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               Warcraft 2 Unofficial FAQ List

              by Dan Zerkle (a.k.a. "Trouble")

                      August 26, 1996




     Warcraft 2 is the strategy game from Blizzard.  This
     document lists frequently asked questions and answers
     appearing on the newsgroup alt.games.warcraft.  This
     document does not address the original game of War-
     craft.

     Please save a copy of this document.  If you see some-
     one ask a question that is answered in this document,
     please mail the FAQ list to that person instead of
     answering the question.

     Each time a new version of this document is released,
     the date at the top is updated.  Check the date to see
     if you have the latest version.

     Please send suggestions and corrections for this to the
     author at zerkle@cs.ucdavis.edu.  Good ones will be
     used and acknowledged.


1. About this document

     This section discusses this document.


1.1 Table of contents.

     Sections marked with an asterisk are new or changed in
     this version.

     1. About this document
     1.1 Table of contents
     1.2 Authors of this document
     *1.3 Where to get this document

     2. General Questions
     2.1 What is Warcraft 2?
     *2.2 How can I contact Blizzard?
     *2.3 What are the different versions of Warcraft 2?
     *2.4 What are some good Web pages for Warcraft 2?
     2.5 Can I download Warcraft 2?
     *2.6 I'm having trouble running the program.  Help!
     2.7 Which is better, Warcraft 2 or Command & Conquer?
     2.8 Which are better, orcs or humans?
     2.9 What are the cheat codes?
     2.10 What bugs are in Warcraft 2?
     2.11 What's a PUD?
     2.12 How do I use the features of the expansion set in my own
          maps?
     *2.13 What Easter eggs are in Warcraft 2?
     2.14 What do portals, runestones, and circles do?
     2.15 Can PUD's have a goal other than destroying?
     2.16 Why don't I see cut scenes in the expansion set?
     2.17 What are the shortcut keys?
     *2.18 My save files don't work with 1.3!  Help!

     3. Single-player campaign levels
     3.1 How do I beat the computer?
     3.2 I killed all the computer units.  Why don't I win?
     3.3 Does the computer cheat?
     3.4 How do I build walls?
     3.5 How do I beat level Human 7?
     3.6 How do I beat level Human 14?
     3.7 How do I beat expansion level Human 7?
     3.8 How do I beat expansion level Orc 12?
     3.9 How do I beat expansion level Human 12?
     3.10 Is there a single-player strategy guide?

     4. Multi-player games
     4.1 What is "spawning"?
     4.2 The start button is greyed out.  Why?
     4.3 I keep getting beaten on multiplayer.  What to do?
     4.4 Are other people cheating in multi-player?
     4.5 How can I cheat on multi-player?
     4.6 What is a grunt rush?
     4.7 What is the seven-man grunt rush?
     4.8 What is a mage bomb?
     4.9 What is barracks first?
     4.10 How do I change the color of my name?
     4.11 Can I play Warcraft 2 over the Internet?

     5. Kali
     5.1 What is Kali?
     5.2 What do I need for Kali?
     5.3 Where do I get Kali?
     5.4 How do I install Kali?
     5.5 Really, how do I install Kali?
     5.6 Which are good Kali servers to play Warcraft 2?
     5.7 What is THF?
     5.8 What are ogre rules?
     5.9 What is TVB?
     5.10 What is a FFA?
     5.11 What are the NWL and IWL?
     5.12 What is the lumber bug?
     5.13 How do I stop my units from mining?
     *5.14 What's the best speed on Kali?
     *5.15 Is there a Kali newsgroup?

     6. Game Play
     6.1 Why can't I build more units?
     6.2 How do I stop bloodlusted ogres?
     6.3 How do I stop sappers/dwarves?
     *6.4 How do I stop death knights?
     6.5 How do I stop a mage bomb?
     6.6 How do I stop submarines?
     6.7 How do I stop barracks first?
     6.8 Can deathknights see invisible units?
     6.9 How do I stop early grunt attacks?
     *6.10 What does this spell do?
     6.11 Does haste increase attack speed?
     6.12 What tricks can I use?



