Fortress

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

Adventure Map Fortress capitol (HotA).gif
Fully built Fortress, 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

Fortress is a neutral alignment town with the beastmaster and witch hero classes. Fortresses are built at the edge of swamps. Their armies are primarily made up of deadly creatures – born of the swamps, and then subdued and trained for warfare. Fortress represents Tatalia.

Fortress' native terrain is swamp.

Fortress Creature Dwellings

Fortress Specific Buildings

Fortress building tree

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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
Fortress Town Hall large.gif Town Hall Citadel Citadel Marketplace Marketplace Mage Guild level 2 Mage Guild
level 2
City Hall City Hall Castle Castle Resource Silo Resource Silo
Produces +1 Wood & +1 Ore
Mage Guild level 3 Mage Guild
level 3
Capitol Capitol Blacksmith
Blacksmith
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Resource Basic Upgrades All
Gold 28900 25500 91400
Wood 70 50 175
Ore 45 20 105
Crystal 0 0 10
Gem 0 0 10
Mercury 7 12 29
Sulfur 17 22 49
Troop cost/week: 26660 Gold + 2 Sulfur


Fortress heroes

Name Class Specialty Skill 1 Skill 2 Spell
Alkin Alkin  Beastmaster  Specialty Gorgons small.gif  Gorgons Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Offense  Basic Offense 
Broghild Broghild  Beastmaster  Specialty Wyverns small.gif  Wyverns Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Scouting  Basic Scouting 
Bron Bron  Beastmaster  Specialty Basilisks small.gif  Basilisks Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Resistance  Basic Resistance 
Drakon Drakon  Beastmaster  Specialty Gnolls small.gif  Gnolls Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Leadership  Basic Leadership 
Gerwulf Gerwulf  Beastmaster  Specialty Ballista small.gif  Ballista Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Artillery  Basic Artillery 
Korbac Korbac  Beastmaster  Specialty Serpent Flies small.gif  Serpent Flies Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Pathfinding  Basic Pathfinding 
Tazar Tazar  Beastmaster  Specialty Armorer small.gif  Armorer Advanced Armorer  Advanced Armorer   
Wystan Wystan  Beastmaster  Specialty Lizardmen small.gif  Lizardmen Basic Armorer  Basic Armorer  Basic Archery  Basic Archery 
Andra Andra  Witch  Specialty Intelligence small.gif  Intelligence Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Intelligence  Basic Intelligence  Dispel small.png Dispel 
Merist Merist  Witch  Specialty Stone Skin small.gif  Stone Skin Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Learning  Basic Learning  Stone Skin small.png Stone Skin 
Mirlanda Mirlanda  Witch  Specialty Weakness small.gif  Weakness Advanced Wisdom  Advanced Wisdom    Weakness small.png Weakness 
Rosic Rosic  Witch  Specialty Mysticism small.gif  Mysticism Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Mysticism  Basic Mysticism  Magic Arrow small.png Magic Arrow 
Styg Styg  Witch  Specialty Sorcery small.gif  Sorcery Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Sorcery  Basic Sorcery  Shield small.png Shield 
Tiva Tiva  Witch  Specialty Eagle Eye small.gif  Eagle Eye Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Eagle Eye  Basic Eagle Eye  Stone Skin small.png Stone Skin 
Verdish Verdish  Witch  Specialty First Aid small.gif  First Aid Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic First Aid  Basic First Aid  Protection from Fire small.png Protection from Fire 
Voy Voy  Witch  Specialty Navigation small.gif  Navigation Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Basic Navigation  Basic Navigation  Slow small.png Slow 
Adrienne Adrienne Armageddon's Blade  Witch  Specialty Fire Magic small.gif  Fire Magic Basic Wisdom  Basic Wisdom  Expert Fire Magic  Expert Fire Magic  Inferno small.png Inferno 


