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Draconian Spearmen
Tactical DraconianSpearmen
Race Draconian
Req. Town Buildings None
Construction Cost Icon Production.png 25
Upkeep Cost Icon Food.png 1
Unit Properties
# of figures Icon MultiFigureUnit.png 8
Moves Icon Movement Air2
Melee Attack per figure Icon Melee Normal.png 1
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 3
Resistance Icon Resist.png 6
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 1
Unit Abilities
Ability FireBreath Fire Breath 1

Draconian Spearmen are a type of Normal Unit. This unit may be created from any Draconian town, for the Construction Cost of Icon Production.png 25.

Like all Spearmen, Draconian Spearmen are a very basic combat unit which doesn't pose much of a threat to any serious opponent, though they can become a little stronger through Experience. Draconians possess a few important racial benefits though: They have a better Defense score, a better Resistance score, can Fly at a great speed, and can even Breathe Fire. These traits normally elevate Draconian Spearmen to a higher level of deadliness. On the other hand, Draconian Spearmen are 150% more expensive than any other Spearmen.

Draconian Spearmen require an Upkeep Cost of only 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

Draconian Spearmen are a group of dragon-kin, humanoids descended from dragons. They are covered in thick green scales from head to toe, they have long thin tails, reptilian heads, and two great dragon wings that enable them to fly. Draconian Spearmen carry spears - long shafts of wood tipped with sharp metal points. These are used for stabbing at enemies within hand-to-hand combat range. Draconians are also quite resistant to magic, and their scales provide strong protection.

Draconian Spearmen are a Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure unit, containing Icon Figure.png 8 figures when fully healed.

Attack Properties Edit

Draconian Spearmen initially possess a very weak Melee Attack, which will only be threatening to other low-tier Normal Units. It is also backed up by a weak-but-useful Breath Attack. Both attacks get a little stronger with Experience.

Each Spearman makes a Melee Attack with a strength of Icon Melee Normal.png 1. This delivers an average damage output of only Icon Damage.png 0.3, or rather, there is only a 30% chance for each Spearman to inflict any damage on the opponent. This is even before allowing the opponent to make Defense rolls to deflect this damage! Therefore the Draconian Spearmen are highly unlikely to get through any armor at all.

Mitigating this slightly, a fully healed unit contains Icon Figure.png 8 Spearmen, so there are 8 separate chances to inflict damage. This still isn't much, so the Draconian Spearmen's Melee Attack should not be counted upon to do any significant amount of damage to anything but the weakest enemy units, at least until they gain some Experience.

More importantly however, when the unit makes a voluntary Melee Attack against an enemy unit, it first executes a Fire Breath attack, with a strength of Icon Breath.png 1 per Spearman. Again, this will cause about Icon Damage.png 0.3 on average, with 8 separate attempts to get through the enemy's armor. Any enemy Icon Figure.png figure that actually gets killed by this attack cannot deliver any Melee Damage back at the Spearmen.

Note that the Draconian Spearmen may not use their Breath Attack when Counter Attacking. Also, because this attack delivers Fire Damage, targets possessing Magic Immunity and/or Fire Immunity will suffer no damage from it whatsoever.

Defense Properties Edit

The Draconian Spearmen possess a Defense score of Icon Defense.png 3 - a reasonably good score, normally possessed by mid-tier Normal Units. They can deflect about Icon Damage.png 0.9 points of Damage from any damage source, on average. This can help prevent damage from weak enemy units such as other Spearmen or even Swordsmen.

As with most Normal Units, each Draconian Spearman possesses only Icon Hits.png 1 Hit Point. In other words, each point of Icon Damage.png Damage inflicted on this unit will kill off one of its Icon Figure.png figures.

For purposes of defending against Curses and other combat maledictions, the Draconian Spearmen have an above-average Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 6. This can protect them from some ill effects, but will probably fail about as often as it succeeds. With Experience however, Draconian Spearmen can become surprisingly resistant to a large variety of ill effects.

Other Properties Edit

Like all other Draconian units, Draconian Spearmen have the innate ability to Fly. They also move at a rather good speed of Icon Movement Air2. Both abilities are essential to the proper use of all Draconian units.

