Most offensive troops
Lack of potent shooters - cyclops are hard to build due to ore and
Only one flyer
Due to their speed, both goblins and hobgoblins are somewhat more
useful than you'd expect for a 1stlevel troop.
Wolf riders 7/5/10/2-4/6/100
Wolf raiders 8/5/10/3-4/8/140, two strikes
A good offensive troop. They're extremely bad on defense, so you need to
Orc chieftans 8/4/20/2-5/5/165
Another offensive unit - they make good cheap shooters and upgraded are
Ogre magi 13/7/60/6-12/5/400, cast Bloodlust
Ogres are great fighters, yet their lower speed assures them defensive
tasks, especially protection of orcs. BloodLust is cast at Advanced level
(+6 attack) and is affected by Magic Plains/Cursed Ground.
Thunderbirds 13/11/60/11-15/11/700, Lightning attack
Both variants are good flying fighters, important in most battles.
Cyclopes 15/12/70/16-20/6/750, can attack siege walls (Basic Ballistic
Cyclops kings 17/13/70/16-20/8/1100, can attack siege walls (Advanced
Behemoths 17/17/160/30-50/6/1500, reduces target defense by 40%
Ancient Behemoths 19/19/300/30-50/9/3000 + 1c, reduces target defense by 80%
Behemoths make excellent fighters, although they're not as remarkable
as other 7thlevel creatures.
- Hobgoblins: Low, unless you're going to use them in offensive campaigns.
Taking into account affinity of castle tower fire towards them, you
probably will take them along only as cannonfodder.
- Wolf raiders: High, for the speed boost, double attack and higher
damage. May become low if you manage to build Rocs and Behemoths
- Orc chieftans: High, for the increased HPs and higher speed.
- Ogre magi: High, for the special and +50% HPs.
- Thunderbirds: Top, for the +4 speed and nice cleaning special.
- Cyclope Kings: Moderate, for increased special effect and +2 speed.
- Ancient Behemoths: High, for the speed boost and almost doubled HPs.
Castle building in the first week:
|Day 1:||Town Hall||2500g|
|Day 2:||Wolf pen||1000 g + 10w + 5o|
|Day 3:||Orc Tower||1000g + 5w + 5o|
|Day 4:||Cliff Nest||2500g + 10o|
|Day 5:||Behemoth Lair||10000g + 10w + 10o + 10c|
|Day 6:||Ogre Fort||2000g + 20w|
|Day 7:||Citadel||2500g + 5o|
Goblin Barracks as 1stlevel dwelling assumed present. If it's not
present, we don't go for Ogre Fort.
If we can't get enough resources, we should focus on less
dwellings and try to upgrade them. A good combination is Hobgoblins,
WolfRaiders and Thunderbirds (and these troops are pretty fast, too!)
You'll need 25w (45 with ogres), 35o and 21500g, which leaves
us (20000 + 7000 - 21500) = 5500g (7500 without ogres) for Day 1 to
spend on troops. That isn't any much, but you'll be able to recruit
three behemoths and a few rocs, which should provide capable army for
The minimal variant with upgraded cliff nest, wolf pen and goblin
barracks, but without orc tower, ogre fort and behemoth lair requires
7000 less gold, so you'll be able to recruit all the built troops and
still have some gold left to raise CityHall quickly, if you'll get the
Second week strategies:
If you choose the rich variant with all dwellings, you'll have a
lot of unpurchased troops in the castle, so hurry for all the gold you
The minimal variant will have priorities in getting all the extra
wood, ore and a crystal mine first and extra gold later.
Troops cost weekly (with castle):
Without 7th level: 18530
With 7th level: 24530
With one castle producing 14000/week, you will probably do well without
ogres and possibly either goblins or wolfraiders... yet the goblins make
good cannonfodder for AI castle turrets.
Capitol at 28000/week will spare some 4000 gold a
week, thus making the Stronghold the richest town in the game.
HPs grown weekly 1770 (plus 600 in ancient behemoths) at 10.46
g/HP (10.35). (Behemoths are the cheapest/HP 7thlevel around!)
- Blacksmith: Ammo Carts (useless, even dangerous as a target for
magogs and liches)
- Ballista Yard: Blacksmith upgrade, Ballistas aren't useless ;-)
- Freelancer's Guild: a good way to convert forces that joined you to
something useful (especially if they're some nuts like Zombies ;-))
- Resource Silo: +1w and +1o per day
- Escape Tunnel: if you've got enough money, get the tunnels so that
you can save armies if unexpected enemies appear.
- Hall of Valhalla: +1 Attack, worth it.
- Mess Hall: +8 goblin growth - get it soon or never.
Since your dwellings are cheap, you can get behemoths in first week.
You'll need some extra wood and even more extra ore, however. (and 20
wood for ogres, too). However, the behemoth lair will make a large
suction in your cash reserves, so be careful and keep some spare cash
for building economy later.
The behemoths alone in second week are enough to do most
exploring. The thunderbird variant isn't aby bad, too, but since the
two supporting troops are very weak, they'll tend to suffer
casualties, unless used very carefully.
In later phases, go for upgraded behemoths quickly, as they're
much more durable and considerably faster.
Goblins and Ogres are quite good for castle defense, but since
their upgraded versions are faster, you might want to take them on the
road with your might hero. In that case, cyclopes might be used as the
reserve troop, until their number accumulates into a useful shooter
stack. (However, cyclopes in castle sieges are good even in the lowest
numbers, as the damage dealt to castle walls isn't dependant on the
size of the attacking cyclopes stack - so if you enter the battle with
four stacks of two cyclopes, you'll have four extra catapult attacks
per turn. One cyclope isn't enough, however, since the castle towers
will score 100+ damage and would eliminate him.)
From the barbarians, Crag Hack is the best with Advanced Offense
and 5% per level bonus to it. Gurnisson's ballista is a good thing.
Tyraxor with Tactics and WolfRaider speciality seems a good pick, too.
All others are fair, maybe except Krellion (Ogres and Resistance.)
Battle Mages: Dessa with Logistics is a good one. Gundula is a
spellcasting version of Crag Hack (Offense). Terek is my personal
favorite (Tactics and Haste special - Those two combined guarantee you a
huge first strike. It is, however, very wise to try and acquire some
very fast unit (phoenix, archangel, some dragon etc, so that you play
first and have time to cast Haste)). Zubin is good for shooters
(Precision). Others don't seem good.
Skills important for the troops and strategy:
Offense is the key to success, because your troops already score
good damage, having very high attack rating - and expanding it by 15%
is certainly worth one secondary slot.
With two shooters and four walkers, Ballistics seems a bit better
than Archery, taking the not-so-good availability of cyclopes into
|Wolf raiders||8||5||10||3-4||8||140 ||3.36||2.40||18||60|
|Ogre magi||13 ||7||60||6-12||5||400||10.35||2.59||8||83|
|Ancient Behemoths||19||19 ||300||30-50||9||3000||58||1.93||2||116|