Talk:Red Dragon and Black Dragon
With the health value of 300, Black Dragon is one of the toughest creatures in the game. In the original Restoration of Erathia, it was toughest of the dragons and overall its health was only matched by Titans' and Ancient Behemoths'. It also has more Defense than either of those creatures. Armageddon's Blade expansion introduced four new dragons, Faerie Dragon, Rust Dragons, Crystal Dragons and Azure Dragons, which all are neutral creatures and have more health than Black Dragons.
Because of the Black Dragons' spell immunity, they are suitable to be used in tactics often called dragogeddon. In dragogeddon, a hero with preferably high power skill and Armageddon spell attacks with an army only consisting of creatures immune or very resilient to the Armageddon spell. The tactics may be used in "hit-and-run" tactic, to advance through wandering creatures or even to slay enemy heroes. In Restoration of Erathia series, Black Dragons were the best creature to use in dragogeddon.
The benefit of using Black Dragons in this tactics is their high initiative, in other words, their speed. Only Phoenixes and Gold Dragons are faster creatures that are immune to Armageddon. High initative enables hero to act first in the combat, and this way possibly win the battle before enemy gets a chance to flee, surrender or otherwise cause resistance.
Black Dragon has become a symbol of the Heroes series since it first appeared in Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Succession Wars. It is also the symbol for the best player effectiveness in high score tables.