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Necropolis town on Adventure Map
Necropolis town with Fort, as seen on the Adventure Map. Yellow color on the flags are replaced with the color of corresponding player.
Castle Castle
Rampart Rampart
Tower Tower
Inferno Inferno
Necropolis Necropolis
Dungeon Dungeon
Stronghold Stronghold
Fortress Fortress
Conflux Conflux

Necropolis is an evil alignment town type, that is overrun and ruled by undead creatures. They are the natural bases for the Necromancer and Death Knight hero types. Necropolis armies have many units with abilities to weaken their opponents. This may give them an advantage over an equal or even a stronger opponent.

Native terrain for Necropolis's troops is dirt.


[edit] Town Costs

["Basic" includes Citadel, Castle & any prerequisites;
"Upgrades" also includes prerequisites]
Troop cost/week: 26920 Gold 2 Mercury

[edit] Overview

[edit] Structures

Incomplete Necropolis town seen from inside

Common Buildings

Necropolis Specific Buildings

Creature Dwellings

[edit] Heroes

Death Knights
 Lord Haart
Other towns
Castle#Heroes Rampart#Heroes Tower#Heroes
Inferno#Heroes Necropolis#Heroes Dungeon#Heroes
Stronghold#Heroes Fortress#Heroes Conflux#Heroes
Name  Class  Specialty  Skill 1  Skill 2
Charna Charna Death Knight Specialty Wights small.gif WightsBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Tactics Basic Tactics 
Clavius Clavius Death Knight Specialty Gold small.gif GoldBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Offense Basic Offense 
Galthran Galthran Death Knight Specialty Skeletons small.gif SkeletonsBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Armorer Basic Armorer 
Isra Isra Death Knight Specialty Necromancy small.gif NecromancyAdvanced Necromancy Advanced Necromancy  
Moandor Moandor Death Knight Specialty Liches small.gif LichesBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Learning Basic Learning 
Straker Straker Death Knight Specialty Walking Dead small.gif Walking DeadBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Resistance Basic Resistance 
Tamika Tamika Death Knight Specialty Black Knights small.gif Black KnightsBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Offense Basic Offense 
Vokial Vokial Death Knight Specialty Vampires small.gif VampiresBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Artillery Basic Artillery 
Lord Haart Lord Haart Death Knight Specialty Black Knights small.gif Black KnightsBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Estates Basic Estates 
Aislinn Aislinn Necromancer Specialty Meteor Shower small.gif Meteor ShowerBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Wisdom Basic Wisdom 
Nagash Nagash Necromancer Specialty Gold small.gif GoldBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Intelligence Basic Intelligence 
Nimbus Nimbus Necromancer Specialty Eagle Eye small.gif Eagle EyeBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Eagle Eye Basic Eagle Eye 
Sandro Sandro Necromancer Specialty Sorcery small.gif SorceryBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Sorcery Basic Sorcery 
Septienna Septienna Necromancer Specialty Death Ripple small.gif Death RippleBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Scholar Basic Scholar 
Thant Thant Necromancer Specialty Animate Dead small.gif Animate DeadBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy  Basic Mysticism Basic Mysticism 
Vidomina Vidomina Necromancer Specialty Necromancy small.gif NecromancyAdvanced Necromancy Advanced Necromancy  
Xsi Xsi Necromancer Specialty Stone Skin small.gif Stone SkinBasic Necromancy Basic Necromancy Basic Learning Basic Learning 

List of all heroes

[edit] Creatures

Necropolis creatures
Level 1
Skeleton Skeleton
Skeleton Warrior Skeleton Warrior
Level 2
Walking Dead Walking Dead
Zombie Zombie
Level 3
Wight Wight
Wraith Wraith
Level 4
Vampire Vampire
Vampire Lord Vampire Lord
Level 5
Lich Lich
Power Lich Power Lich
Level 6
Black Knight Black Knight
Dread Knight Dread Knight
Level 7
Bone Dragon Bone Dragon
Ghost Dragon Ghost Dragon
Other towns
Castle creatures Rampart creatures Tower creatures
Inferno creatures Necropolis creatures Dungeon creatures
Stronghold creatures Fortress creatures Conflux#Creatures

All Necropolis' creatres are undead, which means that they are unaffected by morale. They are also immune to all mind spells as well as Curse, Bless, Resurrection and Death Ripple.

Name  Town Lvl Att Def Dmin Dmax HP Spd Cost  Special
Skeleton Skeleton Necropolis1 5 4 1 3 6 4 60 Gold  Undead
Skeleton Warrior Skeleton Warrior Necropolis1 6 6 1 3 6 5 70 Gold  Undead
Walking Dead Walking Dead Necropolis2 5 5 2 3 15 3 100 Gold  Undead
Zombie Zombie Necropolis2 5 5 2 3 20 4 125 Gold  Undead, Disease
Wight Wight Necropolis3 7 7 3 5 18 5 200 Gold  Undead, Regeneration
Wraith Wraith Necropolis3 7 7 3 5 18 7 230 Gold  Undead, Regeneration, Mana drain
Vampire Vampire Necropolis410 9 5 8 30 6 360 Gold  Undead, No retaliation
Vampire Lord Vampire Lord Necropolis41010 5 8 40 9 500 Gold  Undead, No retaliation, Life drain
Lich Lich Necropolis513101113 30 6 550 Gold  Undead, Death cloud
Power Lich Power Lich Necropolis513101115 40 7 600 Gold  Undead, Death cloud
Black Knight Black Knight Necropolis616161530 120 7 1200 Gold  Undead, Curse
Dread Knight Dread Knight Necropolis618181530 120 9 1500 Gold  Undead, Curse, Death blow
Bone Dragon Bone Dragon Necropolis717152550 180 9 1800 Gold  Undead, Morale -1
Ghost Dragon Ghost Dragon Necropolis719172550 30014 3000 Gold +1 Mercury Undead, Morale -1, Aging

[edit] Strategy

[edit] Strategies

If you can upgrade your Estate early, you should do so. The Vampire Lords are one of the best 4th-level creatures in the game. Since they draw life from their enemy, and resurrect themselves, they can be used to solely take out large numbers of low-level creatures. Combine with "counterstrike" to get even better effect.

