The Shaman is a unit exclusive to the Cymanti tribe that can convert enemy units or boost friendly units. The Shaman is unlocked by the Philosophy technology and replaces the Mind Bender.

Upon converting enemy units, it deals damage to them. This is intentional.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths:

  • Early-game exploration. Shamans allow early-game Cymanti units like Warriors and Hexapods to move greater amounts of tiles, exploring more in the process.
  • Using enemies to make armies. In the early game, you can use the Shaman to convert enemy units and make a larger army. They also counter giants well by attempting to convert using more than one shaman.
  • (Indirectly) Sieging cities. Shamans can be used to convert units standing in cities, letting you capture a city.
  • Boosting. Shamans can be the backbone of an aggressive Cymanti strategy. Boosted units can take down much larger more expensive units than they would normally be able. A boosted Hexapod kills a Warrior in one hit. Combine that with a Phychi to poison and they can take a warrior even if in a city. Even a Defender in a city will fall after only a couple hits of boosted Hexapods after poisoning because poisoning cuts the defense of a unit and denies them defensive bonuses. This is a huge advantage at the beginning and scales up well to later ages. The Cymanti are an especially aggressive tribe with their unique units all having relatively low defense and this compliments that well by giving them even more power.
  • Speed. This is both a strength and weakness. Shamans only have one movement and the Cymanti don’t have roads. However, combined with another Shaman they can boost each other and move at a decent clip across the map.
  • Threat range (indirect). Later in the game being able to boost a units speed especially a fast unit like the Raychi or Doomux can really help maintain momentum against an opponent and ensure catapults aren’t as big a threat.

Weaknesses:

  • The first Shaman is gold that is easily lost. This is the first time you are given a starting unit you can’t replace with the starting technology. Your early game can really suffer if he gets killed too soon.
  • Like the Mind Bender, the Shaman is especially vulnerable to Knights.
  • Damaged goods. When converting a unit is always damaged at least a little. A small price to pay but it can mean units that are close to dying can’t be converted.
  • Mobility. The speed can be a little slow by itself since the Cymanti don’t have roads.
  • Doesn’t heal. When compared to the Mind Bender, they replace not being able to provide mobile healing means damaged units will have to slow down more to get healed. To counter this place Mycelium strategically close to the front with a shaman sitting on them so units come back get boosted and then fly back into combat.
Units
Land units: Warrior, Archer, Defender, Rider, Mind Bender, Swordman, Catapult, Knight, Giant, Nature Bunny
Naval units: Boat, Ship, Battleship
Aquarion units: Amphibian, Tridention, Crab
∑∫ỹriȱŋ units: Polytaur, Navalon, Dragon Egg, Baby Dragon, Fire Dragon
Polaris units: Ice Archer, Mooni, Battle Sled, Ice Fortress, Gaami
Cymanti units: Hexapod, Kiton, Phychi, Raychi, Shaman, Exida, Doomux, Centipede
Removed units: Scout, Guard Tower
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