Elven Legacy Walkthrough Revision 3 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Index 1. General Tips 2. Single Player Missions 3. Elven Legacy Walkthrough 4. Elven Legacy: Ranger Walkthrough 5. Elven Legacy: Siege Walkthrough 6. Elven Legacy: Magic Walkthrough 7. Fantasy Wars Walkthrough 8. Data Tables This guide covers Elven Legacy and all 3 expansions - Siege, Magic, and Ranger (70 campaign missions, 3 single player missions). It also covers Fantasy Wars (28 campaign missions, 4 single player missions). The guide is written with the goal of getting a Gold medal on Hard difficulty for every mission in the game. Revision History 05/18/2010 - First revision. 05/24/2010 - 2nd revision. Finished Siege and Magic missions, added data tables. 05/31/2010 - 3rd revision. Finished Siege/Magic for real this time. Only the single player missions and Fantasy Wars remains. 1. General Tips Being a classic SRPG, your party status plays an important role in how easy or difficult the game becomes. If you start off badly and let units die, choose poor perks, and miss artifacts/gold/recruits/quests, you will find the game will become progressively more difficult until it's impossible to get a Gold rating on Hard difficulty. On the other hand, if you play well, you'll be able to keep up with the challenge on the later missions, and even find the game becoming easier due to your repeated successes. Even if it seems insignificant, every little bit helps, so always play efficiently. Most damage outcomes vary by -1 to +1, so save/reloading a lot will not help much if your overall strategy is poor. AOE attacks and magic are important in the original Elven Legacy, since they have infinite range and deal significant damage. AOE attacks cover 7 hexes and are essential for getting gold on some maps against large groups of enemies defending a goal point. Single target magic is also essential for attacking far away enemies. Never miss a magic damage artifact and always learn AOE perks if available (Gylven AOEs and Skyship AOEs). In the expansions, the importance of AOE is toned down, but still helpful. Take every opportunity to build XP. Using any ability or artifact builds XP regardless of its effect - if your unit can't attack an enemy, use an artifact or ability just for the XP. Sometimes you can earn XP by stepping on hexes or completing quests. Never finish a story mission before the last Gold medal turn, instead use that time to build XP. Once you complete a mission you can usually issue more orders before ending it, so use up everyones turn before finishing. You're not supposed to let your units die - you need to keep them alive and level them up. Generally it's OK to use whatever you're given by the game, but sometimes you'll want better units or more variety. For most of the original Elven Legacy you're limited to 10 units on the map, but that increases to 13, 14, and 16 in the last 3 missions. Consider rotating out level 5 (max level) units early on to give other units a chance at XP, because you can use them all eventually on the last 3 missions. Don't dismiss any top tier units you get unless you start going over 16 total units. In the expansions, there are missions with up to 18 allied units. It's best to tank with heroes and flying units - these units never suffer individual unit death so they can always rest to full if there are no enemies nearby. Elf Wardens that can learn Warden's Resurrection are also great for tanking because they will come back to full health for every turn it's active. Flying units with the shooter protection perk are great tanks because the AI archers will always target them even though it does little damage. Giving an Elixir of Life artifact to any tank like a Foot Knight makes them far more useful throughout a mission. Use defense buffs and defense artifacts on your heroes/tanks and throw them into harms way so your more fragile units don't suffer as many deaths. Unit deaths are very hard to recover from and should be avoided at all costs. The best talents to take are the magic damage/AOE spells, protection against X, armor piercing/armored status, passive AOE effect, segmented movement, extra movement, AOE buffs, Harassers, Slayer, and Invisibility. Don't take damage buffs if they lower a lot of defense. Avoid 'fear' perks on most units - it's useful on one or two units, but making enemies retreat without breaking them is a double edged sword. Terrain buffs are sometimes useful but I wouldn't take too many of them. Check the army review below for details. Use terrain to your advantage. Bridges have the same stat penalty as rivers so be careful when standing on one. Don't let an enemy get away with high injuries but low unit deaths, because it will rest and recover. Sometimes trapping a unit and forcing it to surrender is faster than killing it outright. The AI is stationary and reactionary unless the game script orders the AI to start moving its units. The enemy AI will usually leave defensive positions if it sees an opportunity. Use this to your advantage to lure it away from defensive or quest related hexes and onto bad spots like rivers and swamps. Defense buffs and stats are more important than offense. Some units are better than others, especially in the human tree. Make sure you don't bring along inferior unit types if you can help it. AOEs cannot damage stealthed units. Elf Units: Elf Fencers: Very strong general purpose melee units with all terrain movement. Recommended Perks: Force March, Defensive Style, Attack Leaders, Shooting Protection, Slayer. Flame Wardens/Thunder Wardens: These are tank type units with the powerful Sister's Resurrection. Elven Spears can be upgraded to Flame Wardens, although though they don't share the same tree. Generally the upgraded unit has better stats and perks. Recommended Perks: Force March, Armor Piercing, Sister's Resurrection, Defensive Tactics, Heavy Halberds. Elf Shooters: Elf archers get some great perks that make them terrors on the field. Elf Conscripts can be upgraded to Elf Shooters, although though they don't share the same tree. Generally the upgraded unit has better stats and perks. Recommended Perks: Bold Archers, True Elven Bowstrings, Multiple Support, Harassers, Slayer. Deer Riders: Mounted units with slightly low defense but a lot of offense. Giving them trail seekers makes them a highly mobile mounted unit that has no penalty on most terrain. Recommended Perks: Armor Piercing, Trail Seekers, Sharp Antlers, Rush Disturbance, Slayer. Skyship: A bomber unit most notable for its powerful AOE attack that you would be crazy not to take. Recommended Perks: Shooting Protection, Shaft of Light, Shadow of a Vulture, Magic Speed, Crystal Stare. Dragons: An air melee unit that starts out weak, but ends up very strong. Give it some stat boost items to help out during the lower levels. Recommended Perks: Armor Piercing, Hard Target, Sizzling Flame, Segmented Movement, Flying Death. Sagittel: A powerful archer and support caster. One of the best heroes in the game. Place him near the front lines and his +1 range perk and multiple support will demolish any nearby attacking enemies. Recommended Perks: Armor Piercing, Segmented Movement, Tactician, True Elven Bowstrings, Multiple Support, Order to March, Elven Sniper, Rejuvenation, Inspire to Defend, Slayer. Gylven: A decent mage, most notable for her variety of AOE spells. Recommended Perks: Dust of Time, Tempest, Magic Flare, Wings of Chaos, Meteor Fall, Summon Spectral Warriors, Word of Death, Magic Boots, Dragon Slave, Curse of Essentil. Human Units: Peasants: The worst of the worst. They can be upgraded to Spearmen, Bowmen, or Militia. Spearmen/Yeomen: All terrain melee units with a pretty weak set of perks - there are far better human melee units to consider. Generally the upgraded unit has better stats and perks. Recommended Perks: Shooting Protection, Forest Ambushers, Force March, Segmented Movement, Light Equipment. Swordsmen: Another mediocre melee unit that should be passed up if given the chance. They have higher damage than Spearmen but worse terrain coverage. Recommended Perks: Derenhalle Blades, Mail Armor, Shooting Protection, Highlander, Storm Troops Halberdiers/Royal Guards: Powerful defensive melee units whose only weakness is terrain movement. Militia can be upgraded to Halberdiers, although they don't share the same tree. Generally the upgraded unit has better stats and perks. Recommended Perks: Defensive Tactics, Mail Armor, Shooting Protection, Attack Leaders, Heavy Halberds. Foot Knights: Highly defensive melee units that are great for frontline offense or defense. Their perks kind of suck but oh well. Recommended Perks: Shooting Protection, Derenhalle Blades, Force March, Highlander, Cause Fear. Bowmen/Yeomen Bowmen/Royal Archers: All terrain archers that work best firing from hills or woods. Bowmen can also be upgraded to Crossbowmen. Recommended Perks: Bodkin Arrows, Ralin Boots, Merry Men, Hills Archers, Elven Bowstrings Crossbowmen/Arbalesters: Archers with far better perks than Bowmen, but their terrain movement isn't as good. They are one of the few human units with the Slayer perk, so you want at least one if available. Recommended Perks: Steel Bolts, Slayer, Siege Shooters, Crippling Shot, Heavy Crossbow. Scouts/Rangers: Stealth units that work well in difficult terrain. They can attack without being retalited against by melee/charge attacks and they have the nasty Harassers debuff. It's good to have at least one in your army. Recommended Perks: Firestarters, Forest Like Home, Poisoned Attack, Brigandine Armor, Light Equipment. Horse Yeomen/Hobilars: They are basically rangers except they lose Harassment and Concealment, and they suck on difficult terrain, which are the three reasons you want a ranger in the first place. Probably the worst human unit in the game. Recommended Perks: Firestarters, Evaders, Trail Seekers, Defensive Stance, Light Equipment. Landless Knights/Feudal Knights/Royal Knights/Paladins: All of these mounted units have Impetuous which makes them hard to control, although the Seneschal perk negates it. Feudal Knights can also be upgraded to Knights of Marcus. Recommended Perks: Armor Piercing, Thoroughbred Horses, Full Plate Armor, Derenhalle Blades, Seneschal. Knights of Marcus/Champions of Marcus/Kings Retinue: These mounted units have less attack power than Royal Knights/Paladins but no longer suffer from Impetuousness. They also gain the Imperturbable buff which makes them the superior choice of mounted unit. Recommended Perks: Armor Piercing, Thoroughbred Horses, Full Plate Armor, Temple Defenders, Derenhalle Blades. Eagle Rider: An air bombing unit. Since it doesn't have an AOE like the elf bomber, it pretty much sucks unless you're desperate to siege a castle area. Recommended Perks: Skilled Bomber, Shooting Protection, Shadow of a Vulture, Armor Plates, Flame Ammo. Tamed Eagle/War Eagle: A standard air melee unit. Not as strong as a dragon but still pretty good. Recommended Perks: Hunter Instincts, Shooting Protection, Shadow of a Vulture, Iron Feathers, Flying Death. Ballista: The superior siege unit compared to the Catapult. It has great perks including Slayer. Recommended Perks: Slayer, Target Practice, Iron Hoop Wheels, Long Range Thrower, Force march. Catapult: Recommended Perks: Target Practice, Heavy Artillery, Force March, Iron Hoop Wheels, Explosive Ammo. Cornelius: A very good ranger hero with lots of unique self-buffs. Recommended Perks: Firestarters, Chilling Attack, Slayer, Protection from Arrows, Horrific Attack, Long Throw, Deadly Throw, Skilled Pathfinder, Sign of Marcus, Summon Shadow. Karel: A decent mounted unit hero. Recommended Perks: Master Crafted Armor, Tactician, Siege Master, Defensive Orde, Heal, Order to March, Armor Piercing, Fencers, Royal Steed, Slayer. Battle Priest (Morcius): A priest hero with excellent AOE buffs/heals. Recommended Perks: Armor Piercing, Righteous Fury, Heal, Strike of Marcus, Mass Heal, Ralin Boots, Resurrect, Mass Blessing, Holy Crusade, Fencers. Adrian: An all terrain melee hero. Recommended Perks: Master Crafted Armor, Tactician, Siege Master, Shooting Protection, Defensive Order, Order to March, Armor Piercing, Inspire to Defend, Slayer, Heavy Halberds. Sergeant (Lucius): A defensive tank hero. Recommended Perks: Master Crafted Armor, Tactician, Siege Master, Shooting Protection, Defensive Order, Inspire to Defend, Order to march, Armor Piercing, Fencers, Slayer, Inspire to Attack. 