"The month of the Hobgoblin" and the like are Necromancers' wet dream. Just take your strongest hero and stockpile Skeletons. Necromancy adds a little bit of motivation on clearing maps - who needs experience and levelups, when there's Skeletons aplenty?

The Necropolis has only a few units they can rely on, the others can wait with being bought and, in time, even be ignored. The reliable units are: Skeleton Warriors, Vampire Lords, Power Liches and Dread Knights.

You get Skeleton Warriors only if your ranks are full at the *end* of combat and if you have a stack of Skeleton Warriors and no stack of Skeletons. The downpart is that you get less than if you'd get normal Skeletons (2/3rds as many). Therefore, if it is logistically managable, it would be better to try and get a horde of normal Skeletons first, and then upgrade them at a Necropolis or Hill Fort for the last battle.

If there are any Level 1 dwellings nearby, recruit them and take them to the Necropolis. If you have a Skeleton Transformer, you're practically getting free skeletons, and even free Skeleton warriors if there is a Hill Fort close by too.

Be on the lookout for Hovels. Peasants come free and, though extremely slow and non-lethal, once inside a Skeleton Transformer they gain a 600% increase in health, up to 300% increase in damage, among other bonuses. Since Hovels spawn 25 peasants each each week and there are usually 4 or more Hovels close to each other one can gain an extra 100 or so Skeletons each week. Have a hero be a collector of these benefits.

In tough combat, devide your Ghost Dragons. Keep a big stack, and two 1-stack. Thus you can greatly increase your chance for the Aging, which can turn the tides of a battle.

[edit] Discussion

Necropolis is one of the most powerful towns in Heroes of Might and Magic III, mainly because of the Necromancers' ability to raise dead enemies as skeletons, quickly making a host of them. In addition, Necropolis has strong magic, a very nice complement to the hordes of undead.

Creatures native to Necropolis are all undead, which has a number of advantages and disadvantages.

The Necropolis has generally weaker lower level units, mainly the walking dead, wights, wraiths, and vampires.

This isn't that important as skeletons are available in large numbers, and Necropolis is a powerhouse in middle-upper level units.

Vampire lords, liches, power liches, black knights, and dread knights are all extremely powerful for their respective levels.

Bone dragons and ghost dragons are not the best final level unit but are still quite effective.

Necropolis creatures have many abilities that weaken their opponents.

[edit] Pros

  • A variety of good heroes to choose from
  • A variety of strategies available
  • Unaffected by negative Morale
  • Unaffected by Mind spells
  • Necromancy is a powerful secondary skill that only Necropolis heroes can utilize effectively
  • Vampire Lords are by far the most cost-efficient level 4 unit (and arguably the most cost-efficient unit in the game), as they can beat armies of much greater size as long as they are not (like Undeads or Constructs) immune to the Vampire Lords' Life drain ability and as long as the Vampire Lords are used properly.
  • The level 3 spell Animate Dead (which the necromancer hero Thant has inbuilt) can ressurect units in combat, and they stay ressurected after combat (the 4th level Earth Spell Resurrection and Angels or the 5th level Fire spell Sacrifice can ressurect units, but so treated units are removed after combat quite like Summon Air Elemental created creature stacks).
    So given a good balance of Thants undead and repairable units compared to the opponent, enough mana for the ressurects and having Shackles of War for unlimited turns he would not lose any units in combat but also often get additional Necromancy created skeletons (which would hamper movement on the adventure map a little, as Skeletons are slow creatures (and even with Town Portal and Dimension Door there's a adventure map movement penalty to consider).
  • There are number of artifacts that are only useful to Necropolis (artefacts enhancing the created creature number of the unique secondary skill Necromancy like Cloak of the Undead King, but also Pendant of Death which counters the mini, undead-only version of Armageddon, damaging all undead on the battlefield, even those recruited in no Necropolis but on the adventure map).
  • Both Necropolis hero types begin with a spell book

[edit] Cons

  • Walking Dead and Zombies slow armies down
  • Only one ranged attacker Lich/Power Lich
  • Unaffected by positive Morale (creatures of other towns might still have less morale when doing combat with creatures of other towns, and the Skeleton Transformer mostly creates skeletons and not Necropolis type creatures of the same level (except for perhaps transmuting hydras and dragons to bone dragons)) - Spirit of Oppression is a nice thing to have for any Necropolis hero with no non Necropolis units.
  • Difficulties in the early game, where your slow level 1 and level 2 creatures are not the best to conquer mines and explore the map (and in the endgame a host of in-combat ressurectable skeletons might hamper adventure map transfers (to reflag buildings for instance))
  • Bone and Ghost Dragons are near the bottom of the Level 7's in strength and usefulness

WARNING! This town is often considered too strong and thus is banned in many multiplayer games/tournaments.

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