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High Elf Spearmen
Tactical HighElfSpearmen
Race High Elves
Req. Town Buildings None
Construction Cost Icon Production.png 15
Upkeep Cost Icon Food.png 1
Unit Properties
# of figures Icon MultiFigureUnit.png 8
Moves Icon Movement Ground1
Melee Attack per figure Icon Melee Normal.png 1
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 2
Resistance Icon Resist.png 6
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 1
Unit Abilities

Ability ToHit +10% To Hit

Ability Forester Forester

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

Like all Spearmen, High Elf 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. While slightly more expensive than other Spearmen, they possess a To Hit bonus of Icon ToHit.png +10%, a higher-than-average Resistance score, and the Forester ability which in theory allows them to navigate through Forests with ease. These make the unit a little more useful, but still very basic.

High Elf 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

High Elf Spearmen are a group of tall humanoids with blond hair, slender and majestic. They are dressed in lively green tunics. High Elf 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. A hint of magic surrounds them at all time, guiding their weapons and allowing them to be more in-tune with the natural world.

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

Attack Properties Edit

High Elf Spearmen initially possess a very weak Melee Attack, which will only be threatening to other low-tier Normal Units. It gets a little stronger with Icon Experience.png Experience.

Each Spearman makes a Melee Attack with a strength of Icon Melee Normal.png 1. The unit also receives an innate To Hit bonus of Icon ToHit.png +10%, but this is hardly noticeable - it gives each Spearman an average damage output of only Icon Damage.png 0.4, or rather, there is only a 40% chance for each Spearman to inflict any damage on the opponent, before allowing the opponent to make Defense rolls to deflect damage. Therefore the High Elf 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 High Elf 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.

Defense Properties Edit

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

As with most Normal Units, each High Elf 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 High Elf 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, High Elf Spearmen can become surprisingly resistant to a large variety of ill effects.

Other Properties Edit

High Elf Spearmen move at a slow Icon Movement Ground1, and can only traverse land tiles.

Like most other High Elf units, High Elf Spearmen possess the Forester trait, which theoretically allows the Spearmen and any units stacked with them to move through Forest tiles at a cost of 1 Movement Point per tile. Unfortunately, because High Elf Spearmen only have a Movement Allowance of 1 anyway, this gives them no real advantage. If the unit's Movement Allowance is somehow increased, it will be able to "cruise" through Forest tiles like they were Grassland.

Basic Strategy Edit

High Elf Spearmen are the most basic (and weakest) Normal Unit available to the High Elf race. These units are unlikely to pose a threat to anything other than enemy low-tier Normal Units.

A horde of Spearmen can gang up on a stronger unit in order to whittle it down. Fortunately, High Elf Spearmen are fairly cheap to produce, and thus hordes of them are not too difficult to acquire.

Do not expect High Elf 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.

Note that thanks to their innate To Hit bonus, High Elf Spearmen become significantly stronger (at least compared to their initial poor performance) as they gain Experience, and can potentially become adequately-powerful for combat. Of course, getting the Spearmen to a higher Experience Level is itself unlikely.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability ToHit +10% To Hit Edit

  • This unit has an extra Icon ToHit.png 10% chance to hit its target with every attack. This improves its statistical chance to inflict more Icon Damage.png Damage with each attack it makes.

Ability Forester Forester Edit

  • This unit may move through any Forest tile at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.
  • When this unit is stacked with other units, the entire stack may move through Forest tiles at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.

Experience Table Edit

The following table illustrates how High Elf 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 1 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 2 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 ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 2 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 ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 3 Elite Icon Experience.png 120 Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite Icon Experience.png 120 * Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 5 Champion Icon Experience.png 120 ** Icon Melee Normal.png 4 Icon ToHit.png 70% Icon Defense.png 4 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 High Elf 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

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

The Construction Cost of this unit is Icon Production.png 15.

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

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