2. Single Player Missions The first 4 missions are available in Fantasy Wars and Elven Legacy. The last 3 are only available in Elven Legacy. Single Player Mission 1 - The King and the General Flameguard Token - Swamp town Sphere of Cold + 100 XP - Water mill Night Stone - Tree Single Player Mission 2 - The Royal Hunt Amulet of Fanatic - Swamp town Firkan's Map - Cave Cloak of Saint and Lance of Glory - Forest Sword of Marcus - Church Single Player Mission 3 - The Honour Escort Night Stone - Water mill Sphere of Cold - Cave Staff of Eternal Flame - Altar Single Player Mission 4 - Surrounded by the Foes Flameguard Token - swamp town Single Player Mission 5 - "God of War" Night Stone - Altar Single Player Mission 6 - Monastery sincerus defense Sphere of Cold - Hermit Barrel of Church Vine + 100 XP - Ship Wreck Ring of True Sight + 100 XP - Place of execution Single Player Mission 7 - A New King 3. Walkthrough Mission 1 - Meeting The gold timer doesn't start until Gylven shows up, so avoid the town (Fort Sent) she appears by until you're ready - you have 12 turns to mess around before you have to meet her. You can even run into the corners of the map and pick on the enemies standing there. Send Gylven southeast against the wolves and Sagittel north. You don't get to keep the battle priest so try not to use it. Step on all the broken city map tiles to get gold and XP - you have plenty of time in this mission to do everything and still get Gold, unlike most others. Pick up Heal and Segmented Movement with Sagittel when he hits lv 1 and 2 if you plan on doing Mission 2b (pursuit). Recruit Skyship - Camp Ellene Reward: Skyship Firkan's Map Mission 2a - Pursuit. (The map where Sagittel has to break down the wall.) This map is pretty straightforward, you just move Sagittel up to the wall for a few turns while injuring/killing enough dwarf siege engines so he doesn't get bombarded and retreat. You don't really need to poke around the NW of the map too much, just make sure to pick up the Lightning Bow. It's possible to pick up the Sphere of Cold if you use skyships to nuke the troll then send one unit in there to solo the 3 zombies. Lightning Bow - La Cholet Eye of Sight - Broken dirigible False Prey - Move Sagittel onto the Dragon bones. Sphere of Cold - Cave 150 gold - Withered tree 100 XP - Witch circle Reward: Elf Hunters Elf Fencers Mission 2b - Pursuit. (Thieves version) I recommend playing the other Pursuit map instead because it has better rewards. You have 9 turns to barge into a town jam packed with enemies, and you don't get any AOEs to help. You don't actually have to kill the thief leader to complete the mission, but you do have to thin them out enough so Sagittel can run past. Equip Sagittel with the Firkan's Map reward, and pick up Segmented Movement when Sagittel hits lv 2 to make it easier to run past the thieves leader. Have Sagittel stand in front casting Heal on himself while counterattacking, and push him far enough north that he can run past the thief leader using Segmented Movement and reach the main quest hex that will end the mission. Cast Dust of Time on any large group of enemies that will soften the damage being dished out on Sagittel. As you might imagine, it's difficult to reach any of the treasure hexes due to the sheer number of enemies on the map. It's still possible to visit all 3 while getting hard/gold though. 300G - Cave Elixir of Life - D'Ventene Castle Learn Segmented Movement perk - Watermill Reward: Elf Hunters Amulet of Fanatic Bonus Mission 1 - Master and Apprentice This strat will let you kill the boss in 4 turns. Keep 4 non-mage units in reserve as cannon fodder and purchase an eagle with your funds, which should also be kept in reserve. Send the ranger and your first eagle NW to capture the village southeast of the boss. On turn 3, spot the boss with the eagle and attack him with ranged spells. Deploy units all around the captured village including your 2nd eagle. The key here is providing enough targets so that the boss and his minions are focused on attacking and not healing. If everything goes well, the boss will not be healed and you can send your 2nd eagle to re-spot the boss and finish him off with another round of magic. Reward: Nephrite Wasp Mission 3 - Wrath You should have the following spells by now: Nephrite Wasp, Shaft of Light x2, Lightning Bow, and Magic Flare. Spot and nuke the boss with magic to proceed. Reward: Deer Riders Horn of Fury 100XP for Sagittel and Gylven - Complete optional quest. Long-range Bow - Found in the church. Mission 4 - Remnants of the Horde Spot and nuke the boss with magic again. You should now have the Staff of Meteors and Wings of Chaos spell in addition to your other spells. Send someone with very high movement and terrain ignoring perks/artifacts to Vasserdorf to grab the lightning bow. Staff of Meteors - Cave Lightning Bow - Found at Vasserdorf in the NE. Recruit Wild Dragon - Stone troll 100G - Withered tree. Reward: Flame Wardens Shield of the Ancients Bonus Mission 2 - Path of Ugraum Pace yourself, don't go rushing in. Rest and conscript frequently and try not to lose more than 1 unit while taking down the first fortress. When taking on the first fortress, wait until everyone is together and use AOE buffs and defense buffs when moving in. Try to take down the artillery asap. The boss has a lot of dwarves defending him so you have to move in and carve a path - at this point you should be willing to take casualties because the time to get gold is short. Use the zeppelin and artillery to blast the boss while getting a melee unit in his face for the kill. The boss is quite weak, the only issue is tearing through the 10+ dwarves in his way. 100XP + Sign of Sacred Hammer - both Altars Reward: Power Stone Mission 5a - Power of Derenhalla. This route has better artifacts. Conserve your AOE magic for the fortress. There will be yeomen archers coming from the left, and 4 paladins coming from the right. To claim the fort, drop all your AOEs on the area - keep one or two units ready to clear the spot if the AOEs didn't do so. Try to nab the two artifacts on your last turn with fast units. Heirloom of Doom - Watermill Sword of Wrath - Church Freeze spell for Sagittel - Kill the 3 mages. I'm not sure if this is possible on Hard/Gold. Reward: Veteran Hunters Night Stone Mission 5b - Sullen Mountains. 300G - Cave 200G - Withered tree Ancient Crown - Stone troll Firkan's Map - Broken dirigible Reward: Veteran Fencers Bow of Doom Bonus Mission 3 - King Victor. Before you cap the first city and a Battle Priest shows up, recruit a Catapult and deploy it in the south, so you can have 16/15 on the field. Move the King and his units south through the pass to meet up with the battle priest and make a coordinated push on the south side of the castle. Move slowly and carefully, don't accept any casualties or serious injury until the last few turns - the turn limit is very generous and I've completed it by turn 11, so you have lots of leeway to play it safe. It's important to take over the forest area and clear it of enemy stalkers and archers. Move forward in a tight formation with knights in the front, catapults in the back and archers and rangers in the woods. Surround the orc might on the castle so no more enemy reinforcements can run through. If you start losing units, recruit powerful allies like a Knight of Marcus or Elite Ranger. Reward: Chain of Justice Mission 6 - Amulet of Hexers Once again save your AOEs for the final area, and try to rush there asap so you have more time to deal with the gate opening portion of the mission. Once you place the hexer by the quest gate all gates will open and the enemies inside will come out, so wait until you've thinned them out a bit with ranged and air attacks before opening it. Wait until 3-4 turns till the last gold turn to place the hexer at the gate. Once the hexer is placed you can give him a +move order, or put +move artifacts on him, and he can run to the second objective in one turn. If you have the Hexer's Horror spell, use that on the stone trolls while he is waiting and bombard the stone trolls with magic to weaken one and scare away the other to clear a path for the Hexer. It's safer to give the Hexer 2 turns to get there, so you aren't in such a rush to get past the stone trolls. Warning: You lose the Hexer after this mission, remove his artifacts in the army management screen on the last turn. Firkan's Map - Broken dirigible Night Stone - Dark altar Elixir of Life - Ancient altar 150G - Withered tree Reward: Wild Dragons Staff of The Eternal Flame Mission 7 - Snow Valley Your army size will suddenly expand from 10 to 13, and then keep expanding each mission. You'll get a dwarven mobile fort on this mission which you should keep, then add a dragon and one other ground unit to your army. Pile everyone onto the left route. The fight starts at the end of the map, where you'll encounter a ton of dwarves. Just pick on the dwarven nobles while waiting for an opportunity to move Sagittel next to the dwarven mobile, then AOE bomb. Once you get close to the castle another group of dwarves will come from the southeast. You can end the mission as soon as you step on the 3 goal areas (does not have to be all on the same turn). I recommend fighting the dwarves though so you can build more XP and grab some more gold from the city to the southeast. Hammer of Gods - Hammer Temple Shield of Ancients - Anvil Temple Recruit Dwarven Mobile Stronghold - Move Sagittel next to the unit Reward: Battle Stag Riders Heirloom of Doom Bonus Mission 4 - Order of Dwarnrock. You have 20 turns to get 5000 gold and kill the enemy leader. It's important to keep your army healthy and stop to rest for a turn or two on the way to the boss. Start out by taking the 5 or 6 enemies that approach your force of 5, position the melee in front, archers in back. Your meele fighters will end up a bit beat up but that's ok as long as the archers don't get hit. Send a melee west to pick up the dwarven mobile stronghold at the Dwarves' Stronghold. Once Dwarnrock appears, let him tank the incoming riders then regather and rest your forces. Capture the closest mine then proceed north. Directly north there's another mine which you need to capture, there's 2 ogres and an archer guarding it. Dwarnrock is a melee beast and is best to send in first. Once that's captured, send one unit east to capture the closest human mine. This will trigger a human eagle to attack, but you can just pick on it until it flies away. The human mage may also cast spells and summon a creature, but it will stop once the eagle flies away. Ignore the other human mine and don't provoke any elite rangers into attacking. Rest, cast Dwarnrocks AOE buffs and move on. Next up is the north orc mine. There are stone trolls guarding the mine so soften it up with archers (you should have 4 of them) and the mobile stronghold then move in with Dwarnrock. This is the position you'll be making your stand against a large number of orcs including the boss. Keep your ranged units protected and form a wall - do not move too far south/southwest or ogres may come up from the southeast and really mess things up. I recruited two Dwarf Nobles at this point to help out. Once the boss is close enough send Dwarnrock in to deal some serious damage and finish him off. Once the boss is dead all you have to do is survive until you have 5000G. You may notice that eventually all the mines but the most recently claimed one become recaptured, but you should have plenty left to wait it out. I finished on turn 22 which I believe is 3 or 4 turns to spare. Reward: Silent Hammer Mission 8 - Inquisition Caches At the start of this mission I had enough gold to upgrade 2 hunters and fencers (about 1800g) so hopefully you've been saving up. My army for this mission: 2x Skyship, 2x Thunder Warden, 2x Chosen Fencers, 2x Chosen Hunters, 1x Battle Stag Rider, 1x Wild Dragon, 1x Dwarven Mobile Stronghold. This map is similar to Power of Drelenhalla where you have a short amount of time to charge through a lot of human units. To kill Father De Lande quickly, just expose him on the map then use ranged magic (especially a spell to slow him down), but don't use too many AOEs because you need to save those for the castle siege. This will give you a reasonable amount of time to reach the castle instead of wasting time chasing him down. Once again save your AOEs for the castle siege, as there are a ton of units packed in there and you won't be able to kill them fast enough otherwise. Do not get too close to the bridge or you will get more knights and archers crossing it to attack. You generally want to stay around the start point area until the 4 knights and nearby enemies are dead - give yourself about 3 turns to siege the castle. Ignore the royal guards to the sides on the outer walls and focus on killing the paladins and royal guard blocking the bridge. The battle priests are nasty in combat but weak to magic so bombing them heavily with AOEs is the best bet. You can spare a unit to ford the river and pick up the Barrel at the shipwreck on the last turn. Ring of True Sight - Place of Execution Barrel of Church Wine - Place of Shipwreck Learn Dust of Time spell for 100G - Hermit's House Reward: Chosen Hunters Sword of Wrath Mission 9a - Harvest. The map