Tactical Griffins
Race Nomads
Req. Town Buildings Fantastic Stable
Construction Cost Icon Production.png 200
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 4
Icon Food.png1
Unit Properties
# of figures Icon MultiFigureUnit.png 2
Moves Icon Movement Air2
Melee Attack per figure Icon Melee Normal.png 9 *
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 5
Resistance Icon Resist.png 7 *
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 10
Unit Abilities

Ability ArmorPiercing Armor Piercing

Ability FirstStrike First Strike

Griffins are a type of Normal Unit. This unit is unique to the Nomad Race, and can only be built in Nomad towns, for the Construction Cost of Icon Production.png 200. The town must already contain a Fantastic Stable for this to be possible.

Griffins are airborne shock-cavalry, and are some of the most powerful Normal Units in the game. They are both strong and sturdy, allowing them to effectively do combat with a wide range of units, including some Fantastic Creatures. Griffins utilize their speed and Flying ability to pick out their targets and eliminate them. Voluntary Melee Attacks initiated by Griffins utilize First Strike, possibly wiping out an enemy unit before it can even react. Griffins are exceptionally useful against well-armored targets, as their attack is Armor Piercing and can make short work of such targets.

Griffins will almost always have at least one Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level by default ("Regular"). This makes them even stronger than described above, and they'll just keep getting stronger as more and more Icon Experience.png Experience is accumulated.

Griffins require an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 4 and Icon Food.png1 to maintain. Failure to pay these costs will result in the unit being disbanded automatically.

Unit Properties Edit

Physical Description Edit

Griffins are unusual creatures, a hybrid between two animals. A Griffin has the body of a lion, armed with sharp claws on its four legs, a pair of great eagle wings, and the head and sharp beak of an eagle as well. Each creature is mounted by a human rider, who directs the beast's attacks in combat. Griffins are bred for battle, and find the taste of flesh to be quite palatable.

Griffins are a Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure unit, though containing only Icon Figure.png 2 figures when fully healed.

Attack Properties Edit

The Griffins have the strongest Melee Attack of all Nomad Normal Units. Not only does this attack cause significant damage, but it can also Pierce Armor, and benefits from First Strike when used properly.

Each Griffin's Melee Attack has a strength of Icon Melee Normal.png 9 by default. However, Griffins created from a town always receive at least one free Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level, giving them Icon Melee Normal.png 10 each. With this score, each Griffin delivers an average damage output of Icon Damage.png 3.0 per attack, a very high output for a Normal Unit. With both Icon Figure.png figures attacking simultaneously, the results are quite impressive on their own.

Furthermore, Griffins possess the Armor Piercing ability. Whenever they engage in Melee combat with any enemy unit, the enemy's Defense score is temporarily halved. In other words, the enemy gets to make only half as many Defense rolls as it normally would. Thus, Griffins can effectively engage some the most well-armored enemies in the game (possibly even well-equipped Heroes) and still apply at least some damage to them. Naturally, enemies with low armor ratings to begin with will generally suffer the full force of the attack.

Finally, when Griffins make a voluntary Melee Attack against an enemy unit, they utilize a First Strike ability. This means that instead of delivering their regular Melee Damage simultaneously with the enemy's Counter Attack, the Griffins' Melee Damage is delivered before the enemy can retaliate. In other words, any enemy Icon Figure.png figure killed by the First Strike does not get to make its Counter Attack at all, though it might still get to use a Gaze Attack if it possesses one.

Note that while Armor Piercing is always in effect, the Griffins may not use their First Strike when Counter Attacking to an enemy's assault. This means that they will only deliver Melee Damage to their enemies, and will do so at the end of the battle sequence.

Defense Properties Edit

Griffins are the best-armored units in the Nomad army (and some of the most heavily-armored Normal Units in the game) possessing a default Defense score of Icon Defense.png 5. This allows them to block about Icon Damage.png 1.5 points of Damage from any incoming attack. This should protect the Griffins from most enemy Normal Units.

Furthermore, Griffins are also very healthy, with each creature having Icon Hits.png 10 Hit Points, for a total of Icon Hits.png 20 per unit. Together with its high Defense score, this unit has roughly as much survivability as a low-tier Fantastic Unit. Even damage that gets through the Griffins' armor will take some time to kill these creatures!

