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Orc Magicians
Tactical OrcMagicians
Race Orcs
Req. Town Buildings Wizards' Guild
Construction Cost Icon Production.png 120
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 3
Icon Food.png 1
Unit Properties
# of figures Icon MultiFigureUnit.png 4
Moves Icon Movement Ground1
Melee Attack per figure Icon Melee Normal.png 1
Ranged Attack per figure Icon Ranged Magic.png 5
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 3
Resistance Icon Resist.png 8
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 1
Unit Abilities

Ability Quiver Ranged Attack x4

Ability MissileImmunity Missile Immunity

Ability FireballSpell Fireball Spell x1

Orc Magicians are a type of Normal Unit. This unit may be created at an Orc town, for the Construction Cost of Icon Production.png 120. The town must already contain a Wizards' Guild for this to be possible.

Like all Magicians, Orc Magicians are specialized Ranged Attack units with some spell-casting ability. Their primary attack is a fairly-strong Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack, accurate over any distance and quite dangerous to most units - even low-tier Fantastic Creatures. Once per battle, Orc Magicians can cast a Fireball spell which is even more dangerous. Orc Magicians possess an excellent Resistance score, and are also incredibly resistant to Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attacks - but are otherwise fragile.

Orc Magicians require an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 3 and 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

Orc Magicians are a group of short, ugly, red-skinned humanoids, dressed in purple trousers and hats. They are capable of channeling magical energy into a destructive force, which the Magicians hurl at their enemies. The strong magical field surrounding the Orc Magicians deflects incoming projectiles.

Orc Magicians are a Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure unit, containing Icon Figure.png 4 figures when fully healed.

Attack Properties Edit

Orc Magicians rely primarily on a strong Magical Ranged Attack, which they can use up to 4 times in each battle. In emergencies, they will switch to a Melee Attack which is significantly weaker.

Each Magician's Ranged Attack has a strength of Icon Ranged Magic.png 5. With no additional bonuses, each Magician inflicts about Icon Damage.png 1.5 points of Damage with each attack - a fairly good amount capable of going through light armor rather easily. Note that because this is a Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack, it does not suffer from distance penalties and is accurate against any target on the battlefield.

When they run out of ammunition and/or are forced to do Melee combat, each Magician attacks with a strength of Icon Melee Magic.png 1. With no additional bonuses this amounts to only about Icon Damage.png 0.3 per Magician, and will struggle to get through any armor. Orc Magicians are therefore discouraged from doing hand-to-hand combat if at all possible.

Defense Properties Edit

The Orc Magicians possess an above-average Defense score of Icon Defense.png 3. They can deflect about Icon Damage.png 0.9 points of Damage from any damage source, on average. This is a decent amount of armor when fighting low-tier Normal Units, but will not protect the Magicians from any serious opponent.

As with most Normal Units, each Orc Magician 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.

The combination of low Hit Points with a low number of figures (Icon Figure.png 4 Magicians per unit) means that Orc Magicians are very poorly defended, and will die very easily when attacked. This is one more reason why they should avoid Melee combat at all costs.

Fortunately, Orc Magicians are surrounded by a magical field that will almost completely deflect any Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attack directed at them. When such an attack is made on the Orc Magicians, their Defense score is temporarily boosted to Icon Defense.png 50 (!), making it almost completely impossible for any damage to go through.

Finally, Orc Magicians possess a rather impressive Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 8. This makes them some of the more resistant Normal Units, having a reasonably-good chance to avert enemy Curses, and to survive some spell effects and enemy Special Attacks. By the time they gain some Experience, the Orc Magicians can easily become completely immune to a wide variety of Curses and Special Attacks.

Other Properties Edit

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

Fireball Spell Edit

Once per battle, the Orc Magicians can cast a single Fireball spell at a targeted enemy unit.

The Fireball spell executes a single Immolation Damage attack against the chosen target. This is a very specialized kind of attack that is stronger against Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units - the more Icon Figure.png figures, the stronger the attack! This is exceptionally potent against enemy Normal Units and low-tier Fantastic Units.

