When you start a new game of Storybook Brawl, you have 40 Health (unless you’re Grandmother, who starts with 50). When you lose a battle you lose Health – the amount lost is equal to your opponent’s level plus one for each of their surviving non-upgraded characters plus three for each of their surviving upgraded characters. If you’re playing The Cursed King (why?!?) then you lose an additional one health every round whether you win or lose.
So it’s a downward slope until either you reach zero and are eliminated or you’re the last Hero standing. However if you keep an eye on the Hero bar to the left of the screen, you’ll notice that sometimes a Hero gains Health. So how does that happen? How do you gain Health?
There are no Heroes who automatically gain or regain Health. Nor do any Characters give you Health. Currently the only way to get Health back is through Spells and Treasures.
Of course, Spells cost Gold and Treasures require Characters who cost Gold. So increasing your Gold indirectly increases your ability to gain Health if one of the relevant Spells or Treasures appears. However buying a Health related Spell or Treasure also reduces your other options, so it’s a difficult balance. How much do you really need those extra Health points?
Be careful to distinguish between Spells and Treasures that give your Hero Health and those that give your Characters Health.
- Healing Potion (Cost 1)
You gain +1 Health. You can cast another spell this round.
- The End (Cost 3)
Devour a character to gain Health equal to its level and +1 XP.
Note that with The End you can buy a Character from the shop specifically to devour it! However this is an expensive strategy: to get 4 Health back you need to spend 4 on the Character plus 3 for the Spell. Seven Gold is a lot – but if you’re low on Health it might make the difference between staying in the contest or being knocked out.
- Ring Of Regeneration (Level 2)
After each brawl, you gain +1 Health
- Secret Stash (Level 2)
When you lose a brawl, destroy this to gain +3 Health and +3 Gold
- Ruby Slippers (Level 3)
When you lose a brawl, you gain +2 Health
For me, Ring of Regeneration is a no-brainer. I always buy it if it turns up early in the game – unless I have the option of the Easter Egg.