Stone Golem and Iron Golem
|• Spell damage resistance 50%|
|• Spell damage resistance 75%|
"Stone and iron golems are built and animated through a process involving both precise craftsmanship and complex magic. Though slow, they are strong and durable combatants. Stone golems take half damage from spell attacks, while iron golems take only a quarter of such damage." RoE manual
Heroes with a specialty
- Josephine the Alchemist has golems as a specialty, which increases the attack and defense skills of any stone or iron golems for each level attained after 3rd level, and gives them a speed bonus of 1.
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Their only problem is their low speed. In early game they can be okay, also serving as protectors for your Master Gremlins, but later on it's recommended to leave them in the castle, as to not slow down your hero. However, they are good castle defenders, boasting low cost and natural magic resistance, and can still be used for final battles, as any slow unit, since it doesn't matter that much whether you're slowed down or not at the end of the game.
Their 7-9 Attack and solid 10 Defense are top-tier. 30-35 Health is the highest of all level 3 troops. 4-5 Damage is slightly lacking, but they make up for it in their great resilience. Low Speed combined with their toughness makes Golems natural defenders for ranged stacks or town garrison, especialy if town is upgraded with towers as they deal good ranged damage that Golems themselves lack.
Against melee stacks, Shield, Stone Skin and Fire Shield should have higher priority than damage buffs, as Golems are more suited to keep opponents from hitting your own ranged stacks than to cross the battlefield because of their low Speed.
Depending on situation casting Counterstrike can be surprisingly good, because while Golems aren't hard hitters by any means, they are very resilient, so when fighting multiple enemy stacks in melee these additional retaliations can take high toll on opposing army.
They ignore 50%-75% of magic damage. This makes them passable candidates for Dragogeddon tactics, as their great effective Health gives them a good chance to survive Armageddon and still be able to mop up the survivors, if any remain. AoE spells also can be cast more aggressively on Golems than on other, more vulnerable troops.
Because of their unliving and Golem nature, they always have neutral Morale, are completely immune to mind spells and many abilities that only have effect on living troops: Zombie's Disease, Vampire Lord's Life Drain, Lich's death cloud attack (Golems must be main target of Lich's attack to take damage), Ghost Dragon's Aging, Mighty Gorgon's Death Stare, Wyvern Monarch's and Haspid's Poison, Azure Dragon's Fear. Pit Lords cannot summon Demons from their remains.
Thanks to this immunity, Golems are great counter to any troop that can debilitate opponents, and are especially useful against Necropolis armies, as none of their tricks are effective on Golems.
When fighting Necropolis army, make sure Golems do not stand next to any other troop to avoid them being targeted by Liches' death cloud, as it can only damage Golems directly and also will harm other living stacks nearby. Golems should be used to take Vampire Lords' counterattack, as Vampire Lords are not healed by attacking unliving targets, and Golems are tough enough to survive retaliation. Then hard-hitting but living stacks of Genies or Nagas can decimate the Vampire Lords. Gargoyles can be used in this way, but are relatively more fragile than Golems and thus less suited to take hits.