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PostSubject: Combat Mechanics   11/3/2009, 10:49 pm

Disclaimer of Sorts; Read the Fine Print
While this guide is written with the intention of helpin' and sharin' information about the mechanics, it should be known that our understandin' of said mechanics is ofc limited and not perfect. See this as educated advice given based on the currently known information. Sayin' that, it should be made clear that due to Evony's most awesomest habit of changin' mechanics w/o a single word to the playerbase, any or all of this information could become completely outdated and wrong at any time. Even right now. And although I will do my best to keep this updated w/ current infos, don't expect it to be instant and most importantly don't blame me. No flames, trolls, lawsuits and angry PMs need to be sent becasue you lost troops based on infos written herein that were made outdated while I was sleepin'. Keep in mind that anyone out there who notices flaws or changes in any information given herein can bring it to my attention and I will do my best to prove or disprove any changes and make any appropriate updates. Happy, safe readin' folks.

If anyone's interested in contributin' screenies/battle reports, I'd like to momentarily direct your attention to 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~
Terminology and Shorthand~
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~

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~
Added notation on scout layerin' mechanics issue~
Cleaned up some typos and grammar~
Added numerous more battle reports, mainly 'phracts and archers~
Added hero attack difference example report~
Created "How Ranged Units Work" section~
Added fine print...at the top...read it...~
Included Range Deductibles in "Movement" section and am out of characters on that post~

Terminology and Shorthand~
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 below 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.

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 on NPCs failed.
Also, always remember that movement preceeds attacks. All units on the field will move before their attack phase of that round, unless a specific mechanic (such as stand and shoot) dictates that they stay still.

Movement will also affect archers damage. Ranged units will recieve deductibles based on the distance of their target, which makes the enemy speed an issue. The faster the enemy will run through the optimum range and into melee range, the more of a threat they are, while the slow units that will spend several turns into optimum range (such as raams) will give the archers plenty of time the wreak havoc on them. The deductible is as follows:
100%~51% range = 50% damage
1%~50% range = 100% damage (optimum range)
0% range (melee) = 25% damage

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 could 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.

There's not much to say about this:

Military Tradition increases attack rate by 5% per lvl; essential.
Iron Workin' increases defence rate by 5% per lvl; essential.
Archery increases range by 5% per lvl; essential.
Medicine increase life by 5% per lvl; 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; it jus' means you need a high attack hero earlier.

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.

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

B/100 x (H + T + 100)

B =unit's base attack
H = Hero's attack
T = Military Tradition %

To demonstrate the difference in hero attacks, this is a scoutwar report: both techs are the same, no buffs were used and there was almost identical number of troops also utilisin' the valley mechanics. The one and only difference was the hero attack, but you can see the sheer difference it made.
Hero Attack Difference Example

Considerin' the sheer range in how much difference attack rates can be for heroes, for the sake of this discussion we'll assume that both 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.

Valleys are the most basic combat zone. They don't involve traps, walls, bonuses on either side and the distance started is based at the distance of the max range of the unit w/ the greatest speed (typically ponies) unless there are ranged units involved, in which case the battle starts at the range of the greatest ranged troop. Valley warfare mechanics is what the Excercise function utilises to give it's results, and as such is typically considered heavily 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 1,25m troops on the defence (if you...really feel the need), but no super defence bonuses here like wall bonuses or defences! Details on troop vs. troop are comin' up!

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.

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'.

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 sent in w/ intention to destroy as many of these as possible.

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.

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 +4.5% 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.

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.

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 strategy.
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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PostSubject: Re: Combat Mechanics   11/5/2009, 11:04 am

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~
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.

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

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.

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

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.

Warriors should be used as a
rainbow troop or cleaner waves almost exclusively unless you're
deliberately suicidin' them to shave off your honour.
Large Scale Warrior Attack-Fail http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/80K19Karvs282Kar.jpg
Open Scale Warrior Attack-Defeat http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/100Kvs1Kbli.jpg

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

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

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

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.

There is a
discussion on scout layerin' mechanics and how it works. There is some
evidence that shows that scouts don't move until all other units are
dead and therefore don't act as a layer, but other evidence that shows
that they do move and act as a layer like all other units. Since both
obviously cannae be true we can only conclude that there's a variable
that changes their mechanics; we do not know what this variable is,
though. Currently, it looks like scouts don't work as effective layers
on Valleys or NPCs, but they do work on player cities. To view the
discussion (that was originally about somethin' else completely and we
threw it waaay off-topic ) go here.

Scoutbombs are
pretty guaranteed to end in a defeat, but it's all about how many of
the enemy you kill. Since scoutbombs are pretty specific to 100k scouts
there's not much you can do to increase your success or damage; it
really is all about numbers and attrition, although read the above
guide buy arlisan1999 for the deeper details.
Ofc, never scoutbomb
against someone who has heavy layers of swords or you're gunna find
yourself w/ a lot of dead scouts for no real gain.
Large Scale Scout Bomb http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/sctbmbvs282Kar.jpg
Open Scale Scout Bomb http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/sctbmbvs44Kbli.jpg
Open Scale Scout Bomb http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/100Kvs25Kar.jpg
Open Scale Scout Bomb http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/100Kvs12Kbli35Kar.jpg

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

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.

