South Park: Phone Destroyer hits that perfect balance between offering everything you love about a specific IP with approachable, enjoyable gameplay in a freemium setting. Of course, being freemium, Phone Destroyer certainly has its fair share of pay-to-win potentials and skill/pay walls. However, it’s also one of the more forgiving games in terms of being able to continually play the game. With the following tips, players will be able to maximize their time and skill and extend that play time even further.

Our Phone Destroyer guide is divided into two parts: the first focuses on how to build your card collection and the second focuses on battle tips to help you win in PvP and story mode. Our card gathering tips are based common sense techniques as well as time management.

Card Gathering Tips

Always Get Your Free Cards

Sure, the whole point of free card timers is simply to get you to log back into the game, but if we’re trying to do as much as we can without spending real money, then those free card packs become absolutely essential. The easiest way to guarantee that you get those packs as soon as possible is to let the game remind you via notifications. However, if you’re not big into constant reminders, at least set a timer or alarm so you know when to go back.

Take Advantage of the Extra Locker Slot… When Appropriate

Phone Destroyer rewards won battles by letting the player pick three random lockers from a set of ten. Three of the lockers will contain significant rewards while the rest will have standard, smaller rewards. The game will let players take one more free locker in return for watching an ad. However, after you’ve done it a few times, the game puts you on a four hour timer before you can opt for extra ad lockers. So, while you want to use those ad lockers when they are available be smart about it. For example, if you’ve already gotten the good rewards from a battle, don’t bother using an ad locker. Conversely, if you open up three crappy reward lockers, the odds are in your favor that you’ll get a good one with the ad locker.

Focus on Training the Cards You Like

Early on in Phone Destroyer the game gives you a decent amount of materials and coins and basically tell you to go nuts and upgrade as many cards as you can. While there’s nothing wrong with this, the cards available to upgrade are simply the introductory cards and may not necessarily be ones that you even like. At this early stage, I’d recommend upgrading the cards you like and avoid upgrading those that you just know you’re going to put on the bench as soon as you get the opportunity.

Purchase Materials Early On, Cards Later On

For the first few hours of the game, materials will be your biggest bottle neck as all your intro cards will need to be upgrade significantly. Thankfully, the game’s shops all sell various upgrade materials that rotate periodically. Early on, I’d recommend spending what coins and PvP tickets you earn on materials until you can get all your heavy hitting cards fully leveled up. Once you get to that point, then you focus on purchasing cards for the actual upgrades.

Save Your Premium Currency for Card Packs

Sure it will take awhile, but don’t be tempted to spend your premium currency on extra locker rolls or anything else but card packs. Specifically, don’t stop saving until you can get at least the second tier card pack that has a greater chance for better cards. In terms of actually earning said currency, you can earn it via lockers and don’t forget to cash out any achievements that are unlocked.

Take Advantage of any Starter Bundles

Yes, I know the guide focuses on not having to spend anymore. But, if you have a couple bucks to spare, take advantage of the starter bundles. They are of greater value than simply purchasing currency and usually have things that you’ll want to get anything.


PvP/Battle Tips

While the story mode is pretty straightforward, PvP plays similarly to a modified version of Clash Royale. There’s plenty of strategy in terms of card selection and usage, so keep in mind the following tips, when you’re battling.

Keep A Balanced Card Collection On Hand

Cards are divided into Tanks (High HP/Low Damage), Fighter (Balanced Melee Fighters), Assassins (Mobile High Damage/Low HP) and Ranged (Low HP). There are also spell cards that cause damage and other effects on the battlefield, but don’t summon characters to the board. Generally, you want to keep a few of each card on there so that way you have a fairly good chance of countering.

Don’t Forget to Repeat Past PvE Battles

Each PvE Mission has 15 difficulties - and each time you beat it you move up to the next one. While the matches obviously get more difficulty, the rewards get much better too. If you find yourself having issues progressing in the story, there’s probably a good chance you’ll have some older missions to reply at easier difficulties, giving you more chances to earn cards, materials and currency.

Know What Cards to Counter With Others

The biggest key to success in both PvP and PvE battles is to know which cards you’re facing against and how to counter against them. For example, if your enemy is slow moving tank, you want to use a fast assassin and as many ranged attackers as possible to start dealing damage. If you’re facing an assassin yourself, you may want to unleash a card that spawns multiple enemies (such as the animal cards) that can act as a diversion while your other cards do damage. You’ll also want to try and get your tanks in a position to take as much damage so your other cards can stay alive and do their own attacks.

