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    Since this thread is hacked or broken or idk, the pages become unveiwable and I was actually mid-readin' a few comments that would be good to hear again...especially since one of them potentially changes a lot of things.

    Simply put, I'm gunna remake this thread there and hope that it stays away from w/e else. If anyone knows how to fix this or anythin', then by all means that thread can be deleted and replaced back w/ the original; if any Mod's not happy w/ me re-postin' this, jus' PM me. I feel this shouldnae be an issue considerin' I'm relyin' on new posts to advance the guide and postin' has been effectively disabled on this thread.


    Key Issues in Combat Mechanics

    Firstly, I'd like to note that this is intended to be an beginner-goin'-intermediate level guide. I shudder to think about how much detail would be required to go into any kind of Advanced guide and don't think I'm nearly qualified enough to consider tryin' it. I also don't expect someone who's a complete newstart to come and see this guide and instantly pick up on it. This is aimed at those who are already in the game, advancin' and are either havin' problems in a combat situation or would simply like to further their knowledge of the system to any degree.

    There are hundreds of threads askin' for details on why an attack failed, or what exactly would be a better way to deal w/ it.
    A lot of responses tend to fall on the same things again and again. Havin' some guide of baseline guide to cover some of the more typical problems and the issues dealin' w/ them or even how to deal w/ them seems like somethin' we're missin' here.
    I'm not tryin' to jus' write this up and expect it to be perfect; the mechanics are far too complicated to be explained from a one-man view and w/o several other viewpoints, not to mention how often they change unannounced. There are plenty of people who're more than qualified to read this and comment, criticise, argue or even correct parts and I urge you to do so. Any type of guide like this needs to be as correct as we can get it, as a community.
    After readin' it through I feel that it is somewhat lackin'. I understand that the initial write up will be so, and could defintely use some beefin' up and have plenty of additions. Hopefully I will be telt what I've missed and have many other viewpoints and considerations to add.

    I'll try start from the ground up.

    Update History~
    Acronyms~
    Scaled Warfare Notes~
    Movement in Combat Notes~
    Rainbow Formation Notes~
    Technology Notes~
    Heroes Notes~
    Valleys Notes~
    NPC Notes~
    Cities Notes~
    Units Notes~
    ~Foot Troops
    ~HB Units
    ~Seige Engines
    Examples and Breakdowns~
    Final Notes~
    Credits~


    Update History~
    Included stats/icons for wall defences~
    Corrected notes on ATs and Catas Ranges~
    Added notes on Scout Wars~
    Included external guide to advanced scout tactics~
    Radically corrected Hero attack formulas and added a note on the hero statistics page~
    Edited valley notes~
    Clarifed Rainbow notes and included example battle report~
    Have begun introducin' various scale warfare example reports for each unit~
    Created "Examples and Breakdowns" section~

    Acronyms~
    Jus' for those who might read this and not know otherwise.
    • AT: Archer Tower
    • B'listers/Balls/'Lista: Ballistae
    • Cap: Capture/Conquer
    • Cav: Cavalry
    • Cleaners: A wave of suicide troops sent before the spearhead to remove some traps and otherwise soften up the defence
    • DT/Rockfall: Defensive Trebuchet
    • HB: Horseback units
    • HBR: Horseback ridin'. A technology that increases HB and Seige movement speed.
    • Loyalty Spam: Fast, weak attacks in small numbers that hit jus' hard enough to reduce loyalty on a city in preparation for capture
    • Nerf: The devs alterin' the mechanics to make somethin' crap for any given reason
    • NPC/Barb: Barbarian Town
    • 'Phract/Armoured Pony: Cataphract
    • Pony/Horse: Cavalry
    • Rainbow: As described below
    • Spearhead: The main assault wave against someone; will typically contain the heaviest hittin' units in all the waves.
    • Valley: Land spaces on the map that are not Cities. These include Flat, Grassland, Swamp, Lake, Forest, Desert and Hill
    • Wave: A march of units sent to attack someone


    Scaled Warfare~
    There are numerous scales to warfare. Skirmish, Open, Large and Massive.

    Skirmish warfare is almost exclusive to Valleys and beginner players who have a beef w/ each other. This will typically include mainly warriors, pikes, swords and some archers as the elite units. All that can really be done in these types of situations is try to outnumber the enemy. The more archers the better.

    Open warfare will be small/large cities and more standard alliance wars. This will see the introduction of HB units and archers will become a more standard troop. Pikes and Swords will taper off and warriorbombs become popular. These fights will be the beginnin' of the usage of rainbow formations and be when folk start learnin' all about the mechanics we're goin' through right now. HB units will be considered an elite unit or a very expensive waste and replaced w/ archers.
    Usin' the above mentioned mechanics and the preset actions, one should be able to look at his enemies army and base upon the report whether they should use warriorbombs, archer armies or hit hard w/ ponies.

