The latest set of mercenary troops are here, and they are the most powerful yet!. This article will discuss the benefits and shortcomings of the new Samurai Warrior, Calvary, and Mage mercenary troops.
Samurai Mercenary Strengths
The Samurai Warrior, Mage, and Calvary introduce an interesting dynamic to the game. When attacking an empire whose citadel is a higher level than yours, all Samurai Mercenary troops gain a bonus of 900% attack, 800% HP, and 1600% armor.
Not only do they deal significantly more damage compared to any of the troops found at the Training Grounds, the hefty HP and Armor boost Samurai Mercenaries receive prevents them from being killed off quickly.
This addresses the biggest problem that most players have with mercenary troops – they may be extremely useful in battle, but they will eventually die (as is the nature of troops). Since the only way to obtain mercenaries is through buying a pack, it would only take a few fights before your entire investment is expended.
While Samurai Mercenaries will eventually fall in battle, having a couple or marches worth of these guys in your back pocket will certainly make the enemy think twice before they invade your guild’s hive.
The FFXV: ANE Hub team has confirmed that these stat boosts do go into effect when you send Samurai Mercenaries to attack an empire with a higher citadel level. However, we still don’t know if Samurai Mercenaries gain the same boosts when they are defending your empire and you are attacked by a higher level player.
Samurai Mercenary Shortcomings
Aside from the massive stat boost they get when attacking higher level citadels, Samurai Mercenaries are the equivalent of T5 troops. Put them in a march with other T5 troops, and they will have more or less the same kill/death ratio. For the majority of us who have yet to unlock T5 troops, that’s great news! However, if you have an army full of T5 troops or are close to approaching citadel level 40, you might want to hold off on stocking your Fighting Pits full of Samurai for the time being.
Samurai Mercenaries are meant to be offensive troops. If your Fighting Pit is a high enough level to unlock Samurai Mercenaries and you’re looking for some good defensive troops to protect them, you’ve probably already invested in City or Frost Guardians – and if you haven’t, be sure to grab the next type of guardian mercenary if and when they come around!
Who are Samurai Mercenaries For?
Samurai mercenaries are a great investment for lower level players, especially if you are frequently attacked by players much stronger than you.
Considering that they are the equivalent of a T5 troop, if you already have T5 troops unlocked then you won’t find a lot of value here in Samurai Mercenaries.
The one caveat to that last statement is the new Mercenary Commander gear set, which dramatically boosts the stats of all your mercenary troops and is, in fact, much better than a lot of the gear currently at our disposal. Keep an eye out for article about Mercenary Commander Gear Set to get the full scoop.
When an army of Samurai Mercenaries are coupled with quality pieces from the Mercenary Commander gear set, you will become an unstoppable fighting machine!