1.2 Authors of this document

     The primary author is Dan Zerkle,
     zerkle@cs.ucdavis.edu.  If you would like to suggest an
     addition or revision, please mail it to him.

     Suggestions and additions from Richard Wan
     (riwan@unixg.ubc.ca) are marked "RW".


1.3 Where to get this document

     The document is posted Mondays to alt.games.warcraft,
     alt.games.kali, and comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.strategic.
     It is available on the Web from
     http://www.ogr.com/faqs/warcraft2.faq or
     http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/4006/war2faq.txt.

     If you would like to include it on your Web page,
     please contact the author so he can mention your page
     here.  If you have a commercial Web operation, please
     contact me before using this information.


2. General Questions

     This section contains general questions about Warcraft
     2.


2.1 What is Warcraft 2?

     Warcraft 2 is a real-time action and strategy computer
     game written by Blizzard for the IBM PC and compati-
     bles.  It runs under MS-DOS or Windows 95, and has a
     planned port to Macintosh.  You may control armies of
     noble humans (and allies) or loathsome orcs (and
     allies).

     To defeat the enemy requires clever strategy, tactics,
     and resource management.  You must produce buildings
     and harvest resources to train troops and fight the
     enemy.

     It has the unique fog of war feature.  You can not see
     the actions of the enemy unless you actually have a
     unit in visual range.


2.2 How can I contact Blizzard?

     Their Web page is http://www.blizzard.com.  E-mail is
     sales@blizzard.com.  Sales are at 800-953-SNOW.  Paper
     mail is P.O. Box 18979, Irvine, CA 92713.  The manual
     lists contacts for customer support.


2.3 What are the different versions of Warcraft 2?

     Version 1.0 is the original version (Tides of Darkness)
     that comes in the box on the CD.

     Version 1.2 is a free (RW) patch available from
     Blizzard's Web site.  It fixes a bug with the exorcism
     spell, includes support for Kali, and allows players to
     start in random map positions in multi-player.

     Version 1.3 is the Beyond the Dark Portal expansion
     set, available as a separate CD.  It has all the
     features of 1.2.  Also, it includes 24 difficult cam-
     paign levels, two new cut scenes, many maps for use in
     custom or multiplayer levels, a new tile set, special
     "hero" characters, better PUD selection software, and a
     disco music track.

     Version 1.32 is a free patch that may eventually be
     available from Blizzard's Web site.  It will contain a
     program to fix old save files to work with newer ver-
     sions of the program.  At the time of this writing,
     Blizzard still wants to fix some things before releas-
     ing it.  If you run across this patch, please do not
     use it.

     There are some add-on CD's sold by other companies.
     These CD's contain more maps.  People who have bought
     them invariably report disappointment.


2.4 What are some good Web pages for Warcraft 2?

     There are far too many to list them all.  Use a Web
     search, watch the newsgroup, or follow links to find
     them.  Here are three good ones.

     Blizzard's Web site is at http://www.blizzard.com.  It
     has all sorts of useful information.  Check it out if
     you have purchased or are considering purchase of any
     Blizzard product.

     Shlonglor's War 2 page is generally considered the
     best, with lots of strategies and overviews.  It's at
     http://www.andrews.edu/~fraizer/war2.cgi.

     Methos' Warcraft II Strategy Page contains lots of
     hints for better game play.  It also contains links to
     other pages.  It's at
     http://www.mtsu.edu/~csc10001/strat.html.


2.5 Where can I download Warcraft II?

     Blizzard's Web page contains a playable demo for the
     IBM PC and the Macintosh.


2.6 I'm having trouble running the program.  Help!

     Blizzard has extremely good technical support at its
     Web page.  If something is going wrong, please check
     out that page first.  An answer to your problem is
     almost certainly there.

     If you're still having trouble, contact Blizzard at one
     of the support contacts mentioned on page six of the
     manual.  This will work better and faster than posting
     to the newsgroup.

