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Dwarf Units

Racial TagEdit

The Dwarves have a few hidden traits that come from their racial tag of "Dwarf", which for the most part are beneficial:

  • Resistant to Poison. (+25%)
  • Resistant to Disease. (+25%)
  • -1 combat while raining.

----------Tier 1----------Edit

Smith - Dwarven BuilderEdit

Dwarf Smith

Combat: 3
Hits: 50
Speed: 4
Damage: 5 Crushing
Armor: 5
Resistance: 5
Resistant vs: All Elemental
Vulnerable vs: None
View: 3
Attack Type: Ground units only

Prerequisites: None
Cost: 40 Metal, 40 Stone
Build Time: 35
Build Skill: 13
Setup Points: 1
Army Points: 1

Size: Small
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dwarf

Ability: Can build all types of buildings, Can Fill Mines, Counts as 2 men when placed in mines

Upgrades: +15 damage, +15 armor, +9 morale

A sturdy but costly builder unit for the Dwarves. Smiths are very useful in maintaining a good economy as they count as 2 men when placed in a mine.

Dwarf Runner - Dwarven ScoutEdit

Dwarf Runner

Combat: 2
Hits: 40
Speed: 8
Damage: 5 Crushing
Armor: 5
Resistance: 5
Resistant vs: All Elemental
Vulnerable vs: None
View: 12
Attack Type: Ground units only

Prerequisites: None
Cost: 40 Gold
Build Time: 25
Setup Points: 1
Army Points: 1

Size: Small
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dwarf

Ability: Resistant to normal missiles

Upgrades: +15 damage, +15 armor, +6 speed, +9 morale

A unit designed only for scouting. Without drunkenness, Dwarf Runners are incapable of prolonged combat and they cannot move very quickly without speed upgrades. However, they are highly resistant to piercing missiles and have a resistance to all elemental, which allows them to be used as reasonably expensive fodder.

Dwarf Infantry - Basic Dwarven InfantryEdit

Dwarf Infantry

Combat: 5
Hits: 80
Speed: 4
Damage: 10 Slashing
Armor: 10
Resistance: 5
Resistant vs: All Elemental
Vulnerable vs: None
View: 3
Attack Type: Ground units only

Prerequisites: Foundry
Cost: 75 Metal
Build Time: 32
Setup Points: 1
Army Points: 1

Size: Small
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dwarf

Ability: Triple damage vs Elves

Upgrades: +15 damage, +15 armor, +9 morale

A high cost basic infantry unit for the Dwarves. Dwarf Infantry can take some punishment from both elemental and physical damage types, but are slow and are quite incapable of dealing much damage back.

----------Tier 2----------Edit

Dwarf Crossbow - Advanced Dwarven Missile UnitEdit

Dwarf Crossbow

Combat: 3
Hits: 50
Speed: 4
Damage: 20 Piercing 
Range: 10
Armor: 0
Resistance: 10
Resistant vs: All Elemental
Vulnerable vs: Piercing
View: 7
Attack Type: Both Ground and Air units

Prerequisites: Workshop
Cost: 75 Gold, 40 Metal
Build Time: 45
Setup Points: 2
Army Points: 1

Size: Small
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dwarf

Ability: None

Upgrades: +5 damage, +2 range, +15 armor, +9 morale

Dwarf Crossbows are slow and don't have much physical toughness, but they do a massive amount of damage. They are very efficient tower garrisons as each unit offers +20 damage. A tower garrisoned this way is very dangerous, hitting harder than some titans at ranges very few units can match. This alone can keep a player relatively safe even in the late game.

Ballista - Siege WeaponEdit

Ballista

Combat: 8
Hits: 50
Speed: 4
Damage: 30 Piercing 
Range: 14
Armor: 15
Resistance: 10
Resistant vs: Piercing
Vulnerable vs: Fire
View: 8
Attack Type: Both Ground and Air units

Prerequisites: None
Cost: 100 Gold 100 Metal
Build Time: 100
Setup Points: 4
Army Points: 4

Size: Large
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Mechanical

Ability: The Ballista's projectiles can pass through multiple opponents

Upgrades: +15 armor, +4 range, +9 morale

A formidable siege weapon, the Ballista is a spear bolt-throwing missile unit which is capable of firing projectiles through multiple opponents whether they are flying or not. However, the Ballista is slow, takes a long time to produce and costs 4 Army Points to field.