    Large scale warfare is when the rally spot march limits start to restrict your combat ability and force you to consider alternative options than 99k archers + rainbow. This is where HB units start to shine as they can punish enemy swarms of archers w/o needin' to reach into massive amounts of troops. Tactics become an issue here because the rainbow mechanics get more complicated when dealin' w/ such large numbers, ATs tend to be maxed out and have heavy amounts of layers in front of their archers. Seige is viable on smaller scales here, but not often seen as it tends to be late in the game when players can even start trainin' seige and don't always have a large enough amount by this point.

    Massive scale warfare is the superwars you hear about. Millions of defendin' troops gettin' hit by 100k rams and three follow up waves of 100k 'phracts; superalliances reinforcin' and packin' heavy in all directions. This type of warfare is also known as Cold Wars, in some situations. Tactics do play a role in this, but less about the mechanics of the game and more about timin' and co-ordination. Numbers become far more important here than comin' up w/ the perfect surgical assault. This isnae the type of warfare I'm really tryin' to discuss.
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    Movement in Combat~
    The single most important thing to know about combat mechanics is that units move forward each round towards the enemy but that they do this in different ways, dependin' what unit they are. This is important because units will not (with exception) ignore enemies in their path and will stop to attack them each round. This leads to the issue of the Rainbow Formation (see below). Units will also attack each turn, and based on their range and attack against the enemies defence and life, will do varyin' amounts of damage or kill them.
    This is also an issue where speed can be pretty important, becasue it affects how quickly your troops move past traps, or reach their target enemy or destination. It can also mean your troops can reach large groups of enemies too fast (See Compass/HBR in technology). This is the one thing that leads to the most casualties in battles and more often than not is the answer to why attacks failed.

    Rainbow Formation~
    We get plagued w/ this question in the H&Q boards. A rainbow formation is sendin' anywhere between 1~1k of each unit that moves faster than your main attack force. The reason for this is that enemy troops will halt their advance to tackle the units in the rainbow formation before continuin' on to hit your main force.
    This gives you at least a full extra round to achieve your task. If your main attack force is archers, (keepin' in mind that archers stand and shoot, allowin' all non-seige units to run ahead of them) you get a full extra round w/ no one attackin' you and in which your full force can fire a wash of arrows at the enemy. If you're usin' ponies, then you get a full extra round to advance forward w/o havin' to stop/be killed.
    To make a rainbow formation, send 50~1k troops of each unit (the higher numbers for the large/massive scale battles) as layers in w/ the wave of your achers. A typical example of a full rainbow formation w/ archers would be:
    50 warriors
    50 scouts
    50 pikes
    50 swordsmen
    50 ponies
    50 'phracts
    99,700 archers

    Workers are usually not sent for the sole reason that they move so much slower that they slow down the entire attack force from reachin' the destination quickly. Usin' seige units as rainbow is also a problem for this, but they also have the issue that they move so much slower that they might not be able to keep sufficiently far ahead of the archers to successfuly rainbow them and potentially waste archer slots in your march.

    Clicky on this link to view an example of a successful rainbow formation against an NPC10. Heavy pikes and swords w/ light scouts, warriors, ponies and 'phracts rushed forward in front of the archers, slowin' down the enemy warrior horde enough for the archers to wipe out a massive amount of them. By the time the warriors reached the archers there was only enough left to kill a few before they all died. Note that this example coudl potentially reduce losses of archers by up to 10k, by havin' an extra 10k archers to attack and a much higher attack hero and/or buffs.

    This is jus' about the most overpowered tactic in the game at this time because it allows waves of archers to get in several rounds of damage from the safety at the back at the mere cost of only a few fodder units. Expect this to be used in almost every attack against you and expect to require usin' it in nigh every attack you send short of valley warfare.

    Technology~
    There's not much to say about this.
    The Production researches, Informatics, Stockpile, Privateerin', Metal Castin', Military Science and Construction have no real effect on the outcomes of your battles.

    Military Tradition increases attack rate by 5% per lvl; consider it essential.
    Iron Workin' increases defence rate by 5% per lvl; consider it essential.
    Archery increases range by 5% per lvl; consider it essential.
    Medicine increase life by 5% per lvl; consider it essential.
    Engineerin' increases the durability rate of Walls and ATs by 10% per lvl; consider it important to get, but it's not your top priority.
    Mechanics increases your repairable rate of defences by 100% per lvl. This might sound like much, but the base rate is 3%. Increase that by 100% to 6%. Lv10 Mechanics increases your repairable rate of defences up to 30%. This means that defences will be automatically, instantly and freely repaired on a rate up to 30% immediately after each battle. However, this rate is reduced based on the size of the attackin' force. It's very possible that if you get overwhelmed, you wilnae have any defences repaired. Consider this a last priority tech.
    Compass increases your foot troop movement speed by 10% per lvl. HBR increases your horseback and mechanic movin' speed by 5% per lvl.