     Do not post a technical question without trying these
     two things first.  If you really must post, please men-
     tion that you already tried the above avenues.  Mes-
     sages posted to newsgroups are distributed to tens of
     thousands of servers worldwide, and it isn't really
     appropriate to waste these sorts of resources when
     you've already paid Blizzard to answer your questions
     for you.


2.7 Which is better, Warcraft 2 or Command & Conquer?

     They are both good.  If you like one, you'll probably
     like the other.  You should probably buy both.  Gen-
     erally, Warcraft 2 is better for multi-player, while
     Command & Conquer is superior for single-player play.

     Warcraft 2 has a medieval setting with monsters and
     magic.  It runs in SVGA mode for nice graphics.  The
     units for the two races are very similar, all having
     close or exact matches to the other side.  You must
     harvest and manage three kinds of resources.  Up to
     eight players are permitted in a single game (effec-
     tively six on Kali).  Each package purchase allows up
     to three players per game (two of every three players
     don't need CD's).  The cut-scenes between levels are
     sparse and not very pretty, but occasionally clever.

     Command & Conquer has a modern setting with soldiers
     and vehicles.  It runs in VGA mode for mediocre graph-
     ics.  The two opposing sides have widely varying unit
     types.  You must harvest and manage only one resource.
     Up to four players are permitted in a single game
     (effectively two on Kali).  Each package purchase
     allows up to two players per game (the game comes with
     two CD's).  The cut scenes between levels are magnifi-
     cent, detailed, frequent, and add to the plot of the
     game.

     In this author's opinion, multi-player play is much
     more fun than playing against a computer.  With the fog
     of war and the higher number of players permissible,
     Warcraft 2 works better for multi-player.  In the long
     run, then, Warcraft 2 has better play value.


2.8 Which are better, orcs or humans?

     The skills of the commander are much more important.
     Both races are nearly identical until the
     castle/fortress stage, when the spells arrive.  Until
     that stage, the orcs have slightly easier weapon
     upgrades at the blacksmith.

     After the castle stage, the races are somewhat dif-
     ferent.  Orcs are easier to play effectively, but
     humans are more subtle and dangerous.

     A perfectly good orc strategy is to make a whole mess
     of ogre-mages, run them to edge of the enemy town, cast
     runes between the enemy hall and mine, bloodlust all
     the ogres, then run them into town to wreak havok.
     This, in fact, is one of the best strategies, and com-
     monly used.  It's easy and effective.

     Humans, on the other hand, can do more things in the
     control of an intelligent commander.  They have a wider
     variety of useful spells.  Holy vision helps a lot with
     fast reconnaissance, allowing intelligent actions.
     Invisibility allows units to sneak into vulnerable
     spots and cause damage before they are stopped (invisi-
     ble mages and transports are particularly dangerous).
     Slow is an absolutely devastating spell if used
     correctly and liberally.

     In multi-player games with fast game speed and slow
     network response, orcs are much easier to play, simply
     because they don't have to cast as many spells.  Humans
     have to spend more time doing that.


2.9 What are the cheat codes?

     To use a cheat code, hit enter, type the cheat code,
     then hit enter again.  To disable a cheat, just type it
     again.  In multi-player, any cheat you use will help
     all the players.  These are the more useful codes:

     "Tigerlily" enables level jumping.  After this, use
     codes like "human 7" to skip to human level seven, "orc
     12" to do a similar thing for orcs, and "human 17" to
     skip to level three of the expansion set.

     "On screen" shows the whole map.

     "Make it so" speeds up building, upgrades, and unit
     production.

     "It is a good day to die" spectacularly boosts your
     units' strength (does not affect computer players).

     "Unite the clans" wins immediately.

     "You pitiful worm" loses immediately.

     "Glittering prizes" increases your gold, wood, and oil.

     "Valdez" increases your oil.

     "Hatchet" speeds up wood chopping.

