Orc and Orc Chieftain

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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
 Horn of the Abyss
 Cost per troop 


Attack 8
Defense 4
Damage 2–5
Health 15
Speed 4
Movement Ground
Size 1
Shots 12
Growth 7
AI Value 192
 Special abilities:
Ranged attack
Orc Chieftain
 Horn of the Abyss
 Cost per troop 


Attack 8
Defense 4
Damage 2–5
Health 20
Speed 5
Movement Ground
Size 1
Shots 24
Growth 7
AI Value 240
 Special abilities:
Ranged attack
Orc Tower    Armageddon's Blade
 Horn of the Abyss
 Armageddon's Blade
 Horn of the Abyss

Orcs and Orc Chieftains are the level 3 creatures of Stronghold. They are recruited from the Orc Tower.

"Armed with throwing axes, orcs and orc chieftains have an effective ranged attack. At close range, their low speed and defensive values, and the ranged attacker hand-to-hand damage penalty, make them vulnerable." RoE manual

Heroes with a specialty[edit]

Jabarkas Jabarkas the Barbarian has orcs as a specialty, which increases the attack and defense skills of any orcs or orc chieftains for each level attained after 3rd level and gives them a speed bonus of 1.

Horn of the Abyss[edit]

Orcs and Orc Chieftains have a new appearance closer to that of orcs from Heroes II and IV:



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Slow and easy to kill when engaged, they should be upgraded immediately, since 4 speed is too little for the adventure map. They are also the only Stronghold shooter for a long time, since you will obtain Cyclopes only later on, usually even after obtaining Behemoths. However, when having got Cyclopes, focus on them as main shooters, as they are not only stronger but significantly faster than Orcs (especially when upgraded - Cyclops Kings have brilliant speed for a ranged unit), and have an ability to destroy fortifications. When you play with Jabarkas, you may still keep Orcs as your main force though, as they will not only get stronger as the game goes by, but also get a speed bonus which means that Orcs won't slow you down on the map too much. They are also very cheap for a Level 3 unit.

Bless and Precision are great buffs for Orcs, who have big damage range from almost useless to decent. Similarly, when playing against Stronghold, cast Curse on Orcs if the enemy doesn't have notable amounts of stronger units.

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