    The last two are tricky. Havin' them too high can greatly alter the outcome of a battle for the negative. Advancin' forward before a set time, or too fast can wind up bringin' you closer to a threat force when you might otherwise have been able to deal w/ them before they reached you.
    For NPC5 farmin', HBR and Archery combos are essential to get right. Go here for a guide on Archery/HBR combos to suit your current stage in the game. As for Compass, the standard consensus is to keep it at lv9 most of the way through until you have a high lvl hero, as lv10 can hurt you badly on NPC10 raids. However, havin' lv10 Compass doesnae mean NPC10s will be undo-able for you. By that stage, you jus' need to research the most effective means of combattin' it, have a high lvl hero and send in a decent number of cleaners before the initial wave.

    Considerin' that most players past a certain point will have maxed techs, for the sake of this discussion we'll assume that both attacker and defender in all scenarios both have maxed techs. Always remember to accomodate any differences, though.

    Heroes~
    Intelligence and Politics; we're not here for these issues at all. They have zero effect on a combat field and should never be sent out to a battle; hopefully they will never be left to defend your city either.
    We want attack. The highest attack rates possible. Attack rates reduce your troop trainin' time. Lord Bx.C has supplied the exact equation for the troop trainin' reduction times for your readin' pleasure.
    ReducedTrainingTime = BaseATK * ( 0.9 ^ Research ) * ( 0.995 ^ HeroATK )
    (for those that don't know, the ^ is a common way of doing exponents in many programming languages... 2 ^ 3 = 2 to the 3rd power = 8 )

    When you get the result, (always) round down (even if the fraction is over 0.5). That will give you the exact number of seconds it will take to create that troop type.


    Oh and for those that are interested in a miscellaneous and slightly still useful fact.... 1 level of research is roughly equivalent to 21 hero ATK points, as far as time reduction is concerned
    (0.995 ^ 21 is 0.900087427)

    Because of this, gettin' timers down will feel like a fast increase at first, but slow down a lot after that. Also becasue of the rate it's done at, gettin' timers to 0s is extremely hard; warriors requirin' an attack of over 400.

    Now, for the battles, the simple explanation is that the higher attack the better. The more of a positive difference between the attack of your hero and the defendin' hero, the more troops of theirs you'll kill and the less casualties you'll take. Very high attack heroes can come off w/ minimal casualties against otherwise overwhelmin' enemies. As you can see from the formula below, the potential your troops can achieve from hero attacks alone is massive. Workin' on heroes and lvlin' them as high as possible will add enormous sums of extra attack to your units and can totally change the tide of the battle.
    HeroBonus = BaseUnitATK * HeroATK / 100
    TechBonus = BaseUnitATK * MilitaryTradition / 20
    (Round down both of these results before continuing)

    BoostedUnitATK = BaseUnitATK + HeroBonus + TechBonus


    Considerin' the sheer range in how much difference attack rates can be for heroes, for the sake of this discussion we'll assume that bother the attacker and defender in all scenarios both have heroes w/ equal attack rate. Always remember to accomodate any differences, though. By gettin' the enemy players name (and ideally hero name) from battle or scout reports, you can look up the statistics page and find out the exact current stats of that hero; this way you can get an ahead notice of what you'll need to prepare for.
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    Valleys~
    Valleys are the most basic combat zone. They don't involve traps, walls, bonuses on either side and the distnace started is based at the distnace of the unit w/ the greatest speed (typically ponies). Valley warfare mechanics is what the Excercise function utilises to give it's results, and as such is typically considered heavly innacurate down to the sole fact that few battles are met on a Valley.
    Most Valley battles are against NPCs. Simple scoutin' attempts will reveal enough information on them to plan a solid assault, although it's rarely any trouble after a certain point in the game.
    A large difference w/ Valley mechanics and City mechanics is how ponies move. In both they make the highest value unit their priority, but in Valleys they literally ignore every other unit and go straight for the high value unit (since ponies are rarely enough in Valleys, the high value unit will typically be archers) however don't take this to mean that archers are useless to use in valley fights against ponies; jus' expect losses to be higher than normal. A way to protect your archers is by slightly ignorin' the above rule; pilin' on a big horde of manshield in front on the archers will help kill off enemy ponies before they reach your fragile archers, as well as slow them down enough to let your archers get a good amount of damage in.

    Since ponies are inherently designed to be the enders of archers, this is pretty convinient. As most cases go, a standard wave of maybe 15~20k ponies against any NPC controlled valley is almost guaranteed to win; killin' any and all archers before turnin' around to finish the rest. No rainbow required, which also makes cappin' valleys be a quick proccess.
    Deaths of your ponies in these valleys will be decided heavily by the number of pikes. A high number can increase deaths up to 5k+ in bad cases, but are typically less than 300.
    As far as cappin' enemy valleys goes....they're rarely, if ever, reinforced because of the march slot that takes up and the doubled upkeep costs. Sendin' a single scout to cap a valley is actually enough on the condition that they don't decide to reinforce it. If they do decide to reinforce it you have yourself some pvp valley warfare!
    This will consist of your standard excercise engine battles and will be capped at a maximum of 125k troops to both sides; no super defence bonuses here. Details on troop vs. troop are comin' up!

