"Necropolis towns are overrun and ruled by undead creatures. They are the natural bases for the Necromancer and Death Knight hero types. Necropolis armies have many units with abilities to weaken their opponents. This quickly gives them an edge over equal or even more powerful enemy armies." RoE manual
Necropolis creature dwellings
- Cursed Temple - (Skeleton, Skeleton Warrior)
- Graveyard - (Walking Dead, Zombie)
- Tomb of Souls - (Wight, Wraith)
- Estate - (Vampire, Vampire Lord)
- Mausoleum - (Lich, Power Lich)
- Hall of Darkness - (Black Knight, Dread Knight)
- Dragon Vault - (Bone Dragon, Ghost Dragon)
Necropolis specific buildings
- Cover of Darkness - creates unexplored area of 20 tile radius around the town for opposing players
- Necromancy Amplifier - (unique building, increases Necromancy skill of all player's heroes by 10% (5% in Horn of the Abyss) , stacks with each city)
- Skeleton Transformer - (unique building, which transfroms any creature into Skeleton, or, in case of Dragons, Hydras and Sea Serpents - into Bone Dragon)
- Shipyard - (allows to buy boats)
- Soul Prison - (Grail building, +20% Necromancy skill for allied heroes, +5k gold per day, +50% creature growth)
- Unearthed Graves - (Skeleton horde building, +6/week)
Necropolis building tree
|Troop cost/week:||26920 + 2|
|Halls||Fortifications||Tavern, Marketplace & Resource Silo||Mage Guilds||Banned spells|
|Village Hall||Fort||Tavern||Mage Guild
|Town Hall||Citadel||Marketplace||Mage Guild
|City Hall||Castle||Resource Silo
Produces +1 & +1
Banned secondary skills
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.
|Wight||3||7||7||3||5||18||5||7||252||200||Undead, Flying, Regeneration|
|Wraith||3+||7||7||3||5||18||7||7||315||230||Undead, Flying, Regeneration, Mana drain|
|Vampire||4||10||9||5||8||30||6||4||555||360||Undead, Flying, No enemy retaliation|
|Vampire Lord||4+||10||10||5||8||40||9||4||783||500||Undead, Flying, No enemy retaliation, Life drain|
|Lich||5||13||10||11||13||30||6||3||848||550||Ranged (12 shots), Undead, Death cloud|
|Power Lich||5+||13||10||11||15||40||7||3||1079||600||Ranged (24 shots), Undead, Death cloud|
|Black Knight||6||16||16||15||30||120||7||2||2087||1200||Undead, Curse|
|Dread Knight||6+||18||18||15||30||120||9||2||2382||1500||Undead, Curse, Death blow|
|Bone Dragon||7||17||15||25||50||150||9||1||3388||1800||Dragon, Undead, Flying, Morale -1|
|Ghost Dragon||7+||19||17||25||50||200||14||1||4696||3000||, 1||Dragon, Undead, Flying, Morale -1, Aging|
- Necropolis armies have many units with abilities to weaken their opponents. This may give them an advantage over an equal or even a stronger opponent.
- All Necropolis' creatures are undead, which means that they are unaffected by morale. They are also immune to all mind spells as well as Curse, Bless, Resurrection and Death Ripple.
- Necropolis is one of the most powerful towns. It has very strong 4th and 6th level creatures, as well as mighty shooters. Vampire Lords and Dread Knights are among the strongest in their respective levels, and while having Power Liches in an army consisting of living creatures may have problematic because of the death cloud attack, in the army of undead it is an advantage. Skeletons are around average rank of 1st level creatures, but due to Necromancy secondary skill, their numbers can be signifcantly greater than other 1st level creatures. The downside is, that Walking Deads, Wights, and Bone Dragons are all among the weakest creatures of their respective levels. In fact, Bone Dragon is perhaps the weakest 7th level creature.
