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Heroes Community > Library of Enlightenment > Thread: Balista
Thread: Balista [ This thread is 2 pages long: (1) 2 ]
Rayjockey
Rayjockey

Tavern Dweller
posted May 28, 2004 12:38 PM
Edited By: Rayjockey on 28 May 2004

Balista

I never buy a balista in the start. It cost 2500gold and that is not something I NOT have afford to.(In Impossible or ekspert game)what do you mean foaks?
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Jinz123
Jinz123

Tavern Dweller
posted May 28, 2004 01:14 PM

i have never bought them. i don't really use any arhcry skillz (unlesss i am Gelu) or Balista skillz, although these can be useful @ times
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angelito
angelito

Hero of Order
proud father of a princess
posted May 28, 2004 02:34 PM

I would say itīs a big mistake NOT taking a balista with you..

First of all, itsīlike a unit which makes damage and has 250 hitpoints!!

Second, itīs damage raises with the attack skill of your hero!! (and with the secondary skill offense!!)

Third, if you learn artillery, your damage will increase more, balista will shoot twice AND do double damage!!

Fourth, itīs a good "fodder" for the enemy units, especially at the beginning of the game. If you try it, you will see, that enemy units like to attack the balista when they can reach it, and wonīt attack your other units.

So i suggest you try it on your next games and you will see the usefullness of a good balista..

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doomnezeu
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posted May 28, 2004 02:37 PM

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Second, itīs damage raises with the attack skill of your hero!! (and with the secondary skill offense!!)


Doesn't the damage increase with archery? It's a ranged unit after all.
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LordLazy
LordLazy


Promising
Famous Hero
Wood cleaner
posted May 28, 2004 02:59 PM

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i have never bought them. i don't really use any arhcry skillz (unlesss i am Gelu) or Balista skillz, although these can be useful @ times


agreed... archery sux - wow! had forgot how fun this was

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Dingo
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God of Dark SPAM
posted May 28, 2004 03:25 PM

Ballista is even more powerful with a ballista speciality hero.
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Jinz123
Jinz123

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posted May 28, 2004 10:37 PM
Edited By: Jinz123 on 28 May 2004

Quote:
I would say itīs a big mistake NOT taking a balista with you..

First of all, itsīlike a unit which makes damage and has 250 hitpoints!!

Second, itīs damage raises with the attack skill of your hero!! (and with the secondary skill offense!!)

Third, if you learn artillery, your damage will increase more, balista will shoot twice AND do double damage!!

Fourth, itīs a good "fodder" for the enemy units, especially at the beginning of the game. If you try it, you will see, that enemy units like to attack the balista when they can reach it, and wonīt attack your other units.

So i suggest you try it on your next games and you will see the usefullness of a good balista..


Well i've done 90% of all the hard campaigns without one i've never used 1. from your arguments it seems only useful if you have archery or artilery skillz, unless you have mega high attack .and it will always hit random targets unless u have that skill say ther are 40 pit lords u want to attack and ther are 3 other units on the feild it will have a 1/4 chance of hitting them unless u control the artilery which means u need basic-expert artilery for it to be effective
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angelito
angelito

Hero of Order
proud father of a princess
posted May 29, 2004 02:22 AM

Iīm not talking about campaigns.

They are built to have hugh armies....normaly...

But when u play online against human players, u will meet much earlier than against the comp.
Even on XL-map, u wonīt reach month3..

So here the balista is very important.
How often do ya see, that a horde of walking dead (or similar units) is blocking the road near your castle. Itīs first week....you will see how usefull a balista is in that moment..and not only in that...itīs only an example..

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angelito
angelito

Hero of Order
proud father of a princess
posted May 30, 2004 01:57 AM

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Second, itīs damage raises with the attack skill of your hero!! (and with the secondary skill offense!!)


Doesn't the damage increase with archery? It's a ranged unit after all.



Sure you are right, itīs archery which raises the damage of a balista, not offense
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Rayjockey
Rayjockey

Tavern Dweller
posted June 01, 2004 09:44 AM

Sky high attack

Quote:
I would say itīs a big mistake NOT taking a balista with you..

First of all, itsīlike a unit which makes damage and has 250 hitpoints!!

Second, itīs damage raises with the attack skill of your hero!! (and with the secondary skill offense!!)

Third, if you learn artillery, your damage will increase more, balista will shoot twice AND do double damage!!

Fourth, itīs a good "fodder" for the enemy units, especially at the beginning of the game. If you try it, you will see, that enemy units like to attack the balista when they can reach it, and wonīt attack your other units.

So i suggest you try it on your next games and you will see the usefullness of a good balista..
I have played this game for too many years..hehe. If you want capitol i the first week(first day in the secong week), then we can`t buy a balista, beacouse is cost to much gold. More army instead of a balista. If you are a mage...is it not wise to buy it..You understand. mage have no attack skill. Must have balista skill or sky high attcack on your hero to get any use of it.
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Sandro44
Sandro44


Hired Hero
posted June 04, 2004 12:49 PM

I use it

I use it! Its cool!
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Trogdor
Trogdor


Legendary Hero
History's Strangler
posted June 04, 2004 01:24 PM

I'd buy anything in Erathia. Ballista = AWEXOME!
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Orion
Orion


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Dark God of Ordered Chaos
posted June 06, 2004 04:53 PM

ah hello ballista= ranged unit even if you can not aim you can still do etc damage to your opponent then you would without one and your opponent if there comp will often waste time attacking it just use it as a decoy while you move your most powerful unit in for the kill. they ah also cheap enough to be expendable to some degree since you can defeat ai before they destroy it normally and humans simply ignore it
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wanderer
wanderer


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Mercenary on Azure's Kingdom
posted June 07, 2004 01:06 AM

but carefull...
ballistae can mean you're death, if you don't have the balistics skill, because then strikes randomly and can unblind the creatures you blinded and that can make you loss a battle/game
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gorman
gorman


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Supreme Hero
Kickin it, Seraphim style!
posted June 09, 2004 03:41 AM

I've had those annoying moments when the next battle phase starts and a creature is unblinded because of a Ballistae... Truely one of the most annoyingly useful HoMM 3 weapons
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Frick
Frick


Known Hero
and eternal n00b.
posted June 09, 2004 09:24 AM

That's why I go with ballista only if I have the ballista-skill.

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Wizard
Wizard


Hired Hero
Trying to defend a castle
posted June 11, 2004 09:50 AM

Some heroes may have a ballista for free ;-) A new hero + ballista for 2500 may be a good investment.
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swinm
swinm


Hired Hero
posted July 06, 2015 12:37 PM

Ballista totally sucks.

However, in the late game, without any ballista/archery skills it can make 200-400 damage, and it is OK.

Well, if you want to blind the last enemy, you have to destroy it with something before.

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Maurice
Maurice


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Supreme Hero
Part of the furniture
HC SUPPORTER
posted July 06, 2015 01:04 PM

swinm said:
Ballista totally sucks.

However, in the late game, without any ballista/archery skills it can make 200-400 damage, and it is OK.

Well, if you want to blind the last enemy, you have to destroy it with something before.



And there was a reason to necro this topic?

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MeKick
MeKick

Tavern Dweller
posted July 06, 2015 09:32 PM
Edited by MeKick at 21:33, 06 Jul 2015.

Maurice said:
And there was a reason to necro this topic?


I'm a bit confused about that too.

But just for argument's sake, in the early stages of a match, a Ballista can soak up to 250 damage per battle against wandering monsters. This can make it far easier to finish off enemy units without suffering additional melee unit losses (especially when you have shooters).

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