Skirmish FAQ by Big D

Version: 2.0 | Updated: 08/09/02 | Printable Version

                              Big D
	             	 Dustin M. Kulwicki

		     Big D's back with a new FAQ
		     And a very long one at that

		      WarCraft 3 Skirmish Guide
		     Tips, Tactics, & Strategies

             The man that brought you the JKII Saber Guide
                 Who is he?

  The guide is copy written, okay? Just ask me if you want to put some,
  or all of this guide somewhere, ill say yes, I promise. But you need
           my permission to do it, or I can sue you, I think. 

Version 2.0 - Upgrading to version 2.0! yay! .. Im constantly playing 
this game - so I Constantly discover new strategies - and that some of
my old tactics are bad. So it's constantly evolving.. So.. Ill place a 
**NEW** over whatever has been changed.

Chapters (yes, its a big guide folks)

 - A Basic Overview of the Units -
Chapter 1: Human Units **NEW**
Chapter 2: Orcish Units
Chapter 3: Undead Units **NEW**
Chapter 4: Night Elves Units **NEW**
Chapter 5: Heroes

 - Some simple Strategies No matter your race -
Chapter 6: Basic Fighting Strategies **NEW**
Chapter 7: Upgrades
Chapter 8: Spreading

 - The more Advanced Strategies for each of the Races - 
Chapter 9: Human Strategies **NEW**
Chapter 10: Orcish Strategies **NEW**
Chapter 11: Undead Strategies **NEW**
Chapter 12: Night Elves Strategies **NEW**

 - Ways to beat each race -
Chapter 13: Beating Humans
Chapter 14: Beating Orcs
Chapter 15: Beating Undead
Chapter 16: Beating Night Elves

			Chapter 1
			Human Units

  -  Peasant
The humans builder unit, they have 2 advantages: they can 
be turned into militia, which, is a very good town defense at 
the sacrifice of loosing all income. I wouldn't recommend 
doing this unless your good on resources, or the currently 
attacked base is tapped out of resources, when turned into 
militia, they are actually quite effective, they're damage is 
slightly below the footman's, and they have the life of a 
peasant.. So they don't last as long. They're 2nd ability is 
by far one of the best in the game, and that's the ability to 
let more then 1 peasant build something at a time, it functions
just like the "repair" ability in that it zaps extra resources, 
but its an extremely effective way to get buildings up faster. 
I recommend using 2-3 peasants to build just about everything.

  -  Footman
The humans first "attacking" unit, your basic average knight-type 
guy decked out in a sword and shield. They're a great unit to make 
a lot of in the early game, they aren't nearly as powerful as orcs,
but they're easier to build, and cost quite a bit less, and they 
have an ability called Defend, which lets them reduce the Ranged 
damage they take, at the cost of they're movement speed, which is 
highly effective, but in the art and war of combat and 
multitasking, using this ability usually comes as a 2nd or third 
thought, before your hero, so.. Id only research it if you know 
your going to use it, Its the tool of destruction against the 
night elves.

  -  Riflemen
The humans generally 2nd attacking unit, and its a dwarven rifleman, 
these guys are better then knights almost all around, they have a 
ranged attack, and they dish out more damage. But since they have a 
"pierce" type damage, and some units are strong to that, I recommend 
a solid combination of Footman and Riflemen for the best strategy, 
They're only special ability is to upgrade the range, which is 
VERY-much so worth it, if your planning on making a lot of riflemen.

  -  Knight
These guys are basically beefed up footman - they are stronger,
faster,  and have a lot more Hp then a basic Footman, they are much
better armored as well. Knights are extremely powerful, never
underestimate them, especially when upgraded, They're only downfall
is that they can't attack Air units, so when you have the time and
resources - build these in place of footmen.

  -  Priest
Extremely effective, bottom line, if you have 2-4 of these units
backing a squad, it forces the enemy to either get whomped on, or
get the priests first, so the trick is finding a way to let the
priests heal, and defend them at the same time. if your quick at
ordering them, you can make very good use of them. As if that wasn't
enough, they're two abilities are very good also, Dispel magic is
decent, as you can kill summons with it, and make the enemy weaker,
while the Inner Fire ability is Extremely strong, especially since 
its auto cast with heal, it makes the priest an extremely deadly 
ally when comboed with a hero or squad, or both.

  -  Sorceress
They're first ability makes them a strong supporter, and that's
Slow. Keep in mind that slow doesn't ONLY slow the enemy down, but
it slows how fast they attack as well. Then they get Invisibility,
which is okay.. But Only really useful for scouting the map, and
Gyrocopters can do a better job of that. They're final ability,
polymorph, is quite useful, always remember that it 
insta-destroys a summoned unit, that's a VERY good thing, and it 
basically takes a unit out of combat. So by casting polymorph on 
the enemies strongest units, you can do some effective things.

  -  Gyrocopter
They are partially effective; I would recommend only using them as 
scouts, as they're damage is meager for they're build time and cost, 
on top of that, you have to research something just to let them 
attack ground units. So I say just use them as scouts, because they 
can reveal invisible units, useful for if your fighting night elves 
and its night.

  -  Mortar Team
Moooorrrtaaarrr Coooommmbaaat!!! I love that..  Mortar teams are
effective ONLY as support units, they are artillery, so be careful
when your attacking units, also note that they have a VERY high
spread damage, so they damage your own units partially as well,
the main use in these guys is in Assaulting towns, as they deal
a great amount of damage to buildings, they're "Flair" ability
reveals hidden units so its a great way to scout.