     "Deck me out" gives you armor and weapon upgrades.

     "Every little thing she does" gives you spell upgrades.

     "There can be only one" wins whole game.


2.10 What bugs are in Warcraft 2?

     Version 1.0 may crash when the exorcism spell is used
     in certain places.

     The multi-player chat room does not always show correct
     versions of other people's software.

     If start a peon or peasant chopping wood, then order
     him to build a hall or lumber yard, you'll get one free
     load of wood without taking the time to chop it.  It
     appears when the building finishes.

     Save files from 1.0 or 1.2 will cause a crash after
     installing 1.3.  The 1.32 patch contains a fix for
     this.  Also, you may use the tigerlily cheat to con-
     tinue your game at the appropriate level.

     Walls, trees, and rocks are considered terrain, so you
     can see them being built or destroyed by opponents even
     if they are in the fog of war.

     Rarely, when a building is destroyed (especially
     mines), you can still see it (although game play is not
     affected).

     Sometimes, when you expect to get an ogre-mage, an ogre
     gets built instead.


2.11 What's a PUD?

     A PUD is a file containing a level map.  Many come with
     1.3.  You may also create your own with the level edi-
     tor or download them from various sources.


2.12 How do I use the features of the expansion set in my
own maps?

     The map editor in 1.3 is the same as the one in 1.0.
     It doesn't allow you to use the new tile set or the
     heroes.  However, Daniel Lemberg has written an unoffi-
     cial editor that will let you do so called war2xed.  It
     can be downloaded from
     http://www.bayserve.net/~lemberg/.


2.13 What Easter eggs are in Warcraft 2?

     Click on a unit many times to hear it say funny things.
     Keep clicking.  Footmen are particularly hilarious.
     RW:  Boats are funny as well!

     You also get cute quotes from testing the sound card
     too many times (Simon.Palmer@cs.uwa.edu.au).

     Sheep say "Baa ram ewe!", which is from the movie,
     Babe.

     If you click on a critter enough times, it explodes!
     No, it doesn't cause any damage when you do this.

     If you use the cheat "disco" on an expansion set level,
     a really cute song will start playing.  You can also
     play the song by putting the CD in an ordinary music CD
     player and playing track 18.


2.14 What do portals, rune stones, and circles do?

     In campaign levels, the roles of the dark portals, rune
     stones, and circles of power are explained.  However,
     in custom maps (PUD's), they can serve no roles other
     than decoration.


2.15 Can PUD's have a goal other than destroying?

     No.  All custom games or multi-player games have only
     the goal of destroying all the enemies.  You can't
     change this with the map editor or any other way.


2.16 Why don't I see cut scenes in the expansion set?

     There are only two new cut scenes.  One is at the end
     of the human campaign (level 12), and the other is at
     the end of the orc campaign.  That's it.


2.17 What are the shortcut keys?

     Put your mouse pointer over an icon for any command.
     Text describing that command will show up on the bottom
     of the screen.  One of the letters of the description
     is a different color.  That is the shortcut key for
     that command.


2.18 My save files don't work with 1.3!  Help!

     See the section above about the bugs in Warcraft 2.


3. Single-player campaign levels

     This section discusses play in the campaign levels.


3.1 How do I beat the computer?

     Generally, you can protect your town with lots of
     towers and wait until you've built up a huge force.
     Then, attack.

     On the expansion set levels, you often need to attack
     much sooner.  On several, in fact, you need to wipe out
     an enemy town immediately with your starting forces.


3.2 I killed all the computer units.  Why don't I win?

     You missed one or more somewhere.  Keep searching.
     Make sure that the entire level has been explored.

     You may need to turn off the fog of war to help you
     look.  Using the "on screen" cheat helps.  Also, you
     can turn off the terrain display on the mini-map with
     the TAB key.


3.3 Does the computer cheat?

     Yes.  It always knows where all your units and build-
     ings are.  That means that it can hit your invisible
     units with death coil.  It also means that it doesn't
     have to search to find your towns.  It also usually
     starts off with considerably greater forces.


