Fantasy Friday - The Orc Army
A (Semi-) Comprehensive Reference to the Orc Army
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There's been several requests for more information on units and logistics, so we thought it would be a good idea to group everything about the orc units into a centralized place of reference. Included in this list of orc units is descriptions and portraits of each unit, as well as relevant abilities and available formations. We have a ton of information to cover so what you'll find here is but a brief outline of each unit. For more in-depth information on aspects such as formations, please check our media archives: 1, 2, 3.
Please note that orc heroes, mercs, ships, and automated defenses have been excluded from this list. Specific unit stats have also been excluded from this listing as they are constantly being modified.
Berserker - Trained at the Temple, Berserkers are a powerful melee/ranged hybrid unit with massive health and damage. With a strong defense, they are also protected against most hack-and-slash damage. These units are great against infantry and mediocre against cavalry.
Unique Abilities:Goblin Prowler - Ranged unit best in large numbers. Good against infantry, poor against heavy armored and cavalry units. Prowlers are continuously spawned from your Tents. The more tents you have, the more goblins - and you can individually set each tent to spawn either prowlers or raiders. While not technically orcs, many goblins live among the orcs - either by choice or as slaves or mercs - while others live in rebel encampments across the orc realm or in Mistra, the last independent goblin settlement.Rage – At the cost of 50 Fatigue, this ability will increase your battalion's Speed and Damage, but slowly drains hitpoints.Available Formations:
Unique Abilities:Goblin Raider - Melee unit best in large numbers. Good against ranged units, poor against armored units. Like Prowlers, Raiders are continuously spawned from your Tents.Evasion – Makes the unit immune to projectile attacks while moving.Available Formations:
Unique Abilities:Impaler - A mediocre infantry unit with a powerful special ability. These units are great against cavalry and large monster units, but weak against archers and mediocre against other infantry units. Impalers can be trained from the Pyre building. Impalers can mount Wargs for increased Speed and Charge.Evasion – Makes the unit immune to projectile attacks while moving.Available Formations:Mob – Battalions spread out in this default formation, embodying the chaotic nature of the orcs. This formation features no stat bonuses or penalties.
Unique Abilities:Impaler, Beastriding - A warg-mounted version of the Impaler unit.Leap – For 65 Fatigue, your entire imapler battalion will execute a leap attack, knocking down every adjacent unit.Available Formations:Mob – Battalions spread out in this default formation, embodying the chaotic nature of the orcs. This formation features no stat bonuses or penalties.
Unique Abilities:Labourer - An orcish worker unit spawned from Huts overtime to gather resources, construct buildings, fight fires, and loot corpses.Charge – Charges toward the enemy with increased speed and damage.Available Formations:Mob – Battalions spread out in this default formation, embodying the chaotic nature of the orcs. This formation features no stat bonuses or penalties.
Unique Abilities:Marauder - An orcish worker and ranged unit skilled with the bow.Construct – Labourers are the orc builder units, capable of constructing a vast array of military, economic, and community buildings.
Unique Abilities:Ogre - Large beast unit that is very effective against heavily armored and cavalry units, but vulnerable to ranged attacks. Trained as single units, not batallions, for 210 food and 75 gold each from your Ogre Pits. From these pits, players can research a number of upgrades for their ogres including Bludgeon (increasing crush damage), Skullcap (increasing crush armor), and Targe (increasing Pierce Armor). These upgrades bring both statistical and aesthetic changes to your ogres. In the MMORTS campaign, select wild ogres can be tamed through combat.Hunt - This unit can be tasked to hunt nearby wildlife or to slaughter livestock.Available Formations:
Unique Abilities:Shaman - Banta Um Banta Um Grakka! A mystic in tribal society, the Shaman is capable of casting a vast array of elemental spells to turn the tides of war. Shamans often work in mysterious ways, and play a large role in the post-War Without Kings Gokkholm.Trample – Damages every adjacent unit.
More information on magic and Shamans will be revealed later.Siege Catapult - A mobile catapult that is great at destroying builds, starting fires in hostile territory, and taking out clumps of enemy archers and other units. Catapults have great range but are slow and are easy to destroy.
Unique Abilities:Siege Ladder - A cheaper version of the Siege Tower. Siege Ladders can be placed against enemy walls to allow access, but can quickly be taken down by enemy archers and melee units.Flamed Stones – Ignites the projectiles, which increases the damage caused and gives the projectiles a chance to start a fire, but decreases accuracy and fire rate.
Siege Ram - The ultimate heavy siege unit. Pulled by six orcs, these massive rams are slow, but are great at taking down enemy gates. Despite the fact that they can take a fair deal of damage, it is recommended that you clear off walled enemy archers and surround your ram with melee units before moving it in for an attack.
Siege Tower - Mobile Siege Towers can provide quick entrance into an enemy city, but they are slow and smart players will usually have their archers destroy oncoming siege towers long before they ever reach their walls. It is highly recommended to scatter melee units all along your walls in case an enemy siege tower does reach the wall. These melee units can hold off the attackers, or at least protect your archers while they shoot down the tower.
Slayer - A basic orc melee unit which is great against archers, good against infantry, and mediocre against cavalry. The Slayer has a powerful shielding ability, and can be trained at the War Hall. Like Impalers, Slayers can mount Wargs for increased Speed and Charge.
Unique Abilities:Slayer, Beastriding - A warg-mounted version of the Slayer unit.Cover – With the cover of their shields, this ability will greatly increase your slayers' armor for 20 seconds at the cost of 50 Fatigue.Available Formations:Mob – Battalions spread out in this default formation, embodying the chaotic nature of the orcs. This formation features no stat bonuses or penalties.
Unique Abilities:Warg - The orc mount and primary livestock unit. Wargs can fight in packs with no riders or with mounted Impalers or Slayers, or can be raised as farm animals for Marauders to hunt. When first bred, these lanimals offer little resources or military strength. Overtime, they will grow until they are fully mature. As they grow, they will become plumper, stronger, and faster. At full growth, Wargs are fierce enemies wielding a lot of damage and speed and a large LOS, although they lack armor. Warg battalions are continuously spawned from your Warg Pen buildings, however their spawn rate is significantly slower and their battalion size is smaller than that of other auto-spawned units.Charge – Charges toward the enemy with increased speed and damage.Available Formations:Mob – Battalions spread out in this default formation, embodying the chaotic nature of the orcs. This formation features no stat bonuses or penalties.
Unique Abilities:Howl (when not mounted) – Intimidates nearby enemy units, decreasing their defense and attack ratings.
All abilities are subject to modification during further testing.
Alex Walz | Former Assistant Producer & Publicist of Reverie World Studios, INC.