Eagle - Basic FlierEdit

Eagle

Combat: 7
Hits: 60
Speed: 12
Damage: 10 Slashing
Armor: 0
Resistance: 5
Resistant vs: None
Vulnerable vs: Fire
View: 18
Attack Type: Air units only

Prerequisites: None
Cost: 45 Gold
Build Time: 30
Build Skill: 9
Setup Points: 2
Army Points: 1

Size: Small
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Monster

Ability: Flying, Can build all types of buildings, Triple damage vs large and huge fliers

Upgrades: +15 armor, +9 morale

The Eagle's specialty is that it can build from both building lists and, by being a flier, you won't even have to worry about the Eagle trapping itself after building too closely to another object. They're pretty bulky and have a high combat stat for a basic flier, so they can certainly hold their own against others and are likely to come at on top. But due to the Dwarves having access to such fast builders, the Eagle should only be used for long distance building, where its speed and ability to fly would allow it to reach such destinations minutes ahead of a Dwarven Smith.

----------Tier 3----------Edit

Dwarf Berserker - Advanced Dwarven InfantryEdit

Dwarf Berserker

Combat: 10
Hits: 200
Speed: 2
Damage: 30 Slashing
Armor: 20
Resistance: 10
Resistant vs: All Physical
Vulnerable vs: Electrical
View: 2
Attack Type: Ground units only

Prerequisites: Brewery
Cost: 240 Metal
Build Time: 85
Setup Points: 4
Army Points: 1

Size: Small
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dwarf

Ability: Triple damage vs Cavalry

Upgrades: +15 damage, +15 armor, +9 morale

Berserkers are some of the best infantry the dwarves have, and will remain useful even in the later game. Though they're brutally expensive in regards to ore, they cost nothing else, and on top of their already high armor they're resistant to all physical damage. Upgraded, drunk berserkers are extremely hard to beat without elemental damage, and even then they're incredibly tough, so they'll be your frontline along with later soldiers.

----------Tier 4----------Edit

Catapult - Siege WeaponEdit

Catapult

Combat: 2
Hits: 50
Speed: 1
Damage: 60 Crushing 
Range: 14
Armor: 10
Resistance: 0
Resistant vs: Piercing
Vulnerable vs: Fire
View: 12
Attack Type: Ground units only

Prerequisites: College
Cost: 120 Gold 60 Stone
Build Time: 45
Setup Points: 4
Army Points: 4

Size: Large
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Mechanical

Ability: The Catapult's projectiles do splash damage, Can pickup and throw Cows to do more damage

Upgrades: +15 armor, +4 range, +9 morale

The Catapult is a siege weapon capable of immense power. It costs comparatively little, takes almost no time to produce considering it's a siege unit, and has incredible damage and range. Catapults may not be particularly tough and are vulnerable to air attacks but almost anything on the ground should fear this weapon despite its weakness. The special ability of the Catapult is its splash damage, which equates to throwing Giants at the enemy at an incredibly long range. Combine this with its cheap economical properties and you get a unit which literally dominates the ground metagame.

Battering Ram - Siege WeaponEdit

Battering Ram

Combat: 1
Hits: 250
Speed: 1
Damage: 40 Crushing
Armor: 25
Resistance: 5
Resistant vs: Piercing
Vulnerable vs: Fire
View: 7
Attack Type: Ground units only

Prerequisites: College
Cost: 100 Gold 100 Metal
Build Time: 50
Setup Points: 3
Army Points: 4

Size: Large
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Mechanical

Ability: 10x damage vs buildings

Upgrades: +15 armor, +9 morale

Battering Rams are the most durable of all siege weapons, but not necessarily the most useful. Their speed couldn't be lower and their combat can off set their building razing capabilities due to the combat mismatch against the building, causing them to score a lot of misses. Also, not all towers will hit the Battering Ram against its higher armor rating or / and its special resistance, whereas the likes of the Catapult is equally as effective against all towers.

Khazrimi Guard - Elite Dwarven InfantryEdit

Khazrimi Guard

Combat: 12
Hits: 200
Speed: 4
Damage: 30 Crushing
Armor: 15
Resistance: 15
Resistant vs: All Elemental
Vulnerable vs: None
View: 2
Attack Type: Ground units only

Prerequisites: College
Cost: 120 Gold, 150 Stone
Build Time: 90
Setup Points: 5
Army Points: 1

Size: Small
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dwarf

Ability: Increased chance of critical hits

Upgrades: +15 damage, +15 armor, +9 morale

Though not as physically durable as some other dwarven units, Khazrimi Guard make up for it with a constant stream of crushing type critical hits and a high elemental resilience. These Stun criticals lower the opponent's combat, which in turn increases the chance for high combat units to perform another critical hit on them. This makes Khazrimi Guard incredibly deadly against certain units.

