How to Score More Points in Words With Friends 2 Lightning Rounds

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Introduction

Lightning Rounds have become my favorite way to play Words with Friends 2. I am going to explain the strategies I have learned so you can score more points, and win more often.

Words with Friends 2 Lightning Rounds Game Board.
Here is a lightning rounds game board.

Avoid Playing Defensively

Lightning Rounds in Words with Friends 2 is a team-based game. You win when your team scores 750 points first.

The best strategy is to set up your team to score as many points as possible. Playing defensively in Lightning Rounds is a bad idea. Play too many short words, and it is much harder to think of a word to play.

You do not want to be stuck on one screen for too long. The goal is to play a word fast and move on. But if the team is playing too defensively you will have to think longer about what to do next.

Unless you are an expert and have all the short words memorized things will get confusing. Getting stuck in this situation is why it is important to play long words. Playing long words allows opportunities to play future words. You want to help the team out by doing this when necessary.

Use Bonus Tiles!

You want the team to use bonus tiles frequently. Setting up your teammates to score with bonus tiles is a huge priority.

Play long and open words. You want your teammates to have opportunities to play high scoring words.

You also want to use bonus tiles as much you can as well. By using Triple Word Score spaces and the right letters, I have scored over 100 points in one move! If you and your team both play bonus tiles often, you will all win more games.

Words with Friends 2 Lightning Bonus Tiles
These are the bonus tiles in the game.

Play as Fast as You Can

You want to play fast in Lightning Rounds. You do not want to stall on one board for too long. It is better to play a word then to spend too much time thinking of one. It is possible your teammates have a much better chance of scoring big than you. If you are on a very confusing game board and have no words to play swap or skip your turn.

If your team has a huge lead play a bunch of short words quickly. This tactic works when your team has a lead of over 100 points.

Remember to Use Suffixes and Prefixes

One tactic I remember reading in the past is to remember all the ways to add on suffixes and prefixes to words. You will get points for the original word and your letters. If your letters land on a bonus tile, you get even more points!

I have found sometimes it is better to add something to an existing word than to make my own. It is also something I am good at spotting so I can do it quickly. There are also some words that are two words combined. Knowing these words are also a way to make long words and score points.

Letter Score Is Important

Keep in mind that some letters are worth more points. Because scoring the most points involves using some of these letters.

A great word that is easy for me to remember is zax. Get this word on a triple letter or a triple word tile, and you are scoring many points!

Words with Friends Letter Scores

Data from thewordfinder.

The ENABLE Dictionary

Letter ScoreLetters
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1 PointA E I O R S T
2 PointsD L N U
3 PointsG H Y
4 PointsB C F M P W
5 PointsK V
8 PointsX
10 PointsJ Q Z

The Words with Friends 2 dictionary uses the ENABLE dictionary with some changes. From what I can see they removed the mean and naughty words like curse words and added some modern words to it.

You can see the ENABLE list on this website. While the page is outdated, I can’t imagine too much has changed. The list should still be a good resource to use to learn new words.

How to Use Blank Tiles

It is important to use blank tiles in a helpful way. Blank tiles are worth zero points. Playing a blank tile on a double or triple letter tile does not score any points.

Lightning rounds are about being fast. So if I don’t see any word that looks good, sometimes I make whatever word comes to mind with a blank tile and move on. Lightning rounds are too fast to wait for the perfect opportunity. I wouldn’t hold a blank tile for more than one or two turns.

When used to reach a double or triple word tile black tiles can score many points. Using blank tiles to position high scoring words into good places is a great strategy.

Strategy Overview

  1. Avoid playing defensively
  2. Play long words.
  3. Play towards bonus tiles
  4. Play bonus tiles as much as possible.
  5. Play high scoring letters often.
  6. Use blank tiles strategically.

Remember to Have Fun and Score Many Points

Remember these things, and you will score many points and win many games! Since this is a team based game there are some factors out of your control. Just try your best and have fun!

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