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The unit stats bar

Each turn all units gain 3 Action Points. Action Points can be used to attack, use abilities, or move. Only up to 2 Action Points can be spent on moving. The swords button in the upper-right corner will toggle Auto-Combat, giving control of the player army to the AI.

Depending on the location of the battle, certain unique effects may trigger at regular intervals. Usually these effects help the defender but sometimes they affect both sides.

During naval battles land units will appear as ships but behave as usual.

Morale[edit | edit source]

Morale represents a unit's confidence in victory. High Morale increases the chance of a Critical Hit while low Morale increases the chance of a Fumble. If a unit's Morale is depleted completely the unit will Rout, meaning it will automatically use Action Points to move to the closest retreat point and ignore zones of control and attacks of opportunity.

Level Morale Effects Description
High 20 to 40 20% Critical Chance The unit is in high spirits and confident of victory.
Neutral -19 to 19 None The unit is content and ready for battle.
Low -39 to -20 20% Fumble Chance The unit is wavering and doubtful of victory.
Very Low -59 to -40 40% Fumble Chance The unit is despairing and close to breaking.
Routing -60 Unit Routs The unit is terrified and fleeing for its life!

Morale loss/gain[edit | edit source]

During combat morale can change in a variety of ways. Units summoned during combat do not cause morale loss/gain when they die. Units that will revive due to undead curse or other skills do not affect morale until they are finished off. Mind controlled units will have reversed changes, thus gaining morale upon killing their former allies. Undead units are generally unaffected by changes to morale. Reverl's Heart will still affect them, gaining a total of 50% to all increases, whilst being immune to morale losses.

Basic actions which affect morale:

Action Morale loss/gain
enemy unit killed minimum +6, +8 if two tiles away, +10 if adjacent to dead unit
enemy hero killed +6 if adjacent, +4 otherwise
getting attacked from a flank -3
struck by critical hit -5
allied hero killed -6 if adjacent, -4 otherwise
allied unit killed minimum -6, -8 if two tiles away, -10 if adjacent to dead unit
new round begins after suffering too many losses -15

Terrain[edit | edit source]

The overall layout of the combat map depends on the province the battle takes place. If the battle takes place on an Ancient Wonder hex the combat map will be one unique to each wonder.

Certain hexes on the field of battle may affect units standing on them.

  • Water costs twice more to move through and give units that stand on them Wet, meaning that they gave +2 Fire Resistance and -4 Frost Resistance and Lightning Resistance.
  • Low Foliage and High Foliage give units that stand on them Obstructed, meaning that they are 40% harder to hit with ranged attacks.
  • Lucky Covers and Lucky Sunflowers give units Lucky, meaning that they receive +10% Critical Hit Chance.
  • Poisonous Mushrooms give units Poisoned for 3 turns.
  • Rocky hexes cannot be passed through with land units.
  • Certain hexes will block movement but can be targeted and destroyed.

Naval battles in open sea do not have any terrain.

Status effect[edit | edit source]

Main article: Status effect