vs the warriors, not peasants. This route has better artifacts and mission rewards. You have to use 14 units for this mission, so might as well use the Chosen Hunter awarded for getting gold on mission 8. This mission isn't joking around. You're immediately surrounded by about 24 enemies, with another 3 groups of paladins, champions, and eagles incoming. The trick here is to leave the starting position asap because the 2nd wave will flock to Sagittel's camp and hang around it even if your army is standing to the side. Use that as an opportunity to rest/buff up and let them bunch up to hit them with AOEs and move in at full power. Leave one enemy alive at the end then grab as much gold as you can plus the artifact before killing it. Cloak of Saint - Church Reward: Dark Dragon Staff of Meteors Mission 9b - Harvest. Map vs peasants. This is an easier map than mission 9a, where you just ride around destroying a bunch of rangers and soldiers. However the rewards are not as good and you miss out on a Staff of Meteors. Reward: Dark Dragon Long-range Bow Bonus Mission 5 - High Priest. Starting out, purchase a Catapult, then proceed north. Move your Paladins and Hobilars far north enough that you provoke the 4 Halberdiers to attack, then work on taking them out and seizing the city. The catapult will help out a lot with softening enemies up. Capture the city on turn 3 and have Derrick ready to move on turn 4. Rest and group up your forces by the Church give Derrick or Dexter the Cloak of Saint, then head north to take on the count. You want the wood duke to move out of hiding and attack your forces - you simply cannot get a gold on this map unless he runs out in the open for you to kill. Basically you want to kill the wood duke and baron asap then run away southwest from the masses of elite rangers and other enemies and start taking on the southwest enemies guarding the count. Just make sure Father Dexter and maybe Derrick escape alive - use Mass Heal to keep people alive. Father Dexter is great at killing the quest targets in one hit, so use him to deal a decisive blow whenever possible. You should have about 700G after killing both of them, so recruit new powerful units to replace the ones you've lost. If everything goes well you'll have about 4-5 days to kill the count with whatever forces you have left. The count should run out into the open eventually, just throw everything you have at him (especially Father Dexter) before the forces from the northeast catch up and decimate your army, as they will be giving chase. Cloak of Saint and 100XP - Church Sphere of Cold and 100XP - Shipwreck Segmented Movement skill - Hermit house, can buy for 50G Reward: Blessing Ring Mission 10 - Barrier You have to use 16 units for this mission, which probably means you'll need some level 0s in there. Since it's the last mission, feel free to hire whatever necessary, or use gold liberally to conscript during the mission. Give Sagittel the magic immunity ring from bonus mission 5. You have 25 turns here which is way more than enough time. Your main concern should be staying alive and not aggroing more groups of enemies than you can handle. If you don't have a strong army of mostly lv 5 units, lv 8-10 heroes, and most of the AOE artifacts I doubt you'll be able to survive this mission on hard. Use your lowest level ground units to close the portals. Head to the right and start taking out the dwarves, using Sagittel and Gylven in front to absorb damage. There are several advantages to taking out the dwarves first - there's more forest and hill cover, the dwarves are easier to kill than the elves to the left, it will take Iilar longer to reach you, you will be closer to the south portal which you can close before dragons start coming out on turn 4, and you won't accidentally aggro Dwarnrocks army. Moving out of your start position will trigger Iilar to attack, so expect him to show up while you are finishing the dwarves off. Use the woods and hills to your advantage and kill the dwarves and incoming elves. Gylven probably has a lot of AOEs at this point, so use a few of her weaker 7-8 dmg ones, but save the strongest for Dwarnrock and Teya. Don't overextend yourself into the middle and end up provoking the elves to the left, you have plenty of time. Once most of the incoming forces are dead, take out the elves to the left. Try not to aggro Dwarnrock yet. Use a couple AOEs on Dwarnrock, but save most of them for Teya. All of the soldiers around her will revive full HP after every turn, so if you start attacking one make sure you can kill it. Get in position then drop everything you have on her, including Dragon Slave if Gylven is level 9, and move in to finish off whatever is left. Dragon Slave should easily wipe out the dragons and deal a ton of damage to everything else. Next you have to move everyone through the portal one by one, cross the land mass while taking out enemies, then place Sagittel on the goal hex. Enemies will occasionally spawn from the glowing portals but they are easy to take care of. If you're moving at a brisk pace you won't have to worry about anything chasing from behind. There are a bunch of dragons hanging around the goals, just distract them and get Sagittel to whichever goal you want. Lightning Bow - Found at the Old elven castle near the great tree with an ogre on top of it. Staff of Eternal Flame - Broken dirigible. Elf castles - 200-300G each 4. Elven Legacy: Ranger Walkthrough Ranger is overall easier than Elven Legacy so it's not nearly as difficult to get hard/golds. Cornelius is incredibly powerful and he can apply all his self buffs before moving in for an attack in one turn. Mid way through the game you'll be swimming in units and gold. The only challenge in the game is mission 2 if you decide to grab all the gold, XP, and artifacts. The first two missions are branched off - there's Coast of Derenhalle then Debt of Derenhalle, and Landing in Sylent then Missing Messenger. Mission 1a - Coast of Derenhalle (leads to 2b Debt of Derenhalle, then a later mission called Landing in Sylent, which I listed as mission 6) The game starts out pretty simple, not much of an SRPG yet. Just run through the quests then stick around to kill the ogres for XP (should be enough to get Cornelius a level) and pick up both the wolf summon amulet and cloak of saint. Claw of a Spectral Wolf - Kill Hexer Cloak of Saint - Chapel ruins 50G - Stone circle Reward: Scouts Staff of The Eternal Flame Mission 1b - Landing in Sylent (leads to 2b Debt of Derenhalle and 2a Missing Messenger) It's possible to get a hard/gold on this map with a lot of save/reload abuse. You will be seeing the reload screen a lot if you want a hard/gold on this map. First, Brennok (who joins you near the end of the mission) randomly chooses his spells at the start of the mission. So keep restarting until he has a summon, word of death, and lots of AOEs. Next, save/reload every time Cornelius gets into combat so he has the best results, and ignore the wolves. When approaching the strange merchant, make sure you attack from the woods for the terrain bonus. You should reach Derrick on turn 9, with 5 turns left for gold. Once you're up against the group of 8 enemies of enemies, dump AOEs, summons, and anything else you can on them. Word of Death is great for instantly killing one of the yeomen horsemen. If you're lucky you'll take them down by the hard/gold turn limit. Claw of a Spectral Wolf - Spectral wolves quest. Reward: Rangers Mission 2a - Missing Messenger (only accessible if you chose Landing in Sylent as the first mission) You don't get to keep the rangers on this mission. Pick up the Wand of Flare for some AOE damage on the group of enemies surrounding the quest target. Make your way to the quest target who starts out standing at Mascinna castle, lure him into the woods then kill him, then head to the exit point. Since you don't keep the rangers, feel free to let them die while carrying out the mission. Make sure to remove the Wand of Flare from a Ranger if they picked it up. Wand of Flare - Dead Mage Reward: Rangers Staff of Eternity Mission 2b - Debt of Derenhalle You get to keep all of the allies on this map except the catapults. That means you just received an archer, a hero general, and two militia (who can be upgraded to spearmen/halberdiers later). Dismiss both militias and purchase two halberdiers and a spearman. It's worth the extra gold. Start by moving out and killing the nearby orcs in front and hexer/cannons across the bridge. Send Lucius, Cornelius, an archer and spearman across the bridge and retreat the rest of your units back to base to face the incoming waves of riders and cannons. Continue Cornelius and the spearman north to take out the hexer by the witch circle, while the archer stands on Waldsteit (village next to the bridge). This will tempt riders to attack the archer - since bridges are -8 to riders, you can easily kill them as they approach. Summon wolves to harass and distract the cannons and riders while guarding the castle with halberdiers, catapults, and archers. While Cornelius is summoning wolves, move him west across the swamp and get in position to hit the cannons from behind. The wolves and bridge trap will keep the north forces occupied while you take out the riders coming from the southwest road. After the invasion is broken, you're more or less free to explore the map and grab as much loot as possible (it's possible to get all of it). Sphere of Cold - Water mill Red Plate of Azumash - Witch circle 100XP - Knight's Camp near start point and Nilgazar village 100G - any other village 120G - the farther Knight's Camp Reward: Banner of Valor Mission 3 - Hexer Power You should have 8 units at the moment, and you need 2 more. 2 heroes, 2 halberdiers, 2 archers, 1 ranger, and a spearman. I suggest picking up another archer and spearman, or two archers. I don't really like horse yeomen but that's up to you. You have to be careful on this map because as soon as you see the hexers, they can cast on you. If you spot too many they will easily destroy one of your units. So first of all, don't ask the goblins for help, because they will start sharing your vision which will allow the hexers to attack you through their sight, and keep out of sight of any other orcs - if one spots you make sure you kill it. Move up carefully and gang up just out of the orcs sight range, then jump them. You can also constantly harass/kill the hexers with Cornelius and ranger, of course. You can just kill the goblins instead of asking for their help if you want the XP. 200G - Dead tree Reward: Horn of Horror Eye of Hexers Mission 4 - Wasteland Oasis A very straightforward mission, just charge through a bunch of orcs. Give low level units the eye of hexers and spectral wolf artifact so they can get some more XP. You will have to move quickly if you want the Night Stone. Night Stone - Skyship wreck Horn of Fury - Ruins Reward: Hobilars Mission 5 - Second Half In order to get the orc siege weapons, break them and they'll convert. Yes you do get to keep them, so I suggest grabbing 2-3 because siege units are always useful. Goblin Zepplina unit - Skyship wreck Axe of Madness - Ruins Reward: Shield of Marcus Nephrite Wasp Mission 6 - Landing in Sylent. This is only accessible if you chose Coast of Derenhalle as the first mission, and not the mission with the exact same name as the first mission. The roster suddenly expands from 10 to 15 units here. You have 9 turns which is more than enough, just form a solid wall and tear through the enemies. You should avoid killing the bosses and farm some XP since you have plenty of time. Reward: Staff of The Eternal Flame Elixir of Life Mission 7 - Scouting Getting within 2 squares of an eagle means you'll be spotted. Bring some artifacts you can spam for extra XP. In order to kill the merchant, bring along the spectral wolves artifact. First one shot the mage - if you can't kill the mage in one hit don't bother. Next summon a wolf to the merchants exposed side (away from the castle) - you want the merchant to attack the wolf during the enemy turn instead of resting, which leaves him injured for a kill. Once the merchant is injured down to 7-8 HP move in for the kill and run away. If you kill him here he won't show up in the Rebels mission. Reward: Ring of True Sight Elixir of Life Mission 8 - Mirralian Hunter Equip the Nephrite Wasp to make things easier. Start out cautiously, keep your generic units back in the forests while Cornelius softens the enemies up. Take on all comers then proceed to the castle. Unit HP restored to full - Church Learn Segmented Movement - Hermit's house 500G - optional quest Reward: Eagle Rider Barrel of Church Wine Mission 9 - Rebels Unit overload. The game lets you keep all the units from Mirralian Hunter, which is a change from Landing in Sylent when you probably didn't even have 15 units to fill the