This is a turn-based war game and theattacker has initiative during battles. This means the attacker moves and attacks, then the defender moves and attacks, and back and forth until someone wins.This page describes some of the troop requirements and their stats. Battle Mechanics have been developed through experience playing the game and are not 100% fool proof.

Basic actions of the troops is that each type of troop acts as a group. All LBMs act as 1 group, not individual units for example. Life is also a group characteristic, in order to kill 1 LBM... the entire group has to have taken enough damage to kill 1 unit.

Units with the most speed move and attack first, then the next fastest troops, then the next. For example, SSDs move and attack, then the giants move and attack, then the FMs move and attack.

Troop Research RequirementsEdit

This chart represents what types of research, minimum, you would need to train the troops.

Troop Clair RD WC Met Drag Lev Mas


Porter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Conscript 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spy 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Halberdsmen 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Minotaur 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Longbowmen 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Swift Strike Dragon 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0
Battle Dragon 0 5 0 0 3 0 0 0
Armored Transport 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Giant 3 0 0 8 0 0 0 0
Fire Mirror 0 0 10 10 0 0 0 0
Fangtooth 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Granite Ogre 5 0 0 10 0 0 10 0
Lava Jaw 5 9 10 0 0 0 0 0
Banshee 0 9 0 0 0 9 0 3


  • Clair = Clairvoyance
  • RD = Rapid Deployment
  • WC = Weapon Calibration
  • Met = Metallurgy
  • Drag = Dragonry
  • Lev = Levitation
  • Mas = Masonry
  • AC = Aerial Combat

Troops Base StatsEdit

This chart represents troops base stats. Researches add upon these stats.



Melee : RangedEdit
Defense Life Speed Range Load Upkeep Power
Porter 1 : 0 10 45 100 0 200 2 1
Conscript 10 : 0 10 75 200 0 20 3 1
Halberdsmen 40 : 0 40 150 300 0 40 6 2
Minotaur 70 : 0 45 225 275 0 30 7 3
Longbowmen 5 : 80 30 75 250 1200 25 9 4
Swift strike dragon 150 : 0 60 300 1000 0 100 18 5
Battle dragon 300 : 0 300 1500 750 0 80 35 7
Armored transport 5 : 0 200 750 150 0 5000 10 6
Giant 1000 : 0 400 4000 120 0 45 100 9
Fire Mirror 20 : 1200 30 1500 50 1500 75 250 10
Fangtooth 1600 : 800 300 3000 500 600 45 125 10
Granite Ogre 650 : 0 900 15000 350 0 30 110 9
Lava Jaw 500 : 2000 150 1000 400 1600 10 260 8


700 : 0 200 2850 1350 0 900 50


Pack Dragon 150:0 400 850 1000 0 6000 10 6

Troops Stats Boosted By Level 10 Researches


Attack Melee:Ranged

Defense Life Speed


Porter 1 or 2 : 0 15 68 150 0
Conscript 15 : 0 15 113 300 0
Halberdsmen 60 : 0 60 225 450 0
Minotaur 105 : 0 68 338 413 0
Longbowmen 7 or 8 : 120 45 113 375 1800
Swift strike dragon 225 : 0 90 450 1500 0
Battle dragon 450 : 0 450 2250 1125 0
Armored transport 7 or 8 : 0 300 1125 225 0
Giants 1500 : 0 600 6000 180 0
Fire mirror 30 : 1800 45 2250 75 2250
Fangtooth 2400 : 1200 450 4500 750 900
Granite ogre 975 : 0 1500 22500 525 0
Lava Jaw 750 : 3000 225 1500 600 2400
Banshee 1050 : 0 300 4275 2025 0

Range shown does not account for the 500 added for the battle field length.

Battlefield PositionsEdit

Keep in mind:

  • The different troops types that counter each other depends on variables such as the numbers included, the damage output of the opposing troops, what is within their range (because if something is in range, they must hit it), and the highest combined life of a troop type. So determining which troop a type takes preference to can be tricky and sometimes will change based on factors individual to this particular battle.
  • If you think of this as a real battle, generally speaking... attackers target the troops within their range that are the biggest threat.

The battle field is a default length of 500 units. If you add a ranged troop type, you add the range of that troop to the default length of the field (500 units) making a formula of:

(troop range with Weapon Calibration) + base battle field range (500) = total length of battle field

For example; A fire mirror with level 10 Weapons Calibration has a range of 2,250 + 500 = 2,750 unit battle field

Troops all start at the same line at the end of the battle field. However, they will move towards the enemy according to their speed as indicated on the troops' stats. So troops with high speed will get in front of the slower troops. Ranged troop move according to their speed until they are in range of an enemy unit, at this point... they stop moving forward and shoot.

Theoretically, there are 3 groups of troops that actively participate in battle: Speed, Melee, and Ranged. Ranged are closest to the starting line, melee are in front of the ranged (meat shield), and speed are furthest ahead.

Speed TroopsEdit

Dragons and Banshees are classified as speed troops. If you have level 10 Rapid Deployment and Dragonry, an SSD has a speed of 2,000, a BD has a speed of 1,500, and a Banshee has a speed of 2,700. Speed troops are used in battle against ranged troops. When speed troops are on the attacker's side, they target other speed troops and ranged troops.

