|Req. Town Buildings||Builders' Hall|
|# of figures||6|
|Melee Attack per figure||1|
|Defense per figure||1|
|Hit Points per figure||3|
The primary purpose of Dwarf Engineers is to build Roads across your empire. This is done by sending the Engineers to a tile where you want a road constructed, and giving them the order to "Build". The process takes several turns, and is sped up when several Engineers go to work on the same tile. Dwarf Engineers are incredibly skilled at this, and will build roads at least twice as fast as any other Engineers unit!
On the other hand, Dwarf Engineers make very poor combat units, with only a token Melee Attack and almost no Defense. Like all Engineers they may however assist during siege combat, by using their Wall Crusher ability to bring down enemy City Walls. Dwarf Engineers are also three times as healthy as any other Engineers unit, giving them better overall survivability.
Dwarf Engineers require an Upkeep Cost of 1 and 1 to maintain. Failure to pay these costs will result in the unit being disbanded automatically.
Unit Properties Edit
Physical Description Edit
Dwarf Engineers are a group of short, stocky and bearded humanoids. They wear green tunics and caps, distinguishing themselves from the Dwarven combat units. Though they are not seen to be carrying any weapons or armor, they are implied to be equipped with short swords for self defense. Dwarves have a terrific constitution, and do not succumb easily to neither damage nor ill magic. They are also at home in mountainous terrain, which allows them to cross it easily. They are wary of plains however, and travel slowly on such terrain.
Attack Properties Edit
Each Engineer makes a Melee Attack with a strength of 1. With no additional bonuses this gives each Engineer an average damage output of only 0.3, or rather, there is only a 30% chance for each Engineer to inflict any damage on the opponent, before allowing the opponent to make Defense rolls to deflect damage. Therefore the Dwarf Engineers are highly unlikely to get through any armor at all.
Mitigating this slightly, a fully healed unit contains 6 Engineers, so there are 6 separate chances to inflict damage. This still isn't much, so the Dwarf Engineers' 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. Even then, this unit's low Defense score (see below) further discourages any combat.
On the other hand, Dwarf Engineers can still do some good in combat - specifically in siege combat where an enemy town is surrounded by City Walls. The Dwarf Engineers can walk up to a wall section and attack it, having a 50% chance of simply knocking a hole in the wall. This allows other, stronger Walking units to enter the enemy town and attack the defenders inside.
Defense Properties Edit
Dwarf Engineers possess a Defense score of 1 - making them extremely vulnerable to damage. The unit can only block about 0.3 points of Damage from any damage source, on average. Pretty much any attack is guaranteed to injure this unit.
Defense plays only a small role however, because like all Dwarves, the Dwarf Engineers possess a massive 3 Hit Points per figure - three times as much as most Normal Units. This allows the Dwarf Engineers to take plenty of damage without being destroyed.
High Hit Points ensures that the unit survives longer during combat, but should not encourage using Dwarf Engineers in risky situations. The only time they should deliberately be used in combat is during sieges.
Dwarf Engineers receive a racial bonus to their Resistance score, raising it to an impressive 8. This is enough to ensure at least a 50% rate of blocking most Curses, spell effects and Special Attacks. With just two levels of Experience, Dwarf Engineers become immune to several types of ill effects. Every additional level expands the variety of effects to which they are immune!
Other Properties Edit
Most Dwarves possess the innate ability of Mountaineer. This theoretically allows the unit - as well as any other unit stacked with it - to move across specific types of rough Terrain at a cost of only 1 Movement Point per tile. This includes Mountain tiles, Hill tiles, and Volcanoes. Unfortunately, Dwarf Engineers are too slow to exploit this, unless their Movement Allowance is increased in some way.
On the other hand, the same ability also increases the cost of moving across Grassland to 3 points per tile. Normally, Dwarf Engineers move too slowly to feel any effect from these increased costs, since they can only move one turn per tile by default anyway. However, if their Movement Allowance is ever increased, the slow movement through Grasslands will clearly be felt.
Road Construction Edit
- Main article: Road
The Engineers are not designed for combat. Their primary purpose is construction of infrastructure - i.e. Roads. Dwarf Engineers can work on the overland map to create links between Towns, allowing both faster travel by your units and increased Gold income from trade. This is an extremely important part of the empire-building process, so acquiring Engineers from any race is vital for almost all empires.
To construct a Road, the Engineers unit must first move into the tile where you wish the road to begin. Then, issue the order to "Build", in the unit's command menu. You may click on any tile on the overland map to plot a route along which to build the road, or simply confirm construction immediately to have the Engineers construct a road where they're standing.
The panel on the right side of the screen displays the number of turns it'll take to finish building the road you've plotted. Note that it only takes into account the number of turns taken up by building. It does not take into account the turns spent on moving between tiles!
The amount of time required to build a road in a tile depends on the Terrain in that tile, and is also influenced by some Terrain Specials. Dwarf Engineers, however, work twice as fast as any other Engineers, allowing them to build an impressive road network fairly early in the game. The average construction time for a single unit of Engineers is about 2-3 turns per tile, with construction on Grassland tiles being fastest (1 turn!) and construction in Mountains, Swamps and Volcanoes being slowest (4 turns). The process can be sped up even further by ordering several units of Engineers to construct the road together. The fastest speed possible is 1 turn per tile regardless of Terrain, and is achieved with only 3 Engineers working simultaneously. Additional Engineers contribute nothing to the effort.
