The Beginner's Guide to Teamfight Tactics Mobile
Teamfight Tactics finally arrived on mobile as the first Riot game you can play on your phone! In this article, we'll give you a quick rundown of how you can play TFT on mobile and share some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of playing without a mouse and keyboard.
How to download TFT Mobile
Just like its original PC and Mac version, TFT mobile is free! Currently, you can download it for Android from the Google Store or for iPhone from the App Store.
Game interface and modes
Before we get into the game, let's take a quick look at the menu. Riot is keeping things pretty simple on the first release, so the home screen is pretty bare for now.
In the upper right corner of the image below, the icons are as follows:
- Friends list (only allows you to see who is online, no other functionality at the moment)
- Settings (only has audio and general functions like exit)
On the left, you will be able to access the rewards related to Galxies Pass, and finally, on the bottom right, you can change the game mode or jump right to the selected game mode by clicking Play.
If you're a beginner, definitely check out the handy tutorial that's included - it's a good way to learn the ropes of basic gameplay.
After clicking Play, you will enter a lobby where you can invite your friends who are online by pressing one of the + signs.
If you're wondering, mobile gamers do the cross game with desktop players.
In the central hub, you can select your aesthetic (Little Legends, arena skins, emotes and booms).
If you logged in with your regular account, they will be identical to the ones you have in the desktop client. Once you have everything equipped, you can join a game by pressing Start!
Riot has done a great job designing all the functions of TFT mobile in a way that supports small screens.
Since you don't have the usual keyboard shortcuts, there are new buttons and switches to help you get to what you need.
the golden rule here is that if you want more information about something, if in doubt, just touch and will likely expand.
Champions, Items, and Synergies
Some of you may already be experts in all the Galaxies champions and items, but if you need a quick refresher, just tap a unit on the board.
This will allow you to see a summary of your stats, synergies, items and abilities.
To go into more detail about their abilities or items, simply tap on them, as you can see in the images above and below, which highlight Jarvan IV's Ageless Standard and his Chain Vest.
This also works when you tap units on your bench, all friendly and enemy champion units on the board, and champions on your enemy's bench.
In the upper left corner of the phone you will see two icons, a hexagon and a chest. It's an alternation between the synergies of your council formation and the items on your workbench.
By default it will show your team synergies. When exploring any synergy, you will be able to see what the synergy does, as well as which champions have it.
In the example below you can see that we have Jarvan IV, Mordekaiser and Jhin as our three Dark Stars and we don't have Karma, Lux and Shaco.
If you need a reminder of champions to look for in your store and carousel rounds, it's a good way to check.
By tapping the icon in the top left corner it will change from your synergies to show your unequipped items on your workbench.
If you take a look at the image below, you will see a "2" golden . This number represents the amount of unequipped items on your bench, in this case we have the Negatron Cloak and the Recurve Bow in the center of the image.
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Since I'm hovering the Bow over the Chain Vest Jarvan IV already has, I can see this would make a Titan's Resolution.
One very important thing I want to point out here is that it will indicate the champion that will receive the item you are hovering with. At the bottom of the expanded box you can see Jarvan IV (Chain Vest + Recurve Bow)
This is useful when you have a lot of units and will help prevent you from accidentally equipping an item on the wrong champion when things get hectic.
You can also test item combinations by hovering over items on your workbench, as indicated by the image below.
Unfortunately, you still can't combine items in your item bank, so you'll have to do the trick of combining them into a champion you don't want, and then selling that champion to get the full item (assuming the champion you want to give the combo item to already have a base item).
Savings and experience: how to buy, sell and roll
Next, we'll help you understand how to find everything you need to manage your savings and experience.
In the bottom right corner of the phone you will see a money bag with your current gold.
Tapping the bag will allow you to open your shop during combat, or hide it so you can see your board between rounds.
Directly above the bag you'll find the Upgrade button, your roll probabilities for units, and the lock. If you'd like to buy any champion, just tap their portrait. If you want to buy XP, you can find it in the lower left corner.
If you want to sell a unit, just pick it up and you can drag it to any of the lower corners for more flexibility in a snap.
If you sell a unit that contains items, they will return to your unequipped items section in the upper left corner.
Scouting and statistics
In the top right corner of your phone, you will see a spades icon and a players icon.
The players icon allows you to watch any player in the game by tapping on them.
In the image below, you can see that we are exploring Mananatank as indicated by the yellow bar to the right of the name.
To return to your board, you can press the blue icon in the lower right corner. This blue icon also appears during carousel rounds so you can go back and see what your team needs.
Switching to the sword icon allows you to see combat stats. On the first tap, you will see your team's damage output.
By clicking the < arrow, you can expand to see the enemy team's stats.
The damage bars also indicate the types of damage each unit is dealing. Red represents physical damage, while blue represents magic damage.
You can click on any champion's portrait to see even more detailed stats.
Just click the > icon to close the expanded windows or the sword icon to fully close it and return to the player's health bars.
The fun: how to get emotional
This was the moment you were waiting for right?
By clicking on the smiley face icon in the top right, you can find your usual emoji sprays as well as your Little Legend expressions to maximize your BM or express sadness when you are unlucky.
Naturally, just click the X to close the emotes section as quickly as possible.
Tips for Ranked
If you're serious about scaling, you'll probably want to play games on your computer with a mouse and keyboard to maximize your efficiency and minimize your chances of getting busy on the phone.
However, if you have no choice or are determined to play ranked on your phone, here are some quick additional recommendations:
- Get comfortable and find an optimal setup for your posture and fingers to increase your accuracy.
- Play a few regular games before jumping to the leaderboard to make browsing second nature. You don't want to divide your reasoning power between figuring out where things are and thinking about game decisions.
- Make sure you have stable WiFi to limit your chances of DC'ing. That means you probably don't want to play ranked while traveling in areas that might have tunnels or other things that might interfere with your connection.
- Lastly, make sure you have a battery with plenty of life. Results will vary depending on your phone, but to give you an idea, I played a 30-minute match on an iPhone XS starting at 72% power with all my other apps closed. I finished the game with about 50% energy left.