roster with. You can buy Ballista if you didn't get any orc siege weapons. It's fairly easy to notice how much easier this game is compared to Elven Legacy just by looking at your gold count which should be over 3000. I like War Eagles better than bombers like Zeppelins or Riders. The only reason Skyships are so good is because they get the AOE spell which Zeppelins and Eagle Riders don't get. So I would advise shelving the bombers. Ignore the villages besides the ones right next to the enemy. If you lose more than 2 villages the game ends, but you should be able to keep the enemy occupied so it only claims one at most. Still if you find it grabbing two villages just assign a unit onto one of them. Entrap the elves with your heroes and other strong units while bombing them with the Nephrite Wasp. Place Halberdiers and archers at the mountain chokepoint near the enemy human force. This is supposed to be a defense map but it's pretty easy to just pin the enemies in and grind them to dust. Reward: Landless Knights Feudal Knights Mission 10 - Army of Wagons Continuing with the theme of unit overload, you get to keep any of the low tier peasants that joined you in the Rebels mission. However they are probably still level 0 and useless, so just sell them off for gold. You should probably start leaving out lv 5 units and bringing in others that can benefit from XP. Bring units that can navigate forest terrain well. If you summon wolves or eyes you may aggro a lot of enemies and they'll come crashing down on your party at once. Just use the Wasp artifact on each camp as you approach and take everything out. Learn Poisoned Attack perk - Ancient altar Bow of Doom - Swamp ruins Reward: Lance of Glory Shield of the Ancients Mission 11 - Dark Mage Now the size of the army is shrinking. From 15 to 13 to 11 - this is probably because I'm doing the missions out of order, but whatever. You should have tons of gold so feel free to upgrade halberdiers and yeomen archers to royals. Bring armor piercing units because there are a ton of armored soldiers hanging around. Sword of Marcus - Church of Saint Marcus Reward: Tooth of Dragon Flameguard Token Mission 12 - Baron's Castle Back to 15 units here. The enemy is behind defensive terrain so bring air and siege units that can knock them out of it. You should also now have the Flameguard Token, one of the best artifacts in the game - put it on Lucius with some +defense and watch him go on a nearly invincible rampage. You have 18 turns for this mission, which is way more than enough time to kill everything on the map. Don't get too aggressive at first running into the gates, wait until your ranged/air units dismantle the siege weapons first. Feel free to conscript if your units take too many deaths because you should have tons of money. Silent Hammer - Shipwreck Lightning Bow - Water mill Reward: Foot Knights Power Stone Mission 13 - Foreign Knights Don't have enough units yet? No problem. The game dumps even more of them into your party. The Saint Brothers and Champions of Marcus look nice. You might consider replacing Yeomen with Champions of Marcus that have Armor Piercing, because there's lots of armored units here again. And don't ask me what to do with the 7000+ gold in your inventory. I don't know either. Amusingly the game is still throwing low tier enemies like swordsmen at you while you have access to the highest tiers in the game. Anyway, you have plenty of time to take it slowly, or just rush forward and take on a ton of enemies at once. No particular strategy needed, like most of Ranger. Staff of Meteors - Place of execution Learn Dead Bones spell - Witch circle Reward: Ancient Crown Chain of Justice Mission 14 - Mirralian Throne You should have all level 5 units and lv 8-10 heroes at this point. Once again a lot of armored enemy units so armor piercing is a plus. My army at this stage: 3 heroes, 2 war eagles, 2 spear chuckers, 2 royal guards, 3 royal archers, 1 yeomen, 1 elite ranger, 2 champions of marcus, The map is pretty small so you'll have to hack through a pretty solid wall of enemies before being able to progress. You can pick up a lv 3 Yeomen by visiting the city next to the start point, and another two at the north most cities. Most of the ranged enemies are stationary so try to keep away from them until you're ready to kill. Don't have to bother with the scouts and archers on the sides near your start point, just charge straight through the front gates, don't split up, and head east across the bridge to the 2nd mage town. The enemy eagles above the mages are all quite powerful and should be taken out with your two eagles. As you probably know by now, the AI will willingly jump into rivers to attack your units, so take advantage by baiting enemy units (possibly with a summoned creature) and taking advantage of their position. Unlike the original Elven Legacy final battle where you might lose a few units, there's no such risk here - just mop the enemies up and proceed. By the time everyone is across the bridge/river, you should be taking out the last mage city. Try to avoid killing the mage until you're mostly rested up and ready to attack the city. Once the barrier is down, you should have about 4 turns to drop AOEs and rush in for the kill. Watch out, though - the Siege expansion is not nearly as friendly! 5. Elven Legacy: Siege Walkthrough The Siege expansion is two campaigns in one, with two heroes following separate paths. Both routes have their army, inventory, bonus missions and split mission choices. Siege is the most difficult campaign out of the 4. Even the first few Siege missions are as difficult as the hardest Elven Legacy missions. The campaign is stingy with money and recruits at first, but relaxes a bit later. The campaign starts out difficult, but it becomes much easier as the campaign progresses. Karel's Route : S01 - S02 - S_B1 - S03 - S04/S05 - S06 - (Karel only) S07 - S_B3 - S08 - S09. Adrian's Route: S21 - S22/S23 - S24 - S25 - S_B2 - S26 - (Adrian only) S27 - S_B3 - S28 - S29. Sometimes a route choice won't open up until you've progressed far enough in the other heroes route. Once S06 and S26 are completed, you have the choice of S07 or S27. Once you choose S07 or S27 you are locked into that heroes route and can't play the other heroes last 3 missions, so make an extra world map save so you can experience all the content. Karel's Route: Karel's Route 1 - In the name of Marcus! (S01) This is one of the most difficult missions to get hard/gold on in Siege. In order to get the gold you must complete all the additional quests within 15 turns, including killing the Veteran Fencer who starts across the bridge from Arzen fortress (marked by the green quest arrow). This is a complicated mission with enemies coming from several different directions. Choosing the right units to move to the right place at the right time is vital for hard/gold. There are 46 enemies and it can get overwhelming near the end. You do not get to keep any units from the Sincerus monastery, so feel free to sacrifice them when needed as long as it doesn't fail the 50% defenders alive quest. There are 6 monastery defenders so you can only let 3 perish. Starting out, place your mounted units in front row, archers in back. On turn 1, send your mounted units and eagle north to take out the 3 conscripts, then on turn 2 use your archers and Karel to kill the conscripts by the Temple and grab the Temple artifact. After that, send everyone north towards the garrison, then head east towards Arzen. There will be fencers and archers incoming from the south so keep your archers safe and expect one of your melee units to get beat up, hopefully not killed. Use your non-mounted units to cover Arzen while your mounted units deal with other threats as they approach. Every 2 turns more reinforcements will be arriving - they are separated into 5 waves that starting moving on even numbered turns. There are 20 enemies across the river and 15 enemies far to the southeast in the forest. On turn 5 Deer Riders and a Skyship will be arriving from the north across the river and Elven Spears will be arriving towards Arzen across the river. Send your mounted units to deal with the deer riders while your archers/eagle take out the skyship. On turn 6 you will get 3 reinforcement knights who will encounter 2 fencers and 2 archers coming west from the temple. Send 1-2 mounted units to assist them in fending off the attack. You get to keep these 3 knights so keep them alive. 2 fencers will also be coming north towards Arzen. Keep holding the elven spears back at Arzen, preferably using your heroes to tank and rest. Turns 5-9 are a good time to move one of your non- monastery units up to grab the Horror spell. On turn 10, 3 fencers, 4 archers, and 1 veteran archer with a dragon summon artifact will start moving from the south towards Arzen. On turn 12, 4 elven spears, 2 archers, and the veteran fencer (quest target) will start moving west. There are two strategies you can try here. The easiest strategy is to fall back to the monestary, sacrifice a few monastery units (but not too many) and lure in the Veteran Fencer to kill on the last turn. It's ok to lose Arzen because the quest still counts as complete even if it gets overrun. The more difficult strategy is to keep holding your position and face off against the 16 incoming enemies at once. Barge in past the bridge using the monastery units and Karel, kill the quest target, then fall back so you don't lose too many monastery units. The rest of your units should be focused on holding off the incoming force from the south - you can slow their advance by staying out of their sight range. Lightning Bow - kill Veteran Fencer (quest target) Cloak of Saint - Temple Learn Horror spell - Execution Spot Reward: 2x Knights of Marcus Karel's Route 2 - On Approaches (S02) If all of your units survived, you should now have 15/12 for the mission. You can buy halberdiers if you don't feel like carrying around a lot of knights. This map has lot of artifacts and recruits but limited time to grab them all. Even though you get some knights of marcus, you might consider keeping the feudal knights instead if they have a decent amount of XP built up. You can always upgrade them later. Don't split up, instead mass up on the left side and kill quickly to the goal, then send a few units east across the map to grab the artifacts before ending the mission. As soon as you move north the 'reclaim villages' quest starts. For every village on the left you visit during the quest time you'll get a recruit (see list below). If the quest fails you won't get recruits from the villages you didn't visit. There's also a quest to chase down some fleeing elves - they might start moving towards the bridges and make it more difficult to get the Lightning Bow. Use standard tactics to tear up the enemies in the way and reach the main goal with a couple turns left till gold. Try not to provoke too many of the 5 deer riders at once or they may go on a rampage along with the elven spears and fencers guarding the towns - it won't be pretty. Send a heavily wounded (useless) unit south to grab the amulet of fanatic and head east to grab the artifacts. You should have about 3-4 turns left to charge east and grab the Lightning Bow before ending the mission - use a level 2 mounted unit that has the +1 movement perk, and use the inventory screen to give it the Sphere of Cold so it can cross the river and grab the artifact on the last turn. You won't be able to reach the Desecrated Relic, but it's not that good anyway. Recruit Foot Knights - visit Petrer Fort Recruit Swordsmen - Visit Abidiche village Recruit Ballista - Visit Archena village Recruit Tamed Eagle - Visit Kellin village Lightning Bow - Ruined castle Amulet of Fanatic - Stone troll Desecrated Relic - Witch circle Sphere of Cold - Water mill Reward: Shield of the Ancients Crossbowmen Bonus Mission 1 - Quiet Night (S_B1) Wow, this is the easiest bonus mission in the entire series. All you have to do is bring the slightly less sane Sagittel from point A to B without screwing up too badly, and you win. A token amount of dwarves stand in your way, but if you've had any experience playing as the elves, this is cake. Don't be afraid to pass Sagittel's elixir of life off to an injured unit that needs it, and of course pick up Heal. Even doing the side quests you can finish 5 turns ahead of gold, so whatever. This bonus map sucks! Power Stone - Dragon bones Reward: Chain of Justice Karel's Route 3 - Take by Storm (S03) You should have 22/15 units now. You'll be storming a castle that's jam packed with fencers and archers, so ranged units are preferable. I recommend immediately assaulting the castle from over the river. You might consider replacing an archer with a crossbowman just because their perks are much better - armor piercing, slayer, crippling shot, siege shot, and