3.4 How do I build walls?

     You can only build them in multi-player games.  The
     computer units never attack walls directly, so they
     aren't permitted in single-player games.


3.5 How do I beat level Human 7?

     There are some catapults on the left side of the map.
     If you touch them, you'll capture them and you can use
     them to attack the orcish town.


3.6 How do I beat level Human 14?

     Cause as much damage as you can with your ships to the
     catapults and towers.  Then, land your armored troops
     and ballista and clear off some space.  Finally, land
     your mages and archers.

     Build lots of anti-dragon defenses.  Guard towers or
     archers, mixed in with an occasional mage fireball,
     will do the job.  Once you have plenty of guard towers,
     the rest of the level is routine.


3.7 How do I beat expansion level Human 7?

     Although you can't build much, you can make a lumber
     yard, a ship yard, and lots of destroyers.  Do so.

     Kill Deathwing by using your gryphon to lure him to
     your fleet of destroyers, which will do the job
     quickly.


3.8 How do I beat expansion level Orc 12?

     Pray.


3.9 How do I beat expansion level Human 12?

     Early in the game, you need to attack the white orcs.
     Cast blizzard spells on their towers and over the trees
     on their peons.  After that, set up a defense force
     near the portal and have Khadgar destroy the portal
     with lightning and blizzards.


3.10 Is there a single-player strategy guide?

     The above-mentioned levels are the only ones that need
     tricks and can't be beaten with simple persistence and
     skill.  However, there is an official strategy guide
     book.  It mostly contains information in the manual,
     but also contains maps and walkthroughs of the standard
     campaign levels.  You may purchase it at your local
     software store or directly from Blizzard.


4. Multi-player games

     This section details questions relevant to multi-player
     gaming.


4.1 What is spawning?

     You may install the game on multiple computers.  You
     only need the CD to create (not join) a multi-player
     game or to engage in a single-player game.  Each CD on
     a computer in a multi-player game will serve up to
     three other players, so an eight-player game will work
     with only three CD's.  This multi-play from a single CD
     is spawning.


4.2 The start button is greyed out.  Why?

     All players who didn't create the game must click in
     the little "ready" box next to their names.


4.3 I keep getting beaten on multiplayer.  What to do?

     Tactics you used against the computer won't work here.
     You need to build really fast and produce lots of
     forces right away.  You should probably wait longer to
     buy all of those expensive upgrades that were so handy
     against the computer.  Towers don't work so well
     against intelligent players, so use fewer of them.

     Build your hall as close as possible to your mine.

     Also, you need a lot more peons or peasants.

     The strategy web pages mentioned earlier are very handy
     for getting better at multi-player.


4.4 Are other people cheating in multi-player?

     No.  They're just much better than you are.  If you
     enable a cheat, it affects all players, and a message
     appears on everyone's screen.  It would be possible to
     hack the executable file to show more information, but
     there have been no reports of this.


4.5 How can I cheat on multi-player?

     You can't.  Go away.


4.6 What is a grunt rush?

     It has two definitions.  It either means attacking with
     a lot of grunts or footmen early, instead of trying for
     upgrades, or it means building a barracks before a town
     hall and attacking with a couple grunts before anyone
     else has them.  The second method is not as effective
     now that players can start in random places with ver-
     sion 1.2 and up.


4.7 What is the seven-man grunt rush?

     It is a devastating strategy for medium-resources land
     games.  Build a hall, three farms, and a barracks.  As
     you do so, produce six peons or peasants.  Start the
     barracks as soon as the first farm is done.  Set five
     peons or peasants to mine gold, and put the sixth on
     wood.  Use the gold to produce seven grunts or footmen.
     As you produce them, scout for the enemy.  When you
     have all seven, gather them outside the enemy town,
     then attack to kill all the enemy peasants or peons.

     If this doesn't work, you will eventually have enough
     wood to build another farm, produce more choppers, and
     proceed as usual.