Don’t Forget Special Abilities

Rarer cards will typically come with abilities, such as those that need to be activated after spending time on the field (Sheriff Cartman is the first such card that you get with this ability). There are other abilities as well, such as Warcry (activates when the card is put in play), Aura (AoE benefits/nerfs for nearby characters), and Deathwish (activates when you die). If you’re lucky enough to have cards with these abilities, make sure you understand exactly what they do and when they are activated so that why you can place them at the correct moment.

Know When To Place Your Cards and When To Save Them

As you start attacking your opponent (and as they start attacking you) the main player on each side will send out large shockwaves as they lose blocks of health. These shockwaves will do a lot of damage and will most likely take out a lot of weaker cards. If you know you’re going to do a lot of damage to initiate a shockwave on your foe, don’t send out cards arbitrarily — wait until the shockwave hits and then put those cards out. Conversely, if you know your hero is going to shockwave, wait until it happens and then place your cards out on the field.

Refrain From Really Getting into PvP Until A Little Later On

The PvE story mode has a few hard stops that require you to win PvP matches to move on, but beyond these mandatory matches, I’d recommend waiting on going all in regarding PvP until your at character level 5 and you have a few cards upgraded. The reason for this is I found the matchmaking to be a bit unbalanced up front and found myself playing against players that were a bit more upgraded than me simply because they played the story mode a bit longer. To that end I’d recommend doing the first 10-15 missions before being really ready to go PvP.

  • Michael Gevins

    Unfortunately the game requires Game Center. That’s a deal breaker.

    • Feathers

      Not exactly a controversial opinion, but being "free"-to-play was the game-breaker for me.

      • 8tackOnTit

        So’s like 90% of the card battler style games in the AppStore with loot boxes.

    • Knil

      Why is Game Center a deal breaker?

      • Michael Gevins

        It’s still buggy as shit, I don’t use it for other games.

  • Nightxx

    Game should be named "South Park: Wallet Destroyer".

  • elthesensai

    Would love to hear opinions on the game.

  • Cory Crete

    PvP is awfully unbalanced. When you lose, you can tell when it's because of either great strat from the other player or if it's your HP drains retardely fast due to Pay to Win. And 90% of your losses are due to Pay to Win. That throws the game into retarded mode when they purposely slap PvP in the main single player experience. Purposely to get you frustrated to make you want to spend cash. I haven't, but if it wasn't for their lack of resistance in wallet gouging this would have been a great game. Take pvp out of single player missions, like seriously what a stupid condition that does nothing to make you enjoy PvP especially if you already hated or not cared for it. It actually does the opposite, and makes you loathe it.

    • Juan

      Man, you really need to follow those tips. No spending, current PvP rank 13, just 2 days playing it. Be smart and repeat tiers

    • Chris Galante

      Wow you're that bad that the game? 90% lol I'm rank 17

    • Nathan Hurst

      You just sound like someone who's bad at the game. I win some I lose some, but vs you I bet I'd win all. I got 5$ into the game for pirate craig. Get mad.

    • Ricardo Gianella

      I am at rank 31 and havent spent a single dime on the game. Get better stop crying dont get frustrated. Millenials always want to win and come first without losing....God.

    • Don

      Nope, he is right. I have been as high as lvl 49 and haven't spent a single dime. At one point it would take 5 or more matches to finally get one single win. The game is exactly like Cory says, nothing but a reward the players that spend money and frustrate the heck out of the non money spenders. I get it they need to make money but at the highest levels the game is near impossible and unfair. I play other free to play games but, this game makes my blood boil at all the unfair and one sided tactics. Also, I feel that they use bots to play live pvp matches and they are sometimes too "perfect" and always have the answer to your cards/tactics. Game is fun in the beginning but makes you hate it in the long run, nothing but a grind and has lost all its fun.

  • Stormourner of the Nature

    well I guess this freemium not free episode of South Park wasn't true ;P

    • Elliot F Smith

      Yup, guess an episode of South Park wasn't true, but rather a fictional piece of animated satire.

  • DorjeeVajra

    TY very nicely written and the game is a bit ironic considering their Freemium Episode.

    • OptimisticDoomsayer

      Only a bit, though. The game doesn't constantly shove the cash offers in your face, it's rather discrete about it. And most importantly, the gameplay is fun. I'm reasonably sure it beats the hell out of the Family Guy and Simpsons freemium games they were mocking in that episode. Those have been described as "exploitative and lacking in gameplay".

  • Dr.MasterOphiuchus

    Is there an app or place I can go to learn what everything means on the games! Like the keys 🔑 what they do? How do I use them? All these feathers I have over 250 of each but how are they helping me by collecting them or the dead rats etc etc

  • Dr.MasterOphiuchus

    I think PVE should only be allowed to play against the same level PVE Cause I’m on 5 and played an 8 it lasted 15 seconds