How to Build a Strong Military in Land of Empires: Immortal
Developing a powerful army is no easy task and the same can be said in Land of Empires: Immortal. Oftentimes, the player with the most powerful army becomes the most influential person in the server, being able to join or command a top guild. Those without a decent army will always end up suffering the consequences and end up a target for more powerful players to harass. This is the absolute rule in real-time strategy games, so it’s best to start learning how to build a strong army.
To increase your army’s potential, you need to understand the different sectors that make up your empire. Soldiers aren’t all the same and every one of them can be upgraded further. Having more troops inside your kingdom doesn’t always guarantee that you’ll be the strongest in the server that’s why it’s a good idea to learn how you can improve your army’s innate strength or at least maximize their usage. This guide will help introduce some advanced topics that should help in those aspects.
There are three basic types of troops in Land of Empires: Immortal – Infantry, Archer, and Cavalry. It is important to learn about the diversity that each of these troops have because they specialize in different types of combat and have very different stats. In addition, the game introduces a type weakness system where one class is stronger than the other, so you will be forced to train a balanced lineup just so that you don’t get wiped out by stronger players in the game.
It’s a good idea to have all of the troop types available in your empire. Even if you’re not going to use all of them in combat, you’ll always have the option to use one type or the other when going on a skirmish. In addition, having a diverse lineup of troops in your kingdom make it extremely hard for enemy players to lay siege on your kingdom without suffering heavy losses. If you only focus on one type of troop, you’ll end up being an easy target for opponents because they can simply counter your army.
Heroes are the heart of every army. The stronger the hero, the more troops they can command in battle, which increases the overall power that their unit has over the battlefield. Heroes also command a specific type of troop, so you can’t include heroes that don’t belong to that class in the army you’re mobilizing. This means that it’s basically required for players to have a diverse lineup of heroes if they’re looking to maximize their army’s strength to overcome opponents.
In our Beginner’s Guide, we mentioned that you can summon heroes to fight for you and lead your armies. The more heroes you have available in your kingdom, the more armies you can control and mobilize at any time. Heroes are also important in other game sectors such as the Intel Quests and Empire Expansion, so you’ll always want to have the strongest ones available. Luckily, the game provides various ways to collect heroes and shards that you can exchange to do just that.
Players need to research troop upgrades which cost a lot of resources and take a lot of time to achieve. The Military Tab of the Academy shows the different ways a player can upgrade his/her troops. Each soldier has individual stats that add up when outfitted in an army. Needless to say, higher-tier soldiers have higher stats per command, which gives them a significant advantage over lower-tiered soldiers from the same line.
Military upgrades should only be done when you’ve already secured your economy. It’s more important to upgrade your resource production because it scales better as compared to military upgrades that don’t usually make a difference in the early stages of the game where your army is too small to reap the benefits of their upgrades. Once you’ve upgraded the economy tree to a decent extent, you can start upgrading every military upgrade that you can get to improve your army.
Attacking with Your Army
There are different ways to attack with your army and each for a specific purpose. The different attacks are pillaging, raiding, and sieging. Understanding how each of them works is at the base for whether or not you will be successful in what you’re planning to do. It’s not wise to send the bulk of your troops with the intention of simply overwhelming your opponent because it might backfire on you by leaving your empire completely exposed from attacks. That’s why it’s good to plan ahead.
Pillaging simply involves attacking an inactive player that doesn’t have an army to loot free resources for no risk. This is the best type of attack. Raiding is the act of attacking weaker players with small armies to loot their empire with a small risk of getting wiped. Sieging involves attacking a player full-force with no economic gain since the main goal is to wipe out their army. This usually involves asking your allies to help you since the defender has a massive advantage.
Healing and Replacing Troops
In our Economy Guide, we discussed how it’s extremely difficult for players to manage resources, especially if they’re planning to develop their military prowess. The military is the most expensive factor in upgrading your kingdom, so it’s a good idea to understand why you shouldn’t always send out troops without a clear purpose. Winning or losing battles will always result in casualties and injuries, but how many depends on how smart you deployed your army.
When you attack an enemy, you’ll most likely take casualties and injuries. Injured soldiers can simply be healed at the hospital, which is a lot cheaper than replacing your troops in the barracks. If you attack an enemy with equal or higher troop power, the amount of casualties in your army rise. You will be forced to replace these troops by re-training troops because you don’t want your kingdom getting vulnerable or your total CP getting lowered permanently.