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Conquering and Being Conquered

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See also Evony Theory Crafting

I came across a very good guide written by DeathSlayr

To conquer a player-owned city:
- It must not be their only city, to check on this, go into statistics, type the Lord name, and it'll tell you how many cities they have
- You must have the title needed to have another city
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- Also, you CAN conquer a players capital city, as long as it's not their only city

To conquer a barbarian city:
- You must have the title needed to have another city

To conquer a city, you must get it's loyalty to 0, not 5, not 10, not 15, but 0.

The first thing you want to do is take out any troops or forifications. You should scout the city first. Then send your army, to destroy troops and forifications. If there are abatis, you are advised to destroy these, using calavary. Abatis CAN kill troops when they are in small numbers, OR if they are workers/transports or scouts. Once they have no defense left, send 1 scout on an attack, and keep sending 1 scout with a hero. This is called scout spamming, and takes down their loyalty.* But once their loyalty is 15 or below, you can no longer get the loyalty down by attacking. But you must keep attacking, to put the public greviance up. The public greviance slowly decreases loyalty. When the loyalty decreases to something below 5 (not sure of exact number) the troops they have will fight against you, if they had the gates closed and couldn't fight earlier. You will need to take out these troops before you can continue to scout spam. When the loyalty is 0, your scout will stay inside your city, it will give the chance to change the city name and portrait. Congratulations, you've just conquered a city.

*This method no longer works. See Attacking Evony City Walls for troop numbers to send.

Conquering a barbarian city however, is much more difficult. The regenerate troops and fortifications very fast, and are never worth conquering unless they are of a high level. A level 6 barbarian city will have level 6 in all buildings, a level 5 will have level 5 in all buildings....and it goes on. You can still scout spam, but you must scout spam in much larger numbers, they must be very close, AND you need a big army to take out forifications and troops. Impart from that, the steps are exactly the same.

To avoid being conquered:

You always want fortifications, like archer towers(a minimum of 250, probably around 500), traps etc, and a good 1000 abatis, which means they have to send calavary to take them out before they can scout spam you. If you find yourself being conquered, and your loyalty getting dangerously low, use comforting, disaster relief generally, because if you use praying, the loyalty will drop again fast, and disaster relief reduces public greviance by more than praying. 

1 City - Civillian
2 Cities - Knight
3 Cities - Baronet
4 Cities - Baron
5 Cities - Viscount
6 Cities - Earl
7 Cities - Marquis
8 Cities - Duke
9 Cities - Furstin

I hope this guide helps other players out a bit.

I do know you get all heroes when you conquer them, but must persuade them, with gold to make them do what you want.

(^-- There is debate whether this last line is correct. Does anyone know for sure?)