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Adventure Map Dungeon capitol.gif
Fully built Dungeon, as seen on the adventure map

Adventure Map Dungeon capitol (HotA).gif
Fully built Dungeon, as seen on the adventure map. (Horn of the Abyss) Horn of the Abyss

Towns
Castle Castle
Rampart Rampart
Tower Tower
Inferno Inferno
Necropolis Necropolis
Dungeon Dungeon
Stronghold Stronghold
Fortress Fortress
Conflux Conflux Armageddon's Blade
Cove Cove Horn of the Abyss

Dungeon is an evil alignment town with warlock and overlord hero classes. Dungeon represents Nighon.

"Dungeons towns are built by Warlock and Overlord hero types to act as bases from which to wage campaigns of conquest for wealth and power. Similarly minded creatures are attracted as allies. Other Dungeon creatures are in thrall to their masters. Dungeon armies are possessed of a variety of long range attacks, have effective damage dealing troops, and have the ability to greatly disrupt the strategies of their enemies." RoE manual

Dungeon's native terrain is subterranean.

Dungeon creature dwellings[edit]

Dungeon specific buildings[edit]

Dungeon building tree[edit]

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Fully upgraded Dungeon
Resource Basic Upgrades All
Gold 39900 26500 112400
Wood 56 36 142
Ore 66 31 142
Crystal 5 9 32
Gem 15 12 45
Mercury 10 12 40
Sulfur 30 30 82
Troop cost/week: 27205 Gold + 4 Sulfur

Common buildings[edit]

Halls Fortifications Tavern, Marketplace & Resource Silo Mage Guilds Banned spells
Village Hall Village Hall Fort Fort Tavern Tavern Mage Guild level 1 Mage Guild
level 1
Dungeon Town Hall large.gif Town Hall Citadel Citadel Marketplace Marketplace Mage Guild level 2 Mage Guild
level 2
Death Ripple
City Hall City Hall Castle Castle Resource Silo Resource Silo
Produces +1 Sulfur
Mage Guild level 3 Mage Guild
level 3
Animate Dead
Capitol Capitol Blacksmith
Blacksmith
Ballista.png
Mage Guild level 4 Mage Guild
level 4
Prayer
Mage Guild level 5 Mage Guild
level 5
Summon Air Elemental      

Heroes[edit]

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Banned secondary skills[edit]

Some skills are not available for certain hero classes, which means they can only acquire them from Scholars, Witch Huts (except for Necromancy and Leadership, if not allowed by a map-maker), Seer's Huts, Events or Pandora's Boxes.

Necromancy Necromancy and Water Magic Water Magic are not available for overlords.

Necromancy Necromancy, Resistance Resistance and Interference Interference Horn of the Abyss are not available for warlocks.

Creatures[edit]

Dungeon creatures
Name  Town Lvl Att Def D- D+ HP Spd Grw Val Cost  Special
Troglodyte Troglodyte Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 1 4 3 1 3 5 4 14 59 50 Gold   Immune to Blinding
Infernal Troglodyte Infernal Troglodyte Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 1+ 5 4 1 3 6 5 14 84 65 Gold   Immune to Blinding
Harpy Harpy Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 2 6 5 1 4 14 6 8 154 130 Gold   Flying, Strike and return
Harpy Hag Harpy Hag Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 2+ 6 6 1 4 14 9 8 238 170 Gold   Flying, Strike and return, No enemy retaliation
Beholder Beholder Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 3 9 7 3 5 22 5 7 336 250 Gold   Ranged (12 shots), No melee penalty
Evil Eye Evil Eye Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 3+ 10 8 3 5 22 7 7 367 280 Gold   Ranged (24 shots), No melee penalty
Medusa Medusa Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 4 9 9 6 8 25 5 4 517 300 Gold   Ranged (4 shots), No melee penalty, Petrify
Medusa Queen Medusa Queen Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 4+ 10 10 6 8 30 6 4 577 330 Gold   Ranged (8 shots), No melee penalty, Petrify
Minotaur Minotaur Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 5 14 12 12 20 50 6 3 835 500 Gold   Positive Morale
Minotaur King Minotaur King Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 5+ 15 15 12 20 50 8 3 1068 575 Gold   Positive Morale
Manticore Manticore Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 6 15 13 14 20 80 7 2 1547 850 Gold   Flying
Scorpicore Scorpicore Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 6+ 16 14 14 20 80 11 2 1589 1050 Gold   Flying, Paralyze
Red Dragon Red Dragon Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 7 19 19 40 50 180 11 1 4702 2500 Gold , 1 Sulfur  Dragon, Flying, Breath attack, 1-3 lvl spells immunity
Black Dragon Black Dragon Town portrait Dungeon small.gif 7+ 25 25 40 50 300 15 1 8721 4000 Gold , 2 Sulfur  Dragon, Flying, Breath attack, Magic immunity, Hates Titans