  -  Steam Tank
I love it, and I hate it. They can only attack buildings, which 
makes them a Town-Killer.. and never forget that they can be 
repaired by peasants. They're range is Very crappy, so they 
gotta get close to do the job, they're very thick armor 
helps with that, and so they are an effective town killer, the 
trick is finding an undefended town, scout the enemy well, and 
send two of these to attack the least defended town, then send 
a main force to crush the other one, the enemy will be diverged, 
and screwed one way or another, or sometimes both ways.

  -  Gryphon Rider
The humans "Final" unit.. the Gryphon Rider shoots thunder down
from hammers so they play an effective role already, also know
that they deal Quite a bit of damage, and that the damage DOES
have splash damage. A few of these and your in business. Note that
the Knights upgrade also effects these and adds hit points, and
then when they're attack can strike 2 instead of one, it makes
them Very powerful.

			Chapter 2
			Orc Units

  -  Peon
Peons are the Orcs basic builder, and decently effective at
that, They aren't very good at Attacking, nor can two of them be
used at once, peons will auto-repair stuff, which is highly 
effective. Capable of Pillaging, but since they're a crappy unit, 
it really doesn't matter. The peons also have one distinct 
advantage that deals with Burrows, they can hop inside and shoot 
arrows out at enemies, this is highly un-effective. Its easy to 
destroy them, and since it auto-takes 4 food to keep them filled, 
in a world where 90 food is a maximum, its not worth it to fill 
these up. Only do it if you're being attacked.

  -  Grunt
Your basic attacking unit, and a Very good one at that, Orcs have
the most effective basic unit, far outweighing any other "first"
attacking unit in the game, only problem is, they are slow to 
produce, and cost a lot, but on the upside, once upgraded, your 
definitely going to get your moneys worth, They can also research a 
"berserk" ability which grants more damage and more life, making 
grunts an effective unit during any stage of the game. Capable of

  -  Headhunter
These units are substandard, especially with Grunts being
available, although they do cost less, and once you upgrade the
regeneration, they become a lot more effective, they give great 
cover fire to Grunts though, and its the orcs most basic way of 
dealing with air units. NOT capable of Pillaging. Id recommend
a combination of these and orcs early on, but 2 to 1 orcs.

  -  Catapult
The Orcs basic siege weapon, catapults are great at taking out 
towns, you should back up an army with 2-3 catapults, to help 
destroy enemy armies, and to flank and destroy buildings much 
easier. Never forget that upping the "headhunters" basic upgrade
ALSO increases the damage of the catapult, which when fully
upgraded can make them extremely devastating, dealing well over
100 damage.

  -  Shaman
A decently effective orc supporter - They're purge ability is
useful on summoned units, and on Very powerful enemy units, but
other then that, not really. They're 2nd ability makes up for 
that, Lightning shield is VERY powerful when used right, by the 
name "Shield" it makes you think you need to cast it on your own 
troops, which works, but its twice as effective when cast on 
Enemy troops, forcing them to move apart or die together. When 
they get bloodlust, they become extremely helpful in battles 
since that ability is Auto cast on friendly units, making them 
attack MUCH faster and far more effectively. 

  -  Witch Doctor
I don think these units are very effective, they work well as 
scouts with the ability of Sentry ward, which lasts a minute 
or more, and then they can cast traps which only STUN an enemy, 
which makes placing them anywhere but in combat, not that 
effective. They're final ability is a healing ward, which is 
actually quite useful to cast during a fight, or after a fight 
to heal the hurt units.

  -  Raider
These guys are Very effective, one thing you must know is that
they deal Siege damage, which means they crush buildings. Useful
for hit and run attacks, not to mention they can use the Pillaging
ability while they do it. This makes them a great unit to begin
with. On top of all that, they have the ensnare ability, which
drops air units down, to be attacked by the Horde. Very effective
for the pesky dragon or Zeppelin, these guys are pretty Vital to
Orc attacks.

  -  Kodo Beast
they're initial ability is often overlooked, they can devour an
enemy unit, just eat it, and take it out of combat, and deal
damage to it, so eat the strongest unit you can find. You can't
eat heroes. After they get the ability to buff friendly units
damage, it makes them quite effective as a support unit, you just
need to keep in mind that they are slow - so your army will move
slow if you have formations on, and want them to move as a group.

  -  Wyvern Rider
A pretty effective combat unit to begin with, they are flying
which makes them a rough target to begin with, and they deal 
quite a bit of damage, on top of that, once they research venom 
spears, they can take enemy units down quite easily, it Almost 
doubles they're damage over time.

  -  Tauren
Tauren, arguably the final unit (or the Wyvern Rider) are a 
valuable asset to the orcish horde, the damage they deal isn't 
tremendous, but once they have a 25% to deal splash damage, 
they become very effective, especially when paired with units 
that speed up they're attack.

