Terrain

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Terrain typically refers to one of the eight basic land types, which are grass, dirt, lava, subterranean, rough, sand, snow or swamp. Water and rock may also be considered as one of the basic terrains, although they cannot be traveled on by ordinary means. Traveling on water requires a boat, while rock is impassable. In addition to basic terrain types, there are several types of magical terrains, which can cover basic terrains providing additional features. Magical terrains typically affect combat or spellcasting, with the exception of favorable winds, which increases movement over water if the hero has Navigation secondary skill.

Basic Terrains[edit]

Grass:

Terrain Grass.png

Dirt:

Lava:

Subterranean:

  • Subterranean is native terrain for Dungeon. It is usually found on the underground layer.
  • Movement cost: 100% (Compared to grass.)

Rock:

Rough:

Sand:

Snow:

Swamp:

Water:

  • Can only be traveled on with a boat.
  • Can be traveled over with Water Walk and Fly spells, or by wearing Boots of Levitation or Angel Wings – hero's movement must end on dry land.
    • It should be noted that shroud on the water between two squares of dry land does not prevent hero from walking or flying across it and mapping the shrouded area. However, the hero must be able to see both land squares before starting the trip.
  • Almost all adventure map objects that are normally placed on dry land can be also be placed on water square and still function normally. The exceptions are Towns, Subterranean Gates and Monoliths, which can not function if visited with a boat.
  • The speed of the creatures in the hero's army does not affect movement in a boat, unlike movement on land.

Magical Terrains[edit]

Cursed Ground Rockland
Cursed Ground (above) and Rockland as seen on the Adventure Map.

Only two magical terrains (Cursed Ground and Magic Plains) were in the original Restoration of Erathia, the rest being introduced in Shadow of Death expansion.

Clover field: Increases the luck of all neutrally aligned creatures by +2.

Cursed Ground:

  • Prevents hero or creatures from casting of spells above level 1, includes both adventure and combat spells.
  • All native terrain bonuses, morale and luck effects are disabled.

Evil Fog: Increases evil aligned creatures morale by +1 while decreases good aligned creatures morale by -1.

Favorable Winds

Navigation Movement
None 100%
Basic 200%
Advanced 250%
Expert 300%
* Increases the effect of Navigation secondary skill - has no effect if a hero does not posses Navigation skill.
  • Can only be found from water tiles
  • Unlike other magical terrains, it does not affect combat in any way.

Fiery Fields: Makes all Fire Magic spells be cast at expert level, regardless of the heroes' skills. This include both Adventure spells and spells cast by creatures.

Holy Ground: Gives all Good Aligned creatures +1 Morale, and all Evil Aligned creatures -1 Morale.

Lucid Pools: Causes all water magic spell to be cast at expert level (whether or not the hero has water magic as a secondary skill). This includes combat spells, adventure spells and spells cast by creatures.

Magic Clouds: Makes all Air Magic spells be cast at expert level, regardless of the heroes' skills. This include both Adventure spells and spells cast by creatures.

Magic Plains: Causes all spells to be cast at expert level, regardless of the heroes' skills. This includes both adventure spells, combat spells as well as spells cast by creatures.

Rockland: Makes all Earth Magic spells be cast at expert level, regardless of the heroes' skills. This include both Adventure spells and spells cast by creatures.

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