Runelord - Dwarven SpellcasterEdit

Runelord

Combat: 7
Hits: 110
Speed: 3
Damage: 30 Fire 
Range: 6
Armor: 5
Resistance: 15
Resistant vs: All Elemental
Vulnerable vs: All Physical
View: 7
Attack Type: Both Ground and Air units

Max Mana: 100 
Start Mana: 20

Prerequisites: College
Cost: 100 Gold, 180 Stone, 150 Crystal
Build Time: 55
Setup Points: 4
Army Points: 1

Size: Small
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dwarf

Ability: Can cast Doomstones (40 mana) and Stonecall (100 mana)

Upgrades: +15 armor, +9 morale

The dwarven spellcaster brings mostly ranged firepower to the mix, as their fireballs combined with drunkness for extra accuracy are quite dangerous. Doomstones gives them a way to protect themselves from a direct melee assault, making the first wave trying to take them down suffer quite a bit of damage, if not die outright, and summoning earth elementals lets you access one of the strongest building destroyers the game has.

Earth Elemental - Summoned UnitEdit

Earth Elemental

Combat: 18
Hits: 200
Speed: 2
Damage: 25 (Crushing)
Armor: 25
Resistance: 15
Resistant vs: None
Vulnerable vs: None
View: 8
Attack Type: Ground units only

Prerequisites: None
Cost: 300 Stone
Build Time: 80
Setup Points: 6
Army Points: 4

Size: Large
Alignment: Neutral
Race: None / Extra Planar

Ability: Quadruple damage vs Buildings, Causes Fear (5)

Upgrades: +15 damage, +15 armor, +9 morale

Slow, tanky and rather huge, these are some of the best building wreckers the game can offer, doing quadruple damage to structures. It's quite difficult to actually get them to a base, but once there they can destroy it with little time. They are summoned by Runelords with 100 mana, but due to the natural building-destructive power of the Runelord's firy attack, Earth Elementals aren't really needed for the immense damage they deal to buildings and thus the mana is better spent on the Doomstones spell, which can actually be cast twice for less mana than the cost of summoning an Earth Elemental. However, Earth Elementals can take quite the beating and can be used to sponge damage / draw fire away from the Runelords if you have no other units available to do this.

Griffon - Advanced FlierEdit

Griffon

Combat: 10
Hits: 140
Speed: 14
Damage: 30 Slashing
Armor: 10
Resistance: 10
Resistant vs: None
Vulnerable vs: None
View: 15
Attack Type: Both Ground and Air units

Prerequisites: None
Cost: 100 Gold, 110 Stone
Build Time: 45
Setup Points: 4
Army Points: 2

Size: Large
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Monster

Ability: Flying

Upgrades: +15 armor, +9 morale

The Griffon is a pretty straight forward unit, possessing above average stats and no special abilities. Being able to fly and attack both air and grounded units allows them to reliably help out the rest of the army regardless of where they're fighting or what they're up against. But it's their speed that's to take note of, as the Dwarves do not have any unit even remotely close to its speed, other than the other flyers. This allows the Griffons to perform certain tasks that no other unit in the race could (except the Dragons), such as ambushes, hit and run strikes, consolidation and map control. However, their cost is the truly limiting factor here, for it clashes horrible with the rest of the race, especially in tier 4 where Runelords become present. Because of this, the Griffons simply don't get the attention they deserve.

----------Tier 5----------Edit

Dwarf Lord - Dwarven GeneralEdit

Dwarf Lord

Combat: 16
Hits: 280
Speed: 3
Damage: 60 Slashing
Armor: 15
Resistance: 15
Resistant vs: All Elemental
Vulnerable vs: None
View: 8
Attack Type: Ground units only

Prerequisites: None
Cost: 150 Gold, 250 Metal, 150 Stone
Build Time: 120
Setup Points: 5
Army Points: 1

Size: Small
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dwarf

Ability: Resistant to Normal Missiles, Can convert Buildings, Double Damage vs Buildings

Upgrades: +15 damage, +15 armor, +9 morale

The dwarven general is quite expensive and almost impossible to mass, as he can only be produced at a level 5 keep and has a long production time on top of that. To make up for it, they're remarkably strong and have impressive resilience, both of which only improve when armorer/weaponsmith/mithril/dwarven brew upgrades are added to the mix. They're also resistant to elemental damage, which combined with their damage to buildings turns them into the bane of many towers, and makes them exceptionally good at assaulting bases. Hiding a few of these among your troops can prove an unpleasant surprise for the enemy.

