Crystal Dragon

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Neutral creatures
Level 1
Peasant Peasant
Halfling Halfling
Level 2
Rogue Rogue
Boar Boar
Leprechaun Leprechaun Horn of the Abyss
Level 3
Nomad Nomad
Mummy Mummy
Level 4
Sharpshooter Sharpshooter
Satyr Satyr Horn of the Abyss
Steel Golem Steel Golem Horn of the Abyss
Level 5
Troll Troll
Gold Golem Gold Golem
Fangarm Fangarm Horn of the Abyss
Level 6
Diamond Golem Diamond Golem
Enchanter Enchanter
Level 7
Faerie Dragon Faerie Dragon
Rust Dragon Rust Dragon
Crystal Dragon Crystal Dragon
Azure Dragon Azure Dragon
Towns
Castle Rampart Tower
Inferno Necropolis Dungeon
Stronghold Fortress Conflux
Cove Neutral
Statistics
Crystal Dragon
Creature Crystal Dragon.gif
 Cost per troop 
Resource Gold 20x18.gif
20000
Resource Crystal 20x18.gif
10
Attack 40
Defense 40
Damage 60–75
Health 800
Speed 16
Movement Ground
Size 2
Growth 1
AI Value 39338
 Special abilities:
• Crystal generation
Magic resistance +20%
• Counts as dragon
Crystal Cave  Crystal Dragon (adventure map).gif

Crystal Dragons are level 7 neutral creatures recruited from the Crystal Cavern.

"Made entirely from red crystal and brought to life through magical means, the Crystal Dragon is literally semitransparent, lit from the center by its magical heart. Used frequently as a training tool for young dragon slayers, many wizards also create these creatures for the crystal they shed." AB manual

Others[edit]

Placing Crystal Dragons (as well as any living Dragons) in the Skeleton Transformer will give you Bone Dragons instead of regular Skeletons.

Crystal generation special ability[edit]

Crystal Dragons have vaguely phrased special ability called crystal generation. It produces three crystals (3x Crystal) at the beginning of each week if the player has at least one crystal dragon in any of his armies. The effect is not cumulative, which means that several crystal dragon stacks in a hero's army or several crystal dragon stacks in different heroes' armies does not produce more than the three crystals.

Appearance[edit]

Crystal Dragons were added in Armageddon's Blade so there are no Crystal Dragons or Crystal Caverns in Restoration of Erathia. They also appear at the end of the Crystal Dragons scenario from the Dragon Slayer campaign in Armageddon's Blade.

Tactics and info[edit]

This section contains a general opinion over the subject!

Toughness[edit]

Crystal Dragons have the second highest defense and health value, right behind the Azure Dragon. In all stages of the game, these dragons are terrible foes, fast and hard to get rid of.

Offense[edit]

Just like toughness, they have the second highest attack and damage value in the whole game. With their fast speed and excellent stats, they are the perfect troop to kill and block the enemy archers and withstand the blows of the enemy.

Efficiency and cost[edit]

For a pretty high cost in gold Gold, these dragons are still a good deal. However, don't rely only on them and make sure you have money for other troops too.

Tactics[edit]

There aren't that many strategies involving them, since they are a pretty simple, but effective creature. Fast speed allows them to reach any unit on the battlefield, and high stats make them effective tanks and attackers at the same time. However, unlike most other dragons, Crystal Dragons do not fly so they will have to navigate around obstacles (their high speed helps) and will be blocked by castle walls and moats.

Skill bonuses[edit]

If you want your dragons to be even scarier, Offense and Armorer are excellent choices, skills from which most other creatures benefit from.

Trivia[edit]

Even though in the game files themselves the Crystal Dragon and other neutral dragons are considered to be level 7, the official editor shows they are level 10 (8 for Faerie Dragon). This is either due to code limitations and impossibility of creating a unit with tier higher than 7, either because the developers didn't have time, motivation or reason to add a new creature level in the game code and invest time in that, just telling us they are level 10, respectively 8. As such, even now their levels are still being debated.

They are also the second strongest creature in the game in raw stats, the first being the Azure Dragon. Crystal Dragons can also be resurrected, probably due to their magical heart, even though they are considered to be golems.

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