Cyclops and Cyclops King

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Stronghold creatures
Level 1
Goblin Goblin
Hobgoblin Hobgoblin
Level 2
Wolf Rider Wolf Rider
Wolf Raider Wolf Raider
Level 3
Orc Orc Orc
Orc Chieftain Orc Chieftain Orc Chieftain
Level 4
Ogre Ogre
Ogre Mage Ogre Mage
Level 5
Roc Roc
Thunderbird Thunderbird
Level 6
Cyclops Cyclops
Cyclops King Cyclops King
Level 7
Behemoth Behemoth
Ancient Behemoth Ancient Behemoth
Castle Rampart Tower
Inferno Necropolis Dungeon
Stronghold Fortress Conflux
Cove Factory
 Cost per troop 


Attack 15
Defense 12
Damage 16–20
Health 70
Speed 6
Movement Ground
Size 1
Shots 16
Growth 2
AI Value 1266
 Special abilities:
Ranged attack
• Can attack siege walls
Cyclops King
 Cost per troop 


Attack 17
Defense 13
Damage 16–20
Health 70
Speed 8
Movement Ground
Size 1
Shots 24
Growth 2
AI Value 1443
 Special abilities:
Ranged attack
• Can attack siege walls
Cyclops Cave  

Cyclopes and Cyclops Kings are the level 6 creatures of Stronghold. They are recruited from the Cyclops Cave, and can be received as a reward from Wolf Raider Pickets Horn of the Abyss. (Note that the plural form of 'cyclops' is 'cyclopes')

"Cyclopses and cyclops kings attack at range by throwing boulders to devastating effect. Both can target siege walls and damage them like a catapult... Cyclops catapult attacks are applied with Basic Ballistics skill. Cyclops kings do the same at the Advanced Ballistics skill level..." RoE manual

Heroes with a specialty[edit]

  • Yog Yog the Barbarian has cyclopes as a specialty, which increases the Attack and Defense skills of any Cyclops or Cyclops King he commands for each level he attains after the 6th level, and gives them a speed bonus of 1. Note that in Birth of a Barbarian campaign, Yog is a Wizard and thus doesn't have cyclopes specialty (he is based on Solmyr).

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Some may find the information in this section subjective or irrelevant.

The cyclopes deal good damage and have good attack skill, but their defense is rather low and so is their health. They should be protected in order to have them in large numbers and deal a lot of damage. Also, their regular dwelling costs 20 crystals Crystal, double of what is needed for the Behemoth Lair, so their dwelling is usually built a while after the Behemoth's, which results in lower numbers and efficiency on smaller maps especially.

Cyclops Kings have brilliant speed for a ranged unit, and thus are able to act prior to many strong enemies (e.g. they're faster than Crusaders or Pit Lords). When having accumulated large amounts of them, use Cyclops Kings as your main ranged unit, replacing slow and not very strong Orcs. Don't neglect the upgrade of Cyclopes, as fast shooter is a rare thing in the game. When playing with Yog, Cyclops Kings will be unstoppable having outstanding speed 9 and stats rising throughout the game, which makes him one of the best Stronghold heroes. Destroying fortifications is not reliable, but still may help a lot during a siege.

If you have open slots in a siege, consider splitting your Cyclopes/Cyclops Kings into as many stacks as possible. Every additional stack of these guys is ~= another catapult!

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