     This strategy is so nasty that people rarely play on
     medium resources any more.


4.8 What is a mage bomb?

     Cast invisibility on a mage.  Walk that invisible mage
     into the middle of the stream of enemy mining peons or
     peasants.  Have the mage cast a blizzard right on top
     of himself.  The blizzard will not hurt the mage, but
     it will kill all the peons or peasants, plus any
     armored units that come to attack the mage.


4.9 What is barracks first?

     This is the strategy of building a barracks before a
     town hall, then producing a few grunts or footmen to
     attack very early.  When the enemy doesn't do it, it is
     a guaranteed win if you find his town fast, and a
     guaranteed loss if you don't.  Most people don't like
     to play this sort of game.


4.10 How do I change the color of my name?

     Edit the file war2.ini.  Find your name in it.  Use
     your text editor to insert the characters CONTROL-B
     through CONTROL-F Each of these characters will change
     the color of the letters after it when you're in the
     game.

     You can use the MS-DOS edit program for this.  Just
     position the cursor, type a CONTROL-P, then the control
     character you want.  The special character will be
     inserted.


4.11 Can I play Warcraft 2 over the Internet?

     Yes.  See the next section about Kali.


5. Kali

     This section discusses Kali, the popular Internet
     multi-player gaming facility.  For more information,
     see the Kali Web site.


5.1 What is Kali?

     Kali is a system designed by Jay Cotton that fools a
     set of computers on the Internet into thinking that
     they are together on an IPX network.  This allows many
     games that allow multi-player action on an IPX LAN to
     work over the Internet.  There are Kali systems for
     MS-DOS and Windows 95.  Server machines on the Internet
     allow players to meet before they start their games.

     Warcraft 2 works particularly well on Kali.


5.2 What do I need for Warcraft 2 on Kali?

     You need a real Internet connection (PPP and SLIP are
     fine) running at least 28.8Kbps, at least version 1.2
     of Warcraft 2 (with the war2kali executable), and a $20
     registration fee if you want to play for more than 15
     minutes.

     Also, you need experience.  Before you try playing on
     Kali, complete the 28 campaign levels that come with
     the game.  They are good practice.


5.3 Where do I get Kali?

     It is available from http://www.axxis.com/kali.


5.4 How do I install Kali?

     Complete, detailed instructions come with the Kali
     package.  If you download that, you'll have all your
     Kali questions answered.

     You'll need to unzip the Kali files to get at the
     instructions.  If you don't know how to unzip a file,
     ask any friend who knows something about computers.


5.5 Really, how do I install Kali?

     Really, read the instructions.  They're very good.


5.6 Which are good Kali servers to play Warcraft 2?

     Kali Central has lots of novice games.  Axxis and
     Castlenet have intermediate level players.  Starlink is
     for experts only.  Don't go there unless you're
     prepared to lose and lose and lose (nobody wins all his
     games there).


5.7 What is THF?

     This rule is commonly used on Kali.  It stands for
     "town hall first," and means that you must build a town
     hall or great hall before anything else.


5.8 What are ogre rules?

     It is a rule which disallows attacks unless there is an
     ogre or a knight in the attack party.  It is often
     called by less skilled players who don't want to
     quickly lose to waves of grunts or footmen.


5.9 What is TVB?

     It stands for "top versus bottom." It means that the
     top two players on the chat room ally with each other
     against the bottom two players (who also ally with each
     other).


5.10 What is a FFA (RW)?

     It stands for "free-for-all." It is a multi-player game
     where every player attempts to destroy all the other
     players.  Secret alliances are allowed when more than
     three players are in the game, and treachery is not
     frowned upon (as it is when teams are decided before
     the game starts).


5.11 What are the NWL and IWL?

     They are leagues of Warcraft 2 players on Kali, presum-
     ably "National Warcraft League" and "International War-
     craft League.".  They are groups of players organized
     into teams (called nations and clans) who compete with
     each other for points and rank.