    NPCs~
    Ok, I don't think I really need to cover this here; there are countless guides for attackin', farmin' and cappin' NPC cities that needn't be changed or altered. So instead of me tryin' to put together somethin' shiny and original-flavoured I'll jus' be a bore and link you to all the currently successful guides.
    Lynorre's Guide to Farmin' NPC10s and Archery/HBR combos: Standard NPC farmin' guide that goes into plenty of detail and gives extremely important info on Archery/HBR combos in relation to b'listers vs. NPC5s.
    Derven's Guide to NPC10 farmin' w/ minimum losses: Standard Guide to farmin' a NPC10 and how to cut losses
    arislan1999's guide to 5min NPC10 conquers: Advanced Guide on cappin' NPC10s within 5 minutes.

    Cities~
    This is where all the action is, and where you'll spend most of your time fightin' folk. In Valleys it's the exact same either way, but in Cities, whether you're attackin' or defendin' makes a huge difference. The fact that defenders have a huge wall that needs to be breached (their durability based on their lvl + Engineerin') as well as all troops can potentially slow down attacks. It also prevents sendin' a single unit to cap the city, seein' as an attacker must win the battle within 100 rounds or face auto-defeat. Auto-defeat used to kill off all the units, but no more; your troops will jus' be sent back as they were w/ a defeat report. Anyone can tell you that defenders have massive advantages over any oncomin' attack.
    The fact that your opponent can have an unlimited number of troops in their city versus your maximum troop dispatch of 125k/wave is the first of these advantages. Defences/Fortifications are the second of these advantages. The range at which a battle starts in a cityfight is based on the defence/unit w/ the longest range. This will typically be a defenders defensive trap.
    Traps, Abati, AT, Logs and Rockfalls can all be built into your wall slots to create a trap-infested death-field for any attackers oncomin'.


    Traps~
    Life: [One Use]
    Attack: [Autokills units]
    Range: 5000
    Spaces on Wall: 1
    Defence: [N/A]


    They set the range of a battle to 5k yards and will slowly kill off foot troops for each round they're alive. They also kill ponies and 'phracts, but at a severly reduced rate. Cleaner waves are usually send in an intention to destry as many of these as possible.


    Abati~
    Life: [One Use]
    Attack: [Autokills units]
    Range: 5000
    Spaces on Wall: 2
    Defence: [N/A]


    They set the range of a battle to 5k yards and will slowly kill off ponies for each round they're alive. They affect no other troop. Because of this, cleaner waves of warriors are unable to get rid of abati, makin' them vital backup for defence to assure the range stays at 5k. Only ponies or 'phracts can clear these and are an expensive problem for attackers. As such, defenders typically consider Abati worth the slight extra expense and wall space over Traps; but still tend to have both.


    ATs~
    Life: 2000
    Attack: 300
    Range: 1300
    Spaces on Wall: 3
    Defence: 360


    The defence mechanic. Will sit on the wall and shoot any attackin' unit from a relatively comfortable position. They also gain +5% range for each wall lvl, puttin' them at the highest ranged unit in the game, second only to defensive catas. Accompany this fact w/ the ability to stretch the battlefield out to 5k and you have a defence mechanic that can shoot and kill many invadin' troops before they're even in range to fight back.


    Logs~
    Life: [One use]
    Attack: 500
    Range: 1300
    Spaces on Wall: 4
    Defence: [N/A]


    They will throw themselves at enemies and kill them off faster than traps, but need to be rebuilt and take up otherwise important slots for ATs. Generally not considered worth it.


    Rockfalls~
    Life: [One Use]
    Attack: 800
    Range: 5000
    Spaces on Wall: 5
    Defence: [N/A]


    They set the range of a battle to 5k yards and will throw themselves at seige mechanics and kill them off every round they're alive. They deal enough damage to be considered worth it, but needin' to be rebuilt and takin' up a lot of wall spaces makes their value a point of personal opinion and much debate.


    As a standard rule, expect to see 1k traps, 1k abati and about 15k ATs in typical enemy cities. There is obviously much variation, but this tends to be the norm, considered the optimal defence stratgey.
    This causes numerous problem, because that many ATs requires a heavy amount of damage to take them down.
    The ratio of attackin' Archers:ATs hovers around the 1:5 region. Havin' more increases your safety and reduces losses. Havin' a 1:4 ratio is possible, but risky.
    Ponies follow this same ratio for Ats, but they can potentially do it w/ far fewer deaths to their own, however this is at the cost of bein' more susceptible to rainbows and riskin' outright failure. Use ponies to take out ATs only when the enemy rainbow numbers are limited.
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    Units~
    Now onto the fun bit; a bit of discussion on individual units. As much as input from other sources would be, screenied battle reports will be a tremendous help for here (I'm lookin' at you, Jerbo!). I say screenies because system battle reports expire after 3 days and become useless clutter afterwards, whereas screenies will remain and be a valuable source of demonstration and information.

    Foot Troops~
    Standard, basic soldiers who march on foot. Most of any army will comprise of these merry men. Their strength lies mainly in their ability to train fast, cheap and vastly outnumber.