Finally, Griffins possess a higher Resistance score than most other Normal Units. Their default Resistance is Icon Resist.png 7, but since Griffins almost always have at least one free Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level upon creation, this is raised to Icon Resist.png 8. It is enough to save the Griffins from Curses and other ill effects fairly often, and with additional Experience this unit can even become immune to some spells and effects.

Other Properties Edit

Griffins are Flying creatures and are reasonably fast-moving. They have a Movement Allowance of Icon Movement Air2, which allows them to travel fairly rapidly both on the overland map and during combat. This is particularly important in combat, as the unit requires speed to fully utilize its First Strike capability, and to reach the most worthwhile prey in short order.

Basic Strategy Edit

Griffins are some of the strongest Normal Units in the game. In the Nomad army, they serve as shock cavalry to tear apart enemy units. While the Griffins fight, other Nomad units provide Ranged Attacks or other support.

Griffins are strong enough to take out enemy low-tier Fantastic Units with ease in one-on-one combat, not to mention the overwhelming majority of Normal Units. With Experience, proper use of First Strike, and/or several Griffins units operating together, it should be possible to engage and defeat even stronger Fantastic Creatures and experienced/well-equipped Heroes. Remember that Armor Piercing attacks means that heavily-armored enemies are much more susceptible than normal to this unit's attack!

Griffins will only maximize their offensive capabilities when attacking voluntarily. Griffins can utilize their First Strike to cause severe damage to an enemy unit before it even gets a chance to fight back. This is very important in order to keep the Griffins alive, since they are somewhat fragile considering their otherwise-respectable strength.

For the same reason, it's important to try and prevent the enemy from attacking Griffins on its own terms. When they are Counter Attacking, Griffins do not get to use their First Strike, meaning they would have to rely on their Icon Hits.png Hit Points to survive. Fortunately, Griffins are Flying creatures, and thus can't be attacked in Melee by most enemy units, and their Hit Points pool is large enough to allow them to absorb some serious damage.

Have your Griffins charge into an enemy unit, killing off a good number of Icon Figure.png figures straight away. Those fallen enemy figures do not get to deliver damage back at the Griffins, minimizing the risk. Proper use of Griffins can thus lead to a significant reduction of friendly casualties. If the enemy unit is capable of attacking Griffins, try to back away from it after each attack - assuming you did not destroy it completely in the initial strike, as you should strive to do.

Also always keep your eyes open for a chance to completely bypass your enemies and charge straight at the Ranged Attack units in their rear. These weaker units will surely suffer at the hands of the Griffins. Still, this may be seen as somewhat wasteful, since the Griffins can just as easily spend their time killing strong enemy Melee Attackers.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability ArmorPiercing Armor Piercing Edit

  • Whenever this unit attacks an enemy target (whether with a Melee Attack or Ranged Attack as available) the target's Icon Defense.png Defense rating is temporarily assumed to be 50% lower than it really is.
  • This ability makes it easier to cause damage to heavily-armored targets.

Ability FirstStrike First Strike Edit

Experience Table Edit

The following table illustrates how Griffins 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 9 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 7 Icon Hits.png 10
Experience 1 Regular Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 10 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 10
Experience 2 Veteran Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 10 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 10
Experience 3 Elite Icon Experience.png 120 Icon Melee Normal.png 11 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 11
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite Icon Experience.png 120 * Icon Melee Normal.png 11 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 11
Experience 5 Champion Icon Experience.png 120 ** Icon Melee Normal.png 12 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 12

* 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 Griffins 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

Griffins are unique to the Nomads, and thus may be produced in any Nomad Town.

A town must contain the Fantastic Stable to be able to produce Griffins. Should a town lose its Fantastic Stable, it can no longer produce Griffins until a replacement structure is built.

Note that this building requirement means that Griffins produced in towns will always start as "Regular" troops (one free Experience Level), giving them a small but significant bonus above the default unit strength.

The Construction Cost of this unit is Icon Production.png 200.

Griffins 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. Griffin Mercenaries have the same Upkeep Cost as a normally-constructed unit.

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