brick , 1 ore) as a priority. Once you have the required resources for a donation you can go the Mason's Guild to contribute. The sooner we can get the Arsenal upgraded the less we will have to contribute later to ensure our safety.

Upgrade your house before your clothes

Upgrading your house to levels 5, 8 ,or 11 increases your daily resource production.

Other Useful Info

Choosing an occupation

If you are unsure which occupation to take we recommend woodsman, brick maker or smith. This will increase the likelihood that you will have the right resources.


The beggar no longer gives clothes or house upgrades! You now lose your hard earned resources in the long run by contributing ! STAY AWAY !


Remember also that if you don't have the resources you need you can always try to trade them every three hours at the Market from noon to noon everyday.

TRading resources with other citizens

You can also trade resources 1:1 with other citizens by clicking on the trade button in the menu.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License