    Worker~
    Life: 100
    Population: 1
    Attack: 5
    Defence: 10
    Load: 200
    Upkeep: 2
    Speed: 180
    Range: 10


    Borin', useless, slow, weak individuals. All they achieve in this game is constructin' cities and bein' an early, cheap version of the Transporters. They serve little use other than bein' another troop in a rainbow (but will actually slow down the wave, because of their speed) and are little use as Cleaners becasue they do less damage, have less life and actually take longer to train than warriors. Worst troop available. I discourage ever trainin' any of them beyond what you need to build cities.


    Warrior~
    Life: 200
    Population: 1
    Attack: 50
    Defence: 50
    Load: 20
    Upkeep: 3
    Speed: 200
    Range: 20


    Everyone's favourite fodder. The suicide troop. The manshield of Evony. Their incredibly fast trainin' time and otherwise cheap costs set them up to be an ideal candidate for a horde troop. They don't have good stats, but considerably better than worker and enough to damage an enemy given half the chance. Even so, their primary mission in life tends to be to run headlong into traps, groups of enemies and cause as much damage as they can before they get killed, cleanin' the way for the real soldiers behind. Sounds harsh, but thas life. Use them as such and you'll use them to their full potential.


    Scout~
    Life: 100
    Population: 1
    Attack: 20
    Defence: 20
    Load: 5
    Upkeep: 5
    Speed: 3000
    Range: 20


    Scouts...amongst the weakest of the damage/defence bases and left to do their scout missions rather than real combat. Sayin' that, scout missions can often enough lead to scout wars. Defendin' cities scouts (with open gates, ofc) will take the initiative and attack enemy scouts invadin' them, in an attempt to prevent them returnin' a report. Luckily for the attackers, no other units are involved in this so it includes only the two armies of scouts and acts as a Valley fight (no walls or defences included). This is probably the most basic kind of battle as it only involves one unit and at a time when techs are all maxed comes pretty much down to numbers. Maxin' out the attack wave might be enough, but in a city where there's say...200k scouts, expect to have to send more than one wave. If there's over a million scouts you might not even get the report back based on the 10% rule and have to send several more waves before you can even find out how many they have. Only hope that they don't start sendin' them to you in an attempt to wittle your numbers, too.
    Note, that if you are scouted and the enemy kills 10% or more of your scouts but still loses the battle, that they will only get the report of the scout battle and not anythn' else from your city. The only way for them to get a report is to kill all your scouts or if you have no defendin' scouts when they arrive or if your gates are closed.

    Outside scout battles, they would once have been used to spam attacks against walls to lower loyalty, but considerin' how sheerly fast they could do this it was considered unfair and as such, their ability to damage walls has been removed.
    However, this doesnae mean that they're not a valuable combat component. Due to their relatively fast trainin' times and comparitavely cheap upkeeps, they can also be horded to a great degree and used as cleaner waves similar to the warriors, but w/ a different role. Where warriorbombs are designed to waste traps and overwhelm nearby foot troops, scoutbombs are aimed more at usin' their insane speed to rush at archers and overwhelm them to crush their numbers before any spearhead assault. A typical tactic is to send constant, full waves of 100k scouts to trash the archer defence so that the main assaults can walk in w/ less or no danger.

    There's a lot to be said about scouts and scoutin' tactics. arislan1999 has compiled an advanced guide on endgame scoutin' and scoutbomb tactics in this thread. This will go into more advanced and thorough detail than I intend to cover in this guide, as it covers endgame tactics and massive scale warfare.


    Pikeman~
    Life: 300
    Population: 1
    Attack: 150
    Defence: 150
    Load: 40
    Upkeep: 6
    Speed: 300
    Range: 50


    The foot troop geared towards offense. Fast, light troops that rush their enemy and hit hard. Their main target in a battle are ponies. Since ponies tend to be pretty far in front of the rest of the army, the pikes can get to them in nigh full force w/o enemy rainbows gettin' in the way. However, don't expect this to mean that they automatically kill ponies. They were designed to drastically increase losses on them, seein' as ponies will typically pass by the pikes and look for other units on Valleys, or charge straight to them in Cityfights, givin' the pikes all the chance they need to kill some off....before they die.
    For pikes to kill ponies, the required ratio is roughly 3:2 at pikes to ponies.


    Swordsman~
    Life: 350
    Population: 1
    Attack: 100
    Defence: 250
    Load: 30
    Upkeep: 7
    Speed: 275
    Range: 30


    The foot troop geared towards defence. Slower, clunkier but act as a solid sheild. Well...sorta. Sadly, numbers play more of a part in the mechanics than quality, so swordsmen don't quite live up to their role. Tagged as effective against archers, they tend to die pretty fast, gettin' shot down by archers long before they can actually reach them to fight back. Bein' slower and weaker than pikes they're also less useful to send as loyalty spammers against cities than pikes or ponies and the fact that archers play a heavy defence role makes them an almost completely redundant unit.
    Their primary use is to counter the trend of scoutbombs; bein' big, metallic, fat guys they do a good job of stoppin' scoutbombers dead in their tracks and killin' them off before the scouts weak attack rates can match up to them. This is indirectly essential as it protects your archers from otherwise certain deathrates.

