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Features → Walkthroughs  → Unholy Alliance → Harvest

by Harukaba

Yog must defeat the Necromancers creating havoc in this part of Erathia to win the scenario. However, if Yog is defeated in combat, the scenario is lost. Yog is limited to level 30 but will carry his experience and skills on to his next scenario. Starting Bonus: 40 Goblins or 2 Cyclops or 4 Rocs.

Maps


Click on a map to see a larger version.

Green - Friendly Town
Red - Enemy Town
Grey - Neutral Town
Yellow - Underground Passage

A# - Allied Towns
O# - Opponent Towns (a,b,c,d,e,f,g indicates which enemy)
N# - Neutral Towns
M# - Mirror Entrances (a) and exits (b). two-way unless stated
E# - Exit (a) entrance and (b) exit
S# - Seer (a) and the location of the item (b)
G# - Guard Tents (a) and the location of the Guard Tower (b)
J - Jail
X - Ambush

Starting Out

The most difficult part of this campaign is to make sure the secondary skills Yog has are as good as possible. You can reset them by restarting the map until you are pleased with the result. This can be somewhat tedious and I recommend saving if you get anything that's even half-way good because you never know if you will be that lucky again and restarting the map is boring. Yog has four skills that are locked in (Pathfinding, Ballistics, Tactics, and Offense) and getting Wisdom plus a spell school is extremely difficult. I was fortunate and got Artillery, Air Magic, Logistics, and Wisdom.

I recommend picking the 4 Rocs as your bonus since that will fit in with your army.

First Leg

I would spend the first 3 weeks exploring your local area in collecting troops and flagging mines. It's not really necessary to get upgraded troops since you'll eventually be using mostly Necromancer troops for this map. I relied on Goblins, Wolf Riders, Orcs, and Rocs until I replaced them with Necromancer troops.

In the 3rd or 4th week, you'll start seeing the enemy poke around in the area northeast of A1 so that's when I start making inroads into the enemy area. N1 is protected by a small force but is not built up at all (it doesn't even have a Fort) so I'd only use it for a City Hall. O1a and O2a (tan) are the primary towns and will probably be your toughest battles if you can't catch the enemy heroes out in the open. Fortunately, once you take them over and keep them you will have weakened the enemy significantly as well as getting a good source of troops that will help you in the second leg if you suffered heavy casualties from your original Stronghold troops.

The tan enemy will probably have taken over both N2 and N3 by now but they shouldn't be built up very much and shouldn't be a danger. Your goal is to keep the enemy trapped in one town while you have Yog visit power-ups and level-up. If the last town is N2 then it's easy to have one hero sit outside N2 and use Stronghold troops and use another hero to ferry them from A1.

Finishing Up

As long as you keep the enemy trapped, you can take as long as you want to explore and gain levels. There are 3 Trees of Knowledge in the central southern area that are very helpful once you get to level 27. There's also an Altar of Sacrifice in the northeast corner that will help get to that level as well as plenty of wandering stacks. There are three Seer quests but none of them are really useful. S1a will give you the Buckler of the Gnoll King for the Targ of the Rampaging Ogre which only gives one defense extra. S2a will trade 20 Vampire Lords for 100 skeletons and the enemy often completes this one before you can even get to the area. S3a will give you Angel Wings for 15 Cyclops Kings which lets you fly all of the time without having to know the spell.

Once you are done traveling and visiting power-ups, stock up with Necromancer troops and visit the last tan town and defeat it to win this map.

Comments
Dec at 2013-09-12 12:12 wrote:
I just won this map easily on impossible. What I did was: Flagged the Behemoth dwelling as well as building it in both Strongholds, Get about 20 of them at the beginning of 4th week, upgrade them on the Hill Fort next to N4 then release the prisoner + capture N5 before the AI does.

Xsi had Earth, Intelligence and high sp/knowledge pool when my Yog didn't even have Wisdom. I lured the main AI hero close to one of my towns, got Implosion and simply started hitting him and surrendering. Rinse and repeat he had his army of 50 or more knights down in 2 days. After this map is a piece of cake.
Edited on Tue, Sep 17 2013, 13:01 by Dec
vil2 at 2013-07-23 20:35 wrote:
I just finished the map with expert earth magic and wisdom. I captured O1a and O2a at week 4, I was lucky the main hero was away for O1a and I defeated the other hero at O2a, with medium losses. The rest was just about tracking him, he managed to capture N1 in the south but that did not really matter. Switching from Stronghold troops to a mix of high level troops from Necropolis and Stronghold worked really well. I don't think Magic and Wisdom are required for this map.

Ansive at 2009-01-17 21:50 wrote:
I got fire and wisdom. Not very helpful... but at least he can cast spells now!
I rushed to build only one town... and slowly hoarded quite a large army. After I found the equestrian gloves and the boots I started some hit and run until I considered I had enough behemoths to take down their main hero... he had like 30 dragons, 50 knights and many vampires... but nothing can stop 25 bloodlusted behemoths...
The 7'th level dwelling south of the starting town really helps hoard these baddies...

Grail Quest at 2007-06-29 18:07 wrote:
I turned the difficulty down 1 notch to "Normal" and the enemy still sent over an overwhelming force around the end of the 3rd week, which is also when both sides can mount an expedition that will make the Zealots guarding the border/roads back down without a fight (fight them and you might win, but you'll probably take unacceptable losses too).

The enemy had fully built cities and were coming at me with a full range of Necropolis creatures and Death Ripple. I won the first encounter but my army was also more or less destroyed (3 Ogres and 2 Cyclops left, I think... AND I had gotten freebie Griffons (22), Royal Griffons (15?), and Monks (16) from my side of the map!).
Luckily the enemy wandered around incompetently and even failed to seize back a Necropolis on day 7, so I got a full week's worth of Necropolis hires. The AI came at me with the same, I won the fight then quickly took his second castle. Game over.

Luck won the map. There was no time to outbuild him. I tried it at the default difficulty and the first army the enemy sent was absolutely overwhelming with no chance I could catch up in creature production.

Who playtests these things anyway?

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For the bonus, I think the Cyclopses might be better as if you are not careful, you will lose some of the rocs during melee. If you look at the guard stacks, 4 Rocs won't last long unless you have decent magic to back them up.

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After numerous retries, it appears that the bet Yog can do in magic is Air and Earth but no Wisdom, or Wisdom and Air; I never saw Wisdom and Earth.
Edited on Fri, Jun 29 2007, 14:08 by Grail Quest

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