Gnoll Spearmen
Tactical GnollSpearmen
Race Gnolls
Req. Town Buildings None
Construction Cost Icon Production.png 10
Upkeep Cost Icon Food.png1
Unit Properties
# of figures Icon MultiFigureUnit.png 8
Moves Icon Movement Ground1
Melee Attack per figure Icon Melee Normal.png 3
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 2
Resistance Icon Resist.png 4
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 1

Gnoll Spearmen are a type of Normal Unit. This unit may be created from a Gnoll town, for the Construction Cost of Icon Production.png 15.

Like all Spearmen, Gnoll Spearmen are a very basic combat unit, though like all Gnoll units it benefits from increased Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack strength, making it comparably dangerous to Swordsmen of other Races. The unit becomes even stronger with Experience.

Gnoll Spearmen require an Upkeep Cost of only Icon Food.png1 to maintain. Failure to pay these costs will result in the unit being disbanded automatically.

Unit Properties Edit

Physical Description Edit

Gnoll Spearmen are a group of fur-covered humanoids, more akin to upright jackals than to humans. They wear the blue tunics that are a standard part of the Gnoll army uniform. Gnoll 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.

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

Attack Properties Edit

Thanks to the racial bonus of Icon Melee Normal.png +2 given to all Normal Units of the Gnoll Race, Gnoll Spearmen possess a strong Melee Attack comparable to the common Swordsmen unit. While it is still not too impressive, this attack does have some potential against lightly-armored enemies.

Each Spearman makes a Melee Attack with a strength of Icon Melee Normal.png 3. This delivers an average damage output of about Icon Damage.png 0.9 per Spearman, per attack. With Icon Figure.png 8 figures in a fully-healthy unit, Gnoll Spearmen have a high chance of scoring at least a few hits. Lightly-armored enemies are likely to suffer at least some damage from this attack. However, any decently-armored enemy will still ignore the Gnoll Spearmen's attack quite easily.

Defense Properties Edit

The Gnoll Spearmen possess a Defense score of Icon Defense.png 2 - just slightly weaker than their attack score. They can deflect about Icon Damage.png 0.6 points of Damage from any damage source, on average. This is rarely enough to save them from anything but the weakest attackers.

As with most Normal Units, each Gnoll 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 Gnoll Spearmen have a very-low Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 4 - barely enough to protect them from such effects.

Other Properties Edit

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

Basic Strategy Edit

Gnoll Spearmen are the most basic (and weakest) Normal Unit available to the Gnoll race. Still, thanks to their racial bonus, Gnoll Spearmen are significantly more dangerous than most other Spearmen. They are primarily useful for taking on enemy low-tier Normal Units, but unfortunately will struggle to pierce any decent amount of armor.

A horde of Spearmen can gang up on a stronger unit in order to whittle it down. Gnoll Spearmen are extremely cheap to produce, and thus hordes of them are easy to acquire. This makes them a great choice for building large armies in the early game.

Do not expect Gnoll 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, but might be able to cause some lasting damage.

Ability Overview Edit

The Gnoll Spearmen unit has no abilities listed in its unit details panel. It has to rely only on its primary combat properties during battle.

Experience Table Edit

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

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

The Construction Cost of this unit is Icon Production.png 10.

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

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