    Open Scale Defence against Scoutbomb-Victory


    Archer~
    Life: 250
    Population: 2
    Attack: 120
    Defence: 50
    Load: 25
    Upkeep: 9
    Speed: 250
    Range: 1200


    The unit of the current Evony battle mechanics. They can outdo pretty much all opposition, even enemy archers or ponies, and w/ a solid rainbow defence they can do as such w/ little to no losses. Layered up and next to ATs at a wall make them absolutely lethal defenders, capable of downin' most attacks before they even get close. On the offense, they can protect themselves w/ rainbows and shoot from afar, killin' off enemy rainbows and movin' towards to shoot down the main enemy force.
    Archers alone are capable of wipin' out the defendin' barbarians at an NPC10, and as equally as capable of shatterin' enemy assaults; they're the most solid all-rounder unit that move at a good speed and are cheap and quick to train. Typically battle reports detaillin' defeats sent in by players askin' why they failed so hard were against a large number of enemy Archers + ATs. Often enough the solution is a simple rainbow; archers fallin' foul to their own tricks in this respect. The best way to deal w/ archers is often the way they like to protect themselves, too.

    The things to note about archers are that when they enter a combat zone, they'll move forward until they're in the range of enemies and then stop to shoot. They'll stay in place where they are until they're either killed or have no more enemies in range, wherein they advance farther forward to put themselves in range of more enemies.
    The other thing to note is that when given the choice between multiple enemies, they'll attack ranged units first and foremost; this makes them susceptible to both rainbows and ponies. It also means they're a sharp sight at killin' off other archers. The downside to this is that ATs act the same as archers, and since they outrange everythin', they'll typically start shootin' down your archer army long before they get to play their full role in a battle. This is why outnumberin' ATs is so important. This is also why rainbowed archers act as the best defence unit one can have.
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    HB Units~
    HB units are fast, strong units that are especially talented at killin' off their non-HB counterparts. They are notably more expensive and slow to train, but are often enough worth it if one can afford the increase in costs.


    Pony~
    Life: 500
    Population: 3
    Attack: 250
    Defence: 180
    Load: 100
    Upkeep: 18
    Speed: 1000
    Range: 100


    Ponies are the most effective counter-unit to archers, as well as bein' the best loyalty spammers now that scouts got their wall damage nerfed. They train at a decent speed and don't require too much, but are solid units that move quickly and are an easy cure to all your archer-flavoured problems.
    However! They act as a potential bomb unit. Misuse of them winds up w/ them bein' very expensive bombs and denyin' them livin' up to their full potential. Despite their life and defence, they're somewhat fragile because of their speed; they move forward fast each round, well ahead of the rest of your army and charge headlong into all enemy rainbows; they also become the first viable target or enemy archers, so find themselves gettin' off'd pretty fast.
    Also because of their speed, rainbowin' them is hard to do; only scouts can be their rainbow; but thas not always bad. Scouts move so much faster that they take all the threat the ponies would have before their more expensive horsebacked counterparts come in range. This works well as a protection method and mid-battle bomb tactic.
    So by now, you've got glass cannon ponies that will potentially fly straight into all dangers at no thought for themselves and get themselves maimed before their task is complete. But on the other hand you have a ragin' mule that kills rainbows w/ haste and charges at enemy archers and chews through them at a ratio of 1:5. By the time the rainbows are out of the way, ponies can waltz right up to archers and ATs and flatten them; expect 100k ponies to be able to maul 500k archers. When numbers start rollin' out like that, you can start believin' in them as a solid counter unit.

    Also, note that ponies are a great assault unit, but when it comes to defendin' it's a different story. Havin' your range set to 5k will wind up sendin' your ponies on an unneccesary trek to attack the offender, and have to go through rainbows and get shot down by arrows (bein' the first unit the offendin' archers will be in range of) so will actually backfire and lead to your ponies deaths.
    Ponies can defend, but it requires archer backup, heavy scout numbers and the removal of traps that set the range to 5k; that way you can get in on the game easrly, hard and fast w/o goin' out of range of your own archers. Ofc, this will also give the offender the advantage of no traps/abati to worry about.
    Ideally, keep ponies for your attacks and less of a defensive unit.


    'Phract~
    Life: 1000
    Population: 6
    Attack: 350
    Defence: 350
    Load: 80
    Upkeep: 35
    Speed: 750
    Range: 80


    What can I say? Almost exactly the same as regular ponies, but slower and scarier. They can be rainbowed by scouts and ponies, addin' extra protection while still movin' at a decent pace towards the enemy; they have far fewer losses than regular ponies and even reduce their losses. Their extra attack chews through enemy rainbows like nothin' and defence and life increases protect them solidly. By the time they get to archers you're lookin' at a terrifyin' ratio of around 1:8. 100k 'phracts will solve nigh all archer problems when marched correctly.
    Since they're easier to protect, harder to kill and far more capable of slaughter than any other non-seige unit it seems like a sweet deal, but consider the costs and time to train. They become ridiculously expensive in small numbers; when you send 100k 'phracts to murder a million archers, jus' consider that they can have those archers replaced fast and reinforced w/ more archers quicker than you'll be able to retrain any lost 'phracts. It's a monster task, but often worth the punishment on your time.

