Pixie and Sprite

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Conflux creatures
Level 1
Pixie Pixie
Sprite Sprite
Level 2
Air Elemental Air Elemental
Storm Elemental Storm Elemental
Level 3
Water Elemental Water Elemental
Ice Elemental Ice Elemental
Level 4
Fire Elemental Fire Elemental
Energy Elemental Energy Elemental
Level 5
Earth Elemental Earth Elemental
Magma Elemental Magma Elemental
Level 6
Psychic Elemental Psychic Elemental
Magic Elemental Magic Elemental
Level 7
Firebird Firebird
Phoenix Phoenix
Towns
Castle Rampart Tower
Inferno Necropolis Dungeon
Stronghold Fortress Conflux
Cove Neutral
Statistics
Pixie
Creature Pixie.gif
 Cost per troop 
Resource Gold 20x18.gif
25

Attack 2
Defense 2
Damage 1–2
Health 3
Speed 7
Movement Flying
Size 1
Growth 20 (+10)
AI Value 55
Sprite
Creature Sprite.gif
 Cost per troop 
Resource Gold 20x18.gif
30

Attack 2
Defense 2
Damage 1–3
Health 3
Speed 9
Movement Flying
Size 1
Growth 20 (+10)
AI Value 95
 Special abilities:
No enemy retaliation
Magic Lantern  Pixie (adventure map).gifSprite (adventure map).gif

Pixies and Sprites are level 1 creatures of Conflux town. They are recruited from the Magic Lantern.

"Within the land of Antagarich, Pixies and Sprites have found a home within the walls of the Conflux. These flying creatures are usually found in large numbers and possess great quickness. Sprites strike so quickly, they prevent their enemies from counterstriking." AB manual

Building the Garden of Life increases Pixie and Sprite growth by 10 per week.

Tactics and info

This section contains a general opinion over the subject!

Toughness

Both Pixies and Sprites have the smallest health and defense value for a faction-aligned creature, the Halfling and the Goblin sharing the same defense as them. However, their trump card is the no retaliation ability and their speed, which helps them not take hits, if using a wait-attack-retreat tactic (as in flying away from the enemy).

Offense

While the Pixies have only 1-2 damage, the Sprites have 1-3 damage. Considering their very high growth (50 with Castle and Garden of Life), no retaliation ability and high speed, they can be an offensively strong troop, which is the reason why it's are considered to be one of the best level 1 units, together with their cheapness.

Efficiency and cost

The base dwelling requires 3 of each ore Ore and wood Wood, together with 300 gold Gold. The upgrade of the dwelling is 1000 gold Gold, which means you will be able to recruit the Sprites from the 1st or 2nd day for a very low price. However, in Horn of the Abyss, the upgraded dwelling requires both the Mage Guild level 1 and Magic University to be built, for balance reasons, making it relatively hard and expensive to build.

They are also the cheapest town-aligned creatures, only the Sprites having the same cost as the regular Gremlin.

Tactics

The main tactic for them (especially the faster Sprites) is to wait in the first turn, attack at the end and retreat next turn. This allows them to retain numbers while dealing much damage, at least in the early game. They can also be used as a decoy against relatively slow units to allow the Storm Elementals and/or Ice Elementals to finish them by ranged attacks.

Against Pixies and Sprites, you should prioritize killing them if they come in really big numbers or are a threat to your shooters, especially in the early game. However, once having received a full attack from a decent enemy troop, this unit perishes easily, its numbers going down faster than you would expect. If their numbers are low, you should instead concentrate on other threats, like Storm Elementals, for example.

Skill bonuses

They don't benefit from skills too much, since they are low-level troops, but Tactics could be used to give them a broader range, being useful later on too for the slow Earth and Magma Elementals.

Trivia

According to Jennifer Bullard's development documents, they joined the Rampart armies after the Dwarves joined Bracada and the Centaurs started complaining about 'tree-hugging wimpy druids' and left too. It should be also mentioned that the Conflux was disbanded at that time, having fulfilled its scope given by the Ancients, which was to get rid of the Kreegans on Antagarich, the Pixies/Sprites and Phoenixes not wanting to return to the Elemental Planes.

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