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Beastmen Priests
Tactical BeastmenPriests
Race Beastmen
Req. Town Buildings Parthenon
Construction Cost Icon Production.png 150
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 3
Icon Food.png 1
Unit Properties
# of figures Icon MultiFigureUnit.png 4
Moves Icon Movement Ground1
Melee Attack per figure Icon Melee Normal.png 4
Ranged Attack per figure Icon Ranged Magic.png 4
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 4
Resistance Icon Resist.png 8
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 2
Unit Abilities

Ability Quiver Ranged Attack x4

Ability Healer Healer

Ability Purify Purify

Ability HealingSpell Healing Spell x1

Beastmen Priests are a type of Normal Unit. This unit may be created from a Beastmen town, for the Construction Cost of Icon Production.png 150. The town must already contain a Parthenon for this to be possible.

Beastmen Priests provide a somewhat-powerful Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack as well as a similarly-strong Melee Attack - though the unit is normally too fragile to participate in direct combat. More importantly, Priests attached to an army can quickly heal damaged units after any battle, and can also cast the Healing spell during battle to heal friendly units. They also have the innate ability to Purify Corrupted tiles. Beastmen Priests are also quite resistant to Curses and other maledictions, and possess twice as many Hit Points as other Priests. Unfortunately, they are also half-again as expensive.

Beastmen Priests require an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 3 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 Priests are a group of humanoid animals, covered entirely in fur and dressed in dyed loincloths and vests. They are unarmed, using an innate ability to channel magical energy into useful applications. They also seem to be physically strong enough to make ferocious hand-to-hand attacks against their opponents. Beastmen are physically resilient, stronger than the average human, and their inherent magical nature gives them some protection from ill effects.

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

Attack Properties Edit

Beastmen Priests possess both a fairly-strong Ranged Attack and Melee Attack. Unfortunately, because the unit contains only Icon Figure.png 4 figures, neither attack is overly useful. Beastmen Priests may use their Ranged Attack up to 4 times in each battle before being forced to switch to Melee combat.

Each Priest's Ranged Attack has a strength of Icon Ranged Magic.png 4, causing Magical Damage. With no additional bonuses, each Priest delivers an average of about Icon Damage.png 1.2 points of Damage per attack. This is a reasonable amount, and will usually cause damage to lightly-armored opponents.

The magical nature of this attack means that Magic-Immune targets can completely ignore it. On the other hand, this type of Ranged Attack does not suffer any penalties for distance, and thus will inflict the same average amount of damage at both close range and long range.

Thanks to the Beastmen's inherent racial bonus, the unit's Melee Attack has the same strength as its Ranged Attack - at Icon Melee Normal.png 4. It is not magical by default, however. This Melee Attack will inflict an average of Icon Damage.png 1.2 per Priest - again just enough to get through basic enemy armor easily.

Note that with both its Melee Attack and Ranged Attack, the Beastmen Priests unit contains only Icon Figure.png 4 figures, which means that all told, these attacks are roughly equal to those of a Swordsmen unit. Still, a Ranged Attack with this strength is dangerous to enemy low-tier Normal Units.

Defense Properties Edit

Beastmen Priests possess a Defense score of Icon Defense.png 4 - making them very well-armored compared to other Normal Units. The unit will block about Icon Damage.png 1.2 points of Damage from any damage source, on average.

Beastmen in general are significantly healthier than other Races, giving each Beastmen Priest 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 Priest.

With only 4 Ranged Attacks per battle, the Priests eventually have to switch to their Melee Attack, and may be able to cause some damage to weak enemy units if the situation permits. Despite high Defense and plenty of Hit Points however, Beastmen Priests are not expected to participate in any serious Melee Combat, which should be avoided if possible. They are simply too expensive.

Beastmen Priests do have a significant advantage over other Beastmen Normal Units in their high Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 8. This gives them a relatively good chance of averting enemy Curses, and surviving some spell effects and enemy Special Attacks - though not nearly enough to make them truly immune to such effects. Still, by the time it gains some Icon Experience.png Experience, the Beastmen Priests unit can easily become immune to a wide variety of ill effects.

Other Properties Edit

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

Aside from providing some Ranged Attack support during battles, the Beastmen Priests' primary purpose is to provide healing to other units. On the overland map, all units stacked with the Beastmen regains a large number of Icon Hits.png Hit Points each turn. This is on top of any natural healing the unit would receive without the presence of the Priests.

The amount regained equals about 20% of the total number of Icon Hits.png Hit Points this unit would have when fully healthy (and with all Icon Figure.png figures alive). For example, a unit of High Men Cavalry has Icon Hits.png 3 per figure, with a maximum of Icon Figure.png 4 figures. Its total Hit Points when fully healthy is therefore Icon Hits.png 12. When stacked with Priests, this unit will regain an extra 20% * Icon Hits.png 12 = Icon Hits.png 2.4 each overland turn - on top of the Icon Hits.png 0.6 it regains naturally with or without their presence.

In other words, any damaged unit stacked with the Priests will be restored to full health within no more than 4 turns - and even faster if the stack is inside a town. Without Priests present, a unit on the brink of death could take upwards of 10 or turns to fully heal.

The effect is not cumulative. Two units of Priests in the same stack heal other units at the same rate as one unit of Priests.

Note that Undead units and creatures from the Icon Death.pngDeath realm do not heal, whether naturally or with the help of Priests.