    Large Scale 'Phract Attack-Victory


    Transporter~
    Life: 700
    Population: 4
    Attack: 10
    Defence: 60
    Load: 5000
    Upkeep: 10
    Speed: 150
    Range: 10


    A safe transportation device. Relatively cheap and quick to train they act as your courier for goods; however have no effect on battle. Whereas every other unit moves forward each round, ever more into enemy arrow range, transporters stay behind in safety till the end and only get killed when your army loses.
    Sayin' that, transporters can be killed in a victorious battle. Have a looky at this:
    50k Raams attack ATs
    The rainbow got wiped out, doin' the job in protectin' the raams while they slowly inch forward, but the interestin' thing is that the transporters started takin' hits w/o any raams bein' killed.
    Transporters do indeed move slowly, and will even pass the attackin' force. Where seige units will stop as soon as they're in range of walls/defences, the transporters will continue forward, actin' as a painfully expensive rainbow for the raams to continue their attack untouched for longer.
    This is a rare situation, becasue typically the defendin' units will be busy attackin' other units and otherwise keepin' their focus on the seige before the transporters.
    I honestly don't have a solid explanation for this; if anyone does, feel free to let me know and I'll include it.
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    Seige Engines~
    Seige mechanics are devices and machines built and constructed to be a powerful tool used in city invasions. The have high costs and train times, but tend to be far more powerful than any foot troop can possibly match. They're pulled by horses and as such, their speed is affected by HBR rather than Compass. An issue w/ seige is that (with the exception of b'listers) they tend to require large numbers of them to be worth the time; when involved in small scale battles, foot troops or HB troops can often enough match, if not better any job seige can. This means that Seige mechanics are almost exclusive to large and massive scale warfare.


    B'lister~
    Life: 320
    Population: 5
    Attack: 450
    Defence: 160
    Load: 35
    Upkeep: 50
    Speed: 100
    Range: 1400


    B'listers are standard projectile seige mechanics. They follow a lot of the same rules as archers, but most importantly will move forward each round as well as attackin', until they are in range of walls/defences. This key mechanic is what makes HBR/Archery combos so vital for them, as they will literally creep into enemy AT range before they're finished destroyin' them, or have to move too close to get in range in time. Sayin' that, this is mainly for NPC5s. B'listers have little, if any use in the game outside regular casualty free NPC5 farmin'. They've been proven to drastically increase losses on NPC10 raids and get torn up too quickly on player raids, as well as movin' too slowly.


    Raam~
    Life: 5000
    Population: 10
    Attack: 250
    Defence: 160
    Load: 45
    Upkeep: 100
    Speed: 120
    Range: 600


    Gears of War!Raam's are the swordsmen of seige mechanics meets a solid brick wall on wheels. Crazy life and defence stats means they can pretty much walk through attacks onto their person until they're in range and slowly cram their proverbial boots where the sun don't shine. Like all the seige mechanics, they will creep forward slowly each time (very slowly...) and punch their way through anythin' they see until they are in range of the walls wherein they will begin to chomp up anythin' they find. Bein' incredibly hard to kill, they have plenty of time to do this.
    They have massive potential, meetin' that of 'phracts and bein' able to successfuly seige hugely defended cities w/o requirin' several waves of them.
    However, they move slowly. So slowly that pre-battle, the target has plenty of time to prepare a defence and get heavily reinforced, rendern' the attack a waste of time or an outright failure.
    In battle they have similar problems; bein' held back by their speed, they give massive numbers of enemy archers and ATs plenty of time to start rippin' on their life while they stop and slowly punch down heavy rainbows; sadly, their attack isnae to up to scratch, only matchin' that of ponies. So they don't kill any faster, but take a lot longer to reach their targets; i situations w/ extremely large defendin' armies and lots of rainbows, all their might turns to...well...death; leadin' to the agonisin' loss of extremely expensive and slow to train seige mechanics.
    This isnae to say that they cannae be used well, however; they jus' tend to be too easy to counter against for all their expense to be worth the effort. In the end, 'phracts will typically do the same job about as well, but w/ less chance of bein' countered and the extra losses they take can be retrained quicker.

