Mechanic and Engineer
|• Breath attack
• Repairs mechanical creatures (10 HP per unit)
|• Breath attack
• Repairs mechanical creatures (20 HP per unit)
Heroes with a specialty
- Sam the Mercenary has Mechanics as a specialty, which increases the attack and defense skills of any Mechanics or Engineers for each level attained after 2nd level, and gives them a speed bonus of 1.
Special Ability: Repair
Mechanics and Engineers can repair Mechanical creatures by 10 hit points for every Mechanic or by 20 hit points for every Engineer. To repair a Mechanical creature, the Mechanic/Engineer must stand next to it and use the ability. Each stack can only use this ability once per combat. Repair can revive dead creatures, even from the corpses of destroyed stacks, which is similar to Archangels' resurrection.
The ability only works on Mechanical creatures specifically; i.e., only Automatons, Sentinel Automatons (unless they detonated), Dreadnoughts, and Juggernauts. It does not work on Golems or War Machines.
Mechanic and Engineer's breath attack is seemingly bugged. When attacking a 2-hex unit from the middle hex above or below them, the breath attack will not follow the direction of the sword-arrow, but rather the direction of the Mechanic's (or Engineer's) movement.
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Beware of breath attack which may kill your own troops as well.
Mechanics and Engineers are too fragile to fight on their own, but their true strength lies in repairing mechanical creatures. Rather than using them as primary damagers, use them to attack unit stacks standing close and to finish wounded enemies. In the early game, you can absorb all of the damage of most neutral monsters on a stack of Automatons and avoid losses by repairing them. It might be a good idea to split your Mechanics into multiple stacks, so you can repair your Automatons multiple times in one combat.
Surprisingly, a large powerstack of Mechanics or Engineers can serve well as the primary damage dealer, especially when commanded by Sam. Speed of 8 allows them to avoid most creatures, while the breath attack can be used to strike two creatures at once while avoiding any retaliation, provided the first stack dies or has lost their retaliation for that round.
Keep in mind that Mechanics and Engineers cannot repair Detonated Automatons, since Detonation destroys their corpse. If you have a large stack of Automatons, it may be wise to avoid activating Detonation so that your Mechanics can repair them in case they die.