Honor of Kings is a mobile multiplayer online battle arena game similar to League of Legends developed by Riot Games. Players take the role of a Summoner, which is the only aspect constant between battles. The player chosen Champion can gain experience and level up during a battle but its upgrades does not carry over to the next battle.
Summoners gain gold, experience and rune points after a battle and level up when experience reaches a certain level. Certain level unlock spells, and each level increases hero attribute in adventure mode.
Champion can gain experience during a battle that unlocks skills and boost attributes. Summoner can also purchase customizations for a specific Champion that also boost attributes.
Rune are items, when equipped, boost a certain aspect of a Champion. Runes can be obtained by rune points, achievements or events, then equipped on rune pages. Before each battle the Summoner can choose one runes page for the selected Champion.
There are three in-game currencies, gold, gems and vouchers. gold is awarded after each battle, gem is awarded after unlocking certain daily and lifetime achievements, and vouchers are only available through in app purchases. All can be used to purchase different items such as Champions, runes and customizations in the store, but certain items are only obtainable using gems, or using vouchers.
The Adventure mode features a story-line based maps in which the Summoner get to know the story behind different Champions. Each map has 3 different difficulties and completing all map in a difficulty unlocks certain awards.
The Free Match mode features several 5 vs 5, 3 vs 3 and 1 vs 1 maps. During weekends additional entertainment maps are also open for fighting.
The Ladder Mode features a season-based schedule in which Summoners can battle for higher rankings. Certain rankings unlock season-specific achievements.