Roads are automatically connected whenever they are constructed in adjacent tiles (including diagonally). Once a road is built in a tile, any unit can move into this tile at a cost of only 0.5 Movement Points. Thus, units can travel faster across your empire. Note of course that enemy and neutral units can do so as well.
If a Road stretches continuously all the way from one Town to another, both towns gain a small but significant bonus to their Gold income (generated from trade between them). This is another strong incentive to construct a network of roads connecting all towns.
Any Roads built in Myrror are automatically transformed into Enchanted Roads for no extra fee. Units may move into an Enchanted Road tile without wasting any Movement Points, and thus can travel vast distances along a well-established road system in a single turn. Sadly, Non-Corporeal units cannot do this - they travel at 0.5 Movement Points per tile regardless of anything.
For more detailed information, please visit the article about Roads.
Basic Strategy Edit
The primary job of the Dwarf Engineers is to build Roads. Any empire that can recruit Engineers of any race will benefit from this, as Roads bestow both a better strategic capability and a respectable amount of Gold income from trade. Any respectable empire that does not run on brute force alone will want to accomplish this as early as possible.
The strategic benefit comes with the ability to quickly move troops between towns, as well as towards Nodes. Reinforcements and replacements can thus be ferried quickly from the production centers to any combat zone. A well-networked empire is hard to conquer, as it can put its armies wherever they are needed!
The Gold benefit will obviously improve the ability to field more armies, recruit more Heroes, and upgrade towns. As the towns grow, in particular, so will the Gold income from trade between them! This exponential factor can put an empire financially ahead of its competitors, and that is a very strong advantage.
If possible try to collect a group of 3 Dwarf Engineers in a single stack so they can move and build in unison. This allows you to build Roads at a rate of 1 turn per tile (not counting movement between tiles). This is very fast indeed, and you should be able to connect your entire empire very early - and easily keep it connected even as it expands!
For empires built on Myrror, the strategic benefit is even more important, since Enchanted Roads allow virtually unlimited movement. Units can instantly arrive from any town to any location that needs defenses, and roads can be built straight into enemy territory (with armies protecting the Engineers, of course) to allow armies to simply stream in, overwhelming the enemy.
Dwarf Engineers are basically non-combat units. Though they can be brought into a battle to assist (particularly during sieges), they are not designed to fight. In an emergency, they can match the performance of enemy Spearmen, at best - but should not be expected to survive even against strong Normal Units.
Still, during a siege battle, Engineers can work to create holes in City Walls (if present). This works alright in lieu of Catapults or other Wall Crushers, though it puts the Engineers at risk. In particular, avoid attempting to destroy a wall section when there is an enemy unit right behind it. The Engineers will attack that unit, and thus be exposed to its Counter Attack! This will surely get them all killed! Instead, try to breach the wall at an unoccupied location. Be ready to have your other units stream in through that hole.
Ability Overview Edit
- This unit can build Roads.
- To use this ability, travel to the tile where the road is to begin, and select the "Build" command. You may select a desired route, or simply let the unit built a single road section at its current position.
- Construction time varies from tile to tile. Each additional unit simultaneously performing Road construction in the same tile accelerates the process.
- The maximum rate - 1 turns to build one road section, regardless of Terrain - is achieved with 5 units working simultaneously. There is no benefit to adding more units.
- This unit may move through any Hills, Mountain or Volcano tile at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.
- When this unit is stacked with other units, the entire stack may move through these tiles at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.
- On the other hand, traveling into Grassland tiles costs this unit and its stack exactly 3 Movement Points.
- This unit can make Melee Attacks and/or Ranged Attacks (as available) against City Walls. Each attack has a certain chance to destroy the targeted wall section for the remainder of the battle.
- A Ranged Attack has a 25% chance of destroying the targeted wall section. A Melee Attack has a 50% chance of destroying the targeted wall section.
- If an enemy unit is standing behind the wall when it is attacked, the Wall Crusher unit attacks that unit as well. Defense bonuses to the target unit depend on whether or not the wall is destroyed during this attack.
- This ability can only destroy City Walls. Other, magical wall types are not affected.
Experience Table Edit
The following table illustrates how Dwarf Engineers 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||To Hit||Defense||Resist||Hits|
|Recruit||0 - 19||1||30%||1||8||3|
|Regular||20 - 59||2||30%||1||9||3|
|Veteran||60 - 119||2||30%||2||10||3|
Average Damage Output Edit
The table below details the average amount of damage that each Figure in a Dwarf Engineers unit will deliver with each type of attack, based on Experience Level. It can be used in comparison to the target's Defense rating to figure out the chance of hurting that target.
A town must contain the Builders' Hall to be able to produce Dwarf Engineers. Should a town lose its Builders' Hall, it can no longer produce Dwarf Engineers until a replacement structure is built.
The Construction Cost of this unit is 40.
Dwarf Engineers 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 Gold that depends on many different factors. Dwarf Engineer Mercenaries have the same Upkeep Cost as a normally-constructed unit.