Storm Dragon - Elite FlierEdit

Storm Dragon

Combat: 20
Hits: 380
Speed: 14
Damage: 50 Electrical 
Range: 2
Armor: 15
Resistance: 20
Resistant vs: Fire
Vulnerable vs: None
View: 15
Attack Type: Both Ground and Air units

Prerequisites: None
Cost: 1000 Gold, 1000 Crystal
Build Time: 400
Setup Points: 26
Army Points: 4

Size: Huge
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dragon

Ability: Flying, Splash damage drains mana, Terror (5)

Upgrades: +15 armor, +9 morale

As Dwarves are quite resilient to magic via a multitude of factors, their Storm Dragons can be used to help Siege Weapon convoys cross the map, as well as generally adding a new attack type to the army and replacing Griffons to some extent in regards to certain speed related strategies. However, their high gold cost can prove quite challenging to the Dwarves and they'll need to make heavy use of their Trading Post if they insist on getting a Dragon on the field.

Fire Dragon - Elite FlierEdit

Fire Dragon

Combat: 20
Hits: 400
Speed: 15
Damage: 50 Fire 
Range: 2
Armor: 15
Resistance: 20
Resistant vs: Fire
Vulnerable vs: None
View: 15
Attack Type: Both Ground and Air units

Prerequisites: None
Cost: 1000 Gold, 1000 Crystal
Build Time: 400
Setup Points: 26
Army Points: 4

Size: Huge
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dragon

Ability: Flying, Splash damage burns enemies, Terror (5)

Upgrades: +15 armor, +9 morale

Fire Dragons excel at tearing down buildings, but so do the Dwarven race as a whole. This means the Fire Dragon can't stand out from the race as a dedicated building demolisher, but instead used as addition base siege support. To make the most of the Fire Dragons from the Dwarven race, one should capitalise on their ability to fly and strike an enemy's base from positions that are difficult to defend (usually the back or by impassible terrain) and at the same time your Siege Weapons roll up at the front of their base, drawing attention away from the Dragon's attack.

King Khalid - Dwarven TitanEdit

King Khalid

Combat: 20
Hits: 800
Speed: 10
Damage: 90 Electrical 
Range: 8
Armor: 30
Resistance: 30
Resistant vs: All Elemental
Vulnerable vs: Piercing
View: 8
Attack Type: Both Ground and Air units

Prerequisites: Citadel level 5
Cost: 1200 Gold, 1200 Metal, 1200 Stone, 1200 Crystal
Build Time: 600
Army Points: 4

Size: Huge
Alignment: Neutral
Race: Dwarf / Titan

Ability: Cause Terror (10), Ignores armor, Does not count as being a missile unit, Explodes into Rings of Fire upon death

Upgrades: +15 damage, +15 armor, +9 morale

King Khalid would be seen as a typical ranged Titan, possessing an average range and expected stats. However, there are a couple of things which makes this untrue and makes King Khalid unique.

Firstly, he doesn't count as being a missile unit. This means he can still fight at his full combat stat when engaged in melee, as well as being unaffected by the Orcs' "Cowards" powerup. Further more, this allows his ranged attack to be upgraded by the Weaponsmith and Mithril upgrades, allowing him to reach a ranged damage amount of 105!
Secondly, like with all other units in the game with the Dwarf or Minotaur racial tag, he can take advantage of the Dwarven Brew powerup, allowing him to temporarily increase his combat and speed stat for a small fee of gold.

Although these traits make him slightly different to other ranged Titans, they're not actually note worthy or practical enough to be of much use to him. With only an average range of 8 and a horrifying weakness to piercing attacks, King Khalid will find himself under common archer projectiles all too often, that'll also quickly chip away at his HP. These drawbacks mean that King Khalid must have a decent retinue of study body guards around him at all times. Fortunately for him, although the Dwarves are short folks, they aren't short on options for defensive formations. Between Dwarf Lords, Bezerkers and Runners, King Khalid can find the appropriate guards for the situation, allowing him to focus his mighty ranged attack towards a target worthy of his attention! But it must be noted that, although he has such high combat that misses from his attacks are rare, they have no scatter which results in a missed attack being an actual miss - I.E: a wasted attack.

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