     IWL players put special characters around their names
     in game to indicate their team.  NWL players put the
     "NWL" characters after their names.  When NWL players
     do this, they typically refuse to play against anyone
     who is not in the NWL.

     The IWL home page is at http://www.oz.net/~iwl/iwl.htm.
     The NWL page is at
     http://home.netinc.ca/~amolnar/war2/inwl.htm.


5.12 What is the lumber bug?

     See the bugs question above.  It is important when
     playing on low resources because it allows you to build
     a farm immediately after finishing the town hall.


5.13 How do I stop my units from mining?

     Slow the game way down.  As fast as you can, select
     peons or peasants and order them to stop by pressing
     the "s" key.  You can select more of them using the
     lasso feature described in the manual.  Eventually,
     some of them will stop.

     RW:  Most players can get by without doing this.  Just
     train more peasants.


5.14 What's the best speed setting on Kali?

     When starting the game with one peasant only, full
     speed is best for a short while.  After three or four
     buildings are completed, it is best to slow the game to
     one notch below that.  This makes units more respon-
     sive, so it is possible to cast spells, react to
     attacks, and so forth.

     If the lag in a game is particularly bad, the speed
     should be slowed to about the midpoint to reduce the
     effect of the lag.


5.15 Is there a Kali newsgroup?

     Yes.  It's alt.games.kali.


6. Game Play

     This section discusses common questions on how to deal
     with elements of game play.  It is mainly oriented
     towards multi-player action.


6.1 Why can't I build more units?

     Each game has a maximum limit of 600 units, which
     includes mobile units and buildings.  This limit is
     divided evenly amongst all the players.  Therefore, if
     there are four players (human or computer), each one
     can have a maximum of 150 units.

     The unit limit only applies to players still in the
     game.  So, if one of the four players in the example
     above was eliminated, each of the three remaining
     players would get to make up to 200 units.


6.2 How do I stop bloodlusted ogres?

     Destroy or hurt the enemy badly in the beginning of the
     game so he can't get them.

     Make sure you have plenty of reconnaissance in the form
     of towers, flyers (flying machines or zeppelins), and
     patrols, so you can see them coming.

     Cast slow on them.

     Cast blizzard or death & decay on them when they stop
     outside your town to bloodlust.

     Polymorph them.

     Keep a few gryphons or dragons over your town for
     last-ditch defense.  Ogres can't hurt them.

     RW:  Cast a flame shield on one of them when they are
     in a group together.


6.3 How do I stop sappers/dwarves?

     Spread out your buildings so a single unit won't be
     able to hit multiple buildings at once.

     Destroy or hurt the enemy badly in the beginning of the
     game so he can't get them.

     Keep your enemy from getting lumber, so he can't build
     them.

     Make sure you have plenty of reconnaissance in the form
     of towers, flyers, and patrols, so you can see them
     coming.  Patrols will also likely kill them.  Towers
     are likely to get killed by them, except for non-
     upgraded ones.

     Don't keep your units standing around.  It's too easy
     for a sapper or dwarf to blow up two or three of them.
     Put them on patrol, instead.

     Cast slow on them.

     Make a group of four arrow towers near your important
     buildings.  Cannon towers don't help.

     Surround your important buildings with walls.

     Make a group of troops and put them on patrol along
     likely approach paths for the exploders.  Upgraded
     elves and trolls are especially good for this.

     Cast polymorph, unholy armor, or invisibility on them.
     All of these spells instantly destroy exploding units.


6.4 How do I stop death knights?

     Destroy or hurt the enemy badly in the beginning of the
     game so he can't get them.

     Make sure you have plenty of reconnaissance in the form
     of towers, flyers, and patrols, so you can see them
     coming.

     Use exorcism on them.  With good reconnaissance, you
     should always be able to kill them before they kill
     your paladin.

     Cast slow on them.  Death & decay becomes much less
     dangerous.

     Attack them normally when they approach.


6.5 How do I stop a mage bomb?

     Destroy or hurt the enemy badly in the beginning of the
     game so he can't get them.