			Chapter 3
			Undead Units

  -  Acolyte
The undeads base unit, Keep in mind, they can Summon things,
so in that effect, 1 Acolyte can build an entire base, much
like the Protoss could in Starcraft. But they are limited in 
the effect that they have a "Creep" much like the Zerg did, and
so they can only summon on the Creep, but the creep repairs 
units at a Very slow rate automatically. They can also be 
turned into Shades at a later time, which makes them extremely
effective as a Scouter, since Shades are very good at that. 
They have one downfall - they can't harvest trees! Oh! Never 
forget, that they can Unsummon a building to regain half the 
resources spent, very effective. They Unsummon a gold mine 
automatically when it gets drained, so Undead always get a 
bit more then everyone else for using a gold mine.

  -  Ghoul
The undeads basic attack unit, and also they're Tree harvesters,
make sure you build at least 3 to harvest tree's, its easy to 
forget in the early game. Now, these guys are basically the 
Undead's "Zerglings" good for rushing, small and crappy on an 
individual basis, but can overwhelm when there's a lot of them. 
Make sure you research they're Frenzy ability in the late game, 
nearly doubling they're effectiveness. They're ability to eat
things to regain life is decent, if you have no way to heal your
Ghouls, and are planning on making a lot of them, this is a good
way to heal them on the run, otherwise, i would Not research it.

  -  Crypt Fiend
One of the Undeads most effective units, Great in the early 
game for attacks, and they can drop air targets as well. They 
have quite a high damage capacity as well, so just note that they
are Far more effective than Ghouls. Note that they will sometimes
automatically cast Web to drop an enemy flying unit, making it 
far more worthwhile to research it.

  -  Gargoyles
These guys are Air-killers, these guys are perfect for 
dispatching of the Heavy Flying units like Gryphon riders and
Dragons, they're horrid at attacking the ground though. They're
Stone form ability is useful, when they are fully armored they're
armor can reach an incredible amount of 21 when stone shaped,
you can really piss off an enemy by making them nearly impossible
to kill.

  -  Abominations
These guys are partially effective, on one hand, they aren't
Extremely strong, but they have a lot of Hp, so they last longer, 
they also have a Disease cloud ability that damages enemy units
for them, so it helps make up for it, if you can find a way to keep 
them healed, they can be extremely effective. Even after they die, 
disease cloud aura still effects targets. These guys are great to
use in combination with the Vampires Aura, since they will pull
back they're health. It makes them extremely powerful.

  -  Meat Wagon
The Undead's Siege weapon, its kind've odd. They deal proper siege 
damage, and that makes them needed for town sieges in the first
place, they have 2 other odd abilities, the first is a disease cloud,
which keeps those pesky 'repairers' from being there, and damages 
other units. They can also collect corpses, which seems like a dumb 
idea in the first place, but when utilized with Necromancers, they 
can produce a nice supply of skeletons to attack towns, on top of 
that, A Death Knight, that reaches lvl 6, can resurrect those units 
also, and make quick work of enemy towns/armies. The rule of thumb
is, When you see a skeleton laying around and you have a meat wagon,
make sure you Pick it up. 

  -  Necromancer
These guys are fun to play with... They have a few uses,
the first is the "creating Skeletons" - This works two ways,
one is to use meat wagons to transport corpses across terrain
to enemy bases and resurrecting them on the spot to attack, The
other use is building Graveyards, which produce Skeletons 
naturally on they're own, Now if you take the time to build 2-3
Graveyards in your base, then 5-6 Necromancers, select them all
and have them cast Skeleton, and you have an instant, FREE army
of 12-16 skeletons to defend the city with. They're next ability,
Unholy Frenzy, is Very effective to put on your big strong units,
like Heroes. They're Final ability, the Cripple is useful for
putting on the Powerful enemy units, ESPECAILLY enemy heroes.
The Necromancer, when powered up, becomes the undead's best
support unit.

  -  Banshee
They're initial ability makes them Very effective, they curse
an enemy, making them miss about 25% of the time, The cool thing
is that its an "auto target" so you don't have to manually do it, 
they're next ability helps against mage-casters, but there
aren't to many, it makes a unit immune to magic, which doesn't really
matter too much in the long run id say, so .. not that useful. 
They're final ability is Beautiful, they can sacrifice themselves 
to make a unit on your own team. YOU CAN possess other builders and
go up the Tech Tree, but your food limit remains at 90, sadly. Note
that you can never have more then 3 hero's Either.

  -  Shade
A Basic scouting unit from the undead, you cant get it until the
mid/late-game, but it can really help out as its naturally
invisible and can see invisible units, leave them all over to scout
gold mines, and know where your enemy is at all times.

  -  Frost Wyrm
Powerful. They deal a lot of damage, have a lot of life, and Deal
Splash damage, they are a very effective unit, they can also, once
researched, freeze buildings, which stops the building production,
which makes town sieges even more effective.

			Chapter 4
			Night Elf Units

  -  Wisp
The basic elvish builder unit, it "builds" the trees around
it, sometimes you get your wisp back after building something,
sometimes you don't, if the building is an "Ancient" building, you
don't get your wisp back. They also automatically repair friendly
units and structures, on top of all that, they don't use lumber 
from the trees, they generate it, so when a wisp works at a tree,
it will never knock it down, which means you can move your wisps
away to scout and harvest at the same time, or keep them at home,
where you'll never run out of lumber. Wisps can also detonate 
themselves, dealing damage to summoned units and stopping all 
magical effects around it, AND sapping mana from any spell castors
..This is useful for taking down heroes and killing summons, but
that's about it. 

