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Beastmen Magicians
Tactical BeastmenMagicians
Race Beastmen
Req. Town Buildings Wizards' Guild
Construction Cost Icon Production.png 180
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 4
Icon Food.png 1
Unit Properties
# of figures Icon MultiFigureUnit.png 4
Moves Icon Movement Ground1
Melee Attack per figure Icon Melee Normal.png 2
Ranged Attack per figure Icon Ranged Magic.png 5
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 3
Resistance Icon Resist.png 9
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 2
Unit Abilities

Ability Quiver Ranged Attack x4

Ability MissileImmunity Missile Immunity

Ability FireballSpell Fireball Spell x1

Beastmen Magicians are a type of Normal Unit. This unit may be created at a Beastmen town, for the Construction Cost of Icon Production.png 120. The town must already contain a Wizards' Guild for this to be possible.

Like all Magicians, Beastmen Magicians are specialized Ranged Attack units with some spell-casting ability. Their primary attack is a fairly-strong Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack, accurate over any distance and quite dangerous to most units - even low-tier Fantastic Creatures. Once per battle, Beastmen Magicians can cast a Fireball spell which is even more dangerous. Beastmen Magicians possess an excellent Icon Resist.png Resistance score, and are also incredibly resistant to Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attacks. They are also significantly healthier than other Magicians, giving them added survivability.

Beastmen Magicians require an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 4 and Icon Food.png 1 to maintain. Failure to pay these costs will result in the unit being disbanded automatically.

Unit Properties Edit

Physical Description Edit

Beastmen Magicians are a group of humanoid animals, covered entirely in fur and dressed in long dyed robes. They carry wands, enabling them to channel magical energy into a destructive force, which the Magicians then hurl at their enemies. The strong magical field surrounding the Beastmen Magicians deflects incoming projectiles. Beastmen are physically resilient, stronger than the average human, and their inherent magical nature gives them some protection from ill effects.

Beastmen Magicians are a Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure unit, containing Icon Figure.png 4 figures when fully healed.

Attack Properties Edit

Beastmen Magicians rely primarily on a strong Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack, which they can use up to 4 times in each battle. In emergencies, they will switch to a Melee Attack which is significantly weaker.

Each Magician's Ranged Attack has a strength of Icon Ranged Magic.png 5. With no additional bonuses, each Magician inflicts about Icon Damage.png 1.5 points of Damage with each attack - a fairly good amount capable of going through light armor rather easily. Note that because this is a Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack, it does not suffer from distance penalties and is accurate against any target on the battlefield.

When they run out of ammunition and/or are forced to do Melee combat, each Beastmen Magician attacks with a strength of Icon Melee Magic.png 2. With no additional bonuses this amounts to only about Icon Damage.png 0.6 per Magician, and will struggle to get through any armor. Beastmen Magicians are therefore discouraged from doing hand-to-hand combat if at all possible.

Defense Properties Edit

The Beastmen Magicians possess an above-average Defense score of Icon Defense.png 3. They can deflect about Icon Damage.png 0.9 points of Damage from any damage source, on average. This is a decent amount of armor when fighting low-tier Normal Units, but will not protect the Magicians from any serious opponent.

Beastmen in general are significantly healthier than other Races, giving each Beastmen Magicians Icon Hits.png 2 Hit Points - twice the health of low-tier Normal Units. In other words, it will take two points of Icon Damage.png Damage to kill off one Beastmen Magicians.

Despite these extra Hit Points and even the increased Melee Attack strength, Beastmen Magicians still have a low number of figures (Icon Figure.png 4 Magicians per unit), meaning that they are very poorly defended and will die very easily when attacked. This is one more reason why they should avoid Melee combat at all costs - they are simply too expensive and useful to lose. The extra Hit Points serve more as an insurance policy rather than an excuse to send the Beastmen Magicians into hand-to-hand combat.

Fortunately, Beastmen Magicians are surrounded by a magical field that will almost completely deflect any Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attack directed at them. When such an attack is made on the Beastmen Magicians, their Defense score is temporarily boosted to Icon Defense.png 50 (!), making it almost completely impossible for any damage to go through.

Finally, Beastmen Magicians possess a very impressive Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 9 - one of the highest Resistance scores of any Normal Unit. They have a very good chance of averting enemy Curses and surviving some spell effects and enemy Special Attacks. With just a little Icon Experience.png Experience, the Beastmen Magicians become completely immune to a small variety of Curses and Special Attacks, and will become immune to a wider variety with each Experience Level.

Other Properties Edit

Beastmen Magicians move at a slow Icon Movement Ground1, and can only traverse land tiles. The unit has no special movement properties.

Fireball Spell Edit

Once per battle, the Beastmen Magicians can cast a single Fireball spell at a targeted enemy unit.

The Fireball spell executes a single Immolation Damage attack against the chosen target. This is a very specialized kind of attack that is stronger against Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units - the more Icon Figure.png figures, the stronger the attack! This is exceptionally potent against enemy Normal Units and low-tier Fantastic Units.

The Fireball has a strength of Icon Ranged Magic.png 5. Unlike the version of this spell that can be cast by dedicated spell-casters (or the wizard himself), it is not possible to adjust the amount of Icon Mana.png Mana invested into this spell, thus it cannot be made stronger. It will always have a strength of exactly Icon Ranged Magic.png 5.