As Flying units, Draconian Spearmen can easily scout and attack across Oceans. This means that no body of water is a safe barrier to hide behind when a Draconian empire is nearby. Their high flying speed also means that they can attack quickly, retreat easily, and evade enemy armies rather well.

During combat, the fast Flying ability allows Draconian Spearmen to maneuver around enemy lines with ease, and protects them from most Melee Attacks by enemy ground units. Furthermore, the high speed allows the Draconian Spearmen to use their Breath Attack frequently, as it enables them to choose their targets carefully and decide when and where to attack.

Finally, the Draconian Spearmen's Flying ability gives them an automatic Sight Range bonus, enabling them to see two tiles away on the overland map (including diagonally).

Basic Strategy Edit

Draconian Spearmen are the most basic (and weakest) Normal Unit available to the Draconian race. Nonetheless, access to both fast Flight and Breath Attack capabilities make them significantly more dangerous than other Spearmen - if used properly.

During battle, Draconian Spearmen will generally seek to make sudden charges at enemy units, attacking with both their Breath Attack and Melee Attack. When this is done voluntarily (i.e. the Draconian Spearmen voluntarily attacking an enemy unit), the Breath Attack kicks in and may kill a few enemy Icon Figure.png figures, weakening the target before the exchange of Melee Damage takes place.

Remember that this Breath Attack does not occur when the Draconian Spearmen are Counter Attacking. However, Draconian Spearmen are fast enough to withdraw after each attack in order to prevent this. Also, their Flying ability means that most ground units cannot make Melee Attacks against them in the first place, meaning that sometimes it's not even necessary to withdraw after every attack.

Nonetheless, Draconian Spearmen will generally limit themselves to attacking weak enemy Normal Units. The reasoning behind this is that it increases the chance for the Spearmen's Breath Attack to kill a few enemy figures, thus reducing the damage that the Spearmen will take during the enemy's Counter Attack. Stronger units might not be weakened at all, and their Counter Attack can rather-easily kill several of the Spearmen.

A horde of Spearmen can gang up on a stronger unit in order to whittle it down, but do not expect Draconian Spearmen to stand up to any Fantastic Creature, at least not until they gain plenty of Experience. Even then, they are probably not going to win such an encounter. Also, hordes of Draconian Spearmen are difficult to produce due to their high Construction Cost.

Finally, remember that Draconian Spearmen can fly on the overland map as well as in combat. They make excellent, cheap scouts, and can make surprise raids and invasions across rough terrain or large bodies of water very easily. Use this to your advantage.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability FireBreath Fire Breath 1 Edit

  • Whenever this unit makes a Melee Attack against an enemy target, it also delivers a Fire Damage Breath Attack with a strength of Icon Breath.png 1 per Icon Figure.png figure.
  • As a Breath Attack, this damage is delivered before the enemy gets the chance to retaliate. Any Icon Figure.png figures in the target unit that are killed by the attack do not get to deliver any Melee Damage.
  • This Breath Attack does not occur when the unit is Counter Attacking against an enemy assailant.
  • This effect does nothing against targets possessing the Magic Immunity or Fire Immunity abilities.

Experience Table Edit

The following table illustrates how Draconian Spearmen 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 Breath To Hit Defense Resist Hits
Experience 0 Recruit Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Melee Normal.png 1 Icon Breath.png 1 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 6 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 1 Regular Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 2 Icon Breath.png 2 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 7 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 2 Veteran Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 2 Icon Breath.png 2 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 3 Elite Icon Experience.png 120 Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Icon Breath.png 3 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite Icon Experience.png 120 * Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Icon Breath.png 3 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 5 Champion Icon Experience.png 120 ** Icon Melee Normal.png 4 Icon Breath.png 4 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 3

* 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 Draconian Spearmen 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

<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

Draconian Spearmen may be produced in any Draconian Town. The town does not require any special Town Buildings to be constructed in order to create Draconian Spearmen.

The Construction Cost of this unit is Icon Production.png 25.

Draconian Spearmen 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. Draconian Spearmen Mercenaries have the same Upkeep Cost as a normally-constructed unit.

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