To conquer a Level 10 NPC city (aka barbarian fort), first look around the map for a level 10 flat or a level 10 NPC city. The closer your city is to the level 10 flat or NPC, the easier it is to conquer.NPC cities regenerate 3 loyalty every 6 minutes. An attack with archers from 1 mile away would normally take 2-3 minutes.
Using 1 hero, it would take 6 minute round trip therefore not actually be able to take down the loyalty.
Using 2 heroes, 6 minute round trips, -3 loyalty per 6 minutes, 42/3 = 14 attack until its at 50 loyalty, and then 50/2= 25 attacks till you conquer it. Conquer time: 39 x 6 minutes = 234 minutes
Using 3 heros, 6 minute round trips, -6 loyalty per 6 minutes, 42/6 = 7 attacks until its at 50 loyalty, and then 50/4 = 13 attacks till you conquer it. Conquer time: 20 x 6 minute = 60 minutes
Lets take distance into account, there is this shiny looking lvl10 Barbarian 10miles away. From memory 10 miles would be around 50 minutes round trip for archers. For sake of this explaination lets say it takes 60 minutes.
The barbarian city would regen 30 loyalty in the 60 minutes time frame, so you would have to send 11 attacks in order to actually take down 3 loyalty per hour.
Also in that 60 minutes time frame it would have gotten back 60% of the troops back meaning if you are doing long range conquers, it would be best if you spread your marches apart instead of having them attack in one bulk.
Know Your Barbarian City
Archer Only method recommended: 300,000 archers. Minimum: 250,000 archers. What i used: 270,000 archers
Pros: Speedy conquer, low tech requirements. Cons: More troop casualties then other methods.
Ballista + Archer method Recommended: 34,000 Ballistas, 150,000 archers Minimum: 24,000 Ballistas, 150,000 archers
Pros: Speedy Capture, small troop casualties Cons: Moderate tech requirements
Ballista Only Method Recommended: 40,000 Ballistas Minimum: 30,000 Ballistas
Pros: No troops losses Cons: Very slow conquer, high tech requirements
(*Include various other units like 1 pike and warrior for layering purposes, search forums for darwins maneuver for more info*)
You will need 4 to 10 heroes with 100+ attack, depending how fast you want to conquer the lvl10 Barb city. if your a sadist like me and enjoy a slow torture you can conquer it with 3.
- The higher the attack of the hero, the less troops you have to send.
Find yourself a flat preferably 1-2miles near your desired lvl10, or if you just happen to have a lvl10 barbarian in your backyard then your in luck.
Within the town, you will need these essential buildings, Recommended: lvl8 feasting hall, lvl10 rally point, lvl 6 academy Minimum: lvl5 feasting hall, lvl5 rally point, lvl6 academy
- Spare town Make sure you have a spare town slot.
Technology and research
I wouldn't recommend trying to conquer a level10 if you've only broken +5 research on Iron Working ( Armor ), Medicine ( Health ) and Military Tradition ( Attack ).
Recommended: +10 research Minimum: +6 research
- This method is the recommended amount, it is not the minimum amount you can use but i would recommend you use these numbers if it is your first try. it is for people who are starting to muster up troops and want less casualties.
So by now you should have a town built near a lvl10, in that town you should have a lvl10 rally spot, a lvl8 feasting hall, and a lvl6 academy. Your troop attack, defense and health research upgrades are around lvl8-9.
Ok requirements aside, lets get down to conquering that juicy lvl10 you had your eyes on ever since your scout report came back with 37 lvl10 farms.
Make sure you have food and gold... last thing you need is for your heroes and troops to run away...
First wave of attack
Spearhead of the attack consists of either: 99,995 archers with layers, or 34k ballistas with layers.
These two troop numbers i've tested that can successfully break the 400,000 warriors and defenses the Barbarian city has.
Using the Ballistas you can have to as low as 24,000 Balliastas on your spearhead wave.
depending on your technology, you will take losses but no worries that's why we bought spare troops right?
Along with the first wave, rest of your 5-9 attacks depending on your feasting hall, should follow closely with the first, a few seconds apart. your marches should look something like this. hero1, 2min 30 hero2, 2min 34 hero3, 2min 36 etc These waves, consists of mainly archers with layers, i recommend using 25,000 archers + 1pike +swords per hero.
- Note: use Pikemen and Swordmen to layer, because they have relatively the same marching speed, therefore they don't slow your archers down, and they are there for prevent any short comings, i have recommended using 25,000 archers per wave, which is enough to take out the 6 minute troop respawn the Barbarian city has.
Losses: you will take around 500 - 2,000 archers per wave depending on how good your tech is.
Barbarian lvl10 regens 3 loyalty and 10% troops per 6 minutes. It's loyalty starts at 92, it loses 3 loyalty per attack, until 50 loyalty or so, then it starts to lose 2 per attack.
So expect an hour or more.
Don't attempt to try this around server maintenance, unless you want a tragic end.