"A sortie is a sudden issuing of troops from a defensive position, often through hidden tunnels, to attack approaching troops or siege weaponry."


Summary

  • Engineers hide in specially constructed holes and jump out when siege weapons are near. They do tremendous damage to them. Place your engineer traps where enemies are likely to deploy their siege weapons.
  • Engineer Traps hold saboteurs who attack and quickly destroy siege units. They can attack indefinitely if not killed. Unlike other traps, these ones have a range instead of existing for a set period of time.

Offensive Strategy

  • As any siege unit will trigger an engineer trap, one valid strategy is to send a battering ram through an area to trigger engineer traps before deploying more valuable siege units like trebuchets.
  • Cavalry is effective at destroying saboteurs if deployed quickly before they have a chance to destroy your siege units. Longbowmen will also auto-target saboteurs if they are within range and not targeting something else.
  • Joan of Arc can convert saboteurs with her ability. While they aren't very useful as attackers, this method can prevent them from destroying your siege units if you have no other troops to quickly stop them.
  • Charles Martel or the decoy created by Raise the Colors can be used to taunt engineers away from their preferred siege targets.

Defensive Strategy

  • Upgrade them!
  • Close to the keep.
  • Outside the castle.
  • Near important wall segments or unprotected wall segments.
Level Health Attack DPS Upgrade Cost Upgrade Time Age Required
1 120 Health 300 Damage 10 Damage 7,500 Food 10h Age 5
2 150 Health 390 Damage 13 Damage 15,000 Food 14h Age 6
3 195 Health 510 Damage 17 Damage 40,000 Food 18h Age 7
4 255 Health 660 Damage 22 Damage 70,000 Food 1d Age 7
5 333 Health 750 Damage 25 Damage 120,000 Food 1d 6h Age 8
6 433 Health 840 Damage 28 Damage 200,000 Food 2d Age 10


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