- Bone Dragons and Ghost Dragons are underrated. Their -1 to enemy morale means that neutral mobs except for Minotaurs will never get an extra turn in battle, which gives the Necromancer greater control of the battlefield, reducing losses over time, and eventually resulting in a larger, stronger army. When upgraded to Ghost Dragons, they become faster than all units below level 7, allowing the Necromancer to cast the first spell unless the opponent has a Firebird/Phoenix or an upgraded Black Dragon, Gold Dragon, Arch Angel, or Arch Devil. The Ghost Dragon's aging attack is useless in small battles, but is terrifying in huge battles when split into 3 stacks and used to age the opponent's best stacks.
- Necropolis has excellent magic capabilities. It can build level 5th Mage Guild and has few special spells like Animate Dead and Death Ripple to support the armies. Also, undead hordes are immune to mind spells, which greatest advantage is that they cannot be blinded or "berserked". In addition, undead do not suffer from negative morale (nor do they benefit from positive). This makes the Spirit of Oppression a useful tool for Necropolis armies.
- Perhaps the most outstanding feature closely related to Necropolis is Necromancy secondary skill. It enables heroes with the skill to "harvest" Skeletons (or Skeleton Warriors) from enemy armies as well as allied creatures. It is possible for a hero with Necromancy skill to come out from a battle with more troops than he went to it.
- An advantageous tactics with Necropolis is "harvesting" skeletons with the Necromancy secondary skill. At expert level Necromancy allows 30% (15% in Horn of the Abyss) of the creatures killed in combat to be brought back from the dead as skeletons. The percentage points can be increased with two structures: Necromancy Amplifier(s) and Soul Prison. Amplifiers can typicallly be constructed in necropolis towns, while Soul Prison is the grail building of Necropolis. Each amplifier increases the percentage points by +10% (5% in Horn of the Abyss).
- There are also artifacts that can increase the skill: Amulet of the Undertaker increases the percentage points by +5% (2.5% in Horn of the Abyss), Vampire's Cowl by +10% (5% in Horn of the Abyss) and Dead Man's Boots by +15% (7.5% in Horn of the Abyss). The artifacts combine to the Cloak of the Undead King which gives another +30% (15% in Horn of the Abyss) to the Necromancy skill. With these artifacts and one amplifier, the Necromancy secondary skill can be increased to 100% (50% in Horn of the Abyss). Additionally, two heroes specialize in Necromancy, Isra and Vidomina. Combining either of them with one amplifier and all three artifacts, it is possible in Horn of the Abyss to reach 100% skill level in necromancy at level 67, which means that possibly all the creatures killed in combat will be brought back as skeletons.
- Harvesting leads to a situation, where it is profitable for heroes with Necromancy (mainly Death Knights and Necromancers) to carry through combats with wandering creatures instead of letting them flee if they are substantially less creatures and want to quit the battlefield. So, special months (see growth) where some creature types population doubles is actually a boon for Necropolis skeleton harvesters. This is especially valid for low-level creatures that come in large numbers, like hobgoblins. Random units blocking pathways on the map thus become a motivational boost because those wandering creatures mean additional Skeletons.
- A variety of good heroes to choose from.
- A variety of strategies available.
- Units are unaffected by negative Morale thus unaffected also by Sorrow or Spirit of Oppression, mixing with other Town type units still has a penalty on units of other towns.
- Unaffected by Mind spells like Elementals, even Blind does not function on Undead units.
- Necromancy is a powerful secondary skill that only Necropolis town heroes can utilize effectively and that every Necropolis hero typically has. Given affordable Necromancy amplifier buildings (10% point building bonus to Necromancy, unique town secondary skill boost building feature for all own heroes on the map, safe the Navigation centric building Lighthouse the only secondary skill bonus enhancer building available in the game) in Necropolis towns and a range of artifacts that further enhance the skill percentage like Vampire's Cowl it is rather easy to recruit a small but steady number of Undead from most other creatures after fights. Every successful fight will increase the number of level 1 units one has even to astronomical amounts of stack sizes for steady motivation boosts after each encounter. Undead generally are Animate Dead resurrectable during combat additionally and the Skeleton Transformer in a Necropolis town can change foreign units to Skeletons so mixing foreign units with Necropolis town units does not make them suffer morale penalty when converting them to Skeletons first, one can recruit units off fights with the opponent and they are rather hard to kill and easily replenished given enough mana or Necromancy skill bonus points which are readily available via buildings or artifacts or even hero specials.
