How to get started
Arrival in Ashan
Before you are able to explore the world of Ashan you need to select a Faction and Hero class. In each Faction you can choose between a Might or Magic Hero. The Abilities you can learn depend on your Hero class, as each class has its own Abilities. But don’t worry; you can create a new Hero at any time and play another Faction or Class.
After choosing a Faction and Class you must select a name for your Hero, and your journey through Ashan can then begin.
On arriving in Ashan you will receive your first Troops and fight your first battles in order to learn the basic functions of the game. You will also be asked whether the tutorial should be displayed or whether you wish to play the game without additional tips.
You will be able to found your Town after your first battles. Your Town is also crucial as your focal point for the recruitment of new Troops.
Hero Seals are really rare in the game and are needed for different options that can’t be bought with gold or other Resources, i.e. for completing a building or reviving defeated Troops after a battle.
You can collect new Hero Seals by finishing some tasks in the world of Might & Magic Heroes Online. If you want to speed the process up a little you can buy Hero Seals in the Shop for a small sum.
Play with your friends
You don’t have to explore the world of Might & Magic Heroes Online on your own. You can play it with your friends.
Cooperative battles are available as well as a Friend List and Chat.
This means you can choose to fight your battles on your own or with a friend. The great thing about this is that it is not important which Levels your Hero or your friend’s Hero have reached or which Factions you belong to; the battles are scaled automatically according to your Level. If you and your friends fight a cooperative battle together you will all gain Experience Points and the NPC will be removed from your Map. If it is mandatory for a Quest, the NPC will also count towards it.
But this doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to play solo. Might & Magic Heroes Online was designed so that you could play it alone or with friends. If you wish, you can play the whole game without anybody else’s help.
All the battles in Might & Magic Heroes Online are round-based. This means that you and your enemy are not attacking at the same time but sequentially. All rounds are governed by a strict rule and order, based on the type of Units. The exact order for each round can be found on the battlefield in the lower right-hand corner. It will be updated if a Stack is killed or is waiting. Each Unit can “wait” to the end of the round, but only once per round.
Before the start of a battle a “Battle Overview” window will open. Here you can see how much Stamina will be deducted for the battle and, for a small amount of Hero Seals, you can see your opponent’s Army. You can decide at this point whether to withdraw from the battle without being penalised.
You don’t have to decide how many and which Units you want to take with you into a battle. The system automatically assigns the highest possible number of Troops per Slot to a battle. The remaining troops will wait for you outside. Please note that only Troops assigned to a Slot will be taken into account for your Army during a battle. For example, if you have a Slot with 10 Crossbowmen and another with 500 Crossbowmen and you lead 100 Units of this type, you will have a Stack of 10 and a Stack of 100 Crossbowmen in the battle.
The position of your Units on the battlefield is really important. If you attack an enemy from the side you will get a flanking bonus and deal 25% more damage than if you attacked him directly. If you backstab an enemy you will deal 50% more damage. However, keep an eye on where your Unit stands after a round – the enemy Units get the same bonus as you receive for attacking from behind.
Note that any Troops you lose will not be restored to you after a battle.
Your Hero is the first to be able to attack or cast a spell at the beginning of each round. Neither your own nor your opponent’s Hero can be attacked in a fight.
A single click somewhere on the map is sufficient to take your Hero there. Hold down the left mouse button and your Hero will follow the mouse pointer for as long as you keep the left mouse button depressed or until you hit an obstacle.
All your movements are in real time with no limit on the distance you can travel. The Provinces are quite big, so long journeys may be a little exhausting over time, but you can shorten them by using one of the two portal types that can be found all over the Provinces.
The first group of portals is the smaller of the two groups and less powerful. These smaller portals enable you to teleport within the same Province and, with their help, to travel around it in a few seconds.
The second group of portals can normally be found in a central location within a Province. These bigger and more powerful portals, once unlocked, allow you to travel between the Provinces. Journeys between the Provinces take time and these larger portals are more difficult to find than those in the first group.
You will see a button in the top right-hand corner. This will teleport you to your next Town portal, which will allow you into the Town.
Your Hero represents you in the world of Might & Magic Heroes Online. During the battles your Hero stands at the edge of the battlefield and supports your Troops with different Spells and Abilities. But your Hero cannot be attacked or die.
With nearly every battle your Hero gains Experience Points and will Level-up.
You will receive an Ability Point for some Level-ups, which you can use to learn new Spells and Abilities. In addition, the maximum amount of Units you can take with you into a battle will increase with every Level-up.
Your Might, Magic, Leadership and Mana are not the only things connected to your Hero Level. Your Hero’s equipment also has a direct influence on those values. It is important to note that, although you cannot learn more Abilities when your Hero is well equipped, your maximum Mana will nevertheless increase or your Hero will be able to deal more damage in a fight. The Stack size can also increase with better equipment.
Another value your Hero has is Stamina. Whenever you start a fight, some Stamina will be deducted from you. When your Stamina reaches 0 your Hero and Troops will be exhausted and deal less damage. But don’t worry, you can refill your Stamina with potions and it will automatically refill over time when you are not engaged in a battle.
The Interface is comparable to the bridge of a ship. It enables you to change your Army, travel to your Towns, view the next Quest objectives and do many more things besides.
