Wyvern and Wyvern Monarch
"Wyverns and wyvern monarchs attack with swipes of their stinging tails. The wyvern monarch's stinger has a chance of poisoning its target for three rounds... Poisoning can only be removed by the cure spell." RoE manual
Heroes with a specialty
- Broghild the Beastmaster has wyverns as a specialty, which increases the attack and defense skills of any wyverns or wyvern monarchs for each level attained after 6th level and gives them a speed bonus of 1.
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Wyverns have unappealing statistics in comparison to other level 6 units, being similar in strength as manticores. Unlike other level 6 creatures, their dwelling can be built extremely early - even as early as day 1, giving players a noticeable early game advantage. Additionally, if there are any Dragon Fly Hives available, the number of wyverns can easily outnumber other level 6 units, becoming the main powerstack of the army - even for factions other than Fortress.
The upgrade to wyvern monarchs is extremely good - it grants a 25% increase of damage output, and a very good speed of 11. It also gives a chance to poison the enemy while attacking - which, while being unreliable, can turn the tide of the fight to your favour. However, keep in mind that poisoned creatures will be resurrected faster. Wyvern Monarchs are useful when sieging towns, as they are the strongest flying unit of Fortress.