  -  Archer
The night elves first attacking unit, they are weak and frail,
so you want to keep them away or have someone ready to defend
them, at night, they turn invisible, so they cant be seen, this
makes them effective scouts on they're own nature, and also makes
it easy to plan a huge attack at night. If your archers get
attacked by melee - you want them to Run away, as quick as
possible. later in the game, they can mount Hippogriffs and use
them to fly, making them as effective as ever. Note that when
placed on a Hippogriff, the unit changes entirely, and as such,
its damage pretty much doubles itself.

  -  Huntress
They are another of the elves attack units, and scout units,
they are naturally invisible at night as well. They're "sentinel"
ability is a Godsend - build these up in the early game and put
them at gold mines to make sure no one is taking them, and along
the main path. The only way to remove the owl is to cut down the 
tree, which catapults are effective at doing. They can upgrade to
moon glaive, which lets them strike more units, making them even
more effective, Huntresses, are the bread and butter of the night
elves, an army of archer's is quite bad, when compared to an army
of Huntresses, so make absolutely sure you make these as soon as
you can, trust me. 

  -  Ballista
The Night elves siege weapon, this is pretty effective, but you
want to keep it away from enemy Units, much like the Archer unit.
Once upgraded - its one of the best units to produce in the game
for assaults, its also good for base defense, line them up, the
enemy army won't know what hit them, also note that this is a
good way for the Night Elves to get tree's out of the way.

  -  Dryad
There basic attack slows enemy units and poisons them, making
Dryads a decent support unit, but Night elves have a Ton of
support units already. They are also immune to magic and once 
researched, they have the ability to deal a lot (300) damage to
summoned units, and the ability makes the enemy's good buffs go
away, and your bad buffs go away as well.

  -  Druid (claw)
Finally - a melee unit for the Night elves, druids are absolutely
vital to the success of the night elves, a few druids, and then
a wave of Archers is a good combination, don't be suprised if your
enemy tries to go just for the archers, most will, try to stop
them. use bear form to make them good melee units, and after that,
use them as Shamans to heal and what not.

  -  Hippogriff
The Night elves first flying unit, this unit isn't that effective,
its good for scouting, and for fighting air-to-air, and when
upgraded to a Hippogriff rider, its a lot more effective then
you'd think, with nice damage increases and such. Hippogriff
riders are good scouts, and air-combat supporters.

  -  Druid (talon)
A scouting unit, these guys can transform themselves into Crows
and fly around, yet another "support" unit for the Night elves.
Faerie fire is extremely effective to cast on enemy Heroes, and
So it Cyclone.

  -  Chimera
Very effective units, they are the night elves final unit,
effective at taking out enemies, when it comes to buildings,
they're corrosive breath can almost crush a building in one
to two attacks. 'nuff said.

			Chapter 5

Let me first start out by saying heroes are necessary to win
in a Skirmish, but don't have much power until lvl 4+. Your
hero wont do much unless he's supported no matter his level,
always make sure your hero is supported by at least 5 troops.
Also, you want to make sure that the first thing you do is
make a hero and a squad, and go LEVEL YOUR HERO UP! ..the
higher your hero level, the better your chances are of
winning, if you get attacked, you ALWAYS have the town portal
scroll, which means you can be there nice and quick.

After you've learned how to get your heroes up, then you need
to learn how to utilize them Most effectively, which differs
upon heroes, some should lead the war charges, while others
should stay back and defend, in this section I dive in and
talk about each hero individually So read on, if your confused
about heroes, First I talk about Humans, then Orcs, then Undead,
and finally, Night Elves

		Human Heroes

Paladin - Definitely one of the better of the 3, with his
healing abilities, and improved armor, and then resurrection,
he can be a Very effective unit. Every one of his abilities is
completely worth it, but id recommend the Holy Light to start off
with, as it makes a great starter-squad, healing your units is a
great way to take out the npc's without loosing anyone and gain
some levels, all 4 of his powers are equally worth getting, it all
depends on what your looking for, But when you get all 3 powers
realized, give him a squad of knights and your in business, have
him heal the knights as they get damaged, one by one, if the enemy
starts concentrating on you, use the Invulnerability, and continue
to heal. Note that a paladins Holy Light can damage undead, but it
heals twice as much when used on a Friendly unit, so id steer away
from using it for damage, only when he is alone vs. the enemy.

Archmage - He's an interesting hero , A bit different from the
humans average perspective, you have to learn to use him
effectively, his first ability, Blizzard, isn't that useful. It
has to be maintained by the archmage, which means he can't do
anything else, and almost every enemy will simply move from it
before the 3rd or 4th blast hits, and it's only 50% effective on the most damage it can deal is 250 to a building,
which is very meager. His 2nd ability is much more useful, the
Water Elemental is useful in combat, as a distraction, and a
decent comrade, and also its very good as a scout. His final
ability is extremely underestimated, the mana regeneration not
only helps him, but every spell caster around him, including
your other hero's and your teammates other hero's. 

Mountain King - This is your big "melee" fighter, I think he
works best when combined with the Paladin so he can be healed.
Thunder Clap is probably his best ability, dealing 70 damage to
everyone around him and slowing them down at lvl 1. Storm Bolt
is also effective for taking down a hurt, retreating foe, it
deals 100 damage with every level, so its very strong for a
single attack. His final ability just makes him a badass,
plain and simple.