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  • Upgrade the level 2 creature dwelling as soon as possible: Harpy Hags have a huge speed increase (6->9) and gain no retaliation.
  • Upgrading Medusas to Medusa Queens is more crucial than Beholders to Evil Eyes, because a Medusa Queen has eight instead of four shots, while a Beholder already has twelve. Getting an Ammo Cart (from Inferno's, Stronghold's or Tower's Blacksmith, or at a War Machine Factory), will help a lot, since Medusa Queen's eight shoots are still not sufficient for a fierce battle.
  • Bless your Harpies/Harpy Hags (Dungeon has a 19% chance to get Bless). Harpies/Harpy Hags have damage range 1–4. Instead of on average 2.5, with basic (advanced) Water Magic they will consistently do 4 (5) damage, a 60% (100%) increase. Similarly, Curse the enemy's Harpies/Harpy Hags (Slow would also be useful since Harpy Hags have a decent speed).
  • Haste your Minotaurs/Minotaur Kings. They are brutes which do a lot of damage and you want them to strike at the enemy as soon as possible. In addition a hasted Minotaur King can reach nearly any point of the battlefield given no obstacles.
  • Beware of Red and Black Dragons' breath attack which can damage your own troops. If you have both Black Dragons and Titans in the army, due to reciprocal hate Black Dragons will do 150% damage on their own Titans having attacked them by mistake.
  • Having only Black Dragons in your army, you may rush through the map with Dragogeddon manoeuvre. Red Dragons cannot be used for Dragogeddon as they are susceptible to 4-5 level spells.
  • Dungeon is expensive to build, has good magical capabilities (e.g. Mana Vortex and level 5 Mage Guild) and powerful troops like black dragons, which are among the strongest creatures in Erathia.
  • If there is a high level creature dwelling which can be conquered early, it may be beneficial to wait flagging other creature dwellings. This allows to recruit the high level creatures every week from both the Portal of Summoning and the dwelling itself. The Portal of Summoning selects its units every week randomly from all creature dwellings you have flagged. For example, if there are Red Dragons and Troglodytes available on the adventure map, it is beneficial to not flag the Troglodyte dwellings to recruit more Dragons.
  • Playing against Tower which has Titans who hate Black Dragons, try to use the following tactics so as to avoid Black Dragons' losses (see Cons). If Titans are behind someone else, attack that unit with Black Dragons, and breath attack will do 150% damage against Titans due to Black Dragons' hate against them. It works even if Black Dragons targeted another stack, and Titans won't retaliate.

Pros

  • Two ranged units, both of which have no melee penalty.
  • Mana Vortex: doubles your max spell points once a week.
  • Black Dragons are immune to all damage or debuffing spells.
  • Armageddon spell is available in Dungeon, unlike Rampart or Conflux which also have units immune to it.
  • Warlocks gain more Spell Power than other hero classes.
  • Harpy Hags are among the best 2 level units.
  • The Battle Scholar Academy instantly levels-up starting heroes.
  • Powerful heroes, e.g. Gunnar with Logistics specialty, and Jeddite and Alamar with Resurrection spell.
  • Portal of Summoning may be used to gain additional creatures.
  • The weekly income with Capitol and the Resource Silo is enough to recruit all the units without any external mines.
  • On a map with two layers, Dungeon will get a huge advantage as any battle in the underground will be fought on subterranean terrain, thus Dungeon units will get speed bonus.
  • Dungeon is the only evil town where Bless is not banned.
  • Dungeon doesn't suffer too much from being slowed down, as only basic Troglodytes have speed 4 (while Rampart, Tower, and Stronghold have some prominent units with speed 3-4).

Cons

  • Dungeon is quite expensive to build it up.
  • Manticores are one of the weakest level 6 units, have low HP, and even when upgraded to Scorpicores they are significantly weaker than Naga Queens or Dread Knights. Scorpicores are also quite too expensive for their strength, costing more than War Unicorns.
  • Black Dragons are immune to any benevolent spells, including Resurrection.
  • Moreover, Black Dragons are slower than upgraded 7th level units of Castle, Rampart, Inferno, and Conflux. They are immune to Haste and Prayer, which allows Necropolis and Fortress to overtake Dungeon by top speed as well. Finally, their dwelling is very expensive.
  • Basic Pillar of Eyes which is level 3 creature dwelling requires each type of resource, and is necessary to build all higher level creature dwellings, making Dungeon possibly the worst town for playing on Impossible level.
  • Though Dungeon has many strong protagonists, it has many issues with heroes as well. Many heroes (Darkstorn, Deemer, Geon, Jaegar, Lorelei) have secondary skills which aren't that useful, and there is no one who specializes in Medusas, who are the only 4th level units without a specialist. Besides that, overlords cannot learn Water Magic, therefore being unable to cast Bless on the entire army, while many Dungeon units have significant damage range (especially Harpies and Minotaurs).
  • If the map has only one layer, Dungeon will get a disadvantage since subterranean terrain is used rarely without underground layer, and in most cases any other faction will get a speed bonus unlike Dungeon.
  • Beware Titans who hate Black Dragons. Titans and Black Dragons have similar stats, possibly sharing 2nd-3rd place in the whole game after Archangels, but Titans have an opportunity to shoot Black Dragons to death, and if Black Dragons force them to melee (which is possible as Black Dragons are faster), Titans will still do 150% damage by retaliation. Impossibility of Black Dragons' resurrection makes it a big problem.
  • Prayer is banned, while this spell may help Red Dragons (but not Black) a lot since they're immune to Bless, Bloodlust, and Haste. (Rampart's Green Dragons are susceptible to Prayer as well, and in Rampart this spell is available.)
  • Subterranean which is Dungeon's native terrain doesn't give any movement penalty to the enemy.

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