     Unfortunately, reconnaissance doesn't help as much, but
     you might be able to extend your field of view enough
     to kill mages before they become invisible.

     Put two cannon towers near your mine.  They will prob-
     ably kill the mage before he causes too much damage.  A
     catapult and some patrolling units near there also
     help.


6.6 How do I stop submarines and turtles?

     The best way is to make sure that you can see them.
     Consult the manual's descriptions of submarines and
     turtles to find out how to see underwater units.  If
     you can see a sub, it is easy to kill with ships or a
     catapult.

     If you are in a pinch and can't see the sub, order a
     catapult, ballista, battleship, or juggernaut to "fire
     at the ground (water)" where you see the sub's projec-
     tile coming from.  You may be able to hit it anyway.
     It will die in one shot, usually.


6.7 How do I stop barracks first?

     Use the THF rule.

     Play on low resources.

     Play on a water level.

     Play on a map where you need to chop through trees
     before you can reach the enemy town.


6.8 Can deathknights see invisible units?

     No, they can't.  The computer can, but it's cheating.


6.9 How do I stop early grunt attacks?

     Build faster than your enemy.

     Kill all the enemy peons or peasants so that he can't
     make grunts.

     Near your hall, build a cannon tower and surround it
     with other buildings (probably farms) so that grunts
     can't hit it.  It will defend your peons or peasants.

     Block off access to your peons or peasants with trees
     and buildings.  This is called a "wall-in", and is
     dangerous because your peons or peasants can't get out
     to new mines or to expand the town.

     Play a water level or one where you need to chop out of
     a bunch of trees.


6.10 What does this spell do?

     To find out what a spell does, there are three steps:

     First, read the manual.  It has a description of the
     spell.

     Second, experiment with the spell in a single-player
     game.  You'll get a good feel for the thing.  This
     should be enough.

     If you're really, really curious about the exact
     details of the spells, check out the Insider's Guide to
     Warcraft II, at
     http://www.gamespot.com/features/wc2/index.html.


6.11 Does haste increase attack speed? (RW)

     The haste spell doubles the number of attacks from dra-
     gons and gryphons.  All other units will attack no more
     frequently and cause no more damage when hasted.


6.12 What tricks can I use?

     Kill enemy peons and peasants first.  They are the most
     dangerous units, since they are the ones who are send-
     ing those nasty enemy units at you.  They are also
     really easy to kill.  The best way to do it is to cast
     blizzard or death & decay on the area between the enemy
     hall and mine.

     If someone does something really nasty to you, remember
     it.  Do it to your next opponent.

     Have multiple peons or peasants repair a building while
     it is being constructed.  It will build much more
     quickly.

     Use hotkeys.  You can order your troops and buildings
     around much more quickly that way.

     To bloodlust a group of ogres very quickly, click on
     one, type a "b", then double-click on another.  You've
     now bloodlusted and selected that ogre.  Type another
     "b" and double-click a third ogre.  Continue this pro-
     cess until all the ogres are bloodlusted.

     Caste haste on a deathknight, then order it to cast
     death & decay.  It will cast the spell very quickly.

     Use mage bombs whenever an opponent has three or more
     peons or peasants on a mine.

     Make a lot of gnomish inventors or goblin alchemist
     buidings near or behind the enemy town.  Make a lot of
     exploding units and blow the enemy town to bits.

     Put a platform on every oil patch.  Your enemy won't
     get any oil.

     Cast slow on every enemy unit you see.

     Cast haste on your woodcutting peons.

     RW:  A trapped peon can build a wall to pop himself
     out.

     RW:  In single-player games, to defend against death
     knights casting death & decay on your towers, put fly-
     ing machines well in advance of the towers.  the death
     knights will waste mana casting whirlwind on the
     gnomes.

     RW:  Cannon towers can not attack units directly adja-
     cent to themselves.  Surround them with farms.

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Dan Zerkle  zerkle@cs.ucdavis.edu