		Orc Heroes

Blademaster - This character is a VERY effective fighter, he
can be used as a Scout, a Fighter, and a Sniper. To use him as
a Scout, cast wind walk and walk around invisible or cast mirror
images of him and send them around to scout out, To use him as a
fighter, give him a squad and let him lead, and just as the fight
begins, have him cast Mirror image, this will confuse the enemy,
and keep the enemy from attacking your main squad as well. To use
him as a "sniper" cast wind walk, and run into a town, then cast
bladestorm to destroy the things mining, or small buildings, like
farms or some such, then, when he needs to get out of combat,
have him use Mirror Image to confuse his pursuers.. He's an
all-around champion.

Farseer - These guys are pretty effective also, they're Feral
Spirit ability is very good for scouting, and for mid-combat,
these wolfs are pretty strong, and help in combat, especially
since you can summon another 2 pretty easily after the first 2 die.
Chain Lightning is fairly effective; it doesn't deal a lot of damage,
but it bounces, just make sure you have at least 6 units around before
casting it. They're other ability, Farsight, is very useful because
its an effective scouting method, and spots invisible units, its one
of the Orcs primary ways to do that, so make sure you use it
effectively.  In my opinion, his final ability makes him extremely
strong, just march him right in the middle of enemy territory and 
use Earthquake, even if he dies, your STILL probably going to get
your money's worth. And it takes units forever to get to him, its
very effective.

Tauren Warchief - He's also an effective unit, which makes deciding
a hero to pick with the orcs a very tough job - Id say the Tauren is
most effective in team games, due to that Aura he has, which makes
attacking units almost twice as effective in combat. Shock Wave isn't
that incredible, as the damage it deals isn't that great, and it
usually misses a lot of units in the heat of combat. War Stomp is
effective, march your Tauren right into the heat of combat, and stomp
on them, for an effective tactic. His final ability is good if your
on the defense or if you need your hero back quite fast.

		Undead Heroes

Death Knight - The undeads fighting hero, its good at rising
undead, stealing and giving life out. Death Coil damages
living units, but heals undead, I should point out that it
heals double what it damages, so its usually more effective
as a healing spell, unless you don't have any units on your
side to support, Death Pact is a great way to make your hero
pretty much invulnerable as long as he has a nearby unit to
steal life from, never forget you can kill summoned units for
life back, which is free, and very effective. They're Aura is
also very good at speeding movement up, especially when
making an assault. His final ability, Lets him raise basically
an army, and you can really overwhelm any opponent with this,
just make sure you use it at the right time, when there's
enough skeletons around.

Dread Lord - Another powerful undead unit, this guy is a favorite!
Carrion Swarm is how to deal some damage to a lot of units at once,
Sleep is a very powerful tool to put an enemy hero or power-unit
out of commission. the vampire Aura ONLY works with melee units, so
for awhile, its only good when used with ghouls, and even then, not
so good.. SO only get vampire aura if you plan on getting some much
stronger melee units for the undead, otherwise, get sleep and C.
Swarm. His Inferno ability is damn useful, plummet it right in front
of the enemy squads, and let the thrashing begin.

Lich - Another strong undead unit, his Frost Nova is good at
injuring enemy grouped units during combat. His frost armor can
be used on one of your stronger melee units to help him out a
lot, its even more effective when used on a friendly hero. Its 
final, death and decay, is a VERY powerful spell, it can kill
anything in its area of effect, it takes exactly 25 seconds to
destroy anything, - ANYTHING - keep the enemy in that area
for 25 seconds and they're dead, also note that it can clear 

		Night Elf Heroes

Demon Hunter - This guy is a requirement for the Night elves,
lucky he's such a god. He's the melee unit that keeps everyone
away from the Night elves precious archers, and he does his job
very well. Use Mana burn on enemy heroes, it steals the mana, and
they're life, all in one nice package. Immolation is also effective,
Run the demon hunter in and keep the enemy as tied up as possible,
this just deals extra damage. His other ability, Evasion, makes
him a prime Melee unit, period. Not to mention metamorphosis.. Use
it whenever possible during heavy Combat.

Keeper of the Grove - can be effective when paired with archers,
use the entangle to keep archers safe and to stop heroes, or melee
units, and have the archers finish the poor sap off. Force of nature
works well to summon Treants, which make nice additions to armies,
also help with clearing forests and also as scouts!  The Thorns Aura
makes Archers a double-edged sword, it makes them twice as deadly
because anyone attacking them dies even quicker, its a great way to
keep the enemy away, or dead. His final spell is simple - just use it
to heal units, though you might want to not use it during combat, as
it can be disrupted.

Priestess of the Moon - A Very good unit, probably the best to start
out with, her Trueshot Aura effects any ranged unit's damage, and
since 75% of the Night elves are ranged, its a good combination.
Next, her Flaming arrows are very useful, simply because you can
right-click to turn them on permanently, her other ability, Sentinel,
Is kind of useless in my opinion simply because the night-elves are
already such good scouters, and because Huntresses are required in
the early game to basically stay alive, I Don't like that ability.
her final, Starfall, is VERY effective, it virtually forces the
enemy to stay the freak away, or die, which means, you gather the
archers around her like a little barrier against melee units. Its
Very effective. It's not good against buildings, so don't use it
against buildings.

