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The basic breakdown


The beginning of the battle


Strategy

Using personal experience, the majority of players don't invest hugely in sea-fare, unlike the land units. This obviously means that unless you are attacking someone with a very high score, or you know they have a large fleet, don't overspend on sea units.

For your front line (or heavy infantry), you should have enough heavy battleships to fill it up and at least another 'squares full' in the reserves. Choose steam rams over fire ships or regular rams, if you can, as steam rams inflict twice the damage and have more than double the HP of fire ships but cost less than the double of fire ships. Steam rams will also beat any fireship army (the land-battle equivalent is that of swordsmen and spearmen; swordsmen are better for damage per gold and will beat spearmen any time).

In the third line (or long range fighters), you definitely need mortar ships. Ballista Ships don't provide nearly enough damage and it's the same story with the catapult ship except it's slightly better than the ballista ship. The mortar ship is quite expensive but not too much and since the catapult ship is too expensive for the damage it inflicts, it is not worth the money. Some people choose to have ballista ships instead of mortar ships as ballista ships are more than two times cheaper and inflict more than half the damage of a mortar ship. So are ballista ships better to have? In reality, no. As ballista ships are more suited to being in the front line than in the third line, they would get obliterated by opposition mortars. Therefore, ballista ships are only really useful in the front line where they would get absolutely smashed by steam rams and fire ships. In short, once you've unlocked something to replace ballista ships, use it and dismiss the ballistas.

Morale

Morale is reduced each round by 10% automatically, and other factor can also hurt morale, such as:

- Losing more ships than the other side,

- There are more ships on the other side,

- There are more players on the other side,

- Etc.

Tenders are the only ships that can boost morale.


Garrison limits


The battlefields


Good battle examples


Bad battle examples


Tips


Notes


Battlefield layout


Firing order

  1. Carrier ship evasion
  2. Carrier ship
  3. First strike
  4. Flank
  5. Long-range fighter
  6. Front line

(This means carriers can hit first strikes before they shoot, and first strikes can hit front lines before they can do any damage)

Flanks fire before the long-range fighters, allowing flanks to destroy the long-range fighters before they shoot if a breach is present in the opponent's flanks.


Battlefield images and deployment

The battlefield background image will change depending on the size of the port you are attacking.


Levels 0 through 7 Trading Port/Shipyard

  • 3 slots x 15 spaces = 45 spaces allowing Heavy Battleship(s) ships
  • 3 slots x 15 spaces = 45 spaces allowing Long-Range Fighter ships.
  • 1 slots x 15 spaces = 15 spaces allowing First Strike ships.
  • 1 slot x 10 spaces = 10 spaces allowing Carrier ships (only 2 Balloon Carriers)
  • 1 slot x 10 spaces = 10 spaces allowing Carrier Ship Evasion ships (only 10 Paddle Speedboats)


Full deployment formation


Levels 8 through 14 Trading Port/Shipyard

  • 5 slots x 15 spaces = 75 spaces allowing Heavy Battleship(s) ships
  • 2 slots x 15 spaces = 30 spaces allowing Light Battleship(s) ships
  • 5 slots x 15 spaces = 75 spaces allowing Long-Range Fighter ships.
  • 2 slots x 15 spaces = 30 spaces allowing First Strike ships.
  • 1 slot x 10 spaces = 10 spaces allowing Carrier ships (only 2 Balloon Carriers)
  • 1 slot x 10 spaces = 10 spaces allowing Carrier Ship Evasion ships (only 10 Paddle Speedboats)


Full deployment formation


Levels 15 through 21 Trading Port/Shipyard

  • 7 slots x 15 spaces = 105 spaces allowing Heavy Battleship(s) ships
  • 4 slots x 15 spaces = 60 spaces allowing Light Battleship(s) ships
  • 7 slots x 15 spaces = 105 spaces allowing Long-Range Fighter ships.
  • 3 slots x 15 spaces = 45 spaces allowing First Strike ships.
  • 1 slot x 15 spaces = 15 spaces allowing Carrier ships (only 3 Balloon Carriers)
  • 1 slot x 15 spaces = 15 spaces allowing Carrier Ship Evasion ships (only 15 Paddle Speedboats)


