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The Archer is a ranged unit unlocked by the Archery technology. Archers have both a ranged attack and the Dash skill (which allows Archers to attack after moving). Compared to Catapults, Archers are more mobile and flexible since they have the Dash skill, and Archers are less vulnerable to attacks since they have 1 defence (compared to 0 for Catapults).

The Hoodrick tribe starts the game with an Archer. The Polaris tribe has Ice Archers in place of Archers.

Stats

  • Attack: 2
  • Defence: 1
  • Movement: 1
  • Health: 10 (15 after reaching Veteran status)
  • Range: 2
  • Cost: 3 stars
  • Skills: Dash,Fortify

Strengths and Weaknesses

Archers are good for:

  • Back-end army support. The archer can be used to weaken enemy units while a melee unit comes in for the kill. This works great against warriors, and to a lesser extent, knights, riders, defenders, and swordsman.
  • Killing catapults. Catapults that is protected by giants, defenders, and swordsman is usually very troublesome. However, the archer takes care of that. Its long range and the dash ability means as long as you can pinpoint where the enemy catapult is, the archer can easily kill it, completely ignoring any units that could protect it.
  • Killing a Giant. Archers can repeatedly move backwards and snipe Giants from a tile away and the Giant, lacking dash, will be helpless to the onslaught.
  • Attacking masses of Defenders and Mind Benders. Those units do not have the Dash skill.

Archers aren't good for:

  • Unsupported combat. They are fragile units, and are easily defeated by high-mobility units such as Knights or other units with dash.
  • Naval units. Archers are a terrible troop to put in boats, ships, and battleships as they have the same health, a lower defense, and cost 1 more star than a default warrior. This means that putting a warrior in a battleship is in every way better than an archer in a battleship.
  • Capturing cities. They have low HP and defence and will likely not survive a turn capturing a city. They are better used defending a city from a counterattack while a stronger unit takes the brunt of the damage.

Trivia

  • Archers have wooden bows, while Ice Archers have frost-colored bows.

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Units
Warrior, Rider, Archer, Swordsman, Catapult, Knight, Defender, Giant, Boat, Ship, Battleship, Mind Bender, Amphibian, Tridention, Crab, Polytaur, Navalon, Dragon Egg, Baby Dragon, Fire Dragon, Mooni, Ice Archer, Battle Sled, Ice Fortress, Gaami, Nature Bunny, Scout (removed), Guard Tower (removed)
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