			Chapter 6
			Basic Fighting Strategies

The computer is already very effective at fighting in a
melee fight, infact, I know the game uses 2 AI types for
fighting alone, a Basic fighting AI, and an advanced fighting
AI, the basic is used for the Neutral creatures of the map,
(Creeps) who just attack you, chase you, and then stop if you run
far enough, the advanced AI uses tactics, placing units more
strategically, and if a unit gets damaged, the comp RUNS
that unit away to the back and makes it twice as hard to
deal with, making the computer a very deadly adversary.

The trick to combat is understanding that it flows very
slow - Units have Very high hit points and it takes many
slashes to destroy a single unit, so you do have some time
to move units, and decide where they are going, and things
like that. When one of your main units gets weak, march him
back a bit, That leaves your opponent with two choices, take
the time to go after him, and let all the other units attack
while he chases, Or forget him, and let you keep the unit, only
to re-march it in a few moments later, when the forces aren't
concentrating on it, the computer beats the hell out of this
strategy and angers you with it. Beware. That's why ranged
units are a bit more effective against the Computer.

In the heat of combat - always KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE! ..know
your units, and know the special abilities, and KNOW the
strategy, the tab key is your friend, know what you want to
use and when you want to use it, the Footman's defend is a good
example, when your going up against Night elves, or any ranged
unit, tab over to your footman, and click it! They will last
30 % longer.

Turn on the Auto casting, BABY! - Know that about 50% of
the abilities in the game can be auto cast, to switch an
ability to auto cast, Right click on it, and sparkly
things will begin to circle, that means, when the
situation presents itself, that whoever is set to auto cast,
WILL auto cast, this makes micromanaging about 50% easier,
so absolutely positively know who can auto cast, and turn IT

Who to attack?! - When your squad runs into the enemy squad
you have basically 3 Methods of attack - the first is to attack
the leader, the 2nd is to attack his squad members individually,
the 3rd is to make an assaulting action, and let your units attack
the closest enemy to them. Which is the best? it all depends..Its
kind've like a game of rock paper scissors. Its sometimes a good
Idea to start with one - and then switch to another, for example,
start with Paper, to wear them down a bit, then hit scissors, to
finish they're units off quickly, and surprise them.

Rock=Attacking they're hero
Paper=Attacking they're forces
Scissors=Attacking one enemy at a time

It really does make sense - But you also need to beware..
The heroes alter this formula, They are the randomness that works,
ill give an example...

Scissors(you) vs. Paper(enemy) should win this, your going to
kill his units faster than he can kill yours - BUT what if he has
a paladin hero.. And he keeps healing that single unit.. Then he
can win.. 

So you need to scope out the enemy and know what the hero is capable
of, once you know that, watch his tactics, find out what he's doing
and find a way to stop it - even if it means marching one or two
units out of battle.

			Chapter 7

Upgrading, is it worth it? Absolutely. In StarCraft, massing units
was just as effective, and in some cases, MORE effective, but its
the exact opposite in this game, always keep in mind that the Unit
limits are low, 90 is the limit. that's it, that's about 30-40 attack
units MAX with a town going, and since the resources are ALSO tuned
way down, you want to make sure you get the most from your units. So
upgrading is an absolute MUST in this game. The only reason NOT to 
upgrade is an early Rush...

			Chapter 8

In WarCraft 3, Spreading is handled a bit differently.. NPC's cover
the goldmines making it a bit harder to expand. But make no mistake,
Spreading to a new gold mine is as Vital as it Always has been, its
something you want to do in the early game, and usually that's kind've
hard, because the npc's who are guarding it are usually lvl 6-8. But
either way, pick out the closest (or best) gold mine to spread to.. 
probably one that's close to your home base, and send a scout out,
Typically, you want about 5-7 units and 1 hero to take a gold mine,
its dependent on the lvl's of the monsters of course, but that's about
the average, on top of that, its a good way to level your heroes up.
You can spread quickly by Clearing the monsters out, then clicking
on the your home town real quick, building one builder, and right
clicking on the gold mine on the map, then get back to your squad.

You should also note that you need to spread a lot more in this game
as gold runs up a bit quicker then before, So that means your opponent
is going to be spreading a lot, and you want to scout out the other
gold mines and make sure he isn't trying to take them, using whatever
means necessary. Keep him away from the gold mines and you've already

			Chapter 9
			Human Strategies

Basic Start - immediately click your town hall, make 3 peasants,
and right click on your gold mine, so they go there, then send 2
of your 5 peasants to the gold mine, take 1, and have him start a
barracks, take another peasant and have him help the first with the
barracks. Take your 1 remaining peasant and have him make a farm,
Now that your underway, let your first two peasants go to the gold
mine, so you have 4 mining, when your last peasant comes out, stop
him from mining gold and go cut trees, somewhere close to your town
hall. start 2 more peasants, let one go to the gold mine, and have
the other go cut trees. Your barracks will be up by now, and AS soon
as it gets up, you want to make Footmen, one peasant that was doing
that should go cut trees, and the other should help with farms.. when
you have about 2-3 farms up, and at least 5-7 food free, you want to
then build an Alter and Summon a hero.

Rushing Start - Immediately select one peasant, have him start a
barracks, have 3 others go over and help him out, then start
building two more peasants, take the one peasant left, and have
him start a farm. From then on, as peasants come out, and people
get done building, you want to make a total of 5 people mining
gold, then take the remaining ones and build another farm when
you have the time.  The trick is making sure your Barracks is
constantly producing footman, and set the rally point somewhere
far from your base - halfway to your enemies base. Be careful to
avoid the Neutral units, they will auto-attack during the day, so
steer all your footmen away from them.  You probably want your
rushed footmen to go attack the opponents gold mine, it all
depends on what they're base is, and what they have.

