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A Basic Guide to Attacking

Hi everyone, I'm a level 56 and have been playing this game for quite a long time. Here's a guide on general attack strategy, I will make another one for defending soon. Never use autofill!

Always make sure you get a spy report on your target before you attack them or you will have no idea what you’re up against.

Once you have your spy report, check how many flanks are defended.

If only 1 flank is defended and the troop limit on that flank is too low to break through, you’re better off attacking the other 2 undefended flanks and fighting equally in the keep.

If attacker breaks through all 3 flanks he gets a 30% bonus in the keep.

2 flanks broken through, 1 flank held: 0% bonus

1 flank broken through, 2 flanks held: defender gets 30% bonus

So unless it’s ABSOLUTELY necessary, make sure you always attack more than one flank.

How Attacking Works: The troops fight each flank and all the surviving troops advance to the keep where they fight to win the battle.

As an example, let’s say you’re attacking this castle:

Left Flank: 60 Halberdiers, 40 Longbowmen, 100% Wall, 125% Ranged

Front: Empty

Right Flank: 40 Archers, 120% Wall

You have 100 2-handed swordsmen and 100 heavy crossbowmen plus a few other random cheap soldiers.

First send a wave with 1 cheap soldier on the left and 1 on the right to get rid of the tools.

You could either attack all 3 flanks with more losses, or go for the front and right flank so you have more soldiers in the keep, depending on the castellan bonuses.

If you attacked all 3 flanks, on the second wave, use 10 scaling ladders on the left flank to get rid of the 100% bonus and at least 5 mantlets to get rid of the +25% bonus on the ranged soldiers. The melee:ranged soldier ratio of the defence is 60:40 so try a 40:60 because ranged attackers are better against melee and melee better against ranged. So put 40 2 handed swordsmen and 60 longbowmen on the left flank. You can put just one cheap soldier on the front because there are no defenders, and put an all-melee wave of the remaining 60 2H Swordsmen because it’s all ranged defenders, plus 12 scaling ladders to get rid of the 120% bonus.

To attack just 2 flanks, make sure you use the above mentioned tools to get rid of the massive bonuses, then fill up the right with 2 handed swordsmen because archers are all ranged, then fill the front with as many soldiers as possible.

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  • Note:
    This strategy only works when your attacking foreigners. When you're attacking real players tool clearance in the first wave won't work because people have more than one tool in a slot. Therefore when attacking real players always attack all flanks with maximum troops and tools. 
    Surfer @ nl 1
  • Tool Cleaners work only on foreigns and NPCs...
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  • Hmm May make a video on basic attacking strats...
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  • Tool Cleaners work only on foreigns and NPCs...
    Thank you for repeating what I said

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  • Pallu (IN1)Pallu (IN1) Posts: 569
    foreigners have only 1 tool per slot????
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  • foreigners have only 1 tool per slot????

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  • real players can change sides (even sometimes for Foreign Lords), so you're tactic has high risk of getting the -30% at the keep if you're so unlucky that the defender is awake. besides, with the arrows, the total power of ranged is 125%. Just send 25 wooden manlets to reduce the ranged to 0% so only ranged attackers needed to clear out the melee defenders.
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  • jonnyboi (US1)jonnyboi (US1) US1 Posts: 1
    If you attack an enemy only from the flanks do you still need to fight the ones in the front? Do they go to the courtyard?

  • Hands up (GB1)Hands up (GB1) GB1 Posts: 338

    @jonnyboi (US1) If you only attack the flanks you will not fight the ones in the just the courtyard.

  • Imperius (GB1)Imperius (GB1) GB1 Posts: 1,061
    I'll better explain if you hit flanks and they defend middle those troops go to the courtyard and you will not get the +30% CY bonus by not winning all 3 so it's quite pointless to do so unless it's a snipe hit or BD. 
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  • Attack the people closest to you first. You have better chances of taking out your opponent closest to you than one on the other side of the map.
    If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.

  • Foreigns are stacked 1 wave deep while beri (battle of beri) are stacked 2 waves deep. I don't know about nomads and green beri since i never experimented on them.
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  • turtle04 (US1)turtle04 (US1) US1 Posts: 3
    uh hey i got advice on my defence to put evrything in to 1 flank. and remove evrything from all the other flanks. just defend one flank only. so all my troops and tools r on 1 side. is that a good defence? i also have like 400 halberers in the ceep with 100 longbowmen. in the gate i have a vaiaty of rlly good defenders like, veterin flame berers and those guys. is this a good strat for me or is there better.
  • Wasso (INT3)Wasso (INT3) INT3 Posts: 3,042
    It's good.  The goal is to hold the one flank and prevent the +30% bonus in the courtyard for the attacker..........
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  • John Titor (INT1)John Titor (INT1) INT1 Posts: 171
    Yeah, always make sure def has no tools on wall so send as many as possible 1/1/1 attacks before your real attack!

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