The ratio of SSD:Banshee on a Fire Mirror is 10:4... Meaning, you would only need 4 Banshees to kill a single FM, but you would need 10 SSDs to kill a single FM.

When the defender has ranged troops, speed troops are usually sent as a first wave to kill the LBMs, FMs, and LJs. Speed troops move past melee troops and target the defending speed troops and ranged troops. BDs generally tend to target BDs, LBM, and LJs. While SSDs target all ranged troops, but LBM imparticularly. These troops are sent alone in a seperate wave, while the other troops (LJs, Ogres, ect.) are sent as after waves. If they are sent with other troops, range incompatibilites will cause the speed troops to be less effective than if they were sent alone.

Speed troops are not sent with ranged troops because the ranged troops extend the battlefield causing the speed troops to take more fire than they would by themselves. Other melee/transport troops are safe to send as long as you send enough speed troops to fight the battle as they will speed ahead of slower foot troops. This principle applies to all ranged troops including the Great and Elemental Dragons.

Melee TroopsEdit

Melee troops are any that do not use a ranged attack such as Conscripts, Halberdsmen, Minotaurs, Giants, Fangtooth, and Ogres. These troops are used in combination with range troops. They move ahead of range troops allow the range troops to shoot without being hit by opponents.

If you send Fangtooth into battle without another ranged troop (longbowmen, fire mirrors, and lava jaws), they use their range attack which is much lower than their melee attack. FT have higher speed and melee attack than any other melee troop type. Therefore, when using these you want to send an LBM. This causes the FT to move ahead of the LBM using its ranged attack until it comes into contact with opponent troops... it will then switch to melee attack.

For example: A fangtooth has a range of 900 (10 weapons cal), a melee attack of 2,400 (10 metalurgy), and a range attack of 1,200. So in order to make the FT act as a melee troop (which it is better at) you must send a troop with higher range than the FT.

Granite ogres in battle would be right behind fangtooth. GO's with level 10 Rapid Deployment, have a speed of 525. Melee troops would then follow behind in this order (according to speed): Halberdsmen, Minos, Consripts, and then Giants.

Ogres, FT, and Giants have very high life making them excellent at shielding for ranged troops. In order for 1 LBM to kill 1 Ogre, it would need require the LBM to hit the Ogre 188 times!

Ranged TroopsEdit

Ranged troops (fangtooth, lava jaws, longbowmen, and fire mirrors) are always behind all other troops laying fire onto every troop they are in range of... They're weak against speed troops when they are used on defense, but they excel at killing speed troops (and everything else!) when they are the attackers.

Fangtooth has both a ranged and melee attack (see Melee Troops for details), but are generally used as melee troops.

If melee troops are not sent with ranged troops, they are easily killed by the defending troops. The attacker must send enough melee troops (Ogres, FT, giants, minos) to shield the ranged troops, giving the ranged troops enough time to kill all the defenders troops.


Having a well balanced army in sufficient numbers is the key to a successful defense. If you do not have experience defending, you should ask someone that does before you attempt it. Otherwise, you may wind up losing all your troops to someone with much more experience in attacking or just superior troops.

This is just some general thoughts on defense, add to it as you can.

Dragons shield ranged troops when defending against other dragons, therefore having a sufficient amount of dragons to protect your ranged troops is important.

  • Attacking dragons usually head straight for other dragons and then to the ranged troops.

Attacking melee troops take a preference for defending speed troops, so you can use this to your advantage by drawing the attention away from your ranged troops towards the speed troops.

  • Everyone picks on the dragons, attacking dragons target them as well as melee troops so they are likely to be the 1st to die in a big multi-wave battle.

Ranged troops usually start on the melee troops with the highest speed first, but will kill anything within their range.

Ogres and giants are the beasts of defense. The have high life and defense stats which make them difficult to kill if you have sufficient numbers.


When gathering information about battle mechanics, it all comes from experience and listening to others that have experience. The smartest thing you can do is read the Dragonomicon from front to back. These guys are great and they have proven most of the theories that are commonly used throughout the game today.

Battle Mechanics 101: Basic Principles

Massive Defender Breakdown Tactics

I HIGHLY suggest checking these two pages out. While we try to explain things thoroughly here, if it is already explained prefectly... why mess with perfection!

Frequently Asked QuestionsEdit

Q. Why does the Great Dragon/EDs cause me to lose dragons when I send them together?

A. The Great Dragons increase the length of the battlefield because of their range, therefore the dragons have to cross a longer battlefield than they typically would without the GD included. When sent alone, the dragons are able to cross the battle field in a few turns and begin killing the defender. Ranged troops do not have this issue.

Q. Why do I lose ATs before I lose LBM?

A. Even thought LBM have more speed than ATs, LBM stop moving when their are enemies in range. ATs have a melee attack (for some stupid reason) and continue to move forward until they get to an enemy to kill. If you do not send enough LBM to kill all the opponents before the ATs get there, the ATs will attack and die until the LBM finish the opponents off. To fix this, send more LBM or research higher levels of Weapon Calibration.

Q. Why do people send 1 of other troop types?

A. This 1 troop causes the defenders troops to either stop moving and focus on this 1 troop taking the focus off the others, or it adds length to the battlefield, or (as is the case with LBM and FT) causes the FT to act in a melee attack fashion. This all depends on what the attacker is trying to do.