Exploration - I would say the humans have a hard time 
exploring, in the early game, id recommend using the
Arch-Mage's Summon Water Elemental Ability to scout out.
Also, later, Gyrocopters, Mortar Teams, and Sorceresses
can also lend a hand to the scouting figure.

Defending - Cannon towers are the way to go, they dish out
blast damage, and although they cant attack air, they are the
prime way to defend for humans If you note your opponent going
a lot of air, or if its an "aerial" map.. you might want to
build Guard Towers instead.

Assaulting - I recommend Footman for the early game, but if
its a bit later, you want Knights in combination with a few
riflemen. Take 1-2 priests for healing, and preferable the
Paladin or the Mountain King as a hero, or both, finally, take
1-2 Mortar Teams for Artillery support. Maybe swap a knight or
priest with sorceresses.

Night Elf Killers - As a human player, going up against night
elfs, you have a strong advantage, id say about 75% of the
Night Elves units are Ranged attackers, so by just researching
"Defend" and using it, you've cut out about 50% of the damage
that will be dealt in combat. Also use Gyrocopters at night to
scout out those invisible pesky Night elves.

			Chapter 10
			Orc Strategies

Basic Start - immediately build 2 peons, and right
click on your gold mine so they auto-go there. Take
1 peon and start a Barracks. Take another peon and
start a burrow. Take 2 peons and put them into the
gold mine, and take the last and have him start cutting
trees. let the 2 peons go to mining gold, and produce
2 more and right click on a tree, so they start cutting
trees. When your peon is done with the Barracks, have
him start an alter, and start producing Grunts. When
your peon is done with the Burrow, have him start
another, then when he's done with that, have him build
1 more, OR start a War Mill.

The Dreaded Tower Rush - My God...this strategy
can SLAY computer opponents so easily, basically,
start out by making 1 peon, and start a War Mill,
(You want to make this War Mill as absolutely close
to the tree's as humanly possible, closer=better)
take two peons, and send them over to the enemies
base, or scout if you don't know where it is, make
sure you guide them so they don't run into Creep's,
that will destroy this strategy. While the two peons
start going, take your other 2, and have them start
mining gold, while producing 3 more, two to produce
gold, you just want to pump out peons for resources,
you want 4-5 mining gold, and about 6-8 getting
lumber, you Need lumber for this. When that's all done,
and your peons get there, start building Towers, its
really that simple, when you get 4 up, you should be
in business, start walling the enemy in, like a
prison, later, make sure you research spiked buildings
quickly, so melee units take even more damage.

Exploration - Primarily with the Farseer, which is
why its a good idea to build him first, for his
Farsight ability, scout out the enemy and keep an
eye on the gold mines next to his city with that
ability. Other then that, the orcs are pretty basic,
go and explore with your Grunts or Headhunters.

Defending - Orcs have a great Defense, and that's the
Spiked upgrades, Spiked buildings provide an effective
natural defense. The cool thing to do, is to turn
defense into offense, once you get those things
researched in the late game, and you have a melee
opponent, go build some Watch Towers on his turf. But
Spiked upgrading, paired with a few Watch towers, is
also a great method. As for the Orc Burrows and peons
hiding out in them, DONT keep peons in them, as it 
subtracts from your total units, 90 is the max, so
never do that. IF you fall under a very heavy attack,
or perhaps an aerial assault and you have no defense,
THEN click on all your burrows, and click the box down will make all your peons go into them
automatically, it helps, but I wouldn't recommend it
unless you have no other defense. Place Burrows next
to important buildings. 

Assaulting - Orcs are good at attacking also. Id
recommend staying away from Any ranged units with
orcs, because for one, they're not nearly effective
as Grunts or Raiders, but id make 3 Grunts, 3 Raiders,
2 heroes, and some support Catapults, You want to use the
Catapults to attack FORCES ONLY, and defensive structures,
but not towns. Because the Orcs can raid things so you
want to let your grunts and Raiders do it, to give you
more gold. Use this generated revenue to bring out more

Free Gold!! - The Orcs pillage ability is what makes
them one of the competing races in the game, it opens
the potential for an infinite supply of gold, Infact,
its a GREAT strategy to send a few units to a building,
attack it, and when the opponent repairs it, that's a
GREAT thing, because it all means more money for you
in the end, You want to attack buildings as OFTEN as
possible, Avoid squads, be evasive, and go assault the
buildings as much as possible. Remember that ranged
attackers don't pull in income, so you ONLY want your
melee units doing the work, Grunts and Raiders, to be
more specific.

Orc Turtlers! - With orcs, its effective to build a
lot of Watch Towers, a LOT of them, at a choke point,
just make sure to keep a grunt or two on hand to destroy 
any catapults that threaten you, and there wont be
shit that can get through that. 3 Rows of about 5 towers
should do it, and there actually pretty cheap for how
effective they are in mass quantities, especially if
you rush with them (See "Tower Rush" above.. )

			Chapter 11
			Undead Strategies

Basic Start - First send your lone Ghoul to get Lumber,
then take 3 Acolytes and go get gold. Next Start
building 2 more Acolytes, and right click on your mine,
so they auto-go there. With you're single remaining
Acolyte, start building a Crypt, then two Ziggurats.
As soon as you have enough gold, produce an Altar, then
when you have enough gold, build a Graveyard and upgrade
your Ziggs to Spirit Towers so they act as defensive
structures, when your Crypt comes in, start producing 3
Ghouls and tell them to harvest lumber. Next, id work
on a starting hero, and Crypt Fiends for a starting Force.