    Large Scale Raam Attack-Victory
    Massive Scale Raam Attack-Defeat


    Cata~
    Life: 480
    Population: 8
    Attack: 600
    Defence: 200
    Load: 75
    Upkeep: 250
    Speed: 80
    Range: 1500


    A unit of some controversy. The almighty attack rate combined w/ range makes them a frightenin' prospect to imagine, but their otherwise mediocre defence and speed pulls them down and makes them relatively easy to kill. Their speed falls into the same issue as raam's, but havin' range offsets some of that. In theory, they would be able to rip up the most massive of defences, but realistically it introduces the issue of pre-battle speed that raams have and allowin' said massive defence to get heavily reinforced, and then the unholy costs and expenses involved w/ maintainin' and makin' them.
    From a defensive standpoint, max Archery and max walls puts these big guys at the highest range in the game; coupled w/ ATs and archers, they have the ability to annihilate attackers long before they're in range; they're ideal for raam-killin' in this situation, although the high upkeep is arguably not worth it next to Archers who will train much faster/cheaper and eat considerably less.
    Requirin' mich scripts and lv10 researches is a whle issue on top of that; they're hard to get, slow to train, expensive to train and when you do get them you probably don't have enough to make a difference. So you need to spend another month makin' more and then finally do send them out to war; but you give your opponent all the time they need to get fully reinforced and wipe out your army.
    This is up to a personal choice, I reckon...some people think that cata's are the be all and end all of superunits. Personally, I think they're jus' raams that hit harder, farther, die easier and cost way, way more.
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    Examples and Breakdowns~
    In this section I'll show various screenies of battle reports and break them down to explain how they work, why they work or what went wrong.

    Importance of Rainbows~
    Let's discuss the importance of gettin' rainbow mechanics correct. We'll start w/ a full, head on attack of non-rainbowed ponies versus archers.

    100k Ponies.
    100k ponies sounds like a pretty worryin' prospect from the offset, but as you can see, it didnae go very well. What went wrong?
    The first few ponies were killed off by traps/abati while gettin' shot at by the 200k archers. They charged forward (while gettin' shot at) and killed the defendin' pony/'phract and continued on more (while gettin' shot at) to start work on the rainbow (while gettin' shot at). As you can see, gettin' constantly shot at by archers for those rounds didnae help their life expectancy as they failed to even finish workin' through the rainbow. Let's counter that problem w/ a rainbow of our own.

    99k Ponies w/ a rainbow of scouts
    Suddenly the ponies do much, much better. Despite the fact that they were against more than double the number of archers, they ripped everythin' apart. This is because the 10 scouts lunged forward and drew the attention of everythin' for long enough that the ponies go far enough ahead to have sufficient numbers left alive by the time they reached the archers. The issue w/ ponies isnae killin' the archers; they do that unbelievably quickly. The issue is gettin' to them alive. A small rainbow like this protected them for jus' long enough to reach their target and lay waste to them.
    However, it's not as simple as jus' puttin' on a wee rainbow and thinkin' the day is yours...

    99k Ponies w/ a rainbow of scouts gone awry
    The lowest number of archers yet, but the ponies were crushed and never even reached the pointy-eared bowmen. Why, you ask? Because this time, the defender had the better rainbow and was more solidly protected. Now; the first things to happen were that the scouts were utterly demolished by those catas and archers. They only drew the attention away for so long; not long enough, sadly. The ponies were still well in firin' range by the time attention turned on them. And what happened then? 18k pikemen decided to stick long sticks w/ metal into the riders. Although they wildly outnumbered the pikes and killed them all, there wasnae enough ponies left to talk about it by the end of that round, wherein they got shot up a few more times and were dead before they even reached the swordsmen.

    So..rainbows? No rainbows or weak rainbows lead only to false hope or potential defeat. You cannae jus' toss some random troops in and cross your fingers. Puttin' in the correct number and the right unit (for example; layerin' up on pikes when ponies are attackin') is absolutely essential in winnin' battles.
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    Final Notes~
    This is lookin' pretty messy now that I scan over it. Aye, I'm kinda tired by now. Formattin' of some kind would probably be nice...not sure what to colourify, though...
    This will be neated up in the future (maybe) but I hope and expect to make a lot of alterations as time passes; little I can do now as I'm relyin' on the voices of others to show me how to edit this. There is much to do and much I can improve on. Again, I urge you to tell me what, explain what I missed and where, show me how I can update and improve certain notes. This isnae somethin' I'm writiin' for me, but for anyone who can benefit from anythin' held within.

    Credits~
    Credits go to anyone who has helped, suggested changes, added, included or updated infos or corrected anythin' wrong in the guide:

    captain virk~
    Suggested includin' defences stats/icons
    JPA32~
    Corrected note on AT/cata range
    Rodri~
    Suggested includin' notes on scout battles
    redwhiteandblue~
    Provided link to advanced scoutbombin' endgame tactics
    Lord Bx.C~
    Corrected hero attack formulas and suggested added note on hero statistics page
    Birtles~
    Added a note on Valley warfare
    DBJerboa~
    Supplies a heavy number of excitin' and fun-filled battle reports
    Last edited by Darkbrady; 09-28-2009 at 04:14 PM.

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    i like the explanations of the troops, it will help some noob out there... lol... maybe....
    pony hehehe I like that... :P
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    dont forget the attributes of the Wall defences...
    Rolling Log:
    Life-
    Attack-500
    Range-5000
    Defence-

    Archer towers:
    Life-2000
    Attack-300
    Range-1300
    Defence-360

    Trebuchet:
    Life-
    Attack-800
    Range-5000
    Defence-

    And for the traps and the abatis well... sorry
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