The Fireball has a strength of Icon Ranged Magic.png 5. Unlike the version of this spell that can be cast by dedicated spell-casters (or the wizard himself), it is not possible to adjust the amount of Icon Mana.png Mana invested into this spell, thus it cannot be made stronger. It will always have a strength of exactly Icon Ranged Magic.png 5.

Targets with Magic Immunity or Fire Immunity will suffer no damage from this spell whatsoever.

Basic Strategy Edit

Orc Magicians are possibly the most powerful Ranged Attack units in the Orc military. They are much stronger than Bowmen or Shamans, and even a little stronger than Priests. The additional use of the Fireball Spell can greatly help to tip the battle in your favor. On the other hand, Orc Magicians are quite expensive to produce and maintain, making their use less prevalent.

The primary advantage that Orc Magicians have over Bowmen is the Magical nature of their attack. Not only can it do damage to targets with Missile Immunity, but it also does not suffer from To Hit penalties for firing at distant targets. Where Orc Bowmen may be forced to wait until the enemy draws closer, Orc Magicians can attack enemies anywhere on the battlefield with the same end results. This makes Orc Magicians terrific at taking out enemy Ranged Attackers on the first few rounds of combat.

The Fireball spell should be used early in the battle to take out (or seriously injure) the most threatening enemy Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure unit on the battlefield. Again, the more Icon Figure.png figures there are in the enemy unit, the stronger the spell, so choose your target carefully. Remember that this spell costs you nothing, so never forget to cast it!

With a few Orc Magicians in an army, it is possible to cause plenty of damage to an advancing opponent or his Ranged Attack troops before Melee combat erupts. On the other hand, any enemy unit that reaches the Orc Magicians themselves can kill them very easily, so it is important to have other, stronger units in support - or withdraw the Magicians quickly when the enemy draws near.

Always remember that enemies possessing Magic Immunity will shrug off the Orc Magicians' attack. In these cases, Orc Bowmen would have the upper hand.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability Quiver Ranged Attack x4 Edit

  • This unit may use a Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack instead of a Melee Attack 4 times in each battle. Once the unit's ammo is expended, it must resort to Melee Attacks.

Ability MissileImmunity Missile Immunity Edit

  • Any Icon Ranged Bow.png Missile Attack performed against this unit will temporarily raise the unit's Defense score to Icon Defense.png 50 - allowing it to block virtually any incoming damage.
  • Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical or Icon Ranged Boulder.png Boulder attacks do not trigger this effect, and will damage the unit as normal.

Ability FireballSpell Fireball Spell x1 Edit

  • This unit may cast the Fireball spell once per combat at any enemy target. The spell is cast at its default strength (no additional Icon Mana.png Mana invested).
  • This spell-casting does not take Icon Mana.png Mana out of the Wizard's pool, nor does it reduce the Wizard's Spell Skill for this battle.
  • Immediately after casting the spell, the unit's turn ends. It may not move or attack until its next turn.

Experience Table Edit

The following table illustrates how Orc Magicians improves 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 Ranged To Hit Defense Resist Hits
Experience 0 Recruit Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Melee Normal.png 1 Icon Ranged Magic.png 5 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 1 Regular Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 2 Icon Ranged Magic.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 2 Veteran Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 2 Icon Ranged Magic.png 6 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 1
Experience 3 Elite Icon Experience.png 120 Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Icon Ranged Magic.png 7 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite Icon Experience.png 120 * Icon Melee Normal.png 3 Icon Ranged Magic.png 7 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 2
Experience 5 Champion Icon Experience.png 120 ** Icon Melee Normal.png 4 Icon Ranged Magic.png 8 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 13 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 an Orc Magicians 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

* Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks do not suffer Icon ToHit.png To Hit penalties for distance. Therefore, the values in this column apply at any distance.<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

Orc Magicians may be produced in any Orc Town.

A town must contain a Wizards' Guild to be able to produce Orc Magicians. Should a town lose an existing Wizards' Guild, it can no longer produce Orc Magicians until a replacement structure is built.

The Construction Cost of this unit is Icon Production.png 120.

Orc Magicians 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. Orc Magician Mercenaries have the same Upkeep Cost as a normally-constructed unit.

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