Full deployment formation


Levels 22 through 28 Trading Port/Shipyard

  • 7 slots x 20 spaces = 140 spaces allowing Heavy Battleship(s) ships
  • 6 slots x 15 spaces = 90 spaces allowing Light Battleship(s) ships
  • 7 slots x 20 spaces = 140 spaces allowing Long-Range Fighter ships.
  • 4 slots x 15 spaces = 60 spaces allowing First Strike ships.
  • 2 slot x 10 spaces = 20 spaces allowing Carrier ships (only 4 Balloon Carriers)
  • 2 slot x 10 spaces = 20 spaces allowing Carrier Ship Evasion ships (only 20 Paddle Speedboats)

Full deployment formation


Levels 29+ Trading Port/Shipyard

  • 7 slots x 25 spaces = 175 spaces allowing Heavy Battleship(s) ships
  • 6 slots x 20 spaces = 120 spaces allowing Light Battleship(s) ships
  • 7 slots x 25 spaces = 175 spaces allowing Long-Range Fighter ships.
  • 5 slots x 15 spaces = 75 spaces allowing First Strike ships.
  • 2 slot x 15 spaces = 30 spaces allowing Carrier ships (only 6 Balloon Carriers)
  • 2 slot x 15 spaces = 30 spaces allowing Carrier Ship Evasion ships (only 30 Paddle Speedboats)


Full deployment formation


Ship types

Ships break down into the following:

Heavy Battleship(s)

The heavy battleships are the backbone of every fleet. They protect the ships behind them and attack opponents in the front line.


Steam Ram

Steam Ram

Just like the ram ship, the steam ram is fully equipped with a ram spur at its bow. However, it is a considerably more advanced version. Due to its steam engine, this ship can accelerate even more speedily and can therefore inflict a larger amount of damage on the enemy. The steam ram is probably the most dangerous ship at the front line.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
576 16 5 Heavy Battleship, Machine 40 24
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Build Time small Shipyard Minimum
2 400 800 45 40m 15
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Massive Ram 166 90% -


Fire Ship

At the fire ship's bow there is flame thrower, which sprays greek fire over the sea. Even on the ocean's surface, the mixture keeps on burning and creates a bed of flames. A terrifying close combat ship.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
219 8 2 Heavy Battleship, Machine 40 6.2
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small Shipyard Minimum
4 80 230 25 30m 4
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Flame Thrower 82 50% -


Light Battleship(s)

The light battleship's are more agile than the heavy battleships, that's why they are the perfect choice to launch an attack from the flanks. They may also be used to help out at the front line.


Ram-Ship

Ram Ship

Equipped with a simple ram at the stable bow, this ship is the primary battle ship of the marines. A dozen strong rowers power it in order to ram the spur against the opposing hull. That alone is often enough to make an enemy ship sink.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
154 9 3 Light Battleship, Machine 40 5
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small  Minimum Shipyard
3 250 - 15 40m 1
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Ram Bow 75 80% -


Long-Range Fighter(s)

Long-range fighters are placed behind the heavy battleships and attack the enemy from a safe distance.


Ballista Ship

Ballista Ship

This ship contains a ballista, which was originally meant for firing grappling hooks. However, the ballista is also very valuable as a precise long-range combat weapon, as it hits the enemy under the waterline, even though it does not cause a large amount of damage.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
154 14 2 Long Range Fighter, Machine 40 6.8
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small Shipyard Minimum
6 180 160 20 50m 3
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Reinforced Hull 51 70% -
Sword-icon2 - Second Class Ballista 28 50% 7


Catapult Ship

Catapult Ship

The catapult at the deck of the ship is smaller than its counterpart on land due to a lack of space. The ocean waves make it very imprecise, but it does fire clay jugs of burning oil, which leave dangerous little oil slicks behind at sea.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
148 10 3 Long-Range Fighter, Machine 40 6.4
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small Shipyard Minimum
5 180 140 35 50m 3
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Oil Jug 45 30% 6
Sword-icon2 - Second Class Hull 31 70% -


Mortar Ship

Mortar Ship

The mortar ship has an especially large hull with a high water displacement, so that it can withstand the enormous recoil of the mortar. If the fuse of a missile is correctly measured, the powerful projectile explodes just over the enemy deck.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
112 6 4 Long-Range Fighter, Machine 30 22.4
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small Shipyard Minimum
5 220 900 50 50m 17
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Projectile 69 10% 5
Sword-icon2 - Second Class Hull 37 50% -


First Strike Ship(s)

The first strike units attack the enemy's front line. These units can cause a tremendous amount of damage.