Purification Edit

Main article: Purification

Aside from their use in combat and healing, Beastmen Priests provide a basic but reliable method of clearing away Corruption from the lands surrounding your towns. This is important when playing against any wizard proficient in Icon Chaos.pngChaos magic, as they tend to cast all sorts of spells that cause Corruption.

To clear away Corruption, the Priests unit must first move into the tile it wishes to cleanse. Then, issue the order to "Purify", in the unit's command menu.

A single unit of Priests will take about 5 turns to Purify any tile, regardless of its terrain. The process can be sped up by sending several units of Priests to the same tile, and ordering them all to Purify simultaneously. The fastest purification speed possible is 2 turns per tile, and is achieved with only 4 Priests working simultaneously. Additional Priests contribute nothing to the effort.

Once a tile has been cleared of Corruption, it resumes bestowing any nearby town with the same bonuses it had before being Corrupted.

Healing Spell Edit

Once per battle, the Beastmen Priests can cast a single Healing spell at a targeted friendly unit. They do not use up any of your Icon Mana.png Mana, nor their own mana/ammunition, to cast this spell.

This spell instantly restores Icon Hits.png 5 Hit Points to the targeted unit - or however many it takes to restore it to full health (whichever is lower). If the target unit is missing any Icon Figure.png figures, these might be brought back to life as a result of the Healing spell.

Note that while you may target an already fully-healthy unit with this spell, the spell will simply do nothing. Also note that both the Undead and any other creature from the Icon Death.pngDeath Realm will never be affected by a Healing spell, regardless of whether or not they are damaged at the time.

Basic Strategy Edit

Beastmen Priests are more useful during battle than their lower-level counterparts, the Shamans, but they are still not a dedicated combat unit. Their role is to provide support for other units. More often, Priests are recruited for their ability to quickly heal up an army, and their ability to Purify Corrupted tiles. This encourages most empires to have at least one such unit, or several to attach to its various armies.

During battle, Priests provide some good long-range attack capabilities. They can severely damage an enemy Ranged Attack unit or advancing low-tier Melee Attack unit, but after 4 attacks they will run out of ammunition. At this point, if an enemy unit is sufficiently weakened, the Beastmen Priests can move in to engage it in Melee combat, but expect the Priests to lose a few figures nonetheless. If the enemy is too strong, keep the Priests back, and when necessary cast the Healing spell to prolong the survival of one of your other units.

The Priests' post-battle healing abilities will come in handy to any advancing army. It is sometimes a good idea to have the Priests trailing behind the army, so that they do not need to expose themselves during battle. If units in the main army are seriously hurt in battle, the Priests unit will move into their tile after the battle to start the faster healing process. Within a few turns, the entire army should be healed up and can continue moving towards its objective, again with the Priests trailing behind.

Naturally, any appearance of Corruption close to your towns may cause an immediate need to create and use some Priests for purification. If you can afford it, consider creating a dedicated army stack of 4 units of Priests, so that together they can move about and swiftly clear away any Corruption occurring within your empire. This is particularly useful when an enemy wizard casts Great Wasting, which would mean a lot of cleaning to be done. Note that Priests are significantly more expensive than Shamans, so if you have access to both you may wish to use Shamans instead, for this logistical purpose.

Once the threat of Corruption is removed, idle Priests can simply be sent to accompany advancing armies, as explained above.

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 up to 4 times in each battle. Once the unit's ammo is expended, it must resort to Melee Attacks.

Ability Healer Healer Edit

  • Damaged allies stacked with this unit will regain an extra number of Icon Hits.png Hit Points each turn (on the overland map).
  • This applies only to units that have natural healing at all. Undead and units from the Icon Death.pngDeath realm do not heal.
  • The amount of extra health regained each turn equals 20% of the total amount of Icon Hits.png Hit Points the damaged unit would have with all its Icon Figure.png figures alive.

Ability Purify Purify Edit

  • This unit can Purify Corrupted tiles.
  • To use this ability, travel to the Corrupted tile and select the "Purify" command.
  • A single unit purifies a tile in 5 turns. Each additional unit simultaneously performing Purification in the same tile accelerates the process.
  • The maximum rate - 2 turns to purify a tile - is achieved with 4 units working simultaneously. There is no benefit to adding more units.

Ability HealingSpell Healing Spell x1 Edit

  • This unit may cast the Healing spell once per combat at any friendly target.
  • 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 Priests improve 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 4 Icon Ranged Magic.png 4 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 1 Regular Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 5 Icon Ranged Magic.png 5 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 2 Veteran Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 5 Icon Ranged Magic.png 5 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 3 Elite Icon Experience.png 120 Icon Melee Normal.png 6 Icon Ranged Magic.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 3
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite Icon Experience.png 120 * Icon Melee Normal.png 6 Icon Ranged Magic.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 3
Experience 5 Champion Icon Experience.png 120 ** Icon Melee Normal.png 7 Icon Ranged Magic.png 7 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 13 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 Priests 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 Priests may be produced in any Beastmen Town.

A town must contain a Parthenon to be able to produce Beastmen Priests. Should a town lose its Parthenon, it can no longer produce Beastmen Priests until a replacement structure is built.

The Construction Cost of this unit is Icon Production.png 150.

Beastmen Priests 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 Priest Mercenaries have the same Upkeep Cost as a normally-constructed unit.

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