The latest Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth update gives players 2 new tactical troops but they can’t be trained and can only be won through Tauriel’s Circle of Fate, chests and special events. It’s another push to make combat deeper by giving more troop options and adding specialization units, and considering how generous the game has been of late in providing troops I’m all for this. I do hope it becomes possible to directly train some of these troops but for now I’m glad the chests and special events provide them at a rate higher than what might be possible to currently train. Here are the two main changes in this update:
- Two new tactical troops – Woodsmen and Lyncean Raiders
- 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 idle Population boost items
The two troops are pretty impressive and serve two different functions. The Woodsmen have a high attack value so they’re perfect for attacking other troops and cities. However they have a low life value so they can be killed easily so they work best with other troops, such as Stone Giants, which have a high life value. The Lyncean Raiders are about 2.5 times faster than the Woodsmen, half as strong but double the life so they’re best at scouting enemies and camps farther away from your cities and potentially leading some attacks as well.
With T1 – T4 troops combat occurs in turns so your strongest troops are pitted against your enemies weakest troops for a turn and vice-versa. So usually it would be advantageous to know which troops are camped at the location you plan on attacking and using just one troop type corresponding to their highest troop type so you only have a weakness against one of their troop types instead of 3. With the new troops combat changes because they have varying life and attack values, and some have priority over others when it comes to attacking and defense. So your strategy has to change based on that and the gear you acquire for your heroes now becomes more important as well. Here are the official stats for the two new troops as well as the other tactical troops:
|Master Ranger||800 (x4)||1000||1400||35||0||6|
Idle Population boosts increase the amount of troops you can train at one time due as well as your gold production, which is also needed for tier 4 troops. Taxes are generated based on your population and the higher the population the more gold you can earn. So it goes without saying that these boosts will help you produce what’s necessary for your kingdom at an even faster rate. Now if only hobbit building crews were more readily available…