heavy crossbow. If you want to maximize your XP, leave one bowman unupgraded and don't pick his perks, then go to Hills of Hope (S05) on the next mission and upgrade him to a crossbowman. That way you don't have to waste time leveling up the lv 0 crossbowman you just got. You might also consider getting another Ballista (not catapult) - they also get slayer and they can get a permanent +1 range. Halberdiers are pretty good too with their attack leaders buff but you might just want to stick to the Foot Knight that can take more punishment. My army for this mission: 2x heroes, 5x mounted units, 3x archers, 2x ballista, 2x war eagle, 1x foot knights. Establish your ranged units and start firing away while your ground units ford the far end of the river. This method is far faster than either running around the map trying to get to the bridge, or trying to activate the portal. Don't be afraid to use whatever magic you've got (Horror, Lightning Bows). Once a free castle hex is open, start moving in - the best tactic is to move in but don't attack. Keep pelting with ranged units and counterattacking during enemy turn so you don't incur the wrath of enemy support attacks. Eventually you'll want to have everyone over the river because enemies start coming in from the east and you don't want to get caught. Take your time and kill everything instead of forcing into the 3 spots, because you have plenty of time, and you'll get lots of gold for visiting every castle hex. 100 XP - Place of power Drop an AOE on the elven city - Move Morcius to the Temple. Learn Second Wind spell - Visit Dragon bones Rewards: Axe of Madness Royal Knights Karel's Route 4a - Steppes Tremble (S04) The Resurrect spell is great for any unit that's suffered a lot of deaths. However you don't get to upgrade your knights and you miss out on the Wings of Chaos spell. Firkan's Map - Broken Zeppelin Night Stone - Witch Circle Learn Resurrect spell - Church Reward: Relics of Marcus Royal Guards Karel's Route 4b - Hills of Hope (S05) If you take this route you can upgrade your mounted/archer units which isn't possible heading into the other route. If you left any bowmen un-upgraded, you can now make them into crossbowmen who have much better perks, although they have more trouble with difficult terrain. You should have about 3000 gold after selling some unneeded units, which you should use to upgrade any level 2-3 Feudal Knights to Knights of Marcus. This is a fast paced mission where you have to keep moving if you want to get hard/gold and finish the quests. Enemies will quickly swarm the first elf village so move forward quickly to avoid them. You will have to spot them with an eagle to start the optional boss kill quest to give Karel 100 XP. Your Knights of Marcus should be trampling all over the enemy - this mission is pretty easy. Karel earns 100XP - complete optional boss kill quest Learn Wings of Chaos spell - Visit Hermit's house Ring of True Sight - Ruins of swamp castle 200G - Dead Tree Reward: Staff of Eternity Arbalesters Karel's Route 5 - River Crossing (S06) You can now access Royal Guards and Arbalesters. The unit cap here is 17 which is the highest I've seen so far. If you don't have enough units I suggest picking up a Royal Guard and maybe hauling out one of those lv 1-2 archers/mounted units that got left behind. You have a long slog here through a bunch of orcs. Take the right side which runs by a quest point and both artifact locations. It's straightforward until the bridge, where enemies will start pouring in from the west near the Broken zeppelin. Leave a small force behind to hold off enemies in the woods while everyone else goes off to kill the boss. Use Ballistae, Crossbowmen, and Morcius all with Slayer to kill the boss quickly. Since you have 20 turns for gold you can kill every enemy on the map for lots of XP. It's unfortunate that this expansion started out strong but is only getting easier. Karel earns 50XP - complete optional help quest Nephrite Wasp - Cave Feather Boots - Broken zeppelin Reward: Lance of Glory Champions of Marcus Karel's Route 6 - Storm of Tersia (S07) Current army: 2 heroes, 5 champions of marcus, 2 war eagles, 2 arbalesters, 2 yeoman archers, 2 ballistae, 1 royal guard, 1 foot knight There are two ways to approach this map. You can head west into the field and take on a ton of enemies at once (all nearby enemies plus 10 riders coming from the north and east), or you can take the long way around the road and face less opposition at once. I recommend taking the long way because you can grab the artifact and optional elf quest along the way. Either way, be ready for the 5 riders coming west down the road. The castle siege is pretty standard - provoke enemies to leave their defensive spots, use defense buffs, AOEs, summon distractions, etc. With 17 turns you can afford to take the long way and still kill pretty much everything on the map. Tooth of Dragon - Dragon bones Reward: Night Stone Foot Knights Bonus Mission 3 - Inquest (S_B3) This is a bugged mission where once you spawn the "Mage's Shadow" unit, your own mage gets a 5 turn timer on it at which point he despawns and the game ends. In addition once you summon a Mage's Shadow the game doesn't register your mage stepping on any quest hexes, which means even the act of summoning a Mage's Shadow immediately makes the mission impossible. However, even with this limitation, it's still possible to get hard/gold on this mission without modifying the game files. The strategy below gets you a gold medal without using Mage's Shadow, so no need to modify the game files. Getting a gold medal requires a bit of luck and reloading for battle outcomes, but you can still get a silver or even bronze with this strategy with no problem and still get the same rewards. First, for perks: Battle mage, Summon Spectral Warriors, Water Walk, Magic Armor. Move towards the first beacon while veering to the left to avoid the village. You want to stay at least 3 hexes out of any stationary units sight, or the whole town will aggro on you. Kill the spearman stationed there and grab the beacon. Move up to the next beacon and kill the archer and spearman. Again hug the mountains to avoid aggroing the nearby village. Rest, head northwest into the woods and summon a spectral warrior to distract enemies by the third beacon while you flee east. You could also try casting Tornado if you hit lv 5. Either way, head east and mess with the halberdier/arbalester standing in the way but flee east as soon as you get a clean break. Note: You are not grabbing the third beacon or completing the beacon quest (unless you don't care about getting a bronze), just run away east. You still should not have aggroed any large town groups - if you do you'll know it because your mage will be stuck or dead. Head east/northeast through the woods, rest up, grab the artifact at the place of execution, summon a spectral warrior, and attack the battle priest on top of the main quest hex. He should be killed or flee, at which point you can step onto the hex. You still need to spend 2 more turns running back to the place of execution. The two nearby battle priests will probably not attack your mage - if they do try distracting them with the warrior or try to get the warrior to despawn on the same turn that you're on the quest hex. Relics of Marcus - Place of execution Reward: Silent Hammer Power Stone Karel's Route 7 - Outargue a Dwarf (S08) You have a unit cap of 18 here, but the next mission has 17, so don't worry too much about the 18th slot. You can use the new Foot Knight you just got, upgrade one of your old mounted units or archers, or just buy a new unit - you should have thousands of gold to spare at this point. Unlike Adrian's version of this map, you can't just mass everyone on one side - you need to join the armies up on the west side and proceed north. There is a one swamp hex where the water meets the mountains which Karel's army can cross over to the west side with. Place 3-4 strong units and both eagles on the east side with Karel, because the group of dwarves is a pain to clear out. If you put too many units on Karel's side it will take too long to move them all across the swamp. You will have to face the dwarves near Moricus' start point, since you can't just run north and leave them in the dust. The whole delay in merging the armies together means you'll have a tighter schedule to reach the boss. Moricus should have some amazing heal spells at this point, so keeping everyone alive shouldn't be an issue. Actually the quest is bugged so you only need to bring one person to the goal for it to register, so you could leave Karel stuck on the east side and still complete the mission. Once everyone is back together on the west side, proceed north and kill everything up to the castle. Stag Riders are squishy, hit up the archers first, stick heroes in front to absorb damage, use healing spells, etc. Once you reach the village near the castle (meeting point), 3 dwarves each will come out of the 2 caves on the map. Take out the 3 that pop out of the west cave quickly, then position a tank to the east to handle the 3 coming from the east cave. AOE bomb and summon spam Yanrock into submission, put defensive units up front, etc. It's possible to kill the ogres for the quest if you are fast with clearing out Yanrock. Both Karel and Moricus should have the Slayer perk so sending them in should do the trick. Karel learns North Curse - complete ogre kill quest Firkan's Map - Shipwreck Stone troll - Red Plate of Azurnash Blessing Ring - Sacred hammer Reward: Sign of Sacred Hammer War Eagle Karel's Route 8 - The World's End (S09) Even though you can get near the castle in a few turns, you shouldn't rush it. Instead take your time killing all the elves on the map, because eventually they all start moving and you don't want to be caught from behind. On turns 1-5 head north to take out the phalanx of 5 stag riders and a skyship, then head east and take on the wardens southeast and northeast in the woods, and some more incoming stag riders from the north. The mission is made more complicated by the reinforcement temple quest - for every turn Moricus doesn't stand on the temple, a dark dragon spawns by the castle. You want to camp Moricus there until turn 10 when a boatload of orcs show up, at which point he should flee east. You'll just have to handle the spawning dragons every turn as you take the castle. On turns 6-11 head east and take out the 2nd phalanx of stag riders and 3 archers, along with whatever wardens are left. Don't be afraid to drop an AOE or a summon to save someone, but save the majority for the castle assault. Things will get hairy by the temple around turn 10 when a bunch of orcs show up - at this point you should just move Moricus east off the temple and abandon it. At around turn 12 you'll want to be assaulting the castle - drop lots of AOEs, summons, move in at any cost, doesn't matter how many units you lose. You should have about 5-6 turns to claim the city, and it's possible to barge in, kill Sagittel, and grab the quest hex with 4-5 turns to spare. Depending on what Sagittel does, either kill him to reach the quest hex, or ignore him if he moves off it then kill him later. Learn Archmage's Shield - Ruined temple Learn Word of Death - Witch circle Adrian's Route: Adrian's Route 1 - Thousands of the Damned (S21) The only way to get through the level quickly is effective counterattacks vs the zombies with melee in front and archers in the back. This is a pretty basic strategy but it's vital here because you won't get the gold if you don't place melee in the right positions to counterattack. Stick Adrian in front often to absorb damage. The Mad Arbalester on the quest city is particularly nasty due to his large terrain bonus. He can't be lured off the city but he also doesn't attack during enemy phase. It will take a a full turn of attacking to get rid of him. Ignore the optional quest, it's impossible to complete while aiming for hard/gold. After grabbing the city on turn 7, about 6 battle priests will come charging in from the north. The priests may target either your units or the undead - either way they are bad news. Retreat from the quest city and head southwest to the far end of the mountains, then proceed north towards the bridge. Ignore any of the undead near the quest city - the battle priests will tear them up anyway and it will slow them down giving you time to run away. Grab Shooting Protection for your footmen as they reach level 1. Priests and undead will be chasing you from the east while two mad arbalesters, two traitors of bows, and about 6-7 zombies stand between you and the bridge. Position your units on the hills around the mountains to start luring in enemies for killing. Your strategy now should be pushing up against the enemy units between the mountain and city near the bridge, then knocking a