- Vampire Lords are by far the most cost-efficient level 4 unit (and arguably the most cost-efficient unit in the game), as they can beat armies of much greater size as long as they are not (like Undead,Constructs or Elementals) immune to the Vampire Lords' Life drain ability and as long as the Vampire Lords are used properly (with Blind on extra enemy stacks for example or Counterstrike on the Vampire Lords amidst low number/low hp enemy stacks, alternated with Animate Dead to help out if the Life Drain to damage inbound ratio is proving destructive to the Vampire Lord stack - perhaps also using Haste and the Flying feature of the Vampire Lords to switch opponent melee stacks to feasible ones or to seek a safe point to replenish via Animate Dead, Cure or First Aid).
- The level 3 spell Animate Dead (which the necromancer hero Thant has built in) can resurrect units in combat, and they stay resurrected after combat. So given a good balance of Thants undead and repairable units compared to the opponent, enough mana for the resurrects and having Shackles of War for unlimited turns (a smaller version would be using Blind on all remaining enemy units and killing one blinded stack each turn, keeping the enemy locked until the enemy hero is lost to the opponent and the artifacts if any are transferred) he would not lose any units in combat but also often get additional Necromancy created skeletons (which would hamper movement on the adventure map a little, as Skeletons are slow creatures (and even with Town Portal and Dimension Door there's an adventure map movement penalty to consider)).
- There are number of artifacts that are only useful to Necropolis (artifacts enhancing the created creature number of the unique secondary skill Necromancy like Cloak of the Undead King, but also Pendant of Death which counters the mini, undead-only version of Armageddon, damaging all undead on the battlefield, even those recruited in no Necropolis but on the adventure map).
- Both Necropolis hero types begin with a spell book.
- Necropolis produces the least amount of units per week. (Not counting Necromancy).
- Walking Dead and Zombies slow armies down.
- Only one ranged attacker Lich/Power Lich which also has a Melee penalty, no Double attack and cannot attack Siege Walls.
- Unaffected by Bless.
- Unaffected by positive Morale. Mixing creatures of other town types without converting them to Skeletons via Skeleton Transformer first will get them negative Morale of course, on the other hand Spirit of Oppression is a very nice thing to have for any Necropolis hero with only Necropolis units in the party as it does not do any harm to Necropolis units. The Dread Knights' Death blow feature works largely (no Luck bonus for the second strike) like an attack only, no movement Morale bonus would, but at a higher probability of 20% (high Morale has 12.5% of activating a second action each creature) and it is a natural feature.
- Difficulties in the early game, where your slow level 1 and level 2 creatures are not the best to conquer mines and explore the map (and in the endgame a host of in-combat resurrectable skeletons might hamper adventure map transfers (to re-flag buildings for instance) safe for Town Portal which is a nice (and often banned) spell to jump the adventure map)).
- Bone and Ghost Dragons are near the bottom of the Level 7's in strength and usefulness.
- Necropolis heroes cannot learn first aid, even though their blacksmith produces first aid tents.
- Armageddon spell is in the Mage Guild, but is useless for Necropolis units since undead doesn't have fire magic immunity. Moreover, a Rampart, Inferno, Dungeon, or Conflux hero may capture a Necropolis and learn Armageddon, which will be used in a proper way via dragogeddon.
- This town is often considered too strong and thus is banned in many multiplayer games/tournaments. In Horn of the Abyss all percentages for Necromancy got halved in an attempt to balance this and also Galthran got replaced by Ranloo.