Fortress creatures

Name  Town Lvl Att Def D- D+ HP Spd Grw Val Cost  Special
Gnoll Gnoll Town portrait Fortress small.gif 1 3 5 2 3 6 4 12 56 50 Gold  
Gnoll Marauder Gnoll Marauder Town portrait Fortress small.gif 1+ 4 6 2 3 6 5 12 90 70 Gold  
Lizardman Lizardman Town portrait Fortress small.gif 2 5 6 2 3 14 4 9 126 110 Gold   Ranged (12 shots)
Lizard Warrior Lizard Warrior Town portrait Fortress small.gif 2+ 6 8 2 5 15 5 9 156 140 Gold   Ranged (24 shots)
Serpent Fly Serpent Fly Town portrait Fortress small.gif 3 7 9 2 5 20 9 8 268 220 Gold   Flying, Dispel
Dragon Fly Dragon Fly Town portrait Fortress small.gif 3+ 8 10 2 5 20 13 8 312 240 Gold   Flying, Dispel, Weakness
Basilisk Basilisk Town portrait Fortress small.gif 4 11 11 6 10 35 5 4 552 325 Gold   Petrify
Greater Basilisk Greater Basilisk Town portrait Fortress small.gif 4+ 12 12 6 10 40 7 4 714 400 Gold   Petrify
Gorgon Gorgon Town portrait Fortress small.gif 5 10 14 12 16 70 5 3 890 525 Gold  
Mighty Gorgon Mighty Gorgon Town portrait Fortress small.gif 5+ 11 16 12 16 70 6 3 1028 600 Gold   Death stare 10% chance/unit
Wyvern Wyvern Town portrait Fortress small.gif 6 14 14 14 18 70 7 2 1350 800 Gold   Flying
Wyvern Monarch Wyvern Monarch Town portrait Fortress small.gif 6+ 14 14 18 22 70 11 2 1518 1100 Gold   Flying, Poison
Hydra Hydra Town portrait Fortress small.gif 7 16 18 25 45 175 5 1 4120 2200 Gold   No enemy retaliation, Attack all adjacent enemies
Chaos Hydra Chaos Hydra Town portrait Fortress small.gif 7+ 18 20 25 45 250 7 1 5931 3500 Gold , 1 Sulfur  No enemy retaliation, Attack all adjacent enemies

Strategy

The information found in this section is subjective. Remember that each and every situation in H3 is different and may call for different strategies and tactics.
  • While among them there is only one ranged-attack creature, Fortress units possess many special abilities to offset this deficiency.

Pros

  • High defense (Defense themed town)
  • With a two-hex moat and several buildings which increase the stats of the defending hero, a Fortress castle is a real pain to attack.
  • Hand-to-hand troops with excellent specials (Dispel, Death Stare, Petrify, Poison).
  • Dragon Flies are extremely fast. They share 8th place by speed among town units with Efreet Sultans (not including 7 level creatures, these two are fastest in the game), being faster than all creatures in Tower and Stronghold - and it's on level 3! For early development, it rocks, since the hero may simply rush through the map having Dragon Flies only (even basic Serpent Flies are ok, as their speed 9 is decent); and in a big battle, they are a major problem since they remove positive spells casted on enemy units and cast Weakness, making them less effective.
  • Their swamp native terrain makes them move much faster than any hero (without pathfinding) in the swamp.
  • The Wyvern Nest is very cheap and has very low requirements compared to the other level 6 dwellings, allowing the Fortress town to get level 6 units in their army early even on impossible difficulty.
  • Bron is the only hero in the game to bring level 4 units - Basilisks - with him at the start of the game. (Except Illor in HotA.) Horn of the Abyss

Cons

  • Fortress creatures have the lowest attack ratings of all towns.
  • The heavy focus on Defense can be disadvantageous in many cases, as a hero with high attack can kill their enemies before they have a chance to attack back. Attack can therefore be used as a type of defense, while defense cannot be used as offense.
    • The heavy focus on Defense combined with the fact that fortress only have got one shooter makes it more difficult for fortress to win battles without casualities than the other factions.
  • Magic, Mage Guild is limited to level 3.
  • Some creatures have poor stats (in Shadow of Death some stats for Lizardman/Lizard Warrior and Serpent Fly/Dragon Fly were increased, but overall they are still relatively weak. In wake of gods, this can be fixed by use of some settings making Fortress creatures better).
  • Very slow 7 level creature, especially the basic version (with speed 5, Hydra is slower than six lvl 1 creatures, and there is no upgraded lvl 1 creature slower than Hydra; among lvl 2 melee units, only Dwarf, Walking Dead, and Zombie are slower).
  • With two fragile fliers (lvl 3 with 20 hp, lvl 6 with 70 hp) and one very weak shooter, the Fortress has a very hard time invading other towns properly. So Expert Ballistics, Expert Teleport and/or Expert Earthquake are a must.

See also