Evony Battle Mechanics – Compact / 5K Range Guide


The purpose of this guide is to help people understand the basics of battle mechanics.  This may sound surprising in a way but there are quite a few established players that only know what waves work but not the why.  If you come here as a new Evony player this will help you understand how to conserve your troops in fights and become a strong player overall.  The concept is generally simple but without visuals it could be confusing.  I’ve tried to give a visual of the information and believe it will help even the newest people learn.


The most important thing you need to know is there are two sizes of battlefields.  The length of the battlefield is determined by the “base” distance of your fortifications.  To state this now we are always assuming level 10 walls as they give a 200 range bonus.C omparing these fields to real life you are either fighting on a tennis court which is small and compact or on a soccer field which would be a considerably large range.  The two battlefields you face are referred to compact or range/5k.  Here is a side by side comparison.

Evony Compact Defense

Evony Compact Defense

Evony Ranged 5K Defense

Evony Ranged 5K Defense






As you can see range defense is much much bigger.  When attacking or defending in Evony you must be able to recognize what defense you’re fighting and adjust your game play towards this.  This is the difference between good players and great players.

What determines the battlefield?

This is simple to see once you understand it.  Look at the fortifications that a you or a player has.  If you compare the compact chart to the range chart you will notice there is key differences.  The compact chart only has archer towers whereas the range chart also has traps, abatis and trebs.  If the base has ANY traps, abatis or trebs it is range.  The word any means any combination of them, even it is 1!

  • Compact – Any combination of archer towers and logs only.  Though logs were not included in the charts, despite my best efforts I could find a situation where logs actually helped you.  Bottom line compact defense is pure towers or no fortifications at all.
  • Range – This can be any combination of fortifications but must include at least ONE trap, abatis or treb.  As stated before, if there are any traps, abatis or trebs then it is range!

General Rules

Now to keep this as simple as possible we are sticking to the basic need to know information and that is what attacks what and when.  A point to clarify is that attack value is the amount of a specific troop *times* their attack.

  1. Ranged units must first engage opposing ranged units with the highest combined attack value when they are within range of each other.
  2. Ranged attackers must engage archer towers before units.
  3. Ranged units engage melee troops from fastest to slowest.
  4. Melee units engage the opposing units within range that have the highest combined attack value.
  5. Scouts do not advance until all units from their side have been killed.

Compact Defense

The quick short and sweet answer of why people go compact defense is so they can protect their melee troops against ranged attacks and to use archer towers as a shield.  When archer towers are gone troops are within distance of each other to exchange fire.

Evony Compact Defense Detailed

Evony Compact Defense Detailed






This defense has several advantages and is typically the defense of choice in war cities as it protects melee layers.  Remember that if the defender has archer towers, they are used as a shield until they are dead.  Here are some examples.

Towers Present – Towers are lost but no ranged troops are injured due to towers absorbing mechs.  Minimal melee troops were lost to the defender due to the layering of the attackers wave.

Evony Compact Defense - Tower Shield

Evony Compact Defense – Tower Shield


No towers present – Massive losses incurred to ballistas because lack of towers.  Defender did have an intel hero present, however ballista had a much higher attack value therefore they were hit.

Evony Compact Defense - No Towers

Evony Compact Defense – No Towers

Now if you review all the general rules of engagement there is a massive pitfall to this defense if you get caught with it.  This defense is ment to defend melee troops from ranged, however you will notice that ranged units cannot engage melee troops until all units are dead.  This can be a major problem if you as the defender have NO melee troops left.

Viof Jack Attack – Defender is caught with ZERO melee troops to stop phrax advance, the attacker exploits battle mechanics and adds one of each ranged troop and the fastest troops leading to phrax.

Evony Viof Jack Attack 3

Evony Viof Jack Attack 3


Range/5K Defense

This defense is generally good at protecting your ranged troops however it is terrible at protecting your melee troops.  As a defender storing massive sums of melee troops is a bad idea and it happens way too often.

Evony Ranged 5K Defense Detailed

Evony Ranged 5K Defense Detailed

Keep in mind that opposing ranged units are NOT within range of each other.  What ends up happening is your melee troops go charging into enemy fire.  As an attacker/defender you should send minimal melee layers with attacks/defense to slow the enemy advance.  Important to note that mechs out range archers so you can take massive damage against mech waves.

Mech attack – Defender has large amount of melee troops and is in range.  The defenders melee troops march forward into range of the attackers parked mech to be killed.

Evony Mech Wave

Evony Mech Wave

Mech Defense – Range is the prime setting for using the mech defense. Since the defender has no melee on the battle field there is nothing for the attacker to kill. As the attacker marches, they are outranged by the defenders mechs. The small amount of defending troops were killed by the attackers scouts.

Evony Mech Defense

Evony Mech Defense

Recap / Conclusion

Knowing what are the strong and weak spots of each defense will be vital in setting up your defense and exploiting others defenses. It is wise to have bases with different setups to protect different troops.

Evony Compact Defense Visual

Evony Compact Defense Visual






Evony Ranged 5K Defense Visual

Evony Ranged 5K Defense Visual

I hope this information is clear and helpful to you.  Good luck with your attacks and choosing your defense!

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6 Responses to Evony Battle Mechanics – Compact / 5K Range Guide

  1. chagss says:

    um i just wanted to point out an error you have whether just not thinking as typing or because you thought it was correct, in one of your reports comments “Towers Present – Towers are lost but no ranged troops are injured. Losses in report occur from phrax hitting warriors.” this one to be exact, you are incorrect the phracts do NOT cause the damage to the warriors the damage to the warriors is cause by the 100 cav, in this battle the attacking cav move first since there are no defending cav and since the battle starts at 1700 the cav move their 1500 and are within their range of 200, as you know the rest of the troops move in order of fastest troop defending first, however since the cav start so close all the defending melee troops only move until the cav are in range AND the warriors have the smallest range of the defending melee troops that move AND with melee troops the attacking order is the closest possible troop first so the warriors are the closest troop to the cav so the cav attack them first and cause the damage to the warriors and because of the cav movign in soo close the rest of the attacking troops move but are not in melee range of any defending troop so while the attacking ranged troops kill the at’s the degending ranged troops pick them off easily and dont forget the ats even though killed are still able to fire so there are 4 defending range types and 3 attacking range types so the defending archers are left over to kill the phracts in one round before the phracts are able to move into melee range

    just thought you should know
    -yours truly fukme and peregr1ne

    • Vi says:

      I appreciate the comment and yes you are correct on the cav, however I think you missed the entire point of that section. Though under typical situations it is the phrax that do the damage in a viof style attack which is the reason this was stated without tighter review. Though this wave was a hybrid style wave; the point of the section was that archer towers must be killed first. 10k, 50k, 100k pults would have had the same effect over the towers, they still have to be killed and still take up an entire round. As mentioned at the start of the article I am going over general rules and not step by step movement.

      • chagss says:

        yes i agree completely about the at’s although i prefer a 5k defence manipulating range when i defend but compact is a better offline defence imo, just wanted to make sure you knew that the report you had didnt have the phracts doing the damage :)

        • NightShade says:

          Do not forget, also, that the defending catapults do add 200 EXTRA range to a city in short range defense (AT’s or not). A cav smack vs. a city with even 1 catapult becomes almost ineffective unless properly layered (refer to jaq attacks), due to the cavs needing 2 rounds to reach the ranged defenders rather than the usual 1 with only light lista or 0 mech present.

  2. Publius says:

    could you explain why this attack was so effective?


  3. livedog540 says:

    look at the hero lvl difference that was a big part of why it worked so well lvl 771 vs a lvl 9

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