Types of Attacks: Advantage and DisadvantageEdit

There are three types of attacks in the Chronicles of Merlin. Each type of attack has its own strength and weakness, and the three types of attacks restrict each other when used well. Understanding how to use the three types of attacks to your advantage is the single most important lesson for any CoM warlord, and mastering the chemistry of these three types of attacks is the key to becoming a CoM maestro.

How to tell what Type of Attack a hero uses?

It's quite simple really. Hover over a hero to view the hero's attributes. For each hero, you will see their basic attributes, their units level and the third line should say something like Normal: Bombardment (for Saladin) or Gambit: Entrench (for Richard the Lionheart). Therefore, Saladin is a Normal Attack hero and Richard the Lionheart is a Gambit Attack hero.

Normal Attack

What is Normal Attack?Edit

Normal Attack deals a steady amount of damage each turn. It is launched by both Normal Attack heroes and Gambit Attack heroes (when morale is not full).


Normal Attack is popular (especially in the early to mid stage) because it is quite stable. Each attack generates about an equal amount of damage and there is no need to wait for Morale to load up, so damage is almost guaranteed each turn. Normal Attack has quite a high success rate, and can have CRITICAL STRIKES which are quite explosive.


Normal Attacks can be blocked, which means not only does the defender successfully block the attack, the defender also launches a "Counter Attack". Damage from Normal Attacks can be reduced from a high level armor, which is quite cheap.

How to Increase your Normal Attacks

In order of effectiveness:

  • Upgrade your weapon.
  • Research tempered Steel.
  • Enlighten to increase hero's Bravery.
  • Use Serpent Formation or Sickles formation.

How to Defend against Normal AttacksEdit

In order of effectiveness:

  • Upgrade your armor.
  • Research Plate Mail.
  • Enlighten to increase hero's Bravery.
  • Use Holy Cross, Wedge or Trident formation.

Gambit AttackEdit

What is Gambit Attack?Edit

Gambit Attack deals a high amount of damage WHEN the hero's morale is over 100. It is launched only by Gambit Attack heroes. Most of the time, Gambit Attack is very powerful and often fatal.


Gambit Attack is extremely popular during mid to late game. Most players use this as a One-Shot-Kill-All solution. Especially heroes like Alfred the Great, with group damage, is extremely powerful when given a high level horse. Gambit Attack is also favored for its relatively high growth. It is more explosive than Normal Attack, and when combined with the likes of Boudica, can be deadly!


Gambit Attack needs to wait a few turns for Morale to build up. Even if you have Boudica, there still is a chance for the Morale Boost to fail. Also, because Gambit is so powerful, most players have high level cloaks to defend against Gambit Attacks.

How to Increase your Gambit AttackEdit

In order of effectiveness:

  • Upgrade your HORSE. Find a red horse and get it into a weapon of mass destruction!
  • Research Chivalry.
  • Enlighten to increase hero's Tactics.
  • Use Mallet Formation.
  • Recruit a "Morale Booster" like Boudica.

How to Defend against Gambit AttackEdit

In order of effectiveness:

  • Upgrade your Cloak.
  • Research Fortifications.
  • Enlighten to increase hero's Tactics
  • Use Wedge formation.

Spell AttackEdit

What is Spell Attack?Edit

Spell Attack deals relatively high damage each turn. In comparison to the other two Attacks, it generates relatively higher damage and needs no "wait time" for morale to build up.


Spell Attack is reserved for the best of the best. It is an experimental style for the advanced elites. Spell Attack has high damage, and is difficult to counter against (there are no gear that boosts Spell Defense). Therefore it is also known as the ultimate Gambit Terminator.


Spell Attack has a relatively low success rate. The only thing you can do to make the success rate higher is to use the Cluster Formation. Therefore, a lot of your fighting will depend on luck .

How to Increase your Spell AttackEdit

In order of effectiveness:

  • Upgrade your Enchanted Item.
  • Research Alchemy.
  • Enlighten to increase hero's Magic.
  • Use Oblique Formation.

How to Defend against Spell AttackEdit

In order of effectiveness:

  • Research Book of Prayers.
  • Enlighten to increase hero's Magic.
  • Use Trident Formation

Formations GuideEdit

This guide is to help players understand formations and how to use them. There are a lot of choices when it comes to formations and there is no one formation that is better than another.

Know who goes first.Edit


Location in Formations

It is important to know who goes first. This is what a battle formation on the left side (Attacker) would look like, the right side (Defender) would be mirrored. You can see here it is number in the order in which they go. So #1 Attacker will go, and then #1 Defender will go. If there was no #1 Defender then #2 Defender will go next.

Know where to place your Heroes.Edit

Make sure that you know where your Heroes go which will give you a better advantage. One example of this is placing a Priest or Flag Bearer to go earlier so that they can give their Gambit Hero Morale sooner. Or to place other Gambit users near the front so they can attack sooner. Research multiple Formations so they can be used in any Battle.

You will never succeed with using just one Formation. Depending on your enemy you will need to counter it with a different formation, or even different Heroes.

Below is a list of which positions open with each level. Please use the picture above for the corresponding areas (1-9).



Holy Cross Formation Increases Block Rate
Serpent Formation Increases Normal Damage
Mallet Formation Increases Gambit Damage
Sickle Formation Increases Critical Strike Damage
Wedge Formation Increases Dodge Rate
Oblique Formation Increases Spell Damage
Cluster Formation Increases Counterattack Damage
Trident Formation Increases Defense

Remember PVP Formations.Edit

PVP can be a totally different ballgame as PVE remembers you have choices to set a default PVP in the formation screen. Remember that PVP opponents can be tougher than PVE you might need to move some of your stronger Heroes to the back so they can survive longer.

Watch Battle Reports!Edit

Whether it is someone who beat you are you are looking at great Battle Reports on the forum, the only way to get better is to watch these reports and learn from them!

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