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Author:  Tear [ Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:01 pm ]
Post subject:  Unit special abilities overview

Have you ever wondered why do your druids increase the regeneration by 3 %, instead of proclaimed 10 %?
In case you don't know everything about special abilities of units, you opened the right topic!

1. "+/- X % of Y" abilities

Surely nobody can expect from one nightmare to decrease HP of all units of a huge army by 15 %. That would have to be a tough one. :shock:
In order these kinds of abilities to work at their maximum efficiency (for example, to reach 15 % in Aura of Despair), the ratio of your nightmares' upkeep to the overall upkeep of the inflicted army has to be at most 1:5.

Example: 100 nightmares (4000 upkeep) use their ability with full power when fighting against the army of overall upkeep of 20000 (or less).
If the enemy army is greater than that (e.g. 40000), the effect of ability decreases proportionally (7,5 %)

Don't forget that some (actually the most) units with special (positive) abilities have effect on themselves as well.
Consequence: The ratio has to be at most 1:4 to the rest of (own or allied) units.

Example: 160 almuses (4000 upkeep) increase HP by 20 % to the 16000 upkeep of army they are also part of. (Upkeep of whole army is 4000 + 16000 = 20000).

*Hailstones (frost cannon)
To reach its full strength, the rule stands: The inflicted enemy army can be at most 5 times bigger in upkeep, to keep +15 damage per unit effect.

Frost cannon is ideal unit to crash armies with great amount of little HP units (skeletons, archers), because it inflicts additional 15 damage to each enemy unit. With nice army of frost cannons, feel free to choose necromancy experts in Arena and observe what happens.

Example, "comparable" strength:
200 frost cannons (4000 upkeep) against 4000 archers (4000 upkeep)
4000 archers do (16 x 4000) 64000 damage on cannons' 170000 HP (62% of cannons remain)
200 frost cannons do (200 x 400) 80000 damage, and thanks to Hailstones additional (15 x 4000 archers) 60000 = 140000 damage on archers' 140000 HP (0% of archers remain)

(Just for illustration, real battles have HP, damage bonuses and regeneration on both sides, of course.)

2. Finger of Death (dead knight)

The exact opposite of cannons: dead knights are here to help us with many HP units (nightmare, behemoth..), because each knight has his own separate 10% chance to kill an enemy unit with the "Finger"

This is how it works exactly:
1) Each knight separately (alive in the beginning of the round) can cast the Finger with 10 % chance. (Fingers are summed up, but not yet applied)
2) Battle in progress, losses on both sides..
3) Regeneration is applied, some units come to life again..
4) And only now (in the very end of the round), Fingers (cast by knights alive in the beginning of the round) are applied. In case they are used on more unit types, they are distributed according unit amounts.(if 12 Fingers are used on 10 skeletons and 20 nightmares, skeletons get 4 and nightmares 8)

Example, "comparable" strength:
300 dead knights (6000 upkeep) against 20 hellbrutes (6000 upkeep) (I just love this. :lol: :lol: )
(There is surely some exact damage & HP involved on both sides, but who cares: Knights have good chances to kill 34 hellbrutes in the round, while more than 2/3 of knights survives..)

If you have ever wondered, why do "Keeperlings" even exist, why there are not only Keepers in Forbidden Temples: Finger of death is the reason.

3. Death's Embrace (acolyte)

This one is quite simple: If your acolyte dies in the round and regeneration is successfully applied on him, he rises as a different unit. (Necromancer)
So boost your common regeneration, (capped at 50%), if you want to have more Necromancers. See more about regeneration here: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=1596

Another thing, interesting consequence of our Finger of Death mechanics:
Because Finger kills units still alive in the end of the round (but that have already existed in its beginning), it doesn't kill newly spawned necromancers.

Author:  Alfred [ Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Unit special abilities overview

I had no idea Hailstones worked like that, thank you for posting this! :)

Two follow up questions :)

The buff like the almus buff are still stacking rather than multiplying right?

Is the Hailstones ability affected by damage bonuses?

Author:  James Donnithorne-Tait [ Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Unit special abilities overview

Now wikified: http://emporea.wikia.com/wiki/Unit_Special_Abilities

Author:  Tear [ Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:47 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Unit special abilities overview

The buff like the almus buff are still stacking rather than multiplying right?

Is the Hailstones ability affected by damage bonuses?

1) multiplying.. EDIT: sorry for misleading earlier (I got bad info myself), I will explain precise function in separate topics as soon as possible
2) No

Author:  Alfred [ Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Unit special abilities overview

kk, thanks Tear :)

Author:  Stephen R Young [ Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Unit special abilities overview

I'm curious about the rate at which the skill's power decreases in effect. While you said 1:5 for Negative Effects and 1:4 for Positive Effects, I'd like to know how quickly the effects decrease as the ratio changes. Thanks! :)

Author:  Alfred [ Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:48 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Unit special abilities overview

Each point of upkeep of the buffing troop provides benefit for 5 points of upkeep.
So if your buffing troop has the following % of your total army, the buff you get is:
Troop % Buff%
20% - 100%
15% - 75%
10% - 50%
5% - 25%
1% - 5%

Note to get the actual number that the buff will be providing, you have to multiply the number in the buff column against the maximum buff %. So 50% of a 10% regen buff is a 5% regen buff :)

Author:  Alfred [ Sat Apr 05, 2014 12:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Unit special abilities overview

An additional question :)

Does the Hailstones effect happen in the normal damage phase of the battle? or is it at a different time like the finger of death?

Author:  Tear [ Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:19 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Unit special abilities overview

Yes, in the "normal" damage phase. ;)

I imagine that right after all other common damage is summarized and before the server starts to split the damage (between unit groups, and players) and kill units. ;)

Author:  Alfred [ Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Unit special abilities overview

If it was before damage was split.. does that mean that the damage isn't necessarily assigned directly to the low upkeep troops, but by upkeep as the other damage?

For example 10 Archers and one Druid, cannons blast them for 165 damage, does 150 go to the archer stack and 15 to the druid? Or is it 82 for both? I assume the former, just the way you worded that made me wonder... would have interesting effects on battles

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