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War Bears
Summon WarBears
Realm Icon Nature.pngNature
Spell Properties
Spell Rarity Common
Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 70
Upkeep Cost Icon Mana.png 2 per turn
Research Cost Icon Research.png 130
Unit Properties
# of Figures Icon MultiFigureUnit.png 2
Moves Icon Movement Ground2
Melee Attack per figure Icon Melee Normal.png 7
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 3
Resistance Icon Resist.png 6
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 8
Unit Abilities
Ability Forester Forester
Tactical WarBears
War Bears are a type of Fantastic Unit featured in Master of Magic. They belong to the Icon Nature.pngNature Realm, and may be summoned using a Summoning Spell of the same name. War Bears are a basic Melee combat unit, roughly equivalent to high-quality Normal Units. Their primary advantage is their cheap Casting Cost and Upkeep Cost, though they make good scouts for Forest terrain and can lead other units quickly through such.

The Fantastic Unit Edit

Physical Description Edit

War Bears are larger cousins of the Brown Bear, though they seem to have been bred or at least trained for combat. They can be seen wearing a collar, probably placed on them by a tamer. With massive claws and muscular, heavy bodies, they can bash and rip their enemies to shreds.

The War Bears unit is a Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure Unit, containing up to 2 of these creatures.

Attack Properties Edit

In Melee combat, a unit of War Bears is roughly as strong as a high-tier Normal Unit. They strike with Icon Melee Normal.png 7 per bear, which gives them a rather average damage output of about Icon Damage.png 2.1 Damage points per bear - enough to kill one or two low/mid-level enemy Normal Unit Icon Figure.png figures if they fail to Defend properly.

The War Bears' attack has no additional powers.

Defensive Properties Edit

War Bears are neither heavily-armored nor exceptionally agile, resulting in a Defense score of Icon Defense.png 3. This means that on average, they will only block Icon Damage.png 0.9 points of Damage each time they are attacked.

Nonetheless, the War Bears possess a relatively high Hit Point count of Icon Hits.png 8 per figure, and thus can survive prolonged combat against weaker units. However, since the unit only contains two bears, it can be destroyed quite easily by any stronger enemy unit.

Other Properties Edit

War Bears' Resistance is slightly higher than that of normal troops, standing at Icon Resist.png 6. While above-average, this will not protect them from any serious Unit Curses or combat maledictions, though it may avert the odd Poisoning or other mild Special Attacks.

Basic Tactics Edit

For its low Casting Cost, this unit can perform admirably in combat against most non-upgraded Normal Units from the Arcanian Races, and can take on small groups of low-tier Normal Units. More importantly though, War Bears make excellent scouts for the the early game. This is thanks to their Icon Movement Ground2 and the Ability Forester Forester ability, which allows them to move through Forests spending only one movement point per tile. They can also lead a stack of other units through Forest terrain at the same movement rate, which means they are essential for early-game expansion.

Enemy War Bears Edit

War Bears appear quite often as neutral monsters, mostly in low-level Encounter Zones. They are often accompanied by Sprites. In this capacity they may prove quite challenging to early-game armies. Later on though, like most units of their cost and tier, War Bears will not stand a chance against upgraded or highly-experienced Normal Units, well-equipped Heroes or other Fantastic Units.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability Forester Forester Edit

  • This unit may move through any Forest tile at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.
  • When this unit is stacked with other units, the entire stack may move through Forest tiles at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.

The Summoning Spell Edit

Usage Edit

War Bears may only be cast overland, for the base Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 70. Upon successfully casting the spell, the new War Bears unit will appear in the Town currently containing the Wizard's Summoning Circle, with full Movement Allowance, and may move and/or attack immediately as necessary.

To keep the War Bears in play, its controller is required to pay an Upkeep Cost of Icon Mana.png 2 per turn. This is drawn automatically from the caster's Icon Mana.png Mana pool at the beginning of each turn while the unit exists. Failure to pay this Upkeep due to lack of Icon Mana.png Mana will lead to the War Bears immediately disappearing, along with any Unit Enchantments currently affecting it. However, this upkeep is for the unit, not for the spell: Summoning Spells can not be dispelled by the enemy once cast.

Naturally though, if the unit is destroyed, then it is gone from the world entirely, and there is no further need to pay its Upkeep Cost. Units summoned on the overland map may also be dismissed manually from their unit statistics window the same way as any other overland unit (during their controller's turn, while not in combat).

Acquisition Edit

As a Common Spell of the Icon Nature.pngNature Realm, War Bears may become available to any Wizard who acquires at least Icon Nature.png1 Spellbook. With none, the spell can naturally not be learned during the campaign. This is the minimum requirement for it to be traded for, appear in Treasure, or be found in the spoils of victory when conquering the Fortress of a rival Wizard who already knows it.

The base chance for War Bears to be researchable (at some point) in the campaign is roughly 30% (with Icon Nature.png1 book), which gradually increases with the amount of Icon Nature.pngNature Spellbooks possessed or found during gameplay. With Icon Nature.png7 or more, the spell is certain to show up sooner or later, unless acquired from another source. It has a Research Cost of Icon Research.png 130, although its research is quicker for Wizards possessing the Sage Master, Conjurer, and/or Nature Mastery Retorts; or a bookshelf containing Icon Nature.png8 or more.

War Bears may also be selected as a starting spell by any Wizard with at least Icon Nature.png2 books. In this case, it will be available for casting as soon as the game begins.