hole through the wall of zombies at any cost and running a unit onto the bridge square, which will end the mission. Eye of Eagle - Shipwreck Elixir of Life - Ruined church Reward: Yeomen Bowmen Helm of Saint Publis (+1 def) Adrian's Route 2a - Runaway Baron (S22) Learn Pathfinder skill - Hermit's house Sphere of Cold - Witch circle Reward: Standard of High King (+willpower, +def to nearby allies) Rangers Adrian's Route 2b - Laridian Heresy (S23) This route choice has more/better artifacts than Runaway Baron. If you kept all your units alive in "Thousands of the Damned", you'll have to leave a scout in reserve. First off, upgrade your 3 Bowmen to Yeomen Bowmen. This will bankrupt your 600G funds, but it's worth it. Yeomen Horsemen suck so don't bother with those things. This map is jam packed with loot - getting to the goal is easy, what's more difficult is grabbing all 4 artifacts and the Horror spell while still getting hard/gold. Start by running north and knocking the mage off of his altar, then stepping onto the altar. He will become controllable and you should get the claw of dead wolf artifact. If you accidentally kill him, you can still capture the swamp mage, but it's not feasible to capture the forest mage. Proceed northeast to the swamp mage - this guy is hard to reach so summon spectral wolves and golems on him to help. Keep moving your main force NE while sending 2-3 scouts (not the ranger) NW towards the forest, with archers pelting the enemy from across the river. Summon another set of creatures to help out with the forest mage while your main force continues towards the goal. The captive mage will turn on you once you bring him to the quest spot, so don't do it until you're ready to kill him. During the last few turns, run your ranger down to the witch circle to learn the Horror spell before the map ends - its possible to send a scout or some other unit down there but the ranger will have the easiest time since they have invisibility. To top it off your favorite overpowered ranger Cornelius joins at the end of the mission. But don't worry, the next mission is more difficult. Claw of Dead Wolf - Dark Altar by the River Burning Sword - Dark Altar by the Marsh Wand of Flare - Dark Altar by the Forest 100 XP - each Dark Altar Altar Stone - Bring captive Altar by the River mage to quest spot. The Altar Stone doesn't have a very useful effect, but you can spam it to get big chunks of XP for free. Learn Horror spell - Witch circle Reward: Ancient Crown (+3 melee, -1 def) Eagle Rider Adrian's Route 3 - Fire in the City (S24) You have 12 turns to take out a fortress packed with enemies and you'll need every turn to do it. Bring the eagle rider along to help and leave two scouts in reserve. Ignore the optional quests and head straight for the fortress. Avoid the enemies off to the sides and they won't aggro. Once at the fortress, kill the archers first, then tear down each of the guards. You need about 6-7 turns to kill the mage and 3 knights. Kill the mage first since it's squishy and annoying - summon spectral wolves, bomb it with your eagle, and hit it with archers and Cornelius from the water. Try to establish a foothold then cast Horror on the knights and grind them down. Around turn 11 3 mounted units will arrive from the north - just hold them back while you finish off the last knight or two and claim the castle. The Bang Mold spell is a good idea to pick up using your stealthy ranger or Cornelius but forget about the Nightstone or Desecrated Relic. Firkan's Map - Shipwreck Learn spell Bang Fungus - Witch circle Nightstone - Place of Shipwreck. Way too far out to bother with. Desecrated Relic - Complete optional renegade mage quest - once you KO the mage on the fortress he will flee north. Reward: Red Plate of Azurnash Catapult Adrian's Route 4 - Wrath of Yanrock (S25) You finally get to upgrade your Scouts into Rangers and Spearmen into Yeomen. Yeomen aren't that great but that's all you can get for now. In this mission you either have to take out Yanrock with Cornelius and some magic spells, or rush a couple of Yeomen, Eagle Riders, and Adrian over to help. First make sure Cornelius grabs the nice artifacts hanging around. If you want to kill the boss with Cornelius, he will need Slayer and you'll need Horror, spectral wolves, and damaging magic spells. Start by destroying one of the mobile forts so Cornelius can get in on the boss. Attack the mobile fort with Cornelius then use ranged magic/spectral wolves to help finish it off. Next use Horror on the boss and move in with Cornelius - hitting him once should cause him to surrender and disappear, then you can walk Cornelius onto the goal hex to complete the mission. Adrian's army should focus on killing as many dwarves as possible and racking up gold/XP. If Cornelius needs help, you'll need to rush towards the fort instead of poking around. Hammer of Gods - Temple of the Anvil Bow of Doom - Stone troll Reward: Barrel of Church Vine Elite Rangers Bonus Mission 2 - Menace of the Mountains (S_B2) Another pretty easy bonus mission. Once you take over the village, the mage you have to kill is by the Dark altar. Send your army over the bridge while fending off human units - your dwarf melee units are very hardy and the opposition is pretty weak. Send Yanrock and one other unit northeast towards the Dark altar while the rest of your army holds back nearby enemies. Feel free to purchase another dwarf noble to keep up the pressure. Give Yanrock the force march and movement bonus perks to help get there. Approach the mage from behind and kill him in one turn before any units around him can retaliate. The untranslated quest objective is 'Yanrock must not die.' Elixir of Life - Cave Learn Dead Bones spell - Altar Reward: Power Stone Adrian's Route 5 - Poisoned River (S26) Current army: 2 heroes, 3 yeomen, 4 rangers, 4 royal archers, 1 catapult, 1 eagle rider There are quite a few enemies on the map and you only have 13 turns, so you can't kill everything this time. Avoid aggroing the large group of enemies near your start point. Head to the first quest town and claim it while killing nearby enemies. Afterward, send Cornelius towards the river quest point in stealth while others head SW to grab the Staff of Meteors. You can choose to ignore the optional quest to kill the ogres, but engaging them is worth some good XP. For some reason the hexer and two flying units by the Staff of Meteors will attack the goblins/ogres so if you can aggro both at once they will probably fight each other, which will take a lot of pressure off your own units. Staff of Meteors - Dark altar 200G - Dead tree Reward: Nephrite Wasp Royal Archers Adrian's Route 6 - Gates of Tersia (S27) I recommend replacing one of your low level Rangers with the Foot Knight you got in the last mission. Your army should be mostly lv 4-5 with a few 2-3. Cornelius has to step onto the 3 quest towns within 10 turns or 8 enemies will spawn around the map. You can't really stop to rest because it's a lot of ground to travel, and it helps to have Firkan's Map. Whether you succeed or not, your next objective is to capture the front gate (main quest objective). You have infinite turns to complete the objective, so you can so stupid things like get Cornelius up a few levels by picking on enemies around the map. You might even consider failing the optional quest just to have more enemies to beat on for XP. There are two ways to get the Battle Orc off the quest objective. One is to aggro an enemy that will spot you close enough to the gates that the Orc will leave the quest hex to attack Cornelius. A good way to do this is attack the group of Orcish Riders, who will scatter around near the gates. The second, more stealthy method involves fearing the Battle Orc off the front gates. First summon a spectral wolf or spectral dragon, use Horrific Attack and hit the Battle Orc which will break it, then attack with your summoned unit to make it flee in terror. You can then step Cornelius onto the hex. After siezing the gates quest the gold timer will start up and you can deploy your main army to siege the castle. However you could play cheap and keep soloing the castle with Cornelius at least until he hits level 10, since the gold timer doesn't start until you step onto the castle hex. The most annoying part of the castle siege are the zeppelins and skyship that have shooting protection. Use your magic attacks and dragon tooth summon to take them down. After Cornelius steps on the front gate hex, move him across the river and summon the dragon tooth, then use AOEs to bombard the skyship and zeppelins to death. Summon a spectral wolf in the way of the quest elf and cast Horror on it. Stepping onto the castle hexes across the bridge starts the optional elf retreat quest and spawns a bunch of elves. You get the Flameguard Token that makes any high defense unit nearly invincible. Flameguard Token - complete fleeing elf quest (unit must have free artifact slot!) Tooth of Dragon - Dragon Bones (SE of map) 100 XP - Place of power Reward: Sword of Wrath Foot Knights Bonus Mission 3 - Inquest (S_B3) This is a bugged mission where once you spawn the "Mage's Shadow" unit, your own mage gets a 5 turn timer on it at which point he despawns and the game ends. In addition once you summon a Mage's Shadow the game doesn't register your mage stepping on any quest hexes, which means even the act of summoning a Mage's Shadow immediately makes the mission impossible. However, even with this limitation, it's still possible to get hard/gold on this mission without modifying the game files. The strategy below gets you a gold medal without using Mage's Shadow, so no need to modify the game files. Getting a gold medal requires a bit of luck and reloading for battle outcomes, but you can still get a silver or even bronze with this strategy with no problem and still get the same rewards. First, for perks: Battle mage, Summon Spectral Warriors, Water Walk, Magic Armor. Move towards the first beacon while veering to the left to avoid the village. You want to stay at least 3 hexes out of any stationary units sight, or the whole town will aggro on you. Kill the spearman stationed there and grab the beacon. Move up to the next beacon and kill the archer and spearman. Again hug the mountains to avoid aggroing the nearby village. Rest, head northwest into the woods and summon a spectral warrior to distract enemies by the third beacon while you flee east. You could also try casting Tornado if you hit lv 5. Either way, head east and mess with the halberdier/arbalester standing in the way but flee east as soon as you get a clean break. Note: You are not grabbing the third beacon or completing the beacon quest (unless you don't care about getting a bronze), just run away east. You still should not have aggroed any large town groups - if you do you'll know it because your mage will be stuck or dead. Head east/northeast through the woods, rest up, grab the artifact at the place of execution, summon a spectral warrior, and attack the battle priest on top of the main quest hex. He should be killed or flee, at which point you can step onto the hex. You still need to spend 2 more turns running back to the place of execution. The two nearby battle priests will probably not attack your mage - if they do try distracting them with the warrior or try to get the warrior to despawn on the same turn that you're on the quest hex. Relics of Marcus - Place of execution Reward: Silent Hammer Power Stone (note - if you already have a power stone, you can't get another one) Adrian's Route 7 - Outargue a Dwarf (S28) You get Elite Ranger upgrades and some new units to purchase. I suggest picking up a War Eagle and using the 2nd Foot Knight you just picked up. Your unit cap is 18 here, but 17 in the last mission, so don't worry too much about the 18th spot in this mission. There's no way to cross the long stretch of water and mountains, but you can still pull the old trick of massing everyone on one side. In this case you want the west side because the elves are easier to deal with and the artifacts are better. Charge after the Dwarf Noble in front and ignore the axemen - just leave them in the dust and they won't chase. Just use standard tactics to carve up the elves in the way. Stag Riders are squishy, hit up the archers first, stick heroes in the front to absorb damage, etc. Once you reach the village near the castle, 3 dwarves each will come out of the 2 caves on the map. Take out the 3 that pop out of the west cave quickly, then position a tank to the east to handle the 3 coming from the east cave. AOE bomb and summon spam Yanrock into submission - throw everything at him. It's possible to kill the quest ogres after taking out Yanrock, but you'll really have to run for it. Cornelius is most important for killing the Ogres because he should have the Slayer perk and he can one shot them. As