Targets with Magic Immunity or Fire Immunity will suffer no damage from this spell whatsoever.

Basic Strategy Edit

Beastmen Magicians are possibly the most powerful Ranged Attack units in the Beastmen military. They are much stronger than Bowmen or Shamans, and even a little stronger than Priests. The additional use of the Fireball Spell can greatly help to tip the battle in your favor. On the other hand, Beastmen Magicians are quite expensive to produce and maintain, making their use less prevalent.

The primary advantage that Beastmen Magicians have over Bowmen is the Magical nature of their attack. Not only can it do damage to targets with Missile Immunity, but it also does not suffer from To Hit penalties for firing at distant targets. Where Beastmen Bowmen may be forced to wait until the enemy draws closer, Beastmen Magicians can attack enemies anywhere on the battlefield with the same end results. This makes Beastmen Magicians terrific at taking out enemy Ranged Attackers on the first few rounds of combat.

The Fireball spell should be used early in the battle to take out (or seriously injure) the most threatening enemy Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure unit on the battlefield. Again, the more Icon Figure.png figures there are in the enemy unit, the stronger the spell, so choose your target carefully. Remember that this spell costs you nothing, so never forget to cast it!

With a few Beastmen Magicians in an army, it is possible to cause plenty of damage to an advancing opponent or his Ranged Attack troops before Melee combat erupts. On the other hand, any enemy unit that reaches the Beastmen Magicians themselves can kill them rather easily, so it is important to have other, stronger units in support - or withdraw the Magicians quickly when the enemy draws near.

Always remember that enemies possessing Magic Immunity will shrug off the Beastmen Magicians' attack. In these cases, Beastmen Bowmen would have the upper hand.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability Quiver Ranged Attack x4 Edit

  • This unit may use a Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack instead of a Melee Attack 4 times in each battle. Once the unit's ammo is expended, it must resort to Melee Attacks.

Ability MissileImmunity Missile Immunity Edit

  • Any Icon Ranged Bow.png Missile Attack performed against this unit will temporarily raise the unit's Defense score to Icon Defense.png 50 - allowing it to block virtually any incoming damage.
  • Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical or Icon Ranged Boulder.png Boulder attacks do not trigger this effect, and will damage the unit as normal.

Ability FireballSpell Fireball Spell x1 Edit

  • This unit may cast the Fireball spell once per combat at any enemy target. The spell is cast at its default strength (no additional Icon Mana.png Mana invested).
  • This spell-casting does not take Icon Mana.png Mana out of the Wizard's pool, nor does it reduce the Wizard's Spell Skill for this battle.
  • Immediately after casting the spell, the unit's turn ends. It may not move or attack until its next turn.

Experience Table Edit

The following table illustrates how Beastmen Magicians improves as they gain Experience. Any properties that are not listed here do not improve with Experience in any way.

Level Icon Level Name EP Melee Ranged To Hit Defense Resist Hits
Experience 0 Recruit Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Melee Normal.png 2 Icon Ranged Magic.png 5 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 1 Regular Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Icon Ranged Magic.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 2 Veteran Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Icon Ranged Magic.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 3 Elite Icon Experience.png 120 Icon Melee Normal.png 4 Icon Ranged Magic.png 7 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 3
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite Icon Experience.png 120 * Icon Melee Normal.png 4 Icon Ranged Magic.png 7 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 13 Icon Hits.png 3
Experience 5 Champion Icon Experience.png 120 ** Icon Melee Normal.png 5 Icon Ranged Magic.png 8 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 14 Icon Hits.png 4

* To achieve this level, either the Warlord Retort or the Crusade spell must be in play.
** To achieve this level, both the Warlord Retort and the Crusade spell must be in play simultaneously.

Average Damage Output Edit

The table below details the average amount of damage that each Icon Figure.png Figure in a Beastmen Magicians unit will deliver with each type of attack, based on Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level. It can be used in comparison to the target's Defense rating to figure out the chance of hurting that target.

Select weapons:
Level Icon Level Name Melee Ranged * Thrown Breath
Experience 0 Recruit
Experience 1 Regular
Experience 2 Veteran
Experience 3 Elite
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite
Experience 5 Champion

* Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks do not suffer Icon ToHit.png To Hit penalties for distance. Therefore, the values in this column apply at any distance.<img src="Icon_Melee_Normal.png"><img src="Icon_Melee_Magic.png"><img src="Icon_Melee_Mithril.png"><img src="Icon_Melee_Adamantium.png">

Acquisition Edit

Beastmen Magicians may be produced in any Beastmen Town.

A town must contain a Wizards' Guild to be able to produce Beastmen Magicians. Should a town lose an existing Wizards' Guild, it can no longer produce Beastmen Magicians until a replacement structure is built.

The Construction Cost of this unit is Icon Production.png 180.

Beastmen Magicians may appear for hire as Mercenaries. They may already have some Experience on being hired, and several units may be hired simultaneously. Hiring these units requires a certain cost in Icon Gold.png Gold that depends on many different factors. Beastmen Magician Mercenaries have the same Upkeep Cost as a normally-constructed unit.

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