- Basic units
- Other units – how research works
- Other infantry – barracks
- Cavalry – Stable
- Siege engine – Workshop
- Expansion troops
This page presents how to train the different kind of troops, where to build them, and the main usage of them.
Once you have a barracks in your village you can train basic units.
In order to train other units, you will need to:
- Build (research) requirements specified for the unit.
- Research the unit in the academy. Research is expensive. The price and time details can be found in the academy.
- Train them in the proper building (explained on this page)
Note: The research must be done in each village. Doing the research in a village does not count for any other. If the village is conquered, all research is lost.
|Other infantry troops|
|Equites Legati||Roman Troops|
In order to build siege engines, you will need a workshop.
- Rams and Battering Rams are the only troops that can destroy village walls.
- Fire Catapults, Catapults and Trebuchets are the only troops that can destroy buildings. Destroying the palace or residence is required to conquer a village.
|Siege engines troops|
|Battering Ram||Roman Troops|
There are 2 kinds of troops that can be used to expand your kingdom:
- They can create a new village in an empty spot, starting it with only a main building just like when you started.
- Settlers DO NOT need any research.
The administrators (senator, chief, chieftain)
- They can be used to lower other village’s loyalty, and conquer them.
- Administrators need to be researched in the academy first. Researching administrators is VERY expensive. You should make sure to read below before researching them.
All troops have their specific attack and defence values. They all have different purposes, and are better used accordingly.
Furthermore, each village possesses a basic defence value. This means that a village without any defending troops may be able to kill attacking troops.This basic defence is affected by the residence / palace, the stone wall / earth wall / palisade and the morale bonus.
Some troops (Legionnaire, Praetorian – Roman troops; Spearman, Paladin – Teutonic troops; Phalanx and Druidrider – Gallic troops) are considered defensive troops. They are the best at defending for their respective tribes. Some are better at defending against infantry, some are better against cavalry. Having a mix of them is usually a safer bet, so that you avoid being weak to a specific type of troop.
When attacked, all troops currently placed in the village will help defend against the attack. You can enhance another village’s (yours or your allies’) defence by sending troops as reinforcement to their village. You should also make sure they arrive prior to the attack. Gathering defence against a big attack is a good way to block the attack, with minimal loss for the defenders.
You can withdraw your reinforcements by calling them back home via your rally point.
Unit’s armour can be upgraded in the smithy of their home village, increasing their defence abilities.
Some troops (Legionnaire, Imperian, Equites Imperatoris, Equites Caesaris – Roman troops; Clubswinger, Axeman, Teutonic Knight – Teutonic troops; Swordsman, Theutates Thunder and Haeduan – Gallic troops) are considered offensive. They tend to deal more damage on the attacking side than if they were on the defensive side of the battle.
Unit’s weapons can be upgraded in the smithy of their home village, increasing their attacking abilities.
Attacks can be done in two different ways.
Raids are usually used when the aim is to steal resources. The attacking units make a quick strike and leave fast with what they can carry.
Raid can also be used when the aim is to just deal some damage to the defender, without losing too much, like in a strike that happens before other troops get around.
Best raiding units:
- Gallic – Theutates Thunder, for their velocity
- Teutonic – Paladin, for their high capacity
- Roman – Equites Imperatoris, for their heavy carrying ability
Clubswingers are often seen as good raiders because their low training costs allow them to payback the investment quickly. Also, because of their attack power, they can be used to sweep defence produced between raids.
Though the Paladin is not an attacking unit, their ability to raid resources is only matched by the Theutates Thunder’s velocity, and as with all cavalry units, they can be used in early game to kill off some poor Clubswingers who really don’t know how to defend properly against cavalry.
Regular Attacks (as in not raids) can also be used to steal resources. However, if there are defending troops more casualties can be expected on both sides.
- are fought until one of the armies is dead
- can free friendly trapped units (provided at least 1 attacking unit survives)
- can destroy walls and/or buildings (with rams and/or catapults)
- can lower a village’s loyalty and conquer it (with an administrator)
Walls can give a nice defending bonus. Using rams while attacking can damage the wall and lower defence during the attack resulting in less casualties for the attacker. This could even change a humiliating defeat in a beautiful victory. The more rams, the faster the wall is destroyed.
How administrators work in takeovers is explained in detail on the page “Conquering Villages”.
Spies can be sent to scout an enemy’s village and try to count either:
- Defending units and resources
- Defending units and building defences (Wall level and Residence/Palace level)
If the defender has spies in the village, some of the scouting spies will die, and the defender will be notified. If at least one of the attacking spies gets to leave, the attacker will have the requested information.
In order to detect scoutings on your villages, it is recommended to have at least a few scouts (5-30) on each of them. It is also recommended to have much more of them in the few spots (15 crops, capital, offensive village, …) you really don’t want someone to just scout and get the information.
During truce times you have to consider the following:
- Natars WILL attack you in case you settle in the grey area. So be prepared to defend them.
- Scouting works normally.
- Adventuring works normally.
- Raiding or attacking other player does not work. Only greetings are sent instead.
- Raiding or attacking independent Natarian villages does not work. Only greetings are sent instead.
- Raiding oasis (conquered or unconquered ones) does not work. Due to this conquering oasis is also not possible. Only greetings are sent instead.
- Capturing animals with cages does not work. Only greetings are sent instead.