Diving Boat

Diving Boat

A boat that sails below the water's surface is the ultimate sea weapon. Battleships also cannot defend themselves against them. Enemies will merely have their own diving boats at hand as a countermeasure.


 Unit attackHit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
110 6 3 First Strike, Machine 40 20.2
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Crystal small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small Shipyard Minimum
3 160 750 100 50 1h 19
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Floating Bomb 123 80% 4
Sword-icon2 - Second Class Reinforce Hull 90 80% -


Rocket Ship

Thanks to our research, our scientists have managed to store large amounts of explosive power in wooden devices that can be blasted several hundred meters over the water's surface and can cause a huge explosion if thrust on opposing ships. The enemy should be afraid - very afraid - of this lethal weapon!


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
65 6 4 First Strike, Machine 30 28
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small Shipyard Minimum
2 200 1,200 55 1h 11
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Rocket 380 20% 2
Sword-icon2 - Second Class Hull 20 80% -


Carrier Ship(s)

The carrier ships' job is to minimize the damage caused by the opposing first strike. When all the ships of the enemy's first strike have been destroyed, it also attacks long-range fighters, the front line and the flanks.


Balloon Carrier

Balloon Carrier

The balloon carrier is an enormous floating stronghold. With the balloons on it we can attack our enemy in the skies at sea too.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
140 - 5 Carrier Ship, Machine 20 28
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small Shipyard Minimum
8 700 700 100 1h 6m 7
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Balloon Attack 100 50% 5


Carrier Ship Evasion Ship(s)

The carrier ship evasion units are able to reduce the danger of enemy carrier ships. If there are no carrier ships, that unit type attacks other carrier ship evasion units. Other ships cannot be fought.

Paddle Speedboat

Paddle Speedboat

An invention that would have even astounded Heron: the paddle speedboat uses the impulse of a giant aeolipile as well as paddle wheels to drive into opposing ships with a huge amount of power and speed. The ship barely needs any crew.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
20 - 1 Carrier Ship Evasion, Machine 60 6.4
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small Shipyard Minimum
1 40 280 5 30m 13
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Ballista 12 90% 5


Support Ship(s)

The support units consist of several units that do not actively take part in battle, but support the fleet in a number of different ways. The type of support depends on the unit and can be found out by reading their description.

Tender

Tender

A tender provides support for own ships. Trained engineers and divers can immediately fix small amounts of damage in the dock so that the units can reenter battle immediately.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed Generals
140 - 6 Support, Machine 30 16
Icon citizen Cost Wood small Cost Sulphur small Cost Crystal small Cost Icon upkeep Upkeep Construction Time small Shipyard Minimum
7 300 250 250 100 40m 9
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy Munition
Sword-icon1 - First Class Caulking Hammer 15 50% -


Civilian Ship(s)

Cargo Ship
Cargo Ship

Trade ships are the most important support for your island empire. No matter whether they have to transport goods, units or news: your seamen will make sure that everything arrives at its destination quickly and safely.

Each Cargo Ship costs more than your previous one. Cargo ships are purchased at a Trading Port and cannot be destroyed. They can hold up 500 resources or the equal amount in units (each unit has a size in goods). Trade ships are available for carriage in any of your own towns without the need for transport of the ship.


 Unit attack Hit points  Unit defend Armour  Cargo space Size  Unit boom Type  Unit speed Speed
30 - 1 Civilian Ship, Machine 60
Rank Weapon Damage Accuracy
Sword-icon1 - First Class Unarmored Hull 15 80%


Other Ships

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