long as you have two turns for Cornelius to run in there and smack them around, they'll die. But you don't really need to stress about it, since it's not necessary at all for the final mission. Cornelius learns North Curse - complete ogre kill quest 200G - Cave (there are two of them) Firkan's Map - Shipwreck Stone troll - Red Plate of Azurnash Unit learns Dust of Time - Elven camp Blessing Ring - Sacred hammer Reward: Sign of Sacred Hammer War Eagle Adrian's Route 8 - The World's End (S29) Even though you can get near the castle in a few turns, you shouldn't rush it. Instead take your time killing all the elves on the map, because eventually they all start moving and you don't want to be caught from behind. On turns 1-5 head north to take out the phalanx of 5 stag riders and a skyship, then head east and take on the wardens southeast and northeast in the woods, and some more incoming stag riders from the north. On turns 6-10 head east and take out the 2nd phalanx of stag riders and 3 archers, along with whatever wardens are left. Don't be afraid to drop an AOE or a summon to save someone, but save the majority for the castle assault. Take it slow and steady, it's easy to hard/gold this map with 5-6 turns to spare. You should have about 7-8 turns to AOE bomb and summon spam the city to claim it. Depending on what Sagittel does, either kill him to reach the quest hex, or ignore him if he moves off it then kill him later. Don't worry too much about casualties since this is the last mission. Learn Archmage's Shield - Ruined temple Learn Word of Death - Witch circle 6. Elven Legacy: Magic Walkthrough The final Elven Legacy expansion, Magic, is another campaign split between two heroes. Both heroes can summon a variety of units, so this is a very summon heavy campaign, far more than any of the other campaigns. You'll even be summoning units that can summon other units. You don't have much of a standing army to speak of and most of your units are disposable. The main campaign missions are average in difficulty, while two of the bonus missions are quite demanding if you want hard/gold. Khrand's Route 1 - Return to Ofris If you want hard/gold you can't do either optional quest. Head north to the hammer sanctuary, then southeast to the Anvil, then finally assault the Forge with lots of summons. Elixir of Life - Mercenary camp Sphere of Cold - Goblin's village Reward: Dwarven Crossbowmen Firkan's Map Khrand's Route 2 - The Secret Cradle You have a short amount of time to get Khrand to all 3 main quest locations. Nobody else can activate them. First buy 3 dwarf axemen. Use runes of speed and summons to head east to the Cave, then north to the Cradle across the swamp and finally north to the Altar. I suggest going east from the start point rather than north because the stealth goblins and woods make it slower and more dangerous, while the east path only has melee grunts. Create summons ahead of the group to clear the way ahead with counterattacks. Veer to the south while heading east so you don't aggro the stealth goblins in the woods. Runes can take a bit of punishment and they deal a bit of damage too so use them liberally to absorb hits. You should only have 1 rune of speed out at a time to make sure you have enough for the whole mission. Once you have the Circle Attack rune, head towards the cradle and drop one there along with summons. Hopefully you can kill the orc quest target - surrounding it with runes helps. While Khrand steps over the swamp to continue north to the Altar, summon lots more stuff all over the place to clear out the goblins. You might be fast enough to grab the Feather Boots. Wand of Flare - Ruins Feather Boots - Broken dirigible Horn of Fury - Kill orcs quest Big Banner of Ugrum - kill boss orc quest Reward: Dwarf Nobles Night Stone Bonus Mission 2 - Long Way Home First, take Cornelius' perks: Firestarters, Chilling Attack, Slayer, Fast Poison, and Horrific Attack. Head north and use Horrific Attack on the guard in front of Morcius' cave then step onto the hex. With Morcius, take Armor Piercing, Force March, Heal, Strike of Marcus. Use Force March and run ahead to aggro the dwarves, then make Moricus Heal himself and run around the dwarves to get Adrian and the catapult on the nearby castle hex. Use the catapult and heroes to push east and grab Karel. At this point you need to get all heroes to the exit. Pick up Mass Heal with Moricus when he hits lv 5 and pick up Karel's Heal when he levels up. Grab the Forge artifacts then push south to the exit. Don't worry about killing every dwarf, just keep making progress, casting defensive buffs, and grouping up for Mass Heal. Sacrifice the catapult near the end when enemies are closing in on all sides. Reward: Power Stone Khrand's Route 3 - Ticsus Unlike Brennok's route, you're allowed to start building a small army here, so pick up another Dwarf Noble. This is a survival map where you need capture the church and witch circle to get gold. Clear out the humans without using too many spells - you have 5 turns to do it and the counter doesn't start until you capture Ticsus. Next move south and throw up tons of totems and summons - don't worry too much about grabbing the two quest spots yet. Go totem crazy because the map is small and the main enemy force is right in front of Khrand. Once you've got both quest objectives and you run out of runes, it's best to fall back until time runs out because the last wave is 4 elite rangers. 100 XP - Water mill Claw of a Spectral Wolf - Witch Circle Cloak of a Saint - Church Reward: Dwarven Mobile Fort Sign of Sacred Hammer Bonus Mission 3 - Demon's War Shaman perks: Vengeful Spirits, Quiky Mold, Summon Boars, Horror, Dead Bones, Summon Eye, Tornado You have three objectives in this map - guard Sugman with the hexer, possess the Flame Guard and Dragon units then get them killed so they turn into totem units that must be kept alive, then slay Glendarin. You get 13 turns but there's little chance you'll hold out against the incoming enemies for more than 9-10 turns, so you have to finish it faster than the gold time. Use Farrakh to possess units then step onto the forest hexes to refresh the possession spell while waiting for the Flame Guard to show up. The Flame guard is in the NW corner of the map and the Dragon is in the NE corner - both of them start moving eventually so you don't have to chase them, they will show up in the middle of the map eventually. Move the Hexer and allies inside Sugman to protect it and do everything you can to defend. Don't even bother attacking unless there's no point in resting or casting a defense spell. Once you possess the Flame Guard or Dragon, you must let them die so that they turn into a totem unit that must be kept alive. If a totem dies the game ends so you have to protect it. You need them both to die and turn into totems for the mission to continue, but as totems they are very fragile and have low movement, making them vulnerable to attack. And since they need quite a few enemy attacks to die, they will be in a very vulnerable position once they turn into totems. Don't let the possessed Dragon and Flame Guard die and turn into totems until you can get them both turned into totems on the same turn, to avoid any risk of the totems dying. This strategy is a careful balancing act between holding back the enemies from Sugman and getting the Flame Guard and Dragon killed on the same turn so you can finish the mission without risking the totems dying. The Dragon has shooting protection so it'll take two turns to die, while the Flame Guard has ressurection, so they will have to die in one turn or they will be restored to full health. After both the Flame Guard and Dragon die and leave behind totems, Glendarin appears. Kill him with Faraakh in one hit to finish the mission. Reward: Nephrite Wasp Khrand's Route 4 - Master's Smithy You should have 7/6 units here, so I suggest leaving one of the Axemen behind. Even though dwarves are slow you need to move pretty quickly here (15 turns) so place the runes of speed well and if you have feather boots use them. Like most Khrand missions, only he can activate the quest points. The shortest route is east across the bridge to the 1st altar, south through the mountains and across the river, northwest to the 2nd altar, south to the 3rd altar, then east to the forge. You'll be running into the usual assortment of elven units - dump summons and runes liberally on them and march onward to victory. You can recharge all of Khrands summons at each altar for 100g which will allow you to spam lots of totems, AOEs, and summons for an easy gold with about 6 turns to spare. You might as well stop for the lightning bow since you will encounter quite a few enemies at that point of the map and will need to slow down a bit. The Summon Golem spell is also very useful since golems are pretty powerful units. Flameguard Token - kill elven units quest Lightning Bow - Broken skyship Summon Golem perk - Move any unit past or on top of the Stone troll Reward: Dwarven Mobile Stronghold Blessing Ring Khrand's Route 5 - Dwarven Master The final Khrand mission is fairly easy. You should have lots of artifacts to toy around with including the Flameguard Token, and Khrand should have a giant list of spells. You can skip the optional quests, although it's possible to complete them both and still get hard/gold. Don't kill every foot knight on freiburg, just enough to get through and complete the quest. Use some AOEs and magic on Freiburg to kill the boss and AOE down archers, and some on the temple of marcus to take out the catapults. You want to kill most of the catapults by the temple with AOEs before they can do anything. Summon Crystal of the Doomed - Freiburg Banner of High King - Punish general Schielt quest Reward: Dwarven Mobile Stronghold Dwarf Nobles Brennok's Route 1 - Marshes of Shadow Brennok's perks: Freeze, Magic Armor, Magic Flare, Lightning, Tornado, Magic Boots, Meteor Fall, Archmage's Shield, Word of Death, Summon Golem. Definitely pick up Firkan's Map, it makes the mission a lot easier. You can get both artifacts, Segmented Movement, and one of the 50 XP bonuses and still get hard/gold. Use the swamp terrain shortcut to the NE of the dragon portal. Learn Swamp Foxes perk - Ruins Learn Segmented Movement perk - northmost Elven Portal 50XP - Southeast and southwest Elven Portals Staff of Eternal Flame - Dragon bones (left) Firkan's Map - Dragon bones (right) Reward: Amulet of Fanatic Elixir of Life Brennok's Route 2 - Visit to Quendaylon Head for the Dragon's nest then head north to Ildanor. Distract the guards with your summons then sneak Brennok north. At this point the guards should just stand around south of Ildanor giving you time to visit the dock and build more XP. Very easy mission. If you really want to max your XP gain get Gylven to step onto a place of power, then pick up Second Wind and cast it on Brennok so he can keep building XP. Elven Bowstrings perk - Harbor Altar Stone - Dragon's nest. This artifact is good for earning XP when Brennok can't do anything else that turn. 100 XP for any summoned units (not Brennok) - Place of power Reward: Ring of True Sight Staff of Meteors Brennok's Route 3 - The Old Inquisitor Strong Gylven has Dragon Slave so try to get her killed so you can cast another Gylven and cast another Dragon Slave. You'll need to carefully place all 3 dragon slaves to kill enough orcs and get the gold. You don't get to keep any units here, even the ones you purchase, so feel free to treat everything as disposable. In order to get gold you have to kill the hexer and 39 orcs, which means you have to kill pretty much every enemy on the map - play aggressively and don't miss out on too many chances to attack. If 2 or more villages are captured the game ends. I suggest you abandon the northmost village and focus your efforts on the middle and south ones, then head back to the north one after you've secured the other villages. Purchase one or two Swordsmen and place them at the middle village. This is not necessary but it makes the mission easier, and you don't need the gold anyway. Move the spearman and archer south towards the middle village and abandon the north village. Move Brennock southwest towards the elven grave and summon Gylven near the group of orcs in the corner - you want her to spot the two hidden goblins otherwise Dragon Slave won't damage them. Cast Dragon Slave which should kill 5-6 units including the zeppelin. Summon Glenderin at the middle village and have Glenderin summon fencers at the middle village. Move Brennock onto the elven grave then head northwest towards the middle village while leaving the 3 goblin riders behind. Once Gylven dies, summon her again at the middle village. Focus on securing the middle village by killing the goblins in the woods and the 3 goblin riders now heading towards the mid village. Drop a Dragon Slave on