You will find your Army in the centre at the bottom of the screen. Hover over a Unit with your mouse and a pop-up will open. This pop-up contains information about this Unit’s Ability and how many Units of this type you can take into a battle. You can split your Units into two or more Stacks if you have free Slots. To do this, just hover over a unit and click on the small icon that appears next to the avatar of the Unit. Needless to say, this works the other way round as well and, if you have more than one Stack of the same Unit type, you can merge them by pressing the small icon.
The Status Menu can be found to the left of Army Management. Here you can equip your Hero, use various potions, change your Hero’s colour and choose a title and pet. However, you can only choose and equip Items you have already collected or purchased.
The Ability Menu is to the right of Army Management. Here you can choose the Abilities your Hero must learn, or reset your selection.
Look for the Chat, Private Messages and Friend List Menu on the left. If you have previously closed Chat you can press “Enter” on your keyboard and it will open again; you can then start typing into the Chat text field. To send your message, simply press “Enter” again. To close Chat, use the arrow on the Chat window or, when the text field is empty, press “Enter” again.
All system messages and private messages from other players can be viewed in the private message system. If you want to send a private message to another player, this is the correct place to do it.
Above Chat you will find the Party function. You can invite other players to a Party and the system will provide a private Chat for all members of the Party. This can help you, for example, to keep track of your Friends in the game.
In the top left corner is the Hero Status Menu, where you can see at a glance your current Stamina (blue bar), Mana (yellow bar), Hero level and Experience Points (green bar). To view the exact values just hover your mouse over each of the bars.
From the top centre to the right side of the screen you can see all the Resources your Hero is currently carrying. The Shop is located in the top right-hand corner. Here you can buy Resources, potions and colours for your Hero’s appearance, plus many other goods.
The Minimap is under the Shop, revealing a small part of the Province Map. A small arrow at the edge of the Minimap indicates where you can finish the next Quest objective. Different menus are placed around the Minimap:
- The Council Ranking: The best 10 players will be called to the Council and gain the title “Member of the Council” for one day
- Hero Selection: You can switch between your Heroes here, create a new Hero or delete an old one
- The logout button
- Options menu: You can deactivate the animation and tutorial or change the volume
- A button to deactivate all sounds
- Full-screen mode
- The Province Map
- A “Town button” that will teleport you immediately to your Town
- A button to open the Quest interface
Haven – The Holy Empire
The Holy Empire is a theocracy protected by medieval knights and monks. They worship Elrath, the Dragon God of Light, who grants them magical powers based on his elemental dominion. Their objective is to lead a life commensurate with Elrath’s ideals of Truth and Purity, to shape the world in his image and to spread his sacred Light.
Aka: The Knights of the Light
Associated Colours: Azure blue, white and gold
Country/Kingdom: The Holy Empire
Necropolis – The Spider Cult
Necromancers, known as “House Eterna” by their fellow Wizards, began as a marginal splinter sect within the Seven Cities, but they rapidly grew into a major political power. They worship the “Death” aspect of Asha. Their interpretation of the Goddess’s darkest aspect is fanatical, emphasising death alone and exalting the state of Unlife to which all Necromancers aspire. Necromancers study Death Magic in order to become eternal. They learn how to control the spirits of the deceased (ghosts) or how to raise the dead from their graves (skeletons, zombies).
Aka: The Necromancers, the Undead, the Death Lords
Associated Colours: black, white and fluorescent (toxic) green
Country/Kingdom: none (they are a part of the Seven Cities)
Each Faction comes with its own Troops. To recruit new Troops you need to expand your Town accordingly and acquire the necessary resources. The Unit types can be categorised into three groups:
Core: Your first Units belong to this group. They are not the strongest but you can take a high Stack of these Units into a fight.
Elite: These are your most advanced Troops. The key to their success is their great power combined with powerful attacks. However, you can take fewer of this type with you into a battle.
Champion: This class simply impresses with its power and endurance. Champions can sustain high levels of damage without raising an eyebrow and can inflict heavy losses on the opponents’ army. Only a few Troops of this class can be found on the battlefield, but there are enough of them to dominate a battle. If you no longer need your Unit you can discard it and recruit a new type.
You can also move Troops to the Garrison in your Town and save them for later. You can also share Units of the same type among several Slots. But bear in mind that a balanced mix is the real key to success.
Your Town is one of the most important acquisitions you can make on your journey through Ashan.
The Town is not only the place where you can collect Resources but also your main centre for recruiting fresh Troops. Your Town needs the right buildings for this and you need to collect the Resources to upgrade it.
To expand your City you need Resources that you can collect while travelling through Ashan. The Resources you need depend on the building type and its upgrade Level.
To enter your City you need to go to the Town Gate – a click on the Town button will teleport you to the Town Gate of this Province.
While you are exploring Ashan you will be able to build more than one Town. You can decide what the purpose of each Town is, but you should always remember to build some Troop recruitment buildings.
There are two different types of Quests in Might & Magic Heroes Online.
On the one hand there are the story Quests, which tell the story of Might & Magic Heroes Online. You have to finish these Quests in order to unlock new Areas and Provinces. They will also help you to understand both the world of Ashan and Might & Magic Heroes Online.
On the other hand there are the Daily Quests. These can be found all over Ashan and can be played over and over again. Daily Quests are shorter than the Story Quests, can be played in a few minutes and provide some variation in the story of the game. You can earn Resources and Experience Points by finishing Daily Quests.
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Min. 128 MB RAM and DirectX 9 support