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

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

Swordsman screenies; their primary function in life
is to prevent scoutbombs. They do it seriously well, but note that the
cost of this is that you require more swordsmen than archers otherwise
the scoutbomb will skip your swords and fly into your fragile elf-ears.
Sayin' that, don't forget that these lumps of cast iron are capable of
doin' pretty great things, when given the chance
Open Scale Defence against Scoutbomb-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/45Kvs90Ksct.jpg
Open Scale Defence against Scoutbomb-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/27Kvs52Ksct.jpg
Open Scale Defence against Scoutbomb-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/27Kvs90Ksct2.jpg
Open Scale Swordsman Attack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/100Kvs43Kcav.jpg

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

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.
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,

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.
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.

As far as screenies of archer reports
go, I'll probably wind up w/ more of them than any other so allow for a
pretty wid variation. Also take note of the various effects of rainbows
and how drastically they affect each situation.
Large Scale Archer Attack-Defeat http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/100k25kphrVS380Kar.jpg
Large Scale Archer Attack-Defeat http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/10K75KarVS380Kar.jpg
Large Scale Archer Defence-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/90K20Kraamvs282Kar.jpg

HB Units~
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.

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

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.
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.

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
Ideally, keep ponies for your attacks and less of a defensive unit.

Open Scale Pony Attack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/100Kvs141Kar.jpg

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

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.
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.

Pay attention to how important it
is to pre-clear layers away and how many unneeded casualties are taken
due to remainin' defencive layers. These big boys may be powerful, but
it's essential that they have the enemy layers cleaned as much as
possible before they go marchin' in, although you shold also be able to
see the sheer, relentless power these beasts have behind them.
Large Scale 'Phractsmack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/80Kvs340Kar.jpg
Large Scale 'Phractsmack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/19Kvs100kar.jpg
Large Scale 'Phractsmack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/10Kvs100Kar.jpg
Large Scale 'Phractsmack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/17Kvs144Kar.jpg
Large Scale 'Phractsmack-Defeat http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/74Kvs302Kar.jpg
Large Scale 'Phractsmack-Defeat http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/89Kvs178Kwar.jpg

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

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 http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/50Kvs14Kat.jpg
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.
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.

Seige Engines~
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.

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

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.

have...virtually nothing good to say about b'listers in a pvp
environment. They move too slowly and don't hit hard enough while
havin' a tendency to die easily. The fact that they're expensive and
slow to train next to the few archers it requires to kill them off jus'
goes to make them further redundant. If you really, really want to use
b'listers, then I suggest you use them as a defencive unit and hope
that your attacker doesn't know how to layer properly.
Large Scale B'lister Attack-Defeat http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/98Kvs282Kar.jpg
Scale B'lister/Raam Attack-Defeat
Open Scale B'lister Defence-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/24Kvs96Kar.jpg
Open Scale B'lister Attack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/83Kvs313Kar.jpg
Large Scale B'lister Attack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/100Kvs276Kar.jpg

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 turn (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
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
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; in 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 build 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.

A typically important thing to say about
raams is that most of the defendin' units against them will actually be
reinforcements sent durin' the long time it takes for the raams to
actually reach their target. These extra numbers can potentially still
be fought off, but they defender will usually have all the time they
need to prepare a full rainbowcake for you. Several pre-cleaner waves
will have to be camped to hit a second before the raams or you're
lookin' at serious failure.
Large Scale Raam Attack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/93Kvs240Kar.jpg
Massive Scale Raam Attack-Defeat http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/125Kvs13Mar.jpg
Massive Scale Raam Attack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/110Kvs330Kar100Kphrct.jpg

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

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 whole 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.

Sadly, not much more effect than
raams, but far costier to rebuild. Layered up properly they could
potentially be pretty dangerous, but as w/ raams, they give the
defender far too much time to prepare a better layerin' and defence,
renderin' yours inert.
8k Cata's against NPC8-Victoryhttp://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/8KvsNPC8.jpg
7,5k Cata's against NPC9-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/75KvsNPC9.jpg
Massive Scale Cata Attack-Defeat http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/95kcata.jpg
Massive Scale Cata Attack-Victory http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa4/Darkbrady/Evony%20Reports/86Kvs244Kar.jpg
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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.

How Ranged Units Work~
w/ archers always seems like a good idea, down to how much reverance
people talk about it, but you have to understand one of the most
important things about any ranged unit: they will always attack enemy
ranged units first.
This means that if you attack archers with
archers+layer, your archers will be under seige from the enemy archers
as soon as they're in range, makin' your layer essentially useless, but
it will give your layers the chance to run forward and hit the enemy.
This makes ponies and archers dangerous partners.
Have a looky at this report:
battle started at AT range becasue there was no traps/abati; this meant
that everythin' was in range of the AT at first. So what did it do? It
started to pick off the ranged units first. First the cata's died, then
the b'listers, then the archers...by which point the ponies had done
enough damage to finish off the last of the ATs.
What would have saved the ATs?
This would have put the layers in range of the ATs before the ranged
units, givin' the ATs the chance to kill them off more before it
started to attack the ranged units.
Combine this with range deductibles and you have a serious problem.
means that while your archers are busy shootin' enemy archers at the
other end of the field, they're not even hittin' for maximum damage,
but it also means that when those ponies arrive in front of them, they
hit them for even less damage and give them all the time they need to
kill your archers!
This all isn't to say that archers can't ever
attack, jus' don't expect them to be your main spearhead force against
any defence with real numbers in it. Archers are still excellent waves
to send to clean up heavy layers before you clean the traps/abati. At
5k range your archers can mow down enemy layers safely and quickly,
even in small numbers, becasue their defending counterparts are not yet
in their range to attack.

Importance of Rainbows~
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 sounds like a pretty worryin' prospect from the offset, but as you can see, it didnae go very well. What went wrong?
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.

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...

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.

Final Notes~
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
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