the hexer and his group then clean up whatever's left, while sending Brennock north to the Altar for 100 XP then northeast to the grave there. After that, head to the north village and drop the third Dragon Slave on the grouped up enemies there. Hand the Nephrite Wasp to Brennock for more AOE destruction. Nephrite Wasp - kill hexer 300G - Dead tree Night Stone - swamp castle 100XP - Dark altar Reward: Staff of Eternity Sword of Wrath Bonus Mission 1 - Memory of the Dragons Teya perks: Heal, Magic Armor, Rejuvenation, Guarded by Woods, Magic Flare, Order to March, Regrowth, Expert Arcanist, Nature Intervention, Dragon Slave. Teya's briefing says she's bad in a melee, but her defensive stats are actually very good especially on a forest hex with Guarded by Woods. Place her in front on forest terrain often and she will absorb a lot of damage. Stick Teya and the Flame Guard in front to absorb hits. Head south towards the forest to take on a bunch of goblin riders, goblins, and a quest objective hexer. There are 3 goblins in the woods right next to the Dark altar, try not to aggro them and let the hexer come to your party instead. Aggroing them wastes a turn and you don't have many to spare on this mission. Once the hexer is dead, head west towards the castle to claim it. Claim all 4 castle hexes and you will get 800G and control of the castle to deploy units. Purchase and deploy a Flame Guard. Use the castle/forest hexes to wear down and kill the incoming riders and orcs. Teya or the Flame Guards should be taking most of the damage. After clearing out around the castle, head towards the fortress - there are 17 enemies in and around the fortress. There's no way you can possibly kill them all in time so you have to use distraction instead. Lure enemies out of the east gate with your fencers and archers while Teya, two Flame Guards, and the dragon move around around through the south gate. What you want to happen is to lure a large mass of enemy units out of the fortress while your force of Teya and Flame Guards should be be barging into the fortress from the south gate to clear a path to the quest hex. There will still be a bunch of goblins and the shaman in the fortress, but they have low willpower so you can scare them off and clear the way for Teya. Your fencers and archers will die but it will give you enough time to finish the mission. 100XP - Place of power Big Banner of Ugraum - Broken zeppelin Reward: Flameguard Token Brennok's Route 4 - The Master's Secret Equip Brennok with the Flameguard Token. The Dragon is invisible and it moves around between the three Dragon's Nests on the map. Even if you spot the dragon early I recommend sticking around and building Brennok's XP, you can get a good 2-3 levels out of the map and reach lv 6-7. Make sure you grab the Horror perk since it's a useful spell. Tooth of a Dragon - Dragon's nest Learn Horror perk - Witch Circle Learn Dead Bones perk - Dead mage 300G - Cave Reward: Red Plate of Azurnash Staff of Meteors Brennok's Route 5 - Breakthrough to Sylent Time for more summons, and you get actual units to use here. Feel free to deck them out in the piles of artifacts you have lying around. Have Brennok run around hitting the towns/villages/castles while everyone else focuses on the towers. It's pretty obvious the developers gave up on the difficulty here. Segmented Movement perk - Hermit's House Recruit Foot Knights, Swordsmen, Spearmen, Halberdiers, Royal Guards, and get a Blessing Ring - visit towns/villages/castles with Brennok Reward: Power of thousand roads Heirloom of Doom Bonus Mission 4 - Return of Ugraum Ugraum Perks: Wild Temper, Strong Armor, Siege Master, Commanding Eminence, Inspire to Attack, Defensive Stance, Armor Piercing, Tactician, Stolen Ralin Boots, Slayer. Like all defensive maps that end at the same time, your medal is awarded based on the quests you completed. In this case it's sieze Tersia, Tersia gates, and the elven camp. I finished the mission with 5 turns to spare so you can play this mission fairly slow and conservatively. Most of the mission strategy revolves around luring enemies out of their defensive positions and fighting them on open terrain. Start out buying an Orc Might or siege unit. You'll spend the first couple turns near your start position on defense as enemies come in from all sides. Keep Ugraum, Orc Mights, and War Trolls in front to absorb hits. Head towards the first human Camp and avoid standing next to woods or hills so you can lure the incoming enemies out. As soon as the map starts a group of 4 Elite Rangers will start heading east through the woods towards your starting base, and they will start coming out of the woods on enemy turn 2. If you capture the nearby Human camp or on enemy turn 3, a group of 3 yeomen and 2 bowmen will start moving south towards the Human camp through the woods. If you need to, summon a golem to absorb damage from the elite rangers attacks. Avoid capturing the human Camp on turn 2 so you have an extra turn to deal with the Rangers. Try not to aggro any enemies unnecessarily until the waves of enemies stop. By turns 5-6 you should have cleared out the first wave of rangers, bowmen, and yeomen. Head towards the broken skyship and use the gold to buy one more unit, then visit the dead tree and get 3 goblin archers. Pick up the Shallow Water perk for your White Ogres when they level up. Make an assault on Bakeyros then head north. On turn 5 3 spearmen, 2 bowmen, and scout across the river will start heading towards Tersia gate. You will likely run into them on your way to the Tersia around turns 8-9. Stand near the castle with defensive units in front and lure enemies out. Try not to aggro the two groups of mounted knights across the forest from the road until you've cleared out most of the spearmen, bowmen, foot knights, etc. Once you've cleared the outside of the castle, move in on the siege units with golems, siege units, white ogres w/ Shallow Water perk, lightning bow, etc. As you step on the castle hexes you will get plentiful gold to recruit new units if needed. The elven camp has a single ranger defending it, so it's easy to grab. Recruit 3 goblins - Dead tree Recruit 2 goblins - A cave misnamed 'Camp' on the east side of the map across the river. Elixir of Life and 200G - Capture elf camp 100G - capture Tersia gates Lightning Bow and 200G - Broken skyship Sphere of Cold - Water mill Night Stone - Church Reward: Chain of Justice Brennok's Route 6 - The Last Spell 10 of the 15 slots will be taken up by your 4 heroes and 6 battle priests who must be deployed. The other 5 spots should be taken by your highest level dwarves. Give Derrik Pfeil the Power of thousand roads artifact so he can reach Sugman more easily, and spread out the AOE artifacts. The goal for this mission is to place your 4 main heroes onto the glowing hexes, then move Derrick Pfeil onto the Sugman hex. You have some really overpowered options here. Gylven now has the strongest AOE in the game, Curse of Essentil, plus Dragon Slave, and whatever other AOE artifacts and spells you have. Immediately head towards Sugman so you can jump the enemy groups with AOEs before they are scripted to start moving on turns 1, 3, 5. This will completely decimate their ranks. A wave of zombies and traitors of bows/swords will be heading towards your base camp, but if you move away from it fast enough you won't have to bother with them. With Gylven dropping her overpowered AOEs you can mop up the main Sugman force in about 5- 6 turns, leaving only a few enemies left to clean up. Use the previous strat of getting her killed repeatedly so you get another batch of AOEs. Once all 4 heroes are on the glowing hexes, the Sugman barrier will drop and Pfeil must step onto Sugman. 4 Demon's Servant will spawn along with a final wave of enemies incoming. At this point you should just do everything you can to get Pfeil onto the hex. Leave him on the hex for 3 turns and you win. I finished this with 11 turns to spare so the developers didn't tune the gold time very well. If you haven't played the single player missions, you still have some more gold medals to collect. Barrel of Church Wine - Verson (optional quest) 7. Fantasy Wars Walkthrough Coming Soon. 8. Data Tables Borrowed from CactusMortis Elven Legacy FAQ: http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/952342-elven-legacy/faqs/59951 Artifacts: Altar Stone: Effects: Cleanse debuffs target: self uses: 5 Amulet of Fanatic: Effects: Melee +3, Defence -2 Ancient Crown: Effects: Melee +3, Defence -1 Axe of Madness: Effects: Melee +2, Defence -1 Banner of Valor: Effects: All attacks +1 to neighbourFriends Barrel of Church Wine: Effects: All attacks +2, Willpower +20% Big Banner of Ugraum: Effects: All attacks +1 to neighbourFriends Blessing Ring: Effects: AntiFlame Bow of Doom: Effects: +2 Missile Burning Sword: Effects: Defence: -1, Melee +2 Chain of Justice: Effects: Move +1, +3 Charge Claw of a Spectral Wolf: Effects: Summon spell: spectral Wolves uses: 2 Cloak of a Saint: Effects: Defence +3 Desecrated Relic: Effects: All attacks -1, Defence +2 Eye of an Eagle: Effects: Sight +1 Elixir of Life: Effects: Resurrection target: self uses: 1 False Prey: Effects: Lure enemy target: self uses: 3 Feather Boots: Effects: Move +1 Firkan's Map: Effects: Move +1 Flameguard Token: Effects: Resurrection Heirloom of Doom: Effects: InvisibleStance target: friendUnit uses: 3 Helm of Saint: Effects: Defence +1 Horn of Fury: Effects: Melee +1 Horn of Horror: Effects: Willpower -20% to neighborEnemies Infernal Slayer: Effects: Slayer, Skirmish +4 Lance of Glory: Effects: Charge +2 Lightning Bow: Effects: Attack spell: Strength 15 target: enemyUnit uses: 2 Long-range Bow: Effects: Range +1 target: friendUnit uses: 3 Mummy Eye: Effects: Sight +1, SeeInvisible Nephrite Wasp: Effects: Attack spell: Strength 8, Defence -2 target: areaEnemyUnits uses: 3 Night Stone: Effects: Invisibility Power of thousand roads: Effects: FreeMovement, SegmentedMovement Power Stone: Effects: All attacks +3, Defence +2 Red Plate of Azurnash: Effects: Defence +1 Relics of Marcus: Effects: Defence +2, Willpower +20% Ring of True Sight: Effects: Sight +1, Defence +2 Shield of the Ancients: Effects: All attacks -1, Defence +3 Shield of Marcus: Effects: Defence +20 target: self uses: 3 Sign of Sacred Hammer: Effects: Melee +3 Silent Hammer: Effects: Invisibility, Melee +2 Sphere of Cold: Effects: River movement 100% Staff of Eternity: Effects: Defence +2 Staff of Meteors: Effects: Attack spell: Strength 11 target: areaAnyUnits uses: 1 Staff of The Eternal Flame: Effects: Attack spell: Strength 10 target: enemyUnit uses: 1 Standard of High King: Effects: Defence +1, Willpower +10% to neighbourFriends Sword of Wrath: Effects: Attack spell: Strength 9, All attacks -2 target: enemyUnit uses: 1 Tooth of Dragon: Effects: Summon spell: Spectral Dragon uses: 1 Wand of Flare: Effects: Attack spell: Strength 7 target: areaAnyUnits uses: 1 Stats and modifiers: Status Caps: ------------ maxDefence = 20, maxAttackSkill = 20, maxWillpower = 20, maxSight = 10, maxMovepoints = 10 *Note: The most attack or defence you can have against another unit is 20, but you still need additional points to defeat the target's stats. IE: 30 attack points are needed against a defence of 10 in order to do the full 20 attack bonus. Only comparatively very weak units benefit from these caps, so it's almost irrelevant. Defence Modifiers: ------------------ Hard Target = 2/3 To all AttackSkill Anti-Charge = 1/3 Charge AttackSkill Anti-Flame = 1/3 FlameBreath AttackSkill Anti-Shooter = 1/2 Missile AttackSkill *Note: All direct damage spells are considered a "FlameBreath" AttackSkill. IE: a Blessing Ring will reduce a dragon's FlameBreath and all spell damage to 1/3. Attack Modifiers: ----------------- Armor Piercing = Negates Hard Target Slayer SkillBonus = +10 against trolls, heroes, war machines, flyers. Crowd Killer SkillBonus = + 4 against non-slayer units. StoneThrower SkillBonus = 167% against unit stacks with a maximum hp of 15. There is a bug with Sagittel's Elven Wrath ability where the attack bonus and defense penalty jumps between units standing next to eachother and stacks up. Willpower: ---------- If a unit is reduced to 50% or less HP, then during the current attack or the next: 2 or more damage will cause Retreat. 4 or more damage will cause Broken status. Any additional willpower gained through perks or artifacts will subtract from the 50% equation above. Horn of Horror will add 20% to surrounding enemies. There are a few rare unit exceptions that have naturally higher willpower: Dwarven Mobile Stronghold - +10% Summoned Crystals - +20% Summoned Runes - +100% Golems - +100% Farrakh - +100% Farrakh's Spirits - +100% Cause Fear ignores willpower completely and can only be negated with Fear Immunity. Any unit that retreats but has no path of escape will automatically be Broken.