Rush Start - First, take 1 Acolyte, and have him build a
Crypt, then 1 Ziggurat. Immediately send all your acolytes
the mine, and produce 1 more and right click on your mine,
now click on your crypt, and Ctrl+1 it, so you can hit 1
to go back, take your Ghoul and Scout for the opponent, be
careful to avoid neutral units and Flee if he gets attacked,
constantly shift back to your Crypt, and when it gets done,
build more Ghouls, as soon as you find your opponents city,
send all your built ghouls there to attack.

Exploration - Shades are the best way to explore with the
undead, leave a few at gold mines you suspect your foe to try
to take over, and always keep one hidden away in your opponents
town, most opponents wont even realize there's a Shade in
they're town until you know damn well what he's doing, if
you find a task force, let a shade follow them around, In
the real early game, before you can get Shades, you should
scout out with a few Ghouls.

Defending - Undead Defense is simply put, Ziggurats around,
and upgrade them to Spirit Towers, One might think to "line
them up" because they hit more targets, but the ideal way to
place is them is where melee units cant get to them, and to
spread them apart so your opponent has to take the time to move
before attacking the next tower, this will keep his forces
Diverged, and spread in your base, as he runs rampant trying
to get the Spirit towers, this will give you the initiative.
Another good tactic is to have some Graveyards next to each
other, and a bunch of Necromancers there, when you see a force
coming, Summon skeletons and send them out. Its a quick and
Highly effective defense, in my Opinion.

Assaulting - Take 2 Heroes, about 6-8 Crypt Fiends, 2-3 Meat
Wagons (Filled with Corpses from your local graveyard) and
then some Necromancers. Right before you start the assault,
empty the meat wagons and make skeletons with your
necromancers, when the skeletons and enemies fall, be sure
to REFILL the meat wagons, or re-make skeletons on the spot.
The Meat wagons are a hell of a Siege weapon too, so make
sure they get to throw some corpses in the duel, Id recommend
taking a Death Knight to make sure the Crypt fiends stay
healed. If you can afford it, swap the Crypt Fiends with a
Stronger unit, make sure you take 1-2 Crypt Fiends along
though, to take down flying units.

That Cursed Ground - Note that the ground on which undead resides
is NOT just for placing buildings - Its where units regenerate
health slowly - So In the early game, when your fighting off
one or two Creeps, and your Ghoul or Fiend gets damaged to where
his life bar is a natural ugly red, signifying his death, and
your hero can't heal him, send him right back up to the ground
so he may regenerate and re-join your squad at a later date. Its
partially important to keep in mind, that unlike the Zerg Creep,
that if someone else builds a building on your ground, Your
ground actually goes away.

			Chapter 12
			Night Elf Strategies

Basic Start - First - Send 4 wisps to a gold mine - then
take your lone wisp and start an Ancient of war, produce
wisps - when your first wisp comes,  have him build a
moonwell, when your 2nd wisp comes - have him go to a tree
when another wisp comes - send him to the gold mine - when
another wisp comes - start an altar, make sure you get 4 wisps
eventually going at the trees, start producing archers - and
get a hero out. 

Exploration - Night Elves are the masters of Exploration
in my opinion, primarily by the effect of Sentinel, Make
absolutely sure you Light up the map, get the gold mines
sighted as soon as you can, and make sure you also get the
heavily traversed roads, and if possible, get the enemy Base.
Also use Force of Nature to summon Treants and have them explore
for you.

Defending - Night Elves have the cool ability of uprooting all
they're Buildings that produce Units and having them attack on
they're own, they can do this at the cost of not being able to
build, which can be effective In times of need. On another note,
Offensively, these units can be utilized as well. Other then
that, the best Night Elf Defense is to KNOW that the enemy is
coming and prepare ahead of time.

Assaulting - For a good Night elf squad, id recommend some
Archers, but, to be blunt, they're ineffective compared with
the staying power and damage capabilities of the Huntresses,
so you want as many huntresses in place of Archers as you can
get, then a Ballista or two, a few Druids, and 1-2 heroes, and
your set.

Work at NIGHT! - To be blunt, Night elf's are far more effective
during the night, they can see farther with an upgrade and most
of them are invisible, make sure you figure out how to work the
time scale effectively at the top middle of your screen, so you
can figure out how much time you have left at night, Prepare the
assault during the night, the enemy will have little hope of
seeing it coming.

Where did all the melee go? - Incase you haven't noticed yet,
Night Elves are about 75% Ranged attackers, and MOST of they're
ranged attackers are very weak, which leaves players aching
for defense for there precious archers, One of the best solutions
is Treants in the early game, on top of that, A GREAT tactic is
to build Ancients to Uproot, and send them in front of the
Archers, although slow, they take a lot of damage and are
strong and they have a big physical size, so units have to
literally run around them, you can form a wall of these guys that
your enemy almost has to hack through before getting to your
archers, if you can do this, your in business.

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