Building Rams

RamAfter focusing the majority of your early efforts on upgrading mine levels and HQ levels, you can move on to building other units, such as rams. Prior to building a ram, you will need:

  • Smithy level 10
  • Workshop level 1
  • Research rams level 1 (or more if you wish)

Begin to build rams as you need them or, if you are using the Pure Offense strategy, you can set them to produce around the clock. Rams reduce the defense of walls and make it easier to convert surrounding players to farms.

During attacks, they also reduce your troop losses by cutting the wall effect by half before demolishing it. In doing so, you both lose fewer troops, and also reduce the number of required troops needed to take and protect a farm.

Beware that Rams are very slow moving units, and they also use a lot of farm space, so make sure that in addition to the upgrades above you also have a high level farm and a paladin to accompany them on their quests to increase travel speed.

Rams are often a misunderstood, and consequently misused, unit. Everyone knows that they are necessary. Without rams in your nuke, your nuke won’t get past the defender’s wall. At the same time, too many rams will weaken your nuke, so balance is important. The farm space used on rams takes away from your axes and cavalry, so in order to avoid having too many or too few rams, we have to understand how rams and walls function in a battle.

There are two stages to any battle. The first stage deals with the wall bonus. During the first stage, the wall bonus will either be negated in part or whole, based on the total number of rams in an attack. After that, the second stage of battle commences, with a damaged wall. The battle report shows the results of the second part of the battle. The wall bonus is what provides extra defense to defending troops, not the wall level.

Ram4Wall bonus = Wall level – negation from rams
Wall level = the upgrade level of the wall.

Destroying the wall and negating the wall bonus are two different things. Negating the wall bonus happens before anything else in the battle.

Tech level has no effect whatsoever on negating the wall bonus. Regardless of whether you use level 1 or level 3 rams, they will have the same effect on the first part of the battle. In order to negate the wall bonus, you will always need at least 213 rams.

You may find that many players already have left the world by the time they are able to build rams, due to the rough competition early on in the world; however, rams are a powerful deterrent for attacking neighbors